Alpine Skiers at MSA train for competition in Slalom, Giant Slalom, and Super G. While we foster a team environment in which each student/athlete is respectful and supportive of one another, we also focus on helping each student/athlete achieve his or her individual goals.

Unlike many ski academies, MSA athletes are not limited to a particular trail or type of terrain for training. This allows us to customize our daily training according to the competition schedule and weather conditions.

Alpine Coaches

Alpine Program Director – Dave Gregory

Dave Gregory is a year round ski coach with more than 35 years of experience. He keeps abreast of the latest rules and regulations of the governing bodies—USSA, and FIS—while maintaining relationships with many national coaches and ski equipment manufacturers.

Dave has served on various committees in USSA/East including the Development Committee and the Alpine Coaches Council. Dave was named the 2005 NH Alpine Coach of the Year and he led the Mt Washington Valley Ski Team to the 2012 USSA Alpine Club of the Year award. Dave is currently the Director of Athletics and Recruitment at Mount Snow Academy. He is the former Progam Director of the Mt Washington Valley Ski Team. Former Head Women’s Alpine Coach, Dartmouth College. Former Program Director, Holderness School. Former Assistant Head Coach SDSA Coronet Peak, New Zealand. USCSA and PSIA certified.

He has coached numerous athletes to the US Ski Team, including multiple NCAA and USCSA All-Americans. Dave is most proud of installing a lifelong passion for the sport of skiing in his athletes. Over 90% of his athletes have gone on to ski in college at some level.

Head U-16, 19 and FIS Coach – Shawn Smith

Shawn Smith has been a member of the PPSC staff since 1985. He has been the Head Alpine U-16 Coach for Mount Washington Valley Ski Team since 2010. Shawn’s experience also includes: Director of Resort Services, Stevens Pass Resort, WA August, 2002-2010. Director of Ski/Snowboard Education, Racing and Events, Copper Mountain, CO. Director of Training, Copper Mountain, CO. Professional Ski Instructors of America: National Alpine Demonstration Team, Assistant alpine team coach, Alpine team coach, Staff member of PSIA National Academies.

Head U-12 Coach – Brian Wyckoff

Brian grew up ski racing in the Mount Snow valley and continued on racing through college at Syracuse University. After he was finished driving his three children around to their ski races, Brian began coaching at the Mount Snow Training Center. He spent six years coaching there in a variety of age groups ranging from u14’s to u19’s. While there, he coached two girls in the same season to top ten finishes in u16 Vermont States and top 15’s at Eastern’s and Can-Am’s. Brian joined the Mount Snow Academy coaching staff in 2016 and serves as the Head u12 coach. He is a level 200 certified USSA coach. When he is not on the slopes, Brian can be most likely found somewhere on a tennis court.

Head U-14 Coach and Director of Alpine Recruitment – Mamie Phelan

Mamie started her ski racing career at Wildcat Mountain before competing with Dave Gregory at the Mount Washington Valley Ski Team. While pursuing a Business Degree at Nichols College, she began coaching on weekends for the Cranmore Ski Team, working primarily with U-14’s. After realizing that working with aspiring athletes in the outdoors was her true calling, Mamie left the corporate world and began coaching full time at Cranmore.

Mamie’s primary responsibility will be to oversee our U-14 program, with help from Dave Gregory, Alpine Program Director. Mamie will also lead our alpine student athlete recruitment program.

Mamie shares her love for the outdoors in the summer with kids and families as a hiking guide and whitewater kayak trip leader at Great Glen Trails, at the foot of Mount Washington in New Hampshire.

U-16/19 Team Coach – Eric Wallace

Eric enjoyed a successful race career as an elite FIS skier in the Rocky/Central Region at the FIS level and started his coaching career at Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club in the early 90’s. After thirteen years coaching in Aspen, a move to Oregon gave Eric a chance to work with the Mt. Hood Meadows program before moving East. Once in Maine, Eric spent 4 years coaching U-16/18’s at Gould Academy, then two years working with U-16/19’s at Carabassett Valley Academy. Most recently, Eric was the Assistant Coach at Bates College. Eric joins Shawn Smith in working with our U-16/19 Program.

In the off-season Eric owns and operates Coastal Fly Angler, a saltwater flyfishing outfit based in the Florida Keys and along the Maine coast.

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