Alpine

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 Technical Program Director and Head U-14 Coach – Peter Stokloza

Peter joins MSA in a significant period of program growth and is prepared to continue the development of MSA’s Alpine Program. Peter will lead the development of the Alpine Program through building an effective technical progression and by establishing a consistent alpine curriculum for MSA athletes, from U12’s to U19’s. Peter’s daily on snow priority will be to work with MSA’s U14 training group.
Before joining MSA, Peter served as the Executive Director and Head of School at Waterville Valley Academy/BBTS (NH). During his time at Waterville Valley, the Academy program enjoyed unprecedented growth, transitioned to a full year academy program and received recognition as a Gold Level Certified USSA Club. Along with Peter’s significant administrative experience, he is a Level 500 Certified Coach, former USSA Eastern Development Coach and serves on USSA’s Coaches Education Staff. Most recently, Stokloza was the Head U14 Coach at Killington Mountain School (VT).

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Head U-16 Coach – Patrick Horgan

Patrick joins us from Wachussett Mountain (MA), where he was the Head U14 Coach for the past 3 years. Previously, Patrick was the head Alpine Coach at Cushing Academy. With a Master’s Degree from Middlebury College, he will also help us out in the classroom, teaching Latin and English.  Patrick has USSA Level 200 Alpine Racing Certification. Referee. PSIA Level 1 Certification.

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 to U19. 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.

Assistant U-12 Coach – Peter Benyik

After three years with the Green Mountain Valley School’s (VT) weekend program, Peter will be assisting Brian Wyckoff with the U12 crew. Prior to GMVS, Peter spent three years working at Waterville Valley/BBTS with Peter Stokloza. Peter is a Level 300 coach.

 

 

U-19 FIS/USSA Head Coach – Mark “Speedy” Archer

“Speedy” brings 40+ years of coaching experience with him to Mount Snow Academy! He has run his own ski racing camps since 1979, has coached all over the world, and has led many of the athletes he worked with over the years from the junior level on to becoming members of their respective, USSA regional, USST, Canadian National Team and NCCA Collegiate Ski Team programs. 
Notably, several of those former athletes he coached were nominated to represent their National, Olympic, World Cup and World Championship teams! These athletes, while successfully competing as members of those teams, won National titles, NCAA Collegiate races, World Cup races, Olympic and World Championship medals.  Most notably among these athletes is Thomas Grandi, the only Canadian Male skier to score a WC GS victory and World Championship Medal. Thomas Grandi is still Canada’s premier SL/GS skier of all time.
Speedy’s brightest moment in his entire career was seeing his stepson Darren Thorburn, Canadian National DH team member, start #78 in the Val Gardena ITA WC race, and found himself on his first ever WC podium in 4th place!
Speedy is a Level 300 certified USSA coach and Level 100 USSA Certified official/referee.

 

U-14 Jumpstart Coach and Strength & Conditioning Coach – Topper Van Backer

Topper Van Backer has been an Alpine coach for 30+ years.  He was in the first select coaches’ group to have attained the US Level 300 Alpine Coach certification and has coached Elite level athletes to successful levels. Topper’s background includes a 10-year stint on the men’s professional racing tours as well as coaching athletes in NH, FIS Level Coach at Mount Snow VT, Program Director and Head Coach at the Haystack Ski Educational Foundation, and both Head Coach and U-14, U-16 at the Hermitage Alpine Racing Program. Topper was the Head Coach and Director of the Flimms / Laax Racing Camps, in Laax Switzerland. Topper joins us this year as the U14 Jumpstart Coach, and he will guide our off-snow conditioning program for the Academy and Jumpstart Programs.

His work in the field of sports science enables him to work with the most current athlete performance recovery, as well as the neurocognitive aspects of athlete performance. His scientific work with elite level athletes includes Olympic Teams, Professional Sports teams, Intercollegiate D-1 programs, with successes in international competitions.  He has certifications as an athletic trainer, NSCAA Soccer coach, NSCA Strength and Conditioning coach, and EMT.

Topper’s outside interests include: rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, cycling, hiking and spending time with his family enjoying the outdoors.

 

 

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