Snow Report

Spring/Summer 2018


Welcome to Mount Snow Academy’s third “Snow Report.” In this issue I’m sharing the highlights from our second season at the Matterhorn Campus.
Overall, our student athletes have made significant progress in their chosen disciplines.
I look forward to seeing you at our annual Golf Tournament, if not sooner. Get outside and enjoy the warmer weather!
Todd Ormiston
Head of School
Mount Snow Academy


Alumni Corner

“MSA was one of the best times of my life; I worked hard, skied hard, and built relationships that endure to this day. I remember the day I realized I had become an excellent skier and the hill had truly become my home; every kid should have the chance to feel that good. MSA made that happen for me.” – Connie Geoghan

Skis & Boards


  • Jess Stanton, U16
  • Annabelle Graziano, U14
Eastern Championships
  • Jess Stanton, U16
  • Chip Coffin, U16
  • Annabelle Graziano, U14
  • Patrick Byron, U14
U16 Eastern Finals
  • Erin McHugh
  • Ashley Byron
  • Alli Messier


2017/2018 SVS Rankings by age
  • Max Cohen, 1st in slopestyle
  • Elaina Krusiewski, 2nd (tied) in slopestyle and 2nd in rail jam
  • Justin Lueders, 1st in rail jam, 2nd in slopestyle.
  • Ian Johnson, 1st in rail jam and slopestyle
  • Zach Ferry, 2nd in rail jam and slopestyle
Nationals Results:
  • Justin Lueders, Gold in Rail Jam
  • Elaina Krusewski, Bronze in Half Pipe
Snowboard Magazine’s ‘The Launch‘ photo shoot and showcase at Copper Mountain:
  • Jack Armbruster
  • Jon Claudio
  • Kyle Walker (PG)




The MSA U12’s wrapped up a fantastic season  by participating in the Sink or Skim contest and also with an entry in the Duct Tape Derby. Although we did not win either, we had a blast trying and we seem to have better success in ski races. We closed the season with 50 program days on snow and took full advantage of those. All eleven U12’s made a lot of progress and had a ton of fun doing it. As a group this season, we had 51 top ten runs and ended up in the awards 33 times. Four of our athletes qualified for the NY/VT  Slalom Project held over Easter weekend as each were one of the top second year U12’s in Southern Vermont. Since many of us did not want the season to end, we ventured up north and competed in the traditional Eastern finale : the 78th running of the Sugar Slalom. All of us are already looking forward to next season!

-Bryan Wyckoff, Head U-12 Coach


Greetings from the U14s!

We kicked off February with home hill advantage at the Hermitage where MSA athletes made a strong appearance. Wrapping up the council qualifiers, athletes finished out with one last GS race at Stratton and SL at Magic. Following suit the Vermont State Team was announced. Athletes qualifying from MSA included; Patrick Byron, Olivia Deakins, Ines Jueget, Jillian Pastore, Megan Y, Annabelle Graziano and Andrew Chason. Remaining athletes were granted the opportunity to move onto Shootouts at Pico Mountain where they would compete against a statewide field for a chance to qualify for the State Team. These athletes included Madeline Bush, Henry Harding, Alyssa Kimble, Robby Kurzer, Carolyn Marlin, Max Massoni, David McNamara, Ryan O’meara, Steven Parent, Porter Savage, Kristen Yi, Anna Lee Geoghan, and Anthony Graziano. Fighting her way up, Kristen Yi was able to advance to the State Team through Shootouts where she joined her teammates to compete at Middlebury Snow Bowl. From the State Championships, Patrick Byron qualified 15th and Annabelle Graziano 7th to moved onto Eastern Championships at White Face Mountain in New York. Continuing on from White Face Annabelle Graziano produced an overall 13th qualifying her for Can Ams at Sugarloaf in Maine.  Closing out the season, athletes fiercely competed in the Bermuda Open- Brad Haight Memorial Race at Mount Snow and the Sugar SL in Stowe, VT. From kicking off our season in Copper Colorado to team trips to the White Mountains blended with some epic March powder days, it is safe to say this season did not disappoint.  Wishing everyone a great summer!
     -Mamie Phalen, Head U-14 Coach


The 2017-18 season for the U16 group kicked off to a solid start with a very successful fall camp at Copper Mountain that was marked by great snow and perfect weather.  We were fortunate to arrive back in Vermont to find excellent snow and most of the mountain open.  Even with all the drama that surrounded the Hermitage as a business, our programs were not impacted in the least for hill time and training space.
The most notable impact on our season was the long stretch of cold weather and the challenges of kids dressing warm enough to stay out and train without getting hit by frostbite.  Weather also took its toll on some race cancellations, most notably the 4 SG races at Attitash.
Our primary goals for the season were for the first year U16 athletes to establish a points profile and the second year group to lower points.  Our target was to put at least three racers into the post-state championship races.  On this we did very well.  Earning spots in the U16 Eastern Finals were: Erin McHugh, Alli Messier and Ashley Byron.  Chip Coffin and Jess Stanton skied their way into the U16 Eastern Championships and Jess was able to move all the way up to the U16 Eastern Can-Ams.  I’d say we nailed it!
The gang worked hard this year to produce excellent results.  I am very pleased with their progress and extremely proud of my group of athletes.  I am looking forward to seeing each of them make even more progress next year.

    -Shawn Smith, U16 Coach


For those you have not followed the U19s we are  between 20-40 starts on the season depending on the athletes health, a good mix of USSA but mostly FIS. Travel wise we had some runs and found ourselves training remotely and often with college teams. I’m a huge fan of this and love it when we can put a clock on the hill have course conditions  that show the truth of how close we can get once we get the points for lower matching bibs with the older athletes. As a coach I wanted to take a moment to relay a week that made me proud of the effort and the character that Maddox, Paige and Andie  showed toward the end of the season. We ran to a USSA race  in Maine with some of the U16s with hopes of having a couple college teams come together and give the kids some chance at scoring some good points, well last minute withdraw from one of the teams, made for a short field and a high adjustment of the point per second penalty. After dropping off the U16s we headed to Killington to for a FIS SL before we took off to Quebec  for a SL and GS at the end of this run we had finishes 16, 24, and 39th at a FIS race, that’s a lot of road and starts and the girls kept their head in the game. Proud coach!

    -Eric Wallace, U19 Coach




When you’re a kid, the winter flies by at an incredible rate.   At MSA we are able to stretch the months by getting our kids on snow six days a week, but when Carinthia’s last chair of the season swings to rest, the disbelief is writ large on every boy and girl’s face: winter is over. Luckily, they won’t dwell on it for long (because teenagers never do) and they are already thinking ahead to swimming and summer skiing on the glacier and, in extreme cases, even next winter.  Later in life they will remember these winters as the best of their lives, but for now it is the parents, coaches and faculty who are left to reminisce.

This season was one of restructuring and growth for the freeski team.  Half of our team was made up of seniors and postgrads last year and we sent them off with pride, watching closely as they took their fine-tuned East Coast skills westward.  Those that remained have been joined by seven more in both the Jumpstart and full program, more than doubling our ranks. Despite the influx of newly-minted student athletes (or maybe because of it) we cleaned up in the Southern Vermont Series as usual.  To wit:

Max Cohen finished the season in first place for Grommet Boys slopestyle and first place in the 9 and under rail jam class.

Elaina Krusiewski tied for second in Breaker Girls slopestyle and finished second outright in her rail jam age group.

Justin Lueders finished in the top spot for 10-13 year old boys in rail jam and was runner up in Breaker Boys slope.

Ian Johnson won Open Class in both rail jam and slopestyle!

Zach Ferry finished the season in second place behind Johnson in Open Class slope in a stacked field.

We carried the regular season’s momentum straight to Nationals, where we had a stellar performance with multiple finalists in almost every age class.  When the dust settled, Elaina K and Justin L stood on top of the podium with a bronze in halfpipe and a gold medal in rail jam, respectively.

It was a great season to be a kid on the East Coast, and an especially great one to be a freeskier at Mount Snow Academy.  We have some detailed summer camp plans in the works that we will be sending out shortly (including a potential Mammoth spring camp offering) and things are looking busy in the months to come.  We owe you all a huge thanks for everything you do. Without you, none of this would be possible and we are so grateful.


-Liam Downy & Robby Sullivan, Freeski Coaches



The snowboard team had an exceptional second half of the season. Following are some of the highlights.  On our first academic break we did an industry education day up in Burlington at the Burton Factory.  The athletes learned about history of the sport and saw the various occupational opportunities within a snowboard company.  On that break we also participated in the “boardsports trifecta” where we snowboarded, surfed, and skateboarded all in one day.  In February we had two athletes compete in the US Revolution Tour for their first time.  Each athlete landed a run and achieved their goals for a National Level event.  Everyone on the snowboard team made huge progressions throughout the season and surpassed many of their goals.

 On the competition side, all our competing athletes qualified for the USASA National Championships in Copper Colorado.  Many of our athletes were ranked very well going into Nationals.  After the end of the year recognition party, where several athletes received awards, we headed off to Colorado to acclimate and prepare.  Nationals went very well; we had a few podiums, several top 5s, and a good deal of top 10 finishes.  Some athletes had finishes well above their ranking and a few athletes qualified into the US Revolution Tour for next season.  Everyone had a memorable and progressive experience in Colorado and I’m sure are excited to go back.

Upon returning from Colorado Cro and I ran a Spring Camp at MSA with guest coach and C-Team rider Casey Willax.  We filled this camp with 16 new athletes.  We had on hill coaching, video review, dispersed footage to athletes, skateboarded, worked out in gym, played Frisbee, and rode on out Jib Hill.  The camp was a lot of fun, and it was great to see so much up and coming talent.  It is definitely a camp we will run in future years.

I’m looking forward to a summer of sun and surfing, and some on snow camps.

-Tommy Burke, Head Snowboard Coach


Pencils & Paper


Each year at the end of the season the faculty comes together to nominate, discuss, think over, talk with coaches, discuss some more, and finally agree on the recipients of the MSA Awards, presented at our Recognition Dinner.
This year, the faculty has recognized the award recipients with a book award, chosen by the teacher presenting the award for the student based on their interests and personality.
Academic Excellence
Awarded to a student who exhibits outstanding academic talent and uses that talent to perform at a consistently high standard in his/her classwork.
  • – Maddox Ormiston, Senior, Alpine
  • – Nick Ford, Junior, Freeski
Student Athlete
Awarded to a student who exemplifies a successful balance of strong accomplishments, both academically and athletically.
  • – Dana Peck, Senior, Snowboard
  • – Jillian Pastore, 8th Grade, Alpine
Rookie of the Year
Awarded to a student in his/her first season at MSA who performs well both academically and athletically and shows significant potential for growth in both areas.
  • – Paige Petrell, Senior, Alpine
  • – Griffin Mandino, 7th Grade, Snowboard
The “Max” Award
Awarded to a student who demonstrates maximum consistent effort with maximum great attitude.
  • – Zach Ferry, Junior, Freeski
  • – Andie Ormiston, Junior, Alpine
The Trailblazer Award
Awarded to a student who demonstrates unusual creativity and the courage to follow his/her own path.
  • – Jack Armbruster, Sophomore, Snowboard


At the end of each marking period (we have two) we identify and honor the student athletes who earns all “A”s (with a few minor exceptions). See who made the list this term:
  • Jack Armbruster
  • Ashley Byron
  • Nick Ford
  • Griffin Mandino
  • Erin McHugh
  • Alison Messier
  • Andie Ormiston
  • Chase Ormiston
  • Maddox Ormiston
  • Jillian Pastore
  • Dana Peck
  • Hailey Rebak


Join us October 5th for a fun fundraising event! At the beautiful Mount Snow Golf Course, join the MSA community for an enjoyable afternoon of golfing, followed by an evening where we will raise important funds for the upcoming season. More details to come; here is the basic schedule of events:

11 am Registration and Lunch
1 pm Shotgun
6 pm Awards, Raffle, Auction and Dinner


Vanessa Misciagna from NBC Affiliate WPTZ from Burlington, VT/Plattsburg, NY visited MSA in January and made an excellent video about our school.