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2014 CVA Graduation Weekend
May 30th - Senior Banquet - Sugarloaf Inn
May 31st - Commencement - Richard Bell Chapel, 10am
1st Annual Ski Academy Alumni Reunion – Park City, Utah
Seven ski academies from New England hosted a joint alumni reunion in Park City, Utah in the middle of February. This event was the first all-academy reunion and ski weekend, and it was a huge success. The skiing portion of the weekend started out on Friday as a small group of alums chased the conditions over to Little Cottonwood Canyon to ski Alta. It had snowed just under a foot on Thursday night so the skiing was very soft, especially for those who had just come in from New England.
On Saturday morning, alums awoke to the sound of avalanche control bombs and knew it was going to be a good day. It had snowed more than 20” in the back bowls at Park City Mountain that night, and the skiing was epic! There were packs of alums from all of the schools who were going this way and that, and who were firmly adhering to powder day rules (no waiting, please keep up/ie no friends on a powder day!).
After a full day on the slopes, the group came back together for après ski at the High West Distillery. It had been our hope for
this first year’s event to get somewhere around 40 people to attend the après party, so a space that would accommodate 60 people was rented. Apparently, there was more demand for this event than we predicted, since our highest count of participants was nearly 80 people, and due to fire code, High West had to turn a number of alums away! CVA was represented by about a dozen alums (Nora Stowell, Abby Champagne, Shawn Miele, Mark Radcliffe, Shelly Gillwald, Jim Fitlow, Sloane Johnson, Sam Sweetser, Jake Hardy, Porter Stowell, Katie Van Riper, and more). Based on the success of this inaugural event, we hope to do it again the 2nd weekend of February 2015 -- mark your calendar now!
CVA Comes to Montana: CVA Bozeman Event at the Buck Sackery
Alex Buck ’05 hosted a CVA alumni gathering on February 12 in Bozeman, Montana at his “Sackery,” which is where he puts together his Buck Products backpacks and assorted other sewn items. There was a great turnout with alumni ranging in years from 1998 - 2013. There is a great core of folks that have settled in Bozeman and who have put their mark on the Gallatin Valley. It was great to see everyone and to catch up!
CVA Alumni Day Recap
We celebrated our 2nd annual “CVA Alumni Day” on December 28 and had a great turnout and a great time. We held the annual alumni race on Lower Gauge and, believe it or not, there were some very competitive folks who showed up to race. We had many an older alum who complained loudly that they had to compete against Sam Morse ’13, who ultimately pulled out the victory! This year we (boldly) changed the venue for the alumni party from our longstanding tradition at The Rack (owned by alums Seth Westcott and Jeff Strunk) to the new CVA academic center on the King Cummings Campus. We had 54 alums join us and with many significant others in tow as well as staff, teachers and coaches, we had nearly 100 people! It was amazing to see such a turnout and for those of us who live in the Valley and who have worked for many years at CVA, it was fantastic to get the chance to catch up with so many of the folks who have made CVA the school it is today. This is an event that all alum should try to get back for -- this becomes a better event every year.
New York City Alumni Gathering
On December 12th a group of a dozen alums congregated at Mark Radcliffe’s apartment in the West Village of Manhattan. There were a smattering of NYC alums from as far back as the late ‘80’s to as recent as the late ‘00’s, and we were surprised by Seth Wescott ‘94, who just happened to be in the city for a brief morning stint on the Today Show with Matt Lauer. We shared food and drink as we caught up with each other, and then we did a little slide show featuring the newly constructed CVA Academic Center, and finished off the meeting as we watched episodes of “Maine Word of the Day” featuring none other than our own John “Haggie” Hagerstrom.. When some folks finally had to be on their way, the rest of us wandered down to the White Horse Tavern to finish out the evening. It was great to see everyone and we look forward to doing it again next year!