Ski Cross

Ski Cross Academy Program

Track record of success

CVA's Ski Cross program has a tremendous track record of success, including numerous World Junior Championship nominations, USASA National Championships, Nor-Am podiums, Project Gold invitations and Youth Olympics.

Motivating factors

Grounded in their own personal development
At CVA, we encourage our Ski Cross athletes to define what they are a part of and, more importantly, what they wish to get out of each experience. In outlining these steps and involving each athlete in this process they become grounded in their own personal development. Athletes become part of the solution for their success and enjoy the experience with a broader sense of what they are involved in.  By incorporating each athlete into the process of goal setting, competition planning, fitness evaluations, and conditioning planning, we allow each student-athlete to become part of their individual athletic process.

Coaches are mentors and role models
We guide athletes as coaches, mentors and role models, and seek the highest levels of motivation, determination, and hard work necessary from each athlete towards achieving their personal best.  Passion for the outdoors, fun, and individual successes are important motivating factors for all winter sport athletes.

World-class boarder/ski cross track
The challenging terrain at Sugarloaf combined with our very own Seth Wescott–designed boarder/ski cross track provides the perfect environment to hone racing skills. Seth is a CVA graduate who is a mentor and role model for all our students. We have created a comprehensive program mirrored after our world famous boardercross program and will provide all of the resources needed to help you push your limits and achieve your personal best.

Promoting the development of overall athleticism
The CVA Ski Cross program focuses on long-term athlete development and applying the appropriate and latest research principles to promote the development of overall athleticism in our student-athletes. Our human performance program works with each athlete to define individual needs and provide the resources needed to support athletic growth. As a team, we work together to support one another both on and off the hill.

Pathway to success
On snow, athletes are placed into a specific training group based on ability, past competition results, motivation, and individual goals relative to competition. Each individual's needs are assessed and a season-long plan is created that encompasses all details related to the season, and clearly defines the pathway to success.

All aspects of competitive skiing
The Ski Cross group concentrates on developing a complete acquisition of skills needed for skiercross competition. All aspects of competitive skiing including, but not limited to techniques in SL, GS, SG, tactics, tuning and maintenance, visualization, and a complete understanding of FIS rules and procedures are addressed. Athletes primarily compete in USASA and FIS/Nor-Am events. All athletes in this group are introduced to Elite level FIS Ski Cross events as needed to enhance and continue overall progression.

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List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Michael Phelan

    Mike Phelan 

    Ski Cross Program Manager
  • Photo of Patrick O'Rourke

    Patrick O'Rourke 17

    Ski Cross Coach