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

Passion for the outdoors, fun, and individual successes are important motivating factors for all winter sport athletes. 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 may now become part of the solution for their success and enjoy the experience with a broader sense of what they are involved in.

At CVA, we will guide as coaches, mentors and role models, and will seek the highest levels of motivation, determination, and hard work necessary from each athlete towards achieving their personal best.

The challenging terrain at Sugarloaf combined with our very own Seth Wescott–designed boarder/ski cross track provides the perfect environment to hone all of your 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.

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.

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.

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

The Ski Cross group will concentrate 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 will also be addressed. Athletes will primarily be competing in USASA and FIS/Nor-am events. All athletes in this group will be introduced to Elite level FIS Ski Cross events as needed to enhance and continue overall progression.

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List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Todd Johnson

    Todd Johnson 

    Snowboard/Ski Cross Program Director/Dorm Parent
  • Michael Phelan 

    Ski Cross Coach
  • Patrick O'Rourke 

    Ski Cross Coach