CVA Sophomore, Luke Kearing, Wins Prestigious Berlack/Astle Fast Skier Award

 

Carrabassett Valley, Maine   –  Hot off the heels of his National Championship victory, Luke Kearing, Carrabassett Valley Academy Sophomore, was awarded the Berlack and Astle Memorial Fast Skier Award.

Luke started skiing with the CVA program when he was only 7-years-old, first as a member of the CVA Weekend Program, and then joining the Academy in 8th grade. This season marked a milestone in his competitive career. In April, Luke claimed the overall title for the U16 Alpine National Championship. To reach the top of the national podium, Kearing had a strong regional season and placed 2nd in Slalom and 3rd in Giant Slalom and Super G at the U16 Ronnie Berlack Eastern Championships in March.

"It’s a real honor to have been chosen to receive the Berlack/Astle Memorial Award. This memorial award in their memory is very special, and I will do my best to honor their legacies by working hard to follow my dream of making the US Ski Team one day,” Luke stated in response to winning the men’s award for this year.

Berlack/Astle Award athletes receive a $1,500 cash award, a helmet, goggles and back protector from POC, and a hat, backpack and t-shirt from World Cup Supply.

This is the 9th year the Fast Skier Award has been given and the 3rd year that the award has been presented in memory of Ronnie Berlack and Bryce Astle, two U.S. Ski Team athletes whose lives were lost in an avalanche in Soelden, Austria in January 2015. The awards are based on race results, academic excellence, coach’s recommendations and community involvement.

The award is presented by World Cup Supply and 1to3go.  

 

Carrabassett Valley Academy continues building excellence in Alpine Coaching Program

Announcing the hiring of Sean Chatellard as Head Coach for U19 Men’s Alpine 

 

April 30, 2018 – Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Carrabassett Valley Academy is excited to announce the hiring of Sean Chatellard as Head U19 Men’s Coach. Sean returns to CVA after spending the past two seasons coaching Division 1 athletes with the Colby College Ski Team. Prior to his role with Colby, Sean spent time coaching with the Aspen Valley Ski Club, and for two years as an Assistant Coach here at CVA, working with our U19 and U16 men’s teams. 

Sean returns to the valley with his fiancé Morgan, and we are delighted to welcome them both in to our community. Sean is a dedicated, professional coach and is eager to plant roots in this area. He is committed to ensuring the quality and strength of our storied alpine racing program.

CVA Alpine Program Director, Garrett Lashar said of Sean’s return, “I look forward to having [Sean] return to CVA as a staple and leader here within our team. And most importantly, I know he will have an immense impact on our current and future athletes.”

Sean commented, "I am extremely excited to be given the opportunity to come back to CVA in a leading role and joining such an amazing team for my next coaching chapter! I am very eager to see what the future holds, and I am very glad to be back in the Valley."

Welcome back Sean! 

Sophomore Luke Kearing wins 2018 U16 National Championship

April 9, 2018

Carrabassett  Valley,  Maine   –  Carrabassett Valley Academy Sophomore, Luke Kearing, is the 2018 U16 Overall National Champion in Alpine ski racing. 

The towering 15-year-old, who hails from Carrabassett Valley, has had an impressive season – showcasing his dedication and passion for the sport by hitting the podium in nearly all of his races. Luke dominated at the Eastern Championships [held at Stowe Mountain, VT in mid-March], throwing down consistently fast runs and landing on the podium not once, but three times throughout the competition. But following that event is when things really started to heat up on the cold steeps of Sugarloaf Mountain.

“In the two-week period between Easterns and Nationals, he just kept getting better and better,” said Jeff Beauregard, CVA Head U16 Coach. “He was skiing so fast, just awesome, after seeing what he was doing in training, I knew he would perform [at Nationals].” 

And perform he did. Beginning on March 31 at the U.S. Ski National Championships at Mission Ridge Ski Resort, WA, Luke took 2nd place in both Super G and Giant Slalom, also nabbing a 2nd in the Skills Quest event, which is an opportunity to showcase skill, strength and ability. A week-long effort culminating in the title as the Overall U16 National Champion.

“Luke is a great skier, at the end of the day that’s what makes a great ski racer – when everything clicks for him, it’s really his to lose,” said Beauregard.

Key Season Results: 

2-Feb: MARA GS Qualifier, Sugarloaf, U16, 2nd

11-Feb: MARA U16 Qualifier, Shawnee Peak, U16, 2nd

25-Feb: MARA U16 Qualifier, Sunday River, U16 & Overall, 1st

Post-Season:

3-March: Eastern Championships Stowe, VT, Slalom (Race 1), 2nd;

Slalom (Race 2), 3rd; Super G (Race 1), 3rd

31-March: National Championships, Mission Ridge; U16 Overall, 1st;

Super G, 2nd; Giant Slalom, 2nd (1st East); Skills Quest, 2nd

 

Garrett Lashar to join CVA as Alpine Program Director

February 9, 2018 – Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Carrabassett Valley Academy (CVA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Garrett Lashar as its new Alpine Program Director. Garrett will be responsible for the staffing, programming, implementation and supervision of the Academy and Weekend Alpine Programs. Over the past three decades, CVA has helped shape the competitive future of Olympic athletes, like Bode Miller and Kirsten Clark, current U.S. National team member Sam Morse, World Cup competitors, NCAA Division 1 athletes and countless young skiers with a passion for their sport. Garrett will seek to continue the long tradition of excellence at the Academy; a U.S. Ski & Snowboard Gold Certified Club and a U.S. Ski & Snowboard High Performance Center.

“It is with great excitement that we welcome Garrett back to CVA,” said Kate Webber Punderson, Head of School.” As a Sugarloafer, CVA alumnus and former CVA Alpine coach, Garrett’s roots in the Valley run deep. He returns to Sugarloaf having gained valuable experience in a range of programs and with a reputation as a hard-working coach, dedicated to inspiring athletes and coaches alike. His love of skiing and CVA is apparent from the moment you meet him and his energy is infectious.”

After graduating from CVA in 2000 Garrett attended Plymouth State University. He was a member of the PSU Alpine ski team, serving as team captain both his junior and senior years. After graduating with a degree in Management, Garrett began his coaching career with Waterville Valley Ski Club, working with the Men’s and Women’s U19 program. He returned to CVA for two years coaching the Men’s U19 program.

Following that, from 2007-2012 Garrett served as the Head Coach of the Men’s and Women’s Alpine Ski Team at Colby-Sawyer College. While at Colby-Sawyer, Garrett’s student-athletes achieved 38 USCSA All-American honors as well as multiple National Championship titles. In 2010 Garrett, working closely with the college administrators, elevated the ski program from USCSA to NCAA. Throughout this time, Garrett gained valuable experience working with multiple departments to ensure athlete and program success – from academics, to off-season training, to admissions and financial aid. After five years with a collegiate program Garrett shifted his focus back to the club level and began coaching at Mount Mansfield Ski Club, where for the past six winters Garrett has coached athletes across genders at both the U16 and the U19 levels.

On his return to the Academy Garrett relates, “I can’t tell you how humbled, honored, and ecstatic I am for this opportunity. The return home to Sugarloaf was something that was bound to happen, and the timing for me could not be any better than right now. Every resource and piece of infrastructure is here for a student-athlete to succeed, and I’m excited to foster a team, and “athlete-centric” approach with the staff and the CVA community. The support and positivity has already been tremendous. And I am just so thrilled to hit the ground running for this community, for the alumni, and most importantly the current and future kids here at CVA.”

Welcome back to CVA, Garrett!

 

Student Recognition Awards

At CVA we believe in the power of positive encouragement. We strive to recognize strong effort, improvement, commitment and good choices with personal and collective praise. In addition to frequent affirmations and encouragements this year we have put in place a monthly recognition program for especially exceptional effort and achievement. Through this program we aim to reward students as well as motivate them to be the best versions of themselves.

January 2018 

Student of the Month

Ella Spear, Junior, Alpine 

Ella consistently excels in all of her courses. She exemplifies hard-work and focused effort. Ella contributes her time to supporting engagement within our community as a Peer Mentor. 

 

 

Athlete of the Month

Luke Kearing, Sophomore, Alpine

Luke is absolutely crushing it athletically. He always demonstrates a positive attitude and pushes himself to do his absolute best on the hill and in the classroom. 

 

 

 

Community Member of the Month

Nick Prawer, Senior, Freestyle

Nick is an incredibly kind teammate and genuinely caring community member. He does well to include and nurture the younger athletes on his team, serving as a great role model and friend. 

November/December 2017

Student of the Month

Ben Malone, Junior, Freestyle

Ben is a model student when in the classroom and while traveling, his effort remains strong no matter what the situation. 

Ben's dedicated focus on academic excellence is apparent across all of his courses. 

 

 

 

Athlete of the Month

Lake Lindelhof, 8th Grade, Alpine

Lake maintains a very positive attitude despite having a difficult injury. He came to CVA having just sustained the inury, demonstrating an incredible committment to his goals. 

Lake works hard in everything he does and consistently shows politeness, respectfulness and support for others. 

 

 

 

Community Member of the Month

Lucien Forget, 8th Grade, Freestyle

Lucien is a great teammate, friend and peer. He consistently demonstrates genuine care and respect for all members of the CVA community, and his positive attitude is infectous. 

 

 

October 2017 

Congratulations to this month's recipients, keep up the great work Big Dogs!

Student of the Month

Chad Hamblet, Senior, Alpine

Chad is deomonstrating great academic drive and initiative this year. He is taking a rigorous course load and is poised to balance it very well while pursuing his ski raing goals. 

Teachers noted that throughout the training camp in Austria in October, Chad excelled in his school work, leading him to attain high honors for the first grading term. 

 

Athlete of the Month

Tallie Pilsbury, Sophomore, Backcountry

Tallie has been recognized for her athletic growth, her positive attitude and her increasing confidence in all her training sessions this fall. Whether on a multi-pitch climb, long mountain bike ride, or weight-lifting session, Tallie approaches everything with determination, focus and fun. 

 

 

Community Member(s) of the Month

Michael Martin, Senior, Snowboard and Simon Spear, Junior, Alpine

Both Michael and Simon lead our community by example. They are excellent role models for our younger students each day. They both stepped up over Homecoming Weekend to assist with our Weekend Program Dryland Mini Camp, where they showed our youngest Big Dogs the joys and rewards of hard work.

 

September 2017 

Congratulations to this month's recipients, keep up the great work Big Dogs!

Student of the Month

September 2017 Student of the Month

Emma Downing, Junior, Boardercross

Emma demonstrates a tireless work ethic. She assists others when she has completed her own work and shows great compassion to all of her peers, ensuring everyone feels included in campus events and activities. She is always on hand to help injured classmates with their daily routine. 

Emma has shown great iinitiative in her organization of the Kindness Mugs projects, encouraging engagement amongst her peers. 

 

Athlete of the Month

September 2017 Athlete of the Month

Max Eisenhauer, Senior, Snowboard

Max consistently demonstrates hard work and a positive attitude during training, and is always supportive of his teammates.

 

 

 

 

 

September 2017 Community Member of the Month

Community Member of the Month

Cam Niven, Senior, Backcountry

Cam consistently demonstrates the Big Dog values in his everyday community living. He has positively and enthusiastically stepped into his leadership role on the Student Council. 

 

 

 

October 2, 2017 

We are eagerly preparing for one of our favorite weekends of the year, Homecoming at Sugarloaf and Fall Family Weekend at CVA.  Part of our preparations includes offering Weekend Program families a free Dryland Mini-Camp!   

Together, Academy athletes, coaches, and the CVA High Performance Director will lead weekend program athletes through some of the very same drills and skills that help make academy athletes so successful!  A healthy snack will be provided. The program will begin at the AGC and end at the Competition Center; participants will be transported to the Competition Center by 3:45 PM for pick-up.

CVA is a newly designated U.S. Ski & Snowboard High Performance Center; it is exciting to know that our dryland training philosophy for all CVA athletes is in line with the philosophy of United States Ski and Snowboard.  

What:         CVA Weekend Program Dryland Mini Camp – Free!

When:        Saturday, October 7th, 12:30 - 3:45 PM

Who:          Weekend Program athletes (all ages and all disciplines)

Where:       Begins at the AGC and ends at the Competition Center

Please:       Dress for indoor and outdoor activity, wear sneakers, bring a water bottle

Parent Supervision is welcome, but not required; please recognize that participation is at your own risk.

Pre-registration by Tuesday, October 3: allows prior planning for the best possible experience, but day-of registration is also available. If you have not already signed up for the Weekend Program by the Camp, one parent will need to be present at Camp registration to sign a waiver form, please register here for the Dryland Mini-Camp.   

Still haven't registered for the Weekend Program? Click here.

For more information, contact:

Venise Fournier, CVA Coordinator of Auxiliary Programs

Phone: 207-237-4459

vfournier@gocva.com

 

CVA Alpine takes the off-season in stride

 

Off season cross-training took an exciting turn for many alpine athletes this year, as we collaborated with Rollerblade® to link inline skating skills with alpine ski technique, and incorporate U.S. Ski & Snowboard's Skills Quest program. During a one-day Skate-to-Ski camp in June, athletes were offered ways to develop technical skills such as balance, flexion/extension and upper and lower body separation. They were also exposed to important fitness components for the key muscle groups recruited during alpine skiing. Here's a link to one of the Youtube clips from the session:


Follow-up sessions through the fall will include skill and fitness evaluation. Check out CVA Alpine for more camp and programming opportunties.

 

 

CVA Welcomes Michael "Goldy" Goldschmidt as Elite Snowboard Head Coach

August 11, 2017

CVA is pleased to announce the hiring of Michael "Goldy" Goldschmidt as the new Head Coach for our Elite Snowboard Team. 

Goldy is a graduate of Stratton Mountain School, where he attended from grades 7 - 12. During his time at SMS his riding excelled, and he quickly progressed through the ranks, competing at high level events such as the Grand Prix, Junior Worlds, Dew Tour, World Cup, and X-Games, to name a few. 

Goldy also competed as a member of the U.S. Snowboard halfpipe team for three years. Following his graduation, he moved to Lake Tahoe, pursuing his dreams and snowboarding career. As his years of actively competing came to a close, he enrolled at Sierra Nevada College. In addition to snowboarding Goldy enjoys rock climbing, golf, camping and hiking. 

Goldy's competitive experience and passion for the sport will be great assets in his new role. Please join us in welcoming Goldy to the CVA family. 

 

New partnership marks exciting chapter for CVA and Sugarloaf

CVA and Sugarloaf receive US Ski & Snowboard Team High Performance Center and Team Development Site designation

 

 

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine – Through a recent partnership with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard, Carrabassett Valley Academy (CVA) and Sugarloaf have been designated as a U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team Development Site and Team High Performance Center. U.S. Ski & Snowboard serves as the national governing body of Olympic skiing and snowboarding and the parent organization of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboard Team and U.S. Freeski Team. 

This collaboration, with the ongoing support of the Sugarloaf Ski Club and the Town of Carrabassett Valley, marks the beginning of a new era for the winter sports academy and resort, located in the mountains of Western Maine.

“This begins an exciting new chapter in the school’s storied evolution. The partnership lays the foundation for providing our student-athletes with an unmatched level of training support and opportunity for success within their disciplines,” said Head of School, Kate Punderson.

Athletes will have access to exceptional on-hill training at Sugarloaf, and dry-land training thanks to the generosity of the town [of Carrabassett Valley], which will provide free access to the Anti-Gravity Complex.

“Since the FIS World Cup in 1971, Sugarloaf has been a proving ground for the nation’s top skiers and snowboarders,” said Sugarloaf General Manager, Karl Strand. “From Bode Miller to Kirsten Clark and Seth Wescott, many of the country’s greatest athletes have cut their teeth right here in Carrabassett Valley, and we are honored to open our doors to the next generation of competitive snowsport athletes as a U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team Development Site and High Performance Center.” 

As a High Performance Center, CVA will collaborate with U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Park City-based Center of Excellence and other high performance centers to share best practices in strength and conditioning, sport science and sports medicine and serve as a site to host training and education sessions for  clubs in the region. As a U.S. Ski  &  Snowboard Team Development Site, Sugarloaf will provide on-hill training days for regional and national development projects, as well as access for U.S. Ski Team athletes.

“These partnership programs have provided hundreds of our regional and national athletes with the training opportunities they need to take their performance to the next level,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw. “The facilities at CVA and Sugarloaf will be invaluable resources for our national teams and local clubs as we prepare for the Olympic season and beyond.”

Carrabassett Valley Academy is one of just 8 recently named programs in the United States that has been identified for partnership with U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s high performance team. The partnership opens the door for members of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Teams to train at CVA athletic facilities. It will also provide CVA with the unique opportunity to collaborate with other clubs who have received the partnership status, as well as U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s high performance team, to establish age-appropriate training progressions and fitness benchmarks designed to help young snow sport athletes reach their maximum potential.   

“U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s High Performance Team will be an invaluable resource for the school,” notes CVA High Performance Director, Shelby Downing. She continues, “It is a great advantage, not to mention huge inspiration, to be able to see U.S. team members in action, in the gym, and on the fields.”

Carrabassett Valley Academy's training facility, the Anti-Gravity Complex, boasts strength training venues, trampolines, an indoor skate park, basketball court, spin and yoga room, and climbing wall.  Outdoor training sites on campus include additional trampolines, a soccer field, track, and slack line area. 

CVA students and U.S. team members will also have the opportunity to experience world class mountain biking, white water rafting, canoeing, hiking along the incomparable Appalachian Trail, as well as sea and white-water kayaking.  All of these resources provide outstanding dryland training opportunities.

 

CVA and Sugarloaf announce new, on-hill training enhancement

 

As Sugarloaf and Carrabassett Valley Academy continue to improve their athletic training and competition facilities, the two organizations are working together to add a mid-station load ramp on the Double Runner West chairlift. 

The mid-station load ramp will allow athletes skip the run out to the bottom of the mountain, thereby reducing their time on the lift and increasing their time on the snow. Coaches will benefit from additional vantage spots and the ability to view their athletes runs as they ride the DRC West. The mid-station ramp will also significantly decrease wait time at the Super Quad Chair and the Skyline Chair for the teams. The new mid-station load ramp will be available to all resort guests with a valid lift ticket or season pass. 

“The new mid-station load on DRC is another example of Sugarloaf’s commitment to providing our athletes and coaches exceptional training and racing venues,” Kate Punderson, CVA Head of School said. “The short lift ride will give our coaches the ability to have eyes on their athletes while maintaining the quality and safety of training. Our athletes will have more turns in less time with quicker feedback on their runs.”

“Our partnership with CVA is very important to us and we’re pleased to work together on projects like this that provide benefits for both organizations,” Sugarloaf General Manager Karl Strand said. 

 

CVA welcomes Ted Porter as Head Freeski Coach

June 6, 2017 – Carrabassett Valley, Maine.

CVA is pleased to announce the hiring of Ted Porter as the new Freeski Head Coach. Ted is a 2010 CVA graduate and holds a BA of Business Administration from Sierra Nevada College in North Lake Tahoe. While at CVA and the years following, Ted competed in many high-level slopestyle and half pipe competitions including the Dew Tour, Grandprix, NorAms, and Northface Open events.

Ted will be charged with preparing the CVA Freeski athletes to handle a variety of terrain filled with rails, hips, table tops, and jumps as they combine technical tricks into one run. Along with his athletic successes and experience, Ted has also coached the Carrabassett Valley Academy Summer Camp athletes for several years, as a trampoline and skateboard coach. 

Beyond this, Ted has experience as a dorm parent, which will help him support athletes needs both on the road and at home.                                                                            

Please join us in welcoming Ted back to CVA!

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2017

This week, we celebrate the class of 2017 and all they have done as members of our community during their time at CVA. On Saturday, June 3rd, we will send them on to their next adventure, and look forward to the many and great things they will do. Go Big Dogs! 

Nicholas Scott Beliveau, Alpine, Falmouth, ME

Thomas Daigle, Alpine, Quebec, Canada

Kiersten Edwards, Snowboard, Londonderry, VT - Class Valedictorian

Henry Weseloh Kearing, Alpine, Carrabassett Valley, ME

Kincaid MacCulloguh, Backcountry, Bernard, ME

Nick Malone, Snowboard, Carrabassett Valley, ME

Brianna Marquis, Alpine, Durham, NH

Sophia Alexandra Morris, Alpine, Yarmouth, ME

Patrick Seamus O'Rourke, Ski Cross, Durham, NH

Alexia Preston, Alpine, Auckland, New Zealand - Class Salutatorian

William Sebastian Aunders Ryley, Alpine, Philadelphia, PA

Augustus (Gus) William Shuster, Freestyle, Windham, NY

Blake Elizabeth Thompson, Alpine, Hampden, ME

Frederic (Eric) Williams, Snowboard, Erie, PA 

Connor Wilson, Alpine, Dunkeld, Gauteng, South Africa

 

5.26.2017

CVA announces staffing updates to Men’s and Women’s U16 Alpine teams 

May 25, 2017 – Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Carrabassett Valley Academy is pleased to announce several important changes and additions to the Men’s and Women’s U16 Alpine teams. For the 2017/18 season, both the men’s and women’s teams will train under the oversight of Head Coach Jeff Beauregard, adding to Jeff’s previous responsibilities in the 2016/17 season as the Head Coach for the U16 Alpine Men. 

CVA Alpine Program Director, Kraig Sourbeer notes, “Both Jeff and I feel the kids at the U16 ages can work well together and push each other for a fun and lively training environment. Assisting Jeff will be current CVA Assistant Alpine Coach, John Tyler, and recently hired, Martha Coughlin Corrock.

Martha is the spouse of recently hired U19 Men’s Assistant Coach, Kenny Corrock, and comes to CVA to share her passion and enthusiasm for skiing and ski racing that has flourished her whole life. Originally from North Conway, NH, Martha skied under the tutelage of the Hannes Schneider Ski School at Cranmore. The challenging environment led her to a four-year stint on the US Ski Team, racing on the Can Am and World Cup circuit, winning US junior and Senior National Slalom and GS Championships. She is a four-time US National Champion, and was ranked top seed in the world in SL, GS and Downhill at the time of her retirement. 

In 2006 she was honored at the Vermont Ski Hall of Fame for establishing the first Ski Academy in United States (Burke Mtn Academy). After ski racing Martha spent the next few years as coach/director at Glenwood Acres, NY, Steamboat Springs, CO, and Alpental, WA.

After moving back to North Conway, Martha rekindled her passion for coaching. She coached at Cranmore Mtn. for 10 years; U10’s - U16’s, Gould Academy as Head Women’s FIS coach, then returned to MWVST as FIS coach. Martha is a level 1 PSIA instructor, Level 100 Coach, Certified CPR & Wilderness First Responder – SOLO.

Please join us in congratulating Jeff and John on their new roles, and in welcoming Martha to the CVA family. 

 

5.22.2017

CVA announces the hiring of Kenny Corrock as Assistant Coach for U19 Women’s Alpine

May 22, 2017 – Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Carrabassett Valley Academy is pleased to announce the hiring of Kenny Currock as the U19 Women’s Alpine Assistant Coach. Most recently, Kenny spent two seasons as the FIS Coach for the Mount Washington Valley Ski Team. Kenny has dedicated his life to skiing and brings with him vast knowledge, experience, and passion for the sport. 

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Kenny moved to Kitzbuhel, Austria at age 10 and attended the fourth grade at the Austrian Volkschule, the local Austrian grade school. Kenny later attended the University of Denver in Colorado, and speaks multiple foreign languages, including Spanish, German and basic French. 

As a racer, Kenny began competing at age 13, qualifying for the US Ski Team at age 17, and remaining a member for five years.  Following his term with the U.S. Ski Team, he spent six years on Bob Beatties World Pro Skiing tour. Kenny is a Level 200 USSCA Coach, Level 3 PSIA (retired) ski instructor and Level 4 USSA TD, and has been dedicated to teaching and coaching skiing for the last 40 years. From his first job coaching for the U.S. Ski Team in Australia in 1972 at age 22, to operating Corrock Summer Race camps since 1973, in North and South America and Europe, Kenny’s depth of knowledge will be an invaluable resource for our athletes.

Kenny spent four years at Snowbird, Utah, as the Program Director and Head Coach before settling in to a coaching tenure at Sun Valley, Idaho, where he was also a builder/contractor in the Wood River Valley (Sun Valley) for over 35 years. His Son, Tyler (33) and Daughter, Lily (37) were born, raised and still live in Sun Valley.

 

5.9.2017

New name for CVA's ALPS program - Same incredible experience for athletes

A message from CVA Backcountry (formerly known as ALPS) Program Director, Patrick Scanlan. 

Hello CVA Community, 

I am excited to announce that the CVA ALPS Team (Alpine Leadership Pursuits for Skiers and Snowboarders) will now be known as CVA Backcountry.  This change comes during an exciting time for our program, as the backcountry skiing and riding discipline continues to expand through a growing user base, revolutionary ski touring technology, and a passionate and ambitious community.   

The Backcountry program at CVA offers experiential programming for high school skiers and snowboarders who are committed to developing a skill set that is specific to managing risk and making decisions in backcountry ski terrain. The program trains athletes to become proficient at skiing and riding in all types of ungroomed terrain in a variety of locations, from steep couloirs in France, to variable East coast snow in tight trees, to powder in the Tetons. These experiences are paired with individualized athletic conditioning specific to the mountain environment, world-class instruction from partnerships with outdoor educators and certified ski and mountain guides, and the ability for athletes to earn industry-specific credentials such as Wilderness First Aid through SOLO Schools, and avalanche education through the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).  

When students graduate from the program, whether they have been enrolled for one year or four, they represent the next generation of ambassadors in the backcountry skiing community who have a passionate sense of adventure, while also understanding the importance of continued education, training, and respect for the natural environment. They leave with a skill set that reaches far beyond big mountain adventures.  The leadership skills taught in the CVA Backcountry Program are focused on being efficient and safe in the mountains. Skills like communication, teamwork, decision making, risk management, and respect represent the core elements of backcountry skiing and are also transferrable to almost any career or university program.  

Additionally, we are excited to have recently created the new Freeride Development Team.  This program focuses on giving younger athletes, in 7th or 8th grade, specific coaching in all-mountain and freeride skiing while also exposing them to competitive freeride events, as well as backcountry ski touring.  The goal of this new program is to help young athletes find a sense of direction to help them decide whether they want to concentrate on competing (CVA Freeride) or further developing a backcountry skill set (CVA Backcountry).  

The CVA Backcountry Program will stay true to the spirit of the ALPS acronym, which was coined at the program’s inception in 2001, and after 16 years of evolution of the sport, this name change offers a clear representation of what we do and how it is relevant in the world of free skiing. I am proud of the many alumni who have shaped this unique program, and excited about the bright future and the talented and passionate student-athletes that it will continue to attract. 

 

Patrick Scanlan

CVA Backcountry Program Director


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CVA student is new National Champion in Youth Women’s Boarder Cross

For the second year running, Carrabassett Valley Academy student-athlete Acy Craig of Stowe, VT, went to the annual USASA championship events held at Copper Mountain, CO, with high hopes of a solid performance. In last year’s events, the then 7th grader, took home the top spot in her age class for Giant Slalom, and netted top 10 finishes in Boarder Cross, Slopestyle and Slalom to boot.

This year, at the ripe age of 14, she becomes a National Champion once again, this time in the coveted Boarder Cross event.

“Acy has been incredibly solid all year. She raked in four, first-place finishes, and a second-place podium in the Maine Mountain Series Boardercross competitions this season alone.” Said Snowboard Program Director, Alex Tuttle. “It’s amazing to watch such a young athlete with so much focus and composure in high-stakes competition, we are all obviously looking forward to seeing what she does in years to come, and couldn’t be prouder for everything she’s already accomplished.”

2017 USASA Nationals Results (Youth Women) Copper Mountain, CO:

Boarder Cross                         1st

Slalom                                     4th

Slopestyle                                8th

Halfpipe                                  12th

2017 Season Results – Maine Mountain Series:

1st       3/5/2017                     Sunday River

1st       2/26/2017                   Sugarloaf

1st       2/25/2017                   Sugarloaf

2nd      1/15/2017                   Sugarloaf

1st       1/14/2017                   Sugarloaf

2016 USASA Nationals Results (Youth Women) Copper Mountain, CO:

Giant Slalom                           1st

Boarder Cross                         4th

Slalom                                     5th

Slopestyle                                9th

Halfpipe                                  15th

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