Stratton Mountain School names Olympic gold medalist Ross Powers new Snowboard Program Director

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 20, 2010 3:11 pm

It’s an exciting day for the team at Stratton Mountain School, as alumnus and Olympic gold medalist Ross Powers has been named the new Snowboarding Program Director.  See the below press release from SMS, and congratulations to Ross on his new position!

The Stratton Mountain School Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the
hiring of Ross Powers, SMS class of 1997, as the new Snowboarding Program
Director. Powers will join the school’s athletic staff at the beginning of
the 2010-2011 academic year.

“Ross returns to us with more than a decade of experience competing at the
highest levels of world-wide competition,² said Christopher Kaltsas, SMS
Headmaster. ³Ross is one of the most highly profiled figures in the history
of the Halfpipe snowboard circuit, and we are pleased to have him join our

As a student at SMS, Powers captured the Gold Medal at the 1996 FIS
Snowboarding World Championship in Lienz, Austria. Two years later at the
Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, Powers earned a Bronze medal for his
performance in the Halfpipe. At the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, he
led the historic sweep by the US Men¹s Snowboarding Team and stood atop the
podium as the Gold Medalist.

³Our Snowboarding Program¹s new direction will integrate the latest coaching
techniques, strength and conditioning modalities, as well as the
state-of-the-art technology currently used at the highest levels of the
sport,” said Christopher Kaltsas, SMS Headmaster.

A Vermont native, Ross and his wife, Marisa, currently live in South
Londonderry, Vt., with their two daughters, Victoria and Meredith.

“The hiring of Ross Powers signifies a serious commitment by the Board of
Trustees to firmly maintain Stratton Mountain School as the preeminent Ski
and Snowboard Academy in the United States,² said Gary Giulietti, Chairman
of the Board of Trustees.

Mike Mallon, the current Snowboarding Director, will be pursuing a variety
of other opportunities for the ensuing year. While at SMS, Mike established
a strong relationship with many of his athletes and their families, and
successfully maintained the program at a level of national prominence. USSA
recognized him in 2009 with the prestigious ³Westhaven Award² and has been
instrumental with the recognition of our program as the ³USSA Snowboarding
Club of the Year² distinctions in 2005 and 2009.

³Mike has done a commendable job over the past six years at SMS,² said
Christopher Kaltsas, SMS Headmaster. “He is deserving of our sincere thanks
for his tireless work and efforts in support of our school, and we wish him
luck in the future.²

Stratton Mountain School is a ski and snowboard academy located at the base
of Stratton Mountain. The school serves students in grades 8-12 with winter
programs for seventh graders. The SMS community of students, faculty,
coaches and staff share the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.