KILLINGTON, Vt.– Killington Winter Sports Club/Killington Mountain School (KWSC/KMS) snowboarders dominated two events this past weekend-the first rail jam in the K-Town Showdown Series at Killington and the first two giant slalom races of the season in the USASA Southern Vermont Series, held at Bromley. Killington region student-athletes plus snowboarders from Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts represented KMS and KWSC/KMS at the events.
On Saturday, Dec. 18, Killington held its first K-Town Showdown Series rail jam in the Mouse Run Park. KWSC/KMS athletes Will Stellar, 14, of Killington, and Joey Leon, 11, of West Simsbury, Conn., took second and third respectively in the grom division. Ryan Sihler, 11, of Rutland, and Cameron Slenker, 11, of Chittenden, took fourth and fifth.
Grace Vosburgh, 12, of Bloomfield, Conn., placed third in the women’s open division.
Also on Saturday, the USASA Southern Vermont series-one of the most highly competitive series in the country-was held at Bromley Mountain. Sam Hayden, 12, of Pittsfield took third place in both races. Hayden beat several riders on hard-boot alpine setups using his freestyle board and soft boots as well. The first of two giant slalom races was held under cloudy skies and was technically challenging with several delays and a fast finish. The second race was more straight forward. Final score for each race was the combined times of two runs through the course.
In her inaugural snowboard competition, KWSC/KMS rookie Nikki Sardelli, 12, of Killington, raced to a third-place finish in both races as well.
In the highly competitive Youth Boys Division (ages 14-15) KWSC/KMS rider Kamran Gossieaux, 15, of Andover, Mass., finished third and fourth in the two races like Hayden, beating several racers in alpine set-ups. Alex Sheppard, 14, of Killington, finished his races sixth and seventh respectively.
“It was a big weekend for KMS and KWSC/KMS snowboarding,” said Kevin “KC” Gandee, head snowboard coach at KWSC/KMS and snowboard program director. “In only his second season on a snowboard, KMS snowboarder and USAA rookie Conner Phillips was very aggressive in the gates and took falls in three of his four runs [finishing 8th]. In his last run, everything seemed to click through, and we’re looking forward to big results from Phillips later this season.”
The Killington Winter Sports Club/Killington Mountain School Competition Programs are the primary development pipeline for the Killington Mountain School. These programs are administered by KMS in conjunction with the Killington Winter Sports Club and aim to create an appropriate environment for the development of competitive athletes who are shaped by the ideals of athleticism and who are inspired by a lifelong love of their sport.
Killington Mountain School is a fully approved Vermont independent school whose mission is to inspire students to pursue excellence in academics and athletics in a culture that promotes integrity, leadership, responsibility, and respect. To learn more about alpine, snowboard, freestyle, and freeride training and opportunities, visit www.killingtonmountainschool.org or call 802.422.KMS1.