Local J4 “Jones” racers from the Killington Winter Sports Club/Killington Mountain School’s alpine team are on a roll, with the girls and boys both taking the top two spots in yesterday’s race at Middlebury Snowbowl. The team took home the MVC Beanpot Trophy for the fifth time this season, with the lowest possible score to win.
Ava Mattson, of Bridgewater, took top honors for the girls this week, with Taylor Dobyns, of Duxbury, Mass. and a student-athlete in KMS’ BOOST program, following on her heels in a close second. Marina Rotella, of Rutland, placed fourth. Mattson was the fastest on the hill on her second run—a career first for her. For the boys, Spencer Smith, a full-time Killington Mountain School student-athlete from Woodstock, had another first-place finish with teammate and KMS BOOST student-athlete Ian Clarke, of Pipersville, Penn., finishing in second.
The KWSC/KMS Coaching Staff teach athletes how to be safe on and around the mountain, while supporting and sustaining each participant with instruction, information and encouragement at all levels. The multi-snow sport program offers a two-day program that starts the first weekend of December and ends the last weekend in March and a three-day program that starts the first full weekend in November and ends the last weekend in March.
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.