Killington students sweep podium at USASA Southern Vermont Halfpipe

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 1, 2011 9:03 am

KILLINGTON, Vt. – At the second to last USASA Southern Vermont series event at Mount Snow this past weekend, three student-athletes from Rutland led the way for Killington Mountain School, sweeping the podium on Sunday in halfpipe competition in the 13-15 skier division. On Saturday, skiers from both Killington Mountain School and its complementing Killington Winter Sports Club took multiple podiums as well.

Cooper Babbit owned the top spot on the podium both days, with a win in slopestyle on Saturday and another in pipe on Sunday; he spun clean back-to-back 5′s and a 7 to claim victory in the pipe. Ari Schneider had clean 5′s and his first flair in competition to take second place, and Tec Calcagni finished in third with two clean 5′s. In the 10-12 skier division, KWSC athlete Sam Gnoza, of Mendon, took gold for his age group, as did Matt Crowe, of Boxford, Mass., for the 16-18 skier division. Anthony Belardi, of South Salem, N.Y., took the fifth spot in the skier 13-15 division to round out Sunday’s highlights.

On Saturday, Gnoza landed at the top of the podium in slopestyle for skier 10-12 division as did Crowe for skier 16-18 division. Declan O’Brien, of Middlebury, walked away with a bronze in the skier 13-15 division, and Eric Unterberger, of Stroudsburg, Penn., placed solidly in third for the skier 16-18 division.

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. KMS freestyle alumni include: Michael Morse ’99, 2010 Olympian and 2008 National Champion in moguls and dual moguls; Evan Dybvig ’97 – Nagano and Salt Lake Olympics, Two-time National Champion; Luke Westerlund ’98 – 2004 US National Mogul Champion; Evan Rapps ’96 – (Rapps skied for the U.S. Freestyle Team, but is known for his musical interests and a successful career in the skiing community as one of the innovators in the freeride movement.) and Olympian and 4 Time World Pro Tour Champion Chuck Martin.