Killington Mountain School celebrates most successful season ever

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 18, 2011 8:27 am

Killington Mountain School (KMS), one of the top ski academies in the country, showcased unprecedented results across alpine, freestyle and snowboard disciplines during the 2010-2011 season, to cap off its most successful season in the school’s 36-year history in the heart of the Green Mountains of Vermont. Results included junior national and state championships, NCAA All-America honors, and a Junior World Champion title.

“These accomplishments do not happen by accident or overnight,” said Head of School Tao Smith. “The hard work and dedication of our student-athletes is foremost in the list of reasons why, followed closely by the dedication and skill of the coaches and teachers at KMS. From parents to alumni, trustees to teachers, coaches to students, mountain employees to volunteers, it is a community effort, and the list of individuals that contribute to the KMS experience is vast.”

KMS student-athletes and alumni competed in eight states, three Canadian provinces, and two countries (Finland and Australia) to bring home more than 1,000 top-30 finishes, more than 250 podiums, 10 Mid-Vermont Council victories, five student-athletes named to the 2010-2011 VARA Team, seven Vermont State Championships, four Canadian K2 Championship titles, two Junior National Championship titles, one First-Team All-American, one Academic All-American, and one Junior World Champion title.

The academy’s staff and faculty presented KMS’s 2010-11 academic and recognition awards on April 2. Academic Department Awards for outstanding commitment to studies and exceptional work included:Wyatt Queirolo, Science;Carolyn Hofley, Mathematics;Kenny McNeill, English;Heather Desino, History;Jerica McMahon, Foreign Language; andJeffry Griffin, Arts.

Senior awards included: Brendan Bucksbuam, Academic Excellence Award; Brittany Angelo, Senior Award; and Tyler Wadhams, Fred Coriell Cup, the school’s most prestigious award. A number of student-athletes also were recognized with athlete awards in all disciplines.

The Dorm Leadership Award, given to the dorm student who best exemplifies the spirits of community living as shown by his or her positive attitude and willingness to serve others was presented to Jerica McMahon. The Head of School Award, given to the underclass student-athlete who most demonstrates the qualities of leadership, dedication and commitment, was presented to Dylan Malone.

KMS’ five-month program is unique-offering the “best of both worlds”-by allowing students to remain part of their home and community for a majority of the year, while at the same time offering a top-notch ski academy experience.

As the longest-running winter-term ski academy in the U.S., KMS is a fully approved Vermont independent school serving grades 7-12 (PG) with a mission is to inspire students to pursue excellence in academics and athletics in a culture that promotes integrity, leadership, responsibility, and respect. The academic program is a focused five-month program that provides students with instruction and support alongside high-level athletics. KMS alumni include Olympians Michael Morse, Evan Dybvig, Alex Wilson, Chuck Martin, and Bob Aldighieri. To learn more about alpine, snowboard, freestyle, and freeride training and opportunities, visit or call 802.422.KMS1.