For the fourth time, Stratton Mountain School has won the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s (USSA) top award for its snowboard program. The Club of the Year Award is given each year to the club or program that provides the highest level of direction and support to young athletes.
“I’m very proud to lead this incredibly talented team of athletes and coaches at SMS,” said Powers. “SMS is a great school and great place to be if you’re an elite snowboarder, and I’m honored with the Club of the Year Award.”
SMS Headmaster Chris Kaltsas said, “The SMS Snowboard Program has proven itself again and again to be the gold standard of elite snowboard training and competition. We are so proud to earn this award, and the SMS Snowboard Program coaches and athletes deserve this.”
In a letter acknowledging the award, the Snowboarding Sport Committee stated, “The success of Stratton Mountain School (SMS) athletes over the years has been unmatched. SMS’s recent success is due in large part to the efforts of the Program Director, Ross Powers. The group of coaches in place is remarkable.”
This year, SMS hired Ross Powers (SMS ’97) as the Snowboard Program Director. Powers, who walked the halls of SMS as a student athlete, went on to personal success in snowboarding, earning a gold and bronze medal in the Olympics (2002 and 1998 respectively).
The Snowboard Club of the Year Award will be presented to SMS at the USSA Congress 2011 on Friday, May 20 in Park City, Utah.
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 7th graders. The SMS community of students, faculty, coaches and staff share the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.