Impressive Start to Winter Season for Stratton Mountain School Athletes

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 19, 2012 6:51 am

Winter has only just officially begun, and already students from the Stratton Mountain School (SMS) in Southern Vermont are making a name for themselves this season!

On Monday, January 16th, the SMS alpine boys took eight of the top-10 spots at the USSA Giant Slalom (GS) race at Sugarbush Resort. Senior Tanner Mottau placed second, which was instrumental to the team’s strong overall finish. Other top performers were SMS postgraduate, Cole Gibson (4th); senior Peter Schow (5th); postgraduate Keith Schuman (6th); postgraduate Sam Schwarz (7th); senior Danny Fowler (8th); SMS 2009 graduate Michael Nocek (9th); and postgraduate Mansfield Middleton (10th).

The next day, the boys competed in an Eastern Cup GS at Sugarloaf and once, again Mottau was the big finisher with a fourth-place finish. SMS alumnus Chris Beadon (SMS ’09) took home top honors in first; alumnus Scott McLaughlin (SMS ’11) was fifth; Schow was 10th; and Middleton finished 17th.

Additionally, four SMS student athletes have been selected to represent their countries in the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games, set to take place in Austria this January 13 – 22. Created during the 119th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2007, the Youth Olympic Games hope “to inspire young people all around the world to do sport and adopt and live by the Olympic Values of Excellence, Respect, and Friendship.” From SMS, Junior Quincy Korte-King will be representing Canada in snowboarding; senior Patrick Caldwell and alumnus (’11) Heather Mooney will represent the USA in cross country skiing; and sophomore Piera Hudson, will represent New Zealand in alpine skiing.

Only one boy and one girl are chosen from each country in each discipline, so Mooney and Caldwell are the sole representatives from the United States in Nordic skiing. All competitors are the absolute top of their field in their age group and face the best of the best from around the world.

Stratton Mountain School is a ski and snowboard academy located at the base of Stratton Mountain in the heart of the Green Mountains and prides itself on excellence in the classroom and on the hill. The school, which serves students in grades 8-12 with winter programs for seventh graders, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year (1972-2012). For more information about SMS and the 2012 Youth Olympic Games, visit and