This past Saturday east coast snow sports enthusiasts gathered at Killington Mountain School to attend a special ribbon cutting ceremony/dedication for the new Action Sports Training Center. The crowd was made up of donors, town and school officials, as well as student-athletes, alumni, coaches, staff and parents. Tao Smith, the Head of KMS led the dedication and shared with guests the importance of having such a world-class training facility to provide the level of off-snow training that student-athletes need today in order to ensure they are competition-ready across various disciplines.
The facility was under construction for several months and was recently completed in January of 2012. The structure was built on the KMS Morse Campus behind the academic annex. The Action Sports Training Center houses two Olympic-fly-bed trampolines that feature full padding and several balance boards. Currently, there are efforts in the works to implement a slack line as well. Standing 24 feet tall over the beds and over 48 feet long, this facility will help not only freestyle, freeski and snowboard but all KMS student-athletes. Fly-bed trampolines, are designed in a way that they allow athletes to gain more amplitude per bounce, allowing for the execution of multiple flips in several axes as athletes improve balance, coordination and “air sense.” The trampolines in the new facility are the same trampolines that Olympic gymnasts, divers and ski aerialists use to practice their flips and spins.
KMS has been growning leaps and bounds as of late. Earlier this year, school officials announced a new Nine-Month Program to compliment its traditional winter-term program. Chuck Hughes has also been named as the school’s new event manager and intends to maintain and execute all USSA and FIS events held at Killington Resort.
To learn more about alpine, snowboard, freestyle, freeskiing and cycling training and rigorous academic opportunities, visit www.killingtonmountainschool.org or call 802.422.KMS1.