Deborah Newson has officially been announced as the new freestyle program director for Stratton Mountain School. Deb has served the past 18 years at Killington Mountain School in a variety of positions in the sport of freestyle, giving her lots of experience in the full realm of the sport. She most recently served as assistant head of school where she was responsible for daily operations, admissions, marketing and communications, human resources, student life, and more.
“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity,” commented Newson. “With SMS Freestyle, committed, goal-oriented freestyle mogul skiers now have the opportunity to attend a snow-sport academy with a proven track record of academic success and a true middle-school and high-school experience, as well as have access to a dedicated mogul lane at Stratton Mountain Resort with a professional coaching staff with years of experience.”
In her time as the KMS Freestyle program director and coach, she was honored as the USSA Development Coach of the Year in 2010. Deb has also delved into the world of freestyle even further as chairperson of USSA Eastern Division Freestyle-Freekiing since 2002. She has talented and accomplished athletes at every level of the sport, which is sure to continue with the SMS freestyle program.
“We are so fortunate to have Deb join the staff at Stratton Mountain School,” exclaimed an elated Chris Kaltsas, SMS Headmaster. “As we seek to expand our freestyle skiing program at SMS, we are glad to have Deb’s significant experience to lead this charge.”
Deb currently resides in Mendon, Vermont with her two sons, Sam and Charlie, who are both avid skiers and competitors in freestyle and freeskiing. Sam has had an outstanding year claiming the silver medal this year for combined skiers for his overall excellence in moguls, halfpipe, and air at the USSA Junior Nationals in Park City. Charlie also hit the podium this year scoring second in halfpipe and claiming the gold medal in slopestyle at the USASA National Championships in Copper.
With a tradition of freestyle winning and success running in the family, the future is bright with Deb leading the SMS freestyle skiing program.