Skiing - Varsity
The Alpine Skiing program at Wilbraham & Monson Academy proudly offers opportunities for the advanced student-athlete to grow their competition skills as well as the novice to develop new lifelong skills. The program schedule is also conducive to the ski season, leaving the weekends open for athletes to train and compete in club-sponsored USSA events.
The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Ski team is a member of the Mount Institute Ski League. The league includes competing schools such as Deerfield Academy, Eaglebrook School and Williston Northampton School. The league races on USSA courses at Berkshire East in Charlemont and Eaglebrook School in Deerfield. This format combines the best of both worlds by providing great competition with minimal disruption to a student's academic life.
At the beginning of the season, we utilize our state-of-the-art facilities to implement a training program tailored for the skier. Dry land training includes cardio, strength, balance and skills. Training is then transferred to the slopes with a focus on skill and race tactics development.
The team trains on snow at Blandford Ski Area alongside other prep schools and USSA racers beginning in early January. Training is supplemented on weekends by training at larger mountains such as Stratton Mountain in Vermont.
For the serious racers, the ski team has a designated tuning room. Tuning skills are also included as part of the training program.
Greg Morin, head coach
Coach Morin has served several years as a professional ski instructor and coach. He holds many certifications in ski instruction and is a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors. The PSIA-AASI, founded in 1961, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to teaching people how to ski. PSIA-AASI members undergo rigorous training and curriculum and also provide the best experience to their customers to help them develop their skills
Coach Morin is also actively involved in the sport with his own three successful USSA alpine racers.
Jon Brook, assistant coach
Top WMA finishers
Boys - Nick Morin '21 - 14th place; Tyler Grodsky '22 - 23rd place; Spencer Hemingway '21 - 31st place.
Girls - Beti Stevens '20 - 16th place; Anna-Lise Torres '19 - 22nd; Asha Puri '20 - 23rd.
Girls' Varsity finished fourth, with Beti Stevens -20 and Anna-Lise Torras '19 finishing cumulatively 1.7 seconds total apart for both runs!
Boys' Varsity finished eighth. Nick Morin '21 was in the hunt after his first run but DNF his second run.
Girls' JV – Emma Feeley '21 entered her first race, bringing the team in for third place. She finished eighth out of 13 racers.
Boys' JV – Jackson Bloomfield '20 entered his first race and persevered in a very competitive boys lineup. Tianyu "Joe" Yu '20 finished a very respectful 19th out of 42 racers.