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
The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Girls' Ski team picked a heck of a time to have clearly its best day of the season.
Three WMA skiers placed in the top 10 in both events as the Titans claimed the New England Alpine Skiing Class C Championship at Shawnee Peak Ski Resort in Bridgton, Maine, Feb. 27.
Under first-year Coach Greg Morin, Beti Stevens '20, Katie Cronin '20 and Anna-Lise Torras '19 medaled (top 10)in the giant slalom and slalom. Their combined score gave WMA 48 points, easily topping the field of eight teams by 14 points. It's the first New England title for the ski program since 2005.
In order to score, a skier had to complete all four runs – two in each event. A key to the Titans' victory was Katie, who briefly fell but continued her run during one of her slalom races. If she didn't finish, the Titans would not have won.
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.
Top WMA finishers at Berkshire East
Girls - Beti Stevens, 17th place; Katie Cronin, 19th; Anna-Lise Torras, 21st.
Boys - Spencer Hemingway, 35th
Beti Stevens finished 14th out of 32 skiers, her best finish of the season
Nick Morin finished 17th among 48 skiers. Rohan Puri and Tianyu "Joe" Yu made their varsity debuts and each finished.
The Varsity team had its best finish of the year. The athletes have been progressing well. Beti Stevens '20 finished 10th for the girls, and Nick Morin finished 12th boosting the team’s finishing positions to fourth (of six teams) for boys, and sixth (of nine) for girls.
Slalom at Eaglebrook
Girls: Anna-Lise Torras, 18th
Boys: Nick Morin, 29th; Tyler Grodsky, 39th; Joe Yu 44th