Page 1

Starting Gate the alumni magazine of stratton mountain school | winter 2012

40 Years of Excellence

The Starting Gate Alumni Magazine of Stratton Mountain School Headmaster: Christopher G. Kaltsas Editor: Meredith Morin, (802) 856-1120, Design: Sarah Snell The Starting Gate, the alumni magazine of Stratton Mountain School is published once a year by Stratton Mountain School, 7 World Cup Circle, Stratton Mountain, Vt., 05155. Letters and editorial submissions are welcome and should be addressed to Meredith Morin, Director of Communications. Copyright 2011. Stratton Mountain School Mission Stratton Mountain School provides a unique environment that offers each student the opportunity to pursue excellence in competitive winter sports and college preparatory academics while developing strong personal values. Class Notes Parents, are your children still receiving mail at home even though they graduated from SMS years ago? Please write to the address below to update us on their whereabouts. We promise we will continue to send The Starting Gate to you also! Thank you to those of you who have contributed to The Finish Line Class Notes. We’d love to hear from more of you! Please email your notes to Carson Thurber at or send notes to Carson Thurber, Stratton Mountain School, 7 World Cup Circle, Stratton Mountain, Vt., 05155. Get the Latest!

On the Cover

From top clockwise: The new SMS campus takes form in a photo dated 1998. Trustees and school leaders take the ceremonial first shovel of dirt to begin construction on the new campus. Faculty of the 1970s. Chris Kaltsas poses outside the old campus in 1996. Students of the 1970s conduct a science experiment. The all school photo from 1979. Abbi Fisher ’75 skis slalom in the 1970s at SMS. Coaches pause for a photo in the 1970s. The old Hotel Tyrol campus, which was home to SMS from 1973-1999. Alumni parent and grandparent Bob Hardy at a race in the 1970s/80s as Chief of Race. Center: The academic building on the current SMS Campus.

2 | Starting Gate - Winter 2012

Letter from the Headmaster

Dear Alumni, Parents and Friends, We are happy and proud to bring you this special issue of The Starting Gate, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Stratton Mountain School! I know you will enjoy “40 Years of Excellence” on p. 10, which traces the history of SMS from humble beginnings in 1972 to the remarkable institution we know today. Everyone in the SMS community, past and present, has so much to be proud of. Our 40th year coincides with the process of our selfstudy to prepare for re-accreditation, which happens every 10 years by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Thirty years ago, SMS was the first “ski academy” to be accredited by NEASC, which accredits more than 600 independent schools and colleges in New England. The process gives us the opportunity for self study, future planning, improvement and progress. After the self study is complete, a committee from NEASC will visit our campus in the fall of 2012 as the final step before reaccreditation. It is a valuable exercise for our school to experience and learn from. Important plans for the future of SMS include two new capital projects: The Patti Kaltsas Memorial Student Center, and the Air Awareness Center. These initiatives are presented on p. 12, and I hope you’ll take a moment to read about them. The progress made thus far on both of these projects reflects the deep involvement and heartfelt commitment that the members of our school family are willing to demonstrate.

Another part of the reaccreditation process is to think seriously about the mission of Stratton Mountain School. Included in the SMS mission statement is to provide our student athletes with the opportunity to develop “strong personal values.” As an informal theme for this year, I have been talking about mentoring, and hope to emphasize and encourage positive and supportive mentoring between older and younger students athletes, between experienced and new staff, and of course between the staff and the student athletes. We have full enrollment this year, with a solid group of student leaders. We have an incredibly dedicated staff of professionals. Together, when we look to one another for guidance in the pursuit of excellence in athletics, academics and in personal development, we have a successful formula for success. Please be a vital component of our formula by supporting Stratton Mountain School; we can’t do it without you. We truly appreciate the time and attention that you give to us, we recognize that you share our vision of excellence, and we thank you for your partnership. Sincerely,

Christopher G. Kaltsas Headmaster

Starting Gate - Winter 2012 | 3

New Staff Cassandra Bender

Cassandra Bender

Cassandra Bender is the new registrar and front desk manager at SMS. For the past three years, Cassandra worked as a receptionist at American Hairlines in Manchester, Vt. Her previous work experience includes working for the Rutland City Public Schools. An alumna of Castleton State College, Cassandra now resides in Manchester.

Katie Dalton

Katie Dalton comes to Stratton Mountain School from Morristown-Beard School in New Jersey where she taught middle school Spanish and coached cross country and lacrosse. Dalton is no stranger to independent schools, as she graduated from The Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass. Katie earned her degree in Romance languages from The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo. and spent a semester abroad in Italy. She went on to earn her English as a Second Language teaching certification from Cambridge University CELTA in New York, N.Y. Katie also completed the Rassias Language Program in Spanish at Dartmouth. At SMS, Katie teaches Spanish I, Spanish II and ESL.

Rolf Gidlow

Rolf Gidlow comes to Stratton Mountain School from Burke Mountain Academy and Green Mountain Valley School where he has coached both men’s and women’s alpine skiing since 1989. Rolf earned the USST Domestic Coach of the Year Award in 1993. Rolf has also directed the Le Ski Hut Racing Team and Team Gilboa in Minnesota. He is USSA Level-500 certified, and he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Music Theory and Composition. At SMS, Rolf coaches the FIS-level men’s team.

4 | Starting Gate - Winter 2012

Katie Dalton

Rolf Gidlow

Liz Kantack

Liz Kantack

Liz Kantack, a Nordic ski coach, comes to SMS with high school coaching and collegiate racing experience. She coached at Mt. Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown, Mass. and has been the head boys’ coach for the Massachusetts team at the Eastern High School Championships for the past two years, as well as an age group coach for the New England team at USSA Junior Nationals. Most recently, Liz worked at Overland Travel, where she coordinated summer travel programs for 4th – 12th graders for two years. Liz skied for Williams College for four years, where she was the captain her senior year. At SMS, Liz coaches the Nordic ski team.

Matt Prendergast

Matt Prendergast, the new Head Post Graduate Alpine Ski Coach, returns to SMS after a year away. A native of Westminster, Mass., Matt graduated from Plymouth State University in 2007 with a degree in Exercise Science. At PSU, he was a two-time All American and a two-year captain of his alpine ski team. Following graduation, Matt joined SMS as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, a position he held for three years. Last year, he spent the year as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at New Hampshire Sportsplex. Now he splits time between coaching at SMS and managing Crossfit Wachusett, which he owns, with his fiancé, Kelsey McBride. SMS is happy to have Matt back working with the alpine PGs.

Deb Reilly

Deb Reilly, a biology and chemistry teacher, has 18 years of teaching experience in public schools in the West Hartford, Conn. area. She has a BA in Biology and Education from SUNY Potsdam and her Master’s in Biology from SUNY Plattsburgh. Deb grew up in Saranac Lake, N.Y., where she spent her summers hiking and camping, and has experience skiing as a high school racer in upstate New York. She is the mother of three daughters: Sarah, Erica (winter-term student athlete from ’03-’05) and Amanda, a current senior at SMS. At SMS, Deb is teaching biology and chemistry while Holly Wendell is on maternity leave.

Matt Prendergast

Deb Reilly

Charles Robbins

Rob Rose

Charles Robbins

Charles Robbins, the new alpine women’s USSA coach, comes to Stratton Mountain School from Vail, where he worked as a ski instructor. Charles graduated from Castleton State College in May 2010 with a degree in Business Administration with a Marketing Concentration. At Castleton, Charles was a four-year member of the ski team and a three-time member of the team that attended USCSA National Championships. His previous work experience included working for the U.S. Census Bureau and the Tinmouth Pond Milfoil Association.

Rob Rose

Rob Rose came to SMS from Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Conn., where he taught Latin, English and geometry. He served as an advisor, dorm parent and three-season coach in cross country running, skiing and tennis. Rob did his teaching internship at Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Mass. and has worked as a tutor since 2008. Rob’s interests include travel, skiing, hiking and all things outdoor. He completed the Haute Route trek between Chamonix and Zermatt in 2009 and the Tour Du Mont Blank trek around Mont Blanc Massif in 2008. At SMS, Rob teaches pre-calculus, math analysis and calculus.

Shann Senese

Shann Senese joins the business office at SMS and handles the Accounts Payable department for the school. Originally from California, Shann, her husband, and their two children moved to southern Vermont 17 years ago and have enjoyed the area’s beauty ever since. Shann has been a bookkeeper for many years and has worked with a variety of businesses and individuals and is excited to be working at a school in this capacity for the first time. An athlete herself in high school and in college, Shann says, “I understand the hard work and dedication these student athletes have for their chosen discipline.”

Shann Senese

Matthew Smith

Reid Jewett Smith

Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith, an English and math teacher, comes to Stratton Mountain School from Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn. where he taught in the English department during Summer Programs. In his position, he taught and designed four English classes and served as an academic and dorm advisor. Matt was the Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach for Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. and helped guide the team to its eighth-consecutive NESCAC final four. Matt was also an Academic Consultant for Learning Consultants Group in Madison, Conn. where he worked as a tutor in English, History, Algebra and SAT prep. Matt began his career as a Senior Mutual Fund Analyst for Brown Brothers Harriman Co. in Boston. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in Government and earned his M.A.L.S. in Humanities from Wesleyan as well. At SMS, Matt teaches 8th- and 9th-grade English, pre-algebra and algebra.

Reid Jewett Smith

Reid Jewett Smith comes to Stratton Mountain School from Burke Mountain Academy where she was the Head of the History Department and an English teacher. Reid graduated from Boston University magna cum laude with a degree in American History, and she also earned her M.A. in American History from Boston University. Her academic focus has been on race and identity in early America, Africana political philosophy and the civil rights movements. At SMS, Reid teaches multicultural studies (12th grade), world history (9th grade) and world geography (8th grade). She and her husband, Matt Smith, married in June.

Starting Gate - Winter 2012 | 5

Class of 2011 Graduation Back (l-r): Dillon Lovell (Bondville, Vt.) • Jacopo Benetello (Padova, Italy) • Connor Davis (Weston, Vt.) • Blake Pendleton (Wayland, Mass.) • Takehiro Watanabe (Sapporo, Japan) • Cole Gibson (Jamaica, Vt.) • Nick Krause (Northborough, Mass.) • Hunter Wood (Indianapolis, Ind.) • Kyle Dorfman (Franklin, Mass.) • Bridger Tyler (Brattleboro, Vt.) • Spencer Shaw (Bondville, Vt.) • Keith Schuman (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) • Connor Hudson (Ware Neck, Virg.) • Charlie Bencze (Tupper Lake, N.Y.) Front (l-r): Morgan Klein (Oregon, Wisc.) • Sarah Stichter (New Caanan, Conn.) • Kelsey Bresnan (Westport, Conn.) • Tamara Razinger (Manchester Ctr., Vt.) • Christie Choma (Sharon, Conn.) • Rachel Hall (Cumberland, Maine) • Rachel Crain (Wyckoff, N.Y.) • Cambria McDermott (Putney, Vt.) • Hallie Grossman (S. Woodstock, Vt.) • Kelly Appenzeller (Huntington, N.Y.) • Heather Mooney (Peru, Vt.)


n Friday, May 27, 25 students graduated from Stratton Mountain School. Vermont author and photographer Jan Reynolds addressed the Stratton Mountain School Class of 2011 as the Keynote Speaker. At the ceremony, Reynolds urged the graduates to trust. “In order to trust others, you first have to trust yourself,” she said. “Take the time to be reflective and figure out what means the most to you.” She also told the students to take what comes and to embrace it. “I want you to live fearlessly,” she said. Reynolds has written articles for National Geographic, The New York Times, Esquire and Vogue, among others. In addition to several awards, Headmaster Chris Kaltsas presented special awards to the six current student athletes who have received an appointment to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard National Teams and the four student athletes who will participate in the inaugural 2012 Youth Winter Olympics in Austria.

6 | Starting Gate - Winter 2012

Award Recipients Faculty Award winner Connor Davis with Dean of Faculty Kathy Hall and Headmaster Chris Kaltsas.

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team members and 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Team members.

2011 Founder’s Award winner Heather Mooney receives this prestigious award from SMS Founder Don Tarinelli (seated), Headmaster Chris Kaltsas and 2010 Founder’s Award winner Isabel Caldwell.

Ski /Snowboard Teams – Special Awards Spencer Shaw U.S. Snowboard - Rookie Halfpipe Team Serena Shaw U.S. Snowboard - Rookie Halfpipe Team Nicholas Krause U.S. Ski Team – Development Team Libby Gibson U.S. Ski Team – Development Team

Brittany Lathrop U.S. Ski Team – Development Team Skyler Davis U.S. Ski Team – Development Team Heather Mooney 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Team Patrick Caldwell 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Team

Piera Hudson 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Team, New Zealand Quincy Korte-King 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Team, Canada

Alpine Women Achievement: Morgan Klein Improvement: Kelly Appenzeller

Nordic Women Achievement: Heather Mooney Improvement: Hallie Grossman

Snowboard Men Achievement: Spencer Shaw Improvement: Hunter Wood

Alpine Men Achievement: Nick Krause Improvement: Takehiro Watanabe & Keith Schuman

Nordic Men Achievement: Bridger Tyler Improvement: Charlie Bencze

Freestyle Men Achievement: Dillon Lovell

Athletic Awards

Awards Presented to the Class of 2011 Founders’ Award Heather Mooney

Lisa Tuttle Award Cambria McDermott

Faculty Awards Connor Davis & Christie Choma

Academic Achievement Award (Valedictorian) Heather Mooney

Jay Leach Award Rachel Hall SMS Alumni Association Award Kelly Appenzeller

Town of Peru Scholarship Heather Mooney

Academic Honors Kelly Appenzeller, Christie Choma, Hallie Grossman, Heather Mooney, Tamara Razinger, Keith Schuman Vermont Principals’ Association Awards Blake Pendleton, Morgan Klein

The Class of 2011 was accepted at the following colleges and universities: Alaska Pacific University, Bates College, Boston College, Boston University, Clarkson University, Colby College, Colby-Sawyer College, College of Idaho, Colorado College, Dartmouth College, Middlebury College, Montana State University, Northern Michigan University, Plymouth State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, St. Lawrence University, St. Michael’s College, SUNY-Binghamton, SUNY-Geneseo, University of British Columbia, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Connecticut, University of Denver, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, University of New Hampshire, University of Rochester, University of Vermont, Westminster College, Williams College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Starting Gate - Winter 2012 | 7

Program Season Highlights Freestyle •

Gideon Le Gros ’15 and Finn Kennedy ’16 qualified for USASA Nationals in Copper, Colo. Le Gros qualified 1st in the Southern Vt. series for HP, and 2nd in SS. Le Gros also finished top-20 in the Eastern Divisional Freestyle Championships, at Waterville Valley, NH.


Halfpipe (HP), Slopestyle (SS), Snowboardcross (SBX) • Named 2011 Snowboard Club of the year by USSA • Spencer Shaw ’11 and Serena Shaw ’13 named to the U.S. Snowboard Team. • Mike Perle ’12, Phoebe Novello ’12, Spencer Shaw ’11 and Serena Shaw ’13 were invited to compete at Junior Worlds in Italy. • Mike Perle ’12 and Makayla Tierney named to the USASA Team for their performances at USASA Nationals. • Quincy Korte-King ’13 named to the Canadian Youth Olympic Team to compete in HP at Youth Olympic Games, Innsbruck, Austria. • Qualified 27 athletes to USASA nationals • 6 athletes invited to “Project Gold” Camp - 3 Freestyle and 3 SBX. • Hunter Wood ’11 and Chris Tierney invited to the Launch Photo shoot by Snowboarder Magazine. • Hunter Wood and Chris Tierney learned Double Corks and did them in competition. • Spencer Shaw had two, top-five finishes in Dew Tour and was invited to the Arctic Challenge in Norway.

Second-Place Finishes

• • • • • • • • •

Third-Place Finishes

• • • • • • •

Hunter Wood: 1st Carinthia Open SS, Pro Men Serena Shaw: 1st Mt. Hood Meadows and Mt. Snow Rev Tour HP Serena Shaw: 1st Burton Am HP at Mt. Hood Meadows Spencer Shaw: 1st HP Copper Revolution Tour Jamie Charron: 1st Carinthia Open Slope Style Am Men Mike Perle: 1st HP Burton Am Mt. Hood Meadows Mike Perle: 1st USASA Nationals Open Class SBX Mike Perle: 2nd Mt. Hood Meadows Rev Tour SBX Quincy Korte-King: 1st Canadian Winter Games Serena Shaw: 1st Overall, Revolution Tour HP Hunter Wood: 1st Overall, “Main Event” Series Phoebe Novello: 1st Overall, “Main Event’’ Series

8 | Starting Gate - Winter 2012

Xander Raith: 3rd at USASA Nationals SBX, 12-13 age group Tanner Barrett: 3rd HP Mt Snow Revolution Tour

Alpine Highlights • •

First-Place Finishes

• • • • •

Josh Cohen: 2nd USASA Nationals Slalom,14-15 age group Josh Cohen: 2nd Overall USASA Nationals,14-15 age group Xander Raith: 2nd Overall USASA Nationals,12-13 age group Maverick Shaw: 2nd USASA Nationals HP, 12-13 age group Serena Shaw: 2nd Burton Am SS at Mt. Hood Meadows Kyle Dorfman: 2nd Carinthia Open SS, Pro Men Spencer Shaw: 2nd SS Mammoth Grand Prix Phoebe Novello: 2nd Mt Hood Meadows Rev Tour SS Phoebe Novello: 2nd Boreal Rev Tour SS

• • • • • • • • • • •

3 U.S. Ski Team Appointments – Nicholas Krause, Libby Gibson, Brittany Lathrop. 10 M/W athletes ranked in the top-30 nationally in GS (by age): 1st Nicholas Krause, 4th Libby Gibson, 7th Tanner Mottau, 10th Eleanor Gilbert, 12th Morgan Klein. 6 M/W athletes ranked in the top-20 nationally in SL (by age): 3rd Nicholas Krause, 12th Morgan Klein, 13th Amanda Reilly, 15th Keith Schuman. • 5 M/W athletes ranked in the top-15 nationally in SG (by age): 3rd Brittany Lathrop, 4th Hannah Burwell, 7th Prescott McLaughlin, 11th Nicholas Krause, 14th Danny Fowler. • 3 M/W athletes qualify for US Nationals. • 7 M/W athletes qualify for J2 Nationals. SMS claims 8 of top-15 overall spots at JI/J2 State Championships; including a podium sweep: 1st Rachel Crain, 2nd Sarah Stichter, 3rd Christie Choma. SMS men take 13 top-15 finishes at FIS Development series. SMS M/W take 30 top-15 places at FIS NJR Series. SMS M/W take 32 top-20 places at Eastern Cup Series; 14 of those are top-10 finishes. 3 SMS athletes selected to participate in Eastern Region Camp in July. SMS J3’s place 2nd overall in Vara Cup Trophy Standings. SMS J3 Team qualify 11 to Eastern Regional Series (ERS). SMS J3 Team qualify 17 to State Championships. SMS J3 Team qualify 11 to Junior Olympics. Piera Hudson qualified and competed at Topolino and Whistler Cup. Piera Hudson named to New Zealand Youth Olympic Team to compete in Innsbruck, Austria 2012.

• •

SMS J3 Team qualified 2 athletes to compete at K2 Championships in Canada. SMS J4 athlete, Joe Gillis, qualifies for J4 Future Stars and Can-Ams.

Nordic Highlights

Notable Results

• • • • • • • •

US Nationals: 2nd in GS for J2’s, 1st in SG for J2’s J2 Nationals: 2nd, 7th, 9th and 16th place over 3 events. JI-J2 VT State Championships: 8 out of top-15 overall standings, Podium sweep in overall standings J3 VT State Championships: SMS Women take gold in all 3 events. J3 Eastern Regionals (ERS): SMS has 9 in the top-15 over both events (SL and GS). J3 Junior Olympics: SMS takes 2 podium finishes and have 8 top-10 finishes over 3 events. Topolino: SMS takes 14th in SL. Whistler Cup: SMS takes 4th in SG.

Notable Statistics

• • • •

SMS Women’s Team improved their point profile by no less than 11% in both events (with the exception of 1 whom was injured for half the season). A single Women’s Team athlete dropped her points from 142 to 84 in SL. SMS Men’s Team improved their point profile by no less than 12% in both events. A single men’s team athlete dropped his points 142 in SL to 67.

• • • • • •

• • • •

First overall USSA Club Award at Junior Nationals First Overall Roger Weston Awards for Top Girls and Boys High School Team at Junior Nationals Skyler Davis ’10 and Heather Mooney ’11 qualify for FIS Junior Worlds. Paddy Caldwell ’12 and Cambria McDermott ’11 qualify for USST J1 Scando Cup. 4 overall top-3 finishes at Senior Nationals (one current, two alumni) 27 All American performances at Junior Nationals Skyler Davis ’10, Heather Mooney ’11, Cambria McDermott ’11 and Tyler Foulkes ’13 win gold medals at Junior Nationals. 6 gold (4 different skiers), 6 Silver, 4 bronze medals at Junior Nationals 12 qualify for Junior Nationals with 5 auto qualifying 6 qualify to race in NCAA EISA college carnival special quota

SMS Alumni Nordic Highlights

• • • • • •

8th place rank in World Cup Sprint 1 silver, 1 bronze 8 AA finishes at Junior Nationals 2 auto qualify for Junior Nationals 2 qualify for Jr./U23 Worlds 7 qualify for NCAA Nationals 14 racing on college circuit

Six current SMS athletes named to U.S. Ski/Snowboard Teams

Skyler Davis

Libby Gibson

Nick Krause

Brittany Lathrop

Serena Shaw

Spencer Shaw

Six current Stratton Mountain School athletes were nominated to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Teams for the 2011-2012 season. Nick Krause (SMS ’11), Northborough, Mass., has been nominated to the U.S. Ski Team’s Alpine Development Team. Brittany Lathrop (SMS ’13), South Londonderry, Vt., and Libby Gibson (SMS ’13), Jamaica, Vt., also received nominations to the U.S. Ski Team’s Alpine Development Team for women. Siblings Spencer Shaw (SMS ’11), Winhall, Vt., and Serena Shaw (SMS ’13), Winhall, Vt., were both nominated to the U.S. Snowboard Team’s Rookie Halfpipe (HP) Team. Skyler Davis (SMS ’11 PG), Stratton Mountain and Jericho, Vt., was nominated to the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team’s Development Team. In 2011, the three U.S. Alpine Team appointments to Krause, Gibson and Lathrop are more than were offered to any other club or program in the country. “Six U.S. Team appointments across three disciplines in one year is a phenomenal accomplishment for our athletes,” said SMS Headmaster Chris Kaltsas. “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our kids, our coaches and staff, who all helped make this happen.”

Starting Gate - Winter 2012 | 9

Stratton Mountain School 40 Years of Excellence


t was a time of bell-bottoms and straight skis… really, really straight skis. 1972 was an auspicious year by many measurements, but to those of us in the Stratton Mountain School community, it was especially important, as it was the year that SMS began its first year as a full-term ski academy. The landscape of Stratton was quite different in 1972. The Stratton Resort was in its nascent stages of operation, having opened for the season just about 10 years prior in December 1961. Small chalets dotted the Stratton Access Road and neighborhoods were only beginning to flourish on the mountain.

Fast forward 40 years, and the SMS of today looks quite different than it did in the 1970s, with classes and “dorms” in the homes of its founders (Hotel Tyrol est. 1973). Today at SMS, student athletes buzz about the hallways, working hard on their academics, in anticipation of the upcoming winter season. Laptops, projectors, whiteboards and online access to class materials enhance the curriculum and focus teachers Pam Fletcher ’81, U.S. Ski Team and students on the learning tasks at hand. member and Olympian.

Warren Hellman and Donald Tarinelli founded Stratton Mountain School as a winter-term tutorial program in the winter of 1970 with Stratton Mountain as the primary training facility. During The “Hotel Tyrol,” home of each of its first two years, 15 students SMS from 1973-1999. took part in its winter program. In 1972, the school expanded to a full academic year curriculum and began growing into its current enrollment of 140 students. In 1976, SMS was approved by the Vermont Department of Education, and in 1982, Stratton Mountain School became the first ski academy in the United States to receive accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The mission of SMS has guided programmatic and administrative development throughout the years, and it rings as true today as it did 40 years ago when that small school sprung up at the hands of devoted parents.

Today, the gym is packed with sweaty kids and loud music, as coaches bark encouragement. In the Sports Science Lab, an athlete is on the Monark testing bike, gauging his peak power and aerobic threshold. Upstairs, athletes analyze their skiing from a recent camp with frame-by-frame video analysis using Dartfish software and iPads. Talking with alumni from the 1970s and looking around the halls of SMS today, it’s easy to think that the experiences of 1972 and 2012 might as well TD McCormick teaching a history class. be from different worlds, not just separated by four decades. Look closer, however, and the similarities and continuity are unmistakable. In a recent survey of current students, the marriage of excellence in academics and athletics is in the forefront of young minds at SMS today.

Dryland training circa 1980s.

Stratton Mountain School provides a unique environment that offers each student the opportunity to pursue excellence

10 | Starting Gate - Winter 2012

in competitive winter sports and college preparatory academics while developing strong personal values.

“Stratton Mountain School is an excellent example of what many schools strive to be. It provides the ability for students to pursue a passion in both academics and athletics while learning important life skills,” said one student.

“I have really enjoyed my time here at SMS. It has been such an incredible experience, and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to attend this school. My coaches and teachers are always there for me. The overall experience is incredible,” said another. But this notion of having high expectations of achievement academically and athletically is not a new one. In a recent alumni survey, alumni said,

The SMS community tours the new campus under construction in 1998.

“I can’t think of better preparation for college than my three years at SMS. Attending SMS taught me many life lessons… Many of my lifelong friends are from SMS.” “SMS made me the student athlete that I was during my undergraduate career... It has made me a motivated, goaloriented individual as an adult. I believe it was the teachers and faculty that really prepared me for life after SMS.” “The work ethic and unique nature of the academic and athletic experience prepared me for many of life’s challenges.” Since its inception, SMS has educated 36 Olympians and 93 U.S. and foreign national team members. The The Burtscher Fieldhouse under construction in 2005. School was based at the “Hotel Tyrol” across from Stratton’s village from 1973 until 1999, when the campus moved to its current location just past the Sun Bowl road. Improvements to the campus have included the construction of five buildings around a campus green and an athletic field. Further improvements are underway with a Student Center and Air Awareness Center in development. The training mechanisms and technology may change, but the expectations of teachers and coaches remains the same – helping each student strive for personal excellence.

For complete interviews, go to

SMS Headmasters Rich Hindley 1972-1975 Don Burke 1975-1980 Peter St. John 1980-1983 Larry Herrick 1983-1986

Sumner Erbe 1986-1991 Bob Campbell 1991-1992 Sverre Caldwell 1992-1996 Christopher Kaltsas 1996-present

In Their Own Words Sverre Caldwell

Nordic Program Director 1980-present “The bottom line is the kids have to want to be here and be willing to work really hard. And that hasn’t changed at all. You can see it in the kids’ eyes. Whether it was the old Tyrol or here, they have to want to work. They still have to get good sleep and work really hard and keep up on their homework and make all the right choices. We train a little more now, and their skis are a little better, but it’s still the same basic stuff.”

Larry Herrick

English Teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Headmaster, Headmaster 1974-1988; 1991-1994 “The more I teach and the more faculties I grow to know, I am all the more impressed what a band of brothers and sisters we were back then. Bill Dunkel, Ph.D. in History but an athlete and a searching soul; Bill Reed, our resident franco-phile; Peggy, the plain-clothes, near-nun who kept these rogue males more or less in line; and then Len Bugel who thought about stuff I can’t even spell or wrap my head around. All of these folks, plus others, in this tiny outpost in Southern Vermont. I was an athlete and related to these kids. The coaches, Herman, Fritz and Sverre were of the same caliber as the teaching group (which provided for some head-on collisions at times). We had fun, lived in poverty but had Vermont and that was no small thing.”

Peggy deSantis

English and Latin Teacher, Assistant Headmaster, Dean of Students, Winter Term Coordinator 1975-2010 “SMS and its constituents demonstrate an abundance of warmth and community. The outpouring of joy (and perhaps relief!) on the part of students, parents, and staff at every graduation (is a milestone). The SMS mission from professed statement to its daily promulgation offers both challenges and rewards to all adults and adolescents alike! I think SMS has brought and continues to bring out the best in all its graduates. It made us all reach for personal levels of perfection.”

TD McCormick

Current Trustee, Head J3 Coach & Admissions Director 1971-1982; History Teacher 1983-2006 “What made my 35 years at SMS special to me is the wonderful kids I was able to get to know, work with and share in their development. I had been a ski racer, just after the last Ice Age, and I knew my audience. What made it interesting to me was that I converted from the Head J3 coach in the ’70s to being a History Teacher. In explaining the line on a GS course, I got total focus and attention. On explaining the ratification of the Constitution, I had a challenge. Fortunately, corny jokes and some eye-popping videos helped me. What we did at SMS then, and what the great staff is doing now, works. I wish I could start over and do it all again.”

Starting Gate - Winter 2012 | 11

SMS Builds for the Future In this 40th Anniversary year for Stratton Mountain School, we nostalgically look back on all that has been accomplished over the course of the school’s 40-year history.

• • • • •

53 Olympic Team placements 93 National Team members 864 Alumni Consistent top-tier college placement 75 National/International program/athlete/coach awards

In the face of such success, it might be easy to sit back and relax, but Stratton Mountain School does not do stagnation and complacence. The leaders of SMS and its programs are constantly looking to the future and what it will take to be the best again next year and in the next 10 years. This sense of constant improvement is at the heart of the two capital projects that are currently underway at SMS: the Patti Kaltsas Memorial Student Center and Air Awareness Center. “The Student Center and Air Awareness Center are the natural next steps in our campus Master Plan,” said SMS Headmaster Chris Kaltsas. “We are excited to begin this next phase of our development as the top winter sports academy in the country.” Kaltsas came to SMS as Headmaster in 1996, during a time of uncertainty for the school. Through his leadership and fundraising efforts, he led the building of the new campus in 1999. The campus consists of five buildings clustered around a central, campus green. The state-of-the-art athletic facilities house more than 15,000 square feet of space in the beautiful Burtscher Field House. The academic building features 13 classrooms. There are two dormitories and a faculty housing building. 12 | Starting Gate - Winter 2012

Patti Kaltsas Memorial Student Center (Shown above)

The Patti Kaltsas Memorial Student Center honors Patti Kaltsas, wife of Headmaster Kaltsas, for her longtime commitment to the students of SMS and to support the creative spirit embodied in each child. The 10,000-square-foot Patti Kaltsas Memorial Student Center will mirror the common palette of materials used in the current buildings, which evoke a sense of continuity and are a collection of quintessential New England-style architecture. The Student Center will be located off of the central campus green near the small dorm and faculty townhouses, and it will share magnificent views of Luckenbill Field below and the mountains beyond. “The SMS Patti Kaltsas Memorial Student Center is the logical next step in the campus master plan to increase student learning and social space, while creating a place for the entire SMS community to gather,” Kaltsas said. “Patti was devoted to the students of SMS, and this space speaks to that dedication to students and the arts.” This building will house critical classroom space, informal social spaces, a large community gathering space and art space to enhance the art curriculum. Project cost: $1.75 million Pledges & Gifts to date: $936,000 Project timeline: Completion Dec. 2012

Air Awareness Center The SMS Air Awareness Center will provide a safe, effective learning environment for riders in the SMS Snowboard and Freestyle Programs. Through the use of state-of-the-art materials and coaching, SMS riders will have the opportunity to rapidly improve their skills while learning new tricks in a safe environment. Progressive training techniques and individualized instruction will serve both the individual rider and the SMS Program as a whole.

“Stratton Mountain School has the premier snowboard academy program in the country,” said Ross Powers, SMS Snowboard Program Director and twotime Olympian. “With this state-of-theart Air Awareness Center, SMS athletes will be able to train year-round in a safe environment to hone their skills in the park and pipe.” Kaltsas believes that the time is right for the development of the Air Awareness Center.

“This project reflects the need for a commitment to training and safety for our Snowboard and Freestyle programs,” he said. “This Center will help give our athletes a safe environment to develop their skills and enhance the overall program.” Project cost: $500,000 Pledges & Gifts to date: $275,000 Project timeline: Completion Dec. 2012

The 6,000-square-foot Air Awareness Center will feature ramps and trampolines to foam pits and a skate park to enhance the Snowboard and Freestyle Programs.

SMS Students, Faculty and Parents Lend a Hand in the Wake of Irene Throughout the month of September, more than 90 Stratton Mountain School students, faculty and parents worked in Jamaica, Wilmington, Weston and South Londonderry with local families impacted by the effects of tropical storm Irene. In Jamaica, SMS staff, students and parents helped clear a pedestrian walkway, recovered lost belongings, gathered and transported trash, unloaded Red Cross supplies and helped locals with child art and craft activities to give parents a break and kids a little fun. In Wilmington, SMS helped remove debris from the street and local businesses and aided local business owners in cleaning up. While in Wilmington, SMS students met with U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders. “I never thought that something of this magnitude would happen in Vermont, let alone Jamaica,” said Whitney Hadden, a sophomore. In Weston, students helped clear the Weston Fields of trees, rocks and debris. The fields had been completely covered during the storm with water from the nearby river. In South

Londonderry, SMS students and staff helped clean up the West River Trail. On campus at SMS, students raised money through bake sales and collected household and personal items to donate. Furniture and other larger item donations were allocated to families in need. “With the devastation these families are going through, the least I can do is help clean up their homes and town,” said junior Chloe Daley. SMS Dean of Residential Life and Community Service Coordinator Morgan Taylor organized the groups, and English Teacher Kim Tait also took students to affected towns to help throughout the fall. “Our best wishes go out to Jamaica and our other Vermont towns still struggling to put their ’worlds’ right,” said Tait. “May we always offer what we have to give, cognizant of our own blessings, of our many gifts, of how much it helps even to try.”

SMS junior Abby Brown contributed to this report.

Starting Gate - Winter 2012 | 13

“Sustainable Excellence” Winter Ball Raises $150,000 for Scholarships


he Stratton Mountain School Winter Ball, held on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 raised more than $150,000 toward the SMS Scholarship Fund, thanks to the amazing generosity of the event’s benefactors, sponsors, auction donors and high bidders.

The live auction featured items including tickets to the 2012 Super Bowl, a bonefishing trip to the Bahamas, a weekend yachting trip, a week of skiing at Steamboat, a gold and diamond ring from VonBargen’s Jewelers and a golf package to Galloway National in New Jersey.

The event was completely sold out with more than 325 formally attired guests gathering for a midwinter evening of high energy socializing. Special thanks to our wonderful guests, sponsors and staff for making the 2011 SMS Winter Ball a truly memorable event!

Each year, Stratton Mountain School awards scholarship support to more than 40 percent of its students, making scholarships crucial to the school’s mission of providing academic and athletic opportunity for talented student athletes.

The event featured silent and live auctions, a delicious feast prepared by Elizabethan Fare in conjunction with Hub’s Catering, dancing to the New Orleans fueled funk of Brother Josephus and the Universal Love Orchestra, an ice luge and other tasty beverages at the Winter Ball bar.

The 2011 theme, Sustainable Excellence, celebrated the school’s ability to endure and thrive. With fundraisers like the Winter Ball, SMS is able to provide opportunity to talented student athletes.

Join us for the 2012 Winter Ball 40 Years of Excellence on Jan. 28, 2012. For details, go to

14 | Starting Gate - Winter 2012

Letter from the Board of Trustees Chair Dear Alumni, Parents and Friends, Giving to Stratton Mountain School has become an integral part of your life, and for that we are grateful. Looking through the Annual Report of Giving for 20102011, I am impressed with the generosity of the members of the SMS community. During the 2010-2011 fiscal year (July 1 – June 30), you gave to three, main areas: unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund, increasing the endowment, and the Patti Kaltsas Memorial Fund. Your gifts to these three causes have raised more than $1 million this year, which is a huge fundraising milestone for us at SMS. This past year, we lost a vital member of the SMS family when Patti Kaltsas, wife of Chris Kaltsas, died in November of 2010. Her loss is a great one to many of us on a personal level. Her loss to the SMS community is equally difficult, as Patti’s legacy at the school is long and deep. Her artistic touch and steady presence will always be remembered by SMS students and staff. In honor of Patti’s contributions to SMS, her friends and family have established the Patti Kaltsas Memorial Fund to help build a new Student Center. This building will serve as a place for students to gather and socialize, as well as provide much-needed classroom space. Please take a look in this issue for formalized plans for this building. Together, donations and pledges to the Patti Kaltsas Memorial Fund reached more than $925,000. Thank you for your support of this worthy project, in remembrance of a very special woman. One area of giving that is crucial to our ongoing success is the Annual Fund. Gifts to the SMS Annual Fund directly impact SMS students right now. For the 20102011 fiscal year, total gifts to the Annual Fund totaled $284,000. As we look to build our daily foundation with the Annual Fund, we are cognizant of the work that continues with building the endowment. Gifts and pledges to the endowment have reached $2.75 million. I feel so fortunate to be a part of this wonderful success, and I thank you for your consistent commitment to Stratton Mountain School. Your help is crucial to giving today’s student athletes the opportunity for excellence in academics and athletics. Thank you for your continued support. Sincerely,

Gary Giulietti, Chairman Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Ronald Alvarez Carolyn Beckedorff ’85 Jeffrey R. Bennett ’87 Gary S. Davis David Epstein Gary Giulietti James Haffner Dana Hollingsworth Christopher G. Kaltsas Robert J. Lemenze, Jr. Jeffrey B. Lennox F. Graham Luckenbill II TD McCormick Joanna Miller Chauncey G. Morgan ’82 William G. Morton, Jr. Benjamin F. Needell Todd B. Richter Morton T. Saunders Neal H. Schuman Gary Simpson Paul J. Sitarz

For more biographical information on each member of the SMS Board of Trustees, visit

Starting Gate - Winter 2012 | 15

Annual Report 2010 - 2011

Annual Fund 2010-2011

for fiscal year July 1 - June 30

For gifts to funds excluding the Building for Excellence Fund, the Patti Kaltsas Memorial Fund, the Winter Ball and Beckie McGill Scholarship Fund.

World Cup Champion, $25,000 and above

Neal & Elizabeth Schuman Bill & Marlynn Scully Preston L. Smith

Olympic Gold, $10,000 - $24,999 Carolyn Beckedorff ’85 & Tony DiGangi Hellman Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. F. Graham Luckenbill II Alex & Liza Lynch TD & Judi McCormick Joanna Miller Benjamin & Kathleen Needell Gary & Sally Simpson

World Cup Gold, $5,000 - $9,999 Robert & Libby Alexander Ronald & Alice Ruth Alvarez Gary & Ellen Davis David & Betsy Epstein Michael & Cheryl Fischer The Hollingsworth Family Morton T. Saunders Duncan Tenney Fritz Wahl ’77 John & Kate Krehbiel ’91

National Gold, $1,000 - $4,999

T. J. Abbenhaus ’84 Dr. & Mrs. James Abbenhaus in memory of Micki Abbenhaus ’87 Jim & Margie Beckwith Andy & Fran Bisselle Jeff & Maureen Crowley Thomas & Tania Evans Doug & Laney Fowler Linda & Ed Gillis ’83 Gary & Mary Ellen Giulietti Jay & Renate Green Susan Cooper Hermanson ’83 Lia & Michael Humphrey Ian & Lori Price Jones Kersley Lda Corporation The Landy Family Alexa Raether Maddock ’92 Chan Morgan ’82 Bill & Meg Morton Dr. & Mrs. David Nocek Laird & Freya Pendleton Richard J. Ross ’77 Bobbe C. Schuman Paul & Kimberly Sitarz SMS Parents’ Association Bud & Michelle Stacy SMS Staff - 100% participation!

William & Carolyn Stutt Daniel & Esther Swick Keith & Marsha Therrien Elizabeth & Fred Weiner ’75 Anna Wieser - Memorial ski race in honor of Heinz Paul Brian & Martha Zipp

Junior Olympic Gold, $500 - $999 George Abdow ’84 Mr. Herbert & Dr. Susan Adler The Ahl Family Rand & Carol April Fran & Dennis Bresnan Carole Brown Heidi Frost ’83 Joseph & Kateri Gillis John & Kimet Hand David & Suzanne Hudson Michael Kaplan ’82 Kaz & Angella Karwowski Masakazu & Miki Kobayashi David & Lisa Linton Marc & Nancy Lobell George & Noreen Peck Karl Pfister Scott ’76 & Nina Reichhelm John & Mary Stichter Earl & Maria Winthrop

Eastern Cup Gold, $100 - $499

David W. Clark for Ben Clark ’79 Memorial Book Collection Steven Abramm Anonymous Kevin & Colleen Bamford Robert & Patricia Barnes Mary Ellen & Tim Barrett Douglas Bencze David Bennett & Barbara Settel Holly & Phil Bisselle Renny Bloch ’93 Patricia & Gaston Burt Suzanne Callen David W. Charron Devon Cheshire ’90 Paul & Jill Choma Susan Cross Peter & Lisa Cusick Kevin & Tricia Davis Ted Davis Joseph & Patricia DeMuyt Michael & Patty Doshier Peter & Susie Dow Michael A. Dritz Theodore Dunn, Jr. Equipe Sport

Charles H. Feldman Sue & Joe Fiorenzo Sky & Sue Foulkes Glenn & Robbin Gibson Louis Gordon ’82 Bob & Jeri Green Bill & Sarah Hadden Becky Hall ’82 Kim M. Hartsen ’99 Paul Heffernan Barney Hodges ’87 Ralph Hoffman John Hudson Ingrid Punderson Jackson ’84 Kimberly S. Jochl ’88 Hunter Kaltsas ’99 Dennis Kinsella Seth & Robin Kugler Adam & Jane Kugler Marianne Lipa ’96 Jess Lopez ’98 Shayne Lynn ’89 Doug & Christie MacKenzie Mrs. Vivien Malloy in memory of Henry Malloy Michael & Shari Mattice David & Mimi McGill Prescott McLaughlin ’10 Gordy Megroz ’94 Clarence F. Michalis Don & Marilyn Miller Jim & Tamra Mooney Christine Morace Albert Mottau Terrence & Rosemary Mulligan Mr. & Mrs. Lance Odden George & Kate Orme Herve & Mary Doherty Pelletier Sandy Perrins ’93 Neiko & Alejandra Razinger Timothy & Deborah Reilly Amanda Reilly ’12 in memory of Beckie McGill ’10 Walter Rogers Andres Roomet Nancy Shuell Linda & Bob Sisco Mark Smith & Sherri Marzario Jessie P. Snyder Marc Sorel ’91 Robert Sorokolit Cornelia V. Tuttle in memory of Lisa Tuttle ’78 Danielle & Robert Udolf Kevin & Molly Visnic Louie Vito ’06

Alan Waxenberg John & Linda Whitton Donald & Abbe Yellen Susan & George Herman in memory of Beckie McGill ’10

SMS Support Team, up to $100

Cort Ahl ’08 William Appenzeller Jason Birnbaum Darren Bloch ’92 Jennifer Culligan Robert Davidson Laurie Fichter David & Pamela Frothingham Donald & Christine Gilbert Mark & Peggy Goldberg Will Hadden ’07 Brooke Kaltsas ’00 Paul & Pat Killigrew Fred Klein Stephen Klein A. E. Laidlaw Laurie Landy Jeanne Hammond Larsen ’78 Manchester Taxi Kevin & Patricia O’Keefe Judy Paris Sam & Kate Webber Punderson ’88 ’90 Rachel Roosevelt ’01 Christine Schozer ’08 Donald Tarinelli ’75 David Wiener ’75

Matching Gift Programs Bank of America Fidelity Matching Gifts PepsiCo Foundation White Mountain Capital

Gifts In Kind

The Ahl Family Polar Beverages David W. Clark Paul & Jill Choma Joseph DeMuyt Alex Lynch Norse House Scott ’76 & Nina Reichhelm Neal & Elizabeth Schuman Joseph & Kathy Smith Sportstar International Wylie Construction Jeremy Dworkin Ron & Alice Ruth Alvarez Glenn Callen

Winter Ball 2011 Benefactors Laird & Freya Pendleton, Gold Sponsor Morton T. Saunders Carolyn Beckedorff Jeff & Linda Lennox

16 | Starting Gate - Winter 2012

Benjamin & Kathleen Needell Robert & Laura Lemenze Neal & Elizabeth Schuman Paul & Kimberly Sitarz Gary & Sally Simpson

Joanna Miller Gary & Mary Ellen Giulietti Douglas & Christie MacKenzie Scott & Kristi Sweitzer

Kenneth & Karin Grant Stratton Resort Todd Richter Abadan-Lynch Families Sullivan-McArdle Families

Building for Excellence Campaign $250,000 and above

Mr. & Mrs. Gary Simpson

$200,000 - $249,999 Thank you to Neal and Liz Schuman for their generous support of the SMS Golf Program, which logged two consecutive state championships for its team, and three consecutive individual titles for Keith Schuman (SMS ’10). This past year, thanks to the generosity of the Schumans, the golf simulator finally moved to its permanent home in a newly built room downstairs in Burtscher Fieldhouse.

Anonymous The Gilo Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Duncan Tenney

$150,000 - $199,999

Mr. & Mrs. David Epstein

$100,000 - $149,999

Anonymous (3) Mr. & Mrs. Gary Giulietti Mr. & Mrs. James Haffner Mr. & Mrs. Robert Lemenze Mr. Todd Richter* Mr. Morton Saunders

$50,000 - $99,999

Mr. & Mrs. James Crowley Mr. & Mrs. Michael Fulton Mr. Michael Hahn Mr. & Mrs. Dana Hollingsworth Mr. & Mrs. F. Graham Luckenbill II Mr. & Mrs. William Morton

$25,000 - $49,999

Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Evans Ms. Jody Foote Mr. & Mrs. Ian Jones Mr. & Mrs. Robert Jones Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Needell Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Smiles Mrs. Jessie Snyder

$20,000 - $24,999

Mr. John S. McCormick** Mr. & Mrs. Burton Tremaine

$5,000 - $19,999

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Alexander Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Bamford Mr. & Mrs. Mika Brewer Drs. Richard & Tricia Gibbs Mr. & Mrs. John H. Krehbiel Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Malloy Mr. & Mrs. TD McCormick Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Reilly Mr. & Mrs. Scott Steffey Mr. & Mrs. William Stutt

Mr. & Mrs. Frederick J. Wahl

2,500 - 4,999

Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Bisselle The Hadden Family

1,000 - 2,499

Andersen Windows Ms. Carolyn Blitz* Ms. Lisa Densmore Ms. Cindy Oak Goodin Mr. Rick Hube** Mr. & Mrs. Paul McNamara MedImpact Health Care Systems* Mr. & Mrs. DW Porto* Mr. & Mrs. William Thomson* Mr. & Mrs. CB Vaughan*

up to 999

Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Barclay* Mr. & Mrs. Scott Bergman* Mr. & Mrs. Barry Bernard* Mr. & Mrs. Jack Derby* Mr. & Mrs. Robert D’Loren* Mr. Brian Kinkaed*

Mr. & Mrs. Masakazu Kobayashi Mr. & Mrs. Jim Lanzillo* Mr. & Mrs. William Miller Mr. & Mrs. Michael Morin Mr. & Mrs. Philip Pucciarelli* Mr. & Mrs. David Redden Mr. David Rosow Mr. Kenneth Smith* Mr. & Mrs. John Sohikian*

Matching Gift Programs

Bank of America Matching Gift* Bank of America United Way Campaign* * contribution to Todd B. Richter Endowment Fund ** deceased

Patti Kaltsas Memorial Fund $250,000

TD & Judi McCormick


Jeff & Linda Lennox


Mr. Peter Novello & Dr. Renee Novello

$20,000, $25,000

Jim & Mary Jane Berrien Tricia H. Gibbs, M.D. Gary & Mary Ellen Giulietti Chad & Susan Waite


Ron & Alice Ruth Alvarez Gary & Ellen Davis Jim & Lynn Haffner Joanna Miller

$10,000, $12,500

David & Betsy Epstein Worthy Johnson Bill & Meg Morton Ben & Kathy Needell Morton Saunders Gary & Sally Simpson William & Carolyn Stutt

$5,000, $6,000

The Beckedorff-DiGangi Family Jeffrey R. Bennett Hellman Family Foundation The Hollingsworth Family John H. & Kate D. Krehbiel Robert & Laura Lemenze Sandy & Julie Luckenbill

Scott & Carolyn Steffey

Jeff & April Wood

$2,000, $2,500, $3,000

$200, $250, $300

William Benedict, Jr. Andy & Fran Bisselle Peter M. Britton John & Robyn Davis Kimet & John Hand Paul & Adele Martin Paul & Dewey McNamara Chan & Edie Morgan Norse House Lance & Patsy Odden Laird & Freya Pendleton Lois & David Slovik Duncan Tenney

Leigh & Richard Adams AIG Matching Gift Program Ellen & Lou Amantea William & Cathy Beerman Bobby-Lou Boylan Saul & Patti Cohen Peter & Lisa Cusick Michele & Peggy deSantis Jack & Ann Franzen Warren & Nancy Fuller Michael J. Hahn Robert & Joyce Jones Donald & Nancy Kendall Carole & Dick Lechthaler Sherri Marzario & Mark Smith David & Mimi McGill Patrick McNamara Jeff & Karen Nicholson Bradley A. Olch Larry & Andrea Ross Mary Ellen & Art Scutro The Singmaster Family

David & Suzanne Hudson Susan Muller Jospe Brooke Kaltsas Nicholas, Anne, Maria & Elizabeth Kaltsas Max & Miki Kobayashi Joanne Krause Yvonne Lodico Ali & Vince Lopez Seth & Debi Marx Nancy & Chuck McMahon The Nault Family Earl & Bonnie Olson Lorena O’Neill George & Kate Orme Dave Redden Walter & Karen Rogers Fitz, Vogt & Assoc. Richard & Jill Sheinberg John & Rene Skinner Katherine & Edward Van Woert Louie Vito Sarah & Martin Wilde Williams College Ski Team Grace Wu


$100 and $125

Gifts up to $100

Jeff & Maureen Crowley Bill & Sarah Hadden Todd B. Richter Jamie Luckenbill Kristin Luckenbill Paul & Kimberly Sitarz Deb & Tim Reilly Fritz Wahl

$1,000, $1,250, $1,500

Mustafa Abadan & Susan Brady Jonathan & Cindy Chase Barbara & Peter Deckers Doug & Laney Fowler Julie Hahn Hunter & Jessica Kaltsas Susan King & Lu Korte The Lynch Family Cheryl LaFlamme Rothman Neal & Elizabeth Schuman Stratton Resort

Anonymous Sandra S. Bennett Steve & Karen Coombs Peter & Susie Dow Sky & Sue Foulkes Robbin & Glenn Gibson Will Hadden Peter & Ruth Hall Kim M. Hartsen Paul & Geralyn Heffernan The Hogan Family

Anonymous The Ahl Family William Appenzeller The Barth Family Stephen & Susan Bates Jim & Margie Beckwith David Charron Stacie Chiodi Paul & Jill Choma Lisa Densmore Kari Diamond

Dr. Michael R. Dick and Team David & Lisa Edry Betsy Eklof Daniel & Lucille Festa Lil & Evan Ginsberg Claire & Pierre Jospe John H. Kells Jamie Kingsbury The Kinsella Family Stephen & Debra Klein Alex & Sandra Lehmann Sally Lewis Dr. & Mrs. W. B. Lewis Joe Lopez Jess Lopez Steve Love The MacClaren Family Dr. James & Christine Martin Francesca Mazzola Jean Miller The Mountain School at Winhall Laura Nesbit The Pelletier Family Tyne Pike-Sprenger Dimitrias & Valerie Ptohos Neiko & Alejandra Razinger David Rothman Wendy Schriebl Ann & John Spencer Stanley Black & Decker Matching Gift Program Kim & Dwaine Tait

Gifts in Kind

Rain or Shine, Inc.

Starting Gate - Winter 2012 | 17

The Finish Line Dear Alumni:


his past winter, I spent a day skiing at Alta with 10 guys who’d graduated from SMS in the early ’80s. Though pushing 50, they all made hour-long treks to the deepest powder stashes, then ripped through the new snow with the kind of technique usually only seen in TGR films and Red Bull commercials. I was struck by how fit they’ve kept themselves over the years, and how none have them had lost their feel for the snow nor their passion for skiing. We made laps until the lifts closed. It was a perfect day—and it never would have happened if it weren’t for Stratton Mountain School. For the past 40 years, SMS has been nurturing a unique kind of student: We’re highly motivated and goaloriented, we’re athletic, and we possess skills that allow us the ability to tackle 50-degree alpine descents or the endurance to skate and kick through open fields for hours on end. They’re skills that we use off the hill, too, as successful businessmen and women, and as parents. Those traits create a bond to each other, and to the school, that we spend too little time celebrating. Last November, in an effort to change that, we formed an official alumni association. The main function of the association is simple: Through various events that take place around the country, we’ll bring alumni together for drinks, food, and skiing/snowboarding. These will not be fundraising events; it’s my hope that these gatherings will inspire more alumni to reconnect through get-togethers like the one I witnessed in Alta. At the same time, I hope it will prompt alumni to think about the important role that SMS has played in their lives. We can all be thankful for the relationships we made and the knowledge imparted upon us by our teachers and coaches. I hope to see many of you at one of these events or on the hill this winter (for full details, go to Until then, be well and pray for snow. Best,

Gordy Megroz ’94 Stratton Mountain School Alumni Association President

18 | Starting Gate - Winter 2012


Fritz Wahl proudly supports SMS annually, and is enjoying life in NYC with his children.


Greg Scott I’ve been making a living as a pilot for more than 35 years and currently work as a Captain for Alaska Airlines based in Los Angeles, Calif. flying all the B-737 variants. Home is Vashon Island, Wash. My daughter, Carlyle, is a student at University of Washington in Seattle and has been a USSA Alpine coach for the Crystal Mountain Alpine Club at Crystal Mountain. The last couple of years she’s been working with the J6 kids. My son Parker, is a junior in high school and races for CMAC in the PNSA. Living on the other side of the country has made it complicated to attend any of the SMS alumni functions, but at some point I look forward to returning to see the changes since the days of the Hotel Tyrol!


Kate STUTT Brewer I have been teaching in the Weston, Mass. school system for decades and still love it! In terms of kids; Emily is a senior at UVM and Will is a freshman, so that leaves Michael, the “lonely child” at home and looking to spend every waking moment possible skiing. Consequently, we will be at Stratton most weekends this winter, and I look forward to seeing any Stratton friends there. Such fun that a good number of us are back with our kids now.


Melissa Wolff-Burke Missy and her husband, Bob Burke, live in Virginia, and have one daughter and two grandsons. Missy has been an orthopedic physical therapist since graduating from UVM in 1982 and is a professor at Shenandoah University in the Division of Physical Therapy. For the past 17 years, Missy and her husband, have directed a camp for children with amputations and limb differences. The camp is based out of the Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina, and takes kids from all over the US. This

year, they hope to add a scuba camp in Florida. The camp and campers are totally supported by donations. Missy hopes you will check out the camp at

Rich Ross wrote the SMS Alumni

Office this past winter from North Lake Tahoe where he was spending Christmas with his family. Rich’s three children are skiing on the Squaw Valley Ski Team. The Ross family reside in the Bay Area. Scott Hardy lives in Stratton and works as a builder. In the winter, Scott can often be found making perfect turns down Stratton.

Steven Diao I have moved back to Hong Kong. My daughter Maya is competing in Grand Prix horse jumping events in Malaysia. My son, Alec, is playing rugby on the HK national team.


Darcy Chappel Ahl Busy with executive recruiting, and my startup, Illume Software is doing well too. My daughter, Signe Ahl, is loving her freshman year at Deerfield Academy. My son, Cort Ahl (’08), is in his senior year at Duke.

Sue Long Wemyss

Sue continues to follow the activities of SMS student/athletes and really enjoys the SMS Nordic Blog. Although unable to repeat her involvement at the SMS BKL Camp this summer, Sue is looking forward to welcoming the Stratton J3 and younger Nordies to Great Glen Trails, where she is the Ski School Director, in early March for the 2012 New England BKL Festival.


Glen Mottau lives in Stratton, Vt. He’s the proud father of two boys: Tanner and Kieran. Tanner is a current SMS Student, class of 2012. Glen hits the slopes when he can and is a key volunteer of the SMS Alpine Program.

Heidi Preuss Similiar to last year, doing Bikram Yoga as much as possible, managing winter

The Finish Line condo rentals in Park City, Utah, visiting my parents in N.H. when I can, and geocaching everywhere I go. If you come through Salt Lake City I’m always open to have people visit!

Lisa Densmore

I have moved to Montana, things are well. I’m working on a documentary film called Passion for Snow, which is about how a small college in rural New England (Dartmouth) contributed so widely to the ski industry over the last 100 years. For the upcoming 50th Anniversary issue of Stratton Magazine (Winter 2012), I contributed the article on the 1970’s. It’s my first-person memories of what it was like to be at the school and skiing on the mountain back then. Hopefully everyone will find it entertaining, whether they were around in the 70’s or not.


Deborah ScrantoN

screened her latest film, Earth Made of Glass, at the Tribeca and Abu Dhabi Film Festivals and was happy with its US broadcast on HBO this past April. Her 11-year-old son Benjamin, is a competitive swimmer and so she is learning to love the smell of chlorine in the morning instead of getting frostbite on her toes. She lives and works from her farm in New Hampshire and would love to be in touch with any old friends. Her email is


Eric Vainu I currently live in Colorado Springs, Colo.. I keep busy by geocaching. This past year I have been staying a few hundred geocache finds ahead of Hyperheidi, aka Heidi Preuss, who introduced me to geocaching.

Julie Woodworth

My kids are 9 and 11, two girls! My 11-year-old is a hockey and lacrosse player. She is a team sport kinda kid. My 9-year-old is a skier all the way, though petite! I had a fabulous dinner with Juli Furtado

’85, Lisa Wilcox ’82, Chan Morgan ’82, his kids and wife

Edith Thys. Juli has a little boy named Wyatt and Chan and Edith have two boys, Oliver and Chauncy. We tried to get Ingrid Punderson ’84 and Jana Caldwell ’83 to come but they could not make it! I also had a nice evening with Pam Fletcher ’81 at Nashoba Valley this summer. She is doing awesome. I miss the days of old at SMS. All these kids are so lucky. I hope they realize that and appreciate what they have! I am enjoying my job with VARA and love being able to catch up with the past and being part of the future of ski racing in Vermont. I just wish I could keep up with technology!!!


Greg Needell

I have moved on to a new position as the Alpine Director at Aspen Valley Ski Club. Shannon, Coen and I have moved to Aspen, and we are getting settled in the new house, and I am getting up to date in my new job. Busy hiring some new staff and getting the lay of the land. It’s an exciting, new job and a very busy one!

John Borwick resides in Egermont, Mass. with his wife Ingrid and children Jackson and Hunter.

Scott Summers

My (high school senior) daughter is currently back east with grandparents visiting schools. Some of the same schools I looked at 30 years ago. Weird. Other kids are doing well too, which leaves me a little time to go to work. I keep up with Russ, Barry, Mike, Louis and Mo and also the SMS people on Facebook. This weekend I plan to go and honor Mr. Warren Hellman. We all know, and were able to experience his vision at SMS, but here on the west coast he’s done it again and put together a three-day concert in Golden Gate Park called Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, usually 40 bands, tons of fun. I always get a kick out of that connection.


Carolyn Beckedorf joined the Stratton Mountain School Board of Trustees this year. She hits the

slopes of Stowe during the winter and stays fit with the help of CrossFit New England.

Griff Long

I currently live in Ridgewood, N.J. I keep busy by training for triathlons and spending time with my wife and two kids (John 13 and Katelin 9). I completed an Iroman this past year. It was incredible - finished in 11 hours and 44 minutes. Overall it was a great season, I had 4 top-10 finishes and two 1st-place finishes in my age group. The only disappointment was The National Championships, where I missed qualifying for The World Championships by 8 minutes. Fortunately, I qualified for the 2012 National Championships and have already started training. I am committed to making the USA Team (in my age group) to go to the World Championships next year. I also got certified as a United States Triathlon Association Coach and CrossFit Endurance Certified Coach. In the process of starting a New Company called All-American Endurance, and have been doing some motivation speaking on the side. On another note, I was skiing at Stratton over the holidays last winter, stopped by the school but it was closed for the holidays. It looked great! It is incrediible to see how much the school has grown and watching the results of the students makes me pround to say I graduated from SMS.


Jimmy Dow and wife Susie ran the North Face Race to the Top on Oct. 9 during the SMS 40th celebration/Stratton 50th celebration. Jimmy came in 4th overall and first in his age group!


Kim Schmidinger Jochl I live on Sugar Mountain in North Carolina. I am married and we have a 10-year-old daughter, Olivia, who loves to ski race, ice skate and snowboard.


Rory Petrilli I live in Seattle, Wash. I’m coaching full-time for Team Alpental Snoqualmie and working in the summer as an Environmental Consultant. This winter my Italian citizenship was recognized and I’m in the process of finding a job in Italy. I’m scheduled to graduate from Oregon State University (finally!) in March. With all this I still find time to race sailboats and travel. I was in Belize in July to remind myself that the sun does exist!


Heidi Radloff McClellan I still live in White River Junction with my husband Derek and son Max who is 3. I continue to work as an Athletic Trainer at the Sharon Health Center. I am always amazed at how many SMS family I run into on a weekly basis. Hope all those affected by the flooding of Hurricane Irene are recovering!

Carrie Sheinberg ’90 holds son, Arlo, while talking with Catherine Bettis ’94 at the 40th Anniversary weekend celebration at SMS in Oct. 2011.


Marc Sorel “Living the Dream!!” It goes quickly - having graduated from SMS back in 91’. I do not get to see too many of those old friends but cherish the memories forever - especially morning sport when Fritz used to pour water on us to get up or long van rides with the wacky crew of both guys and girls or wearing helmets when Jen Ball use to drive. Every year, I see the new kids wearing the new gear and outfits at some local ski races.

Megan Brown Brent

This past December, Megan (Brown ’91) Brent and her family (Husband,

Starting Gate - Winter 2012 | 19

The Finish Line Dr. Richard Brent, and their two kids, Madi, 5 and Harper, 3) moved back to Park City!!! Megan is working as a Sales Rep for Boston Scientific’s Cardiology department and she has achieved President’s Club for the past 2-3 years in a row! Her husband, Rick, is a Chiropractor and is now looking to open a new practice here in Park City. Megan can be reached at

Shannon Arell

Shannon Arell married Todd Dellysse on the Top of Stratton Mountain on Sept. 17, 2011.


Haley Cheshire Kelly I have been living in Park City, Utah for the last 11 years. My husband and I have two little boys, Teagan, 5 and Quinn, age 3.5, and we love living in the mountains, skiing, mountain biking, camping and spending time with our friends and family. I currently own my own company where I recruit and train people to start their own businesses that allow them to create a lifestyle that is congruent with their goals. I get paid to help others create a better life for themselves! I love it! My husband is an integrative health and wellness practitioner and we have owned a successful health and wellness center here in Park City for the past nine years.


Renny Bloch I got married on Sept. 17, 2011 in Copake, N.Y. at a summer camp, Camp Pontiac. The weekend was filled with competitive activities, including a decathlon. While I met my wife to be, Leslie Benson, at a nightclub in NYC, she is originally from Bethel, Vt. A handful of SMS alumni were in attendance, including: Darren

l-r - Eden Shullenberger, ’92, Gideon Applegate, ’92, Renny Bloch ’93, Darren Bloch ’92, Andrea Sayago ’93 with Leslie Benson in front.

20 | Starting Gate - Winter 2012

Bloch ’92 (brother and best man), Gideon Scott Applegate ’92, Eden Shullenberger ’92, and Andrea Sessa Sayago ’93. In other news, I’m training for my 5th NYC marathon, doing the 9-5 grind at NYU Medical Center (an Organizational Psychologist) and looking for a good pair of new shaped skies for the upcoming season.

Andrea Sessa Sayago Andrea and her family came to visit SMS for the May 2011 alumni gathering with her husband, Edward and children Evan and AJ. Andrea is the Director of Ramius Alternative Solutions in NYC. Little AJ loved spending time on the lifting platforms in the SMS gym!

netting. The USSA board did a site visit last week, and Bill Marolt told me they were impressed and the team is very excited to have a dedicated early season training site. I am spending summers in whatever ski town we are working and winter wherever I feel like it, but a lot of time in Vermont.


Luke Omand I currently live in Landgrove, Vt . I keep busy by building my painting company, Mountain View Painting, and snowmobiling. This past year I have been enjoying my first year of marriage and my new daughter. My best SMS memory is racing up the access road in the morning to see who could make it school first. It was miserable being up that early but a definite wake-up racing everyone first thing!

Tess Benoit Westbrook Steve “Sandy” Perrins Finished med school at UVM in May, and now lives in Danbury, Conn. doing a surgery residency. Not pedaling my bike as much as I used to but I try to get out 1-2 times a week (kinda pathetic actually). Right now my head is down just trying to survive my first year of residency with some pretty long hours and some newfound responsibility. Definitely like operating, but my commitment to it will likely keep me from getting to enjoy the outdoors for a few years. Otherwise things are well. Happy 40th Birthday SMS!


Gordy Megroz lives in Londonderry, Vt. and is a writer for Outside, Men’s Journal, GQ, Ski, and Skiing.

Mike Costello

I am still running Costello Construction. We are completing a pretty cool project out at Copper Mountain in Colorado. We are building the first “site specific” early season training facility for the US Ski Team speed teams. The project includes trail work, new snowmaking, and installing a lot of “A” and “B” safety

Tessa married Seth Westbrook in 2005 and lives in Hailey, Idaho She has taught cross country skiing and has a daughter named Aren. Tessa’s brother, Cyrus, resides in Woodstock and is a landscape designer and forester. Cyrus spent two years in the SMS Snowboard Program.

Drew Thorne-thomsen Back to Santa Barbara for me running Sales/Business Development/ Customer Development for a software company. Aside from moving and getting settled, I did a race the other week called, “Pier-to-Peak.” A half marathon from the pier in Santa Barbara to the peak of the Santa Ynez mountains - 4,000ft elevation change. Will likely run the Santa Barbara Marathon in November!

Tsuneyasu Tarui I currently live in Nagoya, Japan. I keep busy by running my own company. My best SMS memory is that my brother, Takeshi, and I got placed on a probation for a semester - It was the first time we got along.


Dave Lord Life with me is settling into the MidSouth lifestyle in Little Rock, Ark.

and making frequent trips outside the US for business. I still hit the gym every morning and tennis a few days a week. I have begun riding my bike to work, which is a great workout. I am thinking about doing the Little Rock half marathon in March - schedule permitting.

Emily Thurber lives in Boise, Idaho Emily enjoys spending time with her three children, dog, and husband, Matt Carter.

Sarah Brophy

I currently live in Salem, Mass. I keep busy by working, enjoying time with family/friends and spending time outdoors. This past year I changed jobs and have become a project manager. I am currently studying for the NCIDQ. Hoping to make it to the Boston event in the Back Bay.

Sarah Laidlaw Wilde is

the proud new mother of her daughter, Malin Harper. Malin was born on April 20. Sarah wrote, “Martin and I are loving being in Vermont full-time now and I am excited about all the future SMSers born to SMS alumni: Dave Giulietti ’99, Heather Drummond ’97, Beth Festa ’97, Luke Omand ’95, and Carrie Sheinberg ’90 all had children recently. Look out class of 2028! My best SMS memory is the

Cedar Knight (Marina Gisquet Knight ’95) and Malin Wilde (Sarah Laidlaw Wilde ’96) hang out during the Tyrolean Evening during SMS’s 40th and Stratton’s 50th anniversary weekend on Oct. 9. lovely accommodations in Portillo Chile; many entertaining van rides, my first real DH at Big Mountain, Mont. after days of shoveling snow onto the course and walking down it more times than we skied down it; travel to many amazing places; doing sprints up Suntanner with Rob and Mike, shooting their shotguns to let us know when it was time to run, great people and friends.

The Finish Line 1997

getting into Nursing school. My best SMS memory is getting ski race training cancelled for powder skiing.

Emma Elizabeth Ahlstrand was born a week early on 9/7/11, 7lbs 8oz in Hartford, Conn. just a few days short of my second anniversary. My husband, Kurt Ahlstrand, and I were married in September of 2009 at Hildene, in Manchester. We currently live in West Hartford, Conn. where I am an attorney; my husband works for Turner Construction, which is building two new residential colleges at Yale, his alma matter.

Sarah Piampiano

Elizabeth Festa Ahlstrand

Kristin Luckenbill

I am still at Darden School of Business. I spent the summer in Los Angeles working for Fox Soccer Channel. Now I am back at school, thoroughly enjoying my second year, and trying to figure what to do with myself when I am forced to enter the “real world” in June.

Justin Beckwith I currently live in Waitsfield, Vt . I keep busy by coaching the GMVS Nordic Team, kayaking, skiing and hanging with my pup, Rafter. This past year I have been chasing 80 on the golf course. My best SMS memory is training with the Nordi’s, especially Joder ’97, Foster ’99, and Whitcomb ’97.


Jesse Lopez I currently live in Queens. I keep busy by training for my first marathon (this November!), which I admit seems quite crazy given the number of surgeries I’ve had on my leg. This past year, I started a new sales technology job at WebMD and continue to work as a web and database developer for a local nonprofit. My best SMS memory is summer ski camp prior to my senior year - great snow, great training, and awesome company (despite the close quarters in the van we drove from Vermont to Colorado and back).

Liz Kilz I currently live in Jackson, Wyo. I keep busy by riding downhill bikes and skiing, and I still play soccer. This past year I have been working on

Sarah was the first amateur American finisher at the Kona (5th place overall amateur; 23rd overall female including pros). Other races: 1st place amateur: 70.3 Texas, 70.3 Calgary, 70.3 New Orleans, Ironman Couer D-Alene. Fellow alumnus Stephen Patterson ’00 also finished the Kona Ironman.


Dave Giulietti I am living in Canton, Conn., got married last year, and had my first baby, Mason Anthony Giulietti on June 11, 2011! He’s certainly taking up a lot of our free time, but we look forward to coming up to Stratton almost every weekend for the winter. I’m pretty sure Mason will be SMS Class of 2029! Now I have to go to work to figure out how to pay for his SMS education!

Drew Valentine

I currently live in Toronto, Canada. Going through the interviewing phase of law school’s second year. So far so good. I’ve been golfing and cycling often and spending too much time in the library. I’m also in the midst of trying to get a legal-service website off the ground called Greenlightlaw. com - It has been taking up too much of my time unfortunately. Hunter Kaltsas married Jessica Roan this past year in Manchester, Vt. Hunter continues to own and operate Hunter Excavating in South Londonderry, Vt. Hunter was a home town hero during Hurricane Irene fixing roads, rivers, and lives.

Logan Thurber resides in

Nampa, Idaho. Logan enjoys spending time with her two daugthers, Reese and Payton.

Tyler Brinkmann

I live in Falmouth, Maine. I keep busy training for races. I completed

my first IronMan Triathlon this year, and I hope to run the Vermont 100 in July ’12. I ski at Sunday River, and still use my Smith GS poles from senior year. My best SMS memories are sealed in the vault.


Brookie Kaltsas lives in Stowe, Vt. Brookie owns TruckieLoo Photography. Check out her website, Jordi St. John

I currently live in Portland, Maine. I keep busy by working and enjoying the outdoors. This past year I have been teaching, coaching and sailing. My wife Katrina is pregnant and due January 1st! There are too many good SMS memories to pick one, but one fun one was smashing in the old school at the end of 1999.

Margo Lipman I got married in May to an Australian woman named Rynell. I’m also about to finish my PhD at James Cook University in Australia. After I graduate early next year my wife and I will be traveling around Asia and Europe for about a year.

TJ Sica

I’m moving to Los Angeles to start a design/build company and to play poker. Look for me on ESPN - I’m a big deal.

Tom Wisdom I currently live in San Diego, but I am on a six-month vacation to Afghanistan courtesy of the US Marines. I keep busy by shopping for new skis in between flying combat sorties over Afghanistan. This past year I have been deployed since May to the Helmend Province and was lucky enough to make it back to Vermont for Tyne and Dave’s wedding. My best SMS memory is all of it and still being in touch with so many people from my time there. Tyne Pike-Sprenger married David Rothman ’02 on February 14th

at Mount Snow - Many SMS alumni were in attendance.


Erin Davis Williams is living in North Carolina, loving the warmer winters! Got married in December to Captain Kendrick Williams. Hoping the Steelers will win the Superbowl and Texas will win the championship this year! Joe Dunn is the race rep for Blizzard. Still crushes the slopes of the East Coast in the winter.

Margaret Schlachter Margaret participated in the New England Tough Mudder and qualified for the World’s Toughest Mudder, a 24-hour Obstacle endurance race in December in Englishtown, N.J.. “Once I found out that I qualified, I decided to document my journey and created a blog entitled Dirt In Your Skirt ( I was a featured athlete on the Spartan Race Blog (http://blog.spartanrace. com/spartan-chicked-dirt-in-yourskirt/#hide) in late June. I am a founding member of the Spartan Chicked Team, we are a group of women from around North America who are helping promote women in the sport of Obstacle Racing. I have been featured on the Spartan Race TV video from a recent race the Spartan Beast along with my team.” Margaret ran her first ultra marathon, the Vermont 50 on Sept. 25th. “When not traveling around the East Coast racing, I am head of admissions for Killington Mountain School in Killington, Vt. I still coach skiing and lacrosse as well. It’s great that I am able to give back to the sports that gave me so much while I was at Babson. I am also an EMT and Firefighter for the Killington Fire Rescue here in town.”


Andrew Newell is racing and training as a member of the U.S. Ski Team. Andy spent most of the summer training at SMS and living in Weston, Vt. Carson Thurber

I am enjoying life in Vermont: golfing, running, skiing, and more.

Starting Gate - Winter 2012 | 21

The Finish Line Casey Gosper

coach at little Wachusett Mtn.

I currently live in Melbourne, Australia. I keep busy by working as a commercial litigation lawyer. This past year I was only able to go snowboarding twice, but I am hoping to get up more during our next Aussie season.

Vt. with his wife Kate Foster and their dogs. Ryan has helped SMS with architectural designs of their two new building - SMS reports it has been wonderful support!

Chance Longley has moved

back to Vermont and is looking forward to rejoining the Dream Team in Bromely’s Innkeeper Race Series. Dave Rothman is traveling Europe with his new wife, Tyne PikeSprenger ’00.

DJ Wassick

I currently live in California and am enjoying the sunshine and surf. I hope to land a teaching job in the very near future.

Erika Hogan resides in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Greg Hardy is coaching at Killington Mountain School. Greg spent many summer days hitting the SMS gym!

James Hardy joined the Navy

for five years, then worked with the Marines at Camp Pendleton. He went to Iraq and Afghanistan for 13 months working on attack helicopters. He has spent the last year hiking, riding and fishing, along with other travelling. Now he’s living in Boston going to Bunker Hill Community College and looking forward to transfering in the spring to either UMASS Boston or Harvard extension school. “I’m looking forward to doing some more skiing this winter. Hope all is well with everyone still at Stratton! I talked to Alex, and it was really good to hear from him! He was a big help with writing a recommendation letter for me to go to UMASS Boston.”

Nate Farrell lives in Sun Val-

ley, Id. and works for Smith Optics.

Pat Bachant

I’m living in Providence, R.I. with my girlfriend, Jamie, and working for Hexagon Metrology as an Applications Engineer. This winter I’m going on my 6th season as the head J1/2

22 | Starting Gate - Winter 2012

Ryan Foster lives in Andover,


Chinon Maria Williams I live in Brooklyn, N.Y. I love painting. To keep busy, I have been cruising on my bike in the city wearing dresses. My best SMS memory is when I decorated the entire girl’s day student room with pictures of the Spice Girls (8th grade).

Courtney Culnane

I am still living in Boston and have just opened my own clinical/sport psychology practice in Newton. I just became certified by the US association for applied sport psychology.

Howard Foote I’m still living in NYC working in the oil shipping industry as a tanker broker for a company called Poten and Partners. Looking forward to getting some solid weekends up at Stratton this winter. Ben Donahue (’03) is engaged to his girlfriend, Daphne Hallet. Both are at Maine Law in Portland. Wedding is scheduled for some time next summer up in Maine.

MacKenzie Rasch

I currently live in Manchester, Vt. I keep busy by working at Orvis and entertaining my black lab, Mo. This past year I have been coaching skiing, working on my golf game, and enjoying Vt. life.

Teri Schlang I am about to spend my third winter in Montreal and work as a manager at lululemon athletica and couldn’t ask for a better job. I don’t make it to the mountains as often as I would hope.

Tyler Edmond

Recently returned to Vermont from Utah. I have been working in maso-

nary construction, riding moto, looking forward to an East Coast winter. I intend to go back to school for Sports Marketing.


Jamie Luckenbill Jamie Luckenbill married Val Coit on July 30, 2011 in Portland, Ore. Congratulations!

there’s a future for me as a physicians assistant - hopefully I can land a sweet position at Summit County’s Medical Center or somewhere where I can ski in the morning and do my job in the afternoon! This is also going to be my second year in Boston! Briana Carroll ’06 is also living in Boston, and we have met up a few times for dinner and drinks. I’ll also be back on the hill again this winter! I am going to be coaching the J4 girls at Mount Sunapee on the weekends! I’ll also be looking forward to seeing some familiar faces on the coaches knoll at races!

Louie Vito


Chris Culnane

I am currently living on the Gold Coast in Australia, completing my Master’s degree in Tourism Management in Australia.


Briana Carroll I am living in Boston, working in marketing for Wayfair, LLC., the second-largest online retailer of home goods. I keep busy by playing with my golden retriever, Cali, and planning my wedding next August.

Briana Ferrera

I currently live in Washington, D.C. I stay busy by going to graduate school at American University and interning at Brotman Winter Fried Communications, a sports and entertainment PR firm. I graduated from St. Lawrence University in May and have been on the job hunt since I am done with my graduate program in December.

Jen Kish I am entering my second year as a Molecular Diagnostics Technician at the Laboratory for Molecular Medicine, which is a lab within Partners Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine as well as an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. I think I will spend another year at the lab before applying to physicians assistant programs around the county! Medical school just isn’t for me, but I think

I currently live in Salt Lake City, Utah. This past year I have been snowboarding a lot and traveling a ton!

Mac Cloyes

I currently live in New York City. I keep busy by studying. This past year I have been working for the Forest Service and pursuing my Master of Public Administration at NYU. My best SMS memory is Carol in the kitchen.

Hayley Simpson lives in NYC and goes to LIM College. Hayley’s studying for her degree in Fashion Merchandising. Hayley has a new online business for vintage clothing: The Backseat Bingo.


Fritz Horst I am currently up in Burlington Vt., finishing up my last year at UVM and skiing for the UVM team. Will Hadden is a senior at Williams College.


Christina Schozer I currently live in Middlebury and Manchester, Vt. I am going into my junior year at Middlebury College. I am on Middlebury College Ski Team and was recently named Captain. Over the summer I worked for my mom, Adria, at her art gallery in Manchester and played a bunch of golf. I am currently searching/applying for internships.

The Finish Line Colton Hardy is attending University of Vermont and racing for their Alpine Team ~ Go Cats! Colton spent the summer in Burlington, Vt.

is a junior and is studying Psychology and Sociology.

Cort Ahl I’m in my last year at Duke, living with senior members of my fraternity, playing a lot of tennis and golf and trying to make the most of this and next semester. I also just accepted an analyst position with the investment banking department at Nomura Securities in NYC, which will start after I graduate.

Sophie Caldwell

I currently live in Hanover, N.H. I keep busy by ski training and attending Dartmouth College.

Lucas Winthrop I currently live in Durham, N.H. I keep busy by studying finance at the University of New Hampshire as well as running dryland training for our ski club team, Wildcat Ski Racing Club, an independent ski club at UNH. This past year I have been focusing on achieving academic excellence, training, as well as my new passion in music and investing. I look forward to catching up with all my SMS friends in the near future.

Catherine Stewart I currently live in Providence, R.I. where I’m a currently junior at Brown University pursuing a honors ScB degree in Human Biology: Brain and Behavior. I keep busy with my studies, which consume a good deal of my time. I am also on the Women’s Varsity Ski Team here at Brown and am a member of Brown Women in Business. I still find time to enjoy college life, support Brown’s other athletic teams and visit with SMS alumni.


Karmen Whitham attends Northern Michigan University. Karmen is a member of NMU’s cross country running and cross country skiing team. Karmen was in Vermont this summer and spent time with her family.

Sadie Simpson attends The University of Colorado Boulder. Sadie

l-r - Sadie Simpson ’09, Sophie Caldwell ’08, Shelby Simpson ’10


Hunter Resek I currently live in Durham, N.H. I’m now a sophomore at UNH and I am studying Sport Psychology. As for my athletic life I made the huge decision to quit ski racing totally and pursue cycling, only road racing. Last summer I competed in the BUMPS series (Bike Up the Mtns Points Series) and won three of the individual stages and was 2nd in the overall. After this I started racing for the UNH Cycling team and was 3rd overall in the the ECCC (Eastern Colligate Cycling Conference) as a freshman. This opened the doors for me to get on my current team CCB International Cycling team, though I still race for UNH in the colligate season. After having a huge summer a great races I have upgraded to the PRO 1/2 category and from here my goal is to get on a full pro team and travel the world and race bikes!

Skyler Davis is a new member

Rachel Hall is a freshman at

of the U.S. Nordic Team. This past summer was filled with training and building his sponsorship portfolio. This winter Skyler will be traveling full time with the Nordic National Team racing World Cup.

Middlebury College on their Nordic Team.

Shelby Simpson attends The University of Colorado Boulder. Shelby is a sophomore studying art.

Prescott McLaughlin spent the summer training in Mount Hood. Scott will be alpine ski racing this winter and attending Dartmouth next fall.


Kelly Appenzeller is pursuing a History and Government double major while training in preparation for her first season with the Saint Lawrence Saints Alpine team. “I am looking forward to the cold weather and lots of skiing at Whiteface!” Kelsey Bresnan is a freshman majoring in political science at UCONN on their ski team and just joined Alpha Epsilon Phi.

Marta Decarli I currently live in Cortina, Italy. I keep busy by going to University three days a week, by taking classes (on snow and in class) to become a ski instructor, and by doing yoga. This past year I have been graduating from Italian high school and beginning classes to become a ski instructor. My best SMS memory is graduation day! (Not because the SMS experience was over, but because it was such a fun day, everyone was happy and the SMS staff made it so memorable).

Nicholas Krause I’m a PG at SMS and skiing for the U.S. Ski Team D-team this winter. I am now deferred from Bates College.

Dillon Lovell is a freshman at Plymouth State University

Cambria McDermott is at Montana on the ski team and majoring in exercise science. “I miss you guys!”

Heather Mooney is a freshman at Middlebury College on the Nordic team. She recently returned from a U.S. Ski Team camp in Lake Placid.

C. Blake Pendleton is taking a PG year at Bridgton Academy in Maine for lacrosse and at SMS in the winter. Tamara Razinger is at the University of Vermont, majoring in animal science on a pre-vet track. She’s in the kayak club, ski and snowboard club and outing club.

Kevin Mattice

Kevin worked this past summer at Inukton Services LTD, a custom robotics company, on Vancouver Island. Kevin was participating in a joint engineering program as the mechanical engineer from Adaptive Technical Solutions LLC.

Connor Hudson is at the University of Denver majoring in business and finance with a minor in Chinese.

The SMS women’s alpine team in Valle Nevado, Chile during their Oct. 2011 training camp. Christie Choma is at Boston College on a pre-med or pre-vet track. She’s a member of the ski team and outdoor club.

Rachel Crain is at RPI studying computer science and programming.

Hallie Grossman is a fresh-

Spencer Shaw is a PG at SMS, and on the U.S. Snowboarding Rookie Halfpipe Team Sarah Stichter is a freshman at St. Lawrence on the nursing track and a member of club skiing and tennis club. Bridger Tyler is at Montana State University where he’s on the ski team and majoring in film.

man at Bates on the ski team.

You can view other notes and search for alumni online by going to and clicking on the Directory link.

Starting Gate - Winter 2012 | 23

Stratton Mountain School 7 World Cup Circle Stratton Mountain, VT 05155

Winter Ball - January 28, 2012

Upcoming SMS Events

Join us at 6 p.m. for dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions to benefit the SMS Scholarship Fund.

Friday, Nov. 25, 2011 SMS Ski Sale @ SMS (3 – 7 p.m. sale; consignment drop-off 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Limited tickets are available. Be sure to reserve your tickets today before the event sells out for the fourth consecutive year!

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011 SMS Ski Sale @ SMS (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 40 Years of Excellence Winter Ball @ SMS Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 Alumni ski race @ Stratton Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 Alumni event in Park City, UT Monday, April 16, 2012 Three Peaks Challenge Saturday, May 26, 2012 Graduation Saturday, June 2, 2012 NYC alumni event

Contact Wendy Schriebl at (802) 856-1101 or

To learn more, go to:

2012 Starting Gate  

The 2012 Starting Gate - the official alumni magazine of Stratton Mountain School

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you