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Check out our new Facebook/Instagram pages

Hello from sunny Mammoth Mountain CA,

I am writing to let everyone know about SMS Alpine’s new Facebook and Instagram pages. We will be doing daily updates there and the longer trip posts here on the blog. We already have some great pics of the kids on there. Check them out:

SMS Alpine Facebook:

SMS Alpine Instagram:

Also check out some of the boys hitting the cornice at the top of Mammoth:






SMS Graduation 2017

Hello everyone,

This past weekend was graduation here at SMS. Luckily for us the rain held off and it turned out to be a beautiful weekend. Congratulations to the entire class of 2017! You are a terrific bunch of kids and I can’t wait to hear what you are all up to in the coming years. Below are a handful of pictures from graduation:

Also a quick shout out to Kevin O’Keefe who gave one of the best graduation speeches I have heard. Luckily he was last to speak. Would have been a tough act to follow…

So what are the alpine seniors up to next year?


Riku deferred from Saint Lawerence and will be taking a PG year next year to ski.



Sarah is off to Burlington to attend UVM.


Kay will be spending next season skiing on the Chilean National Team.


Marissa is headed across the pond to study at St. Andrews College in Scotland.


Hana deferred from UNH and will be spending next year skiing.


Marika is off to California and much needed warmer temperatures.  She will be attending the University of San Diego.


Jack is bound for Colorado and the University of Denver.


Julia (far left in this picture) is another one headed to the UK to study. She will be attending King’s College in London.


Danie will be attending Hamilton College in New York.


At this point Elise is still undecided. She is deciding between taking a PG year or going off to college at either Saint Lawrence or Bates.


Sean (pictured eating a sandwich) will be attending Northeastern University in Boston.


Liam (the one not eating the sandwich) has deferred from BC and will be PGing next season.


Mikayla will be attending Saint Lawrence University.


Spencer is another one off to warmer climates. He will be attending Santa Clara University in California.


Kevin (center bean bag) is following in his brothers footsteps and is headed up to Burlington to attend UVM.

Well that about does it. The best of luck everyone and please come back and visit. We are going to miss you!



Mammoth Camp Recap

The May Mammoth camp was an incredible camp with great snow, weather, tons of training volume, and terrific free skiing. Coaches kept remarking how this was the best training and conditions they could ever remember having in May. The kids had a blast and improved a lot. Here is a picture recap of the camp.

The Mountain:


Steven Nyman ended up stopping by our GS course. He was so psyched with the kids skiing he ended up staying for three runs and coached the kids up at the start. Thanks Steve! Good luck with your recovery!


Top of the GS course on World Cup:

We did a ton or free skiing in the afternoons. Here is Hatcher before dropping into one of the steep upper bowls at Mammoth. See captions for the play by play:

Bobby rips the top of Mammoth:

Harrison feeling it out at the top:


The boys dropped the cornice each run at the top of chair 23 before hitting the speed jump lower down. With each run they got a bit braver until many were going straight off with speed. Shout out to Aidan Mann who went absolutely enormous on the last run.

Cornice dropping:

The girls did a great job on the speed jump:

Boys packing up after  a long day of training and free skiing:

In the afternoons we had dryland and study hall. Mainly games. On this day we had a pool workout:

Study Hall:

We checked out the hot springs on our day off:


So long Mammoth. Tough to leave after such a great camp:

But something tells me there will still be plenty of snow when we get back in June:


SMS U14s shine at Can-Ams

Congratulations to Erik Holm 1st, Jay Poulter 2nd, and Tess Beyer 2nd place at today’s Can-Am SG in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. The Can-Ams are the most highly competitive U14 races in North America with the both America’s and Canada’s best youngsters duking it out for top honors. To have three athletes on the podium is truly a historic day for SMS alpine. Great going guys!

Update from 7 Nations Cup

Here is a quick update that USSA Development Director Chip Knight sent out about the training leading up to 7 Nations Cup races in Germany this week:

Day 3 dawned with thick fog in the valley but it quickly burned it off for a bluebird day on the hill!  We trained another day of GS on the same trail at Jenner, setting two courses to create different environments and continue to work on inspection and terrain skills.  We also brought out the timer for additional feedback.  There was a lot of razzing about whether the girls could beat the boys, and a little bit too much bragging about just winning the upper split – but all in good fun.  Afterward, the girls skied all the way down to town, and everyone enjoyed the Women’s World Championship Alpine Combined back in the hotel lobby.

Tomorrow we will train SL and take part in a local German race to get the competitive juices flowing before the 7 Nations races next week.  It will be our last day skiing here in Berchtesgaden before we move over to Hinterreit on Sunday.



Sounds like they have lucked out with some good weather and training. What a great experience!  Good luck in the races Alex!