On Snow Training
GMVS is conveniently positioned in the Mad River Valley. With the first snowfall, students move to the school’s facility at Sugarbush Resort for practice on a number of trails. Each student is assigned to a coach who works with the athletes throughout the year setting goals, ordering and adjusting equipment, and evaluating progress. Although individual coaches are responsible for athlete management, athletes always train according to their progression and in doing so there is a lot of movement and crossover among groups. Alpine athletes utilize both Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen areas at Sugarbush. At Sugarbush, GMVS athletes train on several different trails on a rotating basis. The Inverness trail provides an excellent Slalom, Super G and GS venue and is the home of the GMVS Poma lift. GMVS owns and maintains a renovated and newly expanded Alpine Training Center located at the base of Mount Ellen. GMVS athletes often visit Middlebury College Snow Bowl and Mad River Glen for specific technique or discipline work. Middlebury Snow Bowl, home of the NCAA Middlebury College Ski Team, provides for 3 safe and varied training trails including a fully b-netted challenging GS training slope. Mad River Glen provides a slope with a very quick turn around for slalom training.