• NOVEMBER 26, 2018

    VARA WORLD CUP PARADE Photos- by Tom Martin!

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  • OCTOBER 13, 2018

    U12 VARA-NHARA OTC Project-Team Pico

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  • AUGUST 28, 2018

    Xfinity Killington Cup Ticket Info

    2018 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Tickets Available Starting Sept. 5 at 9:00 a.m. ET

    Event is free and open to the public; a limited number of tickets will go on sale for select viewing areas at the World Cup featuring the Women’s Giant Slalom and Slalom


    KILLINGTON, VT (August 28, 2018) – Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America and part of POWDR, announced that tickets for the 2018 Killington Cup will be available for purchase starting Wednesday, September 5 at 9:00 a.m. ET at Taking place November 23-25, the World Cup will once again bring the women’s giant slalom and slalom races to Vermont and is expected to attract U.S. Ski Team superstar Mikaela Shiffrin to compete against the best women’s technical alpine skiers in the world.


    “The Northeast has an incredible passion for world class alpine skiing and we are thrilled to once again offer free-access viewing areas so we can continue to inspire the next generation of alpine ski racers. With the community’s support, we’re looking forward to again showcasing Killington and the state of Vermont to the international ski audience this year,” says Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort and Pico Mountain.


    In addition to an already action-packed, fun-filled weekend, Killington Resort will host free concerts throughout the weekend. Additional entertainment includes the World Cup Festival Village, fireworks, parades and a Friday night bib draw featuring top athletes.


    “It’s an honor and a pleasure to welcome the best women ski racers in the world back to Killington for the third year,” says Herwig Demschar, chair of Killington’s World Cup Local Organizing Committee.  “Spectators will be treated to a weekend of exciting racing, as well as music and entertainment, ensuring it will be a party not to be missed.  This year, we are hoping to make history by breaking attendance records, showing the world how New England fans support their favorite ski racing stars!”


    Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday events are sold separately. Ticket offerings for 2018 Killington Cup include:


    General Admission - Free

    In addition to the ticket offers, there will be plenty of free access viewing space for all fans to enjoy. The free area provides standing room access near the base of the Superstar trail and along the run with two jumbo screens for viewing the full race course.


    New for 2018 - 4241’ Finish Pavilion - $150

    The new 4241’ Pavilion located on skier’s left of Superstar (below the KMS bag jump) includes, a semi-heated tent and premium viewing area featuring a continental breakfast and an all-you-can-eat BBQ with soft drinks and hot beverages catered by the Peak Lodge. A beer and wine cash bar with specially priced drinks will be available.


    SuperFan – $125

    The SuperFan ticket includes standard Grandstand tickets, along with a World Cup commemorative item and a Killington adult lift ticket voucher for the 2018-19 winter season that can be redeemed without restriction.


    Premier Grandstand – $100

    The Premier Grandstand offers guaranteed access to the highest five rows of the grandstands at the base of Superstar trail, providing one of the best vantage points of the course. This ticket includes a mid-week, non-holiday lift ticket voucher valid for the 2018-19 winter season. Premier Grandstand tickets are extremely limited in quantity and 100% of the proceeds benefit the Killington World Cup Committee.


    Grandstand – $40

    Ticketed Grandstands are located at the base of the Superstar trail, adjacent to the race course, and are general admission for all rows except the top five. The grandstand provides an elevated view of the race course, along with two jumbo screens broadcasting top-to-bottom race coverage. Limited accessible seating access is available in the front row of the grandstand.


    Free parking and shuttles will be available around Killington Resort, however attendees can purchase a preferred parking pass for guaranteed parking in the K-1 parking bays for $50 or in the Vale parking lots for $20. Preferred parking passes can be purchased when tickets go on sale at


    VIP ticket packages are available at in partnership with the Killington World Cup Committee, which supports athlete hospitality and provides grants to support winter sports infrastructure and access to winter sports throughout the region.


    For additional information about Killington Resort and the 2018 Audi FIS World Cup, please visit


    About Killington Resort

    Killington Resort is a four-season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. The Beast of the East boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 35 miles of mountain biking trails with expansion underway with Gravity Logic, plus 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for over 55 years. Killington is part of the POWDR portfolio. Visit for more information and be social with #beast365 and #beastwinter.

    Contact: Kevin Flight, Elevate Communications: 781-439-7140 or


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  • JUNE 06, 2018

    US Development Shared Video

    Greetings VARA Members, Clubs & Coaches!
    Below please find some valuable and educational shared video for your use. Sasha Rearick Head Coach of the US Men's Development Team made a great effort to video for sharing purposes while at the US D Team Camp Mammoth Mtn, CA. Hopefully, your program can find educational opportunities through viewing the video and the sharing of this link!
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    Men's D-Team Project Review - US Ski & Snowboard
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    Hello All,

    Please See and Share the email and link from Chip Knight below.
    This is a great opportunity for all our clubs and coaches here in the East.


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    Club Leaders, Coaches, and Parents:

    Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for last week’s webinar with Sasha Rearick, Calin Butterfield, and Michael Bingaman.  For those of you who couldn’t make it, we have posted an archived recording that you can access HERE. As always, feel free to reach out with any comments, questions, or concerns.


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    Kathy Okoniewski
    Eastern Region Youth Coach
    U.S. Ski & Snowboard
    C: +1 315.382.5045

  • JUNE 04, 2018

    Membership renewal time!

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  • APRIL 19, 2018

    2018 Ski Round Table GMVS May 24


    Date: May 24th

    Location: GMVS - Doug Parker Sports Center
    Time: 9am – 1   Directions
    Presented by Oliver Hall


    The presentations for this year’s Ski Round Table have been finalized and will cover the top 5 topics voted on earlier this year. They are:


    • Coach and athlete panel on skill development. Presented by Martin Guyer, Robbie Kelley, Gar Trayner, Alex Krebs, Kathy Okienowski, Steven Mergenthaler
    • Foot and ankle injuries in Ski Racing. Presented by Mark Charlson MD
    • The adolescent psych and what drives their decision making? Social, peer pressure, group setting vs non-group, cultural, male vs female coaching tactics etc. Presented by Lisa Stephan PhD
    • Nutrition for Ski Racers. Presented by Gina Rancourt MS, RD, CD
    • Asymmetry of the pelvis, muscle imbalances and biomechanics as causes of LBP in young ski racers. Presented by Hannah Skalecke MPT, Steve Skalecke MPT, Oliver Hall PT, PRC


    Sing up on the google form link below!! (If you have already filled it out you do not need to do it again) - we just want a head count of how many people will be coming. If you know someone else who might be interested, please feel free to forward the link.


    We look forward to seeing many of you there.


    Take care,




  • APRIL 10, 2018

    2018 U14 Boys States Overall-Middlebury

  • APRIL 10, 2018

    2018 U14 Fundamentals Project-Stratton

  • APRIL 10, 2018

    2018 U12 SL Camp-West

  • APRIL 10, 2018

    2018 U12 SL Camp-West group pic

  • APRIL 10, 2018

    2018 U14 VT/NY Invitational Project-Stratton

  • APRIL 10, 2018

    2018 U12 SL Camp-West Duals Start

  • APRIL 10, 2018

    2018 U12 Camp-West Stubby SL

  • DECEMBER 18, 2017

    2017 VARA U14 SL Project

    Thank you Stratton and Race Stock Sports!

  • JULY 05, 2017

    VARA Announces GALA Award Recipients

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  • JUNE 09, 2017

    Eastern News - Lots of VT Athletes Involved!!



    Greetings Eastern Region!

    Happy spring to you all. I trust you are enjoying some great spring skiing or the chance to unwind and reflect on a memorable and eventful winter season 2017.
    This newsletter serves as a highlight reel and summary of an action-packed March and April. There was fantastic ski racing competition across every age group, every level and every division in our Region.
    Our Championship events in March and early April were dealt some real winter conditions and we lost a few race-starts as a result. Due to the monumental efforts from our fantastic event hosts and a “make it happen” attitude they kept the dream alive and great races were held.
    A big thanks to our 2017 main series sponsors and supporters-
    World Cup Supply
    Time Out for Whoopie
    And our 2017 FIS Eastern Cup and FIS championship event site hosts-
    Stowe Mountain Resort, Sunday River, Gore Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain, Sugarbush Resort, Dartmouth Skiway, Shawnee Peak Maine, Suicide Six Ski Area, Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Cannon Mountain Ski Area, Attitash Ski Resort

    Upon conclusion of the 2017 U.S Championships held at Sugarloaf ME, a handful of current USST and World Cup athletes hung around and competed in our 2017 Eastern Cup championships.
    Thanks to Robby Kelley, Hig Roberts, Ryan Cochran- Siegle, Julia Ford, Alice Merryweather and Lila Lapajna for showing us world cup pace and the skiing level to which our athletes aspire.
    Along with all the racing in region throughout March and April we had Eastern U16 and FIS aged athletes involved in some European/International competition. Here are the highlights-
    Alpecimbra FIS Children Cup (ex Topolino):

    Olivia Holm ’01(Stratton Mountain School) 2nd place GS.
    2017 FIS World Junior Championships, Are (SWE):
    Alice Merryweather ’96 (Stratton Mountain School, Attitash race team) – 1st DH
    Sam Morse ‘96(Carabassett Valley Academy CVA)- 1st DH, 5th SG, 6th AC.
    2017 Whistler Cup:
    Zoe Zimmerman ’02 (Burke Mountain Academy) representing the Eastern region.
    Results here.

    Follow the links below to results from across the age groups and various levels. Overall it was a very successful season for Eastern athletes with many advancing and improving their age world ranks, National ranks, achieving career best results and knocking down season long goals. Congrats athletes!
    Here is a quick excerpt from USSA Eastern Regional Manager 2017 report by Patti Nichols-
    “Preliminary look at some of the average field size numbers for this year show that number of athletes in Eastern FIS races has remained constant in the last three years - around 90.  We had 354 men on the Eastern FIS athlete list and 303 women this year.  We had 57 first year female athletes and all but 5 ended the year with a FIS profile.  Most of those who did not score, never intended for a race.  On the men's side of the 59 first year athletes, 48 end the year with profiles.  Again, those who did not score did not intend for races. Two thirds of our 2nd year FIS men improved their point profiles, while the women had 81% improve their profiles and by third year 60% of the male athletes saw a profile improvement while the number for the women was 61%.”
    High School racing-
    2017 Eastern High School Championships
    U14 -
    2017 U14 Easterns skills results
    2017 U14 Easterns boys
    2017 U14 Easterns girls
    2017 U14 Can- Am race results and skills scores
    U16 -
    2017 U16 Easterns boys
    2017 U16 Eastern girls
    2017 U16 USSA finals
    2017 U16 Nationals skills scores and race results
    2017 Eastern Cup-
    2017 Eastern Cup overall standings
    2017 Development FIS-
    Development FIS overall results
    2017 USCSA National Championships-
    2017 USCSA Nationals results
    2017 NCAA Championships-
    Team and individual results

    2017 EACC meetings recap-
    Spring in the Eastern Region also means meetings! The semi-annual EACC gathering was held April 21st -23rd in Rutland VT. The Eastern development committee (EDC) and Eastern children’s committee (ECC) also met prior to EACC meeting on Sunday 23rd April, 2017.
    Thank you to all committee members and guests that could attend. Some good discussions on athletic development and methods for success! Your effort and energy is appreciated by the USSA Eastern staff!
    Follow the links below for 2017 USSA EACC staff reports and EACC action items.
    2017 USSA Eastern staff reports
    2017 EACC approved action items
    2017 USSA congress update
    USSA leadership is forward to welcoming everyone to the USSA Congress in Park City in just over a week!  Below is a link to an FTP site where relevant documents are posted.

    Eastern Region coaches recognized –
    Mike Morin, Stratton Mountain School Alpine Program Director, has been selected to receive USSA’s 2017 Alpine Domestic Coach of the Year award.
    John Dwyer, the Anny Jenny Head coach of Women’s Alpine skiing at Dartmouth College was named the 2017 United States Collegiate ski coaches Association National Alpine coach of the year.
    Eastern Amateur Ski Educational Foundation (EASEF)

    A reminder for all Eastern region snow- sports athletes looking for financial support to pursue their winter sports dreams. Get more information from the EASEF webpage.

    “The mission of the Eastern Amateur Ski Educational Foundation (EASEF) is to offer financial support to young athletes to enable them to participate in and pursue competitive winter sports opportunities. The Foundation was established in 1987 and since that time has been a solid resource for aspiring amateur Cross Country skiers, Jumpers, Alpine skiers, Snowboarders, Biathletes, and Freestyle Skiers from the New England area”.

    For alpine athletes- Applications for assistance from the Alpine Development Fund should be directed to:

    Martin Guyer
    USSA Eastern Region
    Regional Development Director

    On behalf of the Eastern staff- Patti, Kyle and Thomas-
    Our best to you,

  • DECEMBER 11, 2016


    If you missed the coverage of the VARA Parade of Athletes at the Killington Women's World Cup you may watch it all you want. Click here for parade viewing!

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  • APRIL 06, 2016

    VARA Ladies

    VARA Ladies

  • FEBRUARY 22, 2016

    VARA U14 Girls Training Day at Pico!

    Ready Set......

  • FEBRUARY 19, 2016

    Fischer Vermont Cup Overalls




    Fischer Vermont Cup - U19-SR Ladies Top 3 
    Elise Michaels – OMS
    Kristina Bonnet – OMS
    Isabella De Buy Wenniger – OMS
    Fischer Vermont Cup - U19-SR Men Top 3
    Lucas Heald - Pico
    Malcolm Finnbahr - MMSC
    Maxwell Wonsavage – KMS
    Fischer Vermont Cup - U16 Ladies Top 3
    Olivia Holm – SMS
    Nadine Levey – GMVS
    Jenna Jenkins – KMS
    Fischer Vermont Cup – U16 Men Top 3
    Diego Holscher – SMS
    Tommy Kenosh – Pico
    Reilly Curtis - GMVS
  • FEBRUARY 08, 2016

    Events Around the State

    MVC U14's had a successful SG camp at Okemo pictured left are some participants about to load the big orange bubble!

    Lunch Time at Okemo SG Camp.

    NVC U10's had a great GS race at Cochrans.

    Quechee hosted an incredible U12 Slalom Camp,  with Alex Krebs, VARA Youth Coordinator, and Olympian, Julia Ford. The event was educational for the U12's and their parents!!

    The room was packed for Alex's parent presentation.

    There was even a Skyped in tech talk on helmets and back protection from POC's Willie Ford.

    Jerry Murphy from Swix gave a ski wax/tune presentation.

    The kids were able to ski with Olympian, Julia Ford and get some autographs too! The parents were able to listen to Julia talk about her journey through ski racing.

    Not much snow but plenty to run a great camp! Great job Quechee and MVC!

  • FEBRUARY 05, 2016

    Now That's a Loaded Chair!

    VARA Youth Coordinator, Alex Krebs, VARA President of the Board, Tao Smith and Olympian, Julia Ford, enjoy a chair ride together at the U12 MVC Slalom Camp held at Quechee Feb 5th.

    Many thanks to Reese Brown and his U12 crew at the Q as well as thanks to all the MVC U12 coaches that pitched in to help. The MVC U12 Slalom Camp has beocme a tradition at the Q.

    The VARA Youth Coordinator gave a great presentation to attendees parents, Olympian, Julia Ford, spoke to the group, skied with the kids and signed a few autographs. Willie Ford, from POC, skyped in to talk about back protection and helmets.

    Don't let the green grass fool you the kids had lots of slalom skill training !

    A great day for parents and kids! Thanks Quechee.

  • JANUARY 27, 2016

    VARA U16 Girls Pace Camp At Middlebury

    Monday, January 25th, VARA U16s had the prvilidge to ski the Middlebury SL and GS hill for a VARA Youth Project headed by Alex Krebs VARA Youth Coordinator. The atheltes skied SL and GS timed runs and were able to spend a day of high intensity training with girls from around the state.

    Visit the VARA Youth Coordinator Link.

  • JANUARY 25, 2016

    VARA TEAM HATS M3 (Moriarty 3rd Generation)

    VARA TEAM HATS COMPLIMENTS OF M3 (Moriarty 3rd Generation)

    Many legendary heads have worn the VARA Team Hat. This year the VARA Team will be wearing the retro hat compliments of M3. Scott Moriarty of Stowe, VT is continuing the tradition his grandmother, Anabel, started years ago, by running the M3 (Moriarty 3rd Generation to the Hat) company and donating the hats to the team.

    Thanks M3!!

    M3  802-253-2364

    Hannah Utter, VARA Team 2016

    To the left is Richard Sherras, VARA Team 2016

    Below is the originol....worn by Sally Utter, former USST and UVM Hall of Famer!

    AND..... who is this?

    1978 VARA Team Member Doug Lewis!

    1978 VARA Team Member Doug Lewis!

  • JANUARY 24, 2016

    NVC U10 Team Event at Smuggler's Notch

    Theme of the Day:  May the Force be with You!

  • JANUARY 05, 2016

    Remembering Ronnie Berlack

    VARA Community,

    It has been one year since  Ronnie Berlack, a VARA competitor, brother, son and great person passed in an avalanche in Europe.

    Please take a moment today to remember Ronnie Berlack and also Bryce Astle who was lost in the same avalanche.

    U19 national project this morning at Aspen. Helmets to the sky for Ronnie and Bryce.

  • DECEMBER 03, 2015


    VARA NEWS AND INFO                                                                               

    Dec. 2015       


    It may not seem much like it but the racing season is here! Although Mother Nature is not being the most cooperative at this time you are fortunate to be a member of an association who has very supportive ski area venues even with limited open terrain.  VARA race sites are committed to providing trails for competition, training and registration space in their busy lodges. They work closely with the ski club directors to provide the best venues possible. It is important to show your appreciation while at the venues and to be aware of the fact that they do not have to host any races! It is a privilege for our VARA competitors to be at these sites, not a right. Awareness of the general public and being courteous to everyone at the ski area is important not only because every VARA member is representing Vermont and the sport but also because your actions may impact the future of ski racing in this state. Be sure to thank ski area personnel, race volunteers and race crew.

    Have a fantastic start to the Vermont racing season and enjoy the journey.

    Below is a listing of the December events for U16 and up racing and open mixed age.  Council racing for the U14 and under will begin in January.

    Dec 2015 VARA Competition Events:
    12           Vermont Cup SL Sponsored by Fischer   Okemo                 U16-Sr
    13           VC GS Sponsored By Fischer                 Stratton               U16-Sr
                    Rebecca Ann McGill Memorial
    19           Vermont Cup Sl Sponsored by Fischer    Bromley               U16-Sr
    20           Vermont Cup GS Sp by Fischer              GMVS                   U16-Sr
    28           Vermont Cup GS Sp by Fischer              Okemo                 U16-Sr
    29           Holiday Slalom                                      Cochran’s            U16-Sr
    30           End of Year Open GS                             Okemo                 U12-U14

    New for the U16’s this year there will be no council racing series. The U16’s will compete in the VARA open, Vermont Cups sponsored by Fischer, The George Tormey Series and U16 State Championships. For a rule refresh please see the VARA U16 Rules (hyperlink).

    As you are aware the U18 age class is no longer a membership option. The U19’s are year of births 97-98-99. There will be a U19 Nationals coordinated by USSA at Copper Mtn in Colorado on 2-28-3/4. The U19’s will compete in any FIS events that they are eligible as well as any Vermont Cups sponsored by Fischer, George Tormey event s and any open VARA/USSA races.

    USSA EASTERN REGION COMPETITION CALENDAR – (Hyperlink) – this calendar has all FIS events and USSA Eastern championship events as well as the Eastern Youth Calendar.  All VT events should be on the VARA Calendar on line.  Here is the link for VARA Youth Coordinator info.

    New Timing Software

    Please note that there is a new timing software that will be used for 2016. It is new to everyone in the entire country so please be patient with the race secretaries and organizers. The USSA changeover to the new system was done late in the fall and people will definitely need time for adjusting to the new VOLA system. The training time before race season was very short so the early season races may require thoughtful patience by parents, athletes and coaches!  There is also a new place to find live timing on the USSA website.

    Please contact the VARA Office with any questions  or 802.236.4695
    Check out the VARA Facebook Page and Twitter @skiVARA


  • OCTOBER 27, 2015


    On October 24, a beautiful fall evening in Vermont, over 100 VARA members made their way to the Quechee Club in Quechee, VT., to attend the VARA Gala. The evening was filled with the reacquainting of friends who typically only see each other at ski races and longtime VARA members enjoying old stories.

    The 2016 VARA Team (pictured) was announced in the early part of the evening. Each member received their VARA Team jacket and hat. As special recognition for outstanding results at the Regional High School Championships (all schools east of the Mississippi) the Vermont High School State Team was recognized as the Regional Champions. In attendance from the High School team were Andy Kenosh, Richard Sherras and Scott Trudell. It was a pleasure to acknowledge the high school ski racers on their

    Megan Ahearn/SWSC, Andy and Tommy Kenosh/Pico and Ben Ritchie from GMVS attended to accept their VARA Merit Awards.

    VARA Merit Award Recipients:

    George Tormey Award
    Ben Ritchie – GMVS
    Mickey Cochran Award
    Jessie Kuzmicki – Mt Snow Ski Club
    Betty Clayton Award
    Tommy Kenosh-  Pico
    Ginny Hunt Award
    Andy Kenosh – Pico
    Megan Ahearn – Stratton Winter Sports Club
    Shelley Glover Award
    Bobby Ryan – Killington Mountain School
    Collegiate Award
    Robbie Cone – Middlebury College

    The induction of Gregg McClallen into the VARA Hall of Fame as well as the introduction of the Coach, Volunteer and Alpine Official of the year made for an exceptional evening rich with VARA tradition and history.

    VARA HALL OF FAME – “Coach” Greg McClallen
    VARA Coach of the Year – Jamie Kingsbury Wylie/ Stratton Mountain School, Development Coach and Jr Development Coach – Helen Bruno/Killington Ski Club
    Alpine Official – Toni Harkins/Bromley Outing Club
    VARA Volunteer – Lori Furrer/Mount Mansfield Ski Club

    VARA is proud to have recognized such deserving individuals and is honored to add each name to the Gala awards history!

    Announced at the gala was the newly formed partnership with the VT Ski and Snow Board Museum located in Stowe, VT. This partnership will give VARA space in their beautiful and historic facility to display our rich history, host functions, and preserve the record of our ongoing events, such as these Hall of Fame gatherings, VARA Teams, as well  as photographs, results, and trophies. With this partnership, the Museum hopes to create a greater awareness of its activities among VARA clubs and members, and increase its membership, as a result. Skiing history in Vermont is inseparable from the history of VARA, and we look forward to having a physical location to present and preserve our history.

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  • OCTOBER 02, 2015

    USSA Proposes World Cups at Killington Mtn!


    PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 1) – World Cup ski racing may be coming back to New England in 2016. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, along with its resort partner Powdr, Corp., is proposing an Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Killington, VT this week during meetings of the International Ski Federation in Zurich. The submission comes after years of work by the USSA to find an opportunity to bring World Cup ski racing to the most populated region of the country.

    The proposed November, 2016 World Cup would include women’s giant slalom and slalom races. Among the athletes could be U.S. Ski Team superstars Julia Mancuso, Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn. If accepted by FIS, the dates would be Nov. 26-27, 2016, Thanksgiving Weekend. The race would fill the weekend traditionally hosted in Aspen during the season in which the Colorado resort is holding the World Cup Finals in March, 2017.

    In a final site inspection Sept. 23, FIS Women’s World Cup Tour Director Atle Skaardal visited Killington and gave a positive report, which encouraged the USSA to move forward in the process. The bid will be submitted to FIS at its fall meetings in Zurich that run through Saturday. It is anticipated that the bid will then be put onto the draft 2016-17 World Cup calendar that will be finalized next June.

    It would be the first World Cup in the eastern USA since 1991 when the U.S. Ski Team’s Julie Parisien won the giant slalom at Waterville Valley, NH.

    “An eastern World Cup will have great impact on our sport by bringing the best ski racers in the world close to our largest population of USSA members and fans,” said USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw. “Powdr, Corp. has always been a strong partner for the USSA and we have confidence that Killington is well suited to produce an exceptional early season World Cup.”

    The USSA has had a long relationship with Powdr, Corp. producing World Cup and Grand Prix events at Copper Mountain and Park City Mountain Resort. Killington has been a strong venue in alpine ski racing as a regular host to FIS Cup and USSA races.

    “Killington is one of the premier resorts in the country and close to major eastern metropolitan markets,” said Powdr CEO John Cumming. “Powdr has produced World Cup events in the past at other resorts in our portfolio and has significant experience executing large-scale races such as the Audi FIS Ski World Cup.

    As a FIS World Cup, the event would be broadcast worldwide to over 60 nations, along with national broadcast coverage across America. The event is anticipated to bring significant economic impact to the state of Vermont, which other U.S. World Cups have seen extend to $15-20 million.


    • The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, and its resort partner Powdr, Corp., are submitting a bid to the International Ski Federation for an Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Killington, VT in November, 2016.
    • It would be the first World Cup in the eastern USA since 1991 at Waterville Valley, NH.
    • It is anticipated that FIS will put the Killington event on its 2016-17 World Cup calendar during meetings in Zurich, Switzerland this week.
    • The event would be televised globally including national broadcast across America.


    Tiger Shaw, President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association

    An eastern World Cup will have great impact on our sport by bringing the best ski racers in the world close to our largest population of USSA members and fans. Powdr, Corp. has always been a strong partner for the USSA and we have confidence that Killington is well suited to produce an exceptional early season World Cup.

     Calum Clark, Vice President, Events, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association

    It’s been a key initiative for the USSA to find a calendar window with FIS to bring alpine ski racing to the east. Our partnership with Powdr and the early snowmaking capability of Killington were crucial to working with FIS to get onto the World Cup calendar.

    John Cumming, CEO, Powdr, Corp.

    Killington is one of the premier resorts in the country and close to major eastern metropolitan markets. Powdr has produced World Cup events in the past at other resorts in our portfolio and has significant experience executing large-scale races such as the Audi FIS Ski World Cup. Powdr Corp is honored to be involved in the selection process of Killington for the women’s World Cup and we look forward to welcoming the world to Vermont in 2016 and the first appearance of a World Cup Race to the East Coast in 25 years.


    Mike Solimano, President and General Manager, Killington 

    Killington is an ideal venue for World Cup skiing’s return to the East Coast, and to be considered for this event is a tremendous honor and opportunity for Killington and the surrounding community. We plan to hold the race on our Superstar trail, located adjacent to the K-1 Express Gondola and base area. Snowmaking infrastructure on this trail received significant upgrades this summer, and this November race will allow us to showcase our world-class snowmaking system. Killington is thrilled to represent the entire state of Vermont to the international ski market.  

    About the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association/U.S. Ski Team

    The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association is the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding in America, and responsible for scheduling of World Cup competitions with the International Ski Federation. The U.S. Ski Team, as part of the USSA, develops and maintains teams of world-class athletes for national and international competition, including the Olympic Winter Games. For more information, visit


    About Killington

    Killington Resort is a four season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountain. The Resort boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread out over six peaks including Pico Mountain served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in the East. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course as well as 35 miles of mountain biking trails and 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for 55 years. Visit for more information and join the conversation on social media with #beastwinter.

    Check out the proposed site [here]!

  • SEPTEMBER 14, 2015

    VARA Honorees for the 2015 GAlA

    The Vermont Alpine Racing Association proudly announces its honorees for the
    2015 Celebration of Vermont Ski Racing Gala and Hall of Fame Induction
    October 24, 2015|Quechee Club, Quechee, VT

    Coach Greg McClallen, 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee
    Referred to as the “Dean of Vermont Ski Racing”, Coach McClallen grew up in Rutland, Vermont attending Mount St. Joseph Academy and St. Michaels College.  He started teaching and coaching in 1966 at Otter Valley in Pittsford and then went to Rutland High School in 1972 where he taught and coached for 36 years.  His teams secured 17 State Championship titles for Rutland High School and in 1987 he was named the National High School Coach of the Year.  He was active with both youth and high school sports including Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Ski Jumping and Track and Field.  Between 1988 and 2012, Coach McClallen was the Program Director and iconic leader of the Pico Ski Club Ski Alpine Racing Program where he graduated athletes year after year into academy programs as well as NCAA and other collegiate competition.  He was a master at inviting his own alumnus back to Pico to coach under him creating an environment of “giving back” that continues to the present day.  He was named the Eastern Alpine Official of the Year in 2008 and the VARA Alpine Official of the Year that same year.  In 2012, Coach McClallen was inducted into the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame. 


    Alpine Official of the Year, Antonia Harkins - Bromley Outing Club

    Antonia Harkins has been with the Bromley Outing Club since the 1960’s starting as a student with the Jr Instructional Ski Program (JISP). Over the years Toni’s involvement changed from student to volunteer instructor for the JISP to then organizer of the JISP.  JISP is a program which serves 600 area students and 150 volunteer instructors. It was at Bromley where Toni found her love and passion for skiing and it was in the late 90’s when Toni found her way to the timing house. Since then Toni has been a mainstay for every event the BOC hosts. Her calm, cool and caring demeanor has given many athletes, parents, coaches and volunteers an unspoken assurance that the events will be contested in a fair and accurate manner. Toni works hard at every event she administers, always the first one in the door in the morning and the last one to leave at night. This year Toni eagerly accepted the opportunity to go and work at the US Nationals at Sugarloaf (on her own dime), she extended herself so she could learn  more of what was going on at the highest levels and bring it back to the BOC, so every race could have the same quality as a national event. Her tireless efforts as an alpine official have made her a worthy and deserving candidate for the Alpine Official of the year for VARA as well as earning her the Eastern Alpine Official of the Year award from the Eastern Region.

    VARA Volunteer of the Year, Lori Furrer -Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy

    Lori has chaired the VARA’ Scholarship Committee for over 13 years, leading the VARA Scholarship mission both in terms of shaping and expanding the criteria for the Merit Scholarships and keeping alive the legacies of those persons for whom the VARA scholarships are named.  Her passion and vision have helped grow and refine the program to its present budget of $25,000 per year.  Lori has been on the VARA Board of Directors for more than 15 years and has helped guide the association in keeping true to VARA tradition and true to VARA’s goals and mission. Lori constantly offers to help on any committees that needed assistance. She is currently Headmaster at Mount Mansfield Winter Academy and coaches U12s at the Mount Mansfield Ski Club.

    VARA Junior Development Coach of the Year, Helen Bruno - Killington Ski Club

    Helen has been coaching for 20+ years and has been active with MVC in that U12 world. She is a current USSA Level 200, AO and meets the requirement of PSIA CS1 and CS2. Her alumni of athletes are impressive as the “First Coach” and as a result have fostered a lifelong passion for countless racers. She continues to mentor many of them as they now join the ranks of coaching.  Ski racing has been a tradition in her life from early on and she shares that passion with her athletes. Her coaching style is student based and outcome oriented, resulting in optimizing the athletes’ performance.  She exemplifies dedication and displays an uncompromising work ethic.

    VARA Development Coach of the Year, Jamie Kingsbury Wylie - Stratton Mountain School

    Jamie Kingsbury is the Head U-16 Coach and Head Women's Strength and Conditioning coach at SMS. She has had a very long and successful career in ski racing as both an athlete and coach. Jamie was on the cusp of the USST as an athlete and was fierce competitor. Winning 2 NCAA GS National Titles and four time All American Status while at UVM, Jamie is a mentor, role model and motivator for each and every ski racer she works with.  In the past 3 winters Jamie placed three young women on the USST and is responsible for building one of Stratton’s strongest women’s programs. Jamie is a proud mom to baby Sawyer born April 22nd of this year.


    VARA is proud to announce the
    2015 VARA Celebration of Vermont Ski Racing
    Merit Award Recipients


    George Tormey Award
    Ben Ritchie - GMVS

    Mickey Cochran Award
    Jessie Kuzmicki – Mt Snow Ski Club

    Betty Clayton Award
    Tommy Kenosh-  Pico

    Ginny Hunt Award
    Andy Kenosh – Pico
    Megan Ahearn – Stratton Winter Sports Club

    Shelley Glover Award
    Bobby Ryan – Killington Mountain School

    Collegiate Award
    Robbie Cone – Middlebury College


    2016 VARA TEAM

    Isabelle Jenne-KMS
    Liam Carroll-GMVS
    Maggie Sullivan-BMA
    Jack Cobb-SMS
    Ava Pavlik-BMA
    Patrick Coughlin-BMA
    Diego Holscher-SMS
    Chauncey Morgan- GMVS
    Hannah Utter – GMVS     
    Hanako Kusumi- SMS
    Zach Hall – SMS
    Ian Clarke – KMS
    Sanderson Kemp- MSSC
    Richard Sherras- BOC
    Rachel Smith – MMSC
    Nina Obrien- BMA
    Patrick Kenney- BMA
    Christian Gallagher – BMA
    Will Beney- BMA



    The team will be introduced at the 2015 VARA Gala

    Vermont Girls

    1). Sanderson Kemp

    2). Lilly Noble

    3).Karin Rand

    4). Ava Hultgren

    5). Annika Nielsen

    6). Caroline Bonin

    7). Amelia Frederick

    8). Emma Putre

    9). Sarah Boland

    10). Holli Olson

    11). Brooke Wells

    12). Emma Casavant


    Vermont EHSC Boys

    1). Bennett Coseo

    2). Kyle Polson

    3). Andy Kenosh

    4). Richard Sherras

    5). Jake Kelly

    6). Oliver Sloan

    7). Caden Frost

    8). Tom Morgantini

    9). Scott Trudell

    10). Nate Coffin

    11). Charlie Kelly

    12). Tom Chivers


  • JULY 06, 2015

    VARA Announces Merit Award Recipients

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  • MAY 21, 2015


    Dear USSA Alpine Members,

    Although the season just does not want to end in some parts of the country (10" powder in Colorado this week!), we are already starting to make plans for the next one. We would like to give you a couple of reminders and inform you about some upcoming rule changes which may affect your summer training, racing and purchasing plans.

    Helmets: Beginning season 2015/16 athletes U14 and older must use helmets that meet the new FIS standards for all USSA GS, SG and DH competitions.

    Poles: Beginning season 2015/16, SL poles for U14 and younger will be required to be 60” in height off the snow and 27mm in diameter. Stubby poles may still be used. This applies to events that are exclusive to U14 and younger; it is not applicable to mixed age races which include athletes U14 and older.

    GS Panels: Beginning in season 2015/16, all USSA GS, SG and DH competitions (including Masters) must use currently homologated GS panels. 

    Equipment Matrix: The updated equipment matrix approved for 2015/16 is posted on the USSA website.

    FIS racing eligibility requirement outside the U.S.: To compete in FIS races outside the United States, a FIS age athlete is required to have a maximum of 120.00 USSA points in any event at the time of selection.  The current USSA points list valid at the time of selection will be used.

    Eligibility to enter FIS events in Canada: In order to enter FIS events in Canada, USA competitors must be registered to appear on the FIS points list, meet the international USSA point-racing standard (maximum of 120 USSA points in any event) and adhere to national quota procedure and criteria.

    Southern Hemisphere racing for first-year FIS athletes: First year age eligible FIS athletes are eligible to start in Southern Hemisphere races as long as they meet the international USSA point-racing standard (minimum of 120 USSA points in any event).

    FIS Children’s Competitions: The USSA may field teams of U16 athletes to compete in FIS Children’s competitions through approved regional and national projects.  Each region may select a race to be a part of an international regional project.

    U19 Age Classification: The existing two-year U18 Age Classification (16 and 17 year olds) will be replaced with a three year U19 Age Classification (16, 17, and 18 year olds) and therefore, the U18 Alpine National Championships will become the U19 Alpine National Championships.  The field size will remain unaltered.

    Trial Ability Class Racing: The continued trial of ability class racing was approved for 2015/16.
    Concurrent USSA/FIS speed events: The ASC approved the continuation of up to two concurrent FIS/USSA speed events in each region. The vertical drop and the course set would be the same for both events. The top five athletes in the points would be the same for both events, however they would not be required to race the course twice.

    Rules for Parallel racing:
    Modified FIS Alpine Parallel rules were adopted.  These rules will be published in the 2015/16 Alpine Competition Guide.

    Race Confirmation Deadline:
    The deadlines to intend and confirm race participation was changed from 28/14 to 28 days for intents and 16 days out to confirm.

    Masters Helmet Ruling:
    FIS helmets are recommended for use by Masters ski racers  The BOD tabled the Masters helmet recommendation pending feedback from the FIS Congress in June


  • MAY ,

    12 Days of the VARA Beary Raffle

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  • MAY ,

    Killington World Cup VARA Member Parade



    VARA Member Athletes  are invited to be part of the
    Saturday, November 26, 2016.


    1. Entry to the World Cup will be FREE for VARA athletes and chaperones.
    3. DIRECT ACCESS TO SNOWSHED via YOUR OWN VEHICLE is available for early arrivals.
    5. CHECK IN at VARA STAGING AREA by SNOWDON TRIPLE to organize by Club.
    6. Each participant will receive a “special edition” KILLINGTON WORLD CUP HAT (sponsored by Killington and  ) to keep.
    7. Each athlete should wear YOUR CLUB UNIFORM in the Parade.
    8. Each Club is asked to CREATE A CLUB BANNER to carry into the Parade.
    9. Each Club will be responsible for supplying CHAPERONES for your group (roughly 1 chaperone per every 10 kids), and for getting your team to the STAGING AREA.
    10. We will have DESIGNATED AREAS TO WATCH THE RACE for participants after the Parade if they so choose. (Or you can disperse to watch with your family).


    Our organizers need to know HOW MANY of you will participate.  We need your help to get the word out.  Please CONTACT YOUR COACH or PROGRAM DIRECTOR to let them know that you will attend.

    Additional details will follow.  Your group is responsible for your access to the venue.