• NOVEMBER 26, 2018

    VARA WORLD CUP PARADE Photos- by Tom Martin!

    [ more ]

  • OCTOBER 13, 2018

    U12 VARA-NHARA OTC Project-Team Pico

    [ more ]

  • 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 [email protected]


    # # #

  • 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!
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
    Men's D-Team Project Review - US Ski & Snowboard
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
    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.


    - - - - - - 

    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.


    - - - - - - 

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

  • JUNE 04, 2018

    Membership renewal time!

    [ more ]

  • 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!

  • DECEMBER 04, 2017

    Vt Ski and Snowboard Museum Event!

    For Immediate Release


    Contact: Susan Dorn

    802.864.6667, [email protected]


    Fast and Furious: An Insider's Look at World Cup Ski Racing; December 7th 

    STOWE, VT: (Dec. 1, 2017)- What is it like to race on the FIS Audi World Cup against the fastest ski racers in the world? How do you hold an edge on concrete-hard ice while turning at 60 mph?

    On Thursday, December 7, on the heels of the Killington World Cup, the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum kicks off the first of its monthly Thirsty Thursday speaker series with a roundtable talk with some of the top racers in the state.

    Get the insider's view of racing on the FIS Alpine World Cup events around the world with Olympic and World Cup racer Jimmy Cochran, US Ski Team member and UVM athlete Paula Moltzan, Igor Vanovac-a former member of the Yugoslav National Team and a Chief of Course for the Killington World Cup, and Tucker Marshall, (one of the upstart Redneck Racers) who is competing on the world circuit without support of the U.S. Ski Team but with a whole lot of humor. Marshall will also share some of his insightful and often hilarious videos from the Redneck's training and racing. The roundtable discussion will be moderated by Bill McCollom, a contributor to Ski Racing.

    A photo booth will be set up so guests may have their picture taken with an authentic World Cup crystal globe. For this special occasion, Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum brings out one of the first crystal globes ever awarded. After ski racing legend Jean Claude Killy won the first two World Cups in 1967 and 1968, Austrian Karl Schranz won in 1969.

    The event will be from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm with cash bar and light snacks. Admission is free with a suggested entry and photo booth donation. For the second year, the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum will be hosting Thirsty Thursdays parties and roundtables each month. The evenings are sponsored by Collective Arts Brewing, Hetta Glogg - a new après-ski liqueur - and Vermont Ski + Ride Magazine.

    Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, located at 1 South Main Street in Stowe, VT, has been interpreting and sharing Vermont's ski and snowboard history for 15 years at its Stowe location.



  • NOVEMBER 09, 2017

    WORLD CUP IS COMING! Check out this VIDEO to get PSYCHED

    [ more ]

  • NOVEMBER 02, 2017

    US Ski & Snowboard Club Excellence Video

    Ellen Hall and John Casson, US Ski and Snowboard Sport Education Department, came to Killington in October to talk to the Eastern Region clubs and programs about US Ski and Snowboard Club Excellence. Check out the video! VARA's Youth Coordinator, Alex Krebs, has an insightful interview in the piece.

  • SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

    USCSA College Fair! [More] info on link.

    [ more ]

  • SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

    VARA WC PARADE Info - Don't be that kid without the hat!

    [ more ]

  • JULY 11, 2017

    Booster Sponsors VARA Functional Movement Assessments U14-U16

    [ more ]

  • JULY 05, 2017

    VARA Announces GALA Award Recipients

    [ more ]

  • JUNE 09, 2017

    VARA GOLF 2017 Recap - Lot's of help from Lillian!

    [ more ]

  • 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
    [email protected]

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

  • MARCH 02, 2017

    VARA U14 Pace Day-Killington

  • 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!

    Thanks to for sharing !!

  • DECEMBER 10, 2016

    Behind The Gold

    [ more ]

  • DECEMBER 09, 2016


    [ more ]

  • NOVEMBER 28, 2016

    VARA World Cup Athlete ParadeThanks!

    [ more ]

  • NOVEMBER 26, 2016

    The World Cup at Killington Is Coming!

    [ more ]

  • NOVEMBER 22, 2016

    VARA WC Parade Marshalls in Training

  • SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

    Charlie Brown SL

  • SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

    Cochrans Dryland Group

  • SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

    Cochrans Dryland Obstacle course

  • SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

    Cochrans Dryland tire run

  • AUGUST 17, 2016


    [ more ]

  • JULY 05, 2016

    July VARA News and Info

    [ more ]

  • JUNE 27, 2016

    VARA's Ryan Cochran Siegle wins the USST's SUFFERFEST!

    [ more ]
  • JUNE 07, 2016


    Eliteam Hole held a competition at the VARA GOLF CLASSIC  - JELLO TOSS


    WHO IS THAT...... focusing on that little green square?!

  • MAY 23, 2016

    Kirk Dwyer Festival with Current and Former USST VARA Ladies

    Congratulations to Kirk Dwyer and his new position with Ski Club Vail.  Former USST Athletes from left to right, Alex Krebs, Amy Ring Bennett, current USST athlete Mikaela Shiffrin, Kirk Dwyer and former USST Athlete Ashley Davenport Sargent.

    Photo courtesy of

  • APRIL 09, 2016

    VARA Athletes representing at the IPC World Cup Finals in Aspen last month-2016

  • APRIL 06, 2016

    U12 Team VARA/Britain

    U12 Team VARA/Britain

  • APRIL 06, 2016

    U12 Boys at Lake Placid NY/VT Project

    U12 Boys being U12 Boys!

  • APRIL 06, 2016

    Thank Goodness for Snowmaking-Cochrans

    What a great race-Thank you to Cochrans!

  • APRIL 06, 2016

    Thank Goodness for Snowmaking-Cochrans

    Great job to all involved!

  • APRIL 06, 2016

    BOC U12 Crew at Lake Placid

    Thank you BOC athletes and Sue!

  • APRIL 06, 2016

    U12 NY/VT Project Lake Placid Coaching Staff

    What an amazing staff!  Thank you to all involved in making this a wonderful experience for all.

  • APRIL 06, 2016

    U12 NY/VT Project Lake Placid Team Photo

    [ more ]

  • MARCH 30, 2016

    2016 VT/NY Invitational U14 Project at Stratton

    Group Picture-Thank you New Balance

  • MARCH 27, 2016

    VARA Mascot


    [ more ]
  • MARCH 27, 2016

    CanAm U14 Boys GS

    VARA Boys-6 out of the top 10!

  • MARCH 17, 2016

    Happy St. Patrick's Day

    Good luck to all of our VARA athletes this weekend.  St. Patrick sent a special good luck rainbow, is there gold at the end of that rainbow?

    [ more ]
  • MARCH 15, 2016


    Many thanks go out to MMSC and Stowe Mountain Resort for hosting a spectacular VARA U14 State Championships sponsored by Briko and World Cup Supply.

    The weather held out on the weekend for a fantastic couple of racing days under bluebird skies! MMSC course crew, under Igor Vanovac's guidance, put on quite a show with a world class hill. The U14's may not realize the work that went in to creating such a perfect hill for their event but they were lucky to have the opportunity to race on such a manicured race hill.

    Thanks to all the race officials, gate keepers and volunteers for helping make this event a great one for everyone involved.

    Thanks again to  the hard working crew at MMSC.

    Below is a shot of the Women's GS.

    [ more ]
  • MARCH 11, 2016

    2 Boys at U14 VARA States at Stowe

    2 U14 Boys from different councils hanging out together at States!

  • FEBRUARY 22, 2016

    VARA U14 Girls Training Day at Pico!

    Thank you PIco ....U14 VARA Girls Pace Day Project

  • 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!

  • DECEMBER 17, 2015

    Dave Pinder - BOC

    Dear Vermont Alpine Racing Association Community:

    Last week, the Vermont Alpine Racing Association lost a great friend and core supporter of our youth and of our sport. Dave Pinder was a passionate advocate for the Bromley Outing Club, for its members and for ski racing in VT and beyond. Under his leadership, Dave helped advance the development of one of the oldest ski clubs in Vermont, a club that has some of the richest history of ski racing traditions in the state. In recognition of the quality of its programs and of Dave's efforts, earlier this year, BOC became one of the first club programs in the region to be awarded Podium status by USSA.

    Dave was passionate about what he viewed as the essential role of the club program within the sport and within the USSA system. Always a strong advocate of programs that bring young people into the sport, Dave was an early adopter and enthusiastic supporter of initiatives to improve technical skills training for athletes and coaches. He was also an advocate for programs that keep club level racers engaged in the sport through high school, college and beyond. 

    Under Dave’s leadership BOC strengthened its ties to the local high school through development of the Burr and Burton Academy Academic Ski Program and by integrating training of the BBA alpine ski team with the BOC U18/U21 program. This initiative resulted in one of the strongest high school programs in the state, winning four boys' and one girls' state championships and providing several members of the Vermont state team that won the Eastern US High School Championships last year. Many successful academy athletes came out of BOC programs, and four out of the last eight recipients of the VARA Betty Clayton Award have been from the BOC. 

    Tiger Shaw, CEO of the United States Ski Association, has asked me to pass along these words about Dave: 

    "It is with great sadness that I learn of the passing of Dave Pinder. As the leader of the Bromley Outing Club, Dave was a central part of the vibrancy of the BOC, and an important part of VARA and USSA. Long standing and successful clubs such as Bromley’s play an critical role in the very fabric of our grass roots and participation in our sports. Dave, as a committed leader of Vermont’s alpine and freestyle skiing youth, was the epitome of dedication to youth sports. Our thoughts and prayers go out to David’s wife Lindsey, daughter Mia, and his entire family." 

    On behalf of everyone here at VARA, we wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Dave's wife, Lindsey, his daughter, Mia, the Bromley Outing Club, and all of the families and children that Dave impacted. VARA is richer for having had him. He will be missed.


    Tao Smith

    VARA President 2015

  • DECEMBER 15, 2015

    DEC 2015 YIKES!

    Stratton did it! An open FIS was held today at Stratton Mountain. They are planning on running another tomorrow.

    GMVS will be hosting 2 slaloms at Sugarbush on Friday Dec. 18th! Sugarbush also held the first race of the VARA season on Dec 9th.

    Thank you - Stratton Mountain and Sugarbush - for supporting ski racing through this rough start of the 2015-16 season!

  • 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 [email protected]  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.

    [ more ]
  • 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


  • SEPTEMBER 03, 2015


    [ more ]

  • JULY 06, 2015

    VARA Announces Merit Award Recipients

    [ more ]

  • JUNE 08, 2015

    VARA GOLF 2015

    VARA GOLF 2015

    June 2, 2015 – Green Mountain National Golf Course

    The weather cooperated for the VARA Golf Classic held on June 2, 2015
    Participants had a great day of golf and fun on the challenging course. Thanks to all participants, sponsor teams, patron teams and hole sponsors! GMNGC once again did an incredible job for VARA and the event, many thanks go out to the club and welcoming staff!

    Team winners:

    1st  Ballston Spa (Steve Hammond, Todd Manderson, Richard Fox, Matt Riggins, Mark Thornhill), 2nd Booster  Straps (Mike Leach, Mike Coakley, Teo Calcagni, Eric Lajeunese) 3rd Stratton Mountain School (Mike Morin, Carson Thurber, Morgan Korpi, Micha Lashar, Will Hadden)

    Mixed Team winner was – High School Racing Team Reps (Bill McCollum, Nadine Price, Al Dworshak, Steve Skilton)

    Great prizes were awarded to winners and lots of swag was given away in the raffle. Thanks to all the generous support from friends of VARA.

    Prizes and Raffle Support:  Fischer, Marker/Volkl, New Balance, 37 Central-Woodstock, VT, Uvex, Briko, Initial Ideas, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Swix, USSA East, Ski Metrix/Booster Straps.

    Sponsor Teams: Killington Mtn School, Stratton Mtn School, Burke Mtn Academy, Killington Ski Club, Quechee Alpine Ski Team, Ski Metrix/Booster Straps, World Cup Supply/Middlebury, Green Mtn Valley School, Kelley Marketing, Atlantic Projects Co., Inc., Smugglers Notch Resort, Pico Ski Club, Stratton Winter Sports Club

    Patron Teams:  Mount Mansfield Winter Academy, Reliable Racing Supply

    Hole Sponsors:  Bob & Colin Devore, Lori Ford Custom Outdoor Gear, Mount Snow Academy, OMARA/Okemo Mtn School, Burke Mtn Academy, Pico Ski Club, Stowe Reporter, Mt Mansfield Ski Club, Okemo Mtn Resort, World Cup Supply, Smuggler’s Notch Resort, Ryan, Smith and Carbine, Ltd., POC, Bromley Outing Club, Fischer, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Marker Dalbello Völkl, Willard, Green Mtn Valley School, Briko, Stifel Co., Magic Mountain, ISport/Vermont Orthopedic Clinic.

    If you missed the event and want to make a donation, it is not too late!

    [Donate Now]

  • 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 21, 2015



    Congratulations to our Vermont Award Winners who were recognized at the USSA Congress Awards Dinner last week.


    West Family Award – Chuck Hughes (Killington, VT)
    Presented in recognition of service as a USSA official.
    Chuck Hughes has been a coach, parent, FIS technical delegate, Eastern AO Chairman, Program Director at Killington Mountain School, Vermont Officials Chair and a VARA Board Member. He has dedicated much time to the betterment of alpine skiing. He handles himself with grace and has earned the respect of the national and international community of ski racing.


    USSA Development Coach of the Year – Steve Berlack (Franconia, NH)
    16 years ago, Steve Berlack left his career to follow his passion and become a ski coach. Over the years, has worked in various capacities at Burke Mountain Academy, honing his craft to become an outstanding development coach. He has coached men and women, U16s and FIS-aged athletes, and has served as Burke’s program director. For the past two seasons, Berlack has been an integral member of the FIS men's coaching staff at Burke. This past season, USSA Eastern athletes won the Regions Cup at the U18 National Championship, in large part due to a group of young men Berlack has coached for the past four years.

    More info on these awards and the many more that non alpine Vermonters won see this link. Chairman's Award Dinner


  • APRIL 16, 2015

    Robbie Cone, Alpine SKier of the Year

    April 16, 2015

    Middlebury College alpine skier Rob Cone (Killington, Vt.) has been named the National Men's Alpine Skier of the Year by the United States Collegiate Skiing Coaches Association (USCSCA). Cone had a stellar sophomore season at Middlebury in 2015, winning the NCAA Championship in the giant slalom.

    No men's alpine skier in the east dominated the carnival circuit this year like Cone. He earned the GS Leader Award from the EISA and was a first-team selection. Cone won the first three giant slalom events of the season, placing second and third in two others. His slalom results were equally impressive with three second-place efforts and one third. Cone finished the carnival season ranked first in the east in the GS and second in the slalom.

    At the NCAA Championships in Lake Placid, New York. Cone became the first men's individual skiing champion to represent Middlebury atop the podium since Robert MacLeod took home the men's slalom title in 1989. His top finish in the GS earned him All-American honors for the second time in his career (2011). Cone's finish aided Middlebury to win the team national title in the GS event.

    Relive Cone's NCAA Championship run.

  • APRIL 06, 2015

    Martin Guyer U18 Nationals Reflection

    Subject: 2015 U18 Nationals reflections
    Hi support team,
    The 2015 U18 Nationals held at Copper Mountain were a tremendous success. The level of competition, venue preparation and overall program was excellent. As a group our 2015 U18 squad came together and really functioned as a strong team- switched on, supportive and really fired up to compete with every ounce of their ability. It was really fun to be a part of. 
    There are too many personal results and stories of success for me to list right now. But there were many. Our group stepped up and performed in every event each day. As it goes in ski racing, some days we could not capitalize on some fast first runs. But none the less, where some athletes faultered on run two and "left some meat on the bone" (thanks coach Steve Berlack), others stepped up to rally. Our girls and boys showed some true courage and grit- the attributes you need in a tough, competitive sport(environment) like alpine ski racing.
    Finally- As a group representing 10 different home programs  and a group of 12 coaches never having worked together as a team we achieved BIG! For the first time in over 10 years our U18 Eastern team won the overall standings and took the Region's Cup. The bell is back East! Go Bucks.
    The attitude(s), intensity and desire to succeed was there from the get go. Our theme for the event  was "total self confidence" and "world class effort" in everything we did.
    Looks like it paid off……….
    I am so proud of this group of young athletes  and thoroughly enjoyed leading them for the 10 days in Copper CO.
    Please pass this along to your athletes if you could please. 
    Martin Guyer
    Eastern Regional Development
    Coach USSA
  • MARCH 29, 2015

    US National Champs!

    VARA athletes show up at the US National Championships held in Sugarloaf, Maine - March 26 - March 29

    Men's Slalom today March 29th!

    Drew Duffy/GMVS - SG Champion

    Nina O'Brien/BMA - GS Champion

    Julia Ford/OMS -DH Champion

    Mikayla Shiffrin/BMA - SL Champion

    Check out the results on

    CONGRATULATIONS to ALL the VARA athletes that competed in the US Championships! VARA athletes, across the age groups, have been performing well at championship events! Great to see from our small state and a testament to our program's commitment to excellence and to developing Vt's young athletes!

  • MARCH 22, 2015

    Congrats To VERMONT- High School Eastern Champs!

    Olympian Bobby Cochran and World Cup Overall GS Champion (Crystal Globe Winner) Marilyn Cochran coached,  did course maintenance and cheered the VT High School racers on during the Eastern High SChool Alpine Championships Pictured with the VT athletes, they are center of back row in red Neck Racing hats - a real cool weekend  to say the least. 

    Congratulations to the Vermont Alpine High School Team! VARA is very proud of your achievement!

    HIGH SCHOOL EASTERNS GS RESULTS (hyperlinked below)

    In the ladies slalom VT had 6 in the top 10. Lily Noble won and Sanderson Kemp was 3rd!

    In the men’s Slalom Andy Kenosh won and there were 4 VTers in the top 10!

    SLALOM: (results hyperlinked below)

    Karin Rand 3rd  and Thomas Morgantini was 10th

  • MARCH 22, 2015

    Eastern High School Champs- VT WINS!!

    On March 8th the Vermont All State High School Alpine skiing teams won an unprecedented sweep for Vermont at the Eastern High School Championship for both boys and girls.  There were 13 states from east of the Mississippi who competed with teams of 12 boys and 12 girls each for a two day event at Cannon Mountain in Franconia , NH.  Woodstock Union High School had a busy week having clinched the same two State titles on Tuesday, then arrived at Cannon Saturday with 4 athletes who were named to the Vermont Team, girls Holli Olson and Lilly Noble, along with boys Charlie and Jake Kelly - Ian Clarke was unable to participate after being named Woodstock's first to the State team.  The four racers contributed to a historical sweep not seen for Vermont in the 33 years of the championship.  Of note, Lilly Noble won the giant slalom event Saturday and placed well in the first run on Sunday, the remainder of the VT team all contributed valuable points to a rather large margin for the win, New Hampshire being runner up.  

    HIGH SCHOOL EASTERNS GS RESULTS (hyperlinked below)

    In the ladies slalom VT had 6 in the top 10. Lily Noble won and Sanderson Kemp was 3rd!

    In the men’s Slalom Andy Kenosh won and there were 4 VTers in the top 10!

    SLALOM: (results hyperlinked below)

    Karin Rand 3rd  and Thomas Morgantini was 10th
    Photo Left to right - Charlie Kelly, Lilly Noble, Jake Kelly - Holli Olson missing
    Below the VT girls happy with their success.
  • MARCH 18, 2015


    VARA Athlete Recognition and Upcoming Events! – March 18, 2015

    U18 Alpine National Championships

    VARA athletes competing in the U18 Alpine National Championships in Copper Mountain, CO enjoyed great conditions and exciting racing. Vermont competitors favored very well in the results and contributed greatly to the Eastern region winning the regions cup! VARA would like to congratulate the VT participants on some great results! VARA is proud to have had such fine representation at the U18 Nationals!

    In the U18 Women’s Slalom Vara competitor Nina O’Brien from BMA earned Gold and Madison Lord also from BMA had a Bronze .  VARA had 3 racers place in the top 10. Sandra Schoepke of MMSC was 10th. In the GS , Nina O’Brien was 3rd and Madison Lord finished 9th. In the Women’s SG, Ali Price of BMA was 8th and Olivia Gerrard of BMA was 9th! Ali Price of BMA finished 6th in the second DH.

    The U18 VARA Men performed well,  George Steffey of SMS earned a silver medal,  Spencer Smith also from SMS was 6th and Logan Slattery of GMVS was 9th to round out the top 10. For the U18 GS VARA had 4 skiers in the top 10. Patrick Kenney from BMA won the gold, Paul Sheils also of BMA was just off the podium with a 4th, George Steffey(SMS) was 6th and Logan Slattery(GMVS) was 10th. Great showing by the VT boys and the East! VARA skiers swept the SG podium and  had 5 in the top 10, Christian Gallagher from BMA took the Gold, Silver went to Logan Slattery(GMVS) and Bronze went to Kalle Wagner of BMA. Paul Sheils (BMA) was 6th and Mathew Wilson of BMA finished 10th.  In the 1st DH of the U18 Championships VARA had 4 in the top 10! Logan Slattery(GMVS) earned the Bronze while Jack Despres of GMVS was 6th, Pate Campbell of GMVS was 8th and Kalle Wagner(BMA) was 10th! In the second DH of the series, Patrick Kenney (BMA) earned the Sliver and Jack Despres (GMVS) the Bronze and Christian Gallagher of (BMA) was 5th.

    For results click the hyperlinks below.
    Full Results:
    Women's Slalom
    Men's Slalom
    Women's GS
    Men's GS
    Women's Super G
    Men's Super G
    Women's Downhill 1
    Women's Downhill 2
    Men's Downhill 1
    Men's Downhill 2

    U18 Nat Women's Overall
    1. Rachael DesRochers (NTG)
    2. Francesca English (Squaw Valley)
    3. Lucia Bailey (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail)

    U18 Nat Men's Overall
    1. Luke Winters (NTG; Sugarbowl Ski Academy)
    2. Olver Thompson (Squaw Valley)
    3. Logan Slattery (Green Mountain Valley School)

    U18 Nat Regions Cup- Congratulations to the Eastern Region!
    1. East
    2. Rockey/Central
    3. West

    U16 Eastern Championships Whiteface, NY.
    For full results please see the NYSEFF Website or links below.

    March 16-17 SG (women and  men)
    Ladies SG:
    Top 3     1. Hanako Kusumi- SMS
                    2. Hannah Utter – GMVS
                    3. Isabel Grondin – BMA

    Men’s SG:
    Top 3     1. Chauncey Morgan – GMVS
                    2. Liam McNamara – SMS
                    3. Zach Hall – SMS

    Rest of the schedule is as follows: Check out
    March 18 Men’s GS (hyperlink to race)
    March 19 Men’s and Women’s SL

    U16 Regionals- VARA had a very dominant showing on the top end.

    • VARA had top 3 in Men's and Women's  SG
    • Top 4 in Women's GS
    • 3 in top 5 Men's GS,
    • Top 4 Men's SL
    • Women's SL 1,3,4,5 places

    U16 MVP Health Care VARA State Championships: Congratulations to VARA competitors!

    Overall Top 3:

    1. Hannah Utter/GMVS – 60 pts
    2. Nina Reichelm/SMS -  59 pts
    3. Isabel Grondin/BMA  - 52 pts

    Slalom Overall Champion – Nina Reichelm/SMS – 37 pts
    GS Overall Champion – Isabel Grondin/BMA – 45 pts
    SG Overall Champion – Julia Stock/GMVS – 25pts

    Overall Top 3:
    1. Chauncey Morgan/GMVS – 77 pts
    2. Ben Ritchie/GMVS - 60 pts
    3. William Beney /BMA – 53 pts

    Slalom Overall Champion – Ben Ritchie/GMVS – 40 pts (tie break)
    GS Overall Champion – Chauncey Morgan/GMVS- 40 pts
    SG Overall Champion – Chauncey Morgan/GMVS – 25 pts

    U16 Alpine National Championships and Assessment Project Schedule
    Venue: Sugarloaf, ME
    March 30: Freeski
    March 31: SkillsQuest
    April 1: M&W SL
    April 2: M&W GS
    April 3: M&W SG
    This schedule is subject to change!
    Qualified athletes will be notified.  Please contact your regional manager with any questions. [email protected] or [email protected].

    US NATIONALS coming up at Sugarloaf, Maine – Schedule I son the announcements page of

    VARA GEORGE TORMEY SERIES FINALS  - SAT March 21 Slalom at Killington and SUN March 22 GS Okemo – Overall standings awards, sponsored by Fischer , will be given away at the completion of the race! Standings page.



  • FEBRUARY 20, 2015

    Message from VARA's President


    Dear VARA Families:

    Watching the World Championships in Vail, Colorado, this past week, we were inspired by the athletes and reminded of what makes ski racing such an amazing sport. The skiers’ performance was incredible. Ted’s second run of GS was for the ages and had everyone on the edge of their seats. Mikaela’s win in the slalom was an historic American moment; the energy of the crowd propelling her on to victory stands out in my mind as one of the signature moments of these championships. As do the incredible accomplishments of  Tim Kelley,  23rd in the slalom and Nolan Kasper who also made the World Championship Team from VT.

    The VARA Excellence Weekend is an opportunity for the Vermont ski racing community to remind ourselves of the gifts that our sport bestows, to give thanks for those who volunteer and for those who work tirelessly to provide an incredible life experience for countless children and individuals. Equally important, the Excellence Weekend is an opportunity to celebrate the winter mountain lifestyle and the spirit of competition.

    Ski racing is not an individual sport.  This may seem counterintuitive to some, but having been involved with ski racing for over 30 years, I have come to appreciate the deep underlying fabric that weaves together individuals, teams and communities. VARA could not exist without this group effort, and this weekend we come together in groups across the state to recognize and celebrate the efforts of those who make ski racing possible.

     “To keep ski racing first in Vermont, and Vermont ski racers first in the world.”

    This weekend and all winter long, please take the time to thank race workers and officials, ski area managers, lift attendants, cafeteria workers, snowmakers, groomers, ski patrollers and other resort employees for all that they do for us.  Also, take a moment this Excellence Weekend to reflect on VARA's goals, which we hope are part of your family's ski racing experience this season.

    Lifestyle - To recognize skiing as a life-long sport and to promote ski racing as a healthy, fun and constructive life-style.

    Competition - To create and maintain a clear path that assists VARA athletes in reaching their highest level of age-based competition.

    Community- To promote a strong alpine racing community through communication, education and innovation.

    Scholarship -To provide scholarship opportunities for VARA athletes through fundraising and promotional events.

    These Goals reflect our Vermont commitment to the pursuit of greatness in competition, but also to a pursuit of a lifestyle that brings families and friends together for an experience that helps promote physical well-being, a love for the out of doors, stronger communities, and life-long memories and connections.


     Tao Smith

    President, Vermont Alpine Racing Association

    Volunteers will be given a token of appreciation provided by Camp Trucking Inc., and a big THANK YOU from VARA racers!!



  • FEBRUARY 18, 2015

    Congrats to Vermont Cup Finals VARA Athletes

    Congrratulations to yesterday's podium winners at the Vermont Cup Finals, Karl Acker memorial at Pico and the Vermont Cup overal athletes.

    Top 3 Women yesterday:

    1. Anne Guarino-SMS

    2. Nicole Leibundgut-GMVS

    3. Isobel Morton-GMVS

    Top 3 Men Yesterday:

    1. Andy Kenosh-Pico

    2. Ian Woolson-GMVS

    3. Ben Ritchie-GMVS

    Vermont Cup Overall Standings


    1. Sanderson Kemp-MSSC

    2. Olivia Barbier-Pico

    3. Elise Micheals-OMS

    4. Megan Ahearn-SWSC

    5. Anne Guarino-SMS


    1. Ian Clarke-KMS

    2. Andy Kenosh-Pico

    3. Spencer Smith-SMS

    4. Ian Woolson-GMVS

    5. Zach Hall-SMS

    Congratulations! And best to all in the post season events!!!

  • FEBRUARY 15, 2015

    Congrats to Vermont's Mikaela Shiffrin

    Congratulations To Mikaela Shiffrin on her Gold Medal in slalom at the 2015 World Championships!

    Mikaela is a BMA graduate and came up through the VARA council system.

    ESPN article.

    Congrats to Vermont alpine racers who made the USA World Championship Team, Tim Kelley of Cochran's and UVM, Nolan Kasper from BMA and Charlie Raposo (GBR) and GMVS.


  • FEBRUARY 15, 2015



    MARCH 7-8, 2015


    Please join the VARA community along with race venues hosting events on the 7-8 of March in showing THANKS to our VARA volunteers, officials and resort operators.


    The dedication of these individuals is more valuable than only one weekend of thanks and appreciation. Their commitment should be realized every boot buckle, every early lift, every time a bib is handed back or a trail is perfectly groomed - all year long. The simple show of gratitude is deserved and it will bring a smile to that hard working persons face and make an impression that could change our sport.


    This year the MVP Health Care VARA State Championships for U16 and U14 will fall on Excellence Weekend.



    March 6-7-8

    U14 Stratton Mountain

    U16 Burke Mountain(men) – Sugarbush (Women)

  • JANUARY 06, 2015

    VARA Community will Miss Ronnie

    Ronnie Berlack/BMA/USST

    Team USA ski hopefuls Ronnie Berlack of Franconia NH and Burke Mountain Academy and Bryce Astle of Sandy, Ut and Snowbird Ski Team,  have died in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps while skiing close to their base near Soelden.

    Pictured is Ronnie with his US Ski Team teammates and racing at Beaver Creek.

    Memorial Service at Lyndon Institute Auditorium at 3:15 PM, Tuesday January 27, 2015

    Reception at Burke Mountain Base (Sherburne) Lodge following the memorial.

    BMA alumnus Peter Murphy owns the Comfort Inn in St. Johnsbury and has a block of rooms reserved for those attending the memorial on Monday and Tuesday night.  He set the rate at $100 a night and all proceeds from the rooms will be donated to the charities that the Berlack's identified. The phone number to call to book the rooms is 802-748-1500, mention the Berlack Memorial.

    We in the process of procuring lift tickets at Burke Mountain for Tuesday so that those that choose to can ski in the morning before the Memorial Service. Those details are still being worked out.

    Ronnie's service is going to stream live on on Tuesday at 3:15 PM.


  • JANUARY 05, 2015

    Ronnie Berlack

    Dear VARA Community:

    It is with great sorrow that I write this note to the VARA community.  Former VARA Team athlete, BMA graduate and US Ski Team member, Ronnie Berlack, passed away after getting caught in an avalanche in Soelden, Austria on January 5th. Four other skiers were able to ski out from the avalanche, but US Ski Team athlete Bryce Astle, from Sandy Utah, was also caught and died along with Ronnie. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Berlack and Astle families. 

    Ronnie was an aspiring USST athlete with great promise for the future of US Skiing. Kirk Dwyer, BMA Headmaster wrote, " There is no one who better represents our core values than Ronnie." As a respectful and respected young man, Vermont was proud to have Ronnie representing us on the international circuit.  

    Our thoughts are with the Berlack family, Ronnie's friends and Burke community. Please join me in remembering Ronnie and offering our most sincere condolences to his family.

    Tao Smith
    VARA President
    Killington, Vermont

  • SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

    VARA Announced 2015 VARA Team

    VARA is proud to announce the 2015 VARA Team. Congratulations to the athletes that have earned the privilege to wear the VARA Team jacket and hat !! The team will be announced at the VARA Gala on November 8 at the Equinox Resort in Manchester, VT., where the athletes will be introduced and awarded their jackets. We hope to see many from the ski racing community in Vermont in attendance! There will be a formal invite going out and which will be posted on the VARA website with reservation information.

    Thanks and congratulations to the 2015 VARA Team!


    2015 VARA TEAM

    James Ferri -KMS
    David Frisk-GMVS
    Abi Jewett-GMVS
    Sami Stolar-GMVS
    Nina O’brien- BMA
    Isabelle Jenne-KMS
    Spencer Smith-SMS
    Aedan Chiari-GMVS
    Olivia Gerrard-BMA
    Pate Cambell-GMVS
    Lexi Skovran-GMVS
    Ryan Collopy-MMSC
    Jimmy Krupka-GMVS
    Sydney Mason-GMVS
    Sanderson Kemp-MSSC
    Trevor McGlaflin-GMVS
    Benjamin Ritchie-GMVS
    Lauren Stobierski-MMSC
    Justin Chardavoyne-BOC
    Brian Mangiacotti-MMSC
    Michelle Connacher-MMSC





  • SEPTEMBER 08, 2014

    2014 VARA Merit Award Recipients

    2014 VARA Merit Awards

    This award is presented to an athlete who excels at a 2nd sport and best displays a strong work ethic, strong character, and a deep love of sport. This recipient must be a Vermont resident.
    2014 Recipient – Ian Clark/KMS

    This award is presented to one girl and one boy from a VARA club, college or program who best exhibit sportsmanship at the U21-18 level and;
    1) Displays dedication and commitment to the sport of ski racing at all levels. (College, VARA, FIS, etc.)  2) Inspires younger athletes by being strong role models and displays leadership both on/off the hill.  3) Shows interest in the development and future of the sport of ski racing.
    2014 Recipients - Ryan Znamierowski/Killington Mountain School and Karin Rand/Cochran’s Ski Club


    This award is presented to a U21-16 level athlete who has attained top results while participating in a club program.
    2014 Recipient – Samantha Rubin/Pico

    This award is presented to an athlete competing at the FIS levels, is a Vermont resident and has come up through the Vermont Council system.
    2014 Recipient - Colby Jordan/Mount Mansfield Winter Academy

    VT College and University alpine ski racers will be acknowledged for their accomplishments at the regional and national level.
    Criteria include:
    Recipient must be VARA member.
    Must be a VT Collegiate skier participating on a collegiate team. NCAA, USCSA
    Recipient is acknowledged based on:
    Devotion to the sport of alpine skiing
    Team leadership
    Camaraderie, Sportsmanship, Overall character

    2014 Recipient – Brad Farrell/St. Michael’s College

    Shelley Glover Award
    The Vermont Alpine Racing Association is pleased to create and support the Shelley Glover Scholarship. Shelley attended Burke Mountain Academy becoming an admired member of the ski racing community. In an effort to honor her contributions and impact on those around her this scholarship will be presented yearly to a young individual who exemplifies the qualities Shelley was best known for. The following criteria will be used to determine the recipient. Shelly’s family, friends, coaches and teachers created these guidelines.
                    *An individual who shows compassion for those around us who are in need.
                    *Reaches out to and enjoys working with younger individuals.
                    *Displays dedication and commitment to academics.
                    *Inspires fellow athletes to reach their potential, raise their expectations and exceed    their limitations.
                    *Skis with passion, power and determination.
                    *Demonstrates tenacity, perseverance and drive through their training.
                    *Enjoys the journey that leads one to success.
    2014 Recipient – Alice Merryweather / Stratton Mountain School

  • JULY 08, 2014

    VARA Gala Award Recipients 2014

    VARA Announces Honorees for


     VARA Celebration of Vermont Ski Racing GALA


    The Gala Committee of the Vermont Alpine Racing Association has announced its Honorees for its  2014 Celebration of Vermont Ski Racing Gala planned for November 8, 2014 at The Equinox in Manchester, VT.


    Diann Roffe, an alumni of the Burke Mountain Academy, and the US Ski Team, has been selected to be inducted into the Vermont Ski Racing Hall of Fame for 2014.  Diann is a 3 time Olympian  88, 92, 94, and a 3 time member of the USA World Championship Team 85, 89, 93.  

    Diann was a committed athlete at the Burke Mountain Academy for her High School years 1982-1985.  Since her 3 Olympics she worked for Turner Broad Casting in Nagano and for the USOC for the Salt Lake games. Diann and her  husband, Art Pursel, live in Camp Hill, PA with their son Tripp. She is co-owner of a company called ALPINEOne Inc. which specialized in lockers and drying systems for ski areas, as well as universities and sports teams. She is spending a lot more time on snow with her family and coaches at Roundtop Ski Area in PA.

    Some of Diann’s Career Highlights:

    1985 World Championships in Bormio, Italy: Gold medal in Giant Slalom at age 17.

    1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France: Silver medal in Giant Slalom.

    1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway: Gold medal in Super G.

    1994 World Cup Finals in Vail, Colorado: 1st Place in Super G, her final World Cup race.[2]

    Won 6 U.S. National titles.

    Inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame in 2003.

    Katie Mallia, Stratton Winter Sports Club, has been selected as the Vermont Development Coach of the Year. 
    Katie is presently the head U12 Coach at Stratton Winter Sports Club.  Katie has been working with the SWSC  for over 5 years and is a dedicated and talented member of their race organization.  She works a full time job mid-week in Albany and doesn’t miss a day all winter on the weekends.  Katie’s leadership, knowledge, and connection with the kids and coaches is a model for the SWSC.  Katie grew up racing as a VARA member in the Southern Vermont Council system, and is carrying on her dad’s legacy, who has been a long time coach at Stratton as well.

    Topher Harlow - PG, U21, U18 Women's Alpine | Head Women's Alpine Coach has been selected as the Vermont Development Coach of the Year
    Topher is entering his third season as the MMSC Head Women’s Alpine Coach following three years of coaching U16’s and the Women’s Alpine Team. Topher, who grew up in North Conway, N.H., raced for Plymouth State University where he was a seven-time All-American. Prior to working at MMSC, he was the head alpine coach at Plymouth State College. Topher models respect and patience with his skiers. His goal is to understand them as whole people and support their individual goals and dreams. He is “laid back”, but firm. He communicates the value of hard work and expects it from everyone. He also understands the lasting value of teamwork and the lifelong community that ski racing builds. His philosophy has inspired other coaches to be steady and thoughtful as they plan for the future. He is helping to strengthen Vermont ski racing through his coaching expertise and his ability to build lasting relationships with athletes, parents, officials, and colleagues. Topher lives in Stowe where he recently bought a house and is the golf pro at Stowe Mountain Resort.

    Robert Mangiacotti, Bromley Outing Club/SVC, has been selected as the Vermont Alpine Official of the Year
    In 2008, Bob, his wife Mary and family relocated from New Jersey to Vermont allowing their children to pursue competitive alpine ski racing at the Stratton Mountain School. Bob started officiating, as most parents do, when his children became involved in ski racing.  He has been a Technical Delegate since 2011 and has been volunteering and working in skiing in Vermont for over 7 years.  Bob is a dedicated and talented member of Bromley and Stratton Mountain’s race organization as well as a Technical Delegate for the United States Ski Association and of Vermont Alpine Racing Association across the state of Vermont. Bob has been selected as the VARA Alpine Official of the Year for his work throughout the state and his commitment to alpine ski racing in Vermont. Bob has two children who race in the Vermont system and his wife is currently teaching at SMS.


    Dave Iverson, Burke Mountain Academy has been selected as the VARA Volunteer of the Year for  his   tireless  efforts  on behalf of Vermont Ski Racing.   Dave has been on the VARA Board of Directors for 7 years and was the 2005 Alpine Official of the Year. He is teacher and race organizer at Burke Mountain Academy for 7 years .  He has been a leader in the state, helping with the Race Administrator clinics, Alpine Official updates and creator of the “Never Ever, First Timer AO update”, an event Dave organizes and runs on his own time.  Dave has also created helpful YouTube channels for BMAPhysics and SkiRaceHelp, which feature video lectures on Physics, Calculus, Race Timing and Administration and assorted topics in math. He has posted in excess of 350 videos which have received over 50,000 views. Dave is available and willing to assist at all times with technical scoring, timing and race administrator issues as well as being a vocal member of the VARA Board of Directors. He is always thoughtful of the athlete and student first. Simply stated, he has exemplifies a commitment to VARA's missions of Lifestyle, Competition, Community and Scholarship.


    The Vermont Alpine Racing Association Celebration will be held on November 8, 2014 at The Equinox in Manchester, VT.

    Congratulations  Diann, Katie, Topher, Robert and Dave. 


  • JUNE 19, 2014




    On June 3, 2014, 16 teams made up of friends of VARA arrived at the Green Mountain National Golf Course in Killington, VT to enjoy some fun chasing the little white ball around! The day was filled with networking, laughing, lots of sun and a very little bit of rain! Participants enjoyed complimentary hotdogs supplied by POC and a choice of complementary beverages courtesy of World Cup Supply.

    Many thanks go out to the VARA Golf Classic Teams and hole sponsors!

    Team Sponsors


    Killington Mountain School


    Stratton Mtn School

    Killington Ski Club

    Quechee Alpine Ski Team

    World Cup Supply


    Booster Strap SkiMetrix

    Pyramid Sports


    Kelley Marketing


    Atlantic Projects Company, Inc


    Hole Sponsors

    Bob & Colin Devore

    Mount Snow Academy

    Lori Ford Custom Outdoor Gear

    OMARA/Okemo Mtn School

    Burke Mtn Academy

    Pico Ski Club

    Smith Barney

    Stowe Reporter

    Mt Mansfield Ski Club

    Okemo Mountain

    World Cup Supply

    Ryan, Smith  & Carbine Ltd.

    Bromley Outing Club

    Smuggler's Notch Ski Club


    Fischer  Skis- Logo

    Mad River Glen Ski Team

    Middlebury Snow Bowl

    Marker Volkl




    Stifel Company, Inc

    Reliable Racing

    Woodstock Ski Runners

    Hermitage Club Race Team


  • JUNE 19, 2014

    Catch up with VARA's Alpine Official of the Year

    [ more ]

  • DECEMBER 04, 2013

    The "White Circus" has Begun

    The 2013-2014 World Cup season has begun.

    Congrats to Mikaela Shiffrin for an incredibile start to the season and to all the VT and American athletes making their mark!

    Wall Street Journal Article


    Mikaela Shiffrin ~ BMA
    Nolan Kasper ~ BMA
    Julia Ford ~ OMS
    Robby Kelley ~ MMSC,Cochran's
    Ryan Cochran Siegle ~ MMSC,Cochran's
    Kieffer Christianson ~ BMA
    Robert Cone ~ BMA
    Nicholas Krause ~ SMS
    Brian McLaughlin ~ GMVS
    Sandy Vietze ~ GMVS
    Jack Auty ~ BMA
    Ronnie Berlack ~ BMA
    Danny Duffy ~ GMVS
    Drew Duffy ~ GMVS
    AJ Ginnis ~ GMVS

  • OCTOBER 28, 2013

    2013 VARA GALA

    The VARA Gala was a fantastic evening of celebration for Vermont's ski racing's past present and future! Held on October 26th at the majestic Stowe Mountain Lodge, over 200 ski enthusiasts showed up to witness the deserving honorees acceptance of their awards!

    Many thanks go out to the attendees for making the trip to Stowe, to the honorees for their dedication to a sport we hold very dear and to the individuals who worked so hard to make the event a success.

    The Stowe Mountain Lodge offered an awe inspiring setting, a delicious dinner and a professional and friendly staff.

    Everyone had great time reminiscing and listening to inspirational stories that brought about feelings of pride and reminded all of the great tradition and heritage that VARA is made of.

    Visit the Stowe Reporter for a great article about the event.

    PHOTO: Chip Lacasse, Tiger Shaw, Thomas Aicher

  • JULY 31, 2013

    VARA Celebration Of Ski Racing Gala Honorees

    July 2013


    VARA Announces 2013 VARA Celebration of Vermont Ski Racing Gala Honorees

    The Gala Committee of the Vermont Alpine Racing Association has announced its Honorees for its 2013 Celebration of Ski Racing Gala planned for October 26, 2013 at the Stowe Mountain Lodge.



    JHJesse Hunt , an alumni of the Mount Mansfield Ski Club, Burke Mountain Academy, University of Vermont and the US Ski Team, has been selected to be inducted into the VARA Ski Racing Hall of Fame for 2013.  In 2002 Jesse took the position of  U.S. Alpine Director reviving a position that had not existed since the mid- nineties. His responsibilities were wide ranging, overseeing development and everything from grassroots programs to the men’s and women’s World Cup teams.


    Hunt came up through the Vermont council system. He attended Burke Mountain Academy and was a promising young ski racer, he was twice named Ski Racing’s Junior Alpine Skier of the Year (1983,84). Jesse went on to have a successful tenure at the University of Vermont where he was an All American selection as a member of the 1988 and 1989 University of Vermont Ski Team and a key member of their 1989 National Championship Team.  


    His more substantive contributions to the sport have come as a member of the US Ski Team Men’s Europa Cup and World Cup Coaching Staff, and later as Alpine Program Director for USSA, where he led the organization and was instrumental in the development of the women’s alpine team. During his time with the USST Jesse was a key part of what is described as the most successful stretch of alpine results in US Ski Team history which includes 4 overall World Cup titles, 12 Olympic medals and 18 World Championship medals.  His coaching responsibilities have included, Daron Rahlves, Erik Schlopy, Bode Miller, Lindsey Vonn,  Julia Mancuso, Ted Ligety and many more who were up and coming US Ski Team members during Jesse's reign.


     After 16 years with the U.S. Ski Team, Jesse is presently the Alpine Program Director at Park City Ski Club. He and his wife Anne Kari, a University of Utah Nordic star from Norway, live in Park City with their two children.



     Kraig Sourbeer, Burke Mountain Academy, has been selected as the KS

    Vermont Development Coach of the Year.  Kraig graduated from of the University of Vermont. Kraig currently back at his Alma-mater (class of '83), is entering into his third year at BMA, coaching the FIS level men. Previously, Kraig spent 6 years of coaching with the US Ski Team, gradually working his way up to the position of Head Women's Europa Cup Coach. With over 20 years of coaching experience including 5 years as the Executive Director of the Smugglers' Notch Ski & Snowboard Club, one year as the Head Women's Coach for BMA, former VARA president, 4 years as the Head Coach of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Kraig strives to bring his lessons learned and philosophy to his athletes. As an athlete, Kraig went straight from BMA to the US Ski Team where he raced the World Cup and Europa Cup circuits 1984-1987.


    Guy Garofalo,  Killington Mountain School has been selected as the Vermont Junior Development Coach of the Year.  Guy, a Brattleboro, Vermont native began his love of the sport teaching himself to ski in his back yard. Guy went on to become a regular at MT Snow moving there as a youngster with his family. Guy is a UVM alumni and after graduating  he helped found the Mt. Snow Ski Education Foundation. Bill McCollum later hired him to work at KMS and Guy has since been coaching juniors at KSC and KMS for 35 years.


    KBKim Brown,  Mount Mansfield Ski Club, has been selected as the VARA Alpine Official of the Year.   Kim has been working with the Mount Mansfield Ski Club for many years and is a dedicated and talented member of their race organization. Kim helps out at various race sites whenever he is able. Kim's leadership and organization of race day officiating were key elements for his selection.


     Lynne Sullivan, Mount Snow Winter Academy has been selected as the VARA Volunteer of the Year for  her   tireless  efforts  on behalf of Vermont Ski Racing.   Lynne has been on the VARA Board of Directors for more than 15 years, serving as Treasurer for the last four and as a member of the VARA Scholarship Committee. She has been a leader in the Southern Vermont Council, helped create the Mount Snow Winter Academy, is currently headmistress of MSA and has raised 8 children all involved in skiing and currently has 15 grandchildren.  Simply stated, she has exemplified a lifelong commitment to VARA's missions of Lifestyle, Competition, Community and Scholarship.


    The Vermont Alpine Racing Association Gala will be hosted on October 26, 2013 by the  Stowe Mountain Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. 

    Congratulations  Jesse, Kraig, Guy, Kim and Lynne.

    [Click for Early Registration Form]


  • JUNE 24, 2013

    Welcome, Alexandra Krebs, VARA Youth Coordinator

    Welcome, Alexandra Krebs, VARA Youth Coordinator

    Alex Krebs brings many skills to the VARA Community. In her role as the Eastern Youth Development Manager since 2007 she has organized and directed National and Eastern youth projects and camps. She provided leadership and guidance for these projects including curriculum design, execution, team selection and assessment. Alex  has acted as an integral part of the Eastern Region’s Children’s committee for the past 7 years as well as attending Development Committee meetings to assure communication  to allow Eastern Region to act as one for the region's youth. Alex brings organizational and communication skills not only from her most recent position but also from her experience as Smugglers Notch Ski and Snowboard Club Director from 2004-2006. In addition to her communication and organization skills she also has first- hand athlete experience as Alex was a member of the UVM Ski Team and graduated in 2002 as well as a US Ski Team athlete from 1995-1999. Alex came up through the VARA Council system and went to high school at Green Mountain Valley School. Alex will be an integral part of the grassroots VARA Community and bring not only the association but VARA’s youth, clubs and coaches educational programs to the next level!

  • JUNE 07, 2013


    Jesse Hunt, a Former VARA Athlete racing out of MMSC and Burke, USST member and UVM Alum.

    After 16 years with the United States Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA), most recently as the US Ski Team Alpine Director, Jesse joined the Park City Ski Team Program in June, 2009.

    During his time with ethe USST Jesse was part of what is arguably the most successful stretch of alpine results in US Ski Team history which includes 4 overall World Cup titles, 12 Olympic medals and 18 World Championship medals.

    VARA is very proud to be inducting Jesse into the VARA Hall of Fame!

  • JUNE 04, 2013


    Vermonters Win the Golden Ski Award

    [ more ]
  • MAY 23, 2013

    14 VT Skiers Make US Ski Team

    VARA Competitors Making the USST!!!!!!

    Photo: Ronnie Berlack/BMA

    [ more ]
  • MAY 14, 2013

    Congrats to the Middlebury Men's Team

    Congrats to the Middlebury men's team for winning the 2013 NCAA Slalom Championship for the second year in a row! David Donaldson 2nd Hig Roberts 6th Andrew McNealus 21st Congratulations to Mary Sackbauer for her All American 9th place finish in the GS on Wednesday. Incredible performances!!

    [ more ]
  • MAY ,

    12 Days of the VARA Beary Raffle

    [ more ]

  • 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.