Air Awareness Center
In 2014, SMS completed construction on a 10,000-square-foot Air Awareness Center (AAC) on campus. The AAC provides a safe, effective learning environment for athletes in the Snowboarding, Freeskiing and Freestyle Programs, the “SMS Action Sports.” Through the use of state-of-the-art materials and coaching, SMS athletes have the opportunity to rapidly improve their skills while learning new tricks in a secure environment. Progressive training techniques and individualized instruction serve both the individual athlete and the SMS Program as a whole.
The Air Awareness Center features a MaxAir Supertramp, two Ross trampolines, a 20x40 foam pit, a skate park, and also houses the Action Sport Program’s strength and conditioning training space.
“Stratton Mountain School has the premier snowboard academy program in the country,” said Ross Powers ‘97, SMS Snowboarding Program Director and two–time Olympian. “With the state-of-the-art Air Awareness Center, SMS athletes will be able to train year-round in a safe environment to hone their skills in the park and pipe.”
SMS Headmaster Chris Kaltsas believes that the time is right for the development of the Air Awareness Center.
“This project reflects the need for a commitment to training and safety for our Snowboarding, Freeskiing and Freestyle programs,” he said. “This Center will help give our athletes a safe environment to develop their skills and enhance the overall program.”