The SMS winter sports programs are based out of Stratton Mountain Resort in Stratton Mountain, Vermont. A nationally recognized training venue by U.S. Ski and Snowboard, SMS and Stratton Mountain Resort are an official U.S. Ski and Snowboard Development Site.
The Burtscher Fieldhouse & The Greg Needell Gymnasium
The Burtscher Fieldhouse contains over 20,000 square feet of athletic facilities, including the Greg Needell Gymnasium, the state-of-the-art Greg Needell Strength & Conditioning Room, fully equipped Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation room, Sports Science Lab, ski and snowboard tuning rooms, day student locker rooms, staff locker rooms, indoor basketball/volleyball court, turf field, a golf simulator and a performing arts stage, as well as athletic offices and classrooms.
The Air Awareness Center
The 10,000-square-foot Air Awareness Center provides a safe, effective learning environment for athletes in the Snowboard, Freeski and Freestyle programs. Through the use of state-of-the-art materials and coaching, athletes have the opportunity to rapidly improve their skills while learning new tricks in a secure environment. The Air Awareness Center features a MaxAir Supertramp, two Ross trampolines, foam pit, skate park, and strength and conditioning training space.
The Greg Needell Strength & Conditioning Room
The SMS weight room houses more than 4,00 square feet of lifting and training space. Our facility includes a 24ft. Rogue Rig which includes six squat racks and 15 pull-up bars, as well as a 20m turf track for agility and sled work. For aerobic and interval training the facility also houses six Concept 2 Rowers, four Assault Bikes, two Ski Ergs. Additionally, there are four Glute-Ham machines (GHDs), olympic weightlifting barbells and bumper plates, dumbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, slam balls, and rings
Sports Science Lab
The main component of the Sports Science Lab is the Monark testing bike, which is used to test peak power and anaerobic threshold. The bike is used in conjunction with blood tests, to measure the quantity of lactic acid being produced in the body.
“The lab tests athletes’ improvement and associates it with skiing results,” said Mike Morin, Alpine Program Director. “It directly links improved power from our conditioning program to results on the hill. This measured improvement is used to modify both the athlete’s training plan and the overall program training plan.”
Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Room
From rehabilitation equipment and injury prevention exercises to hot and cold whirlpool tubs for treatment, the Sports Medicine athletic training room is well-prepared for outstanding treatment and performance improvement.
Staffed by a certified athletic trainer, sports medicine treatment at SMS is easily linked to various other sports medicine facilities in Vermont and New England. SMS has an excellent working relationship with the facilities at Stratton Mountain Resort, including ski patrol and the Otis Clinic, a branch of Grace Cottage Hospital. Vermont Orthopedic Clinic in Rutland and iSport are excellent additional resources, as the professionals at these clinics continue to ensure the best and most effective injury treatment for each athlete referred.
Programs are accredited through an independent process by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) via the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training (JRC-AT). For more than a decade, athletic trainers have been a part of the American Medical Association’s Health Professions Career and Education Directory. Additional clinical and academic supporters are the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics and American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. The athletic trainer specializes in injury and illness prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for all physically active people, including the general public.
SMS utilizes the regulation-size Luckenbill Field for all of its home soccer and lacrosse games. The field is essential to training throughout the year as well, serving as the perfect spot for conditioning.