Athletics

Nordic Program

The SMS Nordic Program has combined sport science, a proven training program, and efficient workouts to boast one of the most successful Nordic programs in the country.
It’s unprecedented national and international success has produced 16 Olympians in the past seven Winter Olympics. Over 35 SMS Nordic athletes have made the U.S. World Junior Team and 25 have made the U.S. National Team. Contact Nordic Director Matt Boobar with questions.

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  • Nordic Program Philosophy

    The Stratton Mountain School Nordic program strives to develop individuals with an appreciation for healthy, active, outdoor lifestyles and a love of sport while providing every opportunity for success at the highest levels. Nordic skiers at SMS are expected to be model students, dedicated athletes and exemplary citizens of the school community.

    We take a long-term and complete-athlete approach in our development process. The SMS Nordic program focuses on solid, consistent training in a variety of modes as well as appropriate exposure to regional, national, and international level competition. This is achieved in a team environment which emphasizes camaraderie, motivation, and accountability. Stratton Mountain School skiers work hard and support each other in their pursuit of excellence.

    Alongside a long term approach to development, athlete education is of vital importance to training in the SMS Nordic program philosophy. We create an environment that allows student-athletes to understand and take ownership of the processes that facilitate improvement and success and equip them with the tools to achieve their goals. Our coaches take advantage of the most current technical information and tools in addition to field tests and video feedback on technique and biomechanics. Skiers leave SMS with the knowledge needed to continue their progress as athletes and individuals regardless of the path they take—be it a collegiate ski program, the US Ski Team, academic pursuits, or other personal goals. 
  • Remarkable Success, Unique Focus

    SMS cross-country skiers have had remarkable success because of their unique focus. The young athletes acquire a love for the sport and develop the technical skills they need to build upon in later years. As U16 and U14 athletes enter the program, the SMS Nordic coaches focus on building technique and speed, while introducing the athletes to a systematic training regimen. As the athletes progress to the U18 and U20 levels, the program then builds into more systematic and specific training. Athletes are given year-round training plans and opportunities. Our competition season begins during the fall camp in late November and culminates with a spring racing series in North America or Scandinavia.

2019-20 Season Highlights

  • Two skiers qualified for USST u18 nations cup and Youth Olympic Games  
  • Will Koch won bronze at Youth Olympic Games. 4th on U18 distance race
  • Nina Seeman 6th in the A sprint final on U18 trip
  • Junior Nationals 7 All American finishes, 3 gold 2 silver medals
  • 4 skiers named to USS Regional Elite Group
  • 3 skiers named to USS National Training Group
  • 2020 Headmaster's award at Graduation: Will Koch 
  • Nordic Skier was Valedictorian: Will Koch
  • Continued with 25 straight years of Gold medals at Junior Nationals
  • Continued with 25 straight years of qualifying an SMS skier to Junior Worlds
  • Alum winning Gold at Junior Worlds
  • Elite Team Coach Patrick Obrien named Domestic Nordic Coach of the year

2019-20 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team Members

A Team:
  • Simi Hamilton (SMS T2 Team)
  • Sophie Caldwell ’08
  • Jessie Diggins (SMS T2 Team)
D Team:
  • Julia Kern ‘16
  • Ben Ogden ‘18

2019-20 College Acceptances

  • University of Colorado - Boulder
  • Dartmouth College
  • Sainte Scholastica
     

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Stratton Mountain School is an independent boarding and day school that focuses on college preparatory academics and competitive winter sports. Located at the base of Stratton Mountain, SMS is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.