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Snowboarding Philosophy

The philosophy of our winter sports programs mirrors the mission of the school. “To provide a unique environment that offers each student the opportunity to pursue excellence.” 

All athletes are placed into a specific training group based on ability, motivation, and individual goals relative to snowboard competition. Athletes are challenged both physically and mentally to maximize his or her potential. Within each group, athletes are guided through a comprehensive fitness evaluation to determine which training group fits him or her best. Coaches work one-on-one with the athlete to develop the athletes’ goals and structure a plan for the competition season. Each coach and athlete work together to assess the individual’s needs and create a season-long plan that defines a clear pathway to success. Movement between groups is encouraged, and is determined based on athlete progression, skill acquisition, commitment to training and overall attitude. Individual safety, on-hill awareness and code of conduct are always priorities within each group. 

The coaching staffs at SMS provide the latest in athletic training methods in both the competitive ski and snowboarding arenas. Our systems have proven themselves day in and day out on the slopes, in the classroom, and have helped to propel more than 69 athletes to elite-level team throughout the past 20 years!

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