Powers named to Vermont Sports Hall of Fame
Stratton Mountain School Snowboarding Director Ross Powers has been named to the 2019 Class of the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame and will be formally inducted on April 13, 2019.
Powers is a native of nearby Londonderry as well as a Stratton Mountain School alumnus, and the snowboarder’s career began to draw international attention while he was still a student with a Gold Medal at the 1996 FIS Snowboarding World Championship held in Austria. In the 1998 Winter Olympics held in Nagano, Japan—the first Olympic Games in which snowboarding was an official medal-event—Powers walked away with the bronze in the halfpipe competition and later went on to win the gold in the same event during the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. With that win, he became the first male athlete from the State of Vermont to win a Gold Medal at the Winter Olympics.
The Olympian returned to Stratton Mountain School to direct the SMS Snowboarding program in 2010, and also leads philanthropic endeavors like the Ross Powers Foundation and the Level Field Fund. In 2014, Powers won the USSA Giving Back Award for his work with the Level Field Fund, which supports athletes achieve success at the highest levels of their sport. Powers was also recognized as USSA’s Snowboard Domestic Coach of the Year in 2015, and was inducted into the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2013. Since 2016, he has also helped to coordinate the USASA Southern Vermont Freeski and Snowboard Series.
“Time goes fast,” Powers said in a recent interview with the Bennington Banner. “Now being at Stratton, I’m helping the next generation. Every day, I’m out there, working with the kids.”
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 serves students in grades 7 – 12.