Forehand Wins Crystal Globe
SILVAPLANA—Stratton Mountain School student Mac Forehand `20 (Winhall, VT) has won the Crystal Globe and Overall World Cup Title in Slopestyle following the final World Cup event in SilvAplana, Switzerland on March 30. At just 17 years of age, Mac is the first currently enrolled Stratton Mountain School student to claim a Crystal Globe.
“It was a real honor to be at the top of the podium with this group of World Cup athletes,” said Mac. “The World Cup at Silvaplana may be the best slopestyle competition that has ever gone down in my opinion—the course was amazing, the weather was perfect, and I’m hyped how everything worked out.”
“We are so proud of Mac!” said Stratton Mountain School Headmaster Christopher G. Kaltsas. “He achievement is unprecedented in the history of our great school. Huge congrats to Mac, his coaches, and his wonderful family.”
The skier also holds the U.S. Grand Prix title in Slopestyle following his first World Cup Victory at the Mammoth Mountain Slopestyle Grand Prix earlier this month. Before that, the High School junior claimed 4th in slopestyle at the FIS World Championships.
Mac first landed on the World Cup podium this November with a 2nd place finish in Stubai, Austria, and followed it up with a 5th place finish in Font Romeau, France in January. Last year, Mac won the Junior World Championship title in Big Air in Cardrona, New Zealand. This past May, Mac was named a member of the U.S. Freeski Team’s Rookie Slopestyle contingent. While he was also invited to compete in the first X Games of his career in Aspen this year, he suffered a shoulder injury days prior and was not able to attend. Despite that setback, Mac recovered quickly to send his season out on a high note between World Championships, the Grand Prix, and now the Crystal Globe.
“We couldn’t be happier for Mac!” said SMS Freeski Director Jesse Mallis, U.S. Ski and Snowboard’s 2018 Domestic Freeski Coach of the Year. “After working so hard this season he’s definitely earned that Crystal Globe, and to achieve this after just one year with the U.S. Team—the Rookie Team, at that—is nothing short of incredible.”
“Mac is very driven and focused when he is skiing,” added SMS Freeski Coach Keith Shipman. “After seeing him win the NorAm cup last season we were ecstatic about him getting a spot on the World Cup Tour, and then this season he takes the crystal globe. He is unstoppable.”
Mac has trained with Mallis and the Stratton Mountain School Freeski program since 2015, which is around the time that his family made the full-time move to Winhall. Before that, the skier was a member of the Stratton Winter Sports Club and his sister, Savannah Forehand, is also a graduate of the SMS Freestyle program.
On Saturday, Mac’s family stood by as he made his final World Cup run of the season and later stood atop the overall podium.
“With the help of the Stratton Mountain School community, both coaches and teachers, Mac has been able to achieve his goals while continuing to get a great education,” stated Mac’s parents, Ray and Ann Marie Forehand. “We know that this was Chris Kaltsas’ vision for the school when he became headmaster, and it has been amazing to watch 17-year-old Mac achieve his goals and many more over the past few years. Even more exciting was to watch Mac as he accepted the Crystal Globe, as the number one slopestyle skier in the world. We are extremely proud!”
For Mallis, the victory seems a precursor for more to come—and the future is certainly bright for this 17-year-old athlete.
“I am so proud of him and grateful to have been part of his amazing journey,” he concluded. “It’s really exciting to see what’s next. Big things are happening for Mac.”
“I want to thank my coaches and teachers at SMS and the US Ski and Snowboard Team for supporting me all year long,” Forehand said. “I didn’t think I had a chance to podium this year, never mind take home the Crystal Globe.”
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.