Alpine Racing at WVA
The philosophy of WVA’s alpine program is to offer a safe, high quality alpine training and race experience embedded in an individualized program of athlete management. The alpine program serves the individual needs of each athlete by providing first-rate coaching, personal attention and a supportive environment for competitive alpine skiing development, physical conditioning and mental well-being. We believe that individual success on the ski hill leads to success in life.
Our coaching staff focuses on developing a strong and sound fundamental base for ski racing, including directed free skiing and drill progressions throughout the season so that students become accomplished skiers on their way to achieving race success.
WVA offers alpine training programs for U14, U16, U19/U21 and post-graduate athletes. Waterville Valley Resort, located right in WVA’s backyard, offers numerous world-class training venues. These venues, combined with experienced and professional coaching, enable our athletes to reach the highest level of athletic excellence.
Alpine Coaching Staff
Mike Savage // Alpine Director and Women’s FIS Coach.
Mike is a native of Stratton, Maine, and a 1986 graduate of Carrabassett Valley Academy. After completing his national and international racing career, Mike attended the University of Maine, Farmington, where he received a degree in Business Economics and a Ski Industry Certification. During this time, he was also the Alpine Program Manager of the Titcomb Ski Program. Mike also received his PSIA Full Certification and a Level 500 International Coach Certification. Mike traveled with the USST Women Europa Cup and World Cup circuits in 1990-1991. During that time, he helped establish one of the top women’s alpine programs in the United States. He has coached and managed alpine programs in both the east and west. In 2005, Mike started an elite women’s private alpine team, Team Savage Ski Racing, training elite women from across the country, to become the best they could be in alpine ski racing. Team Savage alumni are now representing NCAA programs across the United States.
Nate Jenckes // Head Women’s FIS Coach
Nate holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elite Ski Coaching and Business from University of Maine at Farmington. He is a level 400 USSA Certified coach. He has been coaching for 23 years and has worked Nationally and Internationally with all levels. He has been a coach for the WVA Women’s team since 2016. Nate resides in Wilton Maine with his wife, Melinda. Additionally to ski racing, he enjoys fly fishing, motorcycles, and time with family.
Andrew Gannon // Head Men’s FIS Coach
Growing up in Bennington NH, Andrew skied for Ted Sutton at Crotched Mountain. After leaving the US Army in 1995 he began his coaching career at UMass Amherst, while finishing a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, and skiing for the team. From 1997-2003 Andrew was the Head Coach at Colby-Sawyer College, and from 2003-2010 served as the head coach for the Alyeska Ski Club/Glacier Valley Ski Ed Foundation. While in Alaska, Andrew served as a Western Region project coach, and hosted three US National Championships. For the past seven seasons, he has been leading the charge as the Head Coach for Plymouth State University. In the 2011-12 season Andrew moved the Panther’s into the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA). The program has seen great success, qualifying athlete’s annually to the NCAA Skiing Championships. Andrew was named the EISA Alpine Coach of the Year in 2016.
Brennan Smith // Men’s FIS Coach
Rich Smith // Head U16 Coach
Rich started his 30-plus-year coaching career with The Holderness School back in the 1980’s. He has coached at the regional, national and international level as a Regional Coach for the Eastern Region of USSA, guest coach at the 2008 World Junior Championship, a guest coach with the USST women’s D-team. He previously worked for WVBBTS as a men’s FIS Coach. Most recently, he was Program Director for Franconia Ski Club. Rich is a level 300 USSA Coach and an instructor for the education team of USSA. He is also a past member of the Eastern Children Committee.
Tom Barbeau // WVA Director of Human Performance & U16 Coach
Tom is currently in his 29th year at WVBBTS and 46th year in coaching. He is a graduate of McGill University with a degree in Ergo Physiology. Before coming to WVBBTS he spent several years working with the Canadian National Ski Team. Tom has coached at three Olympic Games. He has a Master’s Certification in the Burdenko Method and oversees the condition program for all alpine athletes. He is a Level 500 internationally certified coach.
Jason Guilbert // Director of Alpine Weekend and Club Programming & Head U14 Coach
Jason is a WVBBTS and WVA Alumni. He attended the University of New Hampshire, where he was a four-year member of their alpine ski team. Jason began coaching in 1999 and has held several positions, including Head Alpine Coach & Program Director at The New Hampton School. Jason is a Level 300 coach and was WVA’s Head Men’s FIS Coach from 2009 to 2017.