WHO WE ARE

Green Mountain Academy is a premier snowboard and freeski training club in northern Vermont. We are a non-profit organization committed to developing a world class training environment for snowboard and freeski athletes age 7-17. Our programs are designed to evolve with individual athlete's needs while teaching strong moral, social, and environmental values. Our skill-based training system provides a clear path for development under the watchful eye of our expert coaches. All GMA coaches are US Ski & Snowboard registered which requires background checks, CDC concussionSafesport, and CPR/AED certifications

Our mission is to empower the next generation of snowboard and freeski athletes to positively influence the community and culture of our sports.

OUR COACHES

 
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Jason Trask

Founder and President

Years snowboarding: 30

Years skiing: 10

Years coaching: 23

Where: Smugglers' Notch Resort 1997 - 2013

GMA 2014 - present

Coaching certification: American Association of Snowboard Instructors Level 3

US Ski & Snowboard Association 300

Competition experience: Masters Men Nationals Boardercross 2nd place 2012

Masters Men Boardercross champion 2013

Specialty: long-term athlete/coach/club development, movement analysis, assessing potential

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Noah Labow

Executive Director & Freeskiing Head Coach

Years skiing: 37

Years coaching: 19

Where: Smugglers' Notch Ski Club Freeski head coach, 2002/03 & 2004/05

Carrabassett Ski Academy Freeski competition coach, 2005-10

University of Vermont Freeski Team Manager/Head coach, 2010-18

Green Mountain Training Center Trampoline/Parkour coach 2010- 19

Founder/ Coach @Elevate Movement Collective 2019-Present

Coaching certification: USASA/US Ski & Snowboard Level 300 Freeskiing

Aerials/Moguls Level 200

IFSA Level 100

WFPF /USA Parkour Level 200

Competition experience: USSA Alpine racing, 1992-98

NAC Div.III Soccer, 2000-03

Pro-Am Moguls, Big Air, Halfpipe, and Extreme competitions, 1997-2006

USASA Halfpipe, 2002-06

USSA Halfpipe, 2003-05

Season 5 American Ninja Warrior

Specialty: Air awareness, Trampoline, Parkour, Slopestyle, Rails, Halfpipe, Freeride, Moguls

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Mike Brainard

Weekend Programs Manager & Snowboard Coach 

Years snowboarding: 17

Years coaching: 10

Where: Smugglers' Notch Resort 2012-present

Treble Cone, NZ summer 2015

GMA 2015 - present

Coaching certification: US Ski & Snowboard registered

American Association of Snowboard Instructors level 3

USASA snowboard level 200

Specialty: Children's fundamentals, SBX, GS, Slalom, Freeride

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George Coultas

Snowboard Head Competition Coach

Years snowboarding: 22

Years coaching: 9

Where: Mount Mansfield Ski Club snowboard coach, 2011/12

Green Mountain Training Center trampoline coach 2011-18

Green Mountain Academy snowboard coach 2015-present

Founder/Coach Elevate Movement Collective 2019-present

Coaching certification: 

USASA/US Ski and Snowboard level 300

Specialty: Air awareness, Trampoline progression, Slopestyle, Rails, Halfpipe

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Noah Novotny

Backcountry/Freeride Head Ski Coach

Years skiing: 30

Years coaching: 8

Where: Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club 2010-17

Green Mountain Academy 2020 - present

Coaching certification: US Ski & Snowboard Association Level 100

IFSA Level 100

Specialty: Freeride, Backcountry skiing and touring, Mindfulness

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Jeff Neagle

Freeski Coach

Years skiing: 33

Years coaching: 7

Where:  Ski Future 2011-13

GMA 2016-Present

Coaching certification: US Ski & Snowboard registered

USASA Ski Level 100

Competition experience: 10+ years of Slopestyle, Big Air, and Rail Jam comps
2009 USASA Northern Vermont Open Class Champion
AFP Ranked Slopestyle Skier in Gold and Platinum Level Events 2010-2013

Specialty: Slopestyle, Rails

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Jacob Pratt

Freeski Coach

Years skiing: 17

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Years coaching: 3

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Where: Smugglers' Notch Ski Club

Green Mountain Training Center

Coaching certification: US Ski & Snowboard registered

USASA 100

IFSA L100

Competition experience: 5 time USASA Nationals

3rd overall 2017 USASA Nationals

6 years competition Ski The East

3 yrs IFSA western events

Specialty: Technique, Big mountain, Slopestyle

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Catherine Ferguson

Freeski Coach

Years skiing: 22

Years coaching: 5

Where: Gould Academy Competition Program 2015-2016 

Sugarbush Freestyle Team 2016-2017

Green Mountain Academy 2019-present

 

Coaching certification: United States Ski & Snowboard Association registered

 

Competition experience: 4 years USASA and 2 years USASA Nationals

2nd place rail jam at USASA Nationals 

2 years USCSA Nationals

4th place slopestyle at USCSA Nationals 

 

Specialty: Freeskiing, Slopestyle, Competition training

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Alicia English

Freeski Coach

Years skiing: 25

Years coaching: 5

Where: Seven Springs, PA Freeski Coach 2016/17,

Mogul Coach/Program Director 2017-2019
Stratton Mountain Mogul Coach 2019

 

Coaching certification: US Ski & Snowboard Association Level 200 Moguls

 

Competition experience: US Freestyle National Championships & US Team Selections 2011-2013

Junior Olympics 2x

FIS Nor-Am 2012/13

 

Specialty: Fundamentals, Moguls, Progression, Competition

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Dillon Lovell

Freeski Coach

Years skiing: 27

Years coaching: 8

Where: Stratton Mountain Freeski Head Coach 2018-2020

Freeski Coach 2017-2018

Mogul Coach 2012-2016

 

Coaching certification: US Ski & Snowboard Association Level 100 Aerials

 

Competition experience: Competed US Freestyle National Championships and US Team Selections 2010-2013
USSA Eastern Freestyle Mogul and Dual Mogul Champion 2012 and 2013
USSA Eastern Freestyle MVP award 2013

 

Specialty: Moguls, Freeride, Progression

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Ian MacDonald

Freeski Coach

Years skiing: 27

Years coaching: 12

Where:  Burke Mountain Resort, VT Ski and Ride School (2009 - 2014) 

 Winter Park Resort, CO Ski and Ride School (2014 - 2021)

 Green Mountain Academy, Stowe, VT (present)

Coaching certification: Professional Ski Instructors Association Alpine Level 2

PSIA Childrens Specialist Level 2

PSIA Freestyle Level 1​

Specialty: Big mountain, Glades, Alpine, Control

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Nicole Walker

Freeski Coach

Years skiing: 5

Years coaching: 4

Where:  Stowe Mountain Resort Ski and Ride school 2017-19

Green Mountain Academy 2019-present

Coaching certification: Professional Ski Instructors Association Alpine Level 1

PSIA Children’s Specialist 1

Specialty: Children's fundamentals, Progression, Glades

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Ryan Davis

Freeski Coach

Years skiing: 29

Years coaching: 5

Where:  Stowe Mountain Resort Ski and Ride school 2017-19

Green Mountain Academy 2019-present

Coaching certification: Professional Ski Instructors Association Alpine Level 1

PSIA Children’s Specialist 1

Specialty: Fundamentals: Glades, Freeride, Big mountain

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James Coultas

Snowboard Coach

Trampoline & Parkour Coach

Years snowboarding: 23

Years Tramping: 30

Years coaching: On snow 11

On trampoline 8

Parkour 3

Where: Smugglers' Notch Resort 2010-11; 2017-19

Mammoth Freestyle Team 2013-14

Green Mountain Academy 2017 - Present

Green Mountain Training Center 2011-13 

Mammoth Trampoline Club 2014-17 

Elevate Movement Collective 2019 - Present

Coaching certification: US Ski & Snowboard Association Level 100

American Association of Snowboard Instructors Level 1

USASA Level 100

World Freerunning Parkour Federation Instructor

Specialty: Jumps, Air awareness, Trampoline, Slopestyle, Big mountain, Parkour

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Steve Franklin

Snowboard Coach

Years snowboarding: 22

Years coaching: 10

Where: Stowe Mountain Resort

Green Mountain Academy 2018 - Present

Coaching certification: USASA 100

American Association of Snowboard Instructors Level 3

AASI Dev Team

Specialty: Fundamentals, Freestyle, Carving

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Aidan Bass

Snowboard Coach

Years snowboarding: 15

Years coaching: 5

Where: Stowe Mountain Resort 2017-21

              Green Mountain Academy 2020-Present

Coaching certification: AASI Level 1

Specialty: Freestyle, FUNdamentals, All-Mountain

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Kenzie Gray

Snowboard Coach

Years snowboarding: 17

Years coaching: 10

Where: Wachusett Mountain 2011-20

Stowe Mountain 2020-Present

Coaching certification: American Association of Snowboard Instructors Level 2 AASI Freestyle Specialist 1

USASA 100

Specialty: Fundamentals, All mountain, Progression

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Peter Schmeeckle

Snowboard Coach

Years snowboarding: 25

Years coaching: 15

Where: Snoqualmie Pass w/ Husky Winter Sports/ULLR 2005-11

Stowe Mountain Resort 2015-20

Coaching certification: American Association of Snowboard Instructors Level 1

(Northwest and Northeast divisions)

Specialty: Switch riding, Variable terrain, Woods

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Ryan Norton

Snowboard Coach

Years snowboarding: 23

Years coaching: 13

Where: Monarch Mountain 2014/15

Stowe Mountain Resort  2008-13, 2016- Present

Coaching certification: American Association of Snowboard Instructors Level 2 

AASI Children’s Specialist 1

AASI Freestyle Specialist 1

Specialty:  Fundamentals, Progression, All Mountain

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Rachel Rose

Administrative Specialist & Academic Director

Years snowboarding: 23

Years coaching: 10

Years teaching: 22

Where: Coaching: Smugglers' Notch Resort 2008 - 18

Teaching: Jenkins Elementary School, VA

St. Albans City School, VT

The Schoolhouse Learning Center, VT

Cambridge Elementary School, VT

Growth Points Educational Services, VT

Coaching certification: American Association of Snowboard Instructors Level 2

US Ski & Snowboard Association registered​

National Ski Patrol Level 1 Avalanche

Master's Degree in Education

Teaching certification: B.A. in Elementary Education

M.S. in Reading Education

VT Licensed Teacher K-6

Specialty: Fundamentals, Steeps, Trees, Teaching methods, Differentiation

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Board of Directors

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Jason Trask

Jill Morelli

Noah Labow

Scott Reeves

David Roth

Vanessa Violette