Stratton Mountain School named Club of the Year

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STRATTON — U.S. Ski and Snowboard has named Stratton Mountain School as the Club of the Year.

"We are proud to receive recognition as U.S. Ski & Snowboard's Overall Club of the year after a season of immense hard work and achievement for all five of our winter sports programs. Following this past season's athletic accomplishments, alongside another year of impressive college placements, our community is excited to continue the tradition of excellence that has guided Stratton Mountain School since 1972," said school headmaster Chris Kaltas.

Club of the Year "recognizes a club with a commitment to program, youth, and overall athlete development, along with the development of facilities, commitment to the region and national structure, coach certification, and professional development, plus season accomplishments," according to U.S. Ski and Snowboard.

This is the second time SMS has received the Club of the Year award. The school was also recognized as the 2009 Club of the Year.

SMS was also named as the Snowboard Club of the Year and the Freeski Club of the Year.

"Our objective at SMS is to keep it fun, while maintaining our focus on goals. We have an awesome coaching staff that makes it fun for athletes and keeps them fully engaged," said SMS freeksi director Jesse Maliis.

SMS snowboard director Ross Powers, once an athlete himself at SMS, is grateful for the recognition.

"After 10 years of leading the SMS Snowboard Team, I've come full circle from my days as a student-athlete at Stratton Mountain School to now helping the next generations by providing them with the knowledge and the opportunities to progress to their highest level," said Powers.

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