Prep Alpine Ski

One of the absolute best perks of living in the mountains of Western Maine is the direct access our student-racers have to our strategic partner Sunday River Resort – New England’s second largest ski resort.

Five days a week our Prep Alpine Team heads to Sunday River to our Kailey Competition Center, which is shared between Prep Alpine, Prep Snowboard, and the Gould Academy Competition Program teams. There, our Prep Alpine Team gain valuable experience due to immediate slopeside access to dedicated training and race terrain. The Prep Alpine Team practices basic racing techniques and course skills, including freeskiing drills meant to develop fundamental ski techniques, and gate training drills intended to develop technique and incorporates tactical skills.

Gould’s Prep Alpine Team competes within the Maine Prep School league (MAISAD) with competitions at Sunday River and nearby ski areas. In 2015, Gould’s Prep Alpine Team took home the MAISAD Championship. Alpine racers that want to compete at a higher level may join the Gould Academy Competition Program.

Prep Alpine Roster
Student Name
Class Year
Brown, Mark2023West Paris, ME
Daigle, Casper2022Waterville, ME
Dillon, Sophia2022Portland, ME
Hamadeh, Zachary (Zach)2021Duxbury, MA
Hoshiai, Mikiya2023Kanagawa-Ken, Japan
Kaftan, Philip2021Old Lyme, CT
Nagel, James2024Cleveland Heights, OH
Papianou, Madison (Maddie)2022Rumford, ME
Saidy, Kaitlyn (Kate)2021Nashville, TN
Vlcek, Zachary2024Brooklyn, NY
Yang, Mu (James)2024Vancouver, Canada

Prep Alpine Coaches

Lauren Head

B.A. William Smith College
Visual Arts Teacher
Prep Alpine Ski Head Coach
Girls’ Varsity Tennis Head Coach


Ms. Head has a B.A. in studio art, more than 30 years of experience in art education, and is the founder and director of the Gould blacksmithing program. She has attended numerous workshops at institutions including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Center for Creative Imaging, The Carving Studio, and Sculpture Center and Peters Valley Craft Center. She has been responsible for coordinating workshops with visiting artists to support the art curriculum and the Sophomore Four Point Program. Her work has been commissioned for non-profit and private collections.

Ms. Head is an avid skier and former member of the U.S. Telemark Ski Team and a National Champion in Telemark Giant Slalom and Moguls. She is the Head Coach of Gould’s Prep Alpine Team and is a Level 3 nationally certified coach, and in the springtime is the Girls’ Varsity Tennis Head Coach. When not teaching or working in the studio, Mrs. Head is climbing mountains, skiing, tending to her rabbits and garden, and participating in outdoor activities with her husband, Robert Baribeau (boys’ head tennis coach), and son, Alexander ’21.