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 minutes on the hour thanks to immediate slopeside access to dedicated training and race terrain where they can practice 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 SCHEDULE
|First Name||Last Name||YOG||Hometown|
|Sophie||Chu – O’Neil||2020||Rangeley, ME|
|Qilin (Haglis)||He||2019||Shanghai, China|
|Min Seung||Kim||2020||Seoul, Korea|
|Jacob||Tamalunas||2021||Dhahran, Saudi Arabia|
|Chen (Clarence)||Xie||2021||Beijing, China|
|Bochao (Robert)||Xu||2021||Beijing, China|
Prep Alpine Coaches
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. Ms. Head 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 a former member of the United States 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 chickens, and participating in outdoor activities with her husband, Robert Baribeau, and son, Alexander.
Ms. Drew and her family moved to Bethel from upstate New York in 2002. After undergraduate work in biology, she earned a M.S. in Teaching Secondary Science. Ms. Drew teaches Biology and Conceptual Physics to 9th and 11th grade students. She brings to campus a love of skiing, hiking, canoeing and camping with her family: her husband, Ian, and their three children: John ’13, Kim ’17 and Lily.
Mr. Ben Stonebraker has been steeped in New England independent school tradition. He was born and raised at Hebron Academy where his father chaired the English Department and his mother was Librarian in Chief. Ben attended Holderness School before matriculating at Colby College where he majored in English and Poetry. After graduating, he pursued his passion for the out-of-doors in the vast expanse of Western Montana. His love of skiing, white water, and the mountains served him well as a ski coach and kayaking instructor. Aspen, Colorado was a logical next step for Mr. Stonebraker. During all his years in the West, he never lost sight of his roots in Maine or his desire to return to them. In the summers he migrated to the shores of Moose Pond to continue as the Counselor Training Director at Camp Winona. When a position in Gould’s English Department became available, Mr. Stonebraker rushed for the opportunity to continue the Stonebraker legacy of instilling a love of literature and wilderness and the minds of the youth.