Alpine

Our comprehensive Alpine Program has a highly qualified, full-time coaching team that allows athletes to compete in a variety of schedules—from state USSA races to international FIS events. Alpine skiers are members of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and compete at the U19, U16, and U14 levels.

Our Alpine Program prepares student-athletes to compete at the highest levels in each age group. We strike a balance of technical skills between free skiing and gate training at Sunday River Resort, while offering the best opportunity for student-athletes to reach their potential.


Early Season Alpine Training Camps

U12/U14 November Development Camp

November 12 – 14 2021, at Sunday River
Cost with lift ticket: $550 | Cost without lift ticket: $450

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U12/U14 November Development Camp

November 19 – 21 2021, at Sunday River
Cost with lift ticket: $550 | Cost without lift ticket: $450

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U12/U14 Pre-Holiday SL/GS Camp

December 17-19 2021, at Sunday River
Cost with lift ticket: $550 | Cost without lift ticket: $450

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Check out a video of GS training on Monday Mourning at Sunday River:

We offer three on-snow training camps off-season to focus on skill retention, keeping the time between “snow touches” no more than eight weeks:

  1. France 2 weeks (mid-June)
  2. Chile/Argentina (early August)
  3. Europe (mid-October)

U19 Men’s USSA/FIS Team Roster
Student Name
Class Year
Hometown
Age Group
Baribeau, Alexander2021Bethel, ME
Cusano, Samuel2023Topsham, ME
Fagan, Liam2022Wilmington, MA
Lowell, Thomas (Tommy)2022Wilton, CT
Mize, Jesse2021Hummelstown, PA
Pyle, Christopher (Chris)2023Hollis, NH
Rivard, Kyle2021Newry, ME
Schain, Gaven2023Woodstock, VT
Sherwood, Samuel2022Scarborough, ME
Turner, Robert (Bobby)2022Westport, CT
U19 Women’s USSA/FIS Team Roster
Student Name
Class Year
Hometown
Age Group
Burnett, Jenna2021Hingham, MA
Caggiano, Catherine (Catie)2023Concord, MA
Fisher, Celeste2021Scarborough, ME
Garfield, Phoebe2022Bethel, ME
Hadfield, Peyton2022Wolfeboro Falls, NH
Hessinger, Haley2022Mars, PA
Hosmer, Kayla2022Andover, MA
Kean, Lindsey2023Bethel, ME
King, Lillie2023Midlothian, VA
Maccini, Ava (Cate)2022Jamestown, RI
Pyle, Cassandra (Cassie)2021Hollis, NH
Waugh, Allison (Allie)2022Beverly, MA
U16 Men’s USSA Team Roster
Student Name
Class Year
Hometown
Age Group
Black, Samuel (Sam)2023Cape Elizabeth, ME
Bouchard, Ethan2023Narragansett, RI
Connor, McCandless (Mac)2024Bethel, ME
Duenwald, Kamran (Kam)2024Redding, CT
Flores, Aurelio (Leo)2024South Orleans, MA
Herlihy, Joseph2024Bethel, ME
LeDuc, Henry2025Rumford, ME
Sapak, Oliver2024Bethel, ME
Trask, Tyler2023Plainville, MA
Williams, Baylen2023Mt. Jackson, VA
U16 Women’s USSA Team Roster
Student Name
Class Year
Hometown
Age Group
Ellis, Samantha2023Chelmsford, MA
Furneaux, Reese2025Boston, MA
Janicki, Ingrid2024Exeter, NH
Jerome, Riley2023Bethel, ME
Jerome, Quinn2024Bethel, ME
Keough, Fiona2025McLean, VA
Lambert, Charlotte2024Bethel, ME
Long, Isabelle (Izzy)2024Sudbury, MA
Medeiros, Keara2023Newry, ME
Mize, Rebecca2024Hummelstown, PA
Naples, Molly2023Cohasset, MA
Ordway, Lyman2024South Freeport, ME
Pelletier, Lauren2026Rumford, ME
Lenoel Quang, Emma2024Somerville, MA
Smick, Hannah2023New Canaan, CT
Winch, Lily2023Marblehead, MA
U14 Men’s USSA Team Roster
Student Name
Class Year
Hometown
Age Group
Furneaux, Jack2026Boston, MA
Garfield, Zachary (Zach)2026Bethel, ME
Hare, Andrew2025Raymond, ME
Maddox, William (Will)2026Newcastle, ME
U14 Women’s USSA Team Roster
Student Name
Class Year
Hometown
Age Group
Hesson, Margo2026Falmouth, ME
Long, Charlotte2026Sudbury, MA
Lenoel Quang, Sophie2026Somerville, MA
Sapak, Bridget2026Bethel, ME
Simard, Sophie2025Auburn, ME
Stevenson, Liberty (Lila)2026Lincoln, MA

Alpine Coaching Staff

Parker Gray Parker Gray ’97

Head Alpine Men’s Coach

Bio

Head Coach and Gould alumnus Parker Gray ’97 leads the postgraduate GAP Year Alpine Program. Gray is a native of Newry, Maine, and spent three years with the U.S. Men’s Olympic and World Cup teams, serving as an Assistant and Strength Coach.

While Head Coach at KMS, Gray was named Vermont Coach of the Year. As an athlete, Gray was a two-time Junior Olympic Downhill Champion, SG Champion, and overall winner. He is also a member of the Gould Athletic Hall of Fame (2018).

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time coaching the Men’s World Cup team. The experience of working with highly driven athletes and staff opened my eyes to the reality of what a highly motivated group can achieve. I hope to build on that experience at Gould and help our athletes achieve success.”  -Parker Gray ’97

 

Alex Norden

Head Women’s Alpine Coach

M.Ed., St. Lawrence University
B.A., University of New Hampshire

Bio

Mrs. Norden was head Division I women’s alpine ski coach at Brown University from 2016 to 2020. Before Brown, she was the head men’s and women’s varsity alpine ski coach at New England College, where she reinstated the program to varsity status in 2015. Prior to NEC, she spent three years as the graduate assistant and strength and conditioning coach for the men’s and women’s alpine ski team at St. Lawrence University. While at St. Lawrence, she earned a master’s degree in educational leadership.

A 2010 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Ms. Norden was a four-year member of the Wildcats’ alpine ski team, captaining the squad in 2009 and earning NCAA All-Academic honors. She also competed with the UNH track & field team. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in sports studies. She later served as the U19 women’s ski coach at Killington Mountain School in Vermont. She lives on campus with her spouse, Greg Miller. 

She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. While not on the hill with skiers, she loves to hike, run on the trails, and simply be outdoors.

Cathy Fisher

B.A. University of New Hampshire
Men’s U16 Alpine Ski Coach
Assistant Road Cycling Coach

Bio

Coach Fisher has been coaching and teaching skiing for more than 25 years. After graduating with a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of New Hampshire, she began her career at King Pine in New Hampshire, where she worked her way to PSIA Level 2 certification. From there she changed course to begin coaching J3 athletes at Attitash Mountain, where she stayed for 14 years and continued to use her teaching background to foster strong skills development in her young racers. At Gould, Coach Fisher works with U19 Alpine men and women. In the spring, she coaches the road cycling team. When off the hill, she enjoys running, mountain biking, road cycling, and sailing the coast of Maine on her vintage fiberglass sailboat. Coach Fisher lives just off campus in Bethel with her husband, Kurt, and daughter Madsie ’18.

Kurt Niiler

Men’s U16 Coach

Kaz Yamada

On-Snow Competition Program
Women’s U16 Alpine Coach

B.A. New England College
M.A. University of New Hampshire

Bio

Coach Yamada began teaching & coaching at the Pat’s Peak Ski area in 1979. He continued to coach for years to come at several NH ski areas and finally made the move with his family to Sunday River in late ’90s.

He began coaching with the Gould weekend program in 2000, coaching all ages from fundamentals to advanced competition level.  Now a full-time coach, he brings over 40 years of coaching experience and a wealth of knowledge on working effectively with young athletes.

Coach Yamada is a former PSIA Level 3 certified and Eastern Dev Team member.  He is USSA & FIS certified and a USASA Championship Slalom Venue Manager.

Off Season, he often coaches soccer, lacrosse, and still recruits for several college programs.

Craig Niiler Craig Niiler

U14 Coach
GACP Alpine Development Coordinator

Bio

Coach Niiler began teaching and coaching in the Franconia Ski School at Cannon Mountain in 1982. From there he moved to King Pine ski area, where he stayed for 28 years as their Ski School Director, Terrain Parks Supervisor, and Race Team Head Coach. During this time the King Pine Race Team became known as “small but mighty,” producing numerous athletes who made post-season appearances at Eastern and Can-Am Championships, and even a National Championship event. Coach Niiler is PSIA Level 3 certified, USSA certified, and is a former member of the PSIA Eastern Development Team and Education Staff.

Deb Costello

Gould Academy Competition Program
On-Snow Program Manager
Winter Term Program Coordinator
B.A. University of Maine, Farmington

Bio

As the On Snow Program Manager, Ms. Costello provides the oversight that keeps the Gould Academy Competition Program (GACP) running smoothly throughout the winter. With her bird’s eye view of the program, she manages the daily operation for the full-time and weekend GACP. Also Gould’s Winter Term Program Coordinator, she is the liaison between Winter Term student’s sending school and Gould Faculty. Ms. Costello is a 1984 graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington and brings to Gould Academy 25 years of experience in managing various programs and departments for both Sugarloaf and Sunday River ski resorts. She lives in Bethel in the Winter Term Dorm and has two children: Meghan ‘11 and Wyatt ’12.

marisa hanning Marisa Hanning
Sports Information Coordinator
Women’s U19 Coach/FIS Coach
B.A. University of Maine Farmington
Bio

Marisa Hanning grew up locally and graduated from the University of Maine in Farmington. She has coached U8, U10, and U14s with the Carrabassett Valley Academy Weekend Program and worked as an assistant Alpine coach with the Division I Bates College ski program. She also worked as a competition program director & marketing team member at the Camden Snow Bowl. A USSA Level 100 Certified coach, she is also earned a certificate for Alpine Operations from UMaine Farmington.

megan ahearn Megan Ahearn

U14 Alpine Coach

Bio

A graduate of St. Michael’s College, where she was on the Dean’s List, Megan Ahearn grew up in New Jersey. She also raced for their Division I ski team. Now, a USSA Level 100 Alpine Ski Racing Coach, she has worked with youth alpine ski racers during school breaks as a volunteer with the Magic Mountain Alpine Ski Team since 2012. She has also volunteered as a ski racing coach Cochran’s Day Camp. In 2015, she was awarded the Ginny Hunt Athletic Scholarship from the Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA). She is also a practicing artist, creating works in oil, watercolor, and acrylic, as well as illustration and photography. You can see her work at Megan Ahearn Art.