Gap Year Alpine Program
This postgraduate Gap Year program at Gould is designed to further develop college-accepted athletes with aspirations to earn spots on highly competitive collegiate teams and/or National Team.
We believe preparation is essential for in-season success.
Each year, the Gap Year Alpine Program starts in the spring with strength training instruction. Strength and Conditioning programs are individually created to meet the needs of the athlete. Head Coach Parker Gray checks-in and monitors the progress of each athlete.
We offer three off-season, on-snow training camps to focus on skill retention, keeping the time between “snow touches” no more than eight weeks:
- France 2 weeks (mid-June)
- Chile/Argentina (early August)
- Europe (mid-October)
Check out photos from the most recent Gap Year Program trip to Les Deux Alpes.
Each camp will challenge athletes to progress through a series of fundamental skills and drills before moving into gate training.
Athletes on the postgraduate Gap Year program are based out of the Bethel, Maine, area, and must provide their own housing and meals arrangements.
The season’s competitive schedule will include Eastern FIS races and also 1-2 out-of-region race trips. Depending on the year and snow conditions, we will look to race in Europe, Japan, and Canada. Athletes can expect to have 40 or more race starts.
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