The Competition Venue Improvement Campaign

The Competition Venue Improvement Campaign is a joint effort of Gould Academy, Sunday River, and Sunday River Ski & Snowboard Club to create the premier race training venue in the northeast. Introducing a surface lift is a major step forward for Gould and a significant improvement to race training facilities for all at Sunday River.

Don’t take our word for it. Watch US Ski Team Alpine Coaches Sasha Rearick ’95 and Parker Gray ’97, and US Ski Team Moguls Skier Troy Murphy ’10 talk about what a surface lift would mean to the Gould Academy Competition Program.


The project includes eliminating the Over Easy trail, which currently intersects Monday Mourning.

phase 2- IN PROCESS (fundraising)

The second phase will see a surface lift installed the length of Monday Mourning. A surface lift means more repetitions for all student-athletes training at Sunday River. More repetitions means better results. By decreasing the time up the mountain by almost 40%, a surface lift provides greater training efficiency and more engagement with coaches. The improvements to the competition venue position Sunday River and Gould Academy as a premier race training venue in the northeast.

We need your support.


For more information or to make a gift contact:

Amy Connell

Acting Director of Advancement
Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
B.A. Saint Michael’s College


Mrs. Connell joined Gould as Director of Alumni and Parent Relations in July of 2017. She brings with her a wealth of experience having held positions in Alumni Relations at both Hebron Academy and Bates College. Prior to her jobs at both schools, Mrs. Connell worked in fine wine sales in New York and Maine. Additionally, her passion for the arts led her to Boston for a position at the Museum of Fine Arts as well as an assistant directorship at a community art center in Newton, MA.

A native of Western New York’s “Snowbelt,” Mrs. Connell loves Maine’s long winters. Whether it’s riding Sunday River’s Magic Carpet with her daughter or chasing her husband down the slopes, she can be found outside enjoying the white stuff. And when the seasons change, she enjoys hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

Mrs. Connell resides in beautiful Bethel with her husband, Mr. Rogan Connell, Head Alpine Coach and their young daughter, Elinor.
Kurt Simard

Gould Academy Competition Program
Director of On-Snow Programs
B.S. University of New Hampshire


Coach Simard brings a versatile coaching perspective to Gould, having worked with gifted athletes of all ages, from the junior development level to Division I collegiate level to placement on the U.S. Ski Team. During his eight-year tenure as Head Coach for the University of New Hampshire’s Division I Women’s Alpine Team, he coached the Wildcat Women to an NCAA National Giant Slalom Championship in 2006 and the entire Alpine Team to a second-place overall finish that same year. His athletes also attained an impressive 19 All-American Award honors as well as placements to the U.S. Ski Team.

Originally hailing from Auburn, Maine Coach Simard grew up ski racing. He participating in the U.S. Ski Team’s Development Program, graduated from Green Mountain Valley School in Vermont, and captained the University of New Hampshire’s Division I Men’s Alpine Team. After college he began his coaching career at Sunday River with Gould Academy.  A testament to the relationships that he is known for establishing with his athletes, Coach Simard has had the unique experience of coaching several athletes at Gould and then as collegiate athletes at University of New Hampshire. Several of his former athletes have since come to Gould and coached under his leadership. Noted for his enthusiastic love of athletics and ability to lead, his accomplishments have been recognized by his peers as he has been twice named the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Coach of the Year (2005 and 2006). In 2007, Coach Simard’s return to Gould was both a homecoming and milestone. He met his wife, Lauren, at Sunday River, and together they have three daughters: Madeline ’16, Cameron, and Sophie.