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WVBBTS names Mike Savage Alpine Program Director and Head U19 Women’s FIS coach

Waterville Valley, NH USA - April 11, 2016


Michael Savage, a veteran in the Alpine coaching world, has been named the new Alpine Program Director and U19 Women’s FIS coach for Waterville Valley Black and Blue Trail Smashers Snowsports Educational Foundation.






I’m confident Mike will have an immediate impact on the BBTS program. Throughout his career, he has had tremendous success with the athletes he coaches. We are very lucky to have him.” – Peter Stokloza, CEO and Executive Director

From Tom Barbeau, BBTS Head Alpine U16 coach & Director of Athletics, “We are very excited to have Mike join the coaching staff. He brings enthusiasm, a deep knowledge of our sport and loads of energy! He has what it takes to make our athletes successful.”

Mike has traveled with the USST Women’s Europa Cup and World Cup circuits, led the SMS Women’s team and directed alpine programs at Sage Ridge School and more recently Carrabassett Valley Academy. During his time at CVA, he helped establish one of the top Women's Alpine Programs in the United States, coaching future Olympian Kirsten Clark. In 2005, Mike started an elite women's private alpine team, Team Savage Ski Racing, where he trained elite women from across the country to become the best they could be in alpine ski racing. Team Savage alumni represented NCAA programs across the United States. He is looking forward to applying the knowledge he has acquired globally to WVBBTS/SEF.

“We welcome Mike to BBTS and look forward to the positive impact he will have on our athletes and the program.”  - Brad Benson Chairman of the WVBBTS/Snowsports Educational Foundation.

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About New England’s Premiere Winter Sports School

Waterville Valley Academy (WVA) is a snowsports and academic academy located in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire designed for full time student athletes in grades 6-12 who are dedicated to pursuing the highest level of performance in alpine racing, freestyle skiing and snowboarding.

A History of Excellence, on Snow and in the Classroom

For over forty years, the Waterville Valley Academy has developed a unique community where students accelerate their athletic development, while thriving academically to shape high school students into exceptional winter athletes and well-rounded students.

Through our multiple winter sports training programs, WVA students are prepared for competitive and academic performance at the highest level, with alumni of every program gracing collegiate and Olympic podiums alike.

Academics at WVA

Individualized instruction for accelerated learning

To help our students succeed in the classroom and on the snow, WVA offers multiple programs that coordinate rigorous classroom instruction with equally rigorous on-snow training.

Through small class sizes and dedicated educators, WVA succeeds in guiding students to higher levels of understanding, while accelerating the learning process. At WVA, athletic performance never overshadows performance in the classroom, and a majority of students enroll in a full curriculum of honors and/or Advanced Placement courses.

WVA students reside at the WVA dormitory or other nearby locations.  Over the past six years WVA has enrolled students from over 20 states and several foreign countries representing over 110 home schools.  WVA has approximately 70 students.

Winter Sports Training at WVA

Train with Professional, Nationally Recognized Coaches

Every season, alumni from each program can be found excelling on snow, in the classroom, and at every level of competition. Whether your prospective student is committed to alpine, racing, or freestyle skiing or snowboarding, our goal is to provide the training and instruction that sets them apart.

In all three sports, students train rigorously with professional coaches dedicated to helping each student perform at their maximum potential. Through constant support and dedicated training programs, coaches for every sport help each student achieve mutually developed goals.

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