John Kresser - Head Coach
Frank Leafe - Assistant Coach
The Lyndon Institute Alpine Ski Team is very fortunate to have a world-class training facility, Burke Mountain, just 15 minutes from campus, as well as a newly extended daily training period. Students may depart campus at 1:00 PM each school day, if schedule allows, and have 2.5 hours to train. There is also training on weekends.
The extended training puts our program on par with our other varsity sports in terms of quality and quantity of training time. This will allow for us to have timing and video, with analysis, on a regular basis. These are very important tools for learning and progressing in the sport.
During the last nine years, both Lyndon Institute’s men’s and women’s teams have qualified for the State Championships. In 2015, the boys’ team was the top Northern Vermont Athletic Conference team, we placed 4th at State Championships, and one of our boys was Vermont State Giant Slalom champion. Lyndon Institute skiers may also participate in USSA sanctioned races based on interest and skill level.
The Alpine racing team trains 5-6 days a week, competes approximately once per week. Students are encouraged to bring their own ski equipment and will have the opportunity to upgrade their provided pass for recreational skiing on weekends and holidays.
Head coach John Kresser’s experience includes ten years at Lyndon Institute and 20 years at Burke Mountain Academy. His coaching during that time ranged from working with the youngest levels, to directing the BMA Junior Race Program, to Head Women's Coach, to Head Coach of the program. During that time frame he coached at numerous regional and national camps. Athletes that he has been directly responsible for have won State, Regional and National Championships. He spent 1988 and 1989 with the US Women's slalom and giant slalom teams, winning a gold medal in the World Championships in Beaver Creek Colorado.
Assistant coach Frank Leafe’s experience includes being involved with the Burke Mountain Academy Junior Program since 1998. Since 2006 Frank has been coaching 14 - 16 year olds in that program and has been assistant coach at Lyndon Institute for the past five seasons.
"The LI Alpine program is unique in that they have a former U.S. Ski Team coach, they train at the “first U.S. Ski Team Development Site", and they train just as much as the ski academies during the high school ski season. Their Alpine Skiing coach John Kresser has made racing stars out of students from all levels. Our son skied almost full-time for two years at Vail (with world-renowned Ski Club Vail) and never saw progression he experienced while skiing under JK's guidance for a much shorter time."
- Alison Dominick, Parent