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 Council team, we placed 4th at State Championships, and one of our boys was Vermont State Grand Slalom champion. Lyndon Institute participates in USSA sanctioned races when there is interest.
The Alpine racing team trains 5-6 days a week, competes approximately once per week, and costs $100 for the ski resort’s season pass. Students are encouraged to bring their own ski equipment.
Head coach John Kresser’s experience includes nine 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 three seasons.