Summer Training with Stratton’s T2 Team (Videos)

Alex KochonAugust 24, 2012
Stratton Mountain School (SMS) T2 teammates Erika Flowers (l), Jessie Diggins (c) and Sophie Caldwell doing some planks in the SMS weight room on July 12. It was Diggins’ first training session with the team since moving from the Midwest.

Since its inception earlier this year, the Stratton Mountain School T2 Team has grown to a six-skier strong elite club based in the resort town of Stratton, Vt.

Stratton Mountain School (SMS) graduates Andy Newell and Skyler Davis were originally part of the program. This year, the two U.S. Ski Team (USST) members are joined by three Dartmouth graduates — Eric Packer, Sophie Caldwell and Erika Flowers — and USST member Jessie Diggins, formerly of Central Cross Country (CXC). Head coach Gus Kaeding also came from CXC, where he was an assistant, but grew up in Vermont and went to Stratton with Newell.

FasterSkier met the group twice this summer, first in late June with Newell, Packer, Caldwell, Flowers, and Mikey Sinnott of Sun Valley for a distance rollerski and again in July during Diggins’ first training session with the team. The following videos capture the action. Stay tuned for a full story on the T2 Team.

Alex Kochon

Alex Kochon ( is the former managing editor at FasterSkier. She spent seven years with FS from 2011-2018, and has been writing, editing, and skiing ever since. She's making a cameo in 2020.

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