Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy is pleased to announce the growth of their Nordic programming with the recent hiring of Will Sweetser and Sarah Dominick. Sweetser and Dominick have relocated to Truckee with their daughter, Aesklyn, and are now one month in their roles on the SBSTA staff. The two will join Nordic Program Director Martin Benes and Assistant Coach Ambrose Tuscano. With the addition of two staff, the SBSTA Nordic Team can now offer year-round, professionally-developed Nordic programming from ages 8 through 23.
Dominick, a native of Cody, Wyoming, most recently worked as the Nordic assistant coach at Bowdoin College. Her previous coaching experience includes work as the founding coach at the University of Maine at Presque Isle ski team, Head Coach of the Presque Isle High School Nordic team, Assistant Coach at Mountain Lakes Nordic and the Rangeley Lakes Ski Club, and U14 Coach at the Jackson Hole Ski Club. As a competitor, she has been four times in the top 10 at U.S. Cross-Country Ski Championships, earned a bronze medal at World Masters Nordic Championships, and was a four-time NCAA DIII All-American in track and field while competing for Bates College. She is a registered yoga and yoga nidra instructor and specializes in mindfulness and relaxation techniques.
Dominick will lead the Sugar Bowl Ski Team Nordic Development Program. She is additionally assisting with the Sugar Bowl Academy Team and teaching art at the Academy.
Sweetser, a native of Auburn, Maine, spent 15 years at the Maine Winter Sports Center in Caribou, Maine as the Community Development Director, Head Cross-Country Coach and Director of Competition. Prior to that he served as the head coach for the Gap Year Program at Mountain Lakes Nordic. He has also coached at Carrabassett Valley Academy, Bates College, Jackson Hole Ski Club and the Auburn Middle School. He has worked as trip leader for the NENSA Junior National Team on three occasions, served as wax technician for both the US Ski Team and the US Biathlon Team, and personally coached five athletes to Olympic Winter Games teams. Last season, Sweetser helped Lance McKenney (Fort Fairfield, ME) to a 20th place finish at the FIS World Junior Championships. As a competitor, Sweetser was an occasional varsity skier at Dartmouth College while completing his degree in English and Creative Writing.
Sweetser is working alongside Benes at the Sugar Bowl Academy Team and will help revive the collegiate summer training program for 2018.
The Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy (SBSTA) is a nationally recognized Alpine and Nordic ski team and ski academy that has produced multiple US Ski Team members, NCAA collegiate competitors, national champions across all age groups, and numerous nationally ranked athletes. Sugar Bowl Academy, located in Norden CA, is the country’s only ski in/ski out ski academy. Sugar Bowl Academy inspires and empowers passionate, highly motivated students, setting the stage for competitive skiers to seek and celebrate challenge with grit, grace and courage. Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy student-athletes thrive on the dual pursuit of rigorous academics and competitive skiing in an environment that celebrates hard work and the pursuit of worthy goals.