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Deciding how to handle the “college conflict”, as aptly phrased by Alayna Sonnesyn, is a daunting and somewhat mysterious prospect, particularly for athletes and families who are unfamiliar with the process. How does a junior athlete know that they are cut out for a collegiate program? NCAA or USCSA? What about a gap year? In this series, FasterSkier spoke with collegiate and junior coaches and athletes who have chosen different pathways to create a resource...

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The following was written by Alayna Sonnesyn, a new member of the Stratton Mountain School (SMS) T2 Team who graduated from the University of Vermont (UVM) this past spring. Originally from Plymouth, Minnesota, Sonnesyn, 22, raced on the UVM Ski Team for four years and qualified for four NCAA Skiing Championships teams. She placed second and third in two races at 2017 NCAA Championships, and in her senior season, won the first five Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association...

(Press release) The Far West Elite Team, a post-collegiate senior team based in Truckee, Calif., is looking to support six athletes for the 2015-16 season. Our goal is to develop post-collegiate skiers towards being named to the U.S. Ski Team. The primary focus of the team is the USSA Supertour race series. The large collegiate summer training program, run by Martin Benes, in Truckee makes for excellent summer training. Team members receive funding to offset race, travel,...

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Part One – Before You Go Recently a potential six-week stay in Scandinavia for our team has been occupying a lot of my planning time. We have a time block, we have the school’s blessing, we have some connections, and we have enthusiasm for the idea. Still, there is a lot to pull together; the usual essentials like money, lodging and transport. The most important planning I have been doing, though, is laying out goals...