Green Mountain Valley School Reshapes Nordic Program

Green Mountain Valley School (www.gmvs.org) announces that Garrott Kuzzy has officially joined the ski academy as the new Nordic Director, joining Coach Katrina Howe.

Kuzzy graduated from Middlebury College and has competed at the highest levels on the World Cup and at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. “Garrott experienced a level of success in Nordic skiing (top ten World Cup finish) that few Americans ever have, and we are excited for him to lead our team,” says GMVS Headmaster, Dave Gavett. Since 2011, Kuzzy has been working as Product Director at VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations in Bristol, VT, where he was responsible for developing Nordic ski tours throughout Europe, bicycle tours in Germany and hiking tours in the U.S. National Parks. His travel and business experience, in conjunction with Nordic racing success and passion for the sport, makes him a perfect fit to lead the team.

Howe graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training in 2009. She was a member of the US Biathlon Development Team in 2009-2010 and part of the Maine Winter Sports Center Olympic Development Program for six years. She has coached dozens of camps and youth programs throughout the U.S. and Canada. “Becoming a ski coach has been my plan since I decided to pursue skiing in college,” says Howe. “My life has been rich with opportunities related to the sport, so it has become my goal to help others enjoy a Nordic skiing lifestyle.”

Together, Kuzzy and Howe will focus on the long-term health and development of the GMVS Nordic program, which has maintained consistent growth and great success throughout the past nine years under the leadership of Justin Beckwith. (Beckwith continues to offer the program race support and attended the fall training trip to Italy.) Kuzzy and Howe are already hard at work and excited for another GMVS racing season. They can be reached for additional comments or information at gkuzzy@gmvs.org and khowe@gmvs.org.

Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS) is a world-class ski academy with alpine training facilities at Sugarbush Resort and multiple Nordic training facilities throughout the Mad River Valley area.  The academy offers a full academic curriculum, theater program, student clubs and spring and fall sports.  GMVS currently has graduates on the US Ski Team, US Collegiate Team, Team Great Britain and the Spanish Team.