The Gunnery Ski Team is a co-ed Varsity Ski Racing Program that practices at Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall, CT. The team is a member of the Brigham Ski League. The Brigham Ski League, named in honor of Bob Brigham’s 40 years of legendary leadership and coaching, is composed of Taft, Suffield, Loomis Chaffee, Avon Old Farms, Ethel Walker, Berkshire, Salisbury, Forman, Trinity-Pawling, and Miss Porter’s. Our season consists of a series of Slalom and Giant Slalom Races at several New England venues, including Sundown and Butternut. In mid-February the team competes in the NEPSAC Class C Championships, competing against numerous private schools from around New England. The season concludes with two League Championship Races, the David Rockwell Giant Slalom Championship, and the Carl Williams Slalom Championship followed by the Brigham Ski League Awards Ceremony. The Gunnery Ski Team also provides racing opportunities at the junior varsity level.
Graduates have gone onto to race in college at the team and club level, and perhaps more importantly, apply their skills to a life-long love of the sport of skiing.
The Gunnery Ski Team fosters a love of skiing and ski racing. We accomplish this through a family-like team atmosphere that works to lift each racer up to be their best in competition, as a team member, and as a member of the Gunnery community. The cornerstones of scholarship, integrity, respect, and responsibility serve as a foundation for our team values. The team genuinely cares about each other and about working hard in the journey to strengthen skiing skills, the critical components that make up a high-performing skier. This journey includes activities and competencies for skiing skills, technique, tactics, conditioning, sportsmanship, equipment preparation, performance psychology, athlete communication, collaboration, and personal growth. Each member of the team is valued as a person, a student, and an athlete.
Past-Season NEPSAC Champions
Fred Hansson- All-New England Honors for GS and SL at NEPSAC in 2018
Simon Galligani- All-New England Honors for GS at NEPSAC in 2013
Austin grew up in Florida and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics from Florida State University. He practiced swimming, racquetball and rock climbing at college. He’s been teaching swimming for five years, including most recently at Concord Academy’s summer camp, and has been a rock climbing coach as well as a backpacking guide. He has also tutored in math and chemistry. He oversees Outdoor Club, coaches co-ed skiing, and teaches pre-calculus and algebra II. He enjoys hiking, reading, and playing tennis in addition to the sports he has taught and coached. If you’re looking to practice speaking Spanish for fun, Austin spent a half year living in Guatemala after college.