Alpine Racing Club
The Saint Michael’s College Alpine Racing Club team, in partnership with Smuggler’s Notch Ski Club, will provide an opportunity for student-athletes who want to continue to pursue ski racing while also pursuing a college degree, and to do so at a very competitive level, be coached professionally, and trained on a top-rated northern New England alpine race hill.
This unique program was established to bridge a gap between high school and college racing providing an alternative to taking an additional PG year at a ski academy. The ability to train as well as compete at this level while pursuing your college degree, can be key especially if you are returning from injury, are a late-bloomer, looking to reduce your points profile with aspirations of skiing at the NCAA D-1 level, or simply want to continue to compete without the pressure of the NCAA. Either way, the Saint Michael’s Alpine Racing Club program could be just the spot for you.
Competition and Eligibility
Members of the Alpine Racing Club (ARC) will compete in both USSA and FIS sanctioned races. ARC athletes may participate and compete all four years with the ARC and/or may strive toward future participation on the Varsity Alpine Ski team.
Training and Transportation
Training will take place at the Smugglers Notch Ski Resort which is about a 45-minute drive from campus. Video analysis, goal setting, equipment evaluation, and more will all be provided by the Smuggler’s Notch Ski Club coaches. Transportation will be provided.
Membership and Competition Level
ARC athletes will pay the $200 Smugglers Notch Club fee to be a part of their ski program. In addition, the athletes will need to purchase a Smugglers Notch full mountain ski pass which is approximately $70. These fees provide ARC athletes access to the Smugglers Notch Ski Resort with no blackout dates, as well as access to Smugglers Notch Ski Club’s equipment storage, training, tuning facilities, and clubhouse.
Travel and race fees will be the responsibility of the ARC athletes and will work directly with their coach to determine a race schedule that works best for the athlete.
Meet the Coach
Mark “Speedy” Archer
“Speedy” brings 40+ years of coaching experience with him to lead the St. Michaels men’s and women’s Alpine club Team, after 2 great seasons with Mount Snow Academy as their Sr. Program director. Speedy was a successful Junior racer throughout the 1960’s himself. Then graduating on to more successful FIS race starts globally, including Can – Am (now Nor-Am Cup), after which he produced a highly touted pro racing career on into the late 1970’s on the Benson and Hedges Tour with Team Olin and Team Rossignol on the Peugeot tour! During that period Speedy coached at various commercial ski racing camps during his spring, summer and fall training sessions. Finally transcending into coaching full time in the late 1970’s after a great run on the pro racing tours!
He has run his own ski racing camps since 1979, coached all over the world and has led many of his athletes over the years from the junior level on to becoming members of their respective USSA regional teams, the US Ski Team, Canada national team and Collegiate Ski Team programs. During their time competing for the US Ski Team, Canadian National team and NCAA Collegiate teams, several of the athletes were nominated on to their National Olympic teams, World Cup and World Championship teams and while competing on those teams won National titles, Collegiate titles, World Cup races, Olympic and World Championship medals. Most notably Thomas Grandi the only Canadian Male skier to score a World Cup GS victory and World Championship Medal, Thomas Grandi is Canada’s premier SL/GS skier of all time.
Speedy’s brightest moment in his career was seeing his stepson Canadian National DH team member start #78 in the Val Gardena, ITA World Cup race and finish just of the podium in 4th place! Speedy is a current Level 300 certified USSA coach, Safe-Sport and Level 100 USSA Certified official/referee, and is currently living on MT Hood in Oregon with his wife of 30+ years and his 2 labs Roxey and River when not at St. Mikes!