Yarmouth High School co-ed Alpine Ski Racing began in 1970 as a single team with Nordic racing. In 2015 the Alpine team became stand alone and has a long history of deep community involvement and leadership. In 2022, the girls team won the Class B State Championships, the boys placed 3rd in the Class B State Championships and both teams were awarded the Sportsmen/Womenship Award for the entire Class based on voting from all of the coaches.
Today, the program is led by Head Coach Sean Marsh and Assistant Coaches Monica Moore and Sean Lynch. Coach Marsh took the helm as Head Coach in 2021 when coach Gavin Glider retired after having been the head coach for 5 years. Many other coaches have been integral leaders of the program including Coaches Bob Morse, Gavin Glider, Jill Thomas, Mark Donahue, Sophie Leblanc Coleman, Peter Glass, Cuyler Morris, Jack Gross, Bob Gross, Sam Eddy and many more. Read more about the coaches here. The program has produced numerous winning seasons, many league championships, 11 State Championships, numerous Maine State Team Qualifiers (Shootouts), many Maine State Team Members and Western Maine Conference All Stars, details of these accomplishments are here. As notable, the program has produced numerous friendships and life long Yarmouth Alpine Ski Team community members who are still coaching, volunteering, and supporting the racers and the teams of young men and women in Yarmouth today.
The Yarmouth Varsity Alpine Ski Racing Team participates in the Class B Maine High School Division and is a member of the Western Maine Conference. Yarmouth is one of the most successful Alpine ski racing programs in Maine.
The team is open to any enrolled student at Yarmouth High School who is a strong, parallel turning skier. The program is a learn to race program, but it is not a learn to ski program. The team provides a racing speed suit, travel to and from the ski venues, lift tickets, and race fees at the mountain, but athletes must provide their own equipment (skis, boots, poles, helmet, goggles, gloves, ski pants, ski jacket, etc.)
The season begins after Thanksgiving and continues through the first week of March. Highlights include the traditional December race camp, usually the first weekend before Christmas at Sunday River or Sugarloaf, Western Maine Conference Championships at Shawnee Peak (racers are allowed to miss a day of school for this in February) and State Championships on Thursday and Friday immediately before February break.
The Goals for the Team and Each Racer are:
1. Have fun
2. Build our confidence
3. Become a better skier / racer
4. Make new friends and become a tight-knit team
5. Be safe
6. Ski Fast
The coaches, racers, parents, friends, alumni, boosters, teachers, administrators, and fans comprise a ski community in Yarmouth that is unparalleled and is a wonderful family. We hope you can join us!