Alice Merryweather, a 2015 graduate from Stratton Mountain School (SMS) and current U.S. Ski Team member, will compete in her first World Cup giant slalom at Killington Mountain Resort in Vermont on Nov. 26.
This is Merryweather’s second year skiing for the U.S. Ski Team, as she secured a spot on the C Team for 2017 and was a member of the D Team the year prior. The U.S. Ski Team recently held trials in Colorado to determine which athletes would represent the U.S. in Killington.
“I am so excited to be able to race one of my first World Cups in front of a home crowd,” Merryweather said. “It really is a dream come true!”
When asked about her goals for the upcoming ski season, she replied, “This season, I am hoping to get some more experience on the speed World Cup circuit and break into the top 30. I’m also looking to make a splash in this season’s NorAms and win a title in GS, super-G, or downhill. Most importantly though, I have to keep reminding myself to take full advantage of the experiences I get to have as a full-time skier, as this is a unique lifestyle and I love every minute of it.”
Merryweather deferred from Harvard University to pursue a career in ski racing. During her time at SMS, Merryweather challenged herself both athletically and academically. Despite a rigorous athletic schedule and demanding academic course load, she balanced both gracefully. Merryweather exemplifies what it means to be an SMS student and was awarded the Founders’ Award, which is the most prestigious award given at the school. It is awarded to the senior who most personifies the school’s mission.
“We are thrilled to see Alice making the big step from Europa Cup to the World Cup,” SMS Alpine Program Director Mike Morin said. “She has worked so hard to get to this point and we all know she is willing to do what it takes to make this next step! Last year she gained her first World Cup starts in the speed disciplines, but for her to start off the year with a World Cup GS start is awesome!”
Release courtesy of Stratton Mountain School