Competitive Skiing

Head Coach: Kurt Johnson

The Taft Ski Team is a member of the highly competitive Brigham Ski League, which includes teams from Trinity-Pawling, Suffield Academy, Ethel Walker, Loomis Chaffee, Berkshire School, Salisbury School, The Gunnery, Avon, Forman School, and Miss Porter’s. It also competes in the New England Prep School Class B Alpine Ski Championships held at various ski areas in New England. The team practices at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT, and races at Ski Sundown, Butternut Basin in Great Barrington, MA, and Mohawk Mountain Ski Area in Cornwall, Ct. The program emphasizes skiing and racing technique, with skiers competing in slalom and giant slalom. All of our incoming skiers are strong skiers and many have racing experience. Dry-land training begins in early November. We ski five days a week, between January 1 and March 1, training Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. We race on Wednesdays. Coach Kurt Johnson is a professional Ski Instructor of America, level 3 certified, and has served as the assistant ski school director at Ski Sundown and for 15 years. Currently he is the race coordinator at Ski Sundown and works as a ski racing consultant for Rossingnol ski company.  Coach Johnson can be reached at, or 860-309-2593. Coach LaCasse raced on a NCAA collegiate ski team and has coached in the Brigham Ski League for more than 10 years. Coach LaCasse teaches and is the Assistant Headmaster at Taft. He can be reached at and 860-945-5933. Please let us know, if you have questions and we hope to see you out on the hill!

THE TAFT SCHOOL  | 110 Woodbury Road | Watertown, Connecticut 06795 | 860-945-7777 |