The American Snowboard Training Center, (ASTC),
is a full service winter term snowboard Academy providing professional coaching services, education, and housing in the Green
Mountains of Southern Vermont. ASTC is 100% dedicated to snowboarding offering an environment focused on the needs of aspiring
professional snowboarders or possibly future snow sports industry leaders. Based in Southern Vermont, ASTC was founded in
2007 by 1998 US Olympian and accomplished professional snowboarder, Ron Chiodi. In the next couple years Scott Horwath,
co-owner of Snuglife Apparel, joined up with ASTC creating the platform for all media from photography to filming and editing
the riders footage. The addition of Scott's coaching and media skills created a new direction for the program. In 2015 Emily
Pannkuk joined with the Academy taking over student housing and affairs, along with coaching our up and coming stars. Emily
has been in the snowboarding industry since she could walk and comes with some strong connections to key industry personnel.
With a strong professional history and experience competing at the highest level, we feel confident our coaching methods are
proved with the success of our athletes.
The main goal of the American Snowboard Training Center is to provide
accurate information to goal oriented snowboarders and customize our coaching styles to their individual needs. ASTC offers a wide range of year round, seasonal on hill and off hill coaching services. For our winter academy
we utilize the Manchester Tutorial Center
in Manchester, VT, along with other academic options to help maximize the students opportunity to learn at an accelerated
rate. The academic center allows us to provide a high level snowboard program midweek netting more hours on snow while implementing
a personalized education component. ASTC is focused on experienced snowboarders looking to develop their athletic and
academic skills Monday - Friday at Mount Snow, where we have 8 different terrain parks to choose from at Carinthia.
Our coaching and academic programs are available for students age 12 and above. We do not offer a weekend training program
at the American Snowboard Training Center. If you're looking for a quality weekend training program, we recommend contacting
the Mount Snow Training Center to learn about the different programs available.
Our students compete in various events throughout the
winter. Our competition schedule is set up to satisfy a full spectrum of abilities and interests including but not limited
to USASA regional and national events, USSA Revolution Tour, Grand Prix, Carinthia Comp, Rails to Riches, Last Call, Burton
Qualifier along with other events around New England and the Nation. If a regimented competition schedule isn't what your
looking for some of our athletes will film all winter putting together various edits of their riding and compete in less events.
Many of our students have attended and are alumni of Snowboarder Magazine's, Launch event, where riders 18 and under are invited
to showcase their skills around professional photographers and industry leaders. Some have even gone on to Snowboarder Magazine's
Super Park, which is similar to the Launch but for Pro Snowboarders. ASTC has a unique way of promoting and marketing each
student during their progress in the program. We take the riders talents showcasing them on various social media creating
an image with each participant. Most important each student leaves ASTC prepared for the snowboard industry in a way that
can open doors for a professional riding career or working within the industry on the products and marketing side.
In reality all we can do as coaches is give our riders the tools
and foundation to be successful in snowboarding and life. There are many paths to a career in snowboarding and we want to
help open those doors for the rider who loves snowboarding as much as we do. Whether your goals are a gold medal around your
neck, filming for a major segment in a video, or simply tearing up the back-country, ASTC can help get you there while keeping
College admission on target.
(above) Chris DePaula at Snowboarder Magazines Super Park 20 Photo: Gus Noffke
(above) Austin Esposito