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(above) Jon Lane

The Nation's First Winter Term Academy 100% Dedicated to Snowboarders


Storm Rowe Photo: Scott Horwath

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


(above) Savannah Shinske
2016 Rails To Riches 3rd place
2016 USASA National Rail JAM Champion 


(above) Alex Atno
2016 National Rail JAM Champion