Alpine Ski Racing
The Bement School ski program has a proud tradition of being a member of the Mountain Institute Ski League (MISL), which competes on Wednesdays at Berkshire East in Charlemont, Massachusetts. The ski program is co-ed and competes in both the JV and varsity divisions of the league. We race against many of the Western Massachusetts independent schools: Deerfield Academy, Northfield Mt. Hermon School, Williston Northampton School, and Wilbraham and Monson Academy. The ski team has had a great deal of success over the years. In 2017, the girls JV team won the JV division. The program prides itself in providing a quality ski racing experience for all participants. The team begins in December with dry land training and the race season begins in January and continues until the end of February.
Dan BensenCoachDan Bensen has been involved with Bement for almost as long as he can remember, having grown up in Bement House and attended school at Bement for six years prior to becoming a math teacher and dorm parent in 2013. He enjoys applying a thorough, scientific approach to all aspects of life, with a particular focus on baking and all manner of sports and outdoor activities. An accomplished endurance athlete, Mr. Bensen has won multiple triathlons in addition to being a category 2 road bike racer, and when he is off duty, he is usually found biking or skiing throughout the hills of New England with his wife Rachel.
For Ross Feitlinger, science is not just a subject he teaches, but a passion. Ever since he was a little boy, he wanted to work in the environmental sciences field. He got his first teaching opportunity teaching outdoor education in Maine. His passions for science and education grew from there and are incorporated in almost everything he does. Mr. Feitlinger coaches soccer, ultimate, and alpine skiing, and in his free time enjoys hiking, photography and going fast on a zip line. He especially enjoys being at home in the hills of western Massachusetts with his wife, daughter, and dog.