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 BensenHead CoachDan 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.
Sam Wyllie-Cain grew up in the Pioneer Valley and attended Bement summer camps for three years in his youth. After graduating in 2015 with a degree in history from Saint Michael’s College, he has worked in schools in various roles but most recently as an English teacher and coach at an independent school in Brookline, MA. Mr. Cain brings his own racing experience as a ski coach, having raced competitively for 6 years, and as the captain and a top 30 finisher his senior year at Frontier Regional. In his free time, Mr. Wyllie-Cain enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, biking, skiing, and fishing, as well as cooking, reading, and playing cribbage.