Michael Savage, a native Mainer and former U.S. Ski Team coach, has been named the new director of Carrabassett Valley Academy’s (CVA) alpine program, Head of School Kate Webber Punderson announced today (May 18)

“Mike Savage has made the CVA/Sugarloaf community very proud over the last 30 years,” says Punderson. “It is very exciting that he is returning to help take our alpine program to the next level.”

A native of Stratton, Maine, and a 1986 graduate from CVA’s  first class of four-year students Savage . After completing his international racing career, Savage received a bachelor of arts in economic and business administration with a ski industry certification from the University of Maine.

He moved on to coach with the U.S. Ski Team before returning to CVA as head coach of the women’s alpine program. During that stint, he coached Kirsten Clark, one of CVA’s most successful Olympians. He then moved to Reno, Nevada where he coached at Mt. Rose and the Sage Ridge School. In 2005, he started Team Savage in Reno, training elite women from across the country. Team Savage alumni are now competing on the NCAA circuit and with U.S. Ski Team.

Savage says he is looking forward to applying the knowledge he has acquired globally to CVA’s alpine program. He adds, “CVA has established a tradition of excellence over 30 years that is nationally respected. I’m honored to again be associated with this tradition and look forward to continuing the success into the future.”

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Hank McKee
Senior Editor
The veteran of the staff, McKee started with Ski Racing in 1980. Over the seasons he has covered virtually every aspect of the sport, from the pro tours to junior racing, freestyle and World Cup alpine competition. He has written the first national stories for many U.S. team stars, and was still around to report on their retirements. “Longevity has its rewards,” he says, “but it’s a slow process.”

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