Biography: Al Hobart

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Al Hobart ? Alpine Racing R&D Al Hobart was born in 1937 in New York City. He attended Deerfield Academy for his secondary education where he began to show an interest in athletics, lettering in hockey, soccer and baseball. It was at Tufts University (from which he received his BA in 1961) that Al began to take a serious interest in competitive skiing. Although he was largely self-taught and had only skied for a short time, he was honored as MVP ski athlete. After Tufts, Al attended the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College from which he received his MBA in 1963. During this period he skied independently in US Ski Association races and eventually became an A class racer. In 1963, Al married and moved to Vermont where he was able to exploit his new-found love of ski racing. He decided there was a real need for ideal sites for ski race training and developed the Mad River Slalom Hill -- a single slope, serviced by a rope tow for the exclusive use of racers. Following this, Al helped to found the Valley Junior Racing Club where he was program director between 1966 and 1972, helping to produce US Ski Team members Eric Wilson and John Teague. During these years, Al recognized that young racers needed more to develop their talents than a separate slope and a weekend club. It was at this point that he helped create the Green Mountain Valley School and became its first headmaster and Board Chairman. GMVS has, over the past twenty-five years, grown to be one of the most successful ski racing academies. During these years GMVS has produced an average of 2 US Ski Team members per year, many US national champions, several Olympic skiers, many college All Americans and even a Rhodes Scholar. Al served as headmaster until 1980 and chairman of the board until 1993. He remains a coach and active board member to this day. Over the years, Al has had the opportunity to work with and observe many of the worlds greatest coaches, including the current Austrian Team mens head coach and an assistant coaches both of whom worked at GMVS. He has attended numerous national and local coaches clinics and has occasionally taught at them. He has written articles for Ski Racing and coaches journals, and has been involved in the training of inexperienced coaches at GMVS. He has been an active member of the U.S. Ski Association and was granted admission to the Vermont Alpine Skiing Hall of Fame last year. He continues to ski competitively; since 1964 he has been an active Masters Racer, winning several overall and age group Masters National titles in both GS and Slalom. In his spare time, Al is an avid sailor and has been both a Flying Dutchman and a J-24 sailing class regional champion and a New England Masters Laser champion.