Former CVA Coach Joins Snow Bowl

By Camden Snow Bowl | Nov 02, 2016

Former CVA Coach Joins Snow Bowl to Run Season-long Alpine Programs
Program Day Kicks off the Season November 13th

Marisa Hanning was recently welcomed to the Snow Bowl staff to serve as Competition Program Director. She joins Ski and Ride School Director Jeff Dec who leads instructional programs for all ages and levels. Hanning’s role will focus on the popular junior competition and freestyle programs that run throughout the winter.

Families from around the mid-coast area will convene at the Camden Snow Bowl on Sunday, November 13th to learn about season-long learning programs and to reserve spots for their young skiers.

Marisa comes to the Snow Bowl from Sugarloaf where she served as the head coach for the Under 10 athletes as part of Carrabassett Valley Academy’s weekend program. Prior to her position with CVA, Hanning was the first graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington’s Alpine Operations Certificate program.

Instruction at the Camden Snow Bowl requires skilled staff who are not only at the top of their sport but who are also experienced teachers. Snow Bowl coaches are all certified with the United States Ski and Snowboard Association to instruct entry-level as well as advanced programs.

Snow Bowl Ski and Ride School Director Jeff Dec came to the Snow Bowl in 2009 from southwest Colorado where he worked as a ski instructor for nearly a decade. Jeff is a certified by the Professional Ski Instructors of America in alpine and telemark skiing and last year attained a level 1 snowboard instruction certification. Jeff is also a third-year member of the Ragged Mountain Ski Patrol.

Dec says, “Our returning staff is an amazing crew. They are a testament to the eclectic talent in the mid-coast area. The Snow Bowl is a wonderful community adventure with an impressive story. I am honored to know many of the personalities that have shaped the mountain and to be a part of the next chapter. ”
Program Day at the Snow Bowl, to be held Sunday, Nov 13that 2pm, is an opportunity to meet the coaches and learn more information about season-long programs for all ages. Information is currently available at
Program Day is just the start of a busy week for recreation enthusiasts. Events that follow include:

- The annual Ragged Mountain Ski Club auction, to be held Thursday the 17th at the Waterfront Restaurant. Tickets sell out quickly. FMI go to RMSC’s Facebook page.

- On the weekend of November 19th & 20th the Camden Hills Regional High School ski team hosts their annual ski swap at the high school cafeteria. Skiers who wish to sell alpine or Nordic equipment can drop it off at the high school between 3pm – 8pm on Friday, Nov. 18th.

- Then, on November 19th at 7pm at the Camden Opera House, Teton Gravity Research presents the ski/snowboard film Tight Loose. The film is sponsored by Camden Clothesline and the proceeds benefit the Ragged Mountain Foundation.

The Camden Snow Bowl was built by volunteers almost 80 years ago. Now, in conjunction with local volunteers, the municipal ski area provides free and reduced-priced programming for more than 500 youth in 17 area schools. Owned and operated by the Town of Camden, the Snow Bowl employs about 80 people and generates an average of $3.5 million for the region’s winter economy. A crew of 30 volunteer Mountain Stewards fills necessary roles to supplement the staff. The Ski Club’s auction on November 17th will support youth learn-to-ski programs and the purchase of necessary equipment for the winter operation.

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