LEWISBERRY, Pa. (WHTM) – Hitting the slopes in the midstate can be a short season.
Especially this year; Roundtop Mountain Resort had its latest opening ever. But that hasn’t stopped one of Central PA’s fastest growing teams, the Roundtop Ski and Snowboard Racing Club to keep doing just that.
“Any sport: soccer, baseball, wrestling, the fundamentals have to be there. Skiing is no different.”
Diann Roffe reached skiing’s greatest stage, winning a gold medal in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Super-G. She’s now one of the coaches at Roundtop.
“Pennsylvania is not known for its ski racers but this program is doing a really good job of giving kids an opportunity to pursue a college sport.”
Roundtop stands out in the midstate, but it’s hardly as high and attractive as other skiing resorts in the U.S. So the question stands: how do you take athletes in this area and turn them into skiing stars?
“I grew up in upstate New York between Rochester and Syracuse and grew up on a 240 foot hill,” says Roffe, “Roundtop is 700 feet. So it really comes down to I think the commitment of the athletes.”
Carson Twiford trains at Roundtop 5 to 6 days a week with the race team. He’s learned the fine balance of being a part of a team in an individual sport.
“These are some of the friends that I’ll keep for the rest of my life but when it comes down to race time we all know that we’re competitors and we’re trying to one up each other.”
But there might not be anyone more dedicated than 13 year old Brady Mason, who travels 2 hours from Maryland each day to train with Roffe and the rest of the coaching staff.
“She’s a really really good coach. She’s sturdy when she needs to be and fun when she needs to be.”