Shane Connors, a local resident, and upcoming freshman in the Wallenpaupack Area High School, has been flying down the slopes and collecting accolades on the way as one of the premiere up and coming skiers in the region, and he now has the opportunity to further his pursuit of a dream by attending the Carrabassett Valley Academy (CVA).


Shane Connors, a local resident, and upcoming freshman in the Wallenpaupack Area High School, has been flying down the slopes and collecting accolades on the way as one of the premiere up and coming skiers in the region, and he now has the opportunity to further his pursuit of a dream by attending the Carrabassett Valley Academy (CVA).

In the past 27 years the CVA has produced 10 Olympians, 72 National Titles, 7 X Games competitors, 16 NCAA and USCSA All-Americans, 25 National Team Members, and 6 World Champions, and Connors is hoping to add to that list by attending the prestigious school.

Sitting down with Connors, on Thursday afternoon, you could feel a sense of possibility, and a sense of enthusiasm for something that he truly loves, and is something he has a passion for and wants to pursue that Dream through hard work, dedication and a move to the Carrabassett Valley Academy. Not to leave the Shores of the Big Lake, but to pursue a dream.

Connors has been accepted into the Carrabassett Valley Academy (CVA) which is located near Sugar Loaf mountain in Maine. It is a school that focuses on learning in the classroom, and trains these student athletes on the ski slopes. Great racers such as Bode Miller have gone through this elite program as well as numerous accolades the school has achieved.

Connors, ranked second in the state in Slalom and second in the state in the Super G, has been skiing since he was a little over two-years old and his family has a tradition of skiing that goes back even farther. His Mom, Colleen, and Dad, Ken, met on the slopes while on the Penn State Ski Team.

“Mom and Dad actually met on the Penn State Ski Team and from there they got my brother (Kenny, 22) and sister (Ashley, 23) into the ski racing program at Tanglwood, they started up that program,” said Connors. “From Tanglwood they moved to Elk Mountain and once I came along I started racing at Elk Mountain when I was seven or eight, and racing there ever since.”

While participating in other sports in the school district such as soccer and tennis, it was racing down the slopes that Connors loved the best, and hopes to take this love to the next level.

“I think it’s everything. I really like gate courses, slalom is probably my favorite event because it’s very quick and fast-paced. It’s never the same thing over and over,” added Connors.

Though the school did give Connors an $18,000 scholarship, he still needs to raise an additional $20,000 to cover the cost of tuition, and he is turning to the community for help. So far, through numerous fundraisers, and hours of sitting out front of the I.G.A. in Hawley, he has been inching closer to his goal, but still needs some help to pursue his dream.

Donations can be made out to Shane Connors and sent to 1041 Hudson St., Hawley, PA 18428. All donations received will be deposited into a Savings Account/Education Fund at the Dime bank in Hawley and then forwarded to the Academy.

“My family has lived in this area for generations. Whatever skills and knowledge I acquire at CVA I will ultimately bring back to the community,” said Connors.