Alta Badia Dolomites Ski Academy
Location: La Villa in Badia, South Tirol, Italy
Categories: Full year traditional ski academy, winter term only academy, full-year school with winter term option, ski team with academic offering, public school
Application Deadline: 06/08/2019
Day School Cost: $1,000 circa (does not include athletic program)
Financial Aid? No
About: Though we are a relatively small club, we have a steady history of National, European and World Cup champions. Quality, and the correct mindset, are the basis to succeed. In season, ski training takes place either in the morning or in the afternoon, depending on conditions. In addition to training on the snow, there are fitness and conditioning sessions, mental coaching, ski tuning workshops, as well as meetings with current and former European Cup and World Cup Ski racers who will share their experience and advice. We offer two different programs: Winter Term and Full Academic Year. The Winter Term program lasts from December 1st to April 7th. We ski 5/6 days a week, in addition to having weekly maintenance sessions. In season skiing is either in the morning or in the afternoon. The Academic Year runs from mid-September to mid-June. In the fall we have conditioning sessions as well as several training sessions on the glaciers, both in Italy and in Austria. During the season, we ski 5/6 days a week, in addition to having maintenance sessions. In season skiing is either in the morning or in the afternoon. Full-time academic-year athletes will also have the possibility to join the ski team summer programs (both on and off-snow). In deciding to which program to apply, please consider that while U16 races start in early December, with a calendar that allows for substantial straining during the winter, FIS races begin in November and continue with an intense calendar which makes training on the glaciers in the fall essential. We also offer a two-weeks U16-FIS intensive ski racing camp in the first half of December which gives the opportunity to better know us before deciding. Lodging is offered to student-athletes at the Alpine Village in Corvara, owned and run by the Alpine branch of the Italian Army, which is also the home base for several members of the national ski team when training in Alta Badia. The Alpine Village has its gym, and offers full board. Alternative lodging solutions are also a possibility (B&B, apartments, hotels, etc., subject to availability).
Academic Approach: Athletes attend the local High School "Scores Altes La Ila". The school has two academic tracks: a college-prep track and a commercial or trade school track. Teaching is multilingual and classes are taught in Italian, Ladin, German and English, with French and Latin as options, too. High school lasts five years in Italy. Immersed in a multicultural society, enjoying all that Italy and the Dolomites have to offer, the Academy is an enriching experience both technically and personally. Athletes will go back home not only better skiers and racers, but also multilingual, open-minded, speakers.
Athletic Approach: Located in the heart of the Dolomites, the Alta Badia Dolomites International Ski Academy is a high performance multilingual international Alpine Ski academy located in the Italian Alps catering to U16 and FIS athletes who want to pursue their goals of making a national team or collegiate ski racing. Though we are a relatively small club, we have a steady history of National, European and World Cup champions. Quality, and the correct mindset, are the basis to succeed. According to the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) progression, at U16 athletes start transitioning from the "Train to Train" development phase, to the "Train to Compete" one. It is therefore in this phase that a full time, focused and challenging program becomes instrumental and can make the difference. To ensure the high quality our Ski Club is known for, our Academy will stay small and admission is therefore competitive. Though skiing is an individual sport, we believe in teamwork, camaraderie, and caring for teammates, as fundamental elements for long-term success. In season, ski training takes place either in the early morning or in the afternoon. In addition to training on the snow, there are fitness and conditioning sessions, mental coaching, ski tuning workshops, as well as meetings with current and former European Cup and World Cup Ski racers who will share their experience and advice. South Tirol is one of the most competitive areas for ski racing, so if an athlete can make it here, s/he can make it anywhere.
Notable Coaches: Roberto Grigis, Denis Carbon, Stefan Thaler, Thomas Valentini, Massimo Longhi, Sicio Costamoling
Notable Alumni: Roberto Erlacher, Silvana Erlacher, Giacomo Erlacher, Luca Tiezza, Matteo Canins, Matteo Canins, Manuel Ploner, Arianna Tricomi
Training Facilities: Alta Badia and Dolomiti Superski offer more than 1000 km of perfectly groomed ski runs, among which the famous Gran Risa, one of the “5 Classics” of the Men’s Ski World Cup, and the World Cup training slope on which we also train in the morning. Thanks to the excellent work of the ski lifts and to top-of-the-line artificial snowmaking machines, the ski resorts of Alta Badia are able to secure perfect training conditions all season long. In the fall we have conditioning sessions as well as several training sessions on the glaciers, both in Italy and in Austria.