Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS)
Address: 271 Moulton Road, Waitsfield, VT 05673
Sports: Alpine and Nordic ski racing; other competitive sports include soccer, cross country running, and mountain biking in the fall as well as lacrosse in the spring
Grades: 7 through PG
Category: Full year traditional ski academy, winter term options for 7th and 8th graders
Application Deadline: Our rolling application period is open from September 1 through March 31. Applications are accepted after March 31, yet decisions are made on a space available basis after this date.
Day School Cost: $46,085
Boarding School Cost: $59,550
Financial Aid: Yes
Head of School: Tracy Keller ([email protected])
Facebook: Green Mountain Valley School- GMVS
Academics Approach: GMVS offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum intended to prepare students with the content knowledge and skills necessary to be successful at the collegiate level. In addition to traditional core courses, each academic department offers a variety of electives and select opportunities for advanced work. GMVS offers comprehensive Learning Services and ESL programs designed to empower students to become strategic and resilient lifelong learners. Students consistently go on to some of the nation’s top college and universities including numerous Ivy League and NESCAC schools – many continue to ski race while others choose alternate sports or focus on their studies. Across the board, graduates report being well prepared for the collegiate environment.
Athletic Approach: The GMVS athletic program provides the opportunity for any hard-working and passionate ski racer to achieve personal athletic greatness. Our program is driven by committed athletes and coaches who promote the value of hard work and perseverance. Comprehensive programming including ski-specific dryland training, injury prevention through Functional Movement Screening, sports psychology, as well as in- and out-of-season on-snow camps provide students with every opportunity for success. In addition to ski-specific dryland training, students may also elect to play interscholastic soccer or lacrosse in the fall and spring.
On-snow training facilities located at Sugarbush Resort, combined with our U.S. Ski & Snowboard High Performance Center provide students with some of the world’s finest training facilities at our doorstep.
Coaching Staff: Steve Utter – Alpine Program Director and Head U16 Girls’ Coach, Dani Koch – Head U19/U21 Girl’s Coach, Doug Williams – Head U19/U21 Boy’s Coach, Tim Curran – Head Boys’ U16 Coach, Adam Julius – Head U14 Coach, Colin Rodgers – Nordic Program Director, Traudl Gavett, Charlie Powell, Micah Lashar, Erin Lashar, Devin Delaney, Sandy Vietze
Notable Alumni: Doug Lewis, Daron Rahlves, AJ Kitt, Jeremy Transue, Sally Knight Utter, Chelsea and Cody Marshall, Laura Spector, Caitlin Compton, Genevieve Simard, Sarah Billmeier, and numerous successful NCAA All-Americans.
Current World Cup athletes: Brian McLaughlin, Aly Nullmeyer, Charlie Raposo. Current USST members: Abi Jewett, Ben Ritchie.
KELLY BRUSH RACE ARENA – Located at the base of Sugarbush’s Mt. Ellen, the Kelly Brush Race Arena now offers athletes three dedicated and FIS homologated training trails with two private surface lifts and a chairlift to allow for continuous training on a variety of terrain. New this season: Inverness and Brambles have been connected to provide students with a more challenging GS and Super G training and race venue. Additionally, the KBRA has warming buildings at the top and mid-run with a clubhouse at the base.
NORDIC TRAINING-- Our location provides unparalleled access to the best skiing and racing in the East. We train at a variety of high-level centers in close proximity to campus: Rikert Nordic Center, Ole's Nordic Center, Trapp Family Lodge and Ethan Allen Biathlon Center, among others. GMVS owns a trail groomer and also a high-end Nordic trailer for waxing skis or resting at races.
RACING PERFORMANCE CENTER—This U.S. Ski & Snowboard High-Performance Center includes 30,000 square feet of world-class weight and fitness training space, along with cutting-edge ski tuning, comprehensive video analysis, advanced physical therapy, locker rooms and all coaches’ offices in one central location.
For over 40 years, Green Mountain Valley School has been dedicated to supporting one very clear mission: fostering a life-long love of learning, sport, and adventure within competitive skiers. Our goal has always been to create an environment where students are encouraged to become well-rounded scholars and citizens.
Founded in 1973, GMVS stands apart as a unique educational institution. GMVS is not just a school or a ski club, it’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle that celebrates the dual pursuit of rigorous academics and athletics all while cultivating a life-long love of learning, an adventurous spirit, grit, and determination – character traits that will prepare graduates to confidently and wisely impact the world.
Living and learning at GMVS is about far more than just skiing or school. It’s about being a passionate and lifelong athlete. It’s about becoming intellectually challenged and eternally curious, being simultaneously independent and community-minded, persevering and doing far more than you think you can achieve. It’s a place, despite our focus on skiing, where you do not have to sacrifice your dreams of academic greatness, your passion for other sports, or your commitment to the arts. Here you can truly be “all you can be.”