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Stratton Mountain School

7 World Cup Circle Stratton Mountain, VT 05155


Founded: 1972

Sports: Primary are Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, Snowboarding, Freestyle skiing, and Freeskiing. Fall and spring sports are soccer, cross-country running, cycling, mountain biking, golf, lacrosse, and tennis.

Grades: 7 to PG

Program Length: Full-term academic and athletic program from September to June. Five-month winter-term academic and athletic program from November through March: Student-athletes in grades 7 and 8 who want to attend SMS during the winter season can be part of a winter-term program intended to introduce them to the demands and rewards of a winter sports academy. Visit for more information.

Application Period: Stratton Mountain School accepts applications from November 1 to March 15, and the Admissions Committee will review them on a rolling basis. March 15 is our priority deadline for applications for admission as well as financial aid. For all applications received by March 15, Stratton Mountain School will notify applicants by April 15. The Admissions Committee will continue to review applications after the deadline on a rolling basis while spaces are still available, and candidates will be notified once we have reviewed all elements of the application.

Staff/student ratio: 1:4 staff-to-student, 1:6 coach-to-athlete

Cost: For more information, visit

2016/2017 Tuition:

Full Term Boarding: $51,500

Full Term Day: $37,500

Winter Term Boarding: $37,000

Winter Term Day: $26,500

PG Boarding: $35,500

PG Day: $20,000

Scholarships: Financial aid may be available to student athletes who demonstrate financial need. Because the financial aid program is limited, student-athletes are encouraged to apply before March 15. For questions regarding financial aid, please visit

Head of School: Christopher G. Kaltsas

Academics and Overview: The strength and rigor of the SMS academic program is reflected in the consistent acceptance of our graduates to top colleges, including Boston College, Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Middlebury College and Williams College. The teaching faculty at SMS is unparalleled, with 70 percent of our teaching staff holding advanced degrees. Individually, they are world-class athletes, physicists, linguists, historians, artists, and professional writers. Stratton Mountain School offers a rich environment — one that is intellectually challenging both in and out of the classroom. During their years at SMS, our student athletes learn to demand excellence from themselves, to balance high expectations, and to maintain a rigorous schedule. Small classes emphasize the dynamic learning environment, ensuring each student athlete receives the attention he or she deserves. During the winter, the academic schedule is purposely constructed to cater to the aspiring world-class athlete without diminishing academics. In 2014-15, SMS opened the Patti Kaltsas Education, Arts & Student Center and the Air Awareness Center. The main academic building houses science labs, 12 classrooms, and a library. The new Student Center has an auditorium, common areas, art classrooms, gallery space, game rooms and student gathering spaces.

Since 1972, Stratton Mountain School (SMS) has provided an integrated academic and athletic program that supports physical, mental, and emotional growth in our student athletes. Our unique approach ensures that SMS student athletes participate in a rigorous, college-preparatory education while pursuing national and international competition. Our college placement is among the best in the country with the class of 2016 being accepted to Bates College, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Middlebury College, Skidmore College, Smith College, St. Lawrence University and the University of Denver, among many others.

The SMS alpine program is a 12-month program of dryland preparation, on-snow training, and competition. During the winter season, our top-level ski racers represent SMS at international and national competitions such as World Juniors, NorAms, U.S. Nationals, U18 and U16 Nationals, Can-Am and European FIS events.

The SMS nordic program’s unprecedented national and international success has produced more than 14 nordic Olympians in the past eight Winter Olympics. The program also claims a continuous streak that extends beyond 20 straight years with at least one World Junior team member and at least one Junior National gold medalist. USSA has recognized the program three times as the USSA Club of the Year.

The SMS Snowboarding Program began in 1993 as one of the first programs of its kind in the country. In its short history, the program has earned three USSA Snowboarding Program of the Year titles and is recognized worldwide as one of the best teams in the country. SMS athletes are present in every level of competitive snowboarding and have worked their way onto podiums of the Revolution Tour, FIS Junior World Championships, the FIS World Cup, US Grand Prix, X Games, the US Open, and the Olympics.

The SMS Freestyle Program began in 2007. The small group winter-term athletes that attended SMS were hugely successful the first year, all qualifying for Junior Nationals. In 2013, the Freestyle Program grew to a full-term program with a dedicated, full-time staff, growing to 12 athletes by its second year.

SMS launched a Freeskiing Program beginning in 2010 and increased its coaching staff in 2014 to accommodate this growing program.


Head Coaches:

Alpine Program Director – Mike Morin,

Freeskiing Program Director – Jesse Mallis,

Freestyle Program Director – Deb Newson,

Nordic Program Director – Sverre Caldwell,

Snowboarding Program Director – Ross Powers,

SMS Press Release Photo - Alice Merryweather

Coaching Staff:

Alpine: Micah Lashar, Morgan Korpi, Tony DiGangi, Mike Morin, Sylvan Kaufman, Erin Lashar, Daniel Pawlak, Kazunaga Kusumi, Joseph Healey, Steve Lathrop, Jim Sullivan, Jay Ogle, Coley Oliver, Will Hadden, Christian Herzog, and Barbara Beblowski.

Snowboarding: Ross Powers, Scott Johnston, and Dylan Demers

Freestyle: Deb Newson, Sam Tarrant and Jerret Schunk

Freeski: Jesse Mallis, Keith Shipman

Nordic: Sverre Caldwell, Matt Boobar, Poppet Boswell, Pat O’Brien, Jeremy Hecker

Notable Alumni: Since 1972, 42 SMS alumni have competed in the Olympics, and more than 100 athletes have achieved placement on national teams throughout the world. Olympic gold medalists: Ross Powers (halfpipe) and Kristen Luckenbill (soccer). Silver medalist: Lindsey Jacobellis (snowboardcross). Bronze medalist: Alex Deibold (snowboardcross).

Stratton Mountain School currently has three alumni on the U.S. Alpine Ski Team: Nick Krause, Alice Merryweather, and George Steffey.

SMS alumni on the U.S. Nordic Ski Team include: Andy Newell, Sophie Caldwell, Patrick Caldwell, Julia Kern, and Katharine Ogden. SMS also has two SMS Nordic Elite team members, Simi Hamilton and Jessie Diggins on the US Nordic Ski Team.

Air Awareness Center

Training Facilities: The Burtscher Fieldhouse features The Greg Needell Gymnasium and The Greg Needell Strength & Conditioning Room, which is dedicated to SMS alum and former US Ski Team coach, Greg Needell ‘82, who was a talented and passionate alpine coach. The building contains over 20,000 square feet of athletic facilities, including a state-of-the-art weight room, fully equipped Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation room, Sports Science Lab, ski and snowboard tuning rooms, day student locker rooms, staff locker rooms, full-size indoor basketball court, a golf simulator and a performing arts stage, as well as athletic offices and classrooms.