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Sun Valley Ski Academy at Community School – SVSEF

1 Community School Drive Sun Valley, ID 83353


Founded: 2011 (Community School founded 1973, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation founded 1966)

Grades: 9 through PG

Category: Prep School with competitive ski programs

Application deadline: 2/23/2018

Day School Cost: $29,000

Boarding School Cost: $47,000

Financial Aid: Yes

Head of School: Ben Pettit; SVSEF Executive Director, Sam Adicoff


Academic Approach: The Sun Valley Ski Academy (SVSA) offers dedicated winter athletes exceptional opportunities to train and compete at the highest level, while pursuing a rigorous college preparatory academic program and enjoying an authentic high school experience. SVSA pairs the best of a Community School education with the proven coaching power of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Gold Certified Club, which recognizes it as one of the best programs in the nation. Together, we provide an outstanding program that gives boarding and day student-athletes from ninth grade through postgraduates a solid foundation for college with the opportunity to pursue intensive training and competition schedules. Community School supports our athletes with a dedicated academic coordinator who travels with our student-athletes throughout the training and competition season, online support that allow students to be ‘in class’ even when they are on the road, and a full complement of summer term courses that allow winter athletes to lighten their load when they are their busiest. Confident, accomplished, resilient, and resourceful students graduate from our programs, go on to attend the top colleges and universities in the country and lead meaningful, purposeful lives.

Athletic Approach: The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation provides year-round ski and snowboard training and competition opportunities for more than 650 athletes annually. Cutting-edge training with world-class coaches is comprehensive, cohesive, and complete in six different disciplines: alpine, cross country, moguls, park and pipe, big mountain, and snowboard. SVSEF has helped numerous junior racers achieve dreams of Olympic medals, World Championship podiums, World Cup victories, and National Championship gold. More importantly, we have helped innumerable athletes become skiing aficionados for life. Not only are the alumni of the Ski Foundation some of the best skiers on any mountain, anywhere, they are also setting the bar high in all facets of life including family, work and community.

Notable Coaches: SVSEF athlete/coach ratio: 6:1 Head Coaches: SVSA athletes train with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. Athletic Director, Phil McNichol; Alpine Program Director, Scott McGrew; Cross Country Program Director, Rick Kapala; Moguls Coach, John Grigsby; Park and Pipe Head Coach, Tyler Conway; Snowboard Head Coach, Pat Lee; Big Mountain Head Coach, Conor Davis

Notable Alumni: Picabo Street (SVSEF), Megan Gerety, Christin Cooper, Reggie Crist, Zach Crist, Morgan Arritola, Wyatt Bunce, Langley McNeal, Tanner Farrow, Kipling Weisel.

Training facilities: Sun Valley, America’s first destination resort, offers world-famous terrain of every imaginable variety. Alpine racers can expect to train on steeps, flats, and terrain chosen for both technical and speed practice. Cross country athletes have a dedicated training facility just a few miles north of town, and train on more than 200 kilometers of the country’s best trails. Freestyle skiers have their own competitions moguls course to train on while slopestyle, halfpipe, and boardercross skiers and snowboarders will practice big-air and tricks on one of three terrain parks or the 18-foot halfpipe. In addition, freestyle, freeski, and snowboard athletes have exclusive use to their own “Air Barn” facility with trampolines, ramps, winches, and foam pits for dryland training and skill building. All athletes have access to the Athletes’ Training Center, our brand-new state-of-the-art gym outfitted with enough weights, cardio equipment, and gear to suit the needs of all athletes.

Additional Info: The opening of the new Ketchum Campus in the winter of 2017 has been a game changer for this program. This soaring, modern building is 25,085-square-feet, and offers modern and comfortable designated spaces for dining, gathering, studying, training, living, and much more. The attractive and conveniently located facility provides a warm and home-like environment for families seeking a high-quality boarding program. A new 3,500-square-foot Athletes’ Training Center is a centerpiece of the new building. Modeled after US Ski and Snowboard’s Center for Excellence in Park City, Utah, the training center is a state-of-the-art facility containing spin bikes, weight training equipment, and a track lane. Our High Performance Specialist, Johnie Michael, who joined us after working with U.S. Ski And Snowboard offers strength and conditioning programming to all teams year-round.