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Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy

Academics: Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy Minturn, Colo. Athletics: Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Vail, Colo.


Head of School: Geoffrey Grimmer

Founded: VSSA: 2007 / SSCV:1962

Sports: Alpine, Freeski, Freestyle, Nordic, Ski Cross and Snowboard

Grades: 5-12

Category: Full year traditional ski and snowboard academy, public day school

App Deadline: rolling admission 11/1/16 — 3/31/2017

Cost: $550 VSSA student fee, plus $500 SSCV Academic Coach fee (Athletic programs range from $4,750-13,000 for Colorado residents)

Boarding cost: N/A

Financial Aid: Yes

Contact email:

Academic Approach: Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy (VSSA), an Eagle County public school, is an academic partner of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) and the first public ski and snowboard academy in the country. SSCV is the training and competition program provider for all VSSA students, each of whom must first be admitted as a full-time athlete to SSCV.

VSSA is dedicated to providing an opportunity for its student-athletes to pursue their athletic dreams without compromising academic priorities. VSSA is a public, college preparatory school and snowsports academy that challenges students with a rigorous academic curriculum in parallel with supporting an elite training and competition schedule. Because every VSSA student is a full-time Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athlete, every aspect of the school, including academics, scheduling, technology and academic-support infrastructure, caters to the needs of full-time, traveling student-athletes.

SSCV provides funding for academic coaches who supplement the VSSA classroom experience in a variety of ways, including for athletes with extensive travel and competition schedules. VSSA students develop a level of independent learning, maturity, confidence and leadership qualities — life skills that distinguish our student-athletes in sport, higher education and career. VSSA college acceptances include Bates, Boston College, Colby, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, Middlebury, Montana State, St. Lawrence, University of Vermont, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Denver, University of New Mexico, University of Utah, Westminster and Williams.

Athletic Approach: Founded in 1962, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail is the Vail Valley’s oldest nonprofits, providing training and competition programs for aspiring snow-sport athletes. Today, the organization remains true to its roots by instilling the values of “Character, Courage and Commitment” through mentorship of more than 650 athletes who participate in its on-snow winter sports programs each year.

SSCV provides world-class training and competition opportunities for a broad swath of athletes in the Vail community. The organization is equipped with the highest-level human performance staff, an industry-leading snow making system, a fully operational tune shop, a trampoline room and an on-hill airbag for acrobatic training.

SSCV believes no child should be restricted from participating in its programs for financial reasons. In that spirit, as much as 75 percent of its program fees are eligible for financial aid.



Coaches: Brett Borgard, Kirk Dwyer, Elana Chase, John Cole, Terry DelliQuadri, John Dowling, Karen Ghent, Osi Inglin, Chris Laske, Brady McNeill, Eric Pepper, Erik Steinberg, Dan Weiland, Rob Worrell

Training Facilities: Nordic athletes train on a seven-kilometer trail system adjacent to VSSA. Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak is home to early-season alpine and moguls training, with high-speed-quad access and industry-leading snowmaking. A planned expansion of this venue will host full-length speed training and competition. Halfpipe, park and airbag training are also hosted on Golden Peak.  SSCV provides trampoline training, along with strength and conditioning at the Minturn Fitness Center, a human performance center made possible through a partnership between SSCV and the Town of Minturn.

Additional Info: SSCV athletes compete in junior regional and national championships, Winter Youth Olympic Games, Junior Worlds, X Games, World Cup and the Olympics, including 12 athletes qualifying for the Sochi Olympics, which resulted in two gold medals and one silver. Twenty-one SSCV athletes have been nominated to U.S. National Teams for the 2016-17 season. During the 2014-15 season, 26 SSCV alumni competed at the NCAA level. In 2015, 10 SSCV alumni matriculated to continue their careers as NCAA athletes. SSCV’s USSA recognitions include five-time winner of Alpine Club of the Year — including a three-year streak from 2014 to 2016 — 2014 Freeski, Freestyle and Snowboard Club of the Year, and 2013 Freeski and Cross Country Club of the Year.