Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy
Academics: Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy Minturn, Colo. Athletics: Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Vail, Colo.
Head of School: Wade Hill
Founded: VSSA: 2007 / SSCV:1962
Category: Full year traditional ski academy, Public school
App Deadline: 3/31/2018
Cost: $1,100-1,200 (does not include athletic program fees)
Financial Aid: Yes
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 by SSCV and a student by VSSA. 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 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 SSCV 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, through academic coach fees from VSSA students as supplemented through fundraising hires academic coaches who supplement the VSSA classroom experience in a variety of ways, including support 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, SSCV is the Vail Valley’s oldest nonprofit, 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 based on financial need.
Notable Coaches: Brett Borgard, Kirk Dwyer, Elana Chase, John Cole, Alissa Consenstein, John Dowling, John Hale, Sylvan Kaufman, Chris Laske, Brady McNeill, Eric Pepper, Kristina Revello, Mark Smith, Dan Weiland
Notable Alumni: Lindsey Vonn, Sarah Schleper, Chad Fleischer, Aaron Blunck, Annalisa Drew, Faye Gulini, Chris Del Bosco, Kaitlyn Farrington, Toby Dawson, Heidi Kloser, Noah Hoffman, Mikaela Shiffrin
Training Facilities: Nordic athletes train on seven-kilometer trail system adjacent to VSSA. Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak is home to early-season alpine and mogul 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 with moguls athletes on a nearby moguls site at Vail Mountain during regular season training. SSCV provides trampoline training at VSSA, along with strength and conditioning at VSSA and the Minturn Fitness Center.