Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy
Address: 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: 3/31/2019
Cost: $1,050-1,150 (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 snow sports student-athletes, 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.
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, Chris Laske, Eric Pepper, Mark Smith, Dan Weiland, Rob Worrell
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, Tess Johnson
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, as well as a dedicated mogul course. Halfpipe, park and airbag training are also hosted on Golden Peak. SSCV provides trampoline training at VSSA, along with strength and conditioning at VSSA and the Minturn Fitness Center.