Waterville Valley Academy
PO Box 277 Waterville Valley, NH 03215
Sports: Alpine, Freestyle/Freeski, and Snowboard
Grades: 6 through PG
Category: Full year traditional ski academy, Full year school with winter term option, Day School, Boarding School
Application Deadline: 4/1/2018
Day School Cost: $38,500
Boarding School Cost: $50,500
Financial aid: Yes
CEO/Head of School:Tucker Barnaby, Head of Academics & Student Life
Academic Approach: Full-Term Late-August through mid-June The full-term program is available to elite-level student-athletes in grades 9 to 12. This program is designed to meet the individualized needs of each student, balancing academics with a rigorous training and competition schedule. Small class size and highly trained faculty are hallmarks of our program. WVA is also the only snowsports academy in the East offering Advanced Placement courses. This program is a one-of-a-kind educational experience designed to be the path to Division 1 and National Team consideration and acceptance. Winter Term Whether a student is enrolled for the full winter term, early or late season, the academic portion of their enrollment is dedicated to mirroring the curriculum of their home school, while providing intellectually challenging, individualized instruction. WVA seamlessly integrates each student’s home school curriculum with his or her athletic training and competition schedule.
Athletic Approach: Academy athletes are one of the few groups of athletes in the world who utilize the Burdenko Method of training, conditioning and recovery. Burdenko workouts integrate the six essential qualities of human performance: balance, flexibility, coordination, endurance, speed and strength and focus on body weight as opposed to overuse of exercise machines that isolate muscle groups. Our success rate in dramatically increasing all six qualities in snowsport athletes is unprecedented. Our new breed of athlete jumps quickly to levels higher than their peers at other snowsports academies. Our on-snow training consists of experiences around the world during the off-season and the fall. During the winter Waterville Valley Resort becomes our home and offers our athletes a variety of terrain and challenge. Students train rigorously with professional coaches dedicated to helping each student perform at their maximum potential. Through constant support and dedicated training programs, coaches help each student achieve mutually developed goals. Waterville Valley Academy is a USSA Gold Certified club and a Community Olympic Development Program.
Notable Coaches: Mike Savage, Nate Jenckes, Andrew Gannon, Rich Smith, Brennan Smith, Parker Spear, Peter Anderson Sr, Tom Barbeau, Emilie Garand, Jason Guilbert
Notable Alumni: Hunter Brayton, Pete Fucigna, Pete Anderson Jr, Mark Mikos, Hillary McCloy, Brian McLaughlin, Felix McGrath
Training Facilities: Waterville Valley Resort