A Day in the Life of a Ski
School Academy Student
Danny Duffy — the
men’s winner of 2011 J2
National GS title — is
a day student at Green
Mountain Valley School
(GMVS), in Waitsfield,
Vt. In the winter, Duffy
is on the road racing
approximately one-third of
the time. He trains the rest
of the time, and at right
is a typical winter training
day for Duffy, a member of
the Class of 2012.
(When Danny’s at races, he takes a schedule of homework that he
has mapped out with his teachers and academic tutor. In addition, he
can Skype teachers, communicate via email, download lessons from
the web and use homework tutorials from YouTube. Learn more about
ski academies in the next issue of Ski Racing.)
6: 30 a.m.
Breakfast: egg sandwich on a bagel: two eggs with cheese, no butter.
7: 40 a.m.
Attend first class: Physiology.
8: 40 a.m.
Short van ride to GMVS Training center at Sugarbush in Fayston. Boot-up and
head to the slopes.
9: 20 a.m.
Warm up with free runs and technical freeski.
Train GS. Six to eight training runs on Inverness, GMVS race and training slope.
Head back to school for lunch: chicken-pasta salad, bread and fruit.
Recovery spinning on stationary bike and light work-out in the academy sports
center, followed by video analysis of morning training runs with ski coach.
Classes: Critical Reading and Writing
Algebra II & Trigonometry
Study Hall: Meet with academic tutor
Head home, unpack, dry out ski gear, and relax.
Dinner: Beef enchiladas, rice and beans, salad, dessert.
7: 15-8 p.m.
Tune skis. Light stonework, file, wax and scrape.
8-10: 30 p.m. Homework