SVSEF’s alpine, freestyle, and snowboard training center has been outfitted with every amenity a skier could dream of. Sun Valley ski resort’s
world-famous terrain provides our athletes with every type of training
imaginable. Alpine athletes can expect to train on steeps, flats, and terrain
chosen for both technical and speed practice. The SVSA Residence Hall
is just across the street from our training hill, Sun Valley’s Bald Mountain.
SVSEF’s cross country facilities are the only designated nordic Olympic
and Paralympic training site in the nation, and SVSA athletes benefit from
training on more than 200 kilometers of the best trails in the United States.
Freestyle skiers have their own competition moguls course to train on,
while slopestyle, halfpipe, and boardercross skiers and snowboarders
practice their big-air and tricks on one of three terrain parks or the new 18-
foot halfpipe. Freestyle and Snowboard athletes have access to SVSEF’s
Air Barn, equipped with a 32-foot-wide halfpipe along with a 12-foot-tall
roll-in ramp that takes kids into a quarter-pipe jump that sends them safely
into a foam pit. Four Olympic trampolines, a fit wall, and slack lines round
out the fun zone for freestyle and snowboarders.
Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy
c/o Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, 598 Vail Valley Drive, Vail, CO 81657
www.skiclubvail.org (Academics tab)
Email Contact: Sharon Schmidt, firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded: 2007; Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy (VSSA) is an Eagle
County Public School dedicated to full-time Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
Sports: Alpine, freeski, freestyle, nordic and snowboard through SSCV.
Program Length: August to June following Eagle County School District
Application Period: November through March
Staff/Student Ratio: 1: 14
Coach/Athlete Ratio: varies from 1: 4 to 1: 8
Cost: Public school; computer required; school fees-$550.00; SSCV pro-
gram fees apply.
Scholarships: N/A; public school; scholarships for SSCV athletic program fees are available via an application and review process-www.ski-clubvail.org
Headmaster: Geoff Grimmer
Academics/Overview: Located in Minturn, Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy (VSSA) is a 5th through 12th-grade Eagle County Public School
dedicated to full-time Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) athletes. As a
pre-requisite to a student attending VSSA, they must be accepted as a
full-time athlete at SSCV. Founded in 2007, VSSA is a publicly funded
school. VSSA offers a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum supported by innovative technology and flexible programming, individualized as
needed, to enable student-athletes to succeed while balancing academics
and a heavy training and competition travel schedule. Students collect
assignments, participate in discussion boards, take quizzes, download
videos of lectures and receive real-time instruction utilizing innovative
web-based technology, allowing teachers and students to remain in close
communication at all times. SSCV provides funding for five to seven academic coaches to supplement the VSSA classroom teachers. Students
develop a level of independent learning that is unusual among high school
VSSA graduates are pursuing their athletic careers as members of the
U.S. Alpine, Freeski, Freestyle, Nordic and Snowboard Teams as well as
NCAA College programs. College placement includes Dartmouth, Harvard, Middlebury, Boston College, Montana State, University of Colorado,
and Denver University.
In 2013, SSCV, the athletic programming component of VSSA, was
awarded the USSA Freeski Club of the Year and USSA Cross Country
Club of the Year along with having numerous successes in local, regional,
national and international competitions ranging from junior championships
to X Games and World Cups.
Head Coaches: Karen Ghent-Alpine Program Director; Elana
Chase-Freeski Program Director; John Dowling-Freestyle Program Director; Dan Weiland-Nordic Program Director; Ben Boyd-Snowboard Program Director