Waterville Valley Academy (WVA)
(Owned and operated by Waterville Valley Black and Blue Trail Smashers Snowsports Educational Foundation or WVBBTS)
PO Box 270
86 Boulder Path Road
Waterville Valley, NH 03215
Sports: Alpine, Freestyle, Snowboard
Grades: 6-12 and PG
Program Length: 5 month Winter Term, grades 6-12. Applications currently being accepted for the Year-Round Pinnacle Program, grades 9-12. For student-athletes under 15 we offer a six week Quarter Term session starting 12/1/13
Application Period: Winter Term and Quarter Term – enrollment on a selective basis. Pinnacle Program – March 15.
Staff/Student Ratio: 1:1 or 1:2
Cost: Please refer to websites.
Scholarships: Financial Aid Available, application required.
CEO / Executive Director: Peter Stokloza
Headmaster: Robert Sampson
Academic Strengths and Overview: Designed for dedicated full-time student-athletes in grades 6-12 who are passionate about pursuing the highest level of performance in alpine racing, freestyle skiing and snowboarding while also achieving academic excellence, WVA is a truly innovative snowsports academy located in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Each student’s sending school curriculum is seamlessly integrated with his or her athletic training and competition schedule. In August 2013 WVA will introduce the Pinnacle Program, a unique year round program, for students in grades 9-12. Pinnacle student-athletes will pursue their individualized high-level training and competition program during the winter while maintaining a lighter academic load. During the spring and fall, student-athletes will pursue a rigorous academic schedule complimented by a world-class training and conditioning program, the Burdenko Method. Graduating WVA students have gone on to attend outstanding higher educational institutions including Boston College, Bowdoin College, Brown University, Colby College, Colorado College, Dartmouth College, Evergreen State College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Middlebury College, Pennsylvania State University, Plymouth State University, Roger Williams, St. Lawrence University, Union College, University of Colorado, University of New Hampshire, University of Utah, University of Vermont and Williams College. Many continue their athletic career on college teams or are named to the U. S. National Teams.
Athletic Program Directors: Alpine – Tom Barbeau; Freestyle – Nick Preston; Snowboard – Pete Thorndike
WVBBTS Weekend Program Manager: Tim Maguire
Coaching Staff: Alpine – Tom Barbeau, Fred Turton, Vladimir Dzugas, Jason Guilbert, Peter Anderson, Stephanie Darling, Craig Leaman, Andrew Howe, Jeff Sampson. Freestyle – Nick Preston, Dan Shuffleton, Wes Preston, Edwin Berns. Snowboard – Pete Thorndike, Greg Maxwell, Tim McLaughlin.
Notable Alumni: Pat Moore, Hannah Kearney, Chas Guldemond, Dylan Ferguson, Greg Maxwell, Chemmy Alcott, Abigail Fucigna, Alex Fucigna, Nick Baker, West Preston, Tim Humphrey, Brendan Hart, Kamden Burke, Erin Fucigna, Lindsay Mann, Peter Anderson, Jr., Madeline Packard, Sean McNamara, Todd Thibodeau, Jamie Crane-Mauzy, Michelle Gorgone, Hilary McCloy, Nikki Stone and Jess Breda.
Training Facilities: On-snow venues at Waterville Valley Resort; dryland training at White Mountain Athletic Club, and Phil’s Hill Airbag Training Center at Snow’s Mountain campus.