Gear Guide:Waterville Valley Academy
Overview: Waterville Valley Academy (WVA) is designed for full time student athletes, in grades 6-12, who are dedicated to pursuing the highest level of performance in alpine racing, freestyle skiing and snowboarding in concert with a rigorous individualized academic program. WVA seamlessly integrates each student’s sending school curriculum with his or her athletic training and competition schedule.
WVA is located just minutes from Waterville Valley Resort, allowing students to spend more time training and less time traveling to the mountain. Our world class coaches provide quality training on some of the best training venues and facilities in the East. Waterville Valley Academy has an outstanding college acceptance record. Over recent years students have been accepted at the following schools: Dartmouth College, Boston College, Brown University, Colby College, Bowdoin College, Colorado College, Evergreen State College, Middlebury College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, Plymouth State University, Roger Williams, St. Lawrence University, Union College, University of New Hampshire, University of Colorado, University of Utah, University of Vermont and Williams College.
Sports Offered: Alpine, Freestyle, and Snowboard
Grades: 6-12 and PG
Program Length: 5 months. Other options also available.
Application Period: Enrollment deadline March 31, 2013.Staff/Student Ratio: 1:1 or 1:2
Cost: please refer to website
Scholarships: available, must apply
CEO/Executive Director: Peter Stokloza
Headmaster: Robert Sampson
Academic Strengths: Over 60 % of the WVA Faculty hold advanced degrees in their subject area and have an average of 14 years of teaching experience. WVA has a low teacher to student ratio with academics based on the student’s sending school curriculum. WVA’s PEAK Program is an exciting program specifically designed to meet the social emotional and earning needs of middle school students. The PEAK curriculum is both integrated and standards based, with a focus on projects and activities that are highly engaging to middle school learners.
Head Coaches: Alpine: Tom Barbeau, Freestyle: Nick Preston, Snowboard: Peter Thorndike
Coaching Staff: Freestyle: Dan Shuffleton and Wes Preston
Snowboard: Greg Maxwell, Alpine: Fred Turton, Jason Guilbert, Steph Darling, Craig Leaman, Peter Anderson, and Vlado Dzugas
Notable Alumni: Pat Moore, Hannah Kearney, Nikki Stone, Chas Guldemond, Dylan Ferguson, Greg Maxwell, Chemmy Alcott, Abigail Fucigna, Alex Fucigna, Erin Fucign, Lindsay Mann, Nick Baker, Todd Thibodeau, Sean McNamara, Wes Preston, Tim Humphrey, and Jessica Breda.
Training Facilities: On snow venues at Waterville Valley Resort , dryland training at White Mountain Athletic Club, an indoor trampoline facility, and Phil’s Hill Training Center, a year-round venue utilizing a BagJump airbag.
PO Box 270, Waterville Valley, NH 03215
603-236-4246 (t) 603-236-9906 (f)