Location: La Villa in Badia, South Tirol, Italy
Categories: Full year, winter term only, ski team with academic offering, public school with special programs and private tutoring
Application Deadline: 03/01/2021
Day School Cost: FIS Fall: €9,900; U16 Winter Term €11,900; FIS Winter Term: €14,900; U16 Academic year: €23,900; FIS Academic year: €27,900; FIS gap year winter €11,900; FIS gap year €16,900; Summer €2,900.
Boarding School Cost: €990 per month
Average Class Size: 10
ADD Programs: Full year, winter term, Fall: gap year, gap winter; summer
Financial Aid: No
Notable Alumni: Roberto Erlacher (WC medalist), Manuel Ploner (Silver medal at EYOF2019, Italian Grand Prix Champion 2019, Italian U19 Champion, David Castlunger (Pinocchio silver and gold medalist 2017, 2018, 2019), Alex Zingerle (Italian Champion GS 2019, gold medalist in European Cup 2019), Ellen Pedevilla (Italian GS U19 champion).
Located in the heart of the Dolomites, the Alta Badia Dolomites International Ski Academy a high performance multilingual international Alpine Ski academy in the Italian Alps catering to U16 and FIS athletes who want to pursue their goals of making a national team or collegiate ski racing. We offer several different programs ranging from fall to the academic year, winter, summer, and the new gap year. International students can choose to come to Italy with their families, or to stay at our academy house under the supervision of our resident coach.
The Fall Term – new this year! – runs from September 15th to November 30th. It is new super-intensive program aimed at those FIS athletes who want to start the season in top shape and low FIS points. The program combines training on nearby glaciers, dry training and participation in local FIS races, which in South Tyrol start in November. We generally train at nearby glaciers for blocks of 3 to 7 days and then go home to rest and dry train for a few days.
The Winter Term program lasts from December 1st to mid April. We normally ski 5 days a week, in addition to having weekly maintenance sessions. Skiing is either in the morning or in the afternoon. Accepted Winter Term students-athletes are also invited to join our summer program.
The Academic Year runs from mid-September to mid-April. In the fall we have conditioning sessions as well as several training sessions on the glaciers, both in Italy and in Austria. During season, we ski 5 days a week, in addition to having maintenance sessions. In season, skiing is either in the morning or in the afternoon. Accepted students-athletes are also invited to join our summer program.
The Gap Year runs from the second half of September to the end of April.
Accepted athletes are encouraged to join our summer program, which runs in July and August. In the summer, we alternate dry training 5 days a week with skiing in glaciers and / or indoors.
In deciding to which program to apply, please consider that while U16 races start in mid-December, with a calendar that allows for substantial training during the winter, FIS races begin already in November and continue with an intense calendar which makes training in the preseason essential.
Throughout the year we run dry-training sessions, mental coaching, ski tuning workshops, meetings with current and former European Cup and World Cup Ski racers who share their experience and advice.
We encourage prospective athletes to join us for a tailored camp during the winter.
Academic Approach: Student-athletes will attend our multilingual public school where classes are taught in Italian, Ladin, German, English, French, in addition to Latin. International students have a dedicated tutor and a flexible schedule and allows then to follow their home program on line, while also enjoying the cultural experience of school in Italy.
Though skiing is an individual sport, we believe in teamwork, camaraderie, and caring for teammates, as fundamental elements for long-term success. Our team is relatively small but we have a steady history of National, European and World Cup champions and we are ranked at the top of South Tyrol teams. Quality, and the correct mind-set, are the basis to succeed, following the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) progression. At the U16 and FIS levels, however, a full-time challenging training program can really make the difference. To preserve quality we are intentionally not a commercial operation and thus admission is competitive to keep numbers small.
In season, ski training takes place either in the early morning or in the afternoon. In addition to training on the snow, there are fitness and conditioning sessions, mental coaching, ski tuning workshops, as well as meetings with current and former European Cup and World Cup Ski racers who will share their experience and advice.
South Tyrol is one of the most competitive areas globally for ski racing, so though at first it may be hard, but if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.
Immersed in a multicultural society, enjoying all that Italy and the Dolomites have to offer, the Academy is an enriching experience both technically and personally. Racers go back home grown both technically and personally.