Thursday, October 22, 2020

Holderness School

Address: 33 Chapel Lane, Holderness NH, 03245

Phone: (603) 536-1747


Contact: [email protected]

Founded: 1879

Winter Sports: Alpine, nordic, freestyle, freeskiing and snowboarding

Grades: 9 through PG

Category: Prep School with competitive ski programs

Application Deadline: 2/1/2020

Staff/Student Ratio: 8:1

Boarding Student Cost: $64,800

Day Student Cost: $43,200

Financial Aid: Yes

Head of School: Phil Peck

Academic Approach: At Holderness School, we believe that learning should richly engage and challenge students, supporting them and offering them an intellectual environment in which they can grow and thrive. Each learning experience is an opportunity to ask questions, grapple with ideas, and collaborate with peers and teachers. Our academic program offers over 100 different course options including a wide range of AP courses and experiential learning opportunities. We see learning as an experience that goes beyond the traditional classroom where Holderness graduates enter the world with a sense of curiosity, intellectual grit, and joy.

Athletic Approach: Holderness Snow Sports is built on a love of skiing and snowboarding. We create a caring and motivating environment to become successful as individuals and as a team on and off the hill. Balancing the academic and athletic goals of student-athletes has always been a trademark of Holderness. The school’s rich history of Olympic, World Championship, National Team, and Collegiate All-Americans helps define our athletic approach to skiing today. We believe in being athletically diverse and are active in a variety of shoulder season sports, including championship-caliber team sports like lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, and track; individual sports such as golf and tennis; and action sports like mountain biking and rock climbing. Seasonal conditioning is personalized by strength and conditioning coaches and complemented by off-season on-snow training camps in Europe, South America, and Colorado.

Notable Coaches: Craig Antonides (Director of Eastern Alpine), Alan Smarse (Director of Freeski and Snowboard), Pat Casey (Nordic Head Coach), Ivar Dahl (Director of Snow Sports), Corey McKim (Alpine), Nick Preston (Freestyle), Leigh Anne Connors (Alpine), Janice Dahl (Alpine), Lori Ford (Alpine), Jeff Harold (Alpine), Dan Marshall (Alpine), Ben Moody (Alpine), Ryan Goldsmith (Freeski), Peter Elliott (Freeski), Eric Ely (Snowboard), Kristina Joder Casey (Nordic)

Notable Alumni:Julia Ford ’08 (Olympian), Chris Davenport ’89 (Ski Hall of Fame), Andy Martin ’92, Chris Pederson ’88, Converse Fields ’08, Nick Martini ’92, Sophia Swartz ’09, Ian Harvey ’86 (Olympian), Charlie “Spike” Kellogg ’58 (Olympian), Walter Malmquist ’74 (Olympian), Fabian Stocek ’12, Carl Swenson ’88 (Olympian)

Training Facilities:

Mittersill: The US Ski Team venue at Mittersill is Holderness School’s home training site for the Eastern Alpine USSA/FIS programs.  Homologated SL, GS, and SG venues provide for a variety of course setting options and discipline-specific training serviced by surface and aerial lifts.  Mittersill routinely plays host to regional and national championship series, FIS events, collegiate carnivals, and USSA races.

Nordic: The Holderness Nordic trails have 10km + of piston bully groomed skiing and 3.5km of lighted skiing. Holderness is a regular host site for Eastern Cup races because the trails strike a unique balance of fun and challenge. Flexibility allows the Nordic team to use Waterville Valley’s network of trails that boasts another 60km.

Freestyle, Freeskiing, Snowboarding, and Varsity Alpine: Partnering with Loon Mountain allows our teams access to committed terrain parks and dedicated training lanes.


Alpine Skiing at Holderness School from Holderness School on Vimeo.

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