Thursday, October 22, 2020

Northwood School – New York Ski Educational Foundation

Address: 92 Northwood Rd Lake Placid, NY 12946

Phone: Northwood: 518-946-7001, NYSEF: 518-523-3405



Northwood School: 1905; NYSEF: 1973

Sports offered: alpine, nordic (biathlon, cross-­country, ski jumping and nordic combined), and freeride (skiing, snowboarding, ski cross)


Northwood School: 9-­12/PG; NYSEF: weekend programs begin at age 7, winter tutorial programs available grades 7­-10.

Staff/Student Ratio 1:5

Program Length: Northwood School: nine months, September­-June;

NYSEF: December­-March, with 1 to 4 month terms offered.

Application Period:

Northwood School: Application deadline January 31st (see website for application requirements). Admission decisions received on March 10th.

NYSEF Winter Term: Rolling admissions, with initial applications due July 15th. NYSEF Program Enrollment opens mid-September


Northwood School: $62,000 Boarding, $ 36,300 Day;

NYSEF: One­-Month Winter Term, $8,000 Boarding; N/A Day.

Two-Month Winter Term, $14,100 Boarding; $11,600 Day.

Three-Month Winter Term, $19,500 Boarding; $15,800 Day.

Four­-month Winter Term: $25,800 Boarding, $21,500 Day.

Financial Aid and Scholarships:

Northwood School offers need based financial aid.

NYSEF offers over $80,000 in scholarship annually.

Northwood School Head of School: Mike Maher

NYSEF Executive Director / Alpine Program Director: John Norton

Alpine Technical Director: Thomas Vonn

Northwood School Program Director/Head Coach: Terry DelliQuadri

Freeride Program Director: Mike Kirchner

Winter Term Program Director: Beatty Schlueter


Northwood School is a co­educational, independent boarding and day school located in the Olympic village of Lake Placid, New York. Northwood School provides the support for dedicated winter sport athletes in grades 9­-PG to focus on their academic and athletic goals in a structured and supportive environment.

As one of the original “Gold­ Certified Club” by the USSA, the New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF) is a non­-profit organization that provides educational opportunities for children and young adults through athletic training in snow sports.

Together, Northwood School and NYSEF provide a complete menu of snow sport programs ranging from introductory all the way to the FIS level. Northwood School offers students a full­ year, comprehensive college preparatory academic and athletic program. NYSEF provides one to four-month Winter Term sessions coupled with individualized tutoring support. This program, based out of the Lake Placid Training Center, allows younger athletes to discover the demands and rewards of being a part of a full­-time boarding school program.

Head Coaches:

Alpine U19 Coach: Jeremy Transue/Thomas Vonn/Katie Gilligan, Alpine U16 Coach: Patrick Purcell/Terry DelliQuadri, Alpine U14 Coach: James “Jimbo” Johnston, Alpine U10/12 Coach: Beatty Schlueter, Freeride Program Director: Mike Kirchner, Freeride Coach: KC Brousseau/Jackson Deeney, Moguls Coach:  Nick Arnold/Mike Lynn, Snowboard Coach: Bob Witt, Cross ­Country/ Biathlon Coach: Shane MacDowell,Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Coach: Colin Delaney

Assistant Northwood Coaches:

Alpine: Katie Gilligan, Marcy Fagan,  Carrie Wardlaw

Assistant NYSEF Coaches: 

Ikuo Toishi, Alex Shearer, Kyle Penny, Guy Middleton, Dave Wenn

Additional Nordic Coaches:

Andrea Henkle-Burke, Jay Rand, Larry Stone, Nick Kulina, Sophie McClelland, Kim Douglas, Julianne Stemp

College Placement:

Bates, Brown, Boston College, Clarkson, Colby,  Colby-Sawyer, Colgate, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Middlebury,  New England College, Plymouth State, Queens, St. Lawrence, St. Michael’s, RPI, Williams, University of Colorado, University of Denver, University of Maine, University Laval, University of Western Ontario, University of Pennsylvania, University of Utah, UVM, and  Westminster College.

Notable Alumni:

Andrew Weibrecht ’ 03: Dartmouth College, 2014 Olympic silver medalist in SG, 2010 Olympic bronze medalist in SG, World Championship team member, Nor­Am overall and SG Champion.

Bill Demong: Vermontville, NY native and NYSEF alum, 2010 Olympic gold & silver medalist in Nordic Combined, 4 time World Championship medalist, 9 World Cup wins.

Tim Burke: Tim became the first ever US biathlete to lead the overall Biathlon World Cup, 4 time Olympian.

Lowell Bailey:  First U.S. biathlete to win a gold medal at 2017 World Biathlon Championships, 3 time Olympian.

Thomas Vonn ’ 94 St. Lawrence University, 9th place finish in 2002 Salt Lake Olympics SG, 56 World Cup starts, 2 time World Championship team member.

Annelies Cook: Saranac Lake native, NYSEF alum, 2014 Olympic team member (biathlon), member of the US National Biathlon Team since 2009, World Championship team member.


Andrew Weibrecht, Thomas Biesemeyer, Kevin Drury, Will Rhoades, Thomas Vonn, Bill Johnson, AJ Kitt, William Taylor, Bill Demong, Brian Welch, Casey Colby, Peter Frenette, Nick Alexander, Nick Fairall, Lindsey Van, Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke, Annelies Cook, Haley Johnson, Jon Farra, Duncan Douglas, Robert Rosser, Jillian Vogtle, Jay Rand, Maddie Phaneuf

Current National Team Members:

Alpine: Thomas Biesemeyer

Ski Jumping: Tara Geraghty-Moats, Nina Lussi, Will Rhoads, Matt White (Development)

Nordic Combined: Beckett Ledger (Development)

Skier-Cross: Kevin Drury

Training Facilities:

Northwood School and NYSEF are located minutes from one of the best ski areas in the East: Whiteface Mountain. The Olympic heritage in Lake Placid and the surrounding venues instills enthusiasm in all those who live here or visit. As the Olympic venue for alpine (1932 and 1980), Whiteface Mountain provides some of the most challenging training and racing terrain in the region. Whiteface offers the largest vertical drop in the East and has been ranked the best ski area in the East on numerous occasions by Ski Magazine.

The Olympic Ski Jumping Complex features a freestyle pool, aerial site, 5km paved rollerski loop and biathlon range, in addition to K20, 48, 90 and 120 meter ski jumps.

The Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg is a top-­tier cross ­country training and competition venue offering 50km of FIS ­homologated classic and skate groomed trails, in addition to an IBU certified biathlon range.


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