Location: Stratton Mountain, VT
Grades: 7 through PG
Category: Full-year traditional ski academy, full-year school with winter term option
Application Deadline: 3/15/2021
Day School Cost: $46,000
Boarding School Cost: $59,000
Financial Aid: Yes
Notable Coaches: Mike Morin, Alpine Program Director, is a former U.S. Ski Team Head Technical Coach and his Olympic coaching experience has included the 1994 Games in Lillihammer, the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, and the 2006 Games in Torino. Freeski Program Director Jesse Mallis holds a USSA Level 300 Freeskiing certification and was named Domestic Coach of the Year in 2018. Freestyle Program Director Deb Newson was named the USSA Development Coach of the Year in 2010 and has spent more than 25 years as a freestyle coach.
Nordic Program Director Matt Boobar is a member of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Congress Youth Committee, a ten-time Head coach for the NENSA/New England team at Junior National Championships, and a frequent Junior Worlds and Youth Olympic Games coach. Snowboard Program Director and alumni Ross Powers ’97 is a two-time Olympic medalist who has attained the highest certification possible as a level 400 coach, taken judges and TS courses, and coached several Project Gold Camps. Other notable coaches include Kazunaga Kusumi (U14 Head Coach), David Kent (U16 Head Coach), Topher Harlow (FIS Coach), Matt Prendergast (FIS Coach), Keith Shipman (Freeski Coach), Liam Downey (Freeski Coach), Sam Tarrant (Freestyle Coach), Tommy Gamnibo (Snowboard Coach), and Scotty Johnson (Snowboard Coach).
Notable Alumni: Forty-six Stratton Mountain School athletes have competed in the Olympics since the school’s founding in 1972, earning six Olympic medals between them. Over the years, we have placed 118 athletes onto national teams, including 17 this past season. We were also named Club of the Year in 2009 and 2020. Some notable alumni include Alice Merryweather `15, Sophie Caldwell `08, Zeb Powell `19, Caroline Claire ’18, Lindsey Jacobellis `06, Katherine Ogden `16, Ben Ogden `18, Alex Deibold `04, George Steffey `15, Nina Reichhelm `18, Julia Kern PG `16, and Sophia Laukli PG`19.
Academic Approach: Stratton Mountain School’s student-athletes embrace rigorous college-preparatory academics in conjunction with elite-level athletic training and competitions. It is the combination of equal excellence in the classroom and on the hill, which makes SMS unique. Our students enjoy average class sizes of ten students, which allows for personalized attention from teachers and individualized approaches to classwork. Courses are carefully scheduled to help each student succeed as a scholar while pursuing their athletic goals. In the winter, training occurs in the mornings, and classes are conducted in the afternoons. All teachers develop and maintain a robust web-based curriculum, with access to both assignments and teacher feedback easily accessible to traveling student-athletes. All core classes are NCAA approved for students who intend to pursue college-level athletics. Through mastering this balance, graduates leave Stratton Mountain School with strongly developed self-motivation, goal-setting abilities, and time management skills. Every year SMS graduates matriculate to a wide variety of top colleges and universities. Students who graduate from SMS participate in some of the country’s leading college programs, with regular placements at Dartmouth, Middlebury, Colby, Williams College, St. Lawrence, Babson, Bates, and Penn State.
Athletic Approach: Stratton Mountain School provides a unique environment that offers each student the opportunity to pursue excellence in competitive winter sports and college preparatory academics while developing strong personal values. Our program offers five winter sports- alpine, freeski, freestyle, nordic, and snowboard. Training and competition plans for all five SMS Programs are formulated per the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model developed by U.S. Ski and Snowboard. Coaches focus on skill development and building and maintaining a pathway from our youngest athletes to our Olympians. Our goal is to create an environment that allows student-athletes to take ownership of the processes to maximize improvement and success. We also take advantage of the most current technical information and tools and field tests, and video feedback on technique and biomechanics to develop each athlete as a whole. In 2020, Stratton Mountain School earned top honors as the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Club of the Year as well as picking up both the Freeski and Snowboard Club of the Year recognition.
Providing a vibrant campus life is essential to the SMS experience. Activities are offered on and off-campus throughout the year to maintain a strong campus community, including open mic nights, trips to local restaurants, and hosting rail jams on the weekend. We also offer competitive off season team sports for both boys and girls including: soccer, lacrosse, baseball, mountain biking, skateboarding, fly fishing, golf, and cross country running.