Location: Waterville Valley, NH 031215
Grades: 6 through PG
Category: Full-year traditional ski academy, full-year school with winter term option, middle school winter term
Day School Cost: $40,320
Boarding School Cost: $52,920
Financial Aid: Yes
Notable Coaches: Andrew Gannon – Director of FIS Alpine Programs, Jason Guilbert – Head U16, Justin Sperry – Head Alpine Middle School, Dan Shuffleton – Director of Freeskiing, Tom Barbeau – Director of Human Performance
Notable Alumni: Hannah Kearney, Hunter Brayton, Pete Fucigna, Pete Anderson Jr, Hillary McCloy, Brian McLaughlin, Felix McGrath, Hunter Henderson, Grace Henderson, Nora Healey
Academic Approach: The full-term program is available to student-athletes in grades 9 to 12. This program is designed to meet the individualized academic needs of each student, while balancing a rigorous training and competition schedule. Small class size and highly trained faculty are hallmarks of our program. Our flexible nature allows for students and staff to pivot quickly for travel during camps or competitions. WVA offers 12 Advanced Placement classes, including AP Physics, AP Calculus, and AP psychology. WVA also offers a 5-month winter term program for student – athletes in grade 6 to 12. For student in our winter term program the academic portion of their enrollment is dedicated to mirroring the curriculum of their home school, while providing intellectually challenging, individualized instruction. WVA takes pride in the seamlessly transition to and from athletes’ home schools at the beginning and end of Winter term.
Athletic Approach: Waterville Valley Academy athletes are one of the few groups of athletes in the world who utilize the Burdenko Method of training, conditioning and recovery. Burdenko workouts integrate the six essential qualities of human performance: balance, flexibility, coordination, endurance, speed and strength and focus on body weight as opposed to overuse of exercise machines that isolate muscle groups. Director of Human Performance, Tom Barbeau has a master’s Certification in the Burdenko Method, which he uses to help make WVA athletes stronger and faster. On the Freeski, Freestyle, and Snowboard side athletes utilize Phil’s Hill, our on-site air bag facility, for off-season training. Additionally, athletes use the indoor trampolines located in the TBTC for year-round acrobatic training. Our on-snow training consists of experiences around the world during the off-season. During the winter Waterville Valley Resort becomes home and offers our athletes a variety of terrain and challenge. Students train rigorously with professional coaches dedicated to helping each student perform at their maximum potential. Through constant support and dedicated training programs, coaches help each student achieve mutually developed goals. Waterville Valley Academy is a USSA Gold Certified club.