April 9, 2021

VA Program Spotlight: Nordic Ski Program

Our Nordic season is just behind us. We’ve created a video to help people understand the joys of the sport and the approach Vermont Academy takes with experienced and novice skiers. It’s clear why our students develop such a strong love for the land.

Vermont Academy offers approximately 20 kilometers of groomed trails during the Nordic season. Many trails cut through our 450-acre campus, both in the woods and on the fields. We have trails and courses suitable for all skiers levels, from the very beginner to trails very similar to what our best skiers are facing in international races. This is a unique combination that has led Vermont Academy to host high-level events.
The team is coached by Alexei Sotskov, our Director of Sports on Snow. His wealth of knowledge comes from decades of international coaching experience. He was a member of the Russian National Ski Team from 1978-89 and has served as Olympic coach for the New Zealand team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada. He was also head coach of the Russian Olympic Development team from 1990-92. During Alexei's time at Vermont Academy, the Sports on Snow programs have won over ten New England Championship and developed many skiers and snowboarders who matriculated to the collegiate and professional level. Coach Sotskov considers a wedding invitation from a former student-athlete as the ultimate prize in the coaching profession. His emphasis on relationships aligns with who we are at Vermont Academy.
Alexei grooms the trails six nights a week during the season -- grooming non-stop and covering all the trails with our modern PistenBully 100 groomer takes about 5 hours.
Watch the video to see this year’s Nordic team compete in a scramble event on Vermont Academy's fields and hear Alexei describe his coaching philosophy. There's also an album of photos on Flickr HERE.

Take a Virtual Tour of Campus

Explore our campus with our interactive virtual tour. Take a self-guided tour of academic buildings, dorms, athletics facilities, and everything in between. This is the start of your on-campus Vermont Academy journey. Let’s get started!


Can't quite place where everything is? No problem - this map offers a bird's-eye view of campus.

Experience a VA classroom

Step into one of our classrooms and experience a virtual class led by Jo Fuller, our English Department Chair. This recorded class is AP English Lit and Comp with a class size of 7.

"I thought I would share today's "episode" of AP English.  We finished the last scene of King Lear, and this is the last traditional class we will have before they take the AP test. If you play 25:38​ - 36:49, you will hear some discussion of making connections to personal lives and pop culture as well as the last 100 lines of the play. But maybe other parts of the class feel more useful to you. This was not our most fun class, but a good example of traditional content-focused teaching on Zoom." 
- Ms. Fuller

This was recorded last spring. Since September 2020, our students have been on our campus experiencing in-person classes.

Featured Videos: Student-Faculty Connections

Take our advice - try everything! Vermont Academy provides a safe place to grow and try new things. You will be valued for who you are while always being pushed to be your best self.

Mr.Burmester and Myles '21
This interview is one in a series spotlighting Vermont Academy student-faculty connections. Meet Mr. Burmester, our Head of Theater Arts and Strategic Plan Coordinator, and Myles '21.

Stay tuned for more videos coming soon!
VA continues to support rolling admission for the 2021-2022 school year.

We are excited to learn more about you and your family. Please complete the following inquiry form to receive Vermont Academy’s Viewbook, information about our financial aid program, and what to expect from a boarding school experience. FILL OUT THE INQUIRY FORM HERE.

We ask that all prospective students complete this form prior to scheduling their interview and campus visit.

Next Steps? Get to know VA.

  • Get a start on your application and APPLY NOW.
  • Explore previous editions from The View from the Hilltop HERE.
  • Learn more about VA through our Virtual Open House Series. WATCH PREVIOUS OPEN HOUSE SESSIONS.
  • Explore our campus via our VIRTUAL TOUR.
  • Learn more about Scholarship Opportunities and Affording Vermont Academy HERE.
Dates to Remember:
February 1: Application and financial aid deadline*
March 10: Admissions decisions sent to students and families
April 10: Enrollment contract and deposit due

*After February 1, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Alumni Spotlight: Clara Adra Converse, Class of 1879

Clara Adra Converse graduated from Vermont Academy in 1879 -- one of the first women to graduate from the school. She was an American teacher and missionary who became a pioneer educator in Japan. In 1929, Emperor Showa Hirohito conferred on Converse the Blue Ribbon Medal of Honor, in recognition of her contributions to women's education and the Japanese nation.

From her start at Vermont Academy, Converse was bound for a great future. She grew up in Grafton, Vermont, where her father was a farmer with eight hundred acres. She and her sister, Sara, both pursued their studies at Vermont Academy. Converse graduated from Vermont Academy in 1879 as part of the first class and then completed her degree at Smith College before returning to Vermont Academy as a teacher. One of Converse’s first students was Florence Sabin, who was inspired her to apply to medical school and become one of the first women physicians in the United States, a professor at Johns Hopkins, and ultimately the founder of the Colorado Health Care System.
Feeling a deep dedication to awakening an inner fire in her students, Converse is the creator of the Vermont Academy motto: Be True to Your Best Self.

Read more about Clara HERE.
Vermont Academy's Admissions Office is here to help you through the application process, from the interview to the application and beyond.

Please contact our office for more 
information at admissions@vermontacademy.org // 802.869.6229

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