Vermont Academy is pleased to announce a new partnership with Mount Snow Academy (MSA) starting the winter of 2021-22.

Mount Snow Academy is a winter sports academy for aspiring ski racers and competitive freeskiers & snowboarders. In operation over 35 years, MSA boasts national team placements, collegiate athletes, and Olympic medalists.

For VA students wanting to pursue their passion for winter sports among like-minded student-athletes (with elite coaching & training opportunities), and for Mount Snow Academy (MSA) student-athletes seeking a customized academic experience, the VA-MSA partnership program provides the best of both worlds.

The Wildcat Session offers a unique opportunity for student-athletes to cultivate their passion for competitive skiing or snowboarding while maintaining a consistent college-prep academic program.

At MSA, VA student-athletes participate in small-group training programs in alpine, freeskiing, and snowboarding.  Participants benefit from a completely customized program for each student-athlete with access to world-class training facilities, elite coaching, and a highly individualized learning environment designed to accommodate training and competition schedules. Mount Snow and other local/nearby training venues provide a challenging and varied terrain for the alpine skiers. Our Freeskiers and Snowboarders call Carinthia Parks their home, the finest park in the East. All student-athletes are actively engaged on the mountain six days a week.

How it Works

All Wildcat Session student-athletes are enrolled as full-time Vermont Academy Students. Program fees are included in the Vermont Academy tuition but do not include fees and travel while at Mount Snow Academy.

While living on Vermont Academy’s campus, students take classes and play fall varsity or JV sports while also participating in dryland training. 

Students will transition to remote learning when they move to the Mount Snow Academy campus, typically by the end of November. Students train on snow six days a week and follow the Vermont Academy curriculum with support from MSA instructors and Vermont Academy teachers. Students will typically transition back to living and learning on Vermont Academy’s campus by the end of March. Competition schedules can impact the start and end dates of the Wildcat session on a per-athlete basis.

In the springtime, students take classes in person and live on campus at Vermont Academy. Students can play spring varsity and JV sports.

Summer ski camps as offered by MSA; however, fees for these camps are not included in the Vermont Academy school year tuition. MSA/VA student-athletes are given a discounted rate.

Competition Info

Alpine Competition: Southern Vermont Council and intra-council races throughout the region. Competitive athletes compete in States and Easterns. Camps include Colorado, Mount Hood, Mammoth, and Hintertux.

Freestyle and Snowboard Competition: USASA Southern Vermont Series and regional out-of-series competitions. Athletes go to Copper Mountain for early season camp and back to Park City or Copper before nationals. Summer camps at Mount Hood and Whistler.

Education for Life - One Student at a Time

Vermont Academy is a coed college preparatory boarding and day school in southern Vermont, serving grades 9-12 plus a postgraduate year.