The Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy’s academic program exists to serve our student-athletes while they pursue their athletic goals training with the Mt. Mansfield Ski Club (MMSC). Incorporated in 1934, MMSC is the oldest ski club in the country. Originally the Club was a group of friends organized to cut trails and promote the first ski competitions in North America. Over the past eighty years it has grown into a club with over 700 members. The Club’s junior ski racing program started in 1951 as an after school program for local kids, today our junior programs have 250 young athletes, from seven year olds to high school post-grads.
The Academy (MMWA) and the Club (MMSC) are two separate, distinct non-profit organizations. The Academy is responsible for all aspects of academic and boarding programs while the Club is responsible for all aspects of the athletic program. Faculty and staff from both organizations work closely together, to support the programs’ common philosophy and guidelines. Academy administrators meet regularly with Club coaching staff to review academic standing, performance at training, race schedules and overall student-athlete well being. Our message to our students is that the privilege of skiing is always dependent on high academic achievement.
Our Club’s athletic history is not only long, but also successful. Our programs have produced several Olympians, dozens of US Ski and Snowboard Team members and coaches, NCAA collegiate champions, and age group national champions. In the past ten years, six of our graduates have represented their country on the US Alpine Ski Team. Since 2005, our graduates account for five US National titles in slalom and GS, two NorAm points titles in SG, one each in GS, downhill and combined, two NCAA National champions in slalom, and a world junior champion in downhill.
Our new clubhouse sits at the base of Spruce Peak’s high-speed Sensation Quad which services Main Street, our race venue. The lift gets little public traffic, and Main Street is reserved for the Club’s exclusive use. We’re proud to keep our trail in immaculate condition and maintain it’s the best race hill in the east. In the past few years the Club has hosted numerous high-level race events including NorAms, Eastern Alpine Championships, and NCAA National Championships. Our on-mountain facility is truly world class and has to be seen (and of course skied) to be believed. MMWA student-athletes have the opportunity to train on snow six days per week in this incredible venue. Younger students (U14 athletes, typically 7th and 8th grade) attend class from 8 to noon and ski in the afternoons, while our older students (U16 and U19) train in the mornings, return to school for lunch at attend class from 12:45 to 5:15 pm. Dry land training for both groups takes place at the end of the day in our new Athletic Center.