“The academics are unparalleled, the skiing is some of the best in the world, but most importantly, the students are part of a family; a family that supports them, helps them grow, and will be a part of their lives forever.” – Jonna Mendes, SVSA Director of Recruitment, World Championship Medalist, Olympian, National Champion, and US Alpine Ski Team Alum
Community School and SVSEF have worked together for decades, producing top snow sport athletes who excel regionally, nationally, and internationally. Now combined under the banner of the Sun Valley Ski Academy, we are taking our opportunities for excellence to new levels. Academy student-athletes are fully integrated into the life of Community School — in academics, the Outdoor Program, and extracurricular and social activities. At the same time, they can rely on the flexibility and support necessary to pursue their winter-sport passions.
“I love attending a school where I don’t have to compromise education for athletics. I came to Sun Valley to train with an accomplished group of girls…and the training facilities and endless bike paths and ski trails definitely add to the experience. I know I have improved as a student and as an athlete by attending Community School and being part of the Sun Valley Ski Academy” - Jesse, SVSA student-athlete
Sun Valley Ski Academy boasts outstanding teams in four disciplines; alpine, cross country, freestyle, and snowboarding. Student-athletes work with experienced and dedicated coaches at top training facilities and compete throughout the United States. From our campus, academy athletes have access to two outstanding ski mountains with quality snowmaking and myriad cross-country trails - within minutes from school.
“The Sun Valley Ski Academy is about increasing opportunity for skiers and snowboarders from around the country and in the Wood River Valley. Student-athletes don’t have to choose between their sport and their education. They can have excellence in both.”
– David Holmes, CS Head of School
Many academy students have grown up and live locally. Our new residential program offers student-athletes from outside the area the chance to experience all that Sun Valley has to offer, living in a comfortable and convenient residence hall at the base of Mt. Baldy. As a world-renowned resort community, Sun Valley boasts both winter and summer recreational and cultural activities and amenities – this is a place kids love to live and parents WANT to visit.
“Sun Valley is the perfect place for such an academy.” – Don Wiseman, SVSEF Executive Director