Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy (VSSA)
VSSA is a 5th-12th grade Eagle County public school that serves up to 300 full-time student-athletes. VSSA is a fully accredited and certified college preparatory school, and the first public ski and snowboard academy in the country.
VSSA is located in Minturn, Colorado, just 10 miles from SSCV’s Golden Peak training venue and Clubhouse. It is adjacent to SSCV’s Nordic training venue at Maloit Park and dryland facility at the Minturn Fitness Center.
Students who enroll at VSSA must also be accepted to and enroll in an approved full-time athletic program, which include SSCV full-time Alpine, freeski, mogul, Nordic and snowboard programs as well as some club’s hockey, swim and gymnastics programs.
VSSA was founded in 2007 through an academic partnership between SSCV and Eagle County Schools. The uniqueness of this arrangement (a public school) coupled with SSCV’s financial aid program reflects SSCV’s ongoing commitment to making snowsports accessible to more people.
Still, VSSA has limited spots available and athletes must complete an application process through the school.