Sugarloaf Mountain, right here in Carrabassett Valley, is our school’s home mountain. Sugarloaf has the largest vertical drop of any ski area East of the Rockies, and offers varied and challenging terrain for our student-athletes to train on, as well as unparalleled support of competitions and training. CVA Alpine racers train on Sugarloaf’s “Narrow Gauge,” one of the only FIS-certified downhill courses in the east. This trail was host to the World Cups in 1971, and the U.S. National Championships in 1996, 1997, 2006, and 2008.
CVA has established itself as a premier school for Alpine skiers. It has often been said that “the road to the Olympics goes down Narrow Gauge,” which is why, in 2015 and 2017, Sugarloaf will again be the site of the U.S. Alpine Championships.
Bode Miller is CVA’s most decorated Alpine graduate. Bode was the 2004/05 and 2007/08 Alpine overall World Cup champion and has also brought home six Olympic medals (one gold).
Michael Savage is the Alpine program director and is an alum of the first class of four-year students at CVA in 1986. Coach Savage has competed both nationally and internationally, and helped coach Kristen Clark, one of CVA’s most successful Olympians. To read more about Coach Savage and our other alpine coaches, click here.
Alongside Coach Savage’s extensive knowledge, CVA also has a state-of-the art Antigravity Complex (AGC). This training facility is the only one of its kind in New England and ensures optimal dryland training through our Human Performance Program.