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).
A USSA level 500 coach and former World Cup competitor, Kraig Sourbeer brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to CVA. A life-long student of the sport he has vast technical knowledge and has worked with men and women from the youngest juniors to the World Cup elite. Following his graduation from Burke Mountain Academy in the 1980s Kraig raced with the US Ski Team on the World Cup and Europa Cup circuits. He then headed to the University of Vermont where he earned a degree in Education with a Certificate of Athletic Training. Over the next thirteen years Kraig gained valuable organizational, managerial and leadership skills at the helm of Mt. Mansfield Ski and Snowboard Club, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and Smugglers Notch Ski and Snowboard Club. From 2004-2010 Kraig worked with USSA and the U.S. Ski Team where he coached athletes at the Nor Am, EuropaCup and World Cup levels while delivering skill development to some of the nation's fastest athletes. He has spent the last 6 years coaching U16 and U19 boys at Burke Mountain Academy helping many athletes reach the USST and upper level college levels. To read more about coach Sourbeer 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.