Upcoming Alumni Events  


Big Dog Alumni in Warren Miller Film “Chasing Shadows”

Iconic filmmaker Warren Miller has been at it again and his latest film “Chasing Shadows” features two of our very own CVA alumni, Seth Wescott ’94 and Matt Philippi ’04.  In addition to our Big Dogs, watch as these world-class athletes “pursue turns on the mountains of our dreams: Chamonix, Alaska’s Chugach, the Chilean Andes, Utah’s Wasatch and the mightiest range of them all: the Himalaya. These athletes are masters in their element, and with every cliff drop, perfect line and neck-deep powder turn, they motivate us. Warren Miller once said, “A pair of skis are the ultimate transportation to freedom,” and this year, we’re chasing storms, snow, lines that live on the world’s highest peaks, and the freedom that these things grant us. Explore what it means to be inspired, and what it is about exotic locations and snow-covered summits that keep us searching for more. As skiers and snowboarders we chase a feeling, a memory, a storm, a turn — we’ve been chasing it our whole lives and we’ll keep chasing it a lifetime more.”

The movie will be shown this month in Portland, ME and  Winterstick Snowboards, owned by CVA Alums Chris Lorenz 89’, Seth Wescott ’94, Gus Lookner ’91 and Tom Fremont-Smith ’91 will also be at the film to show their support and give viewers a look at this year’s snowboard lineup. Please come support your fellow Big Dogs and see an amazing movie.

Tickets for the Portland event can be purchased here.

Click here to watch the trailer and click here to find out when and where “Chasing Shadows” will be shown at a location near you.

Saturday November 21, 2015 - 8:00 pm
The State Theater in Portland, ME

CVA Alumni Holiday Party

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday December 26, 2015

It’s time again for our annual Alumni Day here at Sugarloaf including the famous Alumni Holiday Party. Sugarloaf has graciously agreed to offer discounted lift ticket for all CVA who want to come skiing on the 26th! Please stay tuned for the link to purchase along with a schedule of events for the weekend. Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Discounted Sugarloaf lift ticket available for CVA Alumni
  • Hot Chocolate meet up at Bullwinkle’s
  • Annual Holiday Party at the King Cummings Campus Atrium December 26, 2015 5:00 -7:00 pm
  • Food, drinks, door prizes, friends old and new!


Recent Alumni Events 

Thank You Boston Big Dogs!

Thank you to our Boston Big Dogs that came out to join us at Vanderbilt Kitchen & Bar on September 30th for a fantastic alumni event which we co-hosted with Killington Mountain School. The CVA and KMS alumni enjoyed a night of food, fun, and friends in Boston’s financial district, and yes indeed, that is Head Of School Kate Webber Punderson ’89 literally waving the CVA flag! We always enjoy connecting with our alumni and look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Interested in hosting an alumni event in your neck of the woods? Contact Sarah Hinman at (207) 237-4471 or shinman@gocva.com


Portland Sea Dogs Event

A new CVA tradition is born! 73 members of the CVA community including alumni,  trustees, staff, current students, and parents came out to cheer on the Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday June 18, 2015 and enjoy one of the first warm summer nights in Maine. What a fun night we had: Eric Chamberlin threw out the first pitch, the weather was absolutely perfect, 

80’s night offered a host of colorful outfits and cover bands, we all got to catch up with old and new friends, and the night ended with a spectacular fireworks show.

 Seeing so many different members of the CVA come together warmed our hearts and reminded us what a great family this is to be a part of

Check out all of the night’s photos in our Facebook album “CVA Sea Dogs Event 6/18/2015) by clicking here

We look forward to hosting this event again next year!  


CVA Alumni Day and Holiday Party 


We are still smiling at the fact we had such great participation and energy for our CVA Alumni Day and especially for the annual alumni Holiday Party. This was the best year yet! 15 alumni bought tickets as part of our special deal with Sugarloaf and it was great to see so many people out on the slopes, enjoying hot chocolate and coffee at Bullwinkle’s and burgers at The Bag.

We were worried a few years back when we decided to have the alumni party at the CVA Academic Center rather than at the Rack, but you guys and gals proved you can have fun just about anywhere. We’d like to give a special shout out to the Big Dogs from the classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014 who came back – we hope you join us every year! 

A few lucky alums walked away with some good looking CVA swag from LL Bean that they won in the Annual Fund raffle. Our best guess is that we had 76 Big Dogs with us at the party and clearly the message of the evening was that although the campus may have changed for some of you, our CVA spirit remains the same.

CVA Alumni Event- Park City, UT 


We had another great Ski Academy Alumni Reunion out in Park City, UT in February. Alums gathered at High West Distillery for some après ski fun and then enjoyed a day of Utah powder on Saturday.  A big thank you to all who came out to reconnect with their fellow Big Dogs and alums from other New England ski academies; the CVA community spreads far and wide!.  We are looking forward already to next year’s event. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Sarah Hinman at shinman@gocva.com.



December 11, 2014  

A small but very merry group of CVA alumni gathered in Tribeca at the gorgeous home of Damon Bayles ’96 and Clinton Kelly. We had a wonderful time reminiscing about CVA and getting updates on life and work. The party was made even more festive by Damon’s wonderful mother Casey making an appearance as well as by their sweet dog, Mary, who may not look it, but is indeed a stellar Big Dog!  We hope more of you can join us next year when we’re back in the city – we’re looking to possibly do this event in November instead. Give us a shout if you’d like to be involved: shinman@gocva.com.



November 7, 2014

This year’s Portland event was a fun combination of casual conversation and high energy movie viewing. Ten alumni gathered at the Little Tap House to enjoy some snack and refreshments and swap stories about life in the Capricorn (basement flooding and skylight adventures were hot topics). We then ventured to the State Theater to view the ski movie “Almost Ablaze” by Teton Gravity Research – there was tangible excitement in the room with great anticipation of a very snowy winter.  It was a great night deemed “babysitter worthy” by those alums with kids at home. We are all looking forward to the next gathering of Big Dogs in Portland – likely in late Spring 2015.



This year’s event happened on October 17, 2014 at the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill in Boston, MA and was a great success! We had a strong Big Dog showing of 13 alums who had the opportunity to mingle with some alums from Killington Mountain School, Stratton Mountain School, Green Mountain Valley School, and Okemo Mountain School. A good time was had by all and we look forward to next year’s event!

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