CVA Alpine Program

2016 USSA Club of the Year

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, 2008, and 2015.

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 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).

Program Director

As the CVA Alpine Program Director, Garrett Lashar is responsible for the staffing, programming, implementation and supervision of the Academy and Weekend Alpine Programs. Garrett is a '00 CVA graduate and attended Plymouth State University where he was a member of the PSU Alpine ski team, serving as team captain both his junior and senior years. He graduated with a degree in Management, and began his coaching career with Waterville Valley Ski Club, working with the Men’s and Women’s U19 program. He returned to CVA for two years coaching the Men’s U19 program.

Following that, from 2007-2012 Garrett served as the Head Coach of the Men’s and Women’s Alpine Ski Team at Colby-Sawyer College. While at Colby-Sawyer, Garrett’s student-athletes achieved 38 USCSA All-American honors as well as multiple National Championship titles. In 2010 Garrett, working closely with the college administrators, elevated the ski program from USCSA to NCAA. Throughout this time, Garrett gained valuable experience working with multiple departments to ensure athlete and program success – from academics, to off-season training, to admissions and financial aid. After five years with a collegiate program Garrett shifted his focus back to the club level and began coaching at Mount Mansfield Ski Club, where for the past six winters Garrett has coached athletes across genders at both the U16 and the U19 levels.

Contact Garrett today to learn more about the CVA Alpine program: email or call 207.237.4493


CVA has recently been named a U.S. Ski & Snowboard High Performance Center. With this designation CVA will collaborate with U.S. Ski & Snowboard's Park City based Center of Excellence and other High Performance centers to share best practices in stregnth and conditioning, sport science and sports medicine. 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

Click here to read more about CVA’s Training Philosophy & Opportunities 



3197 Carrabassett Drive
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947


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