About CVA

Campus

At home at Sugarloaf

Carrabassett Valley Academy's campus is located at Sugarloaf Mountain, in a four-season resort community offering skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, and other outdoor recreational activities. We are surrounded by beautiful mountains, forests, fields, and streams.  The famed Appalachian trail comes up the back side of Sugarloaf, over the Crocker Mountains, and along the Bigelow Mountain range and it is not uncommon to see  “through hikers” as they make their way to their final destination … Mt. Katahdin.

Campus & Area Facilities

    • Murfey Hall

      Entering the main entrance to this residence hall is a 3-story timber frame foyer and large co-ed student lounge with views of Sugarloaf to the South and Bigelow to the North. This home to CVA Big Dog boarding students houses 84 student beds and 6 faculty apartments.

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    • Academic Center

      This building houses all of our classrooms plus a music and art center. It's a 17,000 square foot two story building with 14 classrooms with state of the art technology. It connects to the dorms via “the Atrium” so students and staff can easily move between the dorm and classrooms.

    • Anti-Gravity Complex (AGC)

      CVA student-athletes defy gravity every day in our Anti-Gravity Complex (AGC). Train year-round on our Olympic-quality trampolines, skate park and bowl, weight room, aerobics room, climbing wall, and indoor court. Combining controlled anti-gravity with great coaching CVA student-athletes add new tricks and sharpen their technique in the AGC - a one of a kind facility.

    • Weight Room at the AGC

      The fitness mezzanine & weight room offer state-of-the-art training equipment and free weights

    • Alfond Competition Center

      The center is located on an expanded footprint of what was originally the loading terminal of the famous Sugarloaf gondola, and features office space for staff from Sugarloaf, CVA, and the Ski Club, tuning and waxing facilities, trainers’ room, locker rooms, as well as dedicated team rooms for the Colby College and University of Maine at Farmington ski teams.

    • Sugarloaf

      Maine's second highest peak at 4,237 feet with 2,820 vertical feet - the most continuous in New England - offers the only lift-serviced above-treeline skiing in the East. Sugarloaf's high altitude gets CVA Big Dogs on snow ahead of most and the vertical challenge prepares you for anywhere in the world. Just ask Bode Miller '96, Kirsten Clark '95, Seth Wescott '94, Jeremy Jones '93 and a long list of others.

    • Capricorn

      When CVA first opened its doors in 1982 the Capricorn was the school's residential, academic and athletic facility. Throughout the schools 25 plus year history the Capricorn, once a ski dorm, has served many purposes. This facility is now home to administrative and coach offices, a dining area, and day room space for athletes and coaches.

Training Venues at Sugarloaf Mountain

Our Home Court Advantage

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  • Brackett Basin, Burnt Mountain and the High Peaks of Western Maine

    Backcountry  

    Adjacent to Sugarloaf sit Brackett Basin and Burnt Mountain, offering over 650 acres of backcountry-style glades, including steeps, chutes and cliffs. And easy access to the greater region provides CVA athletes with the East’s most comprehensive training ground for Backcountry athletes.
  • Olympian Designed Cross Course

    Boardercross & Skicross

    The challenging terrain at Sugarloaf combined with a custom course designed by two-time Olympic gold medalist, Seth Wescott, CVA ‘94, provides the perfect venue to hone all of your racing skills. A number of USASA, FIS and NorAm events are held each year - providing ample opportunity to practice against world-class athletes on your home turf.
  • Sugarloaf Terrain Parks and Mogul Course

    Snowboard & Freestyle Skiing

    CVA snowboarders and freeskiers train in Sugarloaf’s terrain park, which includes a robust jumpline and many rail features. Mogul athletes train on our U.S. Ski & Snowboard certified mogul course.
  • The Narrow Gauge Trail

    Alpine Racing

    Sugarloaf has the largest vertical drop of any ski area East of the Rockies, and offers varied and challenging terrain for our student-athletes, as well as unparalleled support for competitions and training. The Narrow Gauge Trail is one of the only FIS-certified downhill courses in the East, and has hosted a World Cup and seven National Championships.