About CVA

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Mission Statement

The intent and purpose of Carrabassett Valley Academy is to foster focused individual student-athlete development by providing the optimum balance between outstanding college preparatory academics, responsible community living, and world-class athletic training in competitive skiing and snowboarding.

A Day in the Life of a CVA Student

Discover CVA through the eyes of a Big Dog. Each 60 second, student-produced video showcases a Day in the Life of a student-athlete. These videos are as diverse and unique as our students with a shared passion of skiing and snowboarding.
    • Kai

    • Danica, Lily C, Mia

    • Chase

    • Emily, Lily S, Luna

    • Jack E

A Message from the Head of School

Carrabassett Valley: from here on, your life will never be the same.
This iconic message rings true for visitors and residents alike, life in Carrabassett Valley is like no other. Sugarloaf Mountain and the rugged surrounding terrain have shaped a close-knit community between the town, the resort, and Carrabassett Valley Academy.
Carrabassett Valley Academy is located at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain, Maine's largest ski resort. CVA student-athletes have direct access to world-class training venues and a longer at-home training season. CVA has a unique location along the 45th parallel and is the northernmost ski and snowboard academy in the East. Our colder temperatures allow for extended snowmaking to start on-snow training at home earlier and the ability to keep our snow later into Spring.
The CVA experience cannot be found anywhere else. A balanced schedule between academics and athletics, individually tailored and supported, allows our students to focus equally on the pursuit of their athletic and academic dreams.
Character development is the responsibility of every member of the CVA Community. In classrooms or on the hill, students are instilled with values of kindness, respect, commitment, and gratitude. Carrabassett Valley Academy’s individual student-centered approach and optimum balance between athletics, academics, and responsible community living, guides our students to reach their full potential both on and off the mountain.
My family and I have been living, learning, and celebrating the successes of our students for over twenty years. I invite you to discover what makes CVA special. Come train with the team and meet our community of students, teachers, coaches, and staff. See what it is like to be a Big Dog!
Kate Webber Punderson '89
Carrabassett Valley Academy Head of School