About CVA

Get to Know CVA

A ski and snowboard academy

Nestled in the western mountains of Maine since 1982, we have earned more Olympic medals for skiing and snowboarding than some small countries. Our students have attended the most prestigious colleges and universities. CVA prepares student-athletes to be responsible, caring citizens who know the value of hard work and commitment.

Note from Kate, Head of School

CVA is defined by the collective spirit of its founders, teachers, coaches, parents and students. And…it is also defined by our location. The isolated ruggedness of the terrain and environment here clearly shapes us, our program and our students.

This place creates an experience not found elsewhere. A place where students carry the skills they learn on the mountain forward to face the challenges of their lives and of our world with strength and grace.

They learn how to win, how to lose, how carry on in unforgiving weather, and how to pick themselves up and keep going. While teaching students how to deal with those life lessons this mountain environment is also creating growth, opportunity, and choice.

It’s a full-on academic, athletic, and community experience that is life changing. It’s the “real deal” approach to a disciplined training program that pushes students to higher levels of competence.

When students join CVA they join a community that is nestled securely in the woods of Carrabassett Valley.  A community where they are known, needed, cared for, and are listened to. A community that radiates sincere warmth and a very familial feel within the school and the Valley as a whole.  

Students choose CVA because they love the outdoors, have a passion for their sport and are willing to work hard. They leave with an appreciation for the unique personality of the wilderness and with a life-long love of the outdoors.

Kate Webber Punderson '89
Head of School

Quick Facts - Current Student Body

List of 13 items.

  • 100-120

  • 2/3

    male students
  • 1/3

    female students
  • 2/3

  • 1/3

    Day students
  • 50%

    of our athletes are on the alpine team
  • 20%

    are snowboarders
  • 20%

    are freestyle skiers
  • 10%

    are on the Backcountry team
  • >55%

    receive financial aid and/or scholarships
  • 14

    different states and countries represented by students
  • 50

    faculty and coaches
  • 10

    Average class size

Quick Facts - Alumni

List of 6 items.

  • 11

    X Games Competitors - 10 Medals
  • 12

    Olympians - 3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals
  • 26

    NCAA and USCSA All Americans
  • 39

    National Team Members
  • 8 times

    Best Big Mountain Snowboarder of the Year
  • 92

    National Titles


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.
Carrabassett Valley Academy is a private middle and high school at Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine offering a unique balance of college preparatory academics and competitive ski and snowboard training.