1997: Carrabassett Valley Academy expanded by purchasing the Lumberjack Lodge
for additional dormitory space.
2001: The $1.2 million Anti-Gravity Center
physical training facility, jointly financed by the town and Carrabassett Valley Academy, officially opened in February. The 20,000-square-foot complex, with a climbing wall designed by Clem Begin and built on land donated by American Skiing, featured a gymnasium, skate park and locker rooms. “The facility caters to a wide demographic and athletic background,” CVA spokesman Rodney Corey told the Morning Sentinel.
2002: On the 20th anniversary of its founding, Carrabassett Valley Academy announced plans to build a new and larger campus
on 22 acres adjacent to its current location, where the school was already constructing a soccer field and track complex
. Even though the new buildings would have allowed CVA, which serves students from eighth grade through a postgraduate year, to expand its enrollment from 115 to 150, Headmaster John Ritzo said any growth would be done slowly. “We don’t want to lose the things that make us unique,” he was quoted as saying in an Associated Press story.
CVA’s decision to expand came in the wake of placing six skiers and snowboarders on the U.S. Olympic team and having former students Bode Miller and Kirsten Clark win medals in Olympic and world competitions. In all, CVA alumnae included eight Olympians, four world champions and 70 national champions.
2006: Carrabassett Valley Academy alumnus Seth Wescott
won a gold medal in the initial snowboard cross event at the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. Wescott was born in North Carolina, but grew up in Farmington. He was an avid skier and snowboarder from the age of 10, but in 1989, he gave up skiing to concentrate on snowboarding. It paid off, not only with the Torino gold, but when the “Boss of the Cross” gave another gold-medal performance in the same event at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
In addition, Wescott won gold in snowboard cross at the 2005 World Championships (to go with the silver medals he grabbed at the 2003, 2007 and 2011 games) and three silvers and bronze at the Winter X Games.
Wescott co-owns The Rack bar and restaurant (which occupies the old Sugarloaf Brewing site on the Access Road). In 2014, he also became a partner in Winterstick Custom Snowboards, which has a facility on West Mountain.
2007: Carrabassett Valley Academy opened the first phase of its expansion, a dormitory called Murfey Hall
, allowing the school to sell the Lumberjack Lodge.
(credit to history.carrabassettvalley.org