For years, we’ve dreamt of expanding the training and race venue on Competition Hill and installing a surface lift for our athletes. We’ve looked forward to more training lanes, quicker turnaround times, increased snowmaking capacity, and early-season access to on-snow training. Now our dreams are being realized!
I got to sit down with Kirk Dwyer, the Alpine Program Director at Carrabassett Valley Academy, who is entering into his second year as a leader of the CVA Alpine Program.
As with any shift in leadership, programmatic changes result. I wanted to take some time to chat with Kirk about what changes CVA families can expect to see in the Alpine program for the 2022-2023 school year and moving forward.
Last Saturday, nineteen student-athletes graduated from Carrabassett Valley Academy, receiving their diplomas at the Richard Bell Chapel, at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain. Two winter term seniors also received certificates of attendance to recognize their time at CVA.
This year's commencement marked the 40th anniversary of Carrabassett Valley Academy's founding, which took place in 1982.
Congratulations to the 40th graduating class at CVA- the Class of 2022!
CVA Alpine Technical Director, Head Women's Coach, and Director of Special Projects, Kirk Dwyer, sat down with SYNC performance this week to discuss what successful athlete development looks like at the High School level, and how upcoming projects at Sugarloaf Mountain will contribute greatly to athlete development here at CVA.
On Saturday, May 7th, the senior class at CVA went on their class trip to watch The Portland Sea Dogs, a Minor League Baseball team based in Portland, Maine play the Fightin' Phils. This weekend was Student Celebration Week at the Sea Dogs stadium, and our students had a wonderful time celebrating their senior year together.
A Big Dog thank you goes out to the CVA Parent Support Organization for sponsoring the senior trip! PSO parents, we are so grateful for everything that you do for CVA.
Our student-athletes in the disciplines of Freeski, Snowboarding, and Ski Cross recently attended USASA Nationals held at Copper Mountain in CO. The student-athletes showed up to win at their events, and win they did!
The Sugarloaf Ski Club is offering an annual athletic merit scholarship award for a current CVA winter term or seven-month student who will return the next school year for the full-year term; or for a CVA Weekend Program athlete who is applying for the full-year term.
The Backcountry Team recently returned from a two-week trip to Washington’s Cascade Range. This trip was the culmination of months of training and incorporated elements of avalanche education, ski mountaineering, team building, and off-the-grid living.
Three CVA Backcountry athletes, Dionis Phelan ‘26, Kai Glidden ‘23, and Cassidy Strunk ‘22 were featured on WSKI TV. They talked about the CVA Backcountry program, the Mt Washington Backcountry Fest, and the Diamond 48 Hour Film Festival where their film, Petite Amies, was the winning submission.
Carrabassett Valley Academy and the Sugarloaf Ski Club would like to celebrate CVA alumni and long-time Sugarloafers, Kristean Porter Thorpe ’89 and Seth Wescott ’94 and congratulate them on their formal induction into the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame.
Both Seth and Kristean were announced as inductees in 2020. However, with COVID, the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame couldn't hold the formal induction ceremonies.
Thank you for supporting the CVA Scholarship Fund! We have raised just over $100,000 of our $150,000 goal so far. With your help, we can reach that goal! The online auction is open for bidding this week, through March 6th at 8PM EST.
The annual Scholarship Bash is a critical piece of Carrabassett Valley Academy’s fundraising efforts, to raise scholarship money for current and prospective student-athletes. Each year, we award scholarship funds to over 55% of student-athletes, who demonstrate financial need and exceptional potential in their athletic discipline and academic performance.