Green Mountain Academy was founded in 2014 as an organization committed to competition based training for Freeski and Snowboard athletes age 6-17. From extreme big mountain and freestyle skiing to all disciplines of snowboarding we offer programs which further development beyond instruction based lessons. Using the U.S. Ski and Snowboard training matrix in combination with our own skill progression system creates a clear path for maximum growth. Our staff is one of the highest certified group of coaches in the country. These amazing individuals empower athlete's to support each other, respect self/others, set goals for personal growth, manage fear/risk/reward, overcome adversity, and have fun while representing their sport in a responsible and respectful manner.
Each session begins at the Mount Mansfield base area with weekend groups heading to the lift at 8:30 and weekdays at 9:00am and 12:30pm. We typically begin with a highly structured session while conditions and athletes are fresh. Coaches guide the training day to best utilize terrain, navigate weather, and reach group and individual athlete goals. Water breaks, lunch time, and some low focus fun runs will round out the training day!
We provide fundamental competition based training and support for all snowboard and freeski disciplines. Competing in USASA, USSA, IFSA, STEFT, and other events is not mandatory but highly encouraged. The common mission of these organizations is to facilitate fun and fair events for all ages across the country, to attract snowboarders and freeskiers, promote their development, provide member education, influence the future of our sports, and serve as qualifiers for national and international competition. There are many lessons to teach an athlete before, during, and after a competition day. These experiences build charachter and help prepare athletes for the future wherever they may go. We will ask everyone to try at least one event.
-To participate in GMA programs/camps all athletes must have current USSA membership.
-Must have ability to remain in control using all edges on intermediate terrain at a moderate pace.
-Must have appropriate clothing/equipment and able to withstand mountain environment for extended periods.
-Helmet use is mandatory.
-Must have pass or ticket.
-Must submit GMA athlete code of conduct, concussion awareness, and waiver forms.
TEAM ABILITY LEVELS
GMA beginners are able to link turns COMFORTABLY on blue terrain on Mount Mansfield at Stowe.
Coaches adhere to the philosophy of “New moves on old terrain. Old moves on new terrain.” This holds true for trail riding, off piste and terrain park progressions. GMA Coaches have developed a step by step freestyle progression system designed to guide skill development from beginner through advanced skills.
“Is GMA right for my child?”
Has your child progressed through ski school to a point where they are linking their turns (parallel) on blue terrain and are ready to experiment with black trails?
“While GMA fosters progression to a very high caliber, competing on a national stage, everyone needs to start somewhere! The majority of our team members start out with goals such as learning to hit their first jumps or executing confident turns in the trees. Our Team and Junior Team programs are geared towards the athletes who are ready to move on from traditional ski/snowboard lessons into a more structured and goal oriented program.”
***Green Mountain Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.***