Off Campus Semesters

Take a semester off campus while living the mountain athlete lifestyle!

RIDGE Off Campus Semesters are designed for male and female student athletes who are looking to take a semester away from high school or college and are interested in a mountain sports immersion experience. RIDGE offers student athletes a campus-based mountain sports immersion program located in Whitefish, Montana. The RIDGE Off Campus Semester is for student athletes who are interested in strengthening their training, forging new skills, and discovering their passions in the mountains.

The RIDGE Off Campus Semester is for student athletes looking for:

  • Focused training 
  • Outdoor industry certifications
  • A semester living in a true mountain town
  • An immersion in outdoor education and mountain sports
  • An outdoor industry internship or continuing college credit
  • High level health and nutrition coaching
  • Pro coaching in mountain sports 

The RIDGE Off Campus Semester is:

Mountain Sports- The RIDGE Off Campus Semester is for beginner through elite student athletes who are looking to expand their mountain sports skill sets while earning college credit. RIDGE student athletes can focus their training on a specific sport, or gain experience in a variety of mountain sport disciplines. RIDGE Academy mountain sports include:

  • Winter: free skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, backcountry touring and skimo racing
  • Fall: Mountain biking, trail running, rock climbing, alpine climbing and yoga 

Academics- RIDGE Off Campus Semester student athletes do not have to put their academics on hold! Most Off Campus Semester student athletes choose to earn 3 college credits through RIDGE Ed and many enroll in other college classes through RIDGE's academic partners. RIDGE academic advisors do a thorough assessment of each Off Campus Semester student athlete's academic histories and future goals to devise individual academic plans. RIDGE Off Campus Semester academics include:

  • RIDGE Ed courses
  • Outdoor Industry Internships or focus on continued college courses 
  • College counseling
  • High school courses

Life Skills- RIDGE Off Campus Semester student athletes live in Whitefish, MT- an iconic mountain town nestled in the Rocky Mountains. Gap students develop life skills as they learn to balance training, responsibilities, and academics. Direct support from RIDGE coaches, gives RIDGE Off Campus Semester students the resources and guidance they need to develop skills for success in the future.

Coaching- RIDGE Off Campus Semester student athletes benefit from working with RIDGE mountain sport coaches throughout the semester. Our coaches are experts in their fields and they develop programs which give student athletes a route towards success. 

Health and Wellness- RIDGE Off Campus Semester student athletes receive one-on-one health assessments and coaching from RIDGE health coaches. RIDGE works with each student athlete to develop health and fitness programs which support their goals and supplement other areas of training.   

A fusion of mountain sports, education, and life skills, the RIDGE Off Campus Semester prepares student athletes of all abilities—beginner to elite—to develop their balance, purpose, and true potential.

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