The Winter-Only Option is for students wanting a shorter, 90 day campus based semester program. This option may be ideal for international students or those only wanting to focus on snow sports.
Winter sports enthusiast will ski and snowboard 6 days a week while balancing all aspects of life. RIDGE trains beginner to elite student athletes to perform at their best in mountain sports while attending classes and building life skills.
Mountain Sports Training
Individualized sports training plans are offered within a supportive team environment. Skiers, snowboarders, backcountry enthusiasts, and skimo racers work with RIDGE coaches to expand their athletic, academic, and life skills during a RIDGE Winter Semester.
RIDGE is not a traditional ski academy. We take skiing and snowboarding in a progressive direction by coaching freeriding, backcountry touring, all-mountain skiing, and skimo racing. In one semester at RIDGE, student athletes gain the skills, certifications, and experience that most big mountain skiers take years to develop.
Winter Semester students will participate in the RIDGE Core Curriculum. Students will learn about Snow Science, earn certifications in Avalanche Safety and Wilderness Medicine.
Service Learning & Internships
Student athletes will have the opportunity to gain industry experience during service learning days, with RIDGE partners, and through the RIDGE internship program.
The Winter Semester culminates with a well-earned, backcountry hut trip.