Winter-Spring Semester 

Ready to elevate your skiing? Snowboard in the backcountry? Learn mountain skills to carry with you through college and beyond?

The Winter Semester at RIDGE Mountain Academy is about skiing and snowboarding everyday 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. 

Custom Sports Training Plans

Individualized sports training plans are offered within a supportive team environment. Skiers, snowboarders, nordic skiers, backcountry enthusiasts, and skimo racers work 1-on-1 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.

College Credits, Internships

College credits are available through our Ridge Ed Mountain Studies course. Student athletes may elect to take additional courses for college credit with oversight from RIDGE staff. Ask us about academic opportunities.

The Ridge Ed curriculum also includes Avalanche Level I, Wilderness First Aid, Photo and Video Production, Health and Fitness.

Student athletes often elect to intern with local businesses and RIDGE partners.

Capstone Expedition

Ready to travel? The Winter Semester culminates with a well-earned, week-long backcountry skiing and snowboarding trip. In 2015, student athletes traveled to a backcountry lodge in Canada for world class ski and snowboard touring. Read about the trip in the December 2015 issue of SKIING Magazine:

The Winter Semester at RIDGE aims to combine the best aspects of a traditional ski academy, a snowboard academy, and an athletic GAP year program into one single semester.