Winter Sports

During the ski season, the academic schedule provides time each day for students to ski or snowboard at Squaw Valley USA. This gives students immediate access to world-class skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and cross-country skiing. Developmental ski and snowboard classes, from novice to advanced, are available to help refine skills and the enjoyment of these winter sports. Competitive athletes have the option to join the Squaw Valley USA Ski, Snowboard, or Freestyle Team or other local competitive racing or freestyle teams.

Squaw Valley USA offers six peaks of moderate to advanced terrain, three terrain parks, a Superpipe, an Olympic-size ice rink, and some of the deepest snow in the world. Annual snowfall at Squaw Valley USA averages 450 inches (11 meters) per year, yet has 300 days of sunshine. Thirty-three lifts, including North America’s only Swiss Funitel and an aerial Cable Car, transport skiers and riders onto 4,000 acres (1,600 hectares) and 2,850 vertical feet (868 meters) of ski terrain.

Competition Ski Program

New for the 2017-18 Academic Year, we have partnered with Squaw Valley Ski Resort and the Squaw Valley Ski Team to offer a new program tailored for student-athletes training and competing at a higher level. We have created a flexible schedule to integrate the rigorous demands of a skier’s preparation and race schedule with college-preparatory academics.


Addressing the individual needs of each student is an integral part of our academic program at Squaw Valley Academy. With a focus on preparation for college, we offer small class sizes and proctored evening study halls to help students develop skills necessary for academic success. SVA maintains a 100% college acceptance rate, with students working individually with a college counselor to find schools that best meet their needs.


To help integrate our student-athletes into the larger school community, their fall semester schedule will closely mirror that of our non-athletes, attending five classes in the morning, with the daily performance program and equipment preparation taking the place of afternoon activities. During the spring semester, skiers will practice with the team in the morning and  attend four classes in the afternoon.

On the Road

While traveling for competition, students will keep on top of their academic commitments with the help from designated travel tutors, personal MacBook Airs with eBooks, digitized assignments and monitored study halls.


Get ahead! Our Interim and Summer School sessions are terrific options for students who want to earn credits in advance or need to re-mediate grades. Plus, the dates allow skiers to still attend Squaw Valley Ski Team’s on-snow training camp in New Zealand.

Student Life

Beyond the classroom, Squaw Valley Academy focuses on the whole child, including community involvement and social development. We take week-long excursion trips each semester to further the outdoor learning experience. Using the Sierra Nevadas as our backdrop, we offer many outdoor sports and activities as a catalyst for personal growth and achievement. From paddleboarding on Lake Tahoe to hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, SVA is truly a place where the mountain meets the classroom.

Travis Ganong Scholarship

The Travis Ganong scholarship is awarded annually to (2) promising student-athletes that embody Travis’ passion for education and alpine ski racing. This merit-based award provides (1) full and (1) half tuition until graduation* and is open to all students with at least a 3.5 GPA entering grades 9 and 10 for the 2017-18 school year. Learn more & apply!

Application Process

We are now enrolling for our Summer 2017 and the 2017-18 Academic Year! For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 530-583-9393 or We offer financial aid, both need and merit-based.

Admissions Checklist

In order to evaluate each student-athlete properly, please complete the following Admissions checklist:

  • On-Campus Tour & Interview – Offered Monday thru Friday at 10:30am. Please call Admissions at 530-583-9393 to schedule.
  • Student Application – Download Now!
    • Application Form
    • Personal Statement
    • Teacher Recommendation Form
    • Coach Recommendation Form
    • Academic Transcript (with at least past two years)
    • Application Fee of $100
  • On-Snow Training with Squaw Valley Ski Team (optional) – Please call Admissions at 530-583-9393 to schedule.