Burke Mountain Academy

Burke Mountain Academy is a full year private college-preparatory school that educates and trains alpine ski racing athletes on the slopes of Burke Mountain Ski Area and is located in East Burke, Vermont.[1][2][3]

Burke Mountain Academy
Address
60 Alpine Lane, East Burke, Vermont

05832
Information
Founded1970
FounderMartha Coughlin and Warren Witherell
Head of schoolWilly Booker
Grades7–12, PG
Enrollment66

OverviewEdit

Burke Mountain Academy (BMA), located in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont[4], is a full year private college-preparatory school that educates and trains alpine ski racing athletes on the slopes of nearby Burke Mountain Ski Area. The school has been called, “The premier ski racing school in the United States...” [5]

The school was founded when “... Martha Coughlin approached coach Warren Witherell seeking year-round training to help her achieve her dream of being named to the U.S. Ski Team.”[6]

BMA has, in addition to alpine ski racers, trained nordic skiers throughout the school’s 50 year history. As of 2020, the nordic ski program is currently on hold.[7]

In 1970, when the school was started, it was the first ski academy in North America.[8] In 2020 there are numerous ski academies in the U.S. and Canada. [9]

AlumniEdit

BMA’s alumni include:

  • 2014 & 2018 Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin
  • 5 U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Inductees
  • 118 U.S. Ski Team members
  • 144 national team athletes
  • 36 Olympians
  • 5 alumni competitors at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games
  • 6  alumni competitors at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games

Notable Alumni: Mikaela Shiffrin ‘13 [10], Shane McConkey ‘89[11], Diann Roffe ‘85, Julie Parisien Nuce ‘89, Erik Schlopy ‘90, Ida Sargent ‘06 (Nordic), Nolan Kasper ’07, Liz Stephen ‘05 (Nordic), Thomas Biesemeyer ‘08, Nina O’Brien ’14, Warren Cummings Smith, Ronnie Berlack ’12, Jesse Hunt ‘83[12], Fabio Igel ‘89, Chip Knight ‘93, Bryna McCarty ‘02, Thomas Grandi ‘90, Eric Villiard ‘89 [13]

Gregg Brockway ’84 – Founder of Hotwire and TripIt • Alex Cranmer ’93 – Film and television actor • Billy Kawaja ’96 – President of Culinary Capers Beijing • Corinne Prevot ’09 – Founder and President of Skida Headwear

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Witherell, Warren (1988). How the Racers Ski. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-30344-5.
  2. ^ Clarey, Christopher (13 February 2019). "At Shiffrin's Alma Mater, Future Ski Champions for $58,000 a Year" – via NYTimes.com.
  3. ^ "Behind Burke Mountain's rise to become the top U.S. Olympic ski racing school". sponsored.bostonglobe.com.
  4. ^ "Northeast Kingdom - Wikipedia". en.m.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2020-02-17.
  5. ^ doug-most (2018-02-15). "Behind Burke Mountain's rise to become the top U.S. Olympic ski racing school". Sponsored. Retrieved 2020-02-17.
  6. ^ "History | Burke Mountain Academy". Retrieved 2020-02-17.
  7. ^ "Over Before It Really Began: Burke and Sweetser Part Ways". FasterSkier.com.
  8. ^ Looney, Douglas S. "IT'S ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE". Vault. Retrieved 2020-02-17.
  9. ^ "USSA's Tom Kelly inspires Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy student-athletes". Ski Racing Media. Retrieved 2020-02-17.
  10. ^ Jon M. Fishman (1 September 2014). Mikaela Shiffrin. Lerner Publications. p. 29. ISBN 978-1-4677-5782-9.
  11. ^ "Shane McConkey". U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2020-02-17.
  12. ^ "Jesse Hunt Returns to US Ski & Snowboard as Alpine Director". Ski Racing Media. Retrieved 2020-02-17.
  13. ^ "Burke Mountain Academy". Ski Racing Media. Retrieved 2020-02-17.

Coordinates: 44°35′34″N 71°54′21″W / 44.5929°N 71.9057°W / 44.5929; -71.9057