Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy (VSSA) provides a rigorous college preparatory academic program while supporting the athletic and personal goals of our students. In partnership with Ski & Snowboard Club Vail and the Eagle County School District, VSSA facilitates the attainment of our students’ dreams by offering challenging academics, flexible scheduling, and individualized attention.
Important Dates

Calendar 2015-2016
Click here for the VSSA Google calendar. 
Click here for the paper copy.
Click here for the bell schedule.

ASM: Black Netzeband: Renewable Energy 
October 12

Re-take Picture Day
October 14

Fall Break ~ No School
October 16-20

ASM: Dr. Jon Kedrowski: Nepal/Everest
October 26

CANCELLED: Parent's Day

October 26
To streamline and lessen the impact on families, we are canceling Parent's Day.

Parent Teacher Conferences
October 27 & 28

Homecoming Dances
October 30
Lower School 4:00-5:30pm
Upper School 8:00-11:00pm

Winter Schedule Begins
November 2

ASM: Veteran's Day Assembly
November 9

PTA Meeting
November 11, 5pm

Thanksgiving Break ~ No School
November 23-27

ASM: Tom Kelly ~ VP USSA Communications
November 30

December 17 & 18

Holiday Break ~ No School
December 21-January 4

All ECS schools including VSSA have an October Break this year to give students and teachers time to rejuvenate, therefore there is no school October 16-20th.

Conferences October 27 & 28

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held after school from 4:15 to 7pm on Tuesday and Wednesday October 27th and 28th. A Sign Up Genius will be shared in next week's newsletter so you can pick appointment slots with your student's teacher. The format will run with Upper School in the Think Tank and Lower School in the Art Room. If we need over flow, it will be in the Computer Lab and all these spaces are close together if you have overlapping teachers or students. 

Time slots will be available in five minute increments and you will be able to rotate through teachers and academic coaches. If you need additional time with teachers, VSSA asks you to set a separate appointment with the faculty so the night can progress in a timely manner. You may bring your students, however it is not mandatory to be there.

VSSA Parent/Teacher Conference Potlucks
As has been tradition, PTA would again like to make sure our teachers are well fed during the long days they spend at school updating us on our kids progress.  Please use the attached link to volunteer food items so we can ensure we have a good variety.  Favorite Italian dishes, sign up 10/27.  Soups and the like will be on 10/28.  We do request all donations be delivered to school by3:45.  Items not served hot can be dropped off anytime earlier in the day.  Thank You!!
VSSA PTA ~ Organizing Contact:  Tammy or 303 587-0506

Spirit Week! October 26-30

Monday - Tourist Day
Tuesday - Twin Day
Wednesday - Pink Powder Puff Peach Fuzz Day  
    (We will do the Powder Puff game during advisory)
Thursday - Throwback Thursday (dress from any other decade)

Friday - Halloween Costume day & Homecoming Dances!

Homecoming Dances! October 30th
Lower School 4pm-5:30pm 
Upper School 8:00-11:00pm

The Homecoming Dance Committee needs your help!

Decorating: October 29th, 2:00pm
Set-up: October 30th, 2:00pm

Lower School Dance Chaperones: October 30th, 3:30pm-5:45pm                
Upper School  Dance Chaperones: October 30th, 7:45pm-11:00pm              
Clean-up: 11:00pm
Please contact Gretchen Hennum or 970-390-6341 to help!  

Student Ski Passes
The Student Pass this year is only valid at Vail and Beaver Creek and has no restrictions. As in prior years, your student must only have their 2015-16 photo Student ID to purchase their pass. If your students do not have photo id's then you will need to give them the attached letter. Again, as in past years, you will need to fill in the areas that are in bold with the student and school information. This letter must be printed on letterhead and have an original signature in order to be accepted at the ski pass office. For more detailed information, click here.


  • NEW Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack (Only Available until 10/11/15) 4 Days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone & Breckenridge Free
  • Eagle/Lake County Student Ages 5-12 Vail & Beaver Creek $ 239
  • Eagle/Lake County Student Ages 13-18 Vail & Beaver Creek $ 359

Hello VSSA's wonderful parents,

There are still a few spots open: please consider signing up to bring a treat and a small gift ($15 limit) to a VSSA teacher or staff member on their birthday (*summer birthdays will be celebrated on their half birthday).  Please attach an appreciative card signed  "From The VSSA PTA". 

You will receive an email reminder 4 days before the birthday. 


Winter Schedule 
Winter schedule begins Monday, November 2 with a full day school on Monday (Monday school days do not change throughout the whole year) from 9:20-3:

Tuesday - Friday Training
Your Contact Coach's or Program Director's should be in contact with you on information regarding training details.
Tuesday - Friday School
The Bell Schedule is always located in the "Important Dates" section on the left of the Yeti Times for your reference. 

Daily Bus Times leaving Golden Peak from SSCV during the Winter Schedule
11:40 For Alpine Athletes
11:50 For Snowboard, Freeski and Freestyle Athletes

November Training for Lower School Alpine (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays of the first three weeks of November).
8:15-12:10 Study Hall at VSSA in the Think Tank
12:10 Lunch
12:45 Bus to Golden Peak for Ski Training
4:45 Pick Up at Golden Peak

Please note that the U12 November training schedule is different than the rest of the season.  In November unlike almost every other club in the USA we do have the option of November training for no additional fees.  Visiting teams rent training lanes on Gold Peak, mostly with older athletes including many World Cup skiers.  Visiting teams train mostly during the morning and mid-day sessions and it is very crowded and less than ideal for U12s just getting back on snow. We always have our athlete's safety as our primary concern.  Thus the  U12s are assigned afternoon training lanes when we mostly have the entire hill to ourselves. Training will end in November when the lifts close,4:30 so pick-up should be at the club at 4:45.

VSSA students will have an optional study hall available in the morning at 8:15 to to 12:10 in the Think Thank and a bus will leave after lunch at 12:45 to the clubhouse at Gold Peak for training on November 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays of the first three weeks of November). Supervision is available only at the study hall and U12s cannot just hang out at VSSA or the clubhouse when we are not training.
Winter Clothing/Gear Drive
Who: Girls Leadership Council
What: Winter Clothes Drive
When: Now through October 31 
Where: Bins located at the front of the school
Why: Get rid of unneeded clothing/gear and help out someone who needs it in the valley! 
**** Questions can be directed to Mrs. Parish, Paula Cooper  or Katelin Hennum.

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail is hosting complimentary trampoline sessions for children ages 6-12 with SSCV Freeski, Freestyle and Snowboard Coaches on Sunday, October 4th and Sunday, October 11th (two sessions per day).  Details below in the flyer.  These sessions are designed to provide an opportunity for those interested in learning more about these SSCV season-long winter programs to meet coaches and spend time trampolining with them prior to joining one of these programs.
Please pass this information along to friends, family and neighbors and let them know that pre-registration and electronically signed releases are required prior to arrival.  Click here to register and electronically sign releases.

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail presents
  • John O’Sullivan (author of Changing the Game-The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports back to our Kids as well as founder of the Changing the Game Project) 
  • Christian Mitter (Head Men's Alpine Coach from the Norwegian National Team who has coached from development to Olympic athletes).
This complimentary community-wide event is a must see for SSCV parents and those who have children of their own or are interested in this hot topic in youth development so please pass this information along to friends and neighbors. Click here for more information!



Contact Us:

Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy
10th Mountain Division Memorial Highway
1 Academy Loop
PO Box 369
Minturn, CO 81645

Main Office Line 970-328-2830
Fax 970-328-2835

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