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

2016-2017 Academic Year
Click here for the VSSA Google calendar. 
Click here for 2016-2017 Calendar! Please download the document, if you open it in google docs, the dates will show up incorrectly. 

Click here for the Pre-Excused Absence Form

Click here for the 2016-2017 Bell Schedule 

Winter Break ~ No School
December 21-January 2 

Parent Workshop-Managing Academics for Traveling Athletes
Tuesday, January 10th 5-6

Screenagers Showing at ECCA

Thursday, January 12th, 6:30

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. Pele

Parent Workshop-
Managing Academics for Traveling Athletes
Tuesday, January 10
5 pm - 6 pm
VSSA Think Tank

SSCV Academic Coach Merritt Harlan and SSCV Academic Director Sharon Schmidt have collaborated to develop two VSSA Traveling Athlete Workshops--
   -Student Workshop-Monday, January 9th - VSSA gym during Advisory period
   -Parent Workshop-Tuesday, January 10th - 5 pm to  6 pm - VSSA Think Tank

Use of these workshop materials and techniques by VSSA traveling athletes of all ages and travel levels (or some variation of these that best suits the student's organizational habits) will help them to get ahead before travel, minimize what they need to do on the road and enable them to catch up within a few days of return in order to become more self-sufficient in organizing academics alongside athletics.

Screenagers will be shown at Eagle County Charter Academy on Thursday, January 12th at 6:30. SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. The movie is about an hour long and is $2. Please consider coming out for the showing at ECCA!

Message for the Holidays
The winter holiday season is a time for cheer, being thankful and spending time with loved ones.  It’s also a great time to focus on compassion and how we can help others less fortunate. 
For many 
people, the holidays may be a time of self-reflection, loneliness, grief regarding past or recent loss and anxiety.  Stress around the holidays can come from unrealistic expectations, financial pressures, and too many commitments.  Certain people may feel depressed as a result of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) also referred to as seasonal depression.  Around the holidays there is often an increase in headaches, substance abuse, overeating and insomnia and this can be a result of poorly managed stress.  Stress can manifest itself in a variety of emotional, behavioral and physical symptoms.   It is important to identify, focus on self-care and to reach out to social supports.  Some people find counseling or support groups to be beneficial.  These tips may also help:
  • Set realistic goals, share tasks with family and friends, and pace yourself.
  • Do not take on more responsibilities than you can handle.  Make a list and prioritize important activities so that holiday tasks are more manageable.
  • Find new and inexpensive ways to enjoy the holidays such as looking at holiday decorations, making thank you cards and building a snow family.
  • Find ways to help others in need.   Reach out to a long lost friend, neighbor or relative. 
  • Keep track of holiday spending.  Extra bills with a little budget can lead to further stress and depression.
  • Monitor alcohol consumption.  If you chose to drink, do so in a responsible and safe way using moderation.
  • Make time for yourself. Take time to exercise, sleep and feel gratitude.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!  I look forward to seeing you in 2017!!!
Charlene Whitney
School Counselor
More info and resources:

Grit Study; Student Perseverance and Parenting Practice. Message for parents:
 Hello!  I wanted to take a moment to tell you about a research study that I think is worthwhile to participate in.  It is a study on parenting practices and student perseverance.  Researchers at the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado Mesa University are interested in collecting data from parents and children on beliefs and actions related to academics, achieving goals, and self-esteem.  Clicking on the link below will provide you with more information about the study and will allow you to begin filling out the survey (also see the attached flyer). 
The link below will take you to two surveys: one for yourself and one for your child to complete.  The surveys should take less than 20 minutes each to complete.  If you choose, you will be entered into a drawing for one of three $50 gift cards in appreciation of your time.
Thank you for supporting educational research by participating in this study.
Click here for the link to the survey. Click here for the flyer.

Crystal Baker, Ph.D.

Instructor of Psychology
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Colorado Mesa University
Lowell Heiny 410


Our fall term teacher extraordinaire! Thank you to all who nominated a teacher for our teacher appreciation program. We are asking students, parents and staff to nominate teachers they feel are deserving of this award for the winter term. You can either fill out a nomination form and put it in the box in the front office or you can click here to email Debbie Lathram at

Free ski pass! Help Chef in the Kitchen!
SSCV is seeking a kitchen assistant to help Chef prepare meals at Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy roughly four hours per day, three days per week. We would love to fill the position with a parent or someone with ties to the club. Interested applicants click here to email Chef Lauren Lange at

Check out the Eco Transit Bus Schedule for Minturn!! Increased service = Thumbs Up!
Click here for the link so you can save the schedule to your phone :)
Stay tuned for an exciting new update on bike paths from Minturn to VSSA!

Office notes - Snippets from the Student Handbook 
Fees at VSSA -
There is a required Eagle County School District fee of $550 for every ECS student. For VSSA students, this fee goes towards the following: transportation, books, the wilderness trip, social events/dances, classroom supplies, lab renewables, spring trips, and printing/copying. The breakdown of this fee varies depending on the grade of the student, however, this is a district-required fee. The fees are bundled and can be paid in full or a payment plan may be arranged with the Office Manager. We are proud to have held fees at $550 for the last nine years. You will be glad to know that VSSA has no other fees assessed throughout the year.
If you are on a payment plan for student fees, please pay your last installment by January 6th at the office. All student fees are due.


Excused absences include athletic competitions and training, college visits, illness and family emergencies. SSCV coaches are responsible for communicating with VSSA on all excused absences for competitions and training. Parents do not need to contact the school in regards to these absences.

Attendance reminderWhen a student-athlete is absent due to something other than an SSCV Excused Absence, parents must notify the school. Click HERE to e-mail the Office Manager, Gibby at  VSSA may request a doctor’s note for doctor's appointments or physical therapy appointments or if numerous days are missed due to illness.

Click here for the pre-excused absence form for absences outside of Excused Absences (see above description)

Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. ~Woody Allen

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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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