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

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.
Counselor Update
As discussed at parent night, there is a new VSSA counseling website online.  This provides a lot of information that will be updated throughout the year such as information on high school, career and college planning, college entrance exams, NCAA and financial aid.  Take a look and let me know if you have any questions.

 Ms. Whitney

Students have been decent about following the dress code, however, the last couple of weeks VSSA has seen less than stellar Monday Dress. Mondays are meant to be a day to prepare our students to go to an interview, go on college visits, attend a career fair, etc. Here is a reminder about appropriate dress:

Monday Dress
Males: Ties 
with a collared button down dress shirts (no polo shirts). Shirt-tails must be tucked in and a belt worn. Dress slacks such as chinos, corduroys, or polyester/wool blend trousers (no jeans, even different colored jeans).

Females: Dresses, skirts, business-suit-style pants. 
Skirts, dresses and shorts must not be a distraction to the learning environment. Dress shirts or sweaters. No t-shirts.

Students May Never Wear
  • Denim of any color for Monday Dress
  • Sweatshirts, hoodies and hats for Monday Dress
  • Athletic wear on Monday Dress
  • Hats on Monday Dress; hats, bandannas, items intended for use as headwear are allowed in the building but may be prohibited in some classrooms and/or during specific academic activities 
  • Dresses, skirts and shorts that are a distraction to the learning environment
  • Garments with inappropriate graphics or text including but not limited to sexual connotations, violence, swearing or drugs/alcohol/tobacco


VSSA would like to remind all student drivers (and their parents) that they must park in the allotted spots, do not speed, do not mess around with other cars or drive on the grass. This is for the safety of our community as weel as being respectful of the beautiful space we are lucky to have our school on. 

Medication Administration
Dear Parent/Guardian,

Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, Eagle County Schools (following state law) made the following changes to improve the safety of medication administration in the school setting. We no longer use the blanket permission form for over the counter (OTC) medications including Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Calamine lotion, etc. Each medication whether prescription or OTC, must have its own medication permission form completed and signed by both licensed prescriber and parent.  This includes creams and lotions used to treat a condition. Students may carry emergency medication (
Inhalers and EpiPens, etc) if approved by a licensed prescriber and parent. A self-carry form must be completed in addition to the medication permission form (or care plan containing medication administration instructions). Students may carry OTC medications also, if a medication permission form (signed by prescriber and parent) and self-carry form are on file in the school health office. New forms are required each school year. Medications need to be in the original, labeled container, containing all information spelled out in medication permission form, and delivered to the health office by a parent.  Baggies will not be accepted.

Since Eagle County Schools operates in a system that does not have a registered nurse in each building’s health office, these measures follow the recommendations of the Colorado Department of Education, and will allow the health assistants/school staff to safely meet the medication needs of students. Thank you for your cooperation.

Permission for Medication Form
Self-Carry Form
Janet Welsh RN, BSN
District Nurse
Eagle County Schools

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!

October 4th 10am-2pm @ Aspen High School

Why Go?  Because it will be a great chance to meet Admissions Officers from over 200 colleges and universities!  This is the largest and most well-attended college fair on the Colorado Western Slope.  No college bound student should miss it!  If any students need a ride please contact Charlene Whitney by September 25th.

Check out the rest of the website for details on lodging, parking and other stuff to do while you’re there.  Also check out the schedule of workshops.  Learn about scholarships and paying for college, essay writing, planning ahead, international school options, NCAA, military schools, standardized test prep and getting into more highly selective schools. Click here to learn how students should prepare for the fair beforehand.  

Are you a middle or high school student who's making a difference through volunteering?  If so you should apply for the 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Award and you could win $1000 ad a trip Washington DC next May.  Complete the application and the student/parent agreement byNovember 3, 2015.  To apply click here. If you are applying print or email the "certification" page and provide it to  Ms. Whitney so she can help with next steps.

Click here to read more!


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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