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 

Adopt A Family Donations Due
Monday, December 19th

Midyear Exams (Mandatory)
December 19-20 

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

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.

Final Exams are Monday 12/19 and Tuesday 12/20
Click here for Final Exam Schedule

I attended the screening of Screenagers at Eat, Chat, Parent in October put on by ERYC and was impressed enough by it that we have decided to host a screening at ECCA on Thursday, January 12th at 6:30. The movie is about an hour long.

We are welcoming the public to attend this screening in case anyone missed the ECP. Due to the contract, we have to charge for it, but it's going to be a nominal fee of $2 and we won't turn anyone away without funds.
Please click here to email Ms. Whitney at with any questions

-Adopt a Family-
As is tradition, each year the VSSA community adopts a few families for the Holidays.  This year is special in that we are adopting a single dad raising 5 children and also a few Habitat for Humanity families. 
The Dad and 5 kids could use the following items:
AJ (boy), 8 years
Likes:  science stuff, anime figurines, cats
Dislikes:  clothes
Needs: a tin
canz robot

Christie, 11 years
Likes:  anime, cats, wizard 101 bundles, kitty (mirage) fluffy clothes, anime posters
Dislikes:  children's books, homework, school, scarves
Needs: snow boots

Isaac, 12 years
Likes:  anything electronic, science, Kano Computer kit
Dislikes:  clothes

Esther, 13 years
Likes:  Really good art stuff, clothes/fluffy soft things (youth size 14-16)
Dislikes:  Things that don't fit, children's books
Needs: size 3 clarinet reeds, sleeping bag, music stand

Ruth, 14 years
Likes:  Fluffy soft things, Clothes (shirt size = youth XL, pant size = youth 7-9), Hot Topic Jewelry
Dislikes:  Heels,
make-up, neon pink, bugs/insects/spiders

Chromebooks for Habitat For Humanity
With the district-wide
adoption of Schoology computer access has become problematic for some in our community. The intent here is to provide the school-age children with Chromebooks.  
Need: Walmart gift cards to allow us to purchase Chromebooks for the students

Please deliver donations by Monday, Dec 19.

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



Who? Girls' Leadership Council
What? Winter Clothing Drive
Why? To give to Denver's homeless and other charities 
Where? Collection bins are located around the school
*we are primarily accepting new or very lightly used blankets and coats, but will take other winter clothing items as well*   
Thank you for your generous contributions 

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.


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 by e-mailing 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.

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


Pop by the main office and check it out! 
As a reminder the prices for Yeti gear are as follows:

Hats: $15

Tees: $15

Sweatshirts: $25

Fast Straps: $5

All of these items make great holiday gifts!  If interested in purchasing, please see Gibby in the front office. 

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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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