NEWS RELEASE: Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows Renews Partnership with Squaw Valley Academy

Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows Renews Partnership with Squaw Valley Academy

Squaw Valley Academy’s new academic program geared towards Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Ski Team Racers


[Olympic Valley, Calif.] Dec. 22, 2016 –
 Squaw Valley Academy, located in Olympic Valley, California, will unveil a new program that is tailored specifically for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Ski Team athletes who are racing at the U16 and FIS level. This new program offering renews the academic and athletic partnership between Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley Academy. Focused on the development of the student-athlete, this program will begin accepting applications for both boarding and day students on January 1, 2017 for 2017 Summer School and the 2017-18 Academic Year.

“With new ownership and an improved mission and direction in place, we are thrilled to reignite this relationship with Squaw Valley Academy,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. “With this new direction and enhanced focus on academic quality and rigor, Squaw Valley Academy has a very bright future and we look forward to working with the staff and the students both on and off the slopes. We know that our world-class Ski Team program can complement the enhanced academics of Squaw Valley Academy and produce the next generation of alpine ski racers.”

Squaw Valley Academy has small class sizes with an average teacher-student ratio of 1 to 8, offering individualized attention from a teaching staff with over 150 years of combined academic experience. While traveling for competition, students will keep on top of their academic commitments with the help from designated travel tutors, personal MacBook Air’s with eBooks, digitized assignments and monitored two-hour study halls, five nights a week.

“We have developed a program where the mountain meets the classroom,” said William Grant, Head of School at Squaw Valley Academy. “By combining Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ world-class terrain with our supportive academic environment, student-athletes can now have the best of both worlds.”

Current U.S. Ski Team members Travis Ganong and Bryce Bennett along with former U.S. Ski Team members Todd Kelly and brothers Hansi and Toni Standteiner all attended Squaw Valley Academy in addition to many other notable alumni. 

“As a graduate of Squaw Valley Academy, I am proud to be a part of this new program for aspiring ski racers,” said Todd Kelly, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski team program director. “Having the opportunity to train on the legendary slopes of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, while pursuing a challenging academic curriculum, is yet another way for the youth of our community to build and expand on what is an incredible ski racing legacy.”

With a 100% college acceptance rate among graduating seniors, Squaw Valley Academy is proud to offer a college preparatory curriculum that allows each student to achieve academic success. On average, Squaw Valley Academy students have been offered more than $850,000 in college scholarship monies each year for the past five years and continue to be placed at some of the nation’s top universities. 


About Squaw Valley Academy

Squaw Valley Academy is an international, coeducational 9-12 boarding and day school located at Olympic Valley, CA near Lake Tahoe. Founded in 1978, outdoor education is a core value of the school with an emphasis on snow sports. Squaw Valley Academy offers a supportive environment for ski/snowboard athletes on both a competitive and recreational level; former students include many elite athletes and Olympians. With a 100% college acceptance rate, Squaw Valley Academy’s college-preparatory academic program emphasizes a nurturing environment to promote individualized learning. Visit sva.org or call 530.583.9393.


·         15 AP Classes

·         Day School & Boarding Options

·         100% College Acceptance

·         1 to 8 Teacher/Student ratio

·         Traveling Tutor

·         MacBook Air provided to every student

·         Interim (spring) and & Summer School sessions to earn credits

·         Optimized Activity Schedule for Competitive Athletic Training

·         Optimized Academic Schedule for Training and Competition/Travel

·         Evening Study Hall

·         College Counseling

·         SCHOLARSHPS & FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE

·         sva.org/competition-ski-program

·         530-583-9393 or admissions@sva.org