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Our History

In 1992, Teres Herbst created an academic arm of SSCV called Vail Valley Academy; six students and five teachers attend. By 1996, Vail Valley Academy had an enrollment of 36 student-athletes.

In 2007 SSCV and ECS created the first public ski and snowboard academy in the country, Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy. Enrollment for the first year was 31 students. In 2008, Geoffrey Grimmer became Head of School; Minturn Middle School supported 6th-8th grades and Battle Mountain High School supported 9th-12th grades.

With the support of the school district in 2009, VSSA opened as the first 6th-12th public ski and snowboard school in the United States with 7 full-time faculty, an Office Manager, a Director of College Placement, and a Director of Admissions. In the 2010-2011 school years, we opened with over 90 students. In 2013-2014 VSSA had 150+ students in grades 5 through 12 and in 2015-2016 VSSA grew to 170+ students in grades 5 through 12.