Results and Recognition

October 02, 2018 Sarah Perry

Carrabassett Valley Academy Boardercross and Skicross athletes had an impressive showing at the FIS Junior World Championships in Cardrona, New Zealand, August 25 - 29, 2018.

Four Academy athletes; Elliane Hall (skicross), Emma Downing (boardercross), Kiersten Edwards (boardercross), and Zach Stewart; and one Weekend Program athlete, Stuart Whittier (skicross), all received entrée to the elite competition based upon their strong performances throughout the 2017/18 season. 

CVA Senior Ski Cross athlete, Elliane Hall, a native Australian who competes under the British flag, hit the podium with a 3rd place finish, and the fastest run for U18 female athletes. CVA Weekend Program athlete, Stuart Whittier had a top ten finish (10th), and was the fastest U.S. male athlete.

     
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Kate's Notes: Fall Family Weekend

October 02, 2018 Kate Punderson

Fall Family weekend is nearly upon us. One of my favorite times of year, when dear friends and family descend upon Sugarloaf for Homecoming, and CVA opens our doors to the families of our student-athletes. It is always exciting to see familiar faces gathered with new members of our community, celebrating the season around warm vessels of cider and home cooked treats.

There is much to be grateful for! There is no shortage of events throughout the weekend and we certainly hope you will join us for a couple special opportunities.

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The Great Maine Woods

October 02, 2018 Sarah Perry

Maine Forests – Teacher's Tour Conference July 2018

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CVA at the 2018 FIS World Cup

October 02, 2018 Sarah Perry

For young athletes, there is nothing like watching your heroes and heroines compete on the grandest stage. Seeing them execute the same skills and techniques that the young dreamer imagines themselves capable of is a special opportunity. "I want to do that" resonates in whispers throughout the crowd.

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Writing Workout

October 02, 2018 Sarah Perry

Earlier this month, CVA student-athletes were treated to a workshop with University of Maine Professor, and author, Dr. Rich Kent. The workshop focused on the importance of writing/journaling for high-level athletes, and the impact this mind/body synergy can have on performance.

Dr. Kent has been working on this research since 2005 as a professor at UMaine. As a coach, he places great value in having his athletes keep training logs, workbooks, and/or journals to help them reach their goals.

He said of the CVA crew, "The CVA kids rocked. After their academic classes and a gut-busting, 3-hour training session, the athletes wrote and discussed, listened and questioned like students in a graduate-level seminar."

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September Student Recognition Awards

October 02, 2018 Sarah Perry

Congratulations to the recipients of the September Student Recognition Awards.

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CVA Orientation - a Maine adventure

September 05, 2018 Sarah Perry

Orientation trips have long stood as the highlight of our first weeks back at school. They offer the opportunity for individual grades to get to know each other better in a fun and challenging environment. This year's trips were "device free" - giving students and staff a chance to truly unplug before the daily buzz of electronics takes over.  The idea for tech free trips was student-driven, coming from the Student Council last year. It is so encouraging to see our students taking the lead and looking for ways to promote deeper connections and friendships in our community.

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New Year, New Faces

September 05, 2018 Sarah Perry

We are incredibly excited to welcome many new staff members to CVA this year across the organization, including two new Program Directors for the Alpine and Snowboard teams. We hope you will join us in an enthusiastic Big Dog welcome for our newest team members, and be sure to say hello when you see them on the hill!

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Changing of the Guard

September 05, 2018 Sarah Perry

For nearly two decades, prospective families visiting CVA were greeted by the outstretched hand and caring smile of Dawn Smith. Throughout her almost 20 years with CVA, Dawn lived and breathed her dedication to the families and the mission of the Academy. Earlier this summer, she retired from her post as Director of Admissions.

As Big Dog parents and families navigated the admissions process, they were consistently reassured by Dawn’s patient and gentle ways. Her relationships with the families of CVA was always her favorite part of the work. Being an Admissions Director at a Ski and Snowboard Academy is daunting, at best, in that there is a limited pool of potential applicants, and finding a good fit between a student and CVA’s intensive program can be challenging. Over her term of service, Dawn became a trainer and a coach to the CVA staff, helping athletic coaches to have more tools at their disposal; helping them to know how to successfully identify and bring talented students and athletes to the school. As a trusted and wise member of the Academy’s Leadership Team, she was a key player in shaping the unique school CVA is today.

Dawn knew CVA was restructuring the Admissions department, and hiring a new director. As the 2017/18 school year-end drew closer, she continued to work diligently and remained fully committed to CVA; playing a key role in bringing in this year’s new crop of student-athletes.

It was an honor to have such a resource on the CVA team as Dawn, and she was equally honored to walk with every student-athlete family on their individual journey to decide to come to CVA. Her legacy lives with this final class of students she supported through their admissions process, and well beyond.

Her new email is dwnsmith5@gmail.com, she would love to hear from you!

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Kate's Notes: A Warm Welcome Back

September 05, 2018 Kate Punderson

Dear friends,

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