Waterville Valley Academy (WVA) is a five month snowsports and academic academy located in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire designed for full time student athletes in grades 6-12 who are dedicated to pursuing the highest level of performance in alpine racing, freestyle skiing and snowboarding in parallel with an individualized academic program. WVA seamlessly integrates each WVA student’s home school curriculum (via 1:1 or 1:2 WVA faculty driven individualized studies) with his or her athletic training and competition schedule.
WVA students reside at the WVA dormitory or other nearby locations. Over the past six years WVA has enrolled students from over 20 states and several foreign countries representing over 110 home schools. WVA has approximately 70 students.
Waterville Valley Academy was founded in 1972. WVA is operated by the Waterville Valley Black and Blue Trail Smashers Snowsports Educational Foundation (WVBBTS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit education foundation. WVBBTS also operates the BBTS Ski Club, a weekend training program for alpine, freestyle and snowboard athletes ages five and up. The BBTS Ski Club, organized in 1934, is one of the oldest ski clubs in the country.