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Snow Sports

With state-of-the-art training facilities, elite-level coaching, and rigorous academics, Holderness School offers the best preparatory school ski program in the nation.

And while we’ve produced 17 Olympians and 38 National Team members over the years, that’s only part of the story. While some of our student-athletes compete at an elite level, we’re just as proud of the students who use their time at Holderness to develop a lifelong passion for a sport they love.

Gold Certified

US Ski & Snowboard has named Holderness School a Gold-certified club, the highest honor award to affiliated ski program. Gold-certified clubs possess a heightened level of accountability to maintain and build upon areas of both strength and improvement, to ensure the longevity and stability of the organization and to help, through feedback and observation, to grow the cumulative strength of clubs throughout regions and across the country. 

Holderness School earns Gold Certification from US Ski and Snowboard

Our Snow Sports Programs

Alpine Skiing

Our Alpine Skiing program is a recognized leader in ski racing in independent schools. Coaches work one-on-one with our skiers, maintaining best practices in strength and conditioning, dryland training, and cross training. Skiers train at the best speed training venue in the East, the Mittersill Training Slopes at Cannon Mountain.

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Nordic Skiing

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Nordic skiing is a storied tradition at Holderness School. Racers compete on several levels, the best vying to make the Eastern team and represent our region in national competition. Students new to the sport are introduced to both classical and skate techniques and the joys of a beautiful New Hampshire winter.

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Gap Year Program

Our Gap Year program helps athletes bridge the gap in their competitive careers between high school and college. Athletes have full access to Holderness School’s training facilities, dedicated coaching, and daily training sessions at Cannon Mountain.


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Snowboard & Freeskiing

Our snowboard & freeski program gives athletes every opportunity to train and compete to their highest potential. Progression is the name of the game for our skiers and riders, with expert coaching, an on-campus air bag jump, and daily training sessions at Loon Mountain Resort’s award-winning terrain parks.

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Big Mountain

Big Mountain athletes compete on some of the East Coast’s most difficult natural terrain. Splitting training time between Loon Mountain and Cannon Mountain, athletes learn to ski challenging natural terrain with control, technique, fluidity, style, and energy. Competitions are held at mountains like Jay Peak, Stowe, and Mad River Glen.

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Intro to Snow Sports

A student skis across campus.

Not a skier? Not a problem! Try out our Intro to Snow Sports Program, which teaches beginners how to alpine and Nordic ski, snowboard, ice skate, and snowshoe. The program promotes outdoor adventuring, the learning of new skills, and the benefits of physical fitness. 

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Training Facilities

Cannon Mountain

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Mittersill Race & Training Slopes at Cannon Mountain.

A world-class facility for training and racing. 

Loon Mountain

Award-winning terrain parks for freeskiers and snowboarders.

Nordic Trails

Enjoy 10 km of Nordic trails on campus.

Mittersill Performance Center

A 9,500 square foot lodge to support training and racing. 

Trampoline

Practice aerial awareness in a safe, supervised setting.

Air Bag Jump

On-campus air bag jump.

A year-round venue for freeski and snowboard training.

Meet Our Program Directors

Ben Drummond

Ben Drummond

Director of Snow Sports
Alan Smarse

Alan Smarse

Director of Snowboard & Freeski
Patrick Casey

Patrick Casey

Science Faculty
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