The mission of the varsity team is to help develop novice and intermediate athletes into strong, all-mountain and park skiers and riders with broad fundamental skills. Safety, fun, and learning are at the core of everything this team does.
The varsity season starts after Thanksgiving break and ends in early March. Practices at Loon Mountain occur Monday through Friday when school is in session, and prep school slopestyle competitions are held on Wednesdays in January and February throughout the Lakes Region.
Cross training is critical, so athletes become familiar with all aspects of the sport. While our prep school competitions are limited to giant slalom and slopestyle, athletes also spend time learning about half pipe and snowboard cross events.
As reported earlier this spring, campus has seen a buzz of activity as Holderness School works to complete a number of projects in advance of the 2022-23 academic year.
Nine Holderness School student-athletes committed to play competitive college athletics on Wednesday, May 4. These students represent some of the top athletic talent in New Hampshire and New England and are testaments to Holderness School’s culture of academic and athletic excellence.
In a moving show of support for a teammate who lost his father to cancer at the beginning of the school year, all 29 members of the Holderness boys varsity lacrosse team shaved their heads to raise nearly $30,000 for the Sarcoma Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
There is no terrain too rugged, race too long, mountain too high, climate too severe, or obstacle too difficult to keep Mirna Valerio from feeling the power of her body and using movement as a form of liberation and wellness. In her New York Times bestselling book, A Beautiful Work in Progress, Valerio writes, “This body isn’t meant to be stagnant or cease moving. When we stop moving in mind, body, and spirit, we stop learning. When we stop learning, we stop living. Therefore, when we stop moving, we stop living. We stop evolving toward being the human we are destined to be.” This is the message she carried to Holderness School these past few days.