PASSION FOR SKIING. LEARNING FOR LIFE.
Burke Mountain Academy provides passionate ski racers the opportunity to pursue their limitless academic and athletic potential in a community based on trust. BMA embraces an ethos in which hard work is held in the highest esteem, and believe risking failure and learning from success are exceptional preparation for life beyond Burke.
Burke Mountain Academy, a private, college preparatory ski academy nestled in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, was founded on the values of ambition, hard work, and a desire to pursue your dreams.
In 1970, a young skier named Martha Coughlin approached coach Warren Witherell seeking year-round training to help her achieve her dream of making the US Ski Team. Warren quickly agreed, and Burke Mountain Academy was born, becoming the first ski academy of its kind in the United States and establishing the model for which all other ski academies would follow.
More than 40 years later, BMA remains true to the ethos established at its inception. Enrolling no more than 70 students (grades 7 – 12) annually, the Burke philosophy is defined by the importance of developing the whole individual – as a student, an athlete, and a person of character. BMA believes that this approach is the cornerstone to success, both at Burke, as well as in life beyond high school and ski racing.
Today, Burke Mountain Academy is the leading ski racing academy in the United States, producing over 130 US Ski Team members and 29 Olympians (and counting!) since it’s founding.