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At BMA, we help students maximize their academic and athletic potential in a community based on trust. We embrace an ethos in which hard work is held in the highest esteem, and risking failure and learning from success provides exceptional preparation for life beyond Burke.

Founded in 1970 by Martha Coughlin '71 and Warren Witherell, BMA's purpose has remained the same for 50 years: to be all-in on ski racing.

Burke offers one of the world's most innovative and successful ski racing programs, and our athletes, known as Burkies, choose to come here to dedicate themselves to being the best they can be as students and ski racers. Here they balance competitive intensity with a close-knit community; they chase greatness with a commitment to character and values; that's the Burke magic.

We invite you to learn more about our school and to look at our student-athlete and alumane/i achievements, our program offerings, and the distinct traditions and principles that set us apart from every other ski academy.



Students making a bridge with their arms

At BMA we value determination, leadership, community, and tradition. We pride ourselves on being a community of leaders in both the athletic arena and in academic life. Burkies are paradoxically independent and united as a community of unique and talented individuals who together create a common personality.

Rigorous training for and competing in ski races are at the core of everything we do athletically. Being small and highly selective (with an athlete-to-coach ratio less than 7:1) affords our student-athletes innumerable opportunities not available at larger schools.

Burke Mountain Academy is not for everyone. But for those who are truly dedicated to reaching their absolute potential as ski racers, much like our 154 alumnae/i named to their national ski teams or those who compete in the NCAA, there is simply no better environment available.

Guide to Philosophy and Community Values


Ski racer looking down the slope
Burke Mountain Academy is a full-year private college-preparatory school in the northeastern United States, located in East Burke, Vermont. It educates and trains alpine ski racing athletes on the slopes of adjacent Burke Mountain Ski Area.