History and Tradition
Stratton Mountain School was established in 1972. Warren Hellman and Donald Tarinelli founded the school in order for their own children to train and compete in high level alpine skiing without interrupting their high school education. Elite coaches and excellent teachers were recruited to join in the new program, and parents provided the housing.
As the idea caught on, SMS purchased an old ski lodge at the bottom of the ski area. The school continued to grow in its reputation and in the number of students that attended. In 1999, the school moved to its present location, a new campus on 10 beautiful acres just off the base of Stratton Mountain. In 2005, SMS constructed new faculty housing, additional dorm space and the state-of-the-art athletic facility. In 2014, SMS constructed the Patti Kaltsas Education, Arts & Student Center and the Air Awareness Center.
Today, SMS compares to New England’s finest independent schools as it provides learning, living and training opportunities second to none. From the beginning, SMS graduates have attended the country’s finest colleges. Many join NCAA teams such as Dartmouth, Middlebury, Williams, Colby, Boston College, Bates, Bowdoin, UVM and Colorado. More than 100 of our alumni have been named to National Teams and more than 42 have participated in Olympics Games. Our Olympians include two Gold Medal winners, one Silver Medalist, two Bronze Medalists and several top-10 placements. Due to the energy, dedication and talent of that pioneering group in 1972, SMS is now a fully accredited institution of 125-135 student athletes in alpine, nordic, freeskiing, freestyle and snowboard programs.