Built on a Tradition of Excellence

Nordic Program

The SMS Nordic Program has combined sport science, a proven training program, and efficient workouts to boast one of the most successful Nordic programs in the country. It’s unprecedented national and international success has produced more than 16 Olympians in the past seven Winter Olympics. Over 30 SMS Nordic athletes have made the U.S. World Junior Team and 20 have made the U.S. National Team.

Since the founding of the school in 1972, the Nordic Program’s mission has been to provide an environment that offers each student the opportunity to pursue excellence in competitive winter sports and college-preparatory academics while developing strong personal values. The SMS mission is possible because of committed students, a professional coaching staff, and a prestigious teaching faculty. SMS Nordic athletes develop a training foundation that prepares them for the international level.

SMS cross-country skiers have had remarkable success because of their unique focus. The young athletes acquire a love for the sport and develop the technical skills they need to build upon in later years. As U16s and U14s enter the program, the SMS Nordic coaches focus on building technique and speed, while introducing the athletes to a systematic training regimen. As the athletes progress to U18s and U20s, the program then builds into more systematic and specific training.

Program Options

Full Term 
The Full Term Program at Stratton Mountain School is a complete academic year for student-athletes in grades 8–12 and postgraduates.

Winter Term
The Winter Term at SMS is a 5-month program from November to March for student-athletes in grades 7–8. The Winter Term Program is intended to introduce student-athletes to the demands and rewards of a winter sports academy.

Learn more about the SMS Winter Term Program

Postgraduate Program
The SMS Postgraduate (PG) Program is designed for athletes looking to continue training and competing after high school. The PG Program provides athletes with the opportunity to train and compete in an elite and structured environment before moving on to a collegiate or national team. Athletes in this program should be committed to an athletic lifestyle and dedicated to pursuing their potential at an elite level.

Learn more about the PG Program

Nordic Camps
The Nordic Program at SMS offers a range of training camps throughout the year. These camps aim to improve technique and tactics with individualized training plans. Athletes focus on their training goals with the support of the SMS Nordic staff.

Learn more about SMS Nordic Camps

Schedule a Visit

Come visit our beautiful campus, tour the state-of-the-art training facilities, check out an academic class and train with us for a day! Contact Director of Admissions, Kate Nolan, to schedule your visit.


2017 SMS Nordic Highlights:

  • 17 athletes qualified for Junior Nationals
  • 4 athletes qualified for World Championships
  • Top U.S. result at the USANA Nordic Junior World Ski Championships (3rd)
  • Extended streak to 21 years with at least one World Junior Team member
  • Extended streak to 21 years with at least one gold at Junior Nationals
  • Named the USSA Cross Country Club of the Year

2017-18 U.S. Ski Team Nominations

  • A Team:
    • Simi Hamilton (SMS Elite)
    • Andrew Newell ’02
    • Sophie Caldwell ’08
    • Jessie Diggins (SMS Elite)
  • B Team:
    • Patrick Caldwell ‘12
  • D Team:
    • Julia Kern ‘16
    • Katharine Ogden ‘16
 
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