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 16 Olympians in the past seven Winter Olympics. Over 35 SMS Nordic athletes have made the U.S. World Junior Team and 25 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 U16 and U14 athletes 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 the U18 and U20 levels, the program then builds into more systematic and specific training. Athletes are given year-round training plans and opportunities. Our competition season begins during the fall camp in late November and culminates with a spring racing series in North America or Scandinavia.

SMS Nordic

SMS Nordic strives to instill students with an appreciation for an outdoor lifestyle and a love for their sport while also providing every opportunity for success in both academics and athletics. Nordic skiers at Stratton are expected to be model students, dedicated athletes and exemplary citizens of the SMS community. We take a long-term view in our approach to athletic development, focusing on solid and consistent training, and appropriate exposure to national and international level competition. Stratton Mountain School skiers work hard and support each other in their pursuit of excellence, and it shows—this Winter, the program earned their 24th consecutive year with at least one gold medal at #JuniorNationals Athlete education is of equal importance to training in our development philosophy: we take advantage of available technology to test blood lactate in the field or provide video feedback on technique and biomechanics. Skiers leave SMS with the tools needed to continue their progress as athletes whether they move on to a collegiate ski program or the US Ski Team. Sound like a program you want to be a part of? Visit https://www.gosms.org/nordic to learn more, schedule a visit, or sign up for a #SummerCamp today ❄️ #GoSMS #SMSNordic #StrivingForExcellence

Posted by Stratton Mountain School on Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Program Options

Full Term Program
The Full Term Program at Stratton Mountain School is a complete academic year for students in grades 8–12.

Winter Term Program
The Winter Term Program is a five-month program from November to March for students in grades 7–8. The program introduces students to the demands and rewards of a winter sports academy.

Postgraduate Program
The Postgraduate Program is designed for athletes looking to continue training and competing after high school. The 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.

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.

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 Jim Sullivan in Admissions to schedule your visit or click here to request information about SMS

2018-2019 Season Highlights

  • SMS Nordic and the SMS T2 Team were named Club of the Year by U.S. Ski and Snowboard
  • Seven SMS T2 Team athletes nominated to the 2018-2019 U.S. Cross Country Team
  • Two SMS Nordic athletes qualified for the 2020 Youth Olympic Games
  • Three SMS Nordic athletes invited to 2019 USST Development Trip and U18 Nations Cup in Estonia
    • Three individual top-ten finishes
    • Charlotte Ogden `19 and Nina Seeman `21 helped the U.S. Women win Bronze in the Team Relay
  • Nine SMS Nordic athletes invited to Junior Nationals
  • Twenty-three top-ten finishes for SMS Nordic athletes at U.S. Junior Nationals
  • Thirty-two Eastern Cup overall and age-group podiums
  • Extended streak to 23 years with at least one World Junior Team member
    • Ben Ogden `18 won Gold in the Team Relay alongside his U.S. Junior teammates
  • Extended streak to 24 years with at least one gold medal at Junior Nationals

2019-20 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team Members

  • A Team:
    • Simi Hamilton (SMS T2 Team)
    • Sophie Caldwell ’08
    • Jessie Diggins (SMS T2 Team)
  • D Team:
    • Julia Kern ‘16
    • Ben Ogden ‘18
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