The Story of GMVS

 
 

 

THE BEGINNING

AL_HOBART_INDUCTION_PHOTO.JPGThe Green Mountain Valley School was founded in 1973 as a winter-term tutorial school by three Mad River Glen Ski Area coaches (Al Hobart, Bill Moore and John Schultz), a Vermont elementary school teacher named Ashley Cadwell, and Jane Hobart, Al's wife. The founders wanted to develop world-class ski racers in a responsible way by providing thorough academic and athletic training. The school began with eleven students living at Al and Jane's house and in a nearby chalet. Students came for the winter, bringing their assignments from their home high schools.

 

The Green Mountain Valley School was founded in 1973 as a winter-term tutorial school by three Mad River Glen Ski Area coaches (Al Hobart, Bill Moore and John Schultz), a Vermont elementary school teacher named Ashley Cadwell, and Jane Hobart, Al's wife. The founders wanted to develop world-class ski racers in a responsible way by providing thorough academic and athletic training. The school began with eleven students living at Al and Jane's house and in a nearby chalet. Students came for the winter, bringing their assignments from their home high schools.

GMVS continued to grow. In 1976, it developed its own curriculum and became a full-time school and in 1978, the school moved to its present site. Dorms and an academic/dining room building designed by Yale architect, Turner Brooks, were built around a corn field which became a soccer field. The original farmhouse became the administration and science lab building. 

TODAY

Today, the  GMVS campus has grown to include a LEED-certified library, state of the art Racing Performance Center, theater, additional dormitories, two soccer fields and a student center. We maintain an extremely close collaboration with Sugarbush Resort, have built our own Kelly Brush Race Arena, and continue to utilize several Nordic training facilities including Rikert Nordic Center in Middlebury, the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Ole’s in Warren, and the Ethan Allen Biathlon Range in Jericho.  We provide our racers with some of the best training in the country.

Although we have continued to grow in enrollment, staff, and in physical plant, the GMVS vision remains the same today as it did in 1973: to develop the whole person with a life-long love of learning, sport and adventure and create an environment in which our students become well-rounded scholars, athletes and citizens.