Looking for a high performance, whole-athlete, mid-week training opportunity? Our RISE program is for you. Designed for passionate 5th and 6th grade U12 or U14 athletes, our RISE program bridges weekend club programming and future ski academy scheduling.

RISE Curriculum

Training the mind and body is at the heart of high performance athletics, and that process begins at an early age. Through a comprehensive curriculum that includes on-snow training, leadership skill building, and mindfulness development, the GMVS RISE Program strives to guide young ski racers in the early stages of whole-athlete growth and teach essentials to becoming a top level ski racer. Establishing important individual skills and routines within a team setting at an early age is essential to future success.

1) On-Snow Training
2) Leadership Skill Building
3) Mindfulness Development

Each RISE athlete’s progress will be tracked regularly through written coach evaluations, communication with parents, and hard data (timing, participation, meeting of expectations etc).

Whom We Serve

The GMVS RISE Program serves qualified student-athletes who live full-time in the Valley, choose to do a homeschool/tutor-based winter program in the Valley or are able to commute to Mt. Ellen three afternoons per week from a neighboring community.

We encourage any individual from any race program who is able to make the commitment to the GMVS RISE Program to apply.


5th and 6th grade U12 and U14 alpine ski racers who have a demonstrated love for the sport, willingness to work hard, and desire to focus on becoming a high performance ski racer will be considered for admission. The application process includes:

  1. Hand-written essay (1-page max) answering the question: Why do you want to participate in the GMVS RISE Program?
  2. Ski coach’s recommendation / evaluation of readiness (physically & mentally)
  3. Parental consent for participation in program, as well as, agreement to parental code of conduct

August 5th: Application Open
September 1st: Application Due
September 15th (or earlier): Decisions Released

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Meet Bowen Holden, RISE Program Director

Bowen Holden

Director of Admissions, Girls' Lacrosse Coach, RISE Program Director

Bowen joined the GMVS coaching staff in 2017 as a GMVS Ski Club Coach and was hired full-time in 2020 as our Director of Admissions. In 2018, she started our full-time U12/U14 mid-week RISE Program which has grown from a few athletes to a program that reaches maximum capacity each season. Bowen has been a professional coach for over 20 years, with much of her experience being at the Division 1 collegiate and U.S. National Team level in the sport of lacrosse. However, in 2016, her experience as an alpine ski racer and her passion for coaching came together when she began her alpine coaching career.  In addition to her duties as Director of Admissions, Bowen continues to direct the RISE Program, coach at the Ski Club, and lead the GMVS Girls’ Lacrosse Team which won the 2021 VT State Championship.  A graduate of Georgetown University, Bowen lives in Fayston, VT on her small family farm with her husband and three children.