For 15 years (beginning in 1991), GMVS students celebrated the end of the school year and took on a 250+ mile relay race from the center of campus to the summit of Mt. Washington (New England’s highest peak) and back.


Beginning and ending on the campus lower field, Reach the Peak included a 110-mile run to the base of Mt. Washington, a 4.6 mile hike to the summit of Mt. Washington, a ski down Tuckerman’s Ravine, and a 140-mile bike back to campus. The final push was the senior sprint: a six-tenths of a mile run up Bragg Hill to the GMVS campus. It was a race against the clock to cross the finish line first.


Athletes who posted the fastest time on a relay segment were awarded an opportunity to give it a name that would live on until, and if, it was beaten. Some names lived on for years like “Sarah’s FlipFlop Funk,” “The Puke,” and “Two AM Torture.” Others embodied the grit and determination it would take to complete, like the trek up Mt. Washington, once known as the “Gnarliest of All Gnarlies”.


Every year and in every way, Reach the Peak encapsulated the GMVS spirit and ethos, inspiring students to dig deep and give 100% effort.




50 years ago, a young man with a deep passion for ski racing had the courage to follow his dreams. 

The man? Al Hobart – a self-taught Masters racer from New York City. 

His dream? A school where competitive ski racers could develop the skills to become World Cup, Olympic, and NCAA champions, right here in the Mad River Valley. With a foundational understanding that becoming a world class skier starts with being intentional and deliberate about being a world class person, Al recognized ski racing as a humane discipline.

When he and his wife, Jane, first opened up their home to 11 winter-term students in January 1973, the Hobarts began a life-long commitment of service to GMVS.

Over the last 50 years, GMVS has been blessed with a number of highly passionate, dedicated teachers, coaches, administrators, and Trustees – all of whom have left an indelible mark on the school. But none have been as devoted as Al and Jane Hobart who have served the school for the bulk of their adult lives.

An alpine racer from New York City, Al moved to the Mad River Valley in 1963 with an undergraduate degree from Tufts University and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. When he arrived he was an active racer in the Master’s series, winning many national championships in GS and slalom. He continued to pursue his passion for ski racing and surrounded himself with like-minded individuals – the kind of people who had the fortitude to not only believe in a shared vision, but also make it come to life. 

His vision began at the Mad River Glen Slalom Hill, where he installed a rope tow dedicated to alpine race training, then he founded the Valley Junior Racing Club which he ran from 1966 – 1972. It was at that time that Al recognized the need for more full-time, in-depth training which necessarily required a focused, college preparatory academic component. He, along with John Shultz, Bill Moore, and Ashley Cadwell, founded Mad River Academy (which would come to be known as Green Mountain Valley School) in his home. 

Since our founding in 1973, Al has served as Headmaster, an alpine coach, and a Trustee, overseeing all aspects of the school and truly holding it in trust. After 50 years of service to GMVS, Al officially stepped off the Board of Trustees in June 2022, yet he and Jane remain deeply invested in the future of the school.

Today, Al and Jane still reside in their home off of Glen View Drive which once served as the school’s dormitory, dining hall, and gymnasium, often seen on Inverness at Sugarbush, and on the sidelines of GMVS soccer or lacrosse games cheering for their home team.

As we kick off our 50th year, we honor Al Hobart for his tireless work and dedication to the school. Without Al and Jane, GMVS would never have become the premier ski academy that it is today. 

Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS) wrapped up a successful school year of academic and athletic excellence. The end of the year finished off with final exams, both girls’ and boys’ lacrosse playoffs, an all-school prom at the Mad River Barn, and a celebratory senior dinner on campus. As usual for a typical year, the week culminated with a commencement ceremony for the Class of 2022 on Saturday, June 4th.

In keeping with GMVS tradition, the graduation ceremony focused on our graduates, each of whom shared heartfelt thoughts and memories about their time at GMVS. The graduates’ short speeches were inspiring, and touching, and included emotional tributes to their teachers, coaches, and fellow classmates. Although they were saying goodbye to this chapter, they are prepared for continuing to live the mission of GMVS which instills the development of a whole person with a life-long love of learning, sport, and adventure.

The graduation ceremony also featured the awarding of the Governor Phil Hoff Vermont Honor Scholarship and the recognition of the school’s valedictorian. The Governor Phil Hoff Vermont Honor Scholarship is awarded annually and goes to a Vermont resident who has participated in community service as well as other extracurricular activities and has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. This year, the award went to Alex Chudzik of Stowe, VT. The school also recognized a valedictorian for the highest GPA in the graduating class. Megan Ryan of Duxbury, MA earned the school’s highest academic honor.

The 16 seniors entered the commencement ceremony driving a mix of motorized vehicles, a perfect reflection of their adventurous spirit. Most of the graduates will continue on to various colleges and universities throughout the United States. A handful will remain at GMVS to participate in post-graduate studies and continue to pursue their ski racing goals. Commencement is always bittersweet, and we are proud to send these focused young adults off into the world to do great things. As new alumni, they always have a home at GMVS.


Congratulations to the GMVS Class of 2022!

Alexander Nelson Chudzik, Davidson College

Victoria Knight Clancy, Postgraduate

Parker Clare Crawford, Postgraduate at Aspen, Colby College

Walker Thomas Henyon, Postgraduate at GMVS

Hazel Howard, Postgraduate

Phoebe Anna Hussey, Postgraduate

Silas Chittenden Jackson, St. Lawrence University

Jackson Bruno Musial, Colby-Sawyer College

Lucas Palcsik, Postgraduate at GMVS

Oscar VØgg Preisler, Postgraduate at GMVS

Mary Virginia Queally, Hamilton College

Dillon Macmillan Rowles, Montana State University

Megan Brigid Ryan, Georgetown University

Cole Winchester Sachs, Colgate University

Ian Christopher Seelert, Hamilton College

Maxine Adrienne Van Strien-Tuttle, Postgraduate in Maine

Congratulations to the newly named All-Americans Ellie Curtis ’17, and Hannah Utter ’17 of the Dartmouth Ski Team (Shown in the photo above with Dartmouth Assistant Coach Abi Jewett ’18).

After a full season of collegiate racing across the country, the fastest athletes competed at the NCAA Championships in Park City and Soldier Hollow, Utah in early March. There were 74 men and 74 women selected to participate and among those selected were the following GMVS alumni:

Women’s Alpine
Hannah Utter ’17, Dartmouth College
Ellie Curtis ’17, Dartmouth College
Sofia Yubero PG ’19, Middlebury College
Mika-Anne Reha ’20, Middlebury College
Carly Elsinger ’21, Dartmouth College – alternate
Samantha McClellan ’18, Middlebury College – alternate
Alexandra Cossette ’18, Middlebury College – alternate

Men’s Alpine
Declan McCormack ’17, University of Vermont
David Frisk ’15, University of Vermont – alternate
Mackenzie Wood ’20, PG ’21, University of Vermont – alternate
Cole Palchak PG ’20, ’21, University of Vermont – alternate

Women’s Nordic
Rena Schwartz ’18, Dartmouth College
Emma Strack PG ’21, St. Lawrence University

Men’s Nordic
Elliot Ketchel ’17, Bowdoin College
Gregory Burt ’18, University of Vermont – alternate
Joshua Valentine ’19 – Middlebury College, alternate
Aidan Burt ’21, University of Vermont – alternate
Brian Bushey ’21, University of Utah – alternate

The championship event was hosted by the University of Utah, March 9-12 at Park City Mountain Resort & Soldier Hollow in Park City, UT. For more information on the events, click HERE

On the heels of the 2022 Beijing Olympic events, the 2022 FIS Junior/U23 World Ski Championships kicked off on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. The week-long event was originally scheduled to take place in Zakopane, Poland, but due to construction work near the skiing venue, the cross-country skiing events were moved to Lygna, Norway. The championships included U20 competitions in cross country skiing, ski jumping and Nordic combined, and in cross country skiing, a separate U23 Junior category.

Among the athletes competing were not one, but two GMVS alumni: Rena Schwartz ’18) and Brian Bushey (’21). Rena, a Vermont native, graduated in 2018 and attends Dartmouth College. As a member of the Dartmouth Ski Team, she frequents the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) carnivals and was recently named to the Women’s Second All-East Team. Rena competed in the U23 Women’s 10km Individual Start Classic, and the U23 Women’s Freestyle Sprint.

Brian, also hailing from Vermont, is in his first year at the University of Utah and is a member of the ski team. Competing in the World Junior Championships adds to Brian’s list of international competitions, which includes the 2020 Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland, and The Scandinavian Cup in Falun, Sweden. In Lygna, Brian competed in three events, including the 4×5 km men’s relay where he joined Michael Earnhardt, Walker Hall and Will Koch to a 3rd place finish! Congratulations Brian, Michael, Walker and Will!

For event photos and more, click HERE.

Photo: flyingpointroad.com

Whiteface Mountain was host to the USCSA Nationals March 7-12, with 26 teams and 278 alpine racers competing from across the country. USCSA has become very competitive over the past few years, hosting many racers with NCAA-level FIS profiles. Congratulations to the following GMVS alumni who attended Nationals, many of whom placed in the top 15!

Maggie Beardsley ’18 – Brown University, 7th GS, 3rd Individual Panel SL, All American Honors
Hanna Petro ’18 – Colgate University, 14th Overall All American Honors
Lindsey Crowell ’18 – Hobart William Smith, 15th Overall All-American Honors
Allie Davis ’18 – Colgate University
Audrey Lafrance ’21 – Colgate University
Hannah Gray ’19 – Northeastern University

Ryan Beardsley ’20 – Babson College,12th SL All-American Honors
Zach Roman ’18 – Babson College, 7th GSA ll-American Honors
Victor Wiacek ’16 – Babson College, 10th GS, 14th SL, 7th Overall All American Honors
Gavin Wirth ’20 – University of Wisconsin-Madison

Results and additional photos can be found at uscsa.org.

Congratulations to Thomas Walsh ’13 who won Team USA’s first Para-Alpine medal at the 2022 Winter Games. Walsh skied to silver, earning his first career Paralympic medal, after placing fourth three days earlier in the Super Combined.

The 2022 Paralympics Games were held in Beijing, March 4-13. Among the athletes selected to represent Team USA was GMVS alum Thomas Walsh ’13 from Vail, Colorado. Walsh was an avid athlete and ski racer growing up but was sidelined when he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in May 2009. He had his final cancer treatment in 2010 and returned to ski racing at GMVS. Upon graduation, he attended Savannah College of Art and Design to study performing arts. Thomas returned to ski racing after one year of college, and the following year he was invited to be on the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team.

We are incredibly proud of Thomas’ accomplishments and we are excited to follow his journey in Beijing. For more on Thomas and his Paralympic experience, click HERE.

Congratulations are in order for GMVS alumna Ali Nullmeyer ’16 who competed in the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Ali, a 23 year-old Middlebury College student, manages the rigors of training and racing throughout the world while also balancing college academics. Throughout the 2021-22 season, she was racing among the world’s best when she finished fifth in a World Cup slalom in Zagreb; her first-ever top 10 finish on the World Cup circuit. Five days later, she landed a sixth-place finish in the slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

In Ali’s words, “This season was a whirlwind of emotions. After getting off to a rocky start, I took some time to train at Sugarbush with help from former GMVS staff members Dave and Traudl Gavett. The training at Sugarbush was awesome and spending this time in this environment helped me rebuild and grow my confidence for the coming racing block. Once returning to Europe around Christmas, I had some of the best races of my career so far and officially qualified for my first ever Olympic games!”

Ali was one of 13 alpine skiers nominated by the Canadian Olympic Committee to compete in the Winter Games, and in her Olympic debut, she secured a solid 21st place finish in the women’s slalom. Ali describes the intense Olympic experience: “Leading up to the Olympics was nerve-wracking, not only due to the size of the event but also due to the strict Covid protocols. Once we finally made it to Beijing and began training, it took time to get used to the snow, which felt different from the conditions we normally see in Europe and North America. The experience as a whole was incredible, and I am grateful for those who contributed to helping me get there.”

Congratulations on an outstanding season, Ali. We can’t wait to see where you go from here!

[November 2021]. Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS), a premier ski academy located in Waitsfield, VT, is thrilled to announce its partnership with the Apex2100 International Ski Academy (Apex).  

It’s a natural partnership, born from a commitment to supporting student-athletes on the hill, in the classroom, and everywhere in between. Kicking off with an early season on-snow camp in Tignes, France, GMVS and Apex are working together to provide athletes with an exceptional experience.

For GMVS, November is a time when athletes eagerly wait for the mercury to drop, snow to fly, and ski areas to open. In previous years, GMVS alpine athletes and coaches have traveled to the Colorado Rockies in search of early-season training. And, while the U16s, U19s, and PGs have headed west again this year, the budding partnership with Apex presented an opportunity that was too good for GMVS U14s to pass up.

“The glacier in Tignes is an excellent environment for working on early season fundamentals in and out of the course, and the entire experience traveling abroad helps athletes grow exponentially,” notes JP Daigneault, GMVS Head U14 Coach. “Most U14 athletes have traveled domestically, but international travel is often a new and exciting experience for athletes of this age. Student-athletes are provided an opportunity to learn how to manage the mental and physical stress that comes with international travel and living in a different country. This type of experience helps athletes learn how to manage stress in new environments, leading to higher quality training on future projects, and better performances on race day.”

Chris Thomson, CEO of Apex added, “As an international academy with a global outlook, we value the opportunity to explore the different perspectives and cultures that this partnership provides”

Over the 10 day period, GMVS athletes and coaches will work collaboratively with the Apex team, led by Alpine Performance Director Sasha Rearick. A former GMVS Head Boys’ coach and U.S. Ski Team coach, Rearick is known for his creative and thoughtful constraint-based training, leading to positive outcomes. “I can’t think of a better way for our U14 athletes to get a jump start on their season,” notes Steve Utter, GMVS Alpine Program Director.

Sasha Rearick said, “Our sport is brutally hard, logistically challenging and expensive, but it’s also immensely fun and rewarding. Clubs, NGB’s and regional teams working together to support each other will climb higher than others trying to do it all alone. We are proud to work together with GMVS as we share this journey of challenges and fun. I am personally really looking forward to the learning environment we are creating together for our athletes and staff.”

Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS) is thrilled to share that two more GMVS athletes have been named to national ski teams. Congratulations to Dingyue (Ellen) Zhang (‘23) who has joined the Chinese National Team, and Oscar Preisler (‘22) who has recently been named to the Danish National Alpine Team. These two athletes join Tomás Barata (‘21) and Conrad Sastre (‘21) who were named to the Spanish National Team earlier this spring.
Ellen, hailing from Beijing, China, found a love for skiing at the Wanlong ski resort, just a few hours outside of the expansive city. She was a member of the Vikings Sports Club, and attended Burke Mountain Academy prior to coming to Green Mountain Valley School in August 2019, and has been welcomed as the youngest member training with the Chinese National Team.
“Ellen is a committed and hard-working athlete,” notes Steve Utter, Alpine Program Director and U16 Girls Head Coach. “There is a fluidity in her GS skiing that is fun to watch. She’s come very far in the past few years. Her progress is impressive.”
Oscar, originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, moved to the United States with his family when he was young. He and his family lived in Ramsey, New Jersey and would drive three and a half hours north to Stratton Mountain Resort to enjoy winter on the slopes. While the magic carpet entertained Oscar for hours, it was at Campgaw Mountain, just minutes from his home in New Jersey, where he spent many runs freeskiing and dialing in the fundamentals as he grew older.
Oscar’s interest in GMVS sparked when he became good friends with some GMVS student-athletes. He joined the GMVS community as an 11th grader, which corresponded with his first year racing FIS. While Oscar is humble when asked about his talent, he takes pride in his preparation, work ethic, and ability to perform on command. In Oscar’s words, “I’ve had an incredible time at GMVS. The environment at GMVS tells me one thing; complacency is the downfall of success; always strive to be better and better than those around you.”
Doug Williams, Head U19 Boys’ Coach notes, “Oscar has extremely high goals and has worked very hard to reach those goals. Through his hard work and in all facets of GMVS life, he is now ranked 10th in the world in his age group (2004) in GS and 17th in slalom. To accomplish these results this season is a great start to his journey with GMVS and the Danish Ski Team. We look forward to next season as he moves onto the next level of competition (Nor Ams, Division 1 College Racing).”
Congratulations Oscar, Ellen, Tomás and Conrad we are proud of your accomplishments!