Burke Mountain Academy (BMA) is pleased to announce that it has successfully renewed its U.S. Ski and Snowboard Podium Certification at the Gold level.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Podium Club Certification Program requires a rigorous, mission-driven self-assessment and review of best principles and practices in eight areas of organizational performance. BMA has demonstrated appropriate levels of performance in all areas and is recognized as an important partner of U.S. Ski and Snowboard and a leader among ski and snowboard clubs in the nation.
“We’re delighted to have attained U.S. Ski and Snowboard’s Podium, Gold Level certification again this year,” says Willy Booker ’96, Head of School. “We are continuously pushing the edge of progress and innovation with our programs and infrastructure to ensure our students, as well as all racers from across the system, can reach their fullest potential. It means a lot to our team to receive this recognition as a testament to our vision for excellence in ski racing and our efforts to fulfill that vision.”
In the last year, BMA has invested in the expansion of snowmaking capabilities at Burke Mountain to extend the ski season and improve conditions, completed major terrain improvements to its training hill, upgraded its outdated POMA lift for a high speed t-bar, designed a pioneering Return to Skiing protocol in support of injured athletes, taken part in athlete physical testing data compilation with clubs across the nation, and hosted several coaches education workshops open to members from across the Eastern region.
Certified Clubs are an amazing resource for our industry and U.S. Ski and Snowboard’s partnership with our podium certified clubs goes both ways. One of the primary goals of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Club Development Program is to collect, synthesize and analyze valuable information from these resources and report back on what is working, what is not, and why.
Ellen Adams, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Club Development Manager
The Podium Level recertification process not only recognizes club excellence but also gives a clear roadmap for a club to continue to become a stronger organization. This is a strategic part of U.S. Ski and Snowboard’s plan to be a more club-based organization and better understand the challenges and opportunities that exist for clubs in every corner of the country. The process to achieve a renewed Podium Level certification requires a commitment to excellence on behalf of a club and its constituents, and provides clubs an opportunity to update U.S. Ski & Snowboard on any significant changes or improvements that have occurred since the last certification took place. Many clubs have found that the most positive impact is not necessarily the certification award itself, but, rather, in continuing to uncover the true opportunities they have to increase mission impact and realize their vision in a sustainable way. These clubs all set great examples and are leading the charge for club improvement nationally.
Luke Bodensteiner, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief of Sport
Working in close partnership with our member clubs to recognize excellence and create a platform for continued improvement is a priority for our organization. Our clubs are our sport’s biggest asset to athlete recruitment, development, and retention, and working hand-in-hand with them will enhance their levels of achievement and will transform the performance of our athletes and teams at all levels.