Burke Mountain Academy emphasizes long-term planning — the process of learning what it takes to succeed at the highest level — over a short-term, outcome-driven strategy. As firm believers in the benefits of periodized training, we prioritize adequate rest and thorough preparation over simply chasing races.

You’ve likely heard of some of our more recent alumni making names for themselves on the World Cup circuit, including Mikaela Shiffrin and Nolan Kasper, and noteworthy graduates Erik Schlopy ’90, Thomas Grandi ’90, Chip Knight ’93, Jesse Hunt ’83, Diann Roffe ’85, Julie Parisien Nuce ’89, Casey Puckett ’90, and Bryna McCarty ’02.

The values by which BMA athletes learn to train and live, rather than their results, determine future success. Hard work, motivation, and dedication are the life skills that ultimately set Burkies apart.

On the hill and off, from the smallest corners of Vermont to the farthest reaches of the globe, our athletes are known for being mountain strong.

Nolan Kasper - '07

"Being a World Cup slalom skier, I see a lot of injection on courses—having the fundamentals and the value of hard work that was instilled in me at Burke has proven invaluable. There are a lot of great programs in the country, but BMA was definitely the best place for me."

A New Jersey native, Kasper spent his entire high school experience at Burke. He was simultaneously named to the U.S. Ski Team and accepted to Dartmouth College in the spring of his senior year. Kasper now alternates between academic terms at the Ivy League school and racing on the World Cup tour, having competed in both the Vancouver and Sochi Olympics.