2014 Olympians Liz Stephen and Ida Sargent as well as 2011 NCAA champion Sam Tarling developed fitness and honed their skate and classic technique at BMA. Our Nordic team is small but fierce, designed to build independence, training intelligence, and self-confidence by granting our athletes gradual opportunities to take increased ownership of their participation in the sport. Learning to individually manage competition preparation, training, and a rigorous academic schedule serves as the foundation for our student-athletes to learn perseverance while developing the physical and mental endurance to propel them with confidence down paths far more challenging than ski trails.

Optimizing each athlete’s opportunities to compete in college is an integral part of our efforts and intentional program design. Burke Nordic is respected and well-represented at colleges and universities on the NCAA, NESCAC, and USCSA circuits, and we maintain regular communication with collegiate coaches.

Recent alumni have attended: Sun Valley Post-Graduate Program, Dartmouth College, Middlebury College, Bates College, Denver University, Colby College.

We seek top athletes with strong commitments to being the best they can be as we pursue a rigorous racing schedule requiring membership in FIS, USSA, and NENSA.

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Liz Stephen - '05

"I am so thankful for the lessons I learned while I attended our small ski academy in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. It turns out life's lessons are embedded in the process of setting goals and striving to achieve them."

Although Stephen started as an alpine racer at Burke, she found her true calling as a Nordic skier during her sophomore year. A nine-year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team, she has raced in the Vancouver and Sochi Olympics along with three world championships, and is currently a key distance asset on the women’s squad.