Winter and snow are in the DNA of the school. Over eighty percent of students travel to the mountain daily in the winter. Renowned experiential programs like Ski Instruction allow students to coach local elementary school children. The Ski Patrol program at Gould is one-of-a-kind. The only high school program recognized by the National Ski Patrol, Gould students train with seasoned Sunday River patrollers and have the opportunity to become “jacketed” ski patrollers themselves after 80+ hours of work and testing at the mountain.
Winter permeates Gould’s academic curriculum as well, from snow-making science in the chemistry labs to handbuilding skis and snowboards in a dedicated workshop classroom. Gould’s signature Four Point Program includes a nine day/eight night winter camping excursion into the White Mountain National Forest. Centered on awareness of their surroundings, their classmates, and themselves, students discover their role in a group, and learn that they are capable of doing challenging things.
Named a Gold-certified club by U.S. Ski & Snowboard in 2022, a distinction that is a testament to Gould’s top-notch coaching staff and facilities, which are the result of significant investments and forethought by Gould, its board of trustees, and its donors. The Alera Group Competition Lift and slopeside Kailey Competition Center at Sunday River, as well as Pine Hill Nordic Center, fitness center, trampoline room, and dry slope airbag all give Gould athletes a competitive edge. The newly renovated Lieblein Performance Center features Wintersteiger Easystore ski racks and boot dryers, as well as the home of Speedworks, a dedicated Wintersteiger tuning facility staffed with full-time techs from Sunday River.
Four mornings a week, Gould competitive skiers and snowboarders begin their winter school day on the hill with unmatched access to training, support from Sunday River resort, and the most reliable early-season snow in the East. Competitive Nordic athletes train year-round and enjoy 40+ kilometers of groomed trails on campus at our Pine Hill facility that features a biathlon course.