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Rowmark One of First Designated for USSA Gold Certification
Posted 12/06/2014 12:16PM

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) announced the formation of its first-ever national program to certify the approximately 400 ski and snowboard clubs across the nation. Rowmark Ski Academy is the only club in Utah and one of only two in the Mountain West to receive the USSA's highest Gold Certified level* at this time. The certification reflects an international movement to verify ski and snowboard clubs. The new USSA Club Development Manager Brian Krill introduced the rigorous certification program at a gathering of the USSA Congress in Park City, Utah. The certification process involves a rigorous self-study and peer review of best principles and practices for ski and snowboard clubs. Each club had an on-site visit and review conducted by USSA high performance staff and other leaders in the ski and snowboard club world. Ski Racing  and SkiTrax magazines report the USSA certification as mostly for “the big guns of ski racer development in the U.S.”

*Gold-certified club: This level of certification is intended for clubs that are best in the world. These clubs serve as a model both organizationally and athletically, and are resources to the sport as a whole in the U.S.


Gold-Certified Clubs

  • Burke Mountain Academy (East Burke, VT)
  • Killington Mountain School (Killington, VT)
  • New York Ski Education Foundation (Wilmington, NY)
  • Stratton Mountain School (Stratton, VT)
  • Waterville Valley BBTS (Waterville Valley, NH)
  • Buck Hill Ski Racing Club (Burnsville, MN)
  • Ski and Snowboard Club Vail (Vail, CO)
  • Rowmark Ski Academy (Salt Lake City, UT)


Train daily for a month. Focus on even the smallest details to shave milliseconds off your time. Travel across the country to a race. Crash right out of the gate. Your weekend's over. It's a seemingly discouraging chain of events for ski racers. But it primed Hank Shipman '13 for perseverance after a near-fatal Rowmark Ski Academy car accident April 9, 2011.
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Rowmark Ski Academy is thrilled to announce junior Katie Hensien joins two Rowmark alumnae on the 2017-2018 US Alpine Ski Team. Katie Hensien is the youngest member of the national team to reach the C Team level designation. Rowmark alumnae Breezy Johnson '13 and Alice McKennis '07 are on the A Team, the highest level of the national team.
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Beep...beep...beep...beep...even over winter break, alarm clocks flash at 5 am to wake Rowmark skiers for another day of training. The team bus leaves at 5:45 am on early morning training days, shuttling Rowmarkers to Park City so they can be on the ski lift by 7 am.
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