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)

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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This year, Rowmark Ski Academy kicks off its 35th year as a division of Rowland Hall. We are proud to have grown into an internationally acclaimed ski program that is an integral part of a highly respected academic institution. For our student-athletes, being a Rowmarker means commitment and dedication to a combination of academics and complete year-round ski racing program that is unmatched by any other program in the country.
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Rowmark Ski Academy wrapped up a landmark year with six national ski championship titles plus three titles from an alumna. While the team saw successes and personal bests throughout the year in all disciplines and all age groups, the national championship titles are the icing on the cake. In 2016, Rowmark skiers have captured more championship titles than any other high school ski team in the country. "In my tenure as headmaster, I have never seen or heard of any ski academy with a comparable accomplishment," said Alan Sparrow, head of school.
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