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Mission Ridge Academy

When you join the Mission Ridge Academy you become part of a quality ski racing program with a history of National and International success and you receive an excellent education. At the Mission Ridge Academy pursuing your ski racing goals doesn’t need to be expensive, far away from home, or at the expense of a normal high school life.

At the Mission Ridge Academy Winter Term athletes move to Wenatchee in the middle of November, and move home in the middle of April. The athletes meet with a Wenatchee High School counselor and schedule similar classes to what they are taking at their hometown schools. The athlete’s race and training schedules are taken into account, and athletes do not have to miss school for training.

High School Academics

Wenatchee High School offers honors and Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum and an extensive Running Start program in partnership with Wenatchee Valley College. Wenatchee High School teachers, and counselors understand the needs of ski racers and schedule your classes around training.

Since 2006 four Mission Ridge Ski Team athletes have been valedictorians, and 100% of MRST graduating seniors have gone on to college. Several MRST athletes have been accepted to Ivy League schools including Dartmouth College, Middlebury College, and Columbia University. MRST athletes have been accepted at the University of Washington, University of Denver, University of Michigan, University of California Berkley, University of Colorado, Whitman College, Gonzaga University, Westminster College, University of Utah, Oregon State University, Boise State University, Rocky Mountain College, Seattle Pacific University, St. Lawrence University, Montana State University, University of Montana, Washington State University, Western Washington University, and Central Washington University.

College Academics

Pursuing ski racing after high school doesn’t have to mean you delay earning college credit. Mission Ridge Ski Team (MRST) and Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) have partnered to offer aspiring ski racers brick and mortar and online college classes that work around your training schedule. You will want to take 11 credits or less a quarter so that you don’t start your NCAA clock by enrolling full time (12 credits or more). Generally 2 classes at WVC will be 10 credits.

Step 1: Apply for Admissions to WVC

Step 2: Take the Compass Placement Test

Step 3: Meet with Educational Planner Jaima Kuhlmann 509-682-6846 jkuhlmann@wvc.edu.

For more information on applying and taking the Compass Placement Test visit: https://www.wvc.edu/directory/departments/admissions/Checklist.asp.

Sample Schedule

Day of the Week  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday
 School  9:35 Am – 12:50 PM  7 AM – 12:55 PM  7 AM – 12:55 PM
Training  Off  1:30 PM – 4 PM  1:30 PM – 4 PM
Gym  Off  6:15 PM – 7:15 PM  6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

 

 Day of the Week  Thursday  Friday  Saturday/Sunday
 School 7 AM – 12:55 PM  7 AM – 12:55 PM  Off
Training  Off  1:30 PM – 4 PM 9 AM – 3 PM
Gym  3:15 PM – 4:15 PM  6:15 PM – 7:15 PM Off

Cost Comparison

Academy  Mission Ridge Academy
(Winter Term)
 Sun Valley Academy
(Winter Term)
 Sugar Bowl Academy
(Winter Term)
 Academic Tuition $0 for High School
$106.84 / College Credit
 $28,000.00 $34,750.00
Ski Club Tuition $3,875.00 $5,950.00 Included in
Academic Tuition
Room & Board  $3,010.00 Included in
Academic Tuition
 Included in
Academic Tuition
Total Cost  $6,885.00  $33,950.00 $34,750.00

 

Academy  Mission Ridge Academy
(Full Term)
 Sun Valley Academy
(Full Term)
 Sugar Bowl Academy
(Full Term)
 Academic Tuition $0 for High School
$106.84 / College Credit
 $42,000.00 $47,125.00
Ski Club Tuition $3,875.00 $5,950.00 Included in
Academic Tuition
Room & Board  $5,900.00 Included in
Academic Tuition
 Included in
Academic Tuition
Total Cost  $9,775.00  $47,950.00 $47,125.00

The MRST Philosophy

Plan, prepare, execute.

At MRST we believe strongly that coaching, training, equipment, conditioning, nutrition, and rest must all be properly managed to help athletes reach their goals. No detail can be overlooked.

We strive to give athletes the best possible training conditions and coaching available. Great coaching matters and goes much further then feedback at on hill training sessions. Great coaching focuses on basic skills, tactics, and techniques and effectively communicating to an athlete the steps of improving their skiing. Great coaching takes what seems to be a difficult skill and breaks it down into smaller easier to perform components. Great coaching begins far before an athlete clicks into their skis. It starts with a plan that encompasses the individual athlete’s goals, equipment selection, conditioning, off-season camps, nutrition, and rest. Great coaching is flexible enough to take advantage of unplanned opportunities, and disciplined enough to see a plan through to the results. At MRST we hire and train great coaches whom are involved in every aspect of an athletes preparation.

At MRST we believe that ski racers should train more then they race. Our FIS athlete’s calendars are based on a training to racing ratio of 3:1, and our U16 athletes are scheduled to a 4:1 ratio. Our athletes train more, are better prepared, and get better results for less money.

We also believe strongly that good equipment makes a substantial difference in an athlete’s season at any age. Our coaches are involved in selection, fitting, and preparation of an athlete’s equipment.

Tradition of Excellence

Over the past 9 seasons our athletes have compiled the following results:

Nationally and Internationally:

1 World Junior Champion
2 World Junior Championships Team Members
2 World Cup Skiers racing for the US Ski Team
20 Nor-Am Podiums
5 Nor-Am Wins
2 US Nationals Podiums
1 US Nationals Slalom Gold
2 NCAA National Champion Team Members
7 U18/J2 Nationals Podiums
1 U18/J2 Nationals SG Gold
2 Paralympic Silver Medals
1 U16 National Championships Silver

Training

The Mission Ridge Ski Teams is one of the elite programs in the United States, and consistently provides the best training in the West.

Racing is a priority at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort. The ski areas commitment to racing allows MRST priority grooming, and allows us to close our race run for full length SG or GS any day of the season. The Ridge receives an average of 150″ of snow a year, which is the least of any of the Western Regions other elite skiing programs. Enough for some great powder days throughout the season, but not so much that we are battling soft training conditions. Mission Ridge averages 300 days of sun a year. Hard snow and sun make for ideal training conditions. Mission Ridge has 2,250 vertical feet of snowmaking that covers a FIS SG, GS, and slalom course. The Ridge has been open by Thanksgiving every year since the snowmaking system was installed in 2005.

Mission Ridge is closed on most Tuesday and Wednesdays throughout the season. This allows us to use our 3 custom snowmobiles to tow athletes. We can get an entire training group from the finish to the start with our snowmobiles in half the time of a high-speed quad. This allows us quick lap times, and more time for recovery, and schoolwork. While most teams are lucky to have 1 regular training venue our snowmobiles give us access to any terrain on the mountain.

Room and Board

Academy athletes stay with local host families who often have athletes in an MRST program.

  • Rent $350.00 per month.
  • Food $70.00 per week.

Questions

If you are interested in the Mission Ridge Academy please contact Executive Director Ryan Shorter at ryan@mrst.us or 509-293-2241.

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Contact Us

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25 N. Wenatchee, Ave. Suite 112
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Phone: (509) 888-2372
Executive Director: ryan@mrst.us

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