Gould Academy Competition Program

Alpine, Freestyle, Snowboard, and Ski Cross

Next Level Competition

Sunday River is proud to partner with Gould Academy, a private college preparatory school located just 6 miles away in Bethel, to offer the premier ski and snowboard competition programs in the Northeast.

The Gould Academy Competition Program (GACP) is designed for advanced skiers and snowboarders ages 8 to 19, and future stars ages 6 to 7 with a desire to improve their ability and compete in alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, or ski cross. This is a season-long program that runs on weekends and holidays, focused on teaching young athletes the skills to compete in their chosen discipline. GACP combines the resources of Gould Academy and Sunday River to offer a high level of instruction with experienced coaches and low coach-to-athlete ratios complemented by the terrain and support of the ski resort, including dedicated training space. In 2020, GACP took a giant leap forward with the addition of the Alera Group Competition Lift, a T-Bar next to the training venue on Locke Mountain, which allows athletes to spend more time on snow and make the most of their training opportunities.  

For athletes who want to pursue ski or snowboard competitions further, Gould Academy incorporates full-time competition programs into their overall school curriculum to offer an unmatched opportunity for student-athletes.

GACP Overview

What to Expect

  • Program Schedule
    Programs run every weekend and holiday period beginning mid-November through the last weekend in March. Season pass or lift tickets are required and not included with lessons. Please purchase separately.
  • Typical Day
    A typical training day begins at 8:30AM from the Barker Base Area and ends at 1PM
  • Training Schedule
    Generally, a training day will include a snack and a warming break.
  • Competition Schedule
    Schedules vary by age and competition level, but include multiple events at Sunday River and some travel to other Maine mountains.
Program Philosophy

Healthy Competition

The Gould Academy Competition Program is designed to build and support a love for skiing, snowboarding, and competition while creating an environment that helps kids grow into self-motivated, confident, and respectful athletes who support each other. 

2024-25 Details & Pricing

  • GACP Competition Weekend Program Daily  Schedule:

    • 8:15-8:30AM - Athletes meet coaches at designated drop-off locations.
    • 8:30AM - Training begins for all disciplines.
    • 1PM - Training ends for all disciplines.
    • A 30 minute snack and warming break will be built into the training day as needed

    2024-25 GACP Competition Program Training Schedule:

    Date Day of Week  Development
    November 30 - December 1  Saturday-Sunday  Training
    December 7-8 Saturday-Sunday Training
    December 14-15 Saturday-Sunday Training
    December 27-31 Friday-Tuesday Training
    January 4-5 Saturday-Sunday Training
    January 11-12 Saturday-Sunday Training
    January 18-20 Saturday-Monday Training
    January 25-26 Saturday-Sunday  Training
    February 1-2 Saturday-Sunday  Training
    February 8-9 Saturday-Sunday  Training
    February 15-18 Saturday-Tuesday Training
    February 20-23 Thursday-Sunday Training
    February 26-28 Wednesday-Friday NH Training
    March 1-2 Saturday-Sunday  Training
    March 8-9 Saturday-Sunday  Training
    March 15-16 Saturday-Sunday Training
    March 22-23 Saturday-Sunday Training
    March 29-30 Saturday-Sunday Training

  • Parent Meetings:

    Date Time Group
    Saturday, December 7 9-9:45AM All New GACP Parents
    Saturday, December 7 10-10:45AM Freestyle Parents
    Saturday, December 7 11-11:45AM Future Star/U10 Parents
    Sunday, December 8 9-9:45AM Alpine U12/14 Parents
    Sunday, December 8 10-10:45AM Alpine U16/19 Parents

2024-25 GACP Pricing
Alpine $2,249
Freestyle $2,249
Snowboard $2,249
Ski Cross $2,249

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