Located in northwestern Massachusetts just minutes from Vermont and New Hampshire, Northfield Mount Hermon is ideally situated to provide a strong alpine skiing program together with one of the nation’s top college-preparatory academic programs. NMH alpine skiing provides an ideal balance between high level, competitive ski racing and a rigorous academic program that stands among the best in the nation's college preparatory schools. We enable academically motivated students with a passion for ski racing to develop both of these interests through a strong ski program that features both interscholastic and USSA racing. We are historically one of the top teams at the NEPSAC class A New England championships, and as one of very few traditional college preparatory secondary schools that offer a USSA race program, we fully support students who wish to pursue higher level competition through weekend and postseason races.
NMH competes in the Mount Institute Ski League, a regional league within the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council. The MISL consists of independent and public schools from western Massachusetts.
League races are held at Berkshire East ski area in Charlemont, which is NMH’s home training site.
In addition to interscholastic racing, NMH offers its ski racers the opportunity to compete independently in races sanctioned by the Eastern Division of the United States Ski Association. Through these races, NMH athletes have a chance to compete at a higher level and race against some of the best junior racers at the regional and national level. NMH fully supports these initiatives, providing transportation and coaching for these events. As part of our plan for athlete development, members of the team are encouraged to consider participating in the weekend USSA races, though they are optional. We typically travel to these races each weekend, competing primarily in the Tri-State Alpine Racing Association of USSA. We also travel to some races in Vermont and New Hampshire.
For more than 20 years, a large number of NMH students have participated in these USSA races. Our USSA program distinguishes us among boarding schools with skiing programs. Very few traditional, academically rigorous college preparatory schools offer a fully supported USSA program in combination with an interscholastic ski team, and we proudly offer both.
We train at Berkshire East four days a week, and combine slalom and giant slalom training with on-campus strength and conditioning workouts. Video analysis of our own racers and of World Cup racers is also a standard, regular component of our training program. We also have our own wireless timing system which we employ for training, to provide team members with immediate performance feedback.
NMH’s academic schedule permits the alpine ski team to get more training time than most of our peer schools without making any sacrifices to the academic program. After students finish their academic courses, they can turn their attention to ski practice, leaving campus at around 2:00 pm and returning before dinner. One of the greatest strengths of the NMH ski program is that our students receive a substantial amount of training time, yet our academic standards are never sacrificed.
At Northfield Mount Hermon, we offer a top-quality alpine skiing program coupled with a strong college-preparatory curriculum. We firmly believe that to over-emphasize either element is detrimental to most students at the secondary level, and we are confident that we have the proper balance of academic and athletic attention.