Boarding Program

Make Your Home at the Sun Valley Ski Academy

Sun Valley Ski Academy’s boarding program offers committed snow sport athletes the opportunity to live within minutes of unparalleled snow sport venues while pursuing a college-preparatory education at one of the country’s finest independent schools.

The SVSA boarding program is the ideal home base for snow sport athletes.

When you choose to move into the SVSA Residence Hall, you are choosing:

  • To move into a new, 25,000 square-foot Residence Hall, boasting not only comfortable, spacious student suites with common living areas and en-suite bathrooms, but a state-of-the-art Athletes’ Training Center, wax room, and ski storage in the same building;
  • To call the vibrant mountain town of Ketchum, Idaho home;
  • To live within ten minutes of alpine, cross country, mogul, and park and pipe venues;
  • To sit down to delicious, regionally-sourced, nutritious meals prepared with the needs of athletes in mind;
  • To benefit from an on-site Academic Coordinator who, together with Community School’s faculty, can help you balance school and skiing;
  • To join a residential community of students from around the country and around the world similarly committed to pursuing their passions.


Learn More about our Boarding Program

Meet the Co-Directors of Residential Life

David Brown and Nancy Parsons-Brown

David and Nancy, who oversee all aspects of student life for boarding students at the Ketchum Campus Residence Hall, are long-time Wood River Valley residents, parents to three Community School alums, and avid outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to her role as Co-Director of Residential Life, Nancy, who holds a BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her Masters in teaching from Graceland University, teaches Middle School French at Community School. David, a graduate of Stonehill College and Boston College Law School, is an accomplished attorney, writer, and avid woodworker. Both Nancy and David are hockey players, alpine and cross country skiers, and long-distance runners. Together, the couple’s goal is to make the Residence Hall a warm, safe, and encouraging place that allows students to feel at home.

The school provides a lot of opportunities for so many interests—from skiing to outdoor adventures to the arts, there are so many things going on.

Cailin '19, SVSA Alpine Athlete

The SVSA Difference

As an SVSA athlete, you will:

Find meaningful academic challenge at Community School;

Train as a member of Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, benefitting from a world-class coaching staff and superior and varied training conditions;

Have flexibility and support to pursue intensive training and competition schedules;

Participate in Community School’s signature Outdoor Program, exploring the landscape of the West through trips that make the most of the area’s stunning wilderness areas and connect you with your school community.