Cardigan Mountain School A boarding and day school for boys in grades 6 through 9

Alpine Skiing Program

Cardigan alpine ski racer in a giant slalom race

Led by Director of Alpine Skiing Julia Ford and Head Coach Travis Nevins, Cardigan provides the focused training experience of a traditional ski academy while remaining dedicated to academic enrichment, character development, and athletic growth through participation in other sports during the fall and spring.

Unlike traditional "Winter Term" ski programs available to boys this age, Cardigan offers a dynamic curriculum and an academic support system that sets our boys up for success at their next step, both academically and athletically. Cardigan skiers train on-snow five days a week with no disruption to our academic program. 

Athletically, we prepare the boys with dry-land training for speed, flexibility, power, and strength. Once on-snow, we utilize the latest techniques and progressions for technical skill development and reinforce that through video analysis. 

Program Director Julia Ford

Julia Ford



Ms. Ford is a former member of the U.S. Ski Team, with whom she competed in 40 F.I.S. World Cup races and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.  She is a two- time U.S. National Downhill Champion. Before joining the U.S. Ski Team, she was a multi-sport athlete at Holderness School.

Watch: Cardigan Skiing

“We can provide student-athletes a balance that promotes skill development in skiing, but doesn’t compromise academic development or opportunities to participate in other activities.”

Head of School Christopher Day P'12,'13

Training Venues

Located in the heart of New England ski country, Cardigan has access to several ski areas and premiere alpine training sites, including those also used by highly competitive college programs. Cardigan skiers benefit from a diversity of training terrain and variety of full-length slalom, giant slalom, and Super G venues.

Dry-land Facilities

Cardigan student-athletes take advantage of the Johnson-Wakely Fitness Center, our fully-equipped, on-campus athletic training facility. Many of our skiers are also members of our Mountain Bike Team and benefit from our own, school-owned and maintained trail network.

Coaching Staff

In addition to Ms. Ford, Mr. Nevins is a former collegiate All-American and member of USCSA National Champion team. Our program also features three experienced assistant coaches. This allows us to keep our coach to athlete ratio very low, which is critical to athletic development at this age. Many of the coaches are also faculty members, advisors, and dorm parents. They get to know our students as individuals and not just athletes, and care about their development, success, and well-being both on and off the mountain.


We compete in both New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association (NHARA) and New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) events.

Johnson-Wakely Fitness Center

Built in 2013, the beautiful Johnson-Wakely Fitness Center is a modern athletic training facility featuring the latest technology in fitness equipment, cardiovascular training equipment, and free weights.

A view of the Johnson-Wakely Fitness Center's weights and exercise equipment

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Ryan Frost
Director of Athletics

Julia Ford
Assistant Director of Athletics and Director of Alpine Skiing

Nancy Moye
Athletics Administrative Assistant

Leonard Angelli
Athletic Trainer