For 7th and 8th grade student-athletes
This exclusive program is for seventh and eighth grade student-athletes looking to commit full time to on-snow training. Winter Term student-athletes compete in alpine, freestyle, Nordic, or snowboarding and get a head start in learning to balance daily on-snow training with a strong prep school academic program.
The program runs from the week before Thanksgiving until the end of competitions in March.
- Train on snow at Sunday River/Pine Hill six days a week.
- Work with a full-time, dedicated coaching staff focused on improvement and a lifetime love of the sport.
- Compete in local and regional competitions.
- Work hard in rigorous seventh and eighth grade math, language studies, science, art, and humanities curricula.
- Live on campus in Winter Term devoted dormitories
- Participate in Gould traditions and community life from formal dinners to assembly to Winter Carnival.
Gould Academy’s Competition Center is slope-side at Sunday River Ski Resort, six miles from the Gould campus.
Typical Winter Term Day
7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Breakfast
7:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. School Assembly
8:15 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. Training at Sunday River
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Classes
5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Ski Tuning
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Study Hall
9:30 p.m. – Lights Out
Want to learn more about the Winter Term Program?
Winter Term Director
Mr. Harkins began his coaching career at Gould Academy and has held a number of senior coaching and directing positions including that of Athletic Director, Teacher, and Head Alpine Coach. After leaving Gould in 1980, he began coaching for the U.S. Ski Team as their Alpine Development Coach and later as Assistant Alpine Director. In 1988 Mr. Harkins, joined Sunday River Resort as Mountain Operations Manager. He later became their Director of Skiing, before eventually being promoted to Vice President of Resort Services. As Vice President of Resort Services, he co-founded the revolutionary Perfect Turn Ski and Snowboard teaching method used by resorts across the country to this day. In 2010, Mr. Harkins was was recognized for his accomplishments in the ski industry and inducted into the Maine Skiing Hall of Fame. Today, he is the Winter Term Director and works closely with the admissions team on all On-Snow student-athlete applications. Mr. Harkins lives off-campus with his wife, Sally; they have two sons, Sawyer ’14 and Chase ’16. When not in his office, he takes every chance he can to get out on the hill (or the river when it’s not frozen).