On-Snow Programs

Gould Academy has a longstanding tradition and culture of celebrating winter thanks to our location in the Western Mountains of Maine, just six miles from our partner, Sunday River Resort, and home to our On-Snow Programs.

What distinguishes Gould athletics from traditional boarding schools or ski academies, is its On-Snow capabilities. Our distinctive partnership with Sunday River makes for unparalleled athletic and academic opportunities. The multi-layered curriculum includes a Competition Program; Prep Alpine, Prep Snowboarding, and Prep Nordic teams; certification and instruction programs, and some of our students learning to ski and snowboard for the very first time.

Gould Academy Competition Program

The Gould Academy Competition Program is designed for student-athletes to compete at the highest national level.

Prep Alpine and Prep Snowboarding

Prep On-Snow Programs utilize some of the same coaches, facilities, and terrain as their Competition Program peers, but compete regionally, usually within the MAISAD league.

Co-Curricular On-snow Programs

Co-Curricular On-Snow Programs are designed for those students who want to achieve a particular skill set, be it becoming certified as a ski patroller; learning how to instruct kids to ski or snowboard, or working with Maine Adaptive to learn how to assist participants with physical disabilities.

Athletic Director

Harkins Bob Harkins

Athletic Director

B.A., University of Maine, Orono


Mr. Harkins returns to Gould, after serving as General Manager at Mt. Abram for the last three years. He is the former Winter Term Director at Gould from 2012 to 2016. He is the former Assistant Alpine Director, Director of Athlete Development, U.S. Ski Team, 1980-1988, USSA Level 5 Certified Coach. From 1988 to 2003 he was vice president of Resort Services at Sunday River Ski Resort. Bob was inducted into the Maine Ski Hall of Fame in 2010.

A Registered Maine Guide, he and wife Sally have a daughter, Abigail (4 grandchildren), and sons Sawyer ’14 and Chase ’16. Sawyer is a West Point grad serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Carson, CO. Chase is also at West Point. Bob has a passion for the outdoors — fly fishing, hiking with their retrievers Tripp & Murphy, skinning, and coaching.