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.
Former United States Ski Team athlete and Division I Coach, Mr. Kurt Simard, oversees the following:
Gould Academy Competition Program
The Gould Academy Competition Program is designed for student-athletes to compete at the highest national level.
- USSA/FIS Alpine
- USASA/FIS Snowboarding
- Winter Term Program (available to 7th and 8th-grade students, Nov.-Mar.)
Prep Alpine, Prep Snowboarding, and Prep Nordic
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.
- Ski Patrol Program
- Gould Academy/Maine Adaptive Program
- Rugrats Instructional Program
- Learn to Ski or Ride programs
Director of On-Snow Programs
Coach Simard brings a versatile coaching perspective to Gould, having worked with gifted athletes of all ages, from the junior development level to Division I collegiate level to placement on the U.S. Ski Team. During his eight-year tenure as Head Coach for the University of New Hampshire’s Division I Women’s Alpine Team, he coached the Wildcat Women to an NCAA National Giant Slalom Championship in 2006 and the entire Alpine Team to a second-place overall finish that same year. His athletes also attained an impressive 19 All-American Award honors as well as placements to the U.S. Ski Team.
Originally hailing from Auburn, Maine Coach Simard grew up ski racing. He participating in the U.S. Ski Team’s Development Program, graduated from Green Mountain Valley School in Vermont, and captained the University of New Hampshire’s Division I Men’s Alpine Team. After college he began his coaching career at Sunday River with Gould Academy. A testament to the relationships that he is known for establishing with his athletes, Coach Simard has had the unique experience of coaching several athletes at Gould and then as collegiate athletes at University of New Hampshire. Several of his former athletes have since come to Gould and coached under his leadership. Noted for his enthusiastic love of athletics and ability to lead, his accomplishments have been recognized by his peers as he has been twice named the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Coach of the Year (2005 and 2006). In 2007, Coach Simard’s return to Gould was both a homecoming and milestone. He met his wife, Lauren, at Sunday River, and together they have three daughters: Madeline ’16, Cameron, and Sophie.