Ski and Ride

Gould Academy has developmental programs designed for beginner skiers and beginner snowboarders. Sunday River Resort is the perfect place to learn, with terrain for all ability levels.

Students work in small groups with experienced instructors. The students progress based on their ability and aptitude, with a focus on proper technique.

The ultimate goal of the program is to have the students comfortably cruising the majority of Sunday River’s terrain by the end of the season, and prepared to progress to one of the other ski programs by the following year.

Student Name
Class Year
Liu, Zong (Gavin)2024Beijing, China

Ski and Ride Directors

Dave Bean

English Teacher
B.S. University of Vermont
M.F.A. University of Utah
Writing Center
Skateboard Program Director
Prep Snowboarding Coach


Mr. Bean has taught full-time since 1991 in public and private schools in Utah, Massachusetts, and Maine. His fiction, non-fiction, journalism, and poetry are widely published, and his commentaries have appeared on National Public Radio. He and his wife, Ms. Brooke Libby, Director of College Counseling, live near campus with their daughters Zoe ‘17 and Lilo ‘19; and son, Utah. Mr. Bean enjoys protecting and wandering wild places.