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Marvelwood is pleased to partner with Mount Snow Academy to offer this unique opportunity for student-athletes looking to cultivate their passion for skiing or snowboarding while maintaining a consistent academic program. 

For Marvelwood students wanting to pursue their passion for winter sports amongst like-minded student-athletes (with elite coaching & training opportunities), and for Mount Snow Academy (MSA) student-athletes seeking a customized academic experience, the Marvelwood-MSA partnership program–The Pterodactyl Session–provides the best of both worlds. Individualized learning and a rich variety of courses and extracurricular activities in a warm and welcoming community make Marvelwood’s approach a stand-out in the world of boarding schools. Thanks to a generous donation from the Carpenter family (yes, Jake Burton Carpenter, founder of Burton Snowboards, is a Marvelwood Alum!), Marvelwood has a world-class gym where student-athletes can keep their strength and conditioning primed to hit the slopes at the end of November. And, in case winter comes early, Marvelwood’s ski and snowboard teams train at Mohawk Mountain. 

At MSA, Pterodactyl Session student-athletes participate in small-group training programs in alpine, freeskiing, and snowboarding.  With access to world-class training facilities, elite coaching, and a highly individualized learning environment designed to accommodate training and competition schedules, participants benefit from a program that is completely customized to each student-athlete. MSA instructors following the Marvelwood curriculum and maintain close communication with Marvelwood teachers. 


How to Apply

  • Interested students already enrolled at The Marvelwood School should complete an MSA application and indicate that they are enrolled at Marvelwood and interested in the Pterodactyl Session.
  • Interested students already enrolled at MSA should apply to The Marvelwood School and indicate that they are enrolled at MSA and interested in the Pterodactyl Session.
  • Interested students not enrolled at either school need to apply to both and indicate their interest in the Pterodactyl Session.
  • Financial aid is available.  Applications for financial aid must be made with both schools for consideration. 

2020-2021 Dates

Marvelwood Fall Term

September 9 (new students) / September 10 (returning students) - November 19, 2020

MSA Winter Term / The Pterodactyl Session

November 30th, 2020 - March 19, 2021 (extensions welcomed)
Academic Break: December 24 - Jan 1
Training Breaks: December 24 & 25 and Dec 31 & Jan 1

Marvelwood Spring Term

March 24 - May 29 2021


For More Information

Marvelwood Admission            MSA Admission