PODIUM OF LIFE students in class at Mount Washington.

PODIUM OF LIFE students in class at Mount Washington.

New schoolhouse on Mount Washington

Podium of Life Ski Academy now located in former Shushi Mong restaurant







Podium of Life Ski Academy has secured a new location for its school on Mount Washington. The building that used to be the Sushi Mong restaurant will now be the schoolhouse for Podium of Life.

“It is conveniently located at the bottom of the Hawk chair, so kids can ski or board downhill to class daily,” said spokesperson Shane Harle. “Over the past two seasons classes were held at the main lodge, where students had to take a chair lift or walk up to class daily from their condos.  Now if they can click into their bindings and ski downhill.  It is also located close to the Vancouver Island Mountain Centre where students can have access to the weight training facilities,” Harle said.

“It will be nice to have a place to call our own,” said Harle, who runs the school with his wife, Corey. “Our students will really benefit from having their own ski-in, ski-out classroom on the mountain. It will create a sense of belonging for our students.  With already 13 students enrolled for the upcoming season from Grades 4 to 11 we are very excited to have a place to call our own.”

After the students finish a morning of study, they will have easy access to the Hawk chairlift where they will start the afternoon of training on the snow. With the increased number of students and the addition of snowboarding, Podium of Life will be looking to higher other instructors. “It will make things so much easier to run by having our own space,” Harle said.

There are still spaces available for students at the school on the mountain, Podium of Life. For further information look on the webpage podiumlife.com.

Podium of Life Ski Academy, now in its third year, is a school on Mount Washington. It was started by husband-wife team Shane and Corey Harle of Campbell River to provide alternative education where kids, from the ages of nine to 19, can pursue their passion of snow sports.

Students spend the mornings working in class on their grade appropriate BC curriculum, and the afternoons training, with certified instructors. The goal of Podium of Life is to create excited learners, excellent skiers and boarder, and leaders of tomorrow.


– Podium of Life Ski Academy



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