PODIUM OF LIFE students are enjoying spring skiing at Whistler.

Podium students move to Whistler

Mount Washington ski academy program drawing rave reviews from parents

The Podium of Life Ski Academy has moved from Mount Washington to Whistler for a few weeks this spring. “In order to extend the ski portion of the curriculum, Podium of Life will be running its program in Whistler the last week of April through to May 24. And it is open to all students on a weekly basis,” says academy co-founder Shane Harle.

“With the lower lift ticket prices and cheaper accommodation, it is one of the best times of the year to train. And skiers do not have to worry about missing their regular school, because they keep up their school while at Podium,” Harle said.

“It will also be a time for students to experience an academy-style education, as enrolment is open to all students,” Harle added. Students can get a taste of the school that skis as part of the daily curriculum by signing up from one to four weeks. The program will be tailored to each individual student for the time they are at the Academy.

“It is very exciting to extend this fantastic program for kids, where we develop excited learners, excellent skiers, and leaders of tomorrow,” said Harle. “Building all-round skiers who are passionate about the sport, and getting kids excited about learning, is my passion. Through our program, I see students develop in such positive ways. It is great to offer a program where students are excited to go to school.”

Others are also praising the Podium program. “We received the following quote from a parent. She sent it to CBC as they are highlighting innovative educational programs,” Harle said.

“I would like to submit a school that is active on Mount Washington,” Aryn Smith-Avendano wrote. “The Podium of Life school is a school which focuses on the development of the whole person, rather than simply academics.

“Podium of Life runs on Mount Washington from December to April. Students generally attend the regular schools in their communities before and after Podium of Life’s run. To keep the students in alignment with the school curriculum, Podium of Life follows the local curriculum set out by the school board. Students generally do their academics in the morning and then focus on developing ski/snow skills in the afternoon.

“My son has only been at the school for one week. The impact that the teacher Shane Harle has had on my son is amazing. My son actually feels engaged in school and doesn’t see it as a burden to learn. He spends the morning doing his academics and then spends the afternoon working on his leadership and personal development through skiing,” Smith-Avendano told the CBC.

“In one week my son can actually see the potential that he has and feels that it is attainable. That is worth more than anything in the world for a parent to see the light in their child’s eyes.

“There are many more students that could attest to the success of the program. I encourage you to check out the school’s website, www.podiumoflife.com, to get the full story. What they provide kids for learning opportunities and personal growth is nothing short of amazing,” Smith-Avendano added.

Podium of Life Ski Academy has been running for three seasons on Mount Washington. Students range in Grades from 4 to 11. For more information visit the website www.podiumoflife.com or e-mail podiumoflife@shaw.ca.

– Podium of Life Ski Academy





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