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Northwood Skiing

Balance your time on snow and in the classroom with the ski academy atmosphere of Northwood School. With our high-quality curriculum and athletic opportunities, you don’t need to choose between your passion for sports and your desire for excellent college-preparatory education — you can have both.

Whether you’re interested in alpine racing or Nordic disciplines, you can find the support you need as a student-athlete to fulfill your passion for excellence in sport and academics. Our leadership team and partners have fulfilled Olympic dreams, and Northwood School can be your foundation for greatness. As we say, it is “where possible happen.”


What Sets Us Apart:

At Northwood School, we attract students from all over the country and from many parts of the world. Our diverse population of student-athletes enjoys the following benefits:

  • Olympic and alpine industry experience and leadership from Tommy Biesemeyer, Director of Skiing 
  • Relationship with New York State Ski Education Foundation (NYSEF), a "Gold Certified Club"
  • 85-acre campus in the world-renowned Olympic destination of Lake Placid
  • Located minutes from Whiteface Mountain, the Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex, and Mt. Van Hoevenberg with million of dollars recently invested in upgrades for the 2023 FISU Games
  • Private school education with advanced curriculum and place-based learning
  • Outdoor programming to experience the Adirondack Mountain wilderness
  • Winter schedule, academic tutors at camps, and technology platform to support travel and academics 
  • Strength and conditioning coaches and on-site technician and tuning facility with a Wintersteiger machine
  • College counseling and placement to select schools for skiing 
  • Student and alumni achievements at the top level of the sport

Olympic Experienced Leadership 

Northwood's Director of Skiing, Tommy Biesemeyer, joined Northwood after a storied 12-year professional racing career, highlighted by representing Team USA at the 2018 Olympics.  A resident of Keene, New York, and known within the ski community as "B.Z.," Biesemeyer began skiing at the age of three and had his first race at age seven when he joined the NYSEF program at Whiteface Mountain. At 12, Biesemeyer competed in J3 and J4 races but always had sights set on the U.S. Ski Team. A victory at the '03 Junior Olympics started him down that path, and he then made his World Cup debut in 2010 and the Olympic Team in 2018. 

Relationship with NYSEF

Northwood School and New York Ski Education Foundation (NYSEF) have a long-standing relationship. The Northwood student-athletes in alpine, ski jumping, and Nordic are all members of NYSEF.  Recognized as a "Gold Certified Club" by US Ski & Snowboard, NYSEF is one of the organization's original eight Gold Club members, and the group has been a leader in snow-sport education for nearly 50 years. Many of our student-athletes migrate from NYSEF's Winter Term program and enroll in Northwood School, and then transition to NYSEF's PG program to continue to further their athletic career. 

Through our partnership with NYSEF, we share experienced coaching staff and work together on dryland programs and on-snow training camps. NYSEF also provides student-athletes with lodge facilities and training opportunities at the venues in partnership with the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA).

World-Class Venues

Host to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, Lake Placid's Olympic venues are receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in modernization in anticipation of the World University Games in January 2023. The exceptional venues that our student-athletes train and compete at include: 

  • Whiteface Mountain, the greatest vertical drop in the East is ten minutes from the Northwood School campus
  • New refrigerated inrun tracks at the Lake Placid Ski Jumping Complex, allow student-athletes to train on iced tracks in conditions up to 50 degre