WENATCHEE, Wa. — Mission Ridge Ski Team members can now attend Wenatchee Valley College and earn credits while pursuing ski racing following high school.
The ski team and the college have partnered to offer aspiring ski racers both brick-and-mortar and online college classes that workaround their training schedules.
If the ski racer enrolls in 11 credits or less a quarter, they will not start their 5-year NCAA eligibility clock. Generally a class at WVC is worth 5 credits.
"For our athletes, this gives them the ability to chip away at college credits and still race at a high level," said Ryan Shorter, executive director of the Mission Ridge Ski Team. "Athletes wanted this and needed it. They aren't sacrificing their education with a Post Graduate year or 2. It makes a lot of sense academically and athletically."
Under the program, ski team athletes must apply for and receive admission at WVC and then take a Compass Placement Test. After that, they will meet with college officials to plan their schedule.
For more on applying to WVC and taking the Compass Placement Test, visit https://www.wvc.edu/directory/departments/admissions/Checklist.asp.
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WENATCHEE, Wa. — Mission Ridge Ski Team has formed an academy, in partnership with Wenatchee High School, to formalize educational offerings to U16, U19, and U21 athletes who are racing for MRST and living in the community during the winter months.
When the ski racers move to Wenatchee in fall, they will meet with a Wenatchee High School counselor and schedule similar classes to what they are taking at their hometown schools. The athlete’s training and race schedules are taken into account, and athletes do not miss school for training.
MRST executive director Ryan Shorter said the Mission Ridge Academy is part of the program's commitment to offering student athletes a high-quality and well-rounded experience.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Mission Ridge also ran an academy for ski racers.
"We are returning to our roots," Shorter said. "Kids have been doing online schooling for several years now, but there has been a switch in what parents and athletes want — they want more of a brick-and-mortar experience. With Wenatchee High School, we can offer that.
"We had two athletes do it last year as part of a trial period to see if it met their needs and if they could transfer in and out. That went well so we decided to formalize the academy," Shorter said.
Wenatchee High School offers honors and Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum as well as an extensive Running Start program in partnership with Wenatchee Valley College.
Since 2006, four Mission Ridge Ski Team athletes have been high school valedictorians, and 100 percent of MRST graduating seniors have gone on to college.
"Wenatchee High School teachers and counselors understand the needs of ski racers and schedule their classes around training," Shorter said. "Pursuing your ski racing goals doesn’t need to be expensive, far away from home, or at the expense of a normal high school life."
For more on the Mission Ridge Academy, visit: Mission Ridge Academy or contact Ryan Shorter at 509-293-2241 or
We are incredibly proud of our athletes and staff who were named as the recipients of the following Pacific Norhtwest Ski Association Awards this past weekend!
Alex Shorter - Outstanding Alpine Coach of the Year. (Alex is only the third woman to ever recieve this award.)
Max Tobler - Schwab Award, for being the most Outstanding Alpine Competitor of the Year.
Hannah Bodily - Northwest Skier Award, for being the most Outstanding Junior Athlete both on and off of the slopes.
Brooke Wales - Arne Backstrom Award, for being the most Outstanding College Alpine Competitor.
Stephen Maher - Press Award, for exceptional service to the sport of ski racing.
Gunnar Lundteigen - R. Dean Palmer Scholarship.
Hannah Bodily - Jane Henry Scholarship.
Unsung Hero Awards:
John Barnett, Teresa Platt, Brian Platt, Angela McCourtie, Jena Bolles, Robin Ahmann, Steve Ahmann, Greg Williams, Ardie Hewitt and Zoee DeRuwe.
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