Sunflower

Burleigh Sunflower

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SAXTONS RIVER — With his extensive background as a ski and snowboard instructor and in leadership roles in the ski and snowboard industry, Burleigh Sunflower is a perfect fit as Vermont Academy’s new manager of sports on snow.

“The coaches have a lot of passion for what the school’s program is about,” Sunflower said. “I’m excited about the prospect of continuing the snow sports legacy here.”

Sunflower brings 25 years of in-depth experience to this critical role. He is a Professional Ski Instructor of America (PSIA) certified level 2 ski instructor, a PSIA level 2 children’s specialist, and an American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) level 3 snowboard instructor. AASI Level 3 instructors are certified to work with any level of student, up to and including competitive freestyle riders. This certification also helped Sunflower to become an AASI Examiner — a position where he trains and certifies snowboard instructors at resorts all over the east coast.

For the last 10 years, Sunflower has worked in senior leadership roles at Bromley Mountain, Okemo Mountain Resort, and Vail Resorts, managing snow sports schools, resort operations, and resort marketing. These skills and experiences will help him keep Vermont Academy sports on snow programs thriving and drive them to even greater success in the years to come.

Vermont Academy offers alpine, freestyle, and Nordic skiing as well as snowboarding for all skill levels. On-campus facilities include the ’77 Snow Park, which features snowmaking, a rope tow, rails, jumps, and boxes, all illuminated for nighttime use. Twenty kilometers of national-level cross-country trails cut through the 450-acre campus. Athletes also train at Mount Snow and its nationally recognized Carinthia Parks and at nearby Okemo Mountain Resort.

Email admissions@vermontacademy.org for information about Vermont Academy’s snow sports programs.