Snowy Mountains Grammar School offers an educational opportunity like no other in Australia.
Located in the NSW Snowy Mountains, with some of the nation’s best and largest ski fields on our doorstep, our students have unsurpassed opportunities to immerse themselves in snowsports while remaining fully engaged in their academic studies.
Our location means that no other school can match the opportunities provided by SMGS for students to participate simultaneously in a full elite alpine, cross-country or snowboard program along with a full academic program, delivered in a school environment by dedicated subject teachers.
Our Elite Snowsports Academy (ESA) offers full-time and winter-only programs, giving participants the opportunity to excel in snowsports while maintaining their academic standards.
Snowy Mountains Grammar School offers a high quality academic education, with rigorous teaching programs, immersed in a modern, technology-rich learning environment.
Our teachers are exceptionally dedicated professionals who care for their students’ overall wellbeing. Our personalised learning approach enables ESA athletes to participate in full time on snow training programs at either Perisher or Thredbo, while attending a majority of normal timetabled classroom lessons each week.
Additional support is provided to ESA athletes through a number of special programs including additional after-hours tutorial sessions, liaison and support through the ESA co-ordinator and on-staff study co-ordinators to help each athlete manage their commitments.
Applications for 2023 are now closed. 2024 Program dates are as follows:
(Program dates subject to change based on any changes made by Resort program schedules)
2024 Applications Open
Wednesday 31 January 2024
2024 Applications Close
Friday 16 February 2024
2024 Team list released by
Friday 22 March 2024
2023 Program Start
June 2024 – Date TBC
2023 Program End
September 2024 – Date TBC
“The SMGS ESA program is a comprehensive support program for advanced and elite snowsports athletes. It focuses on balancing athletic success with academic progress, promoting overall wellbeing and fostering positive relationships with staff and peers.”
Josh Armstead – ESA Program Co-ordinator
Recent posts from the Elite Snowsports Academy
2022 Australian Interschools Snowsport Championships – Day 6
The sixth and final day of the 2022 National Interschool Snowsport Championships did not disappoint. The Perisher race crews perfectly prepared the courses for the Div 2 Alpine, Div 2 Moguls and Div 1 Ski [...]
2022 NSW/ACT/QLD State Interschools Snowsport Championships – Day 4 & 5
Interschools returned to the mountains this week in spectacular fashion as students from across NSW, ACT and QLD competed for a trip Nationals in one-weeks time. The 5-Day event saw our students compete across almost [...]
SMGS named as Australia’s Best Boarding School of 2018
Snowy Mountains Grammar School was named 2018 Boarding School of the Year at the inaugural Australian Education Awards held in Sydney last week.
SMGS Announced as Australian Snowsports School of the Year at the 2017 Ski and Snowboard Australia Awards
Melbourne, VIC. (27 April 2017) – Snowy Mountains Grammar School was announced as the Australian Snowsports School of the Year and NSW Snowsports School of the Year at the 2017 Australian Ski and Snowboard [...]