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.

Important Dates

2023 Applications Open
Wednesday 1 February 2023

2023 Applications Close 
Friday 17 February 2023

2023 Interviews
Dates TBC

2023 Team list released by
Friday 24 March 2023

2023 Program Start
June 2023 – Date TBC

2023 Program End
September 2023 – Date TBC

(Program dates subject to change based on any changes made by Resort program schedules)

“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

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