Student-Athlete Support

The goal of the JHSC Student-Athlete Support Program is to foster long-term athlete development by assisting student athletes in balancing academic and snowsports education. In line with the Club's mission, we equip students with a toolkit to pursue personal excellence in skiing and snowboarding and in their intellectual, social, and educational pursuits. Through regular communication with families and with county school administrations, JHSC study halls, sport education, and college and post-graduate counseling, we foster an integrated approach to students’ athletic and academic careers. By partnering with Teton County schools to develop year-round programming, we ensure that athletes can pursue both a rigorous academic schedule and high-caliber athletic training and competition. The Student-Athlete Support Director, Ashley Babcock, collaborates closely with the Executive Director and the Alpine, Nordic, and Freeride Program Directors and coaches to integrate goal-setting, time-management, and citizenship skills into athlete education and to ensure student-athlete success on and off the hill.

Please contact Ashley Babcock ( with any questions and for school scheduling information. 


News and Updates

In-House Concussion Testing, Fall 2019

JHSC requires all athletes born in 2007 or before (U14 and older)--and strongly recommends for all athletes--to participate in an approved pre-concussion assessment prior to on-snow training each season. The Club will partner with Watershed Jackson ( to administer the King-Devick test on several dates in October (10/16, 10/22, 10/28 from 4-7) at the JHSC offices. The cost is $25, which can be paid the night of the testing in cash or check made out to "Watershed Jackson".

Concussion baseline testing is required on an annual basis, so all athletes must re-rest each year. If athletes have done the basic "sideline" King-Devick test with their teams this fall, they do not need to re-test that specific test, but they do need to come to the testing night to test in the other three areas. Exceptions include another comprehensive test, like IMPACT. If you have completed a comprehensive concussion baseline test, fill out the "Concussion Verification Form" linked below. 

Find out more about the King-Devick system at: testing by Watershed Jackson takes less than 10 minutes per athlete. If you are interested in testing and cannot attend during the test dates, please contact Hayden Hilke at


Parent-Athlete Education Series, Fall 2019

November 4: JHSC and Brian Krill "Building Champions in Sport and Life: Blending Core Values, Athletic Excellence and Long-term Athlete Development"

November 20: Medicine Wheel Wellness with Francine Bartlett and Jenny Collins - “The Winning Athlete”

December 4: Teton Behavior Therapy with Ellie Finnegan - “Supporting Balance: Athletics and Academics”

December 9: JHSC with Panel of Coaches - “College and Career Pathways”


Teton County School District #1

The Club partners with the administrations of Jackson Hole High School and Jackson Hole Middle School to develop academic scheduling that maximizes student time both in the classroom and on snow.

At JHHS, the Early-Release Program carefully considers the needs of student athletes by grade and sport and allows for early release for athletes in good academic standing from mid November through the end of their competitive seasons. Nordic athletes may release at 3:10 on Wednesdays and Fridays in September-November for dryland training and at 2:40 in the winter months for training at Trail Creek Nordic Center. Alpine and Freeride athletes may release between two and four days/week in the winter season depending on their program level. For details by grade, please see the JHHS-JHSC Programming document. 

In order to be eligible for Early Release in November, JHHS students and parents must sign and complete the following Early-Release Contract and Records Release and submit them to the Assistant Principal, Dan Abraham, ideally by November 1. Students will not be eligible for early release until the forms are submitted:

JHHS Early-Release Contract

Authorization for Records Release

At JHMS, students are eligible for early release from November 19, 2018-March 22. 2019. Students release on training days at 2:55, near the end of their 5th class session, and they are excused from FLEX on training days. On non-training days, student athletes are expected to attend their entire FLEX period. Further details about the program and student-athlete expectations are available here.

Jackson Hole Community School

The Jackson Hole Community School is committed to helping student athletes benefit from an exceptional academic experience while simultaneously pursuing their athletic goals at the highest level. In order to do so, they continue a tradition of consistent communication with JHSC to foster an understanding of each student-athlete's unique needs and goals. They offer JHSC athletes a number of scheduling and support accommodations, including 

  • Early-morning CORE classes to ensure that students can attend all of their core classes every day
  • Guaranteed free periods for the last two periods of the day with the possibility of even greater flexibility throughout the day
  • Acceptance of credits from online institutions, should students choose to take an online course
  • Personal support and flexibility for each student athlete to develop a strong academic schedule that works well with his/her athletic commitments
  • A school administration that is supportive of students balancing high-level ski racing and rich, challenging academics

For prospective students, please discuss your student-athlete's scheduling needs with David Heinemann, JHCS Registrar, in the spring. The club works closely with David to review individual schedules and ensure that both the Club and School can support student-athlete needs. 

Teton Science Schools

The Club and the administration of the Teton Science Schools work with individual families and students to create the best possible academic and training schedule for student success. Early release for training is an option for students in grades 6-12, dependent on student class schedules. Students use study halls scheduled early in the school day, Google applications and email to communicate with teachers about class material missed for race and competition travel. For more details on scheduling options, please contact Ashley Babcock and/or your Division Head.  

Jackson Hole Classical Academy

Looking Ahead to College

College Counseling and Support

The JHSC Academic Support Program works closely with the Program Directors and coaches to offer guidance for student athletes as they make their post-high school plans. In the summer and fall of the senior year, we meet with student athletes to learn about their goals and explore colleges and sport programs that fit their athletic and academic goals, as well as campus life and geographical preferences. The Skiing Pathways After High School chart provides an overview of the coaching and training, costs, age and typical USSA point requirements, and scope of alpine competition programs. The list of USCSA Colleges and Programs includes contact information for freeski and snowboard programs. 

The following lists include the contact information and point averages for USCSA and NCAA Division I programs. 

For more information on the college eligibility process, see the NCAA Flowchart for Initial Eligibility to view credit and course requirements or visit the NCAA website ( to learn more about the specific Division I, II, and III academic requirements.  

Opportunities to Ski and Snowboard in College: USCSA

As part of the USCSA National Championships, hosted by JHSC and Snow King Mountain Resort in March 2019, USCSA Executive Director Alec Tandara-Kuhns and a panel of member coaches and athletes hosted an information night for interested JHSC families and athletes. The overarching theme of the evening was that within the organization's 170+ member schools, there is a place for any athlete who wants to compete in snow sports in college. From funded, coached, varsity teams to student-led Clubs, and with teams that train 4-5 days/week and those that exclusively attend weekend competitions, the USCSA's 8-week season includes participation from a range of athletes across the United States. President Andrew Rangan emphasized the importance of team scoring in USCSA and the experience of community that develops for member athletes. For more information, please visit