WiNter Athlete Program


Clever Minds provides educational services for athletes requiring assistance with their schooling while traveling. We work with students who participate in alpine racing, freestyle skiing, big mountain skiing, snowboarding, and nordic skiing. Students take part in an Independent Study program from their traditional school, which allows more time on the mountains for training and traveling. We provide the primary instruction in core and elective courses, and communicate with the primary classroom teacher via email, fax, and phone.

Our Winter Athlete Program allows students to go chase championships and find themselves a spot on the US Ski Team or U.S. Snowboarding and Development Teams.

Here are just a few examples of skiing achievements made by our Winter Athletes over the past 12 years:

  • 2016:

    • State GS Champion

    • 3rd Place in Tahoe Junior Freeride Series

    • Combined Athlete for Far West Junior Nationals

    • Podium at Mammoth Open Super G

    • Podium at U16 Far West Junior Championship Qualifier

    • 2nd Year U.S. Snowboard Team

    • 3rd Year U.S. Ski Team

    • 2nd Year U.S. Ski Development Team

    • Western Region Selected Athlete to Race in Europe

    • Participants in Junior Olympics and Nationals

  • 2015:

    • 2nd place in Junior World's Snowboarding Championships

    • State Snowboard Champion

    • National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team

    • First Year U.S. Snowboard Team

    • First Year U.S. Ski Development Team

    • Participants in Junior Olympics and U.S. Nationals

  • 2014:

    • 1st place U16 Junior Championships Qualifier

    • 1st place Wild West

    • Podium: Mono Cup

    • Sun Valley Revolution Tour

    • Mammoth Revolution Tour

    • Competitor: Snowboarding FIS Junior World’s Championships

  • 2013:

    • 1st Place U.S. Nationals Junior Men

    • 1st Place USASA National Championship

    • Podiums: U14 Championships

    • Randy Davis Memorial Blowout

  • 2011-2012: First Year US Ski Team

  • 2012: Men's J2 National Champion

  • 2011: Women's J2 National Champion

  • 2012: Podiums at Boarder Cross, Skier Cross, and Big Mountain Events

  • 2004-2012: Podiums at all Junior Olympics Events: Alpine and Freestyle




“My name is Bryce Bennett, I'm an Olympian, World Cup Downhill Racer, and a current member of the US Ski Team. From a young age I had a deep desire to become a World Cup ski racer. Unfortunately, making the choice to pursue World Cup skiing comes at a young age, an age where you're not fully aware of what the path to the top will consist of, and neither did anyone around me.  After making this choice, my educational path became unique. Traveling far away from school every year isn't quite the road to educational greatness, It also never helped that I focused more on sport than hitting the books, so finding a program that would accommodate to my needs but also change my view on learning was essential. Looking back now, Clever Minds provided me with more than an education, they provided me a passion for learning that I am forever grateful for.“

Bryce Bennett, US Ski Team