Vermont Academy names new snow sports manager

Burleigh Sunflower

SAXTONS RIVER - Snow sports have always played an important role at Vermont Academy. Whether a student comes to campus with expert-level skills or having never seen snow before, the school’s winter sports program provides opportunities for every level of experience. 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.
Sunflower brings 25 years of in-depth experience to this critical role. He is a Professional Ski Instructors of America-certified level two ski instructor, a PSIA level two children’s specialist, and an American Association of Snowboard Instructors level three snowboard instructor. AASI level three 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 experience 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 for information about Vermont Academy’s snow sports programs.

The Deerfield Valley News

797 VT Route 100 North
Wilmington, VT 05363

Phone: 802-464-3388
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