New schoolhouse on the mountain

Students of the Podium of Life Ski Academy spend the afternoon (above) working on their snow sports skills after a morning of classes (left). - Photo submitted
Students of the Podium of Life Ski Academy spend the afternoon (above) working on their snow sports skills after a morning of classes (left).
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Podium of Life ski Academy has secured a new location for its school on the mountain.

The building that used to be the restaurant, Sushi Mong, will now be the schoolhouse for Podium of Life.

It is conveniently located at the bottom of the Hawk chair, so kids can ski or board downhill to class daily. Over the past two seasons classes were held at the main lodge, where students had to take a chair lift or walk up to class daily from their condos. Now they can click into their bindings and ski downhill. It is also located close to the Vancouver Island Mountain Center where students can have access to the weight training facilities.

“It will be nice to have a place to call our own,” says Shane Harle, who runs the school with his wife, Corey. “Our students will really benefit from having their own ski-in, ski-out classroom on the mountain. It will create a sense of belonging for our students. With already 13 students enrolled for the upcoming season from Grades 4 to 11 we are very excited to have a place to call our own.”

After the students finish a morning of study, they will have easy access to the Hawk chairlift where they will start the afternoon of training on the snow. With the increased number of students and the addition of snowboarding, Podium of Life will be looking to hire other instructors.

There are still spaces available for students at the school on the mountain, Podium of Life. For further information look on the webpage,


About Podium of Life Ski Academy:

Podium of Life Ski Academy, now in its third year, is a school on Mount Washington. It was started by husband-wife team Shane and Corey Harle of Campbell River, to provide alternative education where kids, from the ages of nine to 19 can pursue their passion for snow sports.

Students spend the mornings working in class on their grade appropriate B.C. curriculum, and the afternoons training, with certified instructors. The goal of Podium of Life is to create excited learners, excellent skiers and boarders, and leaders of tomorrow.

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