The new Burke Mountain Academy Warming Building was recently constructed at Burke Mountain, replacing the old warming hut at the base of Warren's Way (BMA's Training Hill). Replacement of the existing warming hut has increased the capacity, allows for better utilization of video during training, and has created more space for timing, equipment storage, video review, as well as a better area for the athletes to take breaks during training.
Approximately 50 people attended the ribbon cutting event Jan. 15, including BMA coaches and faculty, students, parents and the Burke Mountain management team. Among the individuals honored were Bryna McCarty, BMA '02 and J3 coach, who helped draw the building designs; general contractor Jason Choquette of Dennis R. Choquette, Inc.; and Rob Johnson, BMA's director of buildings and grounds, who managed the project.
Burke Mountain Academy was founded in 1970 and has an unparalleled record of success in producing National Team and top performing college ski racers. Since its inception more than 100 Burkies have gone on to qualify for national teams and more than 50 have competed in the Olympics, far more than any other program in North America. These statistics are particularly remarkable considering BMA is the smallest of the major academies and ski programs in the US, with only 839 total alumni. The Academy chooses to remain small and highly selective so as to perpetuate the rich BMA tradition of athletic excellence.