We can’t thank you both enough for creating The Podium of Life Ski Academy bringing learning together with passion. Thanks to your program and your unique insights our son has developed passion and motivation in his life. We feel blessed that Justin has discovered these amazing life skills and is able to utilize them in his regular school life. The POL experience was ultimately life changing for Justin.

Sheila and John Watt


“My son has only been at the school for one week.  The impact that the teacher Shane Harle has had on my son is amazing.  My son actually feels engaged in school and doesn’t see it as a burden to learn.  He spends the morning doing his academics and then spends the afternoon working on his leadership and personal development through skiing.  In one week my son can actually see the potential that he has and feels that it is attainable.  That is worth more than anything in the world for a parent to see the light in their child’s eyes.”
With kind regards,
Aryn Smith-Avendano



Podium of Life Ski School has provided an amazing experience for my 15 year old daughter. She had the “Best Year Ever”! Everyday, she was an excited student, skier, artist, and independent learner. I would highly recommend this program and Shane and Corey Harle.

Liza and Sandy Grant


Podium of Life is about achieving your goals and making you the best person you can be. (Paul 7th grade)


Podium of Life is an environment where students are encouraged with facilitation to explore the upper spectrum of their expectations for achievement.


Dear Shane and Corey,

We are still glowing from our amazing winter season on the mountain with you and we are even more excited about the future.

When we first discovered your Podium of Life school it was like a dream come true; we were in England at the time and decided we would send our daughter, Mel, for a whole season and the experience of a lifetime. After attending your school for the 2011/12 season we just had to do it all again this year.

This year my daughter’s dream of becoming a skiing Olympian is really coming alive, thanks to your unwavering belief and absolute encouragement for Mel and indeed all your students to pursue their dreams; the reality actually seems possible! As parents we could want nothing more for our daughter than to have such a strong self-belief and determined spirit; an invaluable life skill for anyone.

Through the disciplined and self-motivated study that you encourage in your school her academic success has improved exponentially. Last year at her regular school Mel struggled with Math and always had homework in this subject (which she resented very much). On returning to her regular school she is achieving 100% marks easily and that’s a dream come true for any parent!!

Alongside her academics, as an athlete we can see and appreciate just how far she has come in such a short time. We are truly thrilled that she has far exceeded any pediatrician’s prognosis and that her overall fitness and strength also serve her really well at her regular school sports.

We have supported Mel’s ski racing dream from the start, believing that even if she never got to race she would improve her balance, co-ordination and muscle tone. You guys have really taken this to the next level and little did we know that her skiing abilities would reach such levels. You have led her the way to the Provincials in Silverstar and the ‘Whistler Cup’ and that was an amazing time almost overwhelming; well for us parents anyway, not Mel.

As a family we are so excited to be a part of P.O.L. and look forward to next season, which is only 204 days left and counting….

See you soon

Rachael, Simon and Mel.


To anyone lucky enough to be considering the Podium of Life Ski Academy.

We are a family of four with two daughters aged 12 an 15. They have both been skiing since they were able to walk and have been training and competing with the

Mt. Washington Ski Club for many years now.

Podium of Life has been an overwhelmingly positive experience for our family as a whole. For our daughters it has been an eye opening experience of life outside the lines of the standard experience for most children growing up in today’s western world. They have grown in independence, creativity, confidence and maturity all the while having more fun than anyone could think possible while getting an education. These experiences will no doubt shape the paths they choose for the rest of their lives, and we believe in a fundamentally positive way.

As parents, we too have grown to see possibilities that we may have overlooked before, mostly due to self imposed barriers and reservations of taking paths outside the normal life and education structure most of us are used to.

As a family our future paths and choices will undoubtedly be shaped by the experience and we will always be grateful this rare opportunity crossed our path and was made available to us by some truly generous and courageous people. Shane and Corey Harle have stepped out on a long limb to pursue their dream and set an example we deeply respect. We strongly recommend anyone with children of their own consider life’s options for those unique and rare opportunities that can provide the experiences and adventures that can make life so much richer and more interesting.


The Nymann Family


Nancy Green Raine:

“When I was in high school, I missed many months of school in order to train and race. Today using technology to deliver distance learning, school can be brought to the mountains. The Podium of Life program under the direction of a master teacher offers a winning combination for young athletes:  quality time training on snow and first class education. Parents now have a way for their children to pursue their dreams of excellence in sport without sacrificing their education.”

Senator Nancy Greene Raine,  Olympic and World Cup Ski Champion.


Allison Forsyth:

“Coming from Vancouver Island, it was amazing to be able to race at Mt. Washington. I loved growing up in a small mountain community and all my fond memories of a young racer revolve around hitting the alpine slopes in the day and then cross-country skiing to my friends places after skiing. For me, coming from Nanaimo and a regular school system, it was very difficult to combine skiing and school. My goal was to be able to graduate with good grades, and on time with my peers. To do so, I was forced to move from the island (and Mt. Washington) and go to Whistler. I have always wished that I could have continued at Mt. Washington until I reached the Provincial Ski Team and I feel like I missed some good development years on the mountain in order to achieve my academic goals. Combining school with the opportunity to ski is brilliant and absolutely necessary to be able to provide our athletic youth with the well-rounded life that they should have. Congratulations!”

Allison Forsyth

8-time Canadian Champion, 5 –time World Cup medalis, World Championship bronze medalist, Proud member of the Mt. Washington Ski Club.


Rick Gibson:

I have known Shane and Corey for close to 20 years through my involvement with multi sport event planning and then later in the Mount Washington Community. Both of these fine people have instilled a positive approach in anything they do. Both their smiles are genuine and their commitment to youth and youth development can not be questioned. Their commitment is genuine, and their abililty to deliver the teachings and experience needed for this program are without a doubt 100% guaranteed.

Sincerely, Rick Gibson

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