The Mission of the MVSA:
The MVSA provides a fun and safe experience for Southwest Washington and the greater Portland metro area ice skaters of all ages and abilities. The goal of the academy is to develop athleticism and a solid foundation of skills for the aspiring hockey player, the competitive figure skater, or simply the life-long recreational skater. As an MVSA member, skaters are offered opportunities at all levels of ice-skating. These opportunities include group skill development classes, such as the Learn to Skate Program, the Aspire Figure and Hockey skating skills classes, the Jr. Academy for the intermediate to advanced skater, and the Sr. Academy for the adult skater. The Academy runs year-round at various times of day to fit a skater's schedule.
The MVSA is located at the Mountain View Ice Arena in Vancouver, WA. The MVSA Skating Director's are Leslie Brooks Foppe and Shannon Damiano.
The MVSA is directly aligned with its home rink, Mountain View Ice Arena, in Vancouver, WA.
History of the MVSA:
In early 2020, Mountain View Ice Arena was on a clear and defined path to meet and exceed its goal to bring superior, comprehensive, and robust ice skating to the Southwest Washington market. Unfortunately, as with many businesses in and around the Southwest Washington community, the evolvement of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020 caused comprehensive damage in the rink's ability to reach those goals as it was shuttered for nearly 8 months. There was a significant concern as to whether the rink could recover from the pressure of the mandated closures, and then the extremely limited on-ice capacity rules presented by the pandemic.
To address these concerns, MVIA management partnered with a select group of community members to ensure the rink continued to thrive in the local market. This team completely revamped the traditional ice-skating programs provided by the rink as the traditional model could no longer accommodate the ever-changing landscape of business due to the pandemic. The 2020 challenge ultimately enabled MVIA rink management to relaunch its brand and roll out enhanced programs to directly connect to the local market of ice skaters.
The result of this revamp was the January 2021 launch of the Mountain View Skating Academy and the USFS Aspire Program which naturally lent to small group formats thus allowing skaters back on the ice safely. Once restrictions began to lift, MVSA relaunched the Learn-to-Skate program allowing an additional number of skaters safely back on the ice.
Since our re-opening in February of 2021, we have successfully grown our enrollment to over 100 skaters by May of 2021 within these programs in addition to welcoming back our Junior Academy & Senior Academy skaters. We continue to look forward to growing our team and expanding our programs to broaden our reach into the community.