SVSEF provides ski and snowboard programming to nearly 700 athletes in the Wood River Valley. Athlete of the Week is an opportunity to highlight individuals who embody the values championed by this organization; sportsmanship, citizenship, character, teamwork, creativity, passion and perseverance. 

Tucker Smith, 11, Cross Country Prep (and Alpine North Series)

Tucker is an incredibly committed and hard-working individual. He takes advantage of every opportunity given to him, and he never holds back. With two older sisters who have seen success competitively in cross country skiing, Tucker is able to recognize the advantage of being so close to this (he’ll ski behind Sammy in intervals and really push himself). At the same time, he remains supportive of their endeavors. Tucker gets along with everyone and is a great teammate. His drive, motivation and good nature are apparent to us and also to the coaches of the North Series team (Tucker is a two-sport SVSEF athlete).

Kelley Sinnott

Cross Country Prep Team Head Coach

Octavio Hurtado, 9, Baldy Devo

Octavio started with us two years ago on the LASAR team at Rotarun. This season, he went to his dad and stated that he wanted to ski on Baldy; he is now a part of the Baldy Devo team. Octavio is a kid who is working harder than anyone to improve his skiing. He listens well and is a great teammate, and we’re excited to see him enjoying the outdoors. We can see his skiing going far! Brian Caulkins

Baldy Devo and LASAR Head Coach

Emily Wright, 11, Alpine North Series

Emily was a great addition to SVSEF when she joined Mini World Cup last year. Now being on North Series this season, she raises the whole team up with her positivity and love of skiing and ski racing. Despite it being bitterly cold at our races at Snow King last weekend, Emily always came back around to the start to pump up her teammates and bring jackets down to the finish. Emily always shows up to training excited to ski and never wants to take a break. We love having Emily on team and hope she sticks with it for years to come! Josie Brownell

North Series Coach

Addie Rafford, 17, Big Mountain

Addie stepped up to tackle her long term goal of landing her first backflip. On the Targhee training trip she took the time to reshape the jump, visualize herself succeeding, then sent it executing a perfect flip to her feet. We were all proud of her bravery and determination.

Amy David

Big Mountain Coach