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. 

Anhwei Kirk, 16, Alpine USSA

Anhwei Kirk has been on a tremendous run over the past couple of weeks. She had a third place finish in the slalom at the IMD U16 Qualifier at Snowbird.  Anhwei laid down some amazing runs at the Wes Baron races in Jackson last weekend. Over the course of the weekend, Anhwei placed 8th and 4th, and ended the weekend on the podium in 2nd.
Anhwei is a tremendous quiet leader for the USSA Team.  Her dedication and work ethic on the hill and in the weight room are impressive.
Chuck Harris

Alpine USSA Head Coach

Reid Black, 11, Mini X

Reid Black is our Mini X Athlete of the Week.  He is a positive force amongst all the negative we are surrounded by these days. He cracks jokes all the time and gets along with everyone young and old, male and female.  Reid has been making a lot of progress in his skiing this year and is very adventurous, always suggesting the gnarliest runs he can.  Reid has clear goals of wanting to be on the Big Mountain team when he comes of age and is responsible with his money. He values ski team highly and is held accountable at home for his participation. Ben Schumacher

Mini Xtreme Head Coach

Presly Watson, 12, Freestyle Progression

Presly competed in her first mogul event ever this past weekend at Snowbowl. She cooly and calmly surmounted her pre-race jitters and gave it her all right out of the gate. Presly has a great attitude and is a supportive teammate – she was throwing out high-fives in the finish pen all weekend. We’re excited to see Presly continue to progress this season. John Grigsby

Freestyle Head Coach

Photo by Hillary Maybery

Ridge Dirksmeier, 15, Freeski Travel

Ridge Dirksmeier is back at it after having knee surgery in the fall. Hitting the gym and physical therapy, Ridge has put a lot of hard work into getting to 100%. His dedication and commitment to freeskiing thrive when he is on his skis. He is always out there to be better and push the limits. Look for Ridge to throw down in upcoming slopestyle and halfpipe events. Follow THIS LINK for his latest on-hill antics. Tyler Conway

Freeski Head Coach