About

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation provides year-round ski and snowboard training and competitive opportunities for Wood River Valley youth. Our origins are rooted in the Sun Valley Ski Club as our foundation was established as an integral part of the ski club in 1966 as a way for the SVSC to provide racing opportunities for juniors. Since that time the SVSEF has helped numerous junior racers achieve dreams of Olympic medals, World Championship podiums, World Cup victories, and National Championship gold. More importantly, we have helped an innumerable number of athletes become skiing aficionados for life. Not only are the alumni of the ski foundation some of the best skiers on any mountain, anywhere, they are “setting the bar high” in all facets of life including family, work and community.

The driving philosophy behind SVSEF is to create a positive, fun, and productive environment that inspires each one of our athletes to meet his or her fullest potential.  Our team philosophy is implemented by both identifying with our incredible heritage as a community (22 Winter Olympians) and by innovating to meet the changing demands of our society.  We view the mountains as the world’s best classroom, where a child’s imagination is captivated and their potential for learning, growth, and inspiration is realized.

HISTORY

Early 1960s

Early 1960s

Junior alpine racing program founded by the Sun Valley Ski Club

April 17, 1966

April 17, 1966

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation is incorporated

1972

1972

SVSEF cross country program is founded

1982

1982

Warren Shillington donates Lake Creek property to SVSEF

1985

SVSEF acquires alpine hut in Warm Springs

1991

1991

Freestyle program is founded

1992

1992

Snowboard program is founded

1998

1998

Inaugural Janss Pro-Am Classic

1999

SVSEF named USSA “Club of the Year”

2005

Olympic Development Team (now the Gold Team) is founded

2012

2012

The United States Olympic Committee designates Sun Valley as first cross country U.S. Olympic and Paralympic training site

2013

2013

SVSEF is named USSA “Club of the Year” and USSA “Snowboard Club of the Year”

2015

USOC Olympic & Paralympic Training Site designation expanded to include all five SVSEF disciplines; alpine, cross country, freestyle, freeskiing and snowboard

2017

SVSEF is upgraded from silver to gold USSA club status

US Ski & Snowboard Gold Certified Club