ALPINE

In operation since 1966, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s alpine program offers comprehensive alpine training and programming for introductory-level athletes all the way through post-grad.

TEAMS

ALPINE POST GRAD

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Tuition: SVSEF Alumni – $9,700 / Non-Alumni – $13,500 

Ages: 18-21

Head coach: Contact Will Brandenburg (wbrandenburg@svsef.org) if interested in the program.

Enrollment limit: Varies by season

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Schedule:

Dryland:

The PG dryland and conditioning program schedule will be provided by SVSEF strength and conditioning coaches Johnie Michael and Rob Webb. Once committed to the SVSEF PG  program, athletes will communicate with the staff to coordinate their individualized program.

On-Snow: November-April

On-snow training six days per week, strength and conditioning two times per week. 

** PG athletes typically train with the FIS team in the afternoons, with some independent morning sessions as well. Schedule varies for weekends. 

Team Overview:  The SVSEF PG Team is designed for motivated and dedicated alpine ski racers who wish to pursue ski racing opportunities beyond SVSEF, whether it be collegiate skiing or qualifying and competing at the National Team level. The primary goal of this team is to provide the programming and individual attention needed to assist each athlete in reaching his/her ski racing potential and goals. At the same time, the program aims to support the development of each athlete’s personal character and positive values and independence, and prepare them with the skills to be successful leaders in their lives beyond SVSEF.

Winter schedule: On-snow training six days per week; strength and conditioning schedule will depend on athlete’s training plan.

Requirements:

To be a member of the SVSEF PG team, each athlete needs to:

  1.    Complete SVSEF athlete profile document
  2.    Participate in a meeting with the coaching staff and the athlete’s parents to map out the season
  3.    Sign the PG team agreement (a document outlining roles, responsibilities, and expectations of all team members)

License Requirements: PG athletes are required to purchase an age-appropriate U.S. Ski & Snowboard license in addition to base tuition fees. The Alpine Competitor U16 & Over membership is $185.

Competition: Athlete race schedules are individually designed to maximize opportunity and goal achievement. 

ALPINE FIS

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Tuition: $8,900

Ages: 16-18, U19 athletes

Head coach: Gladys Weidt

gladys@svsef.org

Enrollment limit: 30

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 5:1

 

Schedule:

Summer Dryland: June-August

Conditioning sessions four days a week.  Contact coach for details. 

 

Fall Dryland: September-November

Conditioning sessions four days a week. Contact coach for details.

On-Snow: November-April

On-snow training six days per week, strength and conditioning two times per week.

In season, when in town, FIS consistently trains Tues-Fri from 1-4pm, and occasionally from 8-9am as well. Weekend schedule varies.

Team overview: The SVSEF FIS Team is a performance-oriented team. Athletes must demonstrate high proficiency and competitive results to activate a nomination to the FIS program. The goal is to define training groups (when needed) and improve performance outcomes through appropriate levels of management and training/race/travel considerations. All FIS athletes need individual management, and this structure enables a higher level of coaching delivery to all members. The FIS team trains mostly in the afternoon, with some morning sessions, as determined by school considerations and individual management plans.

Competition: Athlete race schedules are individually designed to maximize opportunity and goal achievement.  

Requirements: 

To be a member of the SVSEF FIS team each athlete needs to:

  1.    Complete the SVSEF athlete profile document
  2.    Participate in a scheduling meeting with the head coach and the athlete’s parents
  3.    Sign and adhere to the FIS team agreement (a document outlining roles, responsibilities, and expectations of all team members)

License Requirements: FIS athletes are required to purchase an age-appropriate U.S. Ski & Snowboard license in addition to base tuition fees. The Alpine Competitor U16 & Over membership is $185 for the 2020-2021 season.

ALPINE X

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Tuition: $6,700

Ages: 14-18

Head coach: Contact Will Brandenburg (wbrandenburg@svsef.org) and Tyler Conway (tconway@svsef.org). 

Enrollment limit: 10

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 10:1

 

Schedule:

Summer Dryland: June-August

Alpine X athletes will attend strength and conditioning sessions with age-appropriate groups (Alpine USSA/FIS) throughout the summer and fall months, with additional opportunities to train in the Air Barn with Tyler Conway and the Freeski Team. See USSA and FIS pages for summer and fall dryland schedules. When the schedule states field games or outdoor sessions for alpine athletes, Alpine X athletes will be in the Air Barn with Freeski.

 

On-Snow: November-April

Training five days a week, strength and conditioning two times a week.

In season, when in town, Alpine X will train Wed-Fri from 2-4pm, and occasionally from 8-9am as well. Weekend schedule will vary.

 

Team Overview: The Alpine X team is built for athletes who have a strong foundation in alpine skiing and want to pursue a variety of competitions in other disciplines, with skiercross being at the forefront. The team’s training plan will be a combination of alpine ski racing and freeski training. Combining these two training opportunities will allow these athletes to learn the necessary skills to be competent and competitive skiercross athletes. The head coach of this group will coordinate and facilitate a detailed weekly training plan, including time spent in gates, in the park, in the gym and in the Air Barn. When training with alpine, the group will mostly work with the Alpine USSA team, with some sessions with the Alpine FIS team; when with freeski, Alpine X will train with Freeski Travel. The Alpine X head coach will stay with the team as they train with the different alpine and freeski teams. The training plan will vary from week to week depending upon the competition schedule and what the athletes need to be training for at that time in the season. The competition schedule will be set in the fall and will include a mix of USSA IMD Cup open races and USASA freeski competitions, with the goal of qualifying for USASA Skiercross Nationals in April.  

 

Competition: Alpine X athletes will compete in USSA and FIS alpine races and USASA freeski competitions, in both skiercross and slopestyle. 

 

License Requirements: Alpine X athletes are required to purchase an age-appropriate U.S. Ski & Snowboard license, a USASA membership and a FIS license.

ALPINE USSA

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 Tuition: $6,500

 Ages: 14-16, U16 athletes, select U19 athletes

Head coach: Nate Schwing

 nate@svsef.org

 435 640 1049

 Enrollment limit: 30

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

 Schedule:

 Summer Dryland: June-August

Training four days a week.  Contact coach for details. 

 

Fall Dryland: September-November

Training four days a week.

Monday – 4-5:30pm – Strength

Tuesday – 6:30-7:30am – Strength // 4-6pm – Hike 

Wednesday – 4-5:30pm – HIIT

 Thursday – 6:30-7:30am – Strength // 4-5:30pm ABCs + Games

 On-Snow: November-April

 Training six days per week, strength and conditioning 2 days a week.

 Tues-Fri 1:30-4pm. Varies on weekends when not traveling.

 Tues + Thurs strength sessions throughout the competition season from 6:30-7:30am.

 

Team overview: The USSA Alpine Team is a year-round training program designed to engage athletes on a multitude of levels. Members of the USSA team will be challenged by athletic demands, time management demands, and the mental demands of being a competitive athlete. During the winter months, USSA athletes will train six days per week when not at races. During the summer months, athletes are expected to work toward developing themselves physically in order to both perform at their best and stay safe during the winter months. 

Competition: The primary competition race series for the USSA group is the Intermountain Cup. This race series is made up of open races. For U16 athletes, success within the division enables athletes to qualify for regional and national competitions and projects.

 License Requirements: USSA athletes are required to purchase an age-appropriate U.S. Ski & Snowboard license in addition to base tuition fees. The Alpine Competitor U16 & Over membership is $185.

 

ALPINE IMD

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Tuition: $4,500

Ages: 12-15, U14 athletes

Head coach: Charlotte Gourlay

cgourlay@svsef.org

 

Enrollment limit: 40

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Schedule:

Summer Dryland: July + August

Strength and conditioning 2 days a week until school starts. Monday afternoons 4-5pm and Wednesday mornings 7:30-8:30am.

Fall Dryland: September-November

Training is 4 days a week – one gym day and 3 days outside.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 3:30-5pm. Meet at Sun Valley flagpole for conditioning, ABCs (agility, balance and coordination), plyometrics and field games.

Tuesdays 4:45-6pm in the gym from September through end of ski season.

On-Snow: December-April

Training five days per week, strength and conditioning 1 day a week.

On snow Wed-Fri 2-4pm. Weekends vary when not at races, but typically 9-3pm when at home.

Team overview: The IMD Alpine Team is designed to continue the age-appropriate development of our athletes. The IMD group is defined by excitement, constant athletic insights, and the onset of biological maturity. This is the age range when the winter commitment moves to five days per week, along with a more robust competition calendar. Athletes on the IMD team will have the opportunity to see new places, meet new teams, and expand their friend base to include athletes throughout the Intermountain West.

Competition: IMD team members compete primarily in the Intermountain Division (Idaho/Utah/Wyoming) races. In addition to IMD races, both first and second years will have opportunities to attend or qualify for more select projects (First Year Speed Project, GS Spectacular). All IMD athletes will travel with parents to qualifying races but will have the opportunity to travel with the team to select camps and projects.

License Requirements: IMD athletes are required to purchase an age-appropriate U.S. Ski & Snowboard license in addition to base tuition fees, typically the Alpine Competitor U14 membership ($115).

ALPINE NORTH SERIES

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Tuition: $3,450

Ages: 10-13, U12 athletes, select U14 athletes

Head coach: Adele Savaria

asavaria@svef.org

208 720 3455

Enrollment limit: 35

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Schedule:

Fall Dryland: October+November

Mon, Wed, Thurs 4-5:30pm. All dryland sessions are held at Dollar.

2 days (Mon, Thurs) spent playing field games and hiking around Dollar, 1 day (Wed) doing ABCs – agility, balance, coordination. The two days of field games and hiking are joint with Mini World Cup.

On-Snow: December-March

Training four days a week. Wed + Thurs 2-4pm. Sat + Sun typically 9-2:30pm when not at a race.

 

Team overview: The primary focus of North Series is to work with motivated developing athletes in the primary under-12 age range, targeting the development of solid technical and tactical fundamentals. The North Series Team is designed and staffed by coaches who are committed to making the training atmosphere fun, challenging, and relevant to the current and future potential of the athlete. Improving, honing and refining basic skills and fundamentals is a key focus as we work to progress athletes to the next competitive level. The North Series Team introduces young athletes to the finer points of traveling to ski races, and we strive to equip our racers with the requisite tools to continue to develop their athletic ability, independence, creativity and social skills.

Competition: The core training plan revolves around North Series races held in the Intermountain Division (Idaho/Wyoming). Races in the IMD North Series are qualifying events for IMD Championships in mid-March. Athletes travel with parents to all events.

License Requirements: North Series athletes are required to purchase an age-appropriate U.S. Ski & Snowboard license in addition to base tuition fees, typically the Alpine Competitor U12 & Under membership ($90).

ALPINE MINI WORLD CUP / MINI WORLD CUP WEEKEND

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Tuition: $2,550 (MWC) / $2,150 (MWC Weekend)

Ages:

U10s: 2011-2012 YOB

U12s: 2009-2010 YOB

U10 athletes will be considered based on participation on Devo and on coaches’ evaluations; U8 athletes are not eligible for the MWC team.

Head coach: Jude Arvidson

jarvidson@svsef.org

 

Enrollment limit: 40

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 7:1

Schedule:

Fall Dryland: October + November

Two days a week – Mon, Thurs 4-5:30pm.

** All sessions are with North Series at Dollar throughout October and November. All sessions are open to all MWC athletes.

On-Snow: December-March

The MWC team trains three days a week (Thurs, Sat + Sun). MWC Weekend trains two days a week (Sat + Sun). All MWC athletes also train approx. 10 days during Christmas Camp.

Thursday 2-4pm, Saturday + Sunday 9-2pm roughly. 

Team overview: The primary focus of this program is to introduce young athletes moving up from the Baldy Devo Team and young athletes joining SVSEF to the technical and tactical fundamentals of alpine ski racing. The MWC team is designed to make the training atmosphere fun, challenging, and relevant for all participants. Learning, improving and refining basic skills and fundamentals will ensure our athletes progress when moving on to the next age group. The core training plan of the team revolves around skills acquisition through specific drills, free skiing and the Mini World Cup race series. This race series is intramural and athletes represent the same country for the whole season. All races are held in Sun Valley. 

Competition: The Mini World Cup is a team-based event series that inspires a focused, fun, and team-oriented atmosphere as we strive to introduce a foundation for sport on skis. The series consists of a slalom, giant slalom, and a skills evaluation. Athletes also have the opportunity to compete in the Monroe Cup, a U10/U12 Intermountain Division North Series qualifier, and the Arkoosh Cup, an annual race put on by SVSEF at Rotarun Ski Area in Hailey.

License Requirements: An age-appropriate U.S. Ski & Snowboard license is required in addition to base tuition fees. MWC athletes can purchase the Alpine Competitor U12 & Under ($90) membership. 

BALDY DEVO

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Tuition: $1,400

Ages: 7-10

Head coach: Brian Caulkins

bcaulkins@svsef.org

208 720 0128

Enrollment limit: 75

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Baldy Devo Program Description

ALPINE LASAR

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Tuition: $250

Ages: 5-10 

Head coach: Brian Caulkins

Enrollment limit: 50

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Schedule: Wednesday and Friday 3:00-5:00

On-Snow: 1/8/21-2/26/21

Training two days a week.

Overview: Learn to Alpine Ski and Race (LASAR) is a program that teaches children of all levels of ability the joys of skiing. The objectives for the program include improving skiing technique through progressed turning, balance and body positioning, honing ski racing skills and developing self-confidence and the ability to work in groups with professional instructors and coaches. Athletes must be 5 years old by January 1, 2021, must have a US. Ski & Snowboard license, must be able to ride the Poma lift to Tower 3 and must have some skiing experience.

Pairs well with Baldy Devo!

Competition: Arkoosh Cup at Rotarun

Requirements: US Ski & Snowboard general membership ($30)

ALPINE ROTA-RIPPERS 

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Rotarippers is a free, community supported, grassroots program designed to inspire the love of the mountains and increasing access to winter sport for children of the Wood River Valley.  

Ages: 5-11

Head coaches: Barb Dunn

bdunn@rotarun.org

802-324-6073

Dave Boldwin (snowboard)

Enrollment limit: 50

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Schedule:

Session 1 – January 11-February 2, 2021

Session 2 – February 8 – March 2, 2021

Training two days a week

Monday & Tuesday 3:00-5:00pm

Overview: The Rota-Rippers program is an entry-level ski and snowboard program located at Rotarun Ski Area in Croy Canyon, Hailey. Rota-Rippers is a program that teaches 5-11 year old children the joys of skiing and riding. The objectives for the program include improving skiing and riding technique through progressed turning, balance and body positioning, honing skills and developing self-confidence and the ability to work in groups with professional instructors and coaches.  Our Rota-ripper athletes are coached by SVSEF trained and certified coaches and volunteers; ensuring the best possible experience.  Athletes must be 5 years old by January 1, 2021.

STAFF

WILL BRANDENBURG

Alpine Program Director

208-481-7269
wbrandenburg@svsef.org

JOSIE BROWNELL

Alpine Team Manager/North Series Assistant

208-726-4129
jbrownell@svsef.org

RILEY BERMAN

Alpine Events Director

208-720-6557
riley@svsef.org

GLADYS WEIDT

Alpine FIS Head Coach

gladys@svsef.org

NATE SCHWING

Alpine USSA Head Coach

435-640-1049
nate@svsef.org

ADELE SAVARIA

Alpine North Series Head Coach

208-720-3455
asavaria@svsef.org

CHARLOTTE GOURLAY

Alpine IMD Head Coach

cgourlay@svsef.org

JUDE ARVIDSON

Alpine Mini World Cup Head Coach

jarvidson@svsef.org

BARB DUNN

Alpine Rota-Rippers Head Coach

bdunn@svsef.org

BRIAN CAULKINS

Alpine LASAR/Baldy Devo Head Coach

208-720-0128
bcaulkins@svsef.org

All teams are managed to optimize age appropriate progressions for maximal athletic development. The goal is to create productive and healthy timelines for athletes to ensure best possible outcomes and experiences. These elements come together as an empowering experience that supports SVSEF’s core values: Passion & Perseverance, Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Creativity, and Character.

ATHLETES

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FACILITIES AND VENUES

The Engl training center, located at the foot of Bald Mountain in Ketchum, Idaho, is home to the SVSEF alpine program. The  state of the art facility (remodeled in the summer of 2013) is a 6000 square foot complex that delivers technology-inspired teaching capability, conference rooms to facilitate learning and engagement, training space to broaden the spectrum of athletic development, athlete lockers and ski storage, plus organized and effective administrative space to execute the club’s mission.

SVSEF athletes enjoy access to a large spectrum of training venues on both Bald Mountain (Baldy), Dollar Mountain and Rotarun Mountain in Hailey.  We have a long standing relationship with the Sun Valley Company, giving SVSEF athletes exclusive access to a spectacular array of training terrain. Sun Valley Company has invested in one of the world’s top snow making operations, giving athletes an excellent and dependable snow surface for skill acquisition and competition.  

 

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

The winter season for SVSEF in Sun Valley begins with alpine training camps on Bald Mountain in mid-November; extending through the competitive season (early April). Spring, summer, and fall camps are offered for our SVSEF alpine athletes (U12 and up) with each age class having unique and age appropriate opportunities to enhance their development.

In addition to our winter training program, members of the U16 and U19 age groups have year round fitness training programs designed to complement their on-hill skill development. The SVSEF conditioning program strives to strike a balance between utilizing the best that modern equipment and training theory has to offer with the timeless pursuit of adventure and inspiration that comes with being immersed in mountain town culture. SVSEF athletes engage the natural world around them through a training program that requires grit, perseverance, and dedication.