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

Coaching staff:

Nate Schwing- Head FIS coach
Chuck Harris- Western Region Contact Coach, PG coordinator 
Trevor Wagner- PG and FIS assistant 

 

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 conditioning program.

On-Snow: 11/1/19-4/22/20

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

** PG athletes train Tues-Fri from 8:30am-12pm while in season and in town. Schedule varies for weekends. PG athletes will have the opportunity to train with FIS athletes in the afternoons when additional training is needed.

 

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 individual 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 $170.

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

Coaching staff:

Nate Schwing- Head FIS coach
Dane Spencer- FIS/USSA assistant
Trevor Wagner- FIS/PG assistant 

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 5:1

Schedule:

Summer Dryland: 6/17/19- 8/22/19

Conditioning sessions four to five days a week.

Summer school conditioning schedule (June 17-July 3) is Mon-Thurs in the gym.

Monday – 6:30-7:30am – A1 workout outside

Tuesday – 6:30-7:30am – strength // 3-4pm – rollerblading

Wednesday – 6:30-7:30am – A1 workout outside

Thursday – 6:30-7:30am – strength // 3-4pm – HIIT workout

 

Fall Dryland: 9/3/19- 11/21/20

Conditioning sessions four to five days a week.

 

Monday 6:30-7:30am – gym // 4-5:30pm – ABCs

Tuesday 4-5:30pm – HIIT, core, mobility

Wednesday – 6:30-7:30am – gym // 4-5:30pm – ABCs

Thursday – 4-5:30pm – HIIT, core, mobility

Friday – 6:30-7:30am – extra strength sessions (specifically for fall sport athletes)

 

On-Snow: 11/1/19-4/22/20

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 summer 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 $170.

ALPINE X

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Tuition: $6,700

Ages: 14-18

Head coach: TBD. Contact Will Brandenburg (wbrandenburg@svsef.org) and Tyler Conway (tconway@svsef.org) with questions until the Alpine X head coach is announced.

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 10:1

 

Schedule:

Summer Dryland: 6/17/19- 8/22/19

Alpine X athletes will attend strength and conditioning sessions with their 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, Alpine X athletes will be in the Air Barn.

 

On-Snow: 11/1/19-4/22/20

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

In season, when in town, Alpine X will train Wed-Fri from 1-4pm, 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 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 in addition to base tuition fees. The Alpine Competitor U16 & Over membership is $170. If an athlete plans on competing at USASA events, they will need a USASA license.

ALPINE USSA

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Program: Alpine

Team: USSA

Tuition: $6,500

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

Coaching staff:

Gladys Weidt- head coach

Lindsay Mann- USSA First Year Lead/Mountain Awareness Director

Assistant coaches: Riley Berman, Harlan Collins

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Schedule:

Summer Dryland: 6/17/19- 8/22/19

Training four days a week.

Summer dryland – Mon-Thurs: Mon + Wed 6:30-7:30am – gym sessions. Tues + Thurs 3-4pm – field work and games / HIIT.

 

Fall Dryland: 9/3/19- 11/21/19

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: 11/1/19-4/12/20

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 $170.

ALPINE IMD

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Tuition: $4,500

Ages: 12-15, U14 athletes

Head coach: James Tautkus

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Schedule:

Summer Dryland: 7/8/19-8/28/19

Strength and conditioning 2 days a week.

 

Two days per week in summer until school starts (Monday afternoons 4-5pm and Wednesday mornings 7:30-8:30am).

 

Fall Dryland: 10/1/19-11/14/19

Training four days a week.

Fall dryland is 4 days/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 3 through end of ski season.

 

On-Snow: 12/4/19-4/12/20

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

IMD is 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 ($100).

ALPINE NORTH SERIES

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Tuition: $3,450

Ages: YOB 2008 + 2009

Head coach: Adele Savaria

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Schedule:

Fall Dryland: 10/14/19-11/21/19

Training three days a week.

3 days of dryland – 2 days spent playing field games and hiking around Dollar, 1 day doing ABCs – agility, balance, coordination. The two days of field games and hiking are joint with MWC. All dryland sessions are held at Dollar.

 

On-Snow: 12/7/19-3/29/20

Training four days a week.

Wed + Thurs, 2-4pm

Sat + Sun, 8:45-2pm

 

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 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 ($75).

ALPINE MINI WORLD CUP / MINI WORLD CUP WEEKEND

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

Ages: YOB 2008-2011

Head coach: Jude Arvidson (jarvidson@svsef.org, 206-935-3109)

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 7:1

Schedule:

Fall Dryland: 10/14/19-11/21/19 (all dryland sessions open to all MWC athletes)

Training two days a week.

** All sessions are with North Series at Dollar throughout October and November.

 

On-Snow: 12/7/19-3/29/20

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.

Wednesday, 2-4pm

Saturday + Sunday, 9am-2pm

 

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 weekend, giant slalom, speed weekend, and a skills tournament. 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 either Alpine General ($30) or Alpine Competitor U12 & Under ($75) memberships. The competitor license is required if the athlete plans on competing in divisional races (Monroe Cup).

BALDY DEVO

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Tuition: $1,400

Ages: 7-10

Head coach: Brian Caulkins

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Schedule:

Fall Dryland: 10/1/19-11/21/19

2 days a week

Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-5pm

On-Snow: 12/7/19-3/29/20

Training two days a week

Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am-2pm 

Overview: SVSEF’s Baldy Devo program is the developmental ski and snowboard program for SVSEF Baldy-based teams. Devo is for “Baldy-proof” kids, meaning athletes who can ski/ride top to bottom, off-piste & groomed, and who understand safety rules and mountain etiquette. We practice all-mountain basic skiing and riding, jump and park skills, bump skills and racing techniques with a strong FUNdamental emphasis. SVSEF’s Baldy Devo program is designed to introduce and refine skills required to advance within SVSEF’s alpine, snowboard, big mountain, freestyle and freeski programs. The SVSEF Baldy Devo program is staffed with experienced professional coaches who teach age-appropriate skill progression utilizing U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s program, in tandem with a host of internal SVSEF skill- and team-building philosophies. Snowboard athletes in the Baldy Devo program will be grouped along with fellow riders and staffed by experienced snowboard coaches trained to teach and advance snowboard skills. The season ends at the Gary Black Jr. Memorial. Holiday camps (Christmas and spring break) are included as a part of the Devo team experience, and offer specific opportunities beyond regular weekend programming. Times and dates for holiday camps are based on creating safe and appropriate practice opportunities based on crowds, practice space, and conditions.

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ALPINE LASAR

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Tuition: $250

Ages: 5-10

Head coach: Brian Caulkins

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Schedule:

On-Snow: 1/10/20-2/28/20

Training Wednesdays and Fridays

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, 2020, must have a U.S. Ski & Snowboard License, must be able to ride the Poma lift to Tower 3 and must have some skiing experience. Financial aid is available through the Cooper-Taché First Tracks Fund: learn more and apply here.

Competition: Arkoosh Cup (February 16, 2020)

ALPINE ROTA-RIPPERS

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Tuition: $200

Ages: 5-11

Head coach: Barb Dunn (bdunn@svsef.org / 802-324-6073)

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Schedule: 1/13/20-2/25/20

Training Mondays and Tuesdays, 3-5pm

Transportation to training provided by the SVSEF Blue Bus – schedule to be posted later. The bus will pick up athletes at:

Bellevue Elementary

Syringa

Alturas Elementary

Hailey Elementary

Overview: The SVSEF 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 5-9 year old children the joys of skiing and riding. 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, 2020. Financial aid is available through the Cooper-Taché First Tracks Fund: learn more and apply here.

Competition: Arkoosh Cup (February 16, 2020)

WILL BRANDENBURG

Alpine Program Director

208-481-7269

 wbrandenburg@svsef.org

ABOUT WILL

Certifications: PSIA L3

Years with SVSEF: 3

Hometown: Spokane, WA

Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Anywhere in the trees

Ski background: Will raced with the Spokane Ski Racing Association, and later at Schweitzer Mountain. He was named to the U.S. development team in May 2006. Will finished second in the giant slalom at Alyeska at the U.S. Alpine Championships in 2007, was a member of the 2010 Olympic Team with a best place finish of 10th in the super combined, and was part of the U.S. Team for the 2011 World Championships. His best World Cup finish was sixth place in a slalom at Kranjska Gora in March 2012, and he won the combined at the 2013 U.S. Alpine Championships. Will coached the SVSEF USSA Team for two years prior to assuming the role of Western Region Development Coach for U.S. Ski & Snowboard for the 2017-2018 season.

Why you coach: I love the sport of ski racing and the growth that it provides the individual.

Hobbies/other interests: Anything to do with lakes, golfing, mountain biking

JOSIE BROWNELL

Alpine Team Manager

208-726-4129 

jbrownell@svsef.org

ABOUT JOSIE

Certifications: USSA Level 100, AV1, WFR, CPR

Years with SVSEF: 2

Hometown: Stowe, VT

College: Colorado College

Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Exhibition & Warm Springs

Ski background: Josie started out ripping Easy Street on Spruce in Stowe, kept with it through high school, went to college out west, started skiing for fun, and finally bought some fat skis!

Why you coach: I attribute my independence and love of the mountains to ski racing. I want the kids I coach to make lifelong friends, appreciate this amazing place and learn to love skiing – just like I did when I was growing up!

Hobbies/other interests: skiing, hiking, baking, my dog Birdie

ATHLETES

COACHES

TEAMS

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.

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.