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.

WILL BRANDENBURG

Alpine Program Director

208-481-7269

wbrandenburg@svsef.org

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.

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

Certifications: PSIA L3

JOSIE BROWNELL

Alpine Program Coordinator

208-726-4129

jbrownell@svsef.org

Years with SVSEF: 2

Hometown: Stowe, VT

College: Colorado College

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

Ski background: Josie started out ripping East 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

Certifications: AV1, WFR, CPR

TEAMS

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.