Athlete of the Week: March 8

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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. 

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Olive Gilbert, 13, Snowboard Travel

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_testimonial author="Rick Millett" job_title="Snowboard Travel Coach" portrait_url="https://svsef.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/staff_rickmillett.jpg" _builder_version="3.3.1"]Congratulations to Olive on Athlete of the Week. She has been progressing quite a bit with her riding. Olive has had a couple of really great competition results and has been learning more tricks and riding skills; I am very excited to take her to Copper Mountain, Colorado, for USASA Nationals! Olive is really fun to travel with, and she is always down for an adventure. Her curiosity and eagerness to grow and learn in this sport have been great to see. Keep up the good work, Olive! [/et_pb_testimonial][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_2" _builder_version="3.3.1" parallax="off" parallax_method="on"][et_pb_image src="https://2s3zkgt1k879mex926qyq71a-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/olive.jpg" _builder_version="3.3.1"][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.3.1"][et_pb_column type="1_2" _builder_version="3.3.1" parallax="off" parallax_method="on"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.3.1"]

Margaret Fisher, 9, Baldy Devo

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Brian Heekin, 16, Big Mountain

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Our Athlete of the Week is Brian Heekin. He really surprised me at Targhee. He has kind of been our dark horse this year – he’s never really been the hard charger of the group, but he ended up having the highest place out of whole SVSEF crew this weekend, finishing seventh. Brian has been working really hard, and with all this soft snow he has really been pushing himself; it showed this past weekend in competition.

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Week in Review: March 5

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SNOWBOARD

KING OF THE WASATCH, PARK CITY

By Andy Gilbert
 
The series winners in each age group will receive an automatic invite to USASA Nationals in Copper Colorado Mar 30-Apr 5. We will receive those invites on Wednesday.
Series Finals, also known as the “King of the Wasatch” event consisted of Slopestyle #1 on Thursday, two Halfpipe events on Friday, Slopestyle #2 on Saturday and two more halfpipe events on Sunday.
The team as a whole is hitting their stride and riding really well. In our first pipe events of the season the Sun Valley kids showed why we have been a powerhouse in that event even in the face of losing our home venue. The kids showed that a solid season of riding Baldy had them ready to ride a perfect 22ft pipe in PC. Caleb Hothem went huge all day in the first pipe event and Jack Verhaeghe used the tech route to put himself on the podium as well. Olive Gilbert won both events on both days!
In Slopestyle our kids held their own on a venue that was just used for the FIS World Championships. There were 18 rail options in the first three features! That’s more than almost all of the jib features at Dollar! The kids were up for the challenge with solid runs in tough conditions on both days. Standouts were Brody McBee with a solid second run in the last event for the win. Channing Curci stepped up to some of the tougher rail features and was rewarded with second place both days.
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Menehune boys 10-11: Nico Lerner 1st
Breaker boys 12-13: Sebastian Lerner 3rd, Jack Verhaeghe 5th
Breaker girls 12-13: Olive Gilbert 1st
Youth women 14-15: Channing Curci 2nd
Youth men 14-15: Brody McBee 1st
Halfpipe #1
Menehune boys 10-11: Nico Lerner 1st
Breaker Boys 12-13: Jack Verhaeghe 2nd, Caleb Hothem 3rd, Sebastian Lerner 5th
Breaker girl 12-13: Olive Gilbert 1st
Youth women 14-15: Channing Curci 2nd, Maddie Hothem 3rd
Youth men 14-15: Brody McBee 1st
Halfpipe #2
Menehune boys 10-11: Nico Lerner 1st
Breaker Boys 12-13: Jack Verhaeghe 2nd, Caleb Hothem 4th, Sebastian Lerner 5th
Breaker girls 12-13: Olive Gilbert 1st
Youth women 14-15: Channing Curci 2nd, Maddie Hothem 3rd
Youth men 14-15: Brody McBee 1st
Slopestyle #2
Youth women 14-15: Channing Curci 2nd
Youth men 14-15: Brody McBee 1st
Halfpipe #3
Breaker girls 12-13: Olive Gilbert 1st
Youth women 14-15: Channing Curci 2nd
Youth men 14-15: Brody Mcbee 1st
Halfpipe #4
Breaker girls 12-13: Olive Gilbert 1st
Youth women 14-15: Channing Curci 1st
Great events and a great series! Nationals invites will be coming soon and we will keep you all updated.
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Olive Gilbert, first, breaker girls halfpipe
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Channing Curci, second, youth women halfpipe
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Ben Fethke, first
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Zeppelin Pilaro, second
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FREESKI

KING OF THE WASATCH

 
Athletes were in Park City last week to display their skills at 'King of the Wasatch' USASA slopestyle and halfpipe competitions. There were six events spread out over four days, with two slopestyle and four separate halfpipe competitions. SVSEF had some great results across events and age groups, which bodes well for invitations to Nationals, to be held at Copper at the beginning of April.
Slopestyle 1
Breaker Boys (12-13): Ben Fethke 1, Easton Turck 6, Anton Holter 8, Spencer Ferries 10
Breaker Girls (12-13): Inez Kraynick 4
Grommet Boys (8-9): Walker Woodring 1, Barrett Beyer 2
Youth Men (14-15): Ridge Dirksmeier 2, Joey Markthaler 4
Junior Men (16-17): Kyle Kope 1
Menehune Boys (10-11):Zeppelin Pilaro 6
Open Class Men: Will Griffith 3, Harper Mallett 5
 
Slopestyle 2
Breaker Boys (12-13): Ben Fethke 1, Anton Holter 3, Spencer Ferries 11, Easton Turck 15
Breaker Girls (12-13): Inez Kraynick 4
Grommet Boys (8-9): Barrett Beyer 1
Junior Men (16-17): Kyle Kope 1
Menehune Boys (10-11): Zeppelin Pilaro 2
Open Men: Harper Mallett 7, Will Griffith 9
Youth Men (14-15): Ridge Dirksmeier 4, Joey Markthaler 5
 
There were less competitors in the halfpipe events. Ben Fethke took home three of four wins in the halfpipe for Breaker Boys (12-13), Zeppelin Pilaro had a solid result in the third halfpipe event, taking home the win for Menehune Boys (10-11). Youth Men (14-15) had a larger field in the third and fourth halfpipe events; Ridge Dirksmeier and Joey Markthaler took the top two spots both days.
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USASA SNOWBOARD/FREESKI RESULTS

SLOPESTYLE 1, SLOPESTYLE 2, HALFPIPE 1, HALFPIPE 2, HALFPIPE 3, HALFPIPE 4

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Addie Rafford, first for 15-18 women
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BIG MOUNTAIN

IFSA, GRAND TARGHEE NATIONAL

 
It was a great weekend of competition for big mountain athletes, with nine out of 15 SVSEF skiers making it into finals (seven boys, two girls). Addie Rafford took the win for the women’s 15-18 age group. Tatum Minor, in her first big mountain competition, was second for women aged 12-14. For 15-18 men, Brian Heekin was SVSEF’s top competitor in seventh, followed by Axel Diehl in ninth. Will Price (11th), Owen Miller (12th), Buddy Schreder (16th) and Max Moss (17th) all finished in the top 20.
FULL RESULTS

IFSA: LAKE LOUISE NATIONAL

Thor Jaramillo competed for SVSEF; this was a very competitive Canadian event to get into. Thor (15 years old) missed the cut to finals by .13 and was competing against mostly 18 year olds in the 15-18 age group.
FULL RESULTS
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Ryder Sarchett 1, Nils Galloway 4 in the men's slalom
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ALPINE

FIS/USSA: LAURA FLOOD MEMORIAL, SUN VALLEY

IMC U16 Qualifier, 1SL/2GS
SVSEF hosted a weekend of racing, held annually in memory of Laura Flood. This was the last qualifier for Western Region U16 Championships, which SVSEF is hosting March 14-17. The competition field featured 75 women and 88 men. Ryder Sarchett took the overall win for the weekend, with victories in the men’s slalom and first GS, and a third place result behind SVSEF FIS skiers (1st place Laura Flood) in the final event of the weekend, a second GS race. Lots of SVSEF kids stepped it up this weekend for competition on their home turf; it was great to see all of their hard work and training put into practice.
 
March 1, 2019:  Women’s SL
Jessica Blackburn led the SVSEF women’s team with a third place finish. Marit Kaiser was right behind her in fourth. Saba Grossman finished seventh, Anhwei Kirk eighth, and Hannah Ferris was 14th.
Agnes Kind had an impressive result, starting 37th and moving up to 18th. Anabel Viesturs was 37th.
 
March 1, 2019:  Men’s SL
SVSEF’s Ryder Sarchett won the slalom by over 2 seconds. Nils Galloway was fourth, Nathan Gowe eighth, Josh Blackburn 10th, Carter Sammis 11th, and Colin Hanna was 12th. Carter Sammis had the move up of the day. He started 33rd and finished 11th.
 
March 2, 2019:  Women’s GS
Marit Kaiser skied to second place overall, and won the second run of the day. Saba Grossman tied for seventh, Logan Lindstrom 12th and Anhwei Kirk 16th.  
 
March 2, 2019: Men’s GS
Ryder Sarchett again won by over 2 seconds, this time in the giant slalom. Nathan Gowe finished in a solid eighth place, Carter Sammis was 10th, and Nils Galloway had the move up of the day, starting 53rd and finishing 13th. Josh Blackburn was 14th.
 
March 3, 2019: Women’s GS
SVESF had two athletes on the podium, with Dasha Romanov winning by just over a second and Marit Kaiser finishing in third place. Logan Lindstrom started 30th and finished 11th. Logan won the second run, which was an amazing result for the day. Saba Grossman was 13th, and Anhwei Kirk finished 15th.
 
March 3, 2019, Men’s GS
The SVSEF FIS team showed up on Sunday to race, changing the dynamics from the previous day. Jack Smith took the win, followed by teammate Bridger Harrison. Ryder Sarchett finished third, Nathan Gowe was 16th, Josh Blackburn 18th, Carter Sammis 21st and Colin Hanna 25th.
 
FULL RESULTS
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Paige DeHart with the David Wright 2019 overall win
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IMD: DAVID WRIGHT MEMORIAL

From James Tautkus, IMD Head Coach

The SVSEF IMD team traveled to Park City this past weekend for the David Wright Memorial. It was the last qualifier for the season, with two giant slaloms and one parallel slalom. Paige DeHart and Cole Curci won the overall titles for the weekend. A significant result came from Paige in the first giant slalom; she won the race by an astounding six seconds.

Day one was really difficult with new snow, visibility, and a former Olympic hill as the race venue. The kids had a tough first day adapting to the terrain and conditions; however, on the second and third day they were reminded that they have the skill set and training mileage from Baldy to have success, which they found.

FULL RESULTS

 

GS 1:

Women: Paige DeHart 1, Reece Walther-Porino 15

Men: Will Kogelmann 6, Drew Kogelmann 13

GS 2:

Women: Paige 1, Maya Lightner 3, Chloe Vogel 14

Men: Cole Curci 1, Drew Kogelmann 9

Parallel SL:

Women: Paige 1, Maya 6

Men: Cole 1, Will Kogelmann 10, Tommy Norman 13

Mini World Cup

The Mini World Cup Team skied a super G race on Saturday – find the results here.
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Cole Curci in first
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CROSS COUNTRY

Gold Team, West Yellowstone Rendezvous

SVSEF Gold Team skiers Adam Luban and Cate Brams both took wins at the West Yellowstone Rendezvous last weekend. Adam competed in the 50km skate, finishing at the top of the field in 2.17:25, besting former Gold Team skier Rogan Brown by 28 seconds. Cate won the 25km women's classic in 1.26:40. Gold Team Head Coach Chris Mallory also competed; he finished fifth in the 25km skate.

 FULL RESULTS


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ALUMNI

NCAA Championships

SVSEF has a number of alumni skiing for D1 schools; this year, six have qualified to represent their respective universities at NCAA Championships. For cross country, Peter Wolter (Middlebury), Annika Landis (Middlebury), Sam Wood (PG/STG, Middlebury), Braden Becker (PG/STG, Williams), Casey Wright (PG, Alaska Anchorage) and Sarah Goble (PG, Michigan Tech) will compete at Stowe. Haley Cutler (New Mexico) is an alternate for alpine women. 
 

Chase Josey, Burton US Open, Vail

Alum Chase Josey competed at the Burton US Open; in a field of top international competitors, Josey was 11th in the men's halfpipe semi-final, pushing him out of the running for finals.
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Week in Review: February 27

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FREESKI

USASA Rail Jam/Slopestyle, Grand Targhee

By Gui Mattheis-Brown
The SVSEF Freeski Progression Team was in Grand Targhee, Wyoming, this weekend to showcase their skills in two events; rail jam and slopestyle. On a beautiful bluebird Friday afternoon, seven of our athletes took to the rail jam course. Barrett Beyer had a really strong showing and came out on top of the Grommet Boys division (8-9 years old). In the largest group, the Freeski Boys division (10-13 years old), Spencer Ferries gave it his all and narrowly missed the podium, ending up in fourth place.
Saturday’s competition was an interesting one; wind and snow made the slopestyle course tricky to deal with. Nonetheless, our skiers got after it and found their way onto the podium once again. Young Barrett Beyer overcame some serious slams in practice and on his first competition run, but he put it all together on his second run and came away with a gold medal in the Grommet Boys division. Inez Kraynick skied well and worked her way into second place in the Breaker Girls division (12-13 years old). Zeppelin Pilaro proved his consistency once again, taking home the bronze medal in the Menehune Boys division (10-11 years old).
RESULTS - FEB 22
RESULTS - FEB 23
 

Ben Fethke at Breckenridge

 
Travel Team athlete Ben Fethke was in Breckenridge over the weekend, competing in a USASA Freeway Open. He battled against the local boys and made his way onto the podium in both events, with a second place finish in slopestyle and third place in halfpipe.

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BIG MOUNTAIN

Crystal Mountain National

 
SVSEF athletes competed at Crystal Mountain at an IFSA Junior National event. The weather held off, allowing SVSEF skiers to showcase their skills in the form of topnotch runs; every athlete who stayed on his or her feet during qualifiers made it into finals. In the finals, every SVSEF skier improved or kept their position. Addie Rafford, who has made the podium a number of times this season, took second place, and her brother Toby Rafford took third in his age class. Molly Kucher moved up from 12th to finish in the top 10, and Axel Diehl and Hunter Diehl both finished in the top 27% of a very large field.
RESULTS
YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
 

Bogus Regional

Four SVSEF athletes competed at Bogus Basin at a regional event; all four finished in the top 10. Leading the charge for SVSEF men was Ethan Marx, who finished second in the 15-18 age category in a field of 21 athletes. In the same category, Bode Skillern tied for sixth, Mike Nannini was eighth, and Owen Miller 10th.
RESULTS
YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
 
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ALPINE

 

Monroe Cup

SVSEF hosted the Monroe Cup, an annual event named for Lane Monroe, a champion of SVSEF and ski culture, and a longtime SVSEF coach. “We had an unbelievable Monroe Cup this past weekend,” said Alpine Race Coordinator Riley Berman. “For the first two days, which featured GS and slalom, we had ideal conditions for the age group in attendance (U12). On Sunday, we tried a new format with dual panel slalom, which was an extremely fun and spectator-friendly event. Thanks to all the volunteers, staff and families for coming together to make it one for the books!”

An upwards of 150 athletes competed throughout the weekend. Winning the overall Monroe Cup were two SVSEF athletes, Tucker Smith and Taylor Hovey. Tucker handily won the GS, completing the course over four seconds faster than the next competitor. He won the slalom by over two seconds. Tucker did not finish his second run in the dual panel slalom. Taylor won the girls’ GS and parallel slalom.

Joining Taylor in the top ten in the girls giant slalom were Josie Sarchett (6), Rowan Desler (7), and Emily Wright (10). Paxton Sammis had a stellar giant slalom race, joining Tucker on the boys' podium in third. In the girls' slalom, SVSEF again packed a good grouping into the top 10, with Emily Wright in fifth, Scarlett Carruth in eighth, Ella Shaughnessy in ninth and Simone Tumolo 10th. Ella Shaughnessy repeated her ninth place finish in the parallel slalom. Paxton Sammis and Jay Blackburn were top-10 for boys, skiing to second and 10th, respectively. 

FULL RESULTS

FIS, WR Elite Tech, Park City/Snowbird 

FIS skiers have been competing at Snowbird and Park City, UT, in a Western Region Elite Tech series. A highlight of the weekend was a second place finish for Lily Fitzgerald in the first women’s giant slalom, in a field of 65 athletes. Sage Curtis was 20th in the same race. Maddie Ferris was 20th in the next day’s giant slalom. Lily Fitzgerald again led the women’s charge at Snowbird, placing eighth in the women’s first slalom. SVSEF had two in the top 20 in the next day’s slalom; Erin Smith had an impressive seventh place result, and Lily finished 11th.

Alum Spencer Wright, now skiing at Aspen, finished ninth in the men’s first GS at Park City. In the first slalom at Snowbird, Jack Smith was 16th and Spencer Wright 19th. Bridger Harrison had a solid slalom race the next day, skiing to 19th behind Spencer Wright in 18th.

Snowbird results

Park City results

 

 
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SNOWBOARD

USASA Slopestyle, Grand Targhee

By Andy Gilbert
The SVSEF Snowboard Team travelled to Grand Targhee for the Big Mountain West Series Slopestyle event Feb 23rd. This was by far the best slopestyle course this season; the Targhee Park Crew did an amazing job, and it really showcased what the kids could do.
Menehune Boys 10-11
Nico Lerner landed in third place with smooth straight airs on the big jumps and use of the harder rail feature.
Breaker Boys 12-13
Sebastian Lerner took the win with his first run! He started with a nice 50/50 on the rail feature, moving into a backside 360 and two clean straight airs. Caleb Hothem took the bronze with clean straight airs and a good flow throughout his run. Jack Verhaeghe ended up in fifth, just having a little trouble with the conditions.
Breaker Girls 12-13
Olive Gilbert won the Breaker Girls division with nice tail grab and method airs.
Youth Men 14-15
Brody McBee was third with a nice 3 and solid straight airs.
Up next, the team goes to Park City for the King of the Wasatch series final. We will know which of our riders qualified for Nationals after this event.
RESULTS - FEB 22
RESULTS - FEB 23
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CROSS COUNTRY

Devo, Prep, Prep Pro athletes at IYCs

 
Devo, Prep and Prep Pro athletes competed at the annual Intermountain Youth Championships, held at Trail Creek in Jackson Hole. The weekend featured a skate race, skiercross and a mass start classic. It was a great weekend for the team; it was the first away race for some of the SVSEF athletes, while for others it was a good opportunity to put all their hard work this season into practice in a competitive setting. SVSEF athletes accumulated a number of podiums throughout the weekend. Berkeley Canfield won the U14 girls skate race and skiercross; sickness set her back on Sunday, but she still skied to 12th and won the U14 Cup for the season (based on results at JNQ and IYC races). Sven Halvorsen was third for U12 boys in the skate race, Chasyn Halvorsen was first for U8 boys, and Zander Douglas found the podium in third for the U16 boys 5km. Sarah Leidecker had a solid race, finishing fifth for U12 girls, as did Zoe Liberatore, who was fourth for U10 girls, and Lucy Stevenson, who was fifth. In the skiercross event, Sarah Leidecker finished second for U12 girls, Sven Halvorsen was just off the podium in fourth for U12 boys, as was Berkeley Canfield for U14 girls. She was followed closely by Anika Vandenburgh in fifth. Remy de Saint Phalle and Zander Douglas also went four-five for U16 boys. In the mass start races on Sunday, Zoe Liberatore again finished fourth for U10s. Holden Archie finished 10th in both the skate and classic races, and ended up ninth overall for the U14 Cup for boys for the season. Teddy Hobbs had a stellar race, skiing to 17th for U14 boys in a field of 57. Anika Vandenburgh was 13th for U14 girls.
 FULL RESULTS
 

Gold Team, Birkie

Gold Team athletes went straight from racing the SuperTour circuit to the American Birkie, a major test of endurance. Katie Feldman skied to third in the women’s 50km skate, and Maddie Morgan was 10th. In the men’s 50km, Adam Luban finished fourth. Peter Holmes and Cate Brams opted to race the 55km classic; both took the win on the day.
FULL RESULTS
 

Kevin Bolger, World Championships

Gold Team skier Kevin Bolger has been in Seefeld, Austria, competing at his first World Championships. In the skate sprint, Kevin qualified 23rd, giving him the green light to move onto heats. He finished 18th overall.
FULL RESULTS
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Week in Review: February 13

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Big Mountain athletes at Grand Targhee
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CROSS COUNTRY

Comp, PG and Prep, JNQ, Bogus Basin

 

Going into the Bogus Basin JNQs, a number of SVSEF athletes had already secured qualification to Junior Nationals. There were a few kids out with illness, but by and large, the kids skied well again, with a number earning podiums and winning races on the weekend. Saturday was a classic interval start, and Sunday was a skate interval start.

A couple of SVSEF athletes had real breakthrough races, which ultimately helped them qualify for Junior Nationals. Sebi Radl-Jones had his best qualifier of the year on a really tough course. The freestyle races on Sunday were really tough, which we haven’t typically seen at Bogus; they had reconfigured the courses with more challenging terrain for these races. Tia Vontver also had a really good race. Tia has been super positive throughout all of her time on the cross country team – she’s a good teammate, a good hard worker, and she doesn’t get too rattled,” said Program Director and Coach Rick Kapala. “The course favored her, as she likes skating more than classic, she's a good climber, and she’s not super big, so the terrain gave her an opportunity to ski to her strengths.”

Ella Wolter, who had probably already secured a spot at JNs based on results at previous JNQs, was second in the 10km women’s skate race. She’s had good results the last few JNQs (Soho and the first day at Bogus), but it was impressive that she came back out and did it again. “She has never finished second in a JNQ in her career, and she did it in a tough field,” explained Kapala. “For her to be coming into race form in a really strong way right now is really good.”

Johnny Hagenbuch skied great all weekend, as did Sydney Palmer-Leger. Anja Grover came back from a tough weekend in SoHo and skied really strong races, securing a spot on the JN team. “It’s always nice to see kids find their form in this last push before JNs,” said Kapala. Hayden Halvorsen has been rebuilding his fitness after a tough start to season, and he won the first day’s classic race, which was great for him.

This was the third and final Intermountain JNQ. Twenty-one kids from SVSEF have qualified for Junior Nationals; this is the most we’ve ever had. Of 57 total Intermountain spots, SVSEF comprises over a third of those.

The team is now four weeks out from JNs, and is focused on training and keeping the stoke up. Younger SVSEF athletes who have been making progress in their skiing but who were not selected will be headed to BC championships from February 26-March 4 at Salmon Arm.

Sydney Palmer-Leger, who prequalified for JNs, will instead go to Europe to compete in OPA Cup finals. Having already competed in four JNs, OPA Cup finals are a good opportunity to get some more international racing under her belt.

FULL RESULTS 
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Sydney Palmer-Leger in first and Ella Wolter in second, women's U18/U20 10km skate
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U16 girls: Logan Smith (prequalified), Sammy Smith (first JNs), Luci Ludwig, Anja Grover (first JNs)

U18 girls: Tia Vontver (first JNs), Jenna Nurge (first JNs), Ella Wolter, Anja Jensen, Sophia Mazzoni (prequalified), Sydney Palmer-Leger (prequalified), Sarah Morgan

 U20 girls: Lily Brunelle (top non-prequalified skier), Heidi Booher

 U16 boys: Bjorn Halvorsen

 U18 boys: Sebi Radl-Jones (first JNs), Hayden Halvorsen, Johnny Hagenbuch (prequalified), Ted Yewer

 U20 boys: Scott Schulz (prequalified), Adam Witkowski (first overall ranked U18/20 skier), Eli Eppolito

 Olivia Cuneo and Sascha are two U18 female alternates.
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Kevin Bolger, World Cup, Lahti

Kevin Bolger competed in Lahti on the World Cup circuit. In the skate sprint on Saturday, he finished 41st in qualifiers, which took him out of the running for heats. In the classic team relay on Sunday, he was partnered with Logan Hanneman in the 6x1.6km sprint. The duo finished sixth in the second semi, and 12th overall.
 RESULTS
 
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Addie Rafford with the women's 15-18 win
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BIG MOUNTAIN

Regional Event, Grand Targhee

 
SVSEF Big Mountain athletes competed at a regional event at Targhee, February 9-10. This event served as a qualifier for Nationals. Athletes took one run on Saturday and one on Sunday for a final combined score. Frances Cherp won her 12-14 year old age group after day one, with a score of 29.7667. She finished second overall after her run on Sunday. Ry Mann was 20th for 12-14 boys. Addie Rafford had a great weekend, winning the 15-18 female age group. She put together two solid, winning runs. Cailin Chandler was third after the first day, and 11th after Sunday. Molly Kucher and Tanner Lee both moved up from their first runs, finishing fifth and seventh, respectively, for 15-18 females. Elle Mann was 13th for 15-18s. For 15-18 males, Max Moss skied to second overall, Thor Jaramillo fourth, Bruce O’Donnell seventh, Jake Lunn ninth and Toby Rafford 11th. Toby had a solid effort on Saturday, with a third-placing run on the day.
FULL RESULTS
 
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FREESKI

Travel, RevTour and Aspen Open, Colorado

by Tyler Conway
Five SVSEF freeski athletes are currently in Colorado for the Toyota U.S. Revolution Tour and the Aspen Open. Athletes will compete on the X Games course and at Copper Mountain in the 22’ halfpipe; this is a good opportunity to compete at some great venues.
At the Rev Tour on Tuesday, Harper Mallet placed sixth in the Rev Tour halfpipe. Unfortunately, Ridge Dirksmeier could not put down a run in finals. Outstanding job goes out to the boys for making it to the finals with no halfpipe to train on at home or in the Intermountain Division.
At Aspen, Tuesday was the first day of practice, and the competition is fierce. The talent and the skill of the amateur athletes on the X Games course is impressive. Athletes have one more day of slopestyle, halfpipe and big air practice before competitions start on Thursday. Events run through Saturday. Ridge Dirksmeier, Harper Mallett, Will Griffith, Joey Markthaler and Charley Bingham will compete this week.
 
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Maya Lightner (5), Paige DeHart (1), first super G
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ALPINE

IMD, Jr. Intermountain Cup Super G Qualifier, Snowbasin

 

It was a tough weekend with lots of adversity from weather and the race organizer. As a whole we mostly had successes. It’s fun and affirming to have some of the top results but as a coach you want success for everyone on the SVSEF roster. I think each one of our athletes has a run or two they can hang their hat on last weekend. That’s the best we can hope for as we head into the last training block before the final qualifier.

SG 1 - Paige DeHart 1st, Maya Lightner 5th, Asia Angel 14th; Will Kogelmann 5th

SG 2 - Maya Lightner 2nd, Paige DeHart 5th, Lowie Watkins 9th; Cole Curci 2nd, Will Kogelmann 6th

SG 3 - Ruby Crist 5th, Lowie Watkins 10th, Izzy Gaggero 14th, Asia Angel 15th; Cole Curci 2nd

FULL RESULTS

 

FIS Women, Nor Ams, Snow King

FIS women competed at Snow King Nor Ams, with fields of about 60, and top athletes from the U.S., Canada and Europe. Erin Smith’s best finish was 23rd in the giant slalom on February 8. Alli Rathfon was 41st in the February 7 giant slalom, and Merumo Ishimaru’s best result was 38th in the February 8 giant slalom.

FULL RESULTS

 

 
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FIS Men, Nor Ams, Sun Valley

SVSEF athletes had the opportunity to compete on their own hill at Nor Ams at Sun Valley last week. Bennett Snyder, Bridger Harrison, Blake Bathum, Jack Smith and Max Noddings, as well as alums Kipling Weisel, Tanner Farrow and Spencer Wright represented SVSEF in the giant slalom and slalom races out Warm Springs. Kipling finished 11th in the first slalom, Jack was the top SVSEF finisher in the next day’s slalom race in 32nd, followed closely by Bennett in 33rd. Tanner was 26th in the first giant slalom event, and 22nd the next day (also GS). Jack was 29th in the final competition.

FULL RESULTS

 

 

FIS MEN, NPS, Snow King

FIS men are at a National Performance Series (NPS) event at Snow King; the races feature the top U19 athletes in the country. Representing SVSEF are Jack Smith, Blake Bathum, Finn Mallinen, Charlie Snyder, Bennett Snyder, Max Noddings, Bridger Harrison, Buey Grossman and Cassell Lefevre. In the first race on February 10, a GS comp, Jack Smith was the top SVSEF finisher, just off the podium in fourth. Max Noddings had a good race, finishing 11th. Jack again took forth in the 2/11 giant slalom. In the 2/12 slalom, Bennett Snyder was SVSEF’s top racer in 20th. Racing concludes today with another slalom race.

FULL RESULTS
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FREESTYLE

Jim Baldwin Memorial, Squaw Valley

 
SVSEF athletes traveled to Squaw Valley for the Jim Baldwin Memorial. It was a one run moguls event. Tilly Babcock was fifth for F13s, Rainey Wilson was second for F19s, Nick Rubenstein 12th for M13s, and Erik Babcock had a solid run for M17s, finishing third.
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Athlete of the Week: February 8

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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. 

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Caleb Hothem, 13, Snowboard Travel

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Caleb has been with the team for several seasons and is a big part of our growing snowboard team family. He is always enthusiastic about being there and rarely misses a session.
This past week, Caleb was named the male winner of the Beverly Hay Snowboard Cup. This is SVSEF’s only dedicated snowboard award and is a big deal in our sideways world. Caleb showed up ready to go, with a plan and a great attitude all week. At one point, he said to his coaches, “I’m just riding lazy,” and then proceeded to adjust that and win both boardercross races on Friday at Dollar.
Not always the first name you hear on the result page, but on and off the hill Caleb has a huge heart and it is starting to pay off for him!
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Isaac Burks, 10, Mini Xtreme

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Isaac Burks is a fun kid!  His voice is constantly ringing through the team with a lot of happiness. Isaac is always early and stoked to show up to practice. His best pal on MiniX, Alex, pushes him to new heights – like last weekend, when they launched the big jump at Dollar together.  It takes a lot of courage to trust your friends when you have to straight line for 200 yards into a massive jump you have never done before. Thanks to the freeski progression athletes for guiding these guys safely. His voice after the massive straight air exploded upon hitting the transition smoothly.  Big air runs in his family. Good job, Isaac, and stay happy.
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Taylor Rixon, 14, Alpine USSA

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Taylor has made tremendous progress in his skiing. He is a dedicated athlete both in the gym and on the snow. His quirky sense of humor, curiosity for the sport, and willingness to support his teammates are all a huge bonus for the USSA Team.
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Athlete of the Week: February 1

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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. 

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Maile Dorland, 14, Big Mountain

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_testimonial author="Conor Davis" job_title="Big Mountain Head Coach" portrait_url="https://svsef.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/staff_cdavis.jpg" _builder_version="3.3.1"]Maile Dorland jumped into the sport of big mountain and has been on the road these past few weeks. She spent weekends competing at Snowbird and had the opportunity to learn about athlete photography on a photo shoot in between competitions.  In her first competition ever, she didn’t do as well as she had hoped, however, she used it as a learning opportunity and she took home first place in her following two competitions! The night before her competition run she told me that one of her goals is to “get more air!” Great work Maile! You’re ripping it up!
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Zeppelin Pilaro, 11, Freeski Progression

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_testimonial author="Gui Mattheis-Brown" job_title="Freeski Progression Head Coach" portrait_url="https://svsef.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/staff_gui.jpg" _builder_version="3.3.1"]Zeppelin's strong work ethic and persistence were on display at Snowbasin; he took home bronze in his division in slopestyle, as well as a gold medal in the rail jam. His attitude and mindset are topnotch, and it shows through his skiing. He is supportive of his teammates and keeps the energy level high. Keep up the good work, Zep!
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Felix Wilson, 10, Cross Country Devo South

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Felix has shown a high level of attentiveness and effort all season at Devo practice. He is a leader who constantly shows up with drive and focus; from game days to distance skis, Felix is always bringing his best, and he has really impressed us this season. Measured in his temperament, but a team player and down to have fun, Felix has been a joy to have on the team.
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Week in Review: January 30

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Johnny Hagenbuch, Ben Ogden, Luke Jager and Gus Schumacher, photo courtesy U.S. Ski & Snowboard
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CROSS COUNTRY

Comp/Gold, U23/Junior World Championships, Lahti

The biggest news of the week from U23 and Junior World Championships racing in Finland involved SVSEF’s own Johnny Hagenbuch, who, with teammates Ben Ogden, Luke Jager and Gus Schumacher, won the men’s U20 4x5km relay event on January 26. This was a historic accomplishment; it was the first time the U.S. has won the relay at World Junior Champs. The relay was mixed, with two classic legs followed by two skate; Johnny skied the third leg. The team completed the race in 45:34.7, beating Russia by 3.8 seconds. Johnny also had a great individual effort two days before, skiing to 17th in the men’s 30km classic mass start.

Also racing for the U.S. in the relay was Sydney Palmer-Leger, who also skied the third skate leg in the 4x3.3km competition. Sydney’s team just missed the podium, finishing 40.5 seconds behind Norway’s winning team. She also skied a solid race four days prior, coming in 20th in the 5km skate. Teammate Sophia Mazzoni skied the women’s 15km classic mass start on 1/24, finishing 48th.

Peter Holmes represented SVSEF and the U.S. for U23s. Following his 27th place finish in the 1.6km classic sprint, he was 48th in the 15km skate on 1/23 and 33rd in the 30km classic mass start on 1/25.

Gold Team, SuperTour, Lake Placid

The Gold Team and PG athlete Scott Schulz continued racing on the SuperTour circuit, traveling to the East Coast for three races at Lake Placid: a distance skate, classic sprint and classic mass start. In the women’s 5km skate, Katie Feldman finished in the top 10 in ninth. Cate Brams was 23rd and Maddie Morgan 29th. Adam Luban was 13th in the men’s 10km race, and PG Scott Schulz was 17th. All three SVSEF women made heats in the classic sprint the next day; Katie Feldman and Maddie Morgan both made it into semifinals, where Katie finished fifth in her heat and Maddie sixth. Adam Luban and Scott Schulz also made heats for men, but were knocked out in quarterfinals. The final day of racing was a 10/15km mass start classic. Katie skied a strong race, finishing eighth in the field of 84 racers. Cate also had a good race; she finished 13th overall. Maddie Morgan was 25th. In the men’s 15km, Adam was 13th and Scott 16th.

 

Max Durtschi, IBU World Cup, Antholz

SVSEF alum Max Durtschi continued racing on the IBU World Cup circuit for biathlon. He finished 62nd in the 10km sprint in Antholz, Italy, on January 25th; he was the third American finisher.
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Sydney Palmer-Leger and Sophia Mazzoni in Finland, photo courtesy Sophia Mazzoni
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FREESTYLE

SVSEF athletes had an opportunity to compete on their home turf at the Sun Valley Freestyle Spectacular. Sun Valley hosted a great event on Roundhouse slope, with two moguls events and one duals. Highlights from the weekend included Sammy Smith taking the win in all three events for women, Luke Rizzo skiing to second in the second moguls event, and Rainey Wilson finishing sixth for women on day one. Thanks to all the volunteers and staff who made it happen!

Results:

Moguls 1

Moguls 2

Duals
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Nick Rubenstein, photo by Hillary Maybery
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The team at Snowbasin
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SNOWBOARD

Snowboard Team, USASA Slopestyle, Snowbasin

By Andy Gilbert

 

The Snowboard Team made its first road trip of the year to compete in the USASA Big Mtn. West Series slopestyle at “Sun Valley South” – Snowbasin Resort.

The team traveled 10 riders to take part in the event. Standouts included Jack Verhaeghe in the Breaker Boys 12-13 group, throwing a Half Cab into a smooth frontside 360 and using the more difficult rail feature to end up in 2nd place. Channing Curci also used the bigger jump line on the course in the Youth Women group 14-15. A nice method air and good style also put her in 2nd place, followed by Maddie Hothem in 3rd with a nice rail section on her runs.

FULL RESULTS

 

Chase Josey Fourth at Aspen X Games

Alum Chase Josey competed in the men’s superpipe event at the Aspen X Games, following a hip strain at the Laax Open in Switzerland. Despite this, Chase finished fourth overall, behind Scotty James, Yuto Totsuka and Danny Davis. He scored a 82.66 on his third and best run. Chase next competes at the 2019 World Championships in Park City.
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FREESKI

Freeski Progression, USASA events, Snowbasin

By Gui Mattheis-Brown

The SVSEF Freeski Progression Team traveled to Snowbasin, UT, this weekend to compete in two USASA events; slopestyle and rail jam. On Saturday, eight of our athletes took to the rails and jumps to showcase their ability. In the Grommet Boys division (8-9 years old), we had Walker Woodring take the gold medal with a very solid run, and Barrett Beyer right behind him in second with a strong showing as well. Anton Holter placed first out of 12 athletes in the Breaker Boys division (12-13 years old), with George Corkery narrowly missing out on the podium.  Zeppelin Pilaro came in 3rd place in a very competitive group (10-11 years old).

Sunday’s competition produced some more podiums for the Freeski Progression Team, the sun was shining as the athletes took to the rail jam course. Barrett took home the gold in the 9 and under age group, while Zeppelin ended up on top of the podium as well in the 10-13 age group.

Summit County Colorado Camp

Freeski athletes spent a week in Colorado, taking time to focus on skills and technique in the halfpipe and terrain parks. See the edit from the week here:

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Anton Holter in first for Breaker Boys
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Maile Dorland
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BIG MOUNTAIN

Big Mountain athletes took to Jackson Hole and Snowbird for a second consecutive weekend of competition, with 22 athletes in total on the road. It was a big weekend for the team, with success across the board: at Snowbird, SVSEF had six males in the top 10, all four females who competed on Sunday broke the top eight, Maile Dorland took home first place for her age group both days, Fletcher Stumph earned second on day one and Toby Rafford skied to third on day two. At Jackson, Brian Heekin finished third in the 15-18 age group, and the two other athletes from the SVSEF contingent gained a lot of valuable experience from the competition.

RESULTS - JACKSON

RESULTS - SNOWBIRD COMP 1

RESULTS - SNOWBIRD COMP 2

SVSEF ATHLETE RUNS - SNOWBIRD

 
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ALPINE

IMD, U14 Speed Camp, Grand Targhee

15 athletes traveled to Grand Targhee to participate in the U14 Speed Camp, aimed at developing and growing skills for Intermountain athletes. Four SVSEF athletes were awarded Most Improved throughout the camp: Drew Kogelman, Faith Cooke, Sacha Stern-Pre and Bridgette Normand made significant strides. Lowie Watkins also received an award for most Intermountain Division Team Spirit.

Mini World Cup

The Mini World Cup raced on Otto’s on Sunday; on a day with great weather and great conditions, there was a lot of good energy and effort from the athletes.

RESULTS


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Athlete of the Week: January 24

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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. 

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Anhwei Kirk, 16, Alpine USSA

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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.

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Reid Black, 11, Mini X

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_testimonial author="Ben Schumacher" job_title="Mini Xtreme Head Coach" portrait_url="https://svsef.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/bens.jpg" _builder_version="3.3.1"]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.
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Presly Watson, 12, Freestyle Progression

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_testimonial author="John Grigsby" job_title="Freestyle Head Coach" portrait_url="https://svsef.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/staff_johngrigsby.jpg" _builder_version="3.3.1"]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.
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Photo by Hillary Maybery
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Ridge Dirksmeier, 15, Freeski Travel

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_testimonial author="Tyler Conway" job_title="Freeski Head Coach" portrait_url="https://svsef.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/staff_tylerconway.jpg" _builder_version="3.3.1"]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.
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Week in Review: January 23

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Sarah Morgan, Heidi Booher, Lily Brunelle and coach Mary Rose
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CROSS COUNTRY

Super JNQ, Soldier Hollow, Utah

SVSEF cross country skiers competed at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah, January 18-19, as part of a super qualifier. All five divisions from the west (Rocky Mountain, Pacific Northwest, High Plains, Far West, Intermountain) were represented, and around 750 racers attended; aside from U.S. Nationals, which took place in early January, and Junior Nationals, which happen in March, these are the biggest races in which our comp team athletes compete. Because there is no restriction on entry and field sizes are a bit bigger than those at JNs, this is a good tune-up for these skiers.
It was a successful weekend for SVSEF as a whole, with athletes walking away feeling good about their efforts, kids breaking the top 10, and SVSEF on top of five out of eight podiums for the weekend. “The challenge now is to keep things fresh and help kids who are in top form continue to maintain their fitness and set goals for competitions coming their way,” said coach and cross country program director Rick Kapala. “We are also looking to help kids who are still growing in their ski capacity to see what’s happening around them, and recognize ways to make progress; it comes down to a good attitude and trying hard.”
Circumstances involving weather and course layout made the race weekend especially crazy. Conditions were really variable, with pouring rain on Thursday during course inspection. The hosts put together a new sprint course, with three major hills instead of two. With the stretch into the stadium skiing differently, fitness now really mattered, as did staying smart about how one used their energy; kids who had success did a really good job of applying energy when it mattered, and using it to their tactical advantage.
Friday was a freestyle sprint, and a number of SVSEF athletes won their qualifying race. Lily Brunelle, Scott Schulz and Logan Smith all did so, and also went on to win the overall race, which is pretty unique. The biggest breakthrough came from Lily. Logan and Scott have had good results in skate sprints for awhile (Scott has been on the podium at JNs in the skate sprint, and last year Logan won at JNs for her age group); Lily has come into form at exactly the best time. Winning her prelim for the first time and going out and winning overall, in a race with the entire West in attendance, made for a big day for Lily. Sarah Morgan, who formerly skied at Soldier Hollow, had a really nice charge at the end of the same final, which was good to see given the long road back from leg issues that she’s dealt with. Sammy Smith continued to dominate in the U16 category, finishing in third behind Nina Schamberger (second) and her sister Logan (first). “One of the things that Sammy and Logan bring is a really calm mind when it comes to competition. They are able to focus on the task at hand and go with their strategy, whatever that may be in that race,” noted Kapala. Luci Ludwig had a good day, making it to B finals and posting a fourth place finish for Intermountain and tenth overall. Adam Witowski also dominated with Scott all day (they finished 1-2, with Scott in first and Adam second); both looked very strong. Bjorn Halvorsen has been fighting a virus but had a good qualifier and made it onto the podium in third. “He wasn’t on the radar last year, but he’s grown so much physically, and the training has had some positive effects,” said Kapala. In the younger age groups, Berkeley Canfield threw down and won the U14 girls race.
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Logan Smith, Sammy Smith and coach Travis Jones
[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built="1" _builder_version="3.3.1" custom_padding="54px|0px|0|0px|false|false"][et_pb_row custom_padding="27px|0px|0|0px|false|false" _builder_version="3.3.1"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="3.3.1" parallax="off" parallax_method="on"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.3.1"]Athletes competed in a classic mass start on Saturday, on a course that was certainly challenging. Observers commented that they’ve never seen a race in which so many people fell.  There were broken poles everywhere, lots of crashes, and a huge pileup at the start of the boys’ race. At the end of the day, those at the top of the field weren’t affected; also at the end of the day, lots of kids said it was the craziest course they’ve ever been on. There was a lot of accordioning, with steep downhills followed by steep uphills, which was problematic. The steepest part of the course was a really hard, long herringbone hill, and by the time kids got to the high point, they were a bit wobbly. With 120 competitors per age class, it was pretty tough to navigate.
Logan and Sammy Smith both had another good day, dominating the U16 women’s class and finishing first and second. Their brother, Tucker Smith, did as well, skiing to third for U12s. Teammate Sven Halvorsen was sixth in the same age class. Sven’s brother, Bjorn Halvorsen, ended up seventh in the U16 boys race; he’s on his way and has had a good season so far, he just needs to get healthy again. Berkeley Canfield again led the way for U14s, winning the girls’ race. Teammates Anika Vandenburgh and Eloise Hebert had solid efforts, finishing 16th and 17th for U14s.
The U18 girls race was a good one for SVSEF, with lots of blue suits out in front. For the first two laps (the race was 3x3.3km), Lily Brunelle, Anja Jensen and Sarah Morgan skied clear of the rest of the field. Lily began to apply pressure at the start of the third lap, and she slowly gapped Anja, who slowly gapped Sarah. Lily charged to another victory on the weekend. “When she was younger, she was seen as a talented sprinter; sprinters can access anaerobic levels that distance skiers can’t, but this usually makes the second day of distance racing harder for sprinters. For Lily to go out and dominate in a classic distance race on a course that hard was really impressive,” said Kapala. Anja Jensen skied to a solid second right behind Lily, followed by Sarah Morgan in fourth. Ella Wolter, who took a fall early in the race, made a seamless recovery – Kapala mentioned “grit and toughness” when describing her race – she ended up seventh for U18/20s. Jenna Nurge and Sascha Leidecker both had great races on Saturday; Jenna was 14th overall and Sascha 21st.
Waxing for the U18/20 boys’ race was a bit worrisome due to the temperature, but the course held up pretty nicely because the courses were on man-made snow. Cameron Wolfe, a good skier from Vail, took the win, but SVSEF athletes Scott Schulz and Adam Witkowski hung with him for a bit and ended up second and third. Ted Yewer had his best race of the season, finishing fifth. Eli Eppolito had a good race, as well, coming in seventh. Hayden Halvorsen got caught in a pile up while in a pretty good place early on; with the fall, he fell back into the 20s, but skied a good race and landed back in the teens. Kapala noted that this was a “good, solid effort to reestablish his quest to make the JN team.”
FULL RESULTS
 
 
 
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U23 and Junior World Championships

Four SVSEF athletes are competing in Lahti, Finland, for U23 and Junior Worlds. Sydney Palmer-Leger raced on Sunday, January 20, making rounds in the classic sprint in 29th, and finishing 25th overall. Sophia was in the middle of the field. Peter Holmes raced on Monday in the men’s U23 classic sprint; he skied to 20th in qualifiers and 27th overall. In the 1/22 5km freestyle race, Sydney finished 20th. Johnny Hagenbuch also raced Tuesday, in the men’s 10km freestyle race; he was 34th overall in a field of 102 competitors. Peter raced again on 1/23 in the U23 15km freestyle; he finished 48th.
Racing continues today, with a 15/30km classic mass start for Junior Worlds.
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World Cup

 
Gold Team skier Kevin Bolger completed another weekend of racing with the U.S. Team. In Otepaa, Estonia, Kevin finished 41st in the classic sprint on Saturday, January 19, and 56th in the 15km classic. On January 22, U.S. Ski and Snowboard named 18 athletes to the U.S. Team that will compete in the 2019 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Seefeld, Austria, to be held February 21-March 3. Kevin was one of the athletes named to the team.
 
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SNOWBOARD

Baldy Banked Slalom, Bald Mtn., Idaho

Andy Gilbert
The seventh annual Baldy Banked Slalom took place this weekend with 133 racers. The BBS is the biggest gathering of snowboarders on Baldy every year, is a ton of fun and a great celebration of snowboard culture.
SVSEF’s Sebastian Lerner won the Next Generation age bracket (U12), and Kiki Pate won for girls. In the 13-18 age group, Jack Verhaeghe claimed victory, as did Madison Hothem. SVSEF coach Rick Millett finished fourth overall for men.
A big thanks to Debbie Bacca, Jon Verhaeghe, Jake and Liz Hothem, Alexia Lerner and everyone who volunteered. Also a big shout out to Riley Berman and Josie Bronwell from the SVSEF alpine program, who helped with all the timing on the day!
FULL RESULTS
 

Laax Open, Switzerland

 
Alum Chase Josey was in Laax, Switzerland, last week, for the Laax Open. Josey qualified fourth in his heat on Wednesday, giving him the go-ahead for semifinals on Saturday morning. He scored a 93.50 on his second semifinal run, putting him in second behind Australian Scotty James going into the finals later that day. With two runs in the finals, Josey finished 10th overall.
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Nathan Gowe, overall Wes Barron winner
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ALPINE

Wes Barron Memorial, Jackson, Wyoming

 
Alpine U16 athletes competed in Jackson at the Wes Baron Memorial, which featured three super G races. These were IMD open races and did not count as qualifiers. Jessica Blackburn, Saba Grossman and Anhwei Kirk opened up the weekend with top-10 finishes in the super G on 1/19 (Jessica 5th, Saba 7th, Anhwei 8th). Hannah Ferris and Logan Lindstrom were close behind in 10th and 11th. Nathan Gowe continued a successful competitive season, winning the men’s super G on 1/19. Teammate Colin Hanna finished ninth in the same race. Jessica, Saba and Anhwei stayed consistent into the next day, with Jessica coming in second in the 1/20 super G, Anhwei fourth and Saba seventh. Nathan did, as well – we was the second male finisher on Saturday. In the final super G on Monday, Anhwei stepped up into second, and Saba was fifth. Maya Lightner had a good race, finishing 12th. In the men’s final super G, Nathan rounded out a podium streak in third.
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Anhwei Kirk in second
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U.S. Development Camp, Europe

Jack Smith has been training and competing with the U.S. Development Team after garnering significant results in super G events earlier this season. He has truly stepped up to the occasion, skiing onto the podium in multiple instances on world class courses throughout the trip. At Selva Val Gardena in Italy, Jack did not finish his first run in the first giant slalom on 1/12, but came in fourth overall the next day in the giant slalom, and was the first 2001 in the national junior race. In Cavalese, Italy, he was second overall in the giant slalom on 1/19, and DNF in the slalom on 1/20 (both were national junior races). Moving onto Cortina d’Ampezzo, Jack finished 17th in the FIS super G race on 1/21 (3rd 2001), DNF the super G on 1/22, and was 13th overall in the FIS slalom on 1/23 (2nd 2001).
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FIS University Series, Bridger Bowl, Montana

A few athletes competed at the FIS University events at Bridger Bowl in Montana. University series are high level events, and are selected based on FIS points (a unique approach, as all other series in the U.S. are selected off of USSA points). Bridger Harrison, Bennett Snyder, Cassell Lefevre, Max Noddings, Erin Smith and Merumo Ishimaru competed. Bridger was 39th in the 1/16 giant slalom, and Max was 41st (Bennett and Cassell DNF). For women, Erin Smith was 22nd (Merumo DNF). In the 1/17 giant slalom, Erin was again 22nd, and Merumo 38th. Bridger finished 34th for men and Bennett 49th (Cassell and Max DNF). The women’s slalom on 1/18 was cancelled. Bennett was 39th in the men’s slalom. The men competed again on 1/19 in slalom to replace another race; Bridger and Bennett were 43rd and 44th.
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Athletes inspect the course at Red Mountain. Photo by Conor Davis.
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BIG MOUNTAIN

Athletes competed at both Red Mountain and Snowbird as part of the IFSA junior event series. Five athletes traveled to Snowbird and seven to Red Mountain. At Red Mountain, the athletes skied really well, but it was a tough venue and only three made it into finals after qualification runs (athletes move on if they're in the top 50% +1). Ethan Marx and Max Moss were tied for sixth place going into finals. In finals, Max broke his ski, and Ethan got lost in the fog of the course. Neither athlete skied the lines they'd inspected; despite this, Ethan still ended up in ninth place, and Max in 23rd. Will Price was also affected by the fog in his final run; he finished in 19th out of 49 athletes. The other athletes skied well but did not make finals. "I was really impressed by Mikey Ninnini, who is our team cowboy from Kimberly," said head coach Conor Davis. "He really stepped up and skied a challenging venue for his first competition, especially given he is rather new to skiing." Sunny Pratt was the only girl on the trip; she fell and had a technical disqualification due to gear loss.

The competition at Snowbird was lottery-based and was hard to get into. Paris Pratt had prequalified for the event based on previous results. Five SVSEF athletes in total competed. The weather played a factor, with snowfall accumulating at ~5" per hour. Paris Pratt finished ninth and Molly Kucher 12th for girls; both showed off the skills they've learned over the years with SVSEF and Sun Valley Co (both were on the Big Mountain team last year). Toby Rafford demonstrated solid mogul abilities, harkening back to his days on the SVSEF freestyle team. He had a great run and finished 21st overall in the 15-18 age category; a good result, especially given he is only 15. Owen Miller, skiing in one of his first real comps, was really assertive; he knew what he was doing and showed some great athletic ability, finishing 50th. Maille Dorland just missed finals, even though she was in ninth place with a hard cut to the field. She had a huge smile on her face at the end of her run.

SNOWBIRD RESULTS

Big Mountain athletes depart today for more competition, with 19 headed to Snowbird and three to Jackson.
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FREESTYLE

 Snowbowl, Montana

 

SVSEF freestyle athletes competed at Snowbowl in Montana, January 19-20. The event featured one two-run single comp on Saturday, followed by a one-run single event on Sunday, as well as duals. Tillie Babcock had an outstanding weekend, taking the win for girls as a F13 in all three events. Ellen Shandro was seventh and Presly Watson 10th (in her first-ever competition) on Saturday. Briggs Farelli won his age group (M13) on Saturday, while teammate Nick Rubenstein won the same age group in the singles event on Sunday. Will Hausmann was second for M11 in both singles events. Erik Babcock broke the top 10 for boys overall on Saturday, finishing sixth (third in his age group). In duals, Tillie again took first for girls, while teammate Ellen Shandro finished seventh overall.

 


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Athlete of the Week: January 18

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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. 

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Tucker Smith, 11, Cross Country Prep (and Alpine North Series)

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Tucker is an incredibly committed and hard-working individual. He takes advantage of every opportunity given to him, and he never holds back. With two older sisters who have seen success competitively in cross country skiing, Tucker is able to recognize the advantage of being so close to this (he'll ski behind Sammy in intervals and really push himself). At the same time, he remains supportive of their endeavors. Tucker gets along with everyone and is a great teammate. His drive, motivation and good nature are apparent to us and also to the coaches of the North Series team (Tucker is a two-sport SVSEF athlete).

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Octavio Hurtado, 9, Baldy Devo

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_testimonial author="Brian Caulkins" job_title="Baldy Devo and LASAR Head Coach" portrait_url="https://svsef.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/staff_briancaulkins.jpg" _builder_version="3.3.1"]Octavio started with us two years ago on the LASAR team at Rotarun. This season, he went to his dad and stated that he wanted to ski on Baldy; he is now a part of the Baldy Devo team. Octavio is a kid who is working harder than anyone to improve his skiing. He listens well and is a great teammate, and we’re excited to see him enjoying the outdoors. We can see his skiing going far![/et_pb_testimonial][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_2" _builder_version="3.3.1" parallax="off" parallax_method="on"][et_pb_image src="https://2s3zkgt1k879mex926qyq71a-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/octavio.jpg" _builder_version="3.3.1"][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.3.1"][et_pb_column type="1_2" _builder_version="3.3.1" parallax="off" parallax_method="on"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.3.1"]

Emily Wright, 11, Alpine North Series

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_testimonial author="Josie Brownell" job_title="North Series Coach" portrait_url="https://svsef.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/j_brownell_staff.jpg" _builder_version="3.3.1"]Emily was a great addition to SVSEF when she joined Mini World Cup last year. Now being on North Series this season, she raises the whole team up with her positivity and love of skiing and ski racing. Despite it being bitterly cold at our races at Snow King last weekend, Emily always came back around to the start to pump up her teammates and bring jackets down to the finish. Emily always shows up to training excited to ski and never wants to take a break. We love having Emily on team and hope she sticks with it for years to come![/et_pb_testimonial][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_2" _builder_version="3.3.1" parallax="off" parallax_method="on"][et_pb_image src="https://2s3zkgt1k879mex926qyq71a-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/emilywright.jpg" _builder_version="3.3.1"][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.3.1"][et_pb_column type="1_2" _builder_version="3.3.1" parallax="off" parallax_method="on"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.3.1"]

Addie Rafford, 17, Big Mountain

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Addie stepped up to tackle her long term goal of landing her first backflip. On the Targhee training trip she took the time to reshape the jump, visualize herself succeeding, then sent it executing a perfect flip to her feet. We were all proud of her bravery and determination.
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