SVSEF Workshop Schedule: Conversations with Dr. Wade Gilbert

SVSEF coaches and staff are invited to attend workshops with Dr. Wade Gilbert on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14. SVSEF will also be hosting a presentation geared towards parents of athletes on Saturday, October 14; the public is welcome to attend.




8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

"Building a Culture of Competitive Excellence"

A workshop for SVSEF leadership and head coaches

Community School Theater, Community School Main Campus

(Lunch provided on location)

4-6 p.m.

"The Athlete Journey, in Pursuit of Excellence"

A workshop for SVSEF Gold Team, Cross Country PG Team, Alpine FIS Team, Mogul and Park & Pipe Travel Teams and all SVSEF staff

Community School Theater, Community School Main Campus



8 a.m.-12 p.m.

"Becoming a Better Coach"

A workshop for all SVSEF staff

Community School Theater, Community School Main Campus

(Lunch provided on location)


2-4:30 p.m.

Follow-up: "Building a Culture of Competitive Excellence"

A workshop and wrap-up with key takeaways for all SVSEF staff

Community School Theater, Community School Main Campus


5:45-7 p.m.

"Parenting Athletes"

This presentation will explore methods and concepts to effectively support, encourage and maintain a rewarding relationship with your child athlete during their sports journey. The presentation is open to the public.

Distance Learning Lab, Wood River High School, 1250 Fox Acres Road, Hailey, Idaho




Dr. Wade Gilbert is an award-winning professor and internationally renowned coaching scientist in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Fresno. The professor holds degrees in human kinetics, physical education and education; he has previously taught and studied coaching at the University of Ottawa (Canada), UCLA and Fresno State. Dr. Gilbert has 25 years of experience conducting applied research and workshops with coaches and sport organizations around the world, spanning numerous sports and competitive levels.

Dr. Gilbert has worked with organizations including the United States Olympic Committee, the Coaching Association of Canada, NHL/NHLPA, Cricket Australia, and New Zealand Rugby. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Sport Coaching Journal and is widely published; Dr. Gilbert recently released Coaching Better Every Season (Human Kinetics) and was lead author of the USOC Quality Coaching Framework. On top of these accolades, he was selected to give the Kristen Marie Gould Endowed Lecture on Sport for Children and Youth at Michigan State University and the Cal Botterill Legacy Lecture at the University of Winnipeg in recognition of his significant contributions to coach and athlete development.    

Cross Country Gold and PG Teams Make Strides at Frozen Thunder Camp

Hundreds of truckloads of snow later, Canmore opened their “Frozen Thunder” trail to cross country skiers on October 22. The Alberta Parks Canmore Nordic Centre saves man-made snow over the summer and spreads it over 2km of trail each year. Among those who made the trek to Alberta were the SVSEF Cross Country Gold and PG Teams. Set against the striking backdrop of the Canadian Rockies, SVSEF skiers spent the week fitting in a high-volume block of training that was both technique and tactic intensive. The group made significant progress in their final preparation heading into the race season, with the advantage of early season skiing and a couple race efforts to cap it all off.
The first race of the camp took place on October 28, with a 7.5 km freestyle for women and 12 km for men. SVSEF Gold Team skier Mary Rose took sixth in the women’s event, and teammate Matt Gelso skied into second place, just 4.6 seconds out of first. Sarah Goble, a PG skier for SVSEF, had a strong showing with a second place finish in the junior women category.
The second event of the week was a classic sprint, which consisted of a morning qualifier followed by three heats in a “King’s Court” format. This unique style involves heats in which competitors are seeded based on their qualifier. In the heat races, the top two move up a bracket, while the bottom two move back. On Tuesday, heats went off every minute, which lent plenty of action and excitement to the day. Variable conditions, with two inches of fresh snow from the night before on top of the old man-made tracks, made for interesting waxing that went from hardwax to klister, with constant changes in between. By the end of it all, some competitors were opting to double pole in the final heats. Top SVSEF results came from Gold Team skier Kelsey Phinney, who took first overall in the women’s race. Teammate Mary Rose finished fourth, and Jack Hegman claimed third in the men’s event.
The teams head back to Sun Valley today to continue training before they head to West Yellowstone at the end of November. Following a tune-up race there on November 25, the first Super Tour races of the season will be in Bozeman, Montana, December 3-4.
(For a recap of the Frozen Thunder distance races, read the FasterSkier article here.)

Haig Glacier Camp: Life on Ice

Beneath billowing clouds and amongst the giants of the Canadian Rockies, SVSEF Comp and PG cross country skiers have had the Haig Glacier to themselves for a week of training.
A brief glimpse at life on the glacier. That fresh mountain air will do you good.

Post-Graduate Athletes Earn Collegiate Skiing Scholarships

Congratulations to XC Post-Graduate Team athletes Henry Gorman and Lukash Platil who have earned athletic scholarships at the University of New Hampshire and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, respectively. Henry will be studying physics and Lukash will be studying biochemistry.
We're back at it with spring training here in Sun Valley. With snow still in the mountains and the trails starting to clear the possibilities to get out and go are endless!

The trails keep on and the journey continues...


West Yellowstone Training Camp 2015

The SVSEF Cross Country Team's annual on snow Thanksgiving camp in West Yellowstone, MT
Full Camp: Nov. 20-29 (Open to Comp, PG, & Gold athletes)
Half Camp: Nov. 20-25 (Open to Comp & Prep Pro athletes)
Prep Camp: Nov. 20-23 (Open to Prep Pro & Prep Athletes)
See info sheet for more information.
West Yellowstone Thanksgiving Camp 2015

A-Cross-Country Ties to the Greater Ski Community

Out of the woods... Former SVSEF coach and athlete duo - Chris Mallory and Max Durtschi reunite for a backcountry adventure in Lake Placid, New York this past week. Chris is now the Assistant Coach of the University of Vermont Ski Team, and Max is now racing for the U.S.  Biathlon Team! Wherever we go #wearesvsef!