CROSS COUNTRY

The SVSEF cross country program develops cross country ski skills and helps skiers build a base of aerobic fitness that will support their skiing activities, while also developing a lifelong appreciation of winter sport and outdoor adventure.

RICK KAPALA

Cross Country Program Director

208-720-7981

rick@svsef.org

Years with SVSEF: 31

Hometown: Hailey, ID

College: Michigan Technological University

Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Any place that includes a desperate thrash while short of food and water with darkness looming

Ski background: Raced at Michigan Tech then coaching took me to Washington and Alaska before coming to Sun Valley. Its pretty sweet getting to go skiing every day with such a great group of athletes and coaches

Hobbies/other interests: Fly fishing, exploring and camping with my wife Bridget

Certifications:

USSA Level 300 Cross Country Ski Coach

Wilderness First Responder

KELLEY SINNOTT

Cross Country Assistant Program Director

208-720-8998

kelley@svsef.org

Years with SVSEF: 13

Alumni: Yes

Hometown: Ketchum, Idaho

College: Bates College

Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Coaches’ Climb

Ski background: Grew up skiing with SVSEF before skiing one year in college at Bates.

Hobbies/other interests: Hockey, rafting, Calvin the dog

Certifications: USSA L200

TEAMS

ATHLETES

COACHES

TEAMS

The SVSEF Cross Country program provides year-round training that focuses on advanced technique development, individualized training planning, use of effective sports psychology skills, positive team atmosphere, employment of effective nutritional strategies and an appreciation of the value of sport in the development of work ethic and character. 

LAKE CREEK TRAILS

SVSEF athletes have access to 15km of well-kept trails, just 5 minutes north of Ketchum. With a designated hut and primary access to the trail system, SVSEF athletes enjoy top year round training opportunities.

SAGEWILLOW ROLLER SKI COMPLEX

Home to 1.5km of private roller ski trails and a state-of-the-art roller ski treadmill, providing an ideal environment for immediate feedback and physiological testing.

CROSS COUNTRY GOLD TEAM

The SVSEF Cross Country Gold Team is a professional ski racing team. Team goals include international success and promotion of the sport of cross country skiing.

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THE NORDIC LEGACY PROJECT

A capital campaign supporting our cross country facilities. In order to continue the level of excellence of our cross country program, SVSEF needs to update and improve its facilities.

There are three components to the Nordic Legacy Project.

Phase 1 - COMPLETE

  • Pave a 1.5km rollerski sprint training loop at the Dumke Family Sagewillow Campus, which provides SVSEF athletes with a state-of-the-art facility that allows for high-velocity skiing in a safe yet challenging environment.
  • Install a roller ski treadmill, enabling coaches to effectively assess fitness improvements
  • Outfit a cross country athletic performance testing facility. The facility includes university-grade metabolic testing equipment to allow staff to evaluate athletic performance, including anaerobic threshold analysis, lactate production analysis and max VO2 analysis while cross country skiing on the treadmill. Biomechanical video analysis is also be available to athletes.

Phase 2 - INCOMPLETE

  • The Lake Creek Cross Country Ski Center serves as a four-season facility to over 150 SVSEF skiers. The building requires a complete internal retrofit in order to continue to adequately provide the same high level of programming to our participants.

Phase 3 - COMPLETE

  • The cross country ski team requires key equipment to deliver great programs to our participants. The Nordic Legacy Project provides us the opportunity to secure critical equipment in support of our athletic objectives.

    Capital Equipment:

    • Lake Creek cross country trails tractor with trails mower and large volume snow blower

    • 15-passenger capacity van

    • Heavy-duty cargo truck and specialized wax trailer for skier support at competitions