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.

 

TEAMS

CROSS COUNTRY GOLD

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Tuition: $5,900

Ages: 18+

Head coach: Chris Mallory

cmallory@svsef.org

603 498 1398

Enrollment limit: 8

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 8:1

Overview: The Gold Team offers year-round programming for elite athletes with goals of domestic excellence and international success in the sport of cross country skiing.

Winter schedule: The Gold Team is based out of the SVSEF Lake Creek Training Center and utilizes the plethora of trails and training venues the Wood River Valley has to offer. Training plans are developed on an individual basis, with the Gold Team meeting for training 4-8 sessions per week. Gold Team athletes also have access to state-of-the-art strength and recovery facilities.

Competition: Gold Team skiers take on a demanding race schedule that includes NorAm/SuperTour competitions, U.S. Senior National Championships, the Boulder Mountain Tour, European Alpen Cup race series, and optional marathon races. The competition season concludes with SuperTour Finals.

Requirements: Athletes must have race results indicative of national excellence and demonstrate the desire to attain international success. Interested skiers should contact head coach Chris Mallory (cmallory@svsef.org) for program information and application procedures.

Safesport course completion is required for all athletes who are 18 or will turn 18 during the ski season.

 

CROSS COUNTRY POST GRAD

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Tuition: $5,900

Ages: 18+

Head coach: Paul Smith

psmith@svsef.org

 

Enrollment limit: 8

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 10:1

Overview: The Post Grad team meets at the Lake Creek Training Center north of Ketchum. Post Grad athletes start dryland training upon their arrival, with 5-7 supervised team sessions offered per week. PGs generally conduct training sessions in the mornings, and team members may participate in an array of training camps and competition trips.

Competition: Post Grad skiers typically participate in a comprehensive competition schedule that includes divisional, regional and national level events.

Requirements: Post Grads are responsible for providing all of their training and racing equipment. An age appropriate U.S. Ski & Snowboard license is required in addition to base tuition fees. Safesport course completion is required for all athletes who are 18 or will turn 18 during the ski season.

CROSS COUNTRY COMP

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Tuition: $5,900

Grades: 9-12

Head coach: Ashley Knox

ashley@svsef.org

 

Enrollment limit: 45

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 8:1

Schedule:

The Comp team trains 11 months a year. Training schedules vary depending on school calendars; for detailed training schedule, contact Ashley.

 

Summer dryland:

Training sessions four to five days a week.

Fall dryland:

Training sessions four to six days a week.

On-snow training:

Training sessions four to six days a week.

 

Overview: The Comp team conducts the majority of their on-snow team sessions at the Lake Creek Training Center north of Ketchum. The team trains year-round, with sessions starting the first week of May 2020 and extending through the first week of April 2021. The Comp team offers both dryland and on-snow training opportunities, with the additional option of 2-3 training camps per year.  

Competition: Team members may participate in an array of local, regional and national ski events commensurate with their development and age.

Requirements: The Comp team does not have any specified ski experience requirement.  Skiers provide their own classic and skate ski equipment and other associated ski gear. An age appropriate U.S. Ski & Snowboard license is required in addition to base tuition fees. Safesport course completion is required for all athletes who are 18 or will turn 18 during the ski season.

CROSS COUNTRY PREP PROGRESSION

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Tuition: $2,225

Ages: U14-U16 experienced skiers. Athletes are accepted into the program based on coach approval. 

Head coach: Kelley Yeates

kelley@svsef.org

Enrollment limit: 10

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 10:1

Schedule:

Prep progression athletes function as part of the Prep team, with additional training, camp and competition opportunities offered.

 

June – August exact dates TBD (summer dryland) 

Training sessions two days a week plus optional access to Monday Comp Team strength sessions

Tuesdays 8:30-10:30am

Thursdays (with Prep) 4:30-6pm

 

10/19/20- fall dryland begins 

Training sessions four days a week (Mon/Wed/Fri with Prep Team, Saturday Prep Progression sessions). Also optional 1 day/week morning strength with Comp Team.

 

Transition to on-snow training is dependent on snow pack; start date is variable.

On-snow season ends 3/19/21.

Training sessions four days a week.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4-6pm (with Prep Team), and Saturdays when competitions don’t conflict (times vary)

 

Overview: The Prep Progression team meets 2-4 sessions per week in association with regular Prep Team practices. Most practices are held at the Lake Creek Training Center. Training includes summer dryland team sessions and individual training, in addition to fall dryland and winter on-snow sessions. Prep Pro is for competitively driven, experienced skiers seeking more individualized training and competition opportunities. Prep Pro serves as a competitive bridge program from the Prep team to Comp team. SVSEF has transportation options available to and from regular Prep practices for an additional fee. Transportation questions should be directed to kelley@svsef.org.

Competition: Competition is encouraged, and a number of opportunities are available for an array of local and regional ski events, commensurate with development and age. 

Requirements: Team members must have experience in cross country skiing. Skiers are responsible for having both skate and classic equipment. 

License Requirements: An age appropriate U.S. Ski & Snowboard license is required in addition to base tuition fees.

CROSS COUNTRY PREP

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Tuition: $1,925

Grades: 6-8

Head coach: Kelley Yeates

kelley@svsef.org

 

Enrollment limit: 55

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 10:1

Schedule:

June- August exact dates TBD (summer dryland) 

Training sessions one day a week.

Thursdays, 4:30-6pm

 

10/19/20- (fall dryland)

Training sessions three days a week.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4-5:30pm

 

Transition to on-snow training is dependent on snow pack; start date is variable.

On-snow season ends 3/19/21.

Training sessions three days a week.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4-6pm

 

Overview: The Prep team meets 2-3 sessions per week, with most practices held at the Lake Creek Training Center. Training includes summer dryland team sessions, in addition to fall dryland and on-snow sessions in the winter. Prep team skiers train in both classic and skate techniques and have the option to participate in dryland and on-snow training camps. No ski experience is required for participation.

SVSEF has transportation options available to and from practice for an additional fee.  Transportation questions should be directed to kelley@svsef.org.

Competition: Competition is not required, but a number of opportunities are available for athletes to participate in local and regional ski events, commensurate with development and age.

Requirements: No ski experience is required. Skiers are responsible for having both skate and classic equipment. 

License Requirements: An age appropriate U.S. Ski & Snowboard license is required in addition to base tuition fees.

CROSS COUNTRY DEVO NORTH

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Tuition: $700

Grades: 2-5

Head coach: Martha Pendl

mpendl@svsef.org

 

Enrollment limit: 65

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 8:1

Schedule:

11/2/20-subject to snowpack (fall dryland)

Training sessions two days a week.

Monday and Wednesday 3-4:30pm

Transition to on-snow training is dependent on snow pack; start date is variable.

On-snow season ends 3/3/21.

Training sessions two days a week.

Monday and Wednesday 3-4:30pm

 

Overview: No prior experience is required to join. The Cross Country Devo team takes new skiers from the first steps of learning how to put on their skis to competency in both skate and classic ski techniques. Training is held at the Lake Creek modular and Lake Creek trail system, just north of Ketchum. SVSEF coordinates transport from north valley elementary schools to Lake Creek, and provides skiers with storage facilities for team equipment. The Devo team offers skiers the opportunity to participate in a variety of team outings in addition to regularly scheduled practices. These include; backcountry adventures, the annual Bruneau Sand Dunes trip, winter backcountry yurt trips and the Intermountain Division Youth Championships.

Competition: The season culminates with our Devo Team Festival, held in early March; it is both a fun event and season athlete recognition party.

Requirements: Devo participants may lease or purchase combi boots (suitable for skate and classic), skate skis, and poles, or SVSEF will provide equipment to skiers as needed.  SVSEF provides each skier with classic skis and poles for use during the season. Optional team ski jackets, training pants and ski hats are available for purchase during the season.

License requirements: A US Ski & Snowboard general membership ($20) is required in addition to the tuition fee. 

CROSS COUNTRY DEVO SOUTH

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Tuition: $575

Grades: 2-5

Head coach: Emily Williams

ewilliams@svsef.org

 

Enrollment limit: 60

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 8:1

Schedule:

12/1/20-3/4/21

Activities are snow pack dependent practices, may include dryland if applicable

Training sessions two days a week.

Tuesday and Thursday 3-4:30pm

 

Overview: No prior experience is required to join. The Cross Country Devo team takes new skiers from the first steps of learning how to put on their skis to competency in both skate and classic ski techniques, and builds on existing skills for those who already have ski experience. This program runs for three months in the winter- giving skiers an extended opportunity to practice their skiing. Devo South trains at the Quigley Nordic Center; SVSEF has a modular, which serves as an indoor meeting facility with gear storage for skiers. SVSEF coordinates after school transportation from the local public elementary schools to the training center in partnership with the Blaine County School District. The Devo team offers skiers the opportunity to participate in a variety of team outings in addition to our regularly scheduled practices. These include; backcountry adventures, the annual Bruneau Sand Dunes trip, winter backcountry yurt trips and the Intermountain Division Youth Championships.

Competition: The season culminates with our Devo Team Festival, held in early March; it is both a fun event and season athlete recognition party.

Requirements: No experience required.  SVSEF provides skis, boots and poles for participants. Optional team ski jackets, training pants and ski hats are available for purchase during the season.

License requirements: A US Ski & Snowboard general membership ($20) is required in addition to the tuition fee. 

CROSS COUNTRY STRIDERS

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Tuition: $185

Grades: 1-5

Head coach: Emily Williams

ewilliams@svsef.org

Enrollment limit: 40

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 7:1

Schedule:

Dates TBD (on-snow)

Training sessions two days a week.

Monday and Wednesday 3-4:30pm

 

Overview: No prior experience is required to join. Striders is an introductory learn-to-cross-country-ski program for South Valley elementary age skiers, grades 1 through 5. This is a great opportunity for young skiers to learn the basics of ski sport. The Striders program runs for a much shorter duration than Devo South, it is only five weeks long at Quigley Nordic Center, from mid January through mid February. SVSEF provides after school transport from Bellevue ES, Alturas ES, Syringa School, and Hailey ES to training. All Striders athletes will be outfitted with ski equipment for the duration of the program. The coaching staff is always available to answer and problem-solve equipment questions for participants. Children should wear ski appropriate clothing.

Competition: Striders are invited to join the Devo Festival, held in early March; it is both a fun event and season-end athlete recognition party.

Requirements: No experience required.  SVSEF provides skis, boots and poles for striders participants.

License requirements: A US Ski & Snowboard general membership ($20) is required in addition to the tuition fee. 

STAFF

RICK KAPALA

Cross Country Program Director

rick@svsef.org

 

Certifications:

USSA Level 300 Cross Country Ski Coach

Wilderness First Responder

Accolades: Coached internationally, USSA Cross Country Sport Committee, recipient of the USSA Cross Country Coach of the Year (3 times)

Years with SVSEF: 32

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

 

 

 

KELLEY SINNOTT YEATES

Cross Country Assistant Program Director

kelley@svsef.org

 

Certifications: USSA L200

Years with SVSEF: 14

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

 

 

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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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.

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