Cross Country

The SVSEF cross country team offers programming for children aged 1st grade through post grad. Children may join any of the teams with no prior ski experience. Season length varies depending on the program.

We encourage new participants to contact the head coach for their child’s team with questions. The North Valley Devo Team, Prep, Prep Pro and Comp Teams all meet at the Lake Creek Training Center for their programs while the south valley Devo Team meets at Croy Canyon. The Goal of the SVSEF cross country program is to develop cross country ski skills, help 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

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.

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.

The Gold Team is based out of the SVSEF Lake Creek Olympic Training Site 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 at Zenergy at Thunder Springs and work closely with team massage therapist Brett Hansen.

The SVSEF Gold Team is designed to develop motivated elite athletes for National and International Success. The Gold Team program has a long history of cultivating skiers for future international competition by combining highly individualized coaching with a great team atmosphere. The Wood River Valley offers an exceptional array of foot training, rollerskiing, and on snow ski venues located in a stunning mountain environment. The Gold Team also serves as ambassadors for the SVSEF by promoting skiing and leadership within our own program through interaction with the SVSEF Cross Country youth development teams as well as throughout the larger community.

Gold Team training focuses on aiding athletes in achieving their goals for international success. Skiers follow a detailed specific plan built to progressively enhance fitness and technique capacities through the course of the year. Team members take part in fitness assessment activities such as treadmill lactate curve testing, uphill running, rollerski time trials, and strength evaluations. Training camp opportunities include summer training camps, glacier training, open USST camps, and early season on snow camps. Gold Team skiers take on a demanding race schedule that includes the Boulder Mountain Tour, NorAm/SuperTour competitions, U.S. Senior National Championships, European Alpen Cup race series, and optional marathon races. The competition season concludes with SuperTour Finals.

Gold Team skiers will coordinate ski equipment needs for the upcoming season with Head Coach Chris Mallory. Athletes and coaches work closely with individual sponsors to makes sure their needs are met. Team ski jackets, training pants, lycra race suits and hats are provided by SVSEF through sponsorship with Bjorn Daehlie and Podium Wear. Team wax and equipment sponsors are Toko and Finite Ski Tools; additionally, athletes have the option to add individual sponsor logos to race suits. Skiers are provided lockers at Lake Creek for equipment storage.

$4,700.

The Gold Team Head Coach is Chris Mallory – Chris can be reached at cmallory@svsef.org

The Post Graduate (PG) Team offers a year round program for juniors who have recently graduated from high school and who wish to focus on elite development prior to entering NCAA competition, national elite teams, or national development teams.

Acceptance to our PG program is based on a skier’s current development, result profile, and commitment to year round training. Former SVSEF Post Grad Team members include; Miles Havlick (UU/SVSEF Gold), Noah Hoffman (USST), Cole Morgan (UVM) and Morgan Arritola (USST/SVSEF Gold). Interested skiers should contact Post Grad Head Coach Paul Smith, psmith@svsef.org, for program information and application procedures.

The PG Team is based out of the Lake Creek Training Center and utilizes the abundant trails and training venues the valley has to offer. Each PG member tailors their individual year plan based on when they relocate to the Wood River Valley to begin their PG team tenure. Training incorporates regular morning and afternoon sessions with additional opportunities to attend camps and competitions. In addition to training with the Comp Team, PG skiers train, travel and race in cooperation with our elite Gold Team athletes and coach on a regular basis. Skiers participate in local, divisional and national level competitions with a focus on achieving their athletic goals. For PG Team program specific questions, please contact Head Coach Paul Smith, psmith@svsef.org.

Post Grad Team members are challenged to optimize their training and competitive efforts to achieve significant progress in their athletic development. In addition, PGs utilize this experience to develop life skills through independent living and our PG athletes have shown marked improvement in their readiness to handle the challenges of collegiate academics and athletics. PGs are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities to engage with local charities and non-profits as interns as a means to further their academic and professional development.

Daily practices focus on building ski specific capacities through the use of aerobic training methods including roller-skiing and skiing, distance running and biking, peak bagging, strength training, ski specific movement drills, and workout recovery methods. Each team member is provided a detailed training plan throughout the year and is required to utilize a training log to better understand their own response to training. Skiers regularly take part in fitness assessment activities such as treadmill lactate curve testing, uphill running, roller-ski time trials, and strength evaluations. Skiers follow a detailed specific plan built to progressively enhance fitness and technique capacities through the course of the year. Athletes blend a training program that incorporates workouts with the SVSEF Gold Team and Comp programs. Training camp opportunities include Gold Team camps, glacier training, open USST camps, and early season on snow camps. SVSEF PG skiers take advantage of a unique competition schedule specific to the Intermountain West that includes the early season SuperTour schedule, Canadian NorAms as well as the Intermountain JNQ qualifying series. In addition, Post Grads typically compete at U.S. Senior Nationals and Junior Nationals, and often race at RMISA competitions that are compatible with our overall calendar. The competition season generally concludes with SuperTour Finals.

PG skiers will coordinate ski equipment needs for the upcoming season with PG Head Coach Paul Smith. Skiers may also take advantage of the team equipment night at a local ski retailer in early autumn to purchase equipment. Optional team ski jackets, training pants, team race lycra suits and ski hats are available for purchase through SVSEF. Skiers are provided lockers at Lake Creek for equipment storage. Post Grads benefit at competitions through their integration into our Gold Team tech services plan.

The PG Head Coach is Paul Smith. Paul can be reached at psmith@svsef.org. PGs can also expect to work with Comp Team and Gold Team coaches; Head Comp Coach Ashley Knox , Cross Country Program Director Rick Kapala and Head Gold Team Coach Chris Mallory.

The Competition (Comp) Team is a year round ski program that provides high school skiers aged U16 through U20 (ages 14 – 19) the opportunity to fully develop their ski capacity through a comprehensive ski specific training program.

No prior experience is required to join. The Cross Country Comp Team is open to skiers graduating from our Prep Team as well as athletes new to skiing. The Comp Team provides athletes with a comprehensive year round athletic program that builds fitness and proficient ski technique.

The Comp Team meets at the Lake Creek Training Center for all dryland and ski training sessions. Organized team training typically begins in early May with three after school sessions per week until the end of the school year. Summer training incorporates regular morning and afternoon sessions with additional opportunities to attend training camps. Fall and winter training schedules offer regularly scheduled afternoon and weekend sessions. A detailed training schedule is distributed each month. Skiers participate in local, divisional and national level competitions during the season depending on their age and development. For Comp Team program specific questions, please contact Head Coach Ashley Knox, ashley@svsef.org.

The Comp Team emphasizes advanced technique development, individualized training planning, use of effective sports psychology skills, promotes positive team atmosphere, employment of effective nutritional strategies and an appreciation of the value of sport in the development of work ethic and character. Each skier meets individually with their coach to design their year training plan and goals prior to the start of spring training.

Daily practices focus on building ski specific capacities through the use of aerobic training methods including rollerskiing and skiing, distance running and biking, peak bagging, strength training, ski specific movement drills, and workout recovery methods. Each team member is provided a detailed training plan throughout the entire year and are encouraged to utilize a training log to better understand their own response to training. Skiers regularly take part in fitness assessment activities such as treadmill lactate curve testing, uphill running, rollerski time trials, and strength evaluations. Skiers follow a detailed specific plan built to progressively enhance fitness and technique capacities through the course of the year. Travel to both training camps and competitions are fundamental components of a skier’s development on Comp Team. Athletes have the opportunity to attend up to three summer training camps and our annual Thanksgiving training camp on snow in West Yellowstone. The team typically travels to competitions throughout the Intermountain West, and aspiring team members may have the opportunity to qualify for international competitions such as Scandinavian Series and World Juniors.

We recommend skiers take advantage of the team equipment night at a local ski retailer in early autumn to purchase to classic and skate equipment. Optional team ski jackets, training pants, team race lycra suits and ski hats are available for purchase through SVSEF. We also conduct an in-house Team Equipment Swap prior to Team Equipment Night, where older skiers sell used quality gear that they have outgrown. The coaching staff is available to answer and problem-solve equipment questions for participants. Skiers are provided lockers at Lake Creek for equipment storage. The team provides younger comp team skiers with roller skis, while older team members are encouraged to purchase their own roller skis.

$5,350.

The Comp Team Head Coach is Ashley Knox. Ashley can be reached at ashley@svsef.org. The Comp Team is co-coached by Ashley, Cross Country Program Director Rick Kapala, Head PG Coach Paul Smith, and an additional Comp Team coach.

The Preparatory Progression (Prep Pro) Team is designed for 8th grade skiers and second year U14s.

No prior experience is required to join. The Cross Country Prep Progression Team is open to skiers entering 8th grade at the beginning of the season and second year U14s. The Progression Team provides additional opportunities beyond regular Prep Team scheduling and focuses on further development of both ski technique and ski specific fitness. Participation in the Progression Team is optional at the 8th grade level.

In addition to specific Prep Pro Team sessions, athletes will train as part of the Prep Team during their regularly scheduled practices. The Prep and Prep Pro Teams meet at the Lake Creek Training Center after school three days per week (MON, WED, FRI) starting in the middle of October and running through mid-March. Practices run from 4:00-5:30 p.m. during dryland and extend to 6:00 p.m. once the team is practicing on snow. Wood River Middle School and South Valley skiers have the opportunity to participate in a team organized shuttle to and from regular Prep Team practices. Shuttle costs for the season are $162.50 for one way and $325 for a round trip on top of standard tuition costs. During the winter the Prep Pro Team will hold Saturday training (when not competing) and alternating Saturday over-distance sessions during fall dryland. Specific Saturday training schedules and details will be provided in season. During the summer we hold Wednesday morning and Thursday evening dryland training for Prep/Prep Pro Teams. Wednesday’s training is focused on roller skiing and takes place at the Sage Willow athletic center from 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday training takes place from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at varying locations throughout the valley capitalizing on the plethora of opportunities the area offers. Prep Pro athletes participate in an additional summer rollerskiing session. For questions specific to Cross Country Prep ProTeam programming please contact Head Coach Kelley Sinnott, kelley@svsef.org.

Daily practices include dryland training activities such as adventure runs, games such as capture the flag, and intensity activities such as intervals. On snow, skiers are taught cross country ski technique through a variety of instructional methods including demonstration, focused practice, and ski specific games. On Prep Team, skiers will also be introduced to ski specific aerobic training methods and strength training, while maintaining a fun atmosphere. Team members are also taught ski care and waxing, basic athlete nutrition, and sportsmanship. In addition to these solid Prep Team activities, Prep Pro skiers will rollerksi and explore longer aerobic training sessions. The Prep Team also offers skiers the opportunity to participate in a variety of team outings in addition to our regularly scheduled practices. These include our annual Bruneau Sand Dunes camping trip, a winter backcountry yurt trip, summer backpacking trips and a summer team bonding adventure. In addition, Prep Pro skiers will have the opportunity to participate in a summer rollerski camp. The Prep/Prep Pro Team athletes may also travel to away competitions during the winter season. The Prep/Prep Pro Team season culminates with the Intermountain Division Youth Ski Championship which serves as a great age appropriate and fun introduction the competition side of the sport.

We recommend skiers take advantage of the team equipment night in early autumn to purchase to combi boots (suitable for skate and classic), skate skis, skate poles, classic skis, and classic poles. We also conduct an in-house Team Equipment Swap prior to the Team Equipment Night where older skier sell used quality gear that they have outgrown. Optional team ski jackets, training pants, race suits and ski hats are available for purchase. All Prep Team members are assigned a locker at the Lake Creek Team Center for equipment storage. The coaching staff is always available to answer and problem-solve equipment questions for participants.

$2,110.

Prep Team and Prep Progression Head Coach is Kelley Sinnott. Kelley can be reached at kelley@svsef.org.

Prep Team coaches will share Prep Pro coaching duties and will often incorporate Comp Team Coaches in camps and additional Saturday training.

Prep Team Assistant Coaches: Travis Jones, Julia Seyferth, Abbie Mallory

The Preparatory (Prep) Team is designed for youth in middle school grades 6th through 8th.

No prior experience is required to join. The Cross Country Prep Team is open to skiers graduating from our Devo Team as well as athletes new to skiing. Prep Team focuses on development of both ski technique and ski specific fitness, while incorporating an array of fun and challenging training activities.

The Prep Team meets at the Lake Creek Training Center after school three days per week (MON, WED, FRI) starting in the middle of October and running through mid-March. Practices run from 4:00-5:30 p.m. during dryland and extend to 6:00 p.m. once the team is practicing on snow. Wood River Middle School and South Valley skiers have the opportunity to participate in a team organized shuttle to and from practice. Shuttle costs for the season are $162.50 for one way and $325 for a round trip on top of standard tuition costs. During the summer we hold Wednesday morning and Thursday evening dryland training. Wednesday’s training is focused on roller skiing and takes place at the Sage Willow athletic center from 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday training takes place from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at varying locations throughout the valley capitalizing on the plethora of opportunities the area offers. For questions specific to Cross Country Prep Team programming, please contact Head Coach Kelley Sinnott, kelley@svsef.org.

The goals of the Prep Team include teaching both classic and skate technique, fostering a positive team atmosphere, introducing systematic aerobic training methods, developing base athletic fitness including strength, agility and flexibility and building an appreciation of outdoor winter sport. Competition is not required, but opportunities to participate in age appropriate races are provided.

Daily practices include dryland training activities such as adventure runs, games such as capture the flag and intensity activities such as intervals. On snow, skiers are taught cross country ski technique through a variety of instructional methods including demonstration, focused practice, and ski specific games. On Prep Team, skiers will also be introduced to ski specific aerobic training methods and strength training, while maintaining a fun atmosphere. Team members are also taught ski care and waxing, basic athlete nutrition, and sportsmanship. The Prep Team offers skiers the opportunity to participate in a variety of team outings in addition to our regularly scheduled practices. These include our annual Bruneau Sand Dunes camping trip, a winter backcountry yurt trip, summer backpacking trips and a summer team bonding adventure. The Prep Team athletes may also travel to away competitions during the winter season. The Prep Team season culminates with the Intermountain Division Youth Ski Championship, which serves as a great age appropriate and fun introduction the competition side of the sport.

We recommend skiers take advantage of the team equipment night in early autumn to purchase to combi boots (suitable for skate and classic), skate skis, skate poles, classic skis, and classic poles. We also conduct an in-house Team Equipment Swap prior to the Team Equipment Night where older skier sell used quality gear that they have outgrown. Optional team ski jackets, training pants, race suits and ski hats are available for purchase. All Prep Team members are assigned a locker at the Lake Creek Team Center for equipment storage. The coaching staff is always available to answer and problem-solve equipment questions for participants.

$1,780.

Prep Team Head Coach is Kelley Sinnott – Kelley can be reached at kelley@svsef.org.

Prep Team Assistant Coaches: Travis Jones, Julia Seyferth, Abbie Mallory

Prep Team coaches will share Prep Pro coaching duties and will often incorporate Comp Team coaches in camps and additional Saturday training.

The Development (Devo) Team is designed for children in Elementary School aged 1st through 5th grades with programs in both north and south valley locations.

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 skating and classic ski techniques.

 The Devo team meets twice per week from early November through early March. The NORTH VALLEY Devo Team meets Mondays and Wednesdays after school beginning the first week in November at the Lake Creek Training Center from 3:00-4:30 pm. The SOUTH VALLEY Devo Team meets Tuesdays and Thursdays after school beginning the first week of December at the Croy Canyon Nordic Center from 3:00 -4:30 pm. Both venues have indoor meeting facilities with gear storage for skiers. Both NORTH and SOUTH DEVO conclude the first week of March with our DEVO TRIATHALON. We coordinate after school transportation from the local public elementary schools to the training centers in partnership with the Blaine County School District. For questions specific to Cross Country Devo Team programming please contact Head Coach Dave Bingham, dave@svsef.org

The goals of the Devo Team include teaching of both classic and skate technique, fostering a positive team atmosphere and building an appreciation of outdoor winter sport. Competition is not required but opportunities to participate in age appropriate races are provided.

Daily practices include dryland training activities such as, adventure hikes, games such as capture the flag, and relay races. On snow, skiers are taught the basics of cross country ski technique through a variety of instructional methods including demonstration, focused practice, and ski specific games. Team members are also taught the basics of ski care and waxing, healthy lifestyle choices, and sportsmanship. The Devo Team also offers skiers the opportunity to participate in a variety of team outings in addition to our regularly scheduled practices. These include; backcountry adventures, our annual Bruneau Sand Dunes camping trip, winter backcountry yurt trips and the Intermountain Division Youth Championships. The season culminates with our Devo Team Triathlon, held in early March, the ‘Devo Tri’ is both a fun event and season athlete recognition party.

 Devo participants may lease or purchase combi boots (suitable for skate and classic), skate skis, and poles OR we will provide equipment to skiers as needed. Optional team ski jackets, training pants and ski hats are available for purchase during the season.

Devo North: $625.

Devo South: $500.

Tuition covers program, trail and transport fees.

North and South Valley Devo Head Coach is Dave Bingham – Dave can be reached at dave@svsef.org

South Valley Devo Assistant Coaches: Svea Grover, Paddy McIlvoy, Julia Seyferth

North Valley Devo Assistant Coaches: Laurie Leman, Paddy McIlvoy, Brooke Hovey, Austin Cobb, Doran Key

Striders is a learn-to-ski program designed for youth in elementary school grades 1st through 5th.

No prior experience is required to join. Striders is a 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 five weeks, from mid January through mid February.

Transportation: SVSEF will be providing after school transport from Bellevue ES, Alturas ES, Syringa School, and Hailey ES to Croy Nordic Ski Center.

Schedule: Ten sessions are held at Croy Nordic, Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 p.m., beginning Monday, January 22 and ending Wednesday, February 21.

Location: Skiers will utilize the SVSEF Croy Team Modular for daily meeting and gear storage.

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.

$150 (includes coaching, transport, equipment)

A USSA license ($15) is required on top of the tuition fee.

The coach-to-athlete ratio for Striders is one to ten. All staff are USSA-certified coaches.

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