Alpine Teams

All teams are managed to optimize age appropriate progressions for maximal athletic development. The goal is to create productive and healthy timelines for athletes to ensure best possible outcomes and experiences. These elements come together as an empowering experience that supports SVSEF’s core values: Passion & Perseverance, Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Creativity, and Character.

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Alpine Post Grad

The SVSEF PG Team is designed for motivated and dedicated alpine ski racers who wish to pursue ski racing opportunities beyond SVSEF, whether it be collegiate skiing or qualifying and competing at the National Team level. The primary goal of this team is to provide the programming and individual attention needed to assist each athlete in reaching his/her ski racing potential and goals. At the same time, the program aims to support the development of each athlete’s personal character and positive values and independence, and prepare them with the skills to be successful leaders in their lives beyond SVSEF.

Ages:  18-21
Tuition:  SVSEF Alumni – $9,700 / Non-Alumni – $13,500
Head coach: Will Brandenburg (view profile)
Enrollment limit:  Varies by season Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Dryland
The PG dryland and conditioning program schedule will be provided by SVSEF strength and conditioning coaches Johnie Michael and Rob Webb. Once committed to the SVSEF PG  program, athletes will communicate with the staff to coordinate their individualized program.

On-Snow
November-April
On-snow training six days per week, strength and conditioning two times per week.

PG athletes typically train with the FIS team in the afternoons, with some independent morning sessions as well. Schedule varies for weekends. 

Winter schedule
On-snow training six days per week; strength and conditioning schedule will depend on athlete’s training plan.

To be a member of the SVSEF PG team, each athlete needs to:

  1.    Complete SVSEF athlete profile document.
  2.    Participate in a meeting with the coaching staff and the athlete’s parents to map out the season.
  3.    Sign the PG team agreement (a document outlining roles, responsibilities, and expectations of all team. members).

License Requirements
PG athletes are required to purchase an age-appropriate U.S. Ski & Snowboard license in addition to base tuition fees. The Alpine Competitor U16 & Over membership is $185.

Athlete race schedules are individually designed to maximize opportunity and goal achievement.

Alpine team member pushing performance down mountain.

Alpine FIS

The SVSEF FIS Team is a performance-oriented team. Athletes must demonstrate high proficiency and competitive results to activate a nomination to the FIS program. The goal is to define training groups (when needed) and improve performance outcomes through appropriate levels of management and training/race/travel considerations. All FIS athletes need individual management, and this structure enables a higher level of coaching delivery to all members. The FIS team trains mostly in the afternoon, with some morning sessions, as determined by school considerations and individual management plans.

Ages: 16-18, U19 athletes
Tuition: $8,900
Head coach: Gladys Weidt (view profile)
Enrollment limit: 30
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 5:1

Summer Dryland: June-August
Conditioning sessions four days a week. Contact coach for details.

Fall Dryland: September-November
Conditioning sessions four days a week. Contact coach for details.

On-Snow: November-April
On-snow training six days per week, strength and conditioning two times per week.

In season, when in town, FIS consistently trains Tues-Fri from 1-4pm, and occasionally from 8-9am as well. Weekend schedule varies.

To be a member of the SVSEF FIS team each athlete needs to:

  1.    Complete the SVSEF athlete profile document
  2.    Participate in a scheduling meeting with the head coach and the athlete’s parents
  3.    Sign and adhere to the FIS team agreement (a document outlining roles, responsibilities, and expectations of all team members)

License Requirements:
FIS athletes are required to purchase an age-appropriate U.S. Ski & Snowboard license in addition to base tuition fees. The Alpine Competitor U16 & Over membership is $185 for the 2020-2021 season.

Athlete race schedules are individually designed to maximize opportunity and goal achievement.

Alpine X

The Alpine X team is built for athletes who have a strong foundation in alpine skiing and want to pursue a variety of competitions in other disciplines, with skiercross being at the forefront. The team’s training plan will be a combination of alpine ski racing and freeski training. Combining these two training opportunities will allow these athletes to learn the necessary skills to be competent and competitive skiercross athletes. The head coach of this group will coordinate and facilitate a detailed weekly training plan, including time spent in gates, in the park, in the gym and in the Air Barn. When training with alpine, the group will mostly work with the Alpine USSA team, with some sessions with the Alpine FIS team; when with freeski, Alpine X will train with Freeski Travel. The Alpine X head coach will stay with the team as they train with the different alpine and freeski teams. The training plan will vary from week to week depending upon the competition schedule and what the athletes need to be training for at that time in the season. The competition schedule will be set in the fall and will include a mix of USSA IMD Cup open races and USASA freeski competitions, with the goal of qualifying for USASA Skiercross Nationals in April.

Tuition: $6,700
Ages: 14-18
Head coach: Contact Will Brandenburg (view profile) and Tyler Conway (view profile).
Enrollment limit: 10
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 10:1

Summer Dryland: June-August
Alpine X athletes will attend strength and conditioning sessions with age-appropriate groups (Alpine USSA/FIS) throughout the summer and fall months, with additional opportunities to train in the Air Barn with Tyler Conway and the Freeski Team. See USSA and FIS pages for summer and fall dryland schedules. When the schedule states field games or outdoor sessions for alpine athletes, Alpine X athletes will be in the Air Barn with Freeski.

On-Snow: November-April
Training five days a week, strength and conditioning two times a week.

In season, when in town, Alpine X will train Wed-Fri from 2-4pm, and occasionally from 8-9am as well. Weekend schedule will vary.

Alpine X athletes are required to purchase an age-appropriate U.S. Ski & Snowboard license, a USASA membership and a FIS license.

Alpine X athletes will compete in USSA and FIS alpine races and USASA freeski competitions, in both skiercross and slopestyle.

Alpine USSA

The USSA Alpine Team is a year-round training program designed to engage athletes on a multitude of levels. Members of the USSA team will be challenged by athletic demands, time management demands, and the mental demands of being a competitive athlete. During the winter months, USSA athletes will train six days per week when not at races. During the summer months, athletes are expected to work toward developing themselves physically in order to both perform at their best and stay safe during the winter months.

Tuition: $6,500
Ages: 14-16, U16 athletes, select U19 athletes
Head coach: Nate Schwing (view profile)
Enrollment limit: 30
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Summer Dryland: June-August
Training four days a week. Contact coach for details.

Fall Dryland: September-November
Training four days a week:

  • Monday – 4-5:30pm – Strength
  • Tuesday – 6:30-7:30am – Strength // 4-6pm – Hike
  • Wednesday – 4-5:30pm – HIIT
  • Thursday – 6:30-7:30am – Strength // 4-5:30pm ABCs + Games

On-Snow: November-April
Training six days per week, strength and conditioning 2 days a week:

  • Tues-Fri 1:30-4pm. Varies on weekends when not traveling.
  • Tues + Thurs strength sessions throughout the competition season from 6:30-7:30am.

USSA athletes are required to purchase an age-appropriate U.S. Ski & Snowboard license in addition to base tuition fees. The Alpine Competitor U16 & Over membership is $185.

The primary competition race series for the USSA group is the Intermountain Cup. This race series is made up of open races. For U16 athletes, success within the division enables athletes to qualify for regional and national competitions and projects.

Alpine IMD

The IMD Alpine Team is designed to continue the age-appropriate development of our athletes. The IMD group is defined by excitement, constant athletic insights, and the onset of biological maturity. This is the age range when the winter commitment moves to five days per week, along with a more robust competition calendar. Athletes on the IMD team will have the opportunity to see new places, meet new teams, and expand their friend base to include athletes throughout the Intermountain West.

Tuition: $4,500
Ages: 12-15, U14 athletes
Head coach: Charlotte Gourlay (view profile)
Enrollment limit: 40
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Summer Dryland: July + August
Strength and conditioning 2 days a week until school starts. Monday afternoons 4-5pm and Wednesday mornings 7:30-8:30am.

Fall Dryland: September-November
Training is 4 days a week – one gym day and 3 days outside. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 4-5:30pm. Meet at Sun Valley flagpole for conditioning, ABCs (agility, balance and coordination), plyometrics and field games. Tuesdays 4:45-6pm Gym session.

On-Snow: December-April
Training five days per week, strength and conditioning 1 day a week. On snow Wed-Fri 2-4pm. Weekends vary when not at races, but typically 9-3pm when at home.

IMD athletes are required to purchase an age-appropriate U.S. Ski & Snowboard license in addition to base tuition fees, typically the Alpine Competitor U14 membership ($115).

IMD team members compete primarily in the Intermountain Division (Idaho/Utah/Wyoming) races. In addition to IMD races, both first and second years will have opportunities to attend or qualify for more select projects (First Year Speed Project, GS Spectacular). All IMD athletes will travel with parents to qualifying races but will have the opportunity to travel with the team to select camps and projects.

Team North Series

Alpine North Series

The primary focus of North Series is to work with motivated developing athletes in the primary under-12 age range, targeting the development of solid technical and tactical fundamentals. The North Series Team is designed and staffed by coaches who are committed to making the training atmosphere fun, challenging, and relevant to the current and future potential of the athlete. Improving, honing and refining basic skills and fundamentals is a key focus as we work to progress athletes to the next competitive level. The North Series Team introduces young athletes to the finer points of traveling to ski races, and we strive to equip our racers with the requisite tools to continue to develop their athletic ability, independence, creativity and social skills.

Tuition: $3,450
Ages: 10-11, U12 athletes
Head coach: Adele Savaria (view profile)
Enrollment limit: 35
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

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Fall Dryland: October+November
Mon, Wed, Thurs. All dryland sessions are held at Dollar.

2 days (Mon, Thurs) spent playing field games and hiking around Dollar, 1 day (Wed) doing ABCs – agility, balance, coordination.

On-Snow: December-March
Training four days a week. Wed + Thurs 2-4pm. Sat + Sun typically 9-2:30pm when not at a race.

North Series athletes are required to purchase an age-appropriate U.S. Ski & Snowboard license in addition to base tuition fees, typically the Alpine Competitor U12 & Under membership ($90).

The core training plan revolves around North Series races held in the Intermountain Division (Idaho/Wyoming). Races in the IMD North Series are qualifying events for IMD Championships in mid-March. Athletes travel with parents to all events.

Alpine Mini World Cup

The primary focus of this program is to introduce young athletes moving up from the Baldy Devo Team and young athletes joining SVSEF to the technical and tactical fundamentals of alpine ski racing. The MWC team is designed to make the training atmosphere fun, challenging, and relevant for all participants. Learning, improving and refining basic skills and fundamentals will ensure our athletes progress when moving on to the next age group. The core training plan of the team revolves around skills acquisition through specific drills, free skiing and the Mini World Cup race series. This race series is intramural and athletes represent the same country for the whole season. All races are held in Sun Valley.

Tuition: $2,550 (MWC) / $2,150 (MWC Weekend)
Ages: U10s: 2011-2012 YOB, U12s: 2009-2010 YOB

U10 athletes will be considered based on participation on Devo and on coaches’ evaluations; U8 athletes are not eligible for the MWC team.

Head coach: Jude Arvidson (view profile)
Enrollment limit: 40
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 7:1

Fall Dryland: October + November
Two days a week – Tues, Thurs

** All sessions are at Dollar and are open to all MWC athletes.

On-Snow: December-March
The MWC team trains three days a week (Thurs, Sat + Sun). MWC Weekend trains two days a week (Sat + Sun). All MWC athletes also train approx. 10 days during Christmas Camp.

Thursday 2-4pm, Saturday + Sunday 9-2pm roughly.

An age-appropriate U.S. Ski & Snowboard license is required in addition to base tuition fees. MWC athletes can purchase the Alpine Competitor U12 & Under ($90) membership.

The Mini World Cup is a team-based event series that inspires a focused, fun, and team-oriented atmosphere as we strive to introduce a foundation for sport on skis. The series consists of a slalom, giant slalom, and a skills evaluation. Athletes also have the opportunity to compete in the Monroe Cup, a U10/U12 Intermountain Division North Series qualifier, and the Arkoosh Cup, an annual race put on by SVSEF at Rotarun Ski Area in Hailey.

Baldy Devo

SVSEF’s Baldy Devo program is the developmental ski and snowboard program for SVSEF Baldy-based teams. Devo is for “Baldy-proof” kids, meaning athletes who can ski/ride top to bottom, off-piste & groomed, and who understand safety rules and mountain etiquette.

We practice all-mountain basic skiing and riding, jump and park skills, bump skills and racing techniques with a strong FUNdamental emphasis. SVSEF’s Baldy Devo program is designed to introduce and refine skills required to advance within SVSEF’s alpine, snowboard, freestyle and freeski programs. The SVSEF Baldy Devo program is staffed with experienced, professional coaches who teach age-appropriate skill progressions utilizing U.S. Ski & Snowboard program, in tandem with a host of internal SVSEF skill- and team-building philosophies.

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Alpine LASAR

Learn to Alpine Ski and Race (LASAR) is a program that teaches children of all levels of ability the joys of skiing. The objectives for the program include improving skiing technique through progressed turning, balance and body positioning, honing ski racing skills and developing self-confidence and the ability to work in groups with professional instructors and coaches. Athletes must be 5 years old by January 1, 2021, must have a US. Ski & Snowboard license, must be able to ride the Poma lift to Tower 3 and must have some skiing experience.

Tuition: $250
Ages: 5-10
Head coach: Brian Caulkins (view profile)
Enrollment limit: 50
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Wednesday and Friday 3:00-5:00

On-Snow: 1/8/21-2/26/21

Training two days a week.

US Ski & Snowboard general membership ($30)

Arkoosh Cup at Rotarun

Alpine Rota-Rippers

The Rota-Rippers program is an entry-level ski and snowboard program located at Rotarun Ski Area in Croy Canyon, Hailey. Rota-Rippers is a program that teaches 5-11 year old children the joys of skiing and riding. The objectives for the program include improving skiing and riding technique through progressed turning, balance and body positioning, honing skills and developing self-confidence and the ability to work in groups with professional instructors and coaches. Our Rota-ripper athletes are coached by SVSEF trained and certified coaches and volunteers; ensuring the best possible experience. Athletes must be 5 years old by January 1, 2021.

Rota-rippers is a free, community supported, grassroots program designed to inspire the love of the mountains and increasing access to winter sport for children of the Wood River Valley.

Ages: 5-11
Head coaches: Barb Dunn (view profile) & Dave Boldwin
Enrollment limit: 50
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Session 1 – January 11-February 2, 2021
Session 2 – February 8 – March 2, 2021

Training two days a week

Monday & Tuesday 3:00-5:00pm