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 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: 16-21, U18 and U21 athletes
Tuition: $10,900
Head coach: Gladys Weidt (view profile)
Enrollment limit: 30
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 5:1

**Rotarun Season’s Pass and Training Fee is included in tuition**

Strength and Conditioning Schedule:

  • Summer– June 21st – August 19th, Monday through Thursday
  • Fall– September 7th – November 18th, Monday through Thursday
  • Winter– Sessions will be scheduled by staff and will change week to week
  • Spring– May 2nd -26th Monday through Thursday

On-Snow Schedule: November-April

  • Training is offered six days a week starting November 30th 
  • Tuesday-Friday 1pm-4pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 9am-1pm 
  • Weekend schedule will vary
  • Additional morning session may be added weekly when needed
  • Additional afternoon training sessions will be added as soon as Rotarun opens in November

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 ($185) and a FIS Alpine License

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. 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 alpine ski races, USASA competitions and FIS Ski Cross competitions.

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

**Rotarun Season’s Pass and Training Fee is included in tuition**

Strength and Conditioning Schedule:

  • Summer– June 21st – August 19th, Monday through Thursday
  • Fall– September 7th – November 18th, Monday through Thursday
  • Winter– Sessions will be scheduled by staff and will change week to week
  • Spring– May 2nd -26th Monday through Thursday

On-Snow Schedule: November-April

  • Training is offered five days a week starting November 30th
  • Wednesday-Friday 2pm-4pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 9am-1pm 
  • Weekend schedule will vary
  • Additional morning session may be added weekly when needed

Alpine X athletes are required to purchase an age-appropriate U.S. Ski & Snowboard license ($185), a USASA membership and a FIS license.

Alpine X athletes can compete in USSA and FIS alpine races and USASA 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: $7,700
Ages: 14-16, U16 athletes, select U19 athletes
Head coach: Nate Schwing (view profile)
Enrollment limit: 30
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

**Rotarun Season’s Pass and Training Fee is included in tuition**

Strength and Conditioning Schedule:

  • Summer– June 21st – August 19th, Monday through Thursday
  • Fall– September 7th – November 18th, Monday through Thursday
  • Winter– Sessions will be scheduled by staff and will change week to week
  • Spring– May 2nd -26th Monday through Thursday

On-Snow Schedule: November-April

  • Training is offered six days a week starting November 30th 
  • Tuesday-Friday 1pm-4pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 9am-1pm 
  • Weekend schedule will vary
  • Additional morning session may be added weekly when needed
  • Additional afternoon training sessions will be added as soon as Rotarun opens in November

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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 ($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: $5,200
Ages: 12-15, U14 athletes
Head coach: Charlotte Gourlay (view profile)
Enrollment limit: 40
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

**Rotarun Season’s Pass and Training Fee is included in tuition**

Strength and Conditioning Schedule:

  • Summer: Two days a week, Starting July 12th ending August 25th Introduction into weight lifting and conditioning fundamentals
  • Fall: Four days a week Starting September 7th ending October 29th; One gym day and Three days outside 
  • Winter: One gym session a week is offered in the winter

On-Snow: November 30th-April 3rd

  • Training five days per week starting November 30th
  • Wednesday-Friday 2pm-4pm 
  • Saturday and Sunday 9am-1pm 
  • Weekend schedule will vary
  • Additional morning session may be added weekly when needed
  • Two additional afternoon training sessions will be added as soon as Rotarun opens in November

Training ends April 3rd but Staff will support additional races or opportunity’s after April 3rd if necessary

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

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 and opportunities. 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: $3,900
Ages: U12 athletes (2010 + 2011 YOB for 21-22 season)
Head coach: Adele Savaria (view profile)
Enrollment limit: 35
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 7:1

**Rotarun Season’s Pass and Training Fee is included in tuition**

Download the North Series Handbook

Strength and Conditioning Schedule:
October 4th- November 4th  (Five Weeks)

  • Three days a week starting October 4th
  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 3:45-5:15pm
  • All dryland sessions are held at Dollar Mountain

On-Snow: December 1st-March 31st

  • Four days a week starting December 1st
  • Wednesday and Thursday 2-4pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 9:30am-2:30pm
  • One additional training day a week will be offered at Rotarun in November when the mountain opens

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

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 directed free skiing with coaches, skills acquisition through specific drills in and out of gates 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 the Wood River Valley. 

Tuition: $2,850 (MWC)
Ages: U10 athletes (2012-2013 YOB for 21-22 season) & U12 athletes (2010-2011 YOB for 21-22 season)

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: 65
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 7:1

**Rotarun Season’s Pass and Training Fee is included in tuition**

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Strength and Conditioning Schedule: October 5th- November 4th  (Five Weeks)

  • Two days a week starting October 5th
  • Tuesday and Thursday – 3:45-5:15
  • All dryland sessions are held at Dollar Mountain

On-Snow: December 1st-March 27th

  • MWC trains three days a week
  • Thursday Afternoon
  • Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm

Holiday Camps:

  • Thanksgiving Camp (optional)
  • Winter and Spring Break- dates to be determine

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

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 race, a giant slalom race, a skills evaluation and a Kombi event. Athletes also have the opportunity to compete in the Monroe Cup, a U10/U12 Intermountain Division North Series qualifier, the McCall 4- Way event consisting of slalom, giant slalom, jumping and nordic competitions and the Arkoosh Cup, an annual race hosted by SVSEF at Rotarun Ski Area in Hailey.

 

Baldy Devo

SVSEF’s Baldy Devo program is the developmental ski program for SVSEF Baldy-based teams. Devo is for “Baldy-proof” kids, meaning athletes who can ski 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, 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: $275
Ages: 5-10
Head coach: Brian Caulkins (view profile)
Enrollment limit: 50
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

On-Snow: Jan. 8, 2021 – Feb. 26, 2021

Training two days a week: Wednesdays + Fridays, 3:30-5:30pm

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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

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