Alpine

In operation since 1966, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s alpine program offers comprehensive alpine training and programming for introductory-level athletes all the way through post-grad.

The SVSEF alpine program is divided into nine separate teams:

  • FIS Post Graduate Team
  • FIS Team
  • USSA Team
  • Intermountain Team
  • North Series Team
  • Mini World Cup Team
  • Alpine Devo Team
  • LASAR Team at Rotarun Mountain
  • Rota-Rippers at Rotarun Mountain

 

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.

The Engl training center, located at the foot of Bald Mountain in Ketchum, Idaho, is home to the SVSEF alpine program.  The  state of the art facility (remodeled in the summer of 2013) is a 6000 square foot complex that delivers technology-inspired teaching capability, conference rooms to facilitate learning and engagement, training space to broaden the spectrum of athletic development, athlete lockers and ski storage, plus organized and effective administrative space to execute the club’s mission.

SVSEF athletes enjoy access to a large spectrum of training venues on both Bald Mountain (Baldy), Dollar Mountain and Rotarun Mountain in Hailey.  We have a long standing relationship with the Sun Valley Company, giving SVSEF athletes exclusive access to a spectacular array of training terrain.  Sun Valley Company has invested in one of the world’s top snow making operations, giving athletes an excellent and dependable snow surface for skill acquisition and competition.  

The winter season for SVSEF in Sun Valley begins with alpine training camps on Bald Mountain in mid-November; extending through the competitive season (early April).   Spring, summer, and fall camps are offered for our SVSEF alpine athletes (U12 and up) with each age class having unique and age appropriate opportunities to enhance their development.

In addition to our winter training program, members of the USSA (starting at U16) and FIS age groups have year round fitness training programs designed to complement their on-hill skill development.  The SVSEF conditioning program strives to strike a balance between utilizing the best that modern equipment and training theory has to offer with the timeless pursuit of adventure and inspiration that comes with being immersed in mountain town culture.  SVSEF athletes engage the natural world around them through a training program that requires grit, perseverance, and dedication.

SVSEF has been consistently identified as one of the nation’s top winter sports clubs and has twice been named “Club of the Year” by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (1999-2000 season and 2012-2013 season).

SVSEF was designated as a Gold-level club in 2017. Previously, it was a Silver-level club, since USSA’s introduction of club certification levels.

SVSEF is proud to employ top-level coaches across the board. Most recently, alpine FIS coach Nate Schwing was named “Coach of the Year” by the Intermountain Division Alpine Competition Committee for the 2016-2017 season.

Teams

Ages: 18-20 (U19 and U21)

Tuition: $9,400


Post Grad Overview

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 goals of this team are to provide the programming and individual attention needed in order to assist each athlete in reaching his/her ski racing athletic potential and goals, while at the same time developing strong personal character, positive values, and independence, preparing these athletes to have the skills to be successful leaders in their lives beyond SVSEF.

The PG Team consists of athletes from ages 18-20 (U19 and U21). PG athletes’ training will take place with their respective training groups in the mornings with additional training and conditioning opportunities in the afternoon. The team aims to be agile and adaptable with training opportunities within the parameters available to get each athlete the most appropriate training for that particular time and his / her particular needs.

This is a year round program with the year roughly split into 4 different periods: 1. Winter / competition season (mid-November- mid April); 2. Spring Fundamentals and base training season (mid-April – late June); 3. Summer training (late June – Aug); 4. Fall training (Sept – mid Nov). Athletes are expected to be fully engaged in the entire year round process, working closely with coaches so as to tailor a program that meets the training requirements when individuals have different needs and / or obligations.

On snow training takes place 6 days per week (Tues-Sun) in the winter months. Additionally there are SVSEF pre-competition on snow training camps for a potential of 40 + pre-season days on snow. A typical offering looks like:

1. Spring Fundamentals Camp in June (typically at Mammoth or MT. Hood).

2. Southern Hemisphere in July/August (S. America, New Zealand, Australia).

3. Mt. Hood College Hybrid Project

4. Early season (late Oct. early Nov) fall camps (Europe; Jackson, WY; Colorado).

5. Home Thanksgiving Camp at Sun Valley on Bald Mountain prior to the Thanksgiving

holiday.

(The SVSEF PG team works closely with the National and Regional Teams. Athletes and coaches will often be invited to participate in projects put on by USSA at these levels.)

In addition to the on-snow training, the PG Team has robust and mandatory year round strength / conditioning and mental / performance training. It is imperative that athletes competing at this level are well prepared and conditioned both mentally and physically to safely and successfully benefit from their experiences while participating on this team.

During the competition season the physical conditioning maintenance takes place 4-5 days per week with organized mental conditioning sessions happening 1x per week. In the spring conditioning is prescribed, and through the summer and fall organized conditioning takes place 4 days per week (Mon-Thurs) with prescribed programs for those who will be out of town.

The SVSEF PG Team primarily competes in the Intermountain Division (Idaho, Utah, & Wyoming) and the Western Region (Intermountain, Far West, PNSA, Northern, & Alaska divisions). Athletes on an elite track have the potential of competing nationally and internationally. The majority of competitions attended by SVSEF FIS Team athletes are supported with coaching and travel.

Participation in the SVSEF PG program is application-based, which involves the athlete’s USSA/FIS profile, coach recommendations and demonstrated aspiration to ski collegiately or on the national team.

PG Team Goals

The FIS Team’s primary goals are to assist each athlete in the pursuit of reaching his/her athletic potential, while developing strong personal character and positive values. The PG Team strives to create an environment where athletes develop and demonstrate leadership, ownership, accountability, respect, responsibility, and independence. At the conclusion of an athlete’s time with the SVSEF FIS Team, it is our goal to help the athlete achieve:

 A passion for skiing through the development of fundamentals and experiences gained through ski racing competition and training.

 An appreciation for respectful and healthy competition as a measure to develop oneself.

 Avenues for continued participation in ski racing/skiing, whether it be collegiate, national team, or continued passion for the sport.

 An appreciation and understanding of healthy living and an active lifestyle.

 The ability to have success in a team environment.

 Intangible skills (confidence, time management, leadership, ownership, accountability, respect, independence) that will help support the athlete beyond their time at SVSEF.

How the Team Works – Expectations and Communication

PG Team Expectations

The FIS Team strives to create a positive, fun, and productive team environment in which each individual athlete has the opportunity to reach her/his goals and potential. On the SVSEF FIS Team, we train together as a team while we compete in an individual sport. Having a trusting, respectful and supportive team environment is crucial in the athlete’s quest to improve and grow and therefore the development of a vibrant team is a priority for SVSEF.

The question we ask our athletes at the beginning of the competition season is this: How can we reach our potential as individuals within a team environment? There are traits and guidelines that must be followed in order to create a great team environment:

Commitment

 Ski racing is a demanding sport and the SVSEF FIS team is a high level demanding team. In order to create a cohesive, supportive, inspiring and productive team environment, FIS Team athletes are fully expected to attend all training sessions, coming prepared and ready to strive to do their best.

Respect

 Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

 Respect teammates, coaches, parents, competition, mountain staff and everyone you come in contact with, even those you do not know.

Leadership

 PG Team athletes have the opportunity to provide leadership which will help to create a great team environment. PG Team athletes are looked up to and are mentors to younger athletes.

Accountability

 PG Team athletes are expected to show up on time and be prepared for the day’s activity.

 PG Team athletes are expected to show due respect to all coaches, teammates, mountain staff, public etc. Disrespectful behavior is not tolerated.

 Everyone on the PG Team is responsible for their thoughts, words, decisions, and actions.

 An individual’s thoughts, words, decisions, and actions, positive or negative, affect the team – PG Team athletes are expected to take part in creating a positive team environment.

PG Team Communication

Communication is an integral aspect of everyday life on the PG Team. There are many aspects to every single session we have, be it conditioning, on snow training, or competition.  Good communication is absolutely mandatory for best possible outcomes to be reached.  Good communication is a two way street.  Just as it is imperative that the coaching staff deliver timely, and accurate information, it is equally important that athletes and families communicate with the coaching staff as to conflicts, concerns, and questions.

Head coaches are responsible for the majority of the communication distributed. The primary mode of communication for the FIS Team is email.  It is expected that both parents, and athletes, have updated email accounts that are referenced frequently.  FIS Team head coaches will be sending out training updates, competition updates, and other information on a regular basis.   If there are updates to the training plan, the Head Coach(s) will send out email updates as soon as possible to inform the team.

Another common mode of communication that is frequently used between coaches and athletes is texting. Coaches use texting to inform athletes of any changes to training, daily schedules at competitions, and any other important updates that may arise.

Tracking and Evaluations

The coaching staff carefully tracks attendance and daily training sessions throughout the season. This provides the opportunities to both examine the program as a whole in order to effectively address needs and deficiencies. In addition, it allows athletes and coaches an additional means to examine individual attendance and training history to help better understand performance results.

The coaching staff regularly checks in with athletes individually throughout the season discussing training, competitions, results, energy, goals etc. This individual attention is a time to establish trustful, personal relationships that allow coaches and athletes to understand and address needs that are difficult to uncover but that are crucial in achieving the most beneficial experience and optimal results.

Periodically throughout the year and at camps and projects, coaches will send out written and / or video evaluations. With these evaluations it is hoped that athletes and parents will get a simple and easily understandable snap shot mapping progress to that point in the season.

Video review with athletes is done regularly on the hill and / or in the training center, at races and at camps. This is an opportunity for the athlete to watch themselves while a coach is explaining particular points. Athletes at these sessions have the opportunity to ask specific questions to a coach. Sprongo is an online platform that posts video online. Coaches upload video onto Sprongo for the athlete to continue to review on their own time. Sprongo provides helpful tools such as side by side view and slow motion.

PG Team Equipment Guidelines

Equipment is a critical component as a PG Team athlete. Proper ski, boot, and equipment set- ups can aid the athlete in executing what is demanded of them in the sport of ski racing. Knowledge and proficiency in ski tuning is crucial to ensure that equipment performs as it is designed to. The FIS (International Ski Federation) has created strict equipment regulations that must be followed when racing FIS races. To assist in equipment selection as well as ensure equipment regulations are followed, Head coaches assist athletes and parents in selecting equipment for the upcoming season. Equipment recommendations with ski brand, ski size, and boot flex are emailed to families to ensure that athletes are ordering the proper equipment.

Head coaches also assist in communicating with company reps for sponsorship qualification and distributing order forms. In addition to coaches’ assistance in selecting and ordering equipment, local ski shops host a ski team equipment night in the fall. Company reps are on hand for equipment selection and ordering. At the PG Team level it is recommended that skis, boots, and bindings are ordered prior to equipment night to ensure equipment availability. Equipment night is useful at the FIS level for ordering ski poles, helmets, downhill suits, etc.

It is recommended at the FIS level that athletes purchase 6 pairs of skis if they intend on skiing four events (DH, SG, GS, and SL). We recommend that athletes have 2 pair of slalom and 2 pair of GS skis. Having 1 pair of super g and downhill skis are sufficient for the majority of our FIS athletes. Athletes who excel in speed and progress to the Nor Am competition level should potentially think about expanding their speed ski quiver to have 2 pair of super g and downhill skis.

The valley is rich with quality ski shops to assist athletes with their equipment needs. We have a number of experienced boot fitters who are experts in boot alignment and boot modification. SVSEF has a number of ski shops whom we have relationships with and trust to assist with ski prep, ski tuning, mounting, and hot boxing. Though it is necessary to utilize ski shops for some aspects of equipment care, athletes should own their own set of ski tuning equipment and have the knowledge and ability to properly maintain equipment. SVSEF coaches are all knowledgeable in equipment care and are available to assist athletes with ski tuning techniques. Ski tuning clinics are held yearly for tuning instruction.

Competition Calendars

At the FIS Team level there are a variety of avenues an athlete can take depending on goals, ability, and rankings. As the season approaches and race calendars are solidified, each athlete and family is provided with a projected schedule based on the current rankings of the athlete, the athlete’s seasonal goals, and family budgets.

At the FIS Team level, athletes are ranked in two different scoring systems.

USSA Scoring System – USSA points are used as the national scoring system. Athletes are ranked in the United States by their USSA points. When athletes score USSA points their top two results are averaged which results as their “points”. USSA points are used as the selection method in order to compete in FIS racing. USSA races that take place in the Intermountain Division are open to any Intermountain divisional competitor.

FIS Scoring System – The FIS scoring system is the international scoring system. When athletes score FIS points, their top 2 results per discipline are averaged which results in their “points”. Athletes are ranked internationally as per their points. All FIS races have quotas in order to gain entry. SVSEF competes in the Intermountain Division which is given quota spots to compete in FIS races that are hosted in the Western Region. As FIS races approach, selection boards are crafted and sent out to coaches. If there are 25 quota spots for the Intermountain Division, the top 25 athletes in the events competed per USSA point rankings will have the opportunity to attend that series.

Point lists in both USSA and FIS are updated every three weeks. An athlete has the opportunity to improve their points throughout the season which can affect their ability to gain access to different levels of FIS races. Projected schedules are constructed as the competition season approaches however; the opportunities for the racer may increase if there is significant improvement in rankings throughout the season. There may be competitions out of region that occasionally are targeted that are not listed. These outlier races typically fall in the realm of the athlete on the more elite path.

Detailed Explanation of Training, Camps, Race Schedule

FIS Team On-Snow Training December 1 st – April 15 th

The FIS team focuses on fundamentals in the early season, which is a continuation from the pre-season camps. The goal is to strive for a sense of mastery of all fundamental skills. On-snow training mainly consists of developing fundamentals through free-skiing and progressing into gate training. The environment created on a daily basis via prescribed drill, drill course and gate courses aides in the appropriate progression for achieving success.

On-snow training takes place Tuesday-Sunday throughout the whole season. Monday thru Friday we train from 8-11 AM, Sat and Sun on-snow sessions are typically 9-2 PM.

The Ketchum/Sun Valley area provides us with world class trails to train on. We have multiple trails on Baldy Mountain and Dollar Mountain to set up environments. Baldy provides us with steep challenging terrain and Dollar offers a more moderate terrain allowing us to work on all aspects of skiing.

FIS Team Conditioning (Year Round)

The FIS teams conditioning program seeks to provide the athlete with a solid athletic base to enable the athlete to excel on the hill during on-snow training and racing. Our program aims to provide opportunities to excel at the optimum level as an elite athlete. The conditioning program put together will not only help advance the athlete as a skier, but also create a well- rounded fit individual living a healthy lifestyle.

Our program incorporates all the necessary sport specific needs in the gym and out in the field. This allows the athlete to develop strength, quickness, power and aerobic base. The avenues that we utilize are weight, endurance, and interval training as well as agility, balance and coordination skills and drills. Our goal is to promote proper techniques and movement to keep the athletes safe and healthy.

Our main goal is to develop a lifelong athlete, adventure seeker, and fitness enthusiast through the exposure to a multitude of different fitness options that SVSEF provides.

Mental Conditioning and Performance Programming

SVSEF offers a mental conditioning and performance program with most of the programming geared to the FIS team. Athletes will engage in exercises and discussions to understand and develop important mental skills such as: confidence, patience, awareness, visualization etc. as well as in depth work on understanding oneself, one’s interests and aspirations in order to have effective goal setting and goal realization skills.

Through this program athletes will gain a solid understanding of how to develop mental skills, and how to make most use of all activities to further develop mental skills and improve performance.

This program will have more in depth sessions in the fall dryland period meeting approximately 1 day per week for 1 ½ hours. This period will help introduce and establish the skills, practices and reasons behind the practices. During the winter competition season when possible athletes will meet approximately 1 x per week to further practice developing these skills in groups. Athletes will also be prescribed short daily routines in order to really get established in developing the mind.

On Snow Camps

SVSEF offers 4-5 on snow camps for the FIS Team in the preparation period before the competition season starts. FIS Team athletes have the potential of skiing 40 + days in the preparation period. Our camps progress from focusing on building sound fundamental skills to implementing those skills in race course environments, then honing those skills with sound tactics and intensity as the competition season approaches. The preparation period is a critical phase for the FIS Team athletes where they have the time and environment to perfect their form for the upcoming competition season.

June Fundamentals Camps – 8 days onsnow

 The goals for the June Fundamentals Camps are to break down athletes form and build it backup through a series of drill progressions in slalom and giant slalom.

 Goal setting and mental strength techniques are introduced and practiced.

 Athletes have the opportunity to test the coming season’s new equipment.

August Southern Hemisphere Camp – 15+ days on snow

 The goal for the Southern Hemisphere Camp is to focus on gate training volume in super g and giant slalom.

 Tactics, terrain management, race intensity, and training volume are the main focus while maintaining strong fundamental habits.

 Athletes are exposed to and experience the country’s culture.

 Depending on location there may be some FIS races to enter.

October European Camp 

Approximately 10 days in Austria and Germany.  The focus on the camp is high intensity training on both indoor and outdoor venues.

November Jackson / Colorado Slalom Camp – 5 days on snow

 The goal for this camp is to move through slalom progressions in a drill course and gate environment with a focus on preparing for nearing slalom competitions.

Thanksgiving Camp at Sun Valley on Bald Mountain – 5 days on snow

 Baldy opens up for SVSEF and other racing clubs 5 days prior to the mountain’s opening on Thanksgiving.

 The focus is on volume and race intensity in giant slalom in preparation for the nearing competition season.

 Athletes have the opportunity to train on some of Sun Valley’s most ideal slopes due to their moderate pitch and terrain.

Western Region and Intermountain Race Calendar Overview

Each race series has certain quotas and rules in order for an athlete to qualify for the race series. Certain race series are qualifiers for the two championship series at the U19 level. Those two championship series are U19 National Championships and Western Region Junior Championships (green on the attached schedule).

Points – As a U16, athletes are scored using the USSA point system. The USSA point system ranks athletes in each event nationally. Once an athlete reaches the U19 age group, they are eligible to race FIS, and become ranked in the FIS point system. FIS points rank athletes internationally. Athletes at the U19 & U21 age groups are ranked using both USSA points and FIS points.

USSA Races

USSA races are open races. All athletes competing in the Intermountain division are eligible to race in these races. USSA races score athletes using USSA points. USSA points are used for selecting athletes to compete in FIS race series and in the Western Region Junior Championships. For the FIS Team, USSA races are meant to give athletes opportunities to improve their USSA rankings which are used for selections to FIS race series, however there is no specific commitment to race in these races beyond our local Laura Flood Memorial Race.

FIS Races

As mentioned earlier, FIS races score athletes using FIS points. FIS points rank athletes internationally. FIS races also score athletes using USSA points. When an athlete scores a result in FIS they will also get a result in USSA. Each FIS race series have athlete quotas. We compete in the Intermountain Division which is a part of the Western Region.

 If a FIS race series is taking place in the Western Region, the Intermountain Division will get a quota for the number of athletes that can compete from the division.

 If a FIS race series is taking place in the Rocky Mountain or Eastern region, the Western Region will get a quota for how many athletes that can compete from the region.

 If a FIS race is taking place in Canada, the United States has a quota for how many U.S. athletes can compete in that Canadian competition.

The majority of the FIS racing that our U19 athletes will have the opportunity to compete in will take place in the Western Region.

Selection Boards

In order to fill the quotas for FIS races a selection board is set up. Selection boards rank athletes from lowest points to highest USSA points based on the events competed in the series. If a FIS series has slalom and GS races selection would go like this.

USSA Graph

The same process would happen if the series contained Downhill and Super G. Before an upcoming FIS race series in the Western Region, the Intermountain Division Coordinator will send out a ranked board. The board will display the selections for the race series depending on the quota for that series. Coaches will then confirm an athlete if that athlete plans on attending the series. If the athlete does not plan on attending the coach will pull the athlete and the 1 st alternate would be selected.

Western Region FIS Series

Western Region Open FIS – The FIS races that are shaded with the yellow and red color (on the attached schedule) are Western Region Open FIS races or NJR series FIS Races. The only difference in these two series is that the NJR series are open to juniors only (U21 and below). Western Region Open and NJR races have a quota of 25 men and 25 women from the Intermountain Division. The races colored in red are qualifiers for the U19 Nationals.

Western Region Elite Series – FIS races that are shaded in Blue are called Western Region Elite raced and have a quota of 12 men and 11 women from the Intermountain Division.

Championship Series.  The FIS PG team strives to compete at the highest level championships available based on qualification.  This includes (but not limited to) US Alpine Championships, Nor AM Finals, Western Region Junior Champs, etc.

Ages: 16 and older

Tuition: $8,400

Dryland Training Schedule: Fall training consists of conditioning sessions four to five days a week. The FIS team trains both morning and afternoon as determined by school considerations and individual management plans.

Coaches:

FIS Team Men’s PG/FIS Head Coach – Nate Schwing (nate@svsef.org)

FIS Team Women’s Head Coach – Brett Morris (brett@svsef.org)


SVSEF FIS TEAM OVERVIEW

The SVSEF FIS Team consists of athletes from ages 16 and older.  The SVSEF FIS team is a performance oriented team. The team structure is qualification based, and is not based on open invitation.  Athletes must demonstrate high proficiency and competition results to activate a nomination to the FIS Prep team, and FIS teams.  The goal is to define training groups accordingly and improve performance outcomes through appropriate levels of management and training/race/travel considerations.  All our athletes need individual management and this structure enables a higher level of coaching delivery to all FIS athletes.

FIS team athletes have additional resources available with regard to career development support.  The SVSEF Career Development Program helps to  facilitate strong post-secondary outcomes, be that collegiate placement or USSA matriculation.

FIS Prep Team Criteria and Goals

 – Sub 120 USSA Points, one tech event.

  • Provide a proper development path through training and racing opportunities to qualify for the SVSEF FIS  Team.
  • Target a balanced racing schedule between USSA and development FIS races to inspire confidence and success in racing which will expedite the process of progression through future higher level FIS races.
  • Create a social dynamic that supports continued fundamental development with the vision and perspective that this will serve this group’s progression long term.
  • Provide smaller management groups to give personalized attention with regards to training, racing, equipment, mental conditioning, conditioning and life after SVSEF planning.
  • Matriculate performing athletes to the SVSEF FIS Team.

FIS Team Criteria and Goals

– Sub 70 Points USSA in 1 Tech event, sub 90 second technical event. 

  • Design and support opportunities for athletes who are on track to ski Division One or qualification to the US Ski Team.
  • Target elite FIS racing paths, i.e. NorAms, NPS, FIS Elite, FIS Uni, FIS U, and other out of region or international competition.
  • Utilize the Western Region when making sense with individual training and racing plans.
  • Provide 5-7 athlete : coaching ratio to ensure individual management
  • Provide training opportunities at home with small group size to ensure quality training surface and focus.
  • Provide and require additional conditioning opportunities during preparation period

Both the FIS Prep and FIS Team are designed for dedicated athletes. The FIS Teams’ primary goals are to assist each athlete in the pursuit of reaching his/her athletic potential, while developing strong personal character and positive values.

SVSEF  FIS Teams train year-round. The competition season takes place from approximately mid November – mid April. On snow training takes place 6 days per week (Tues-Sun). Conditioning is required and expected  and takes place year-round. During the competition season the FIS Team conducts conditioning maintenance 1 to 2 days per week, in the spring conditioning is prescribed, and through the summer and fall organized conditioning takes place 4 days per week (Mon-Thurs).

The FIS Team offers additional on snow training camps between June and November each year. Each project has a separate cost in addition to tuition.

Staff will be comprised of a Head PG/FIS Men’s Coach, Head FIS Prep Men’s Coach, and Head FIS Women’s coach. Additional assistant coaches are added based on team size and maintaining an appropriate coach to athlete ratio at this level of programming.

FIS TEAM GOALS

The FIS Team’s primary goals are to assist each athlete in the pursuit of reaching his/her athletic potential, while developing strong personal character and positive values. The FIS Team strives to create an environment where athletes develop and demonstrate leadership, ownership, accountability, respect, responsibility, and independence. At the conclusion of an athlete’s time with the SVSEF FIS Team, it is our goal to help the athlete achieve  passion for skiing through the development of fundamentals and experiences gained through ski racing competition and training.

  • Avenues for continued participation in ski racing/skiing, whether it be collegiate, national team, or continued passion for the sport.
  • An appreciation and understanding of healthy living and an active lifestyle.
  • The ability to have success in a team environment.
  • Intangible skills (confidence, time management, leadership, ownership, accountability, respect, independence) that will help support the athlete beyond their time at SVSEF.

Ages: U16 athletes (U19 athletes subject to application)

Tuition: $5,900

Dryland Training Schedule: Please check in with head coaches for the exact times/locations of training.

USSA Team Head Coach – Chuck Harris (charris@svsef.org)


USSA TEAM OVERVIEW

The USSA alpine team is a year round training program designed to engage its athletes on a multitude of levels. Members on 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 our athletes will be engaged by a racing and training schedule that is sustained and unrelenting; during the summer months athletes will be asked to work towards developing themselves physically in order to both perform at their best and stay safe during the winter months. With the commitment to the USSA team there comes a sense of satisfaction that can ONLY be fostered through hard work and perseverance. We consider it an accomplishment for our athletes to be a part of the USSA team; it is an honor to train and compete at this level, and the rewards extend well beyond athletic achievement.

Staff will be comprised of a head program coach and assistant coaches. Staff are added based on team size and maintaining an appropriate coach to athlete ratio at this level of programming.

The primary competition race series for the USSA group is the Intermountain Cup.  This race series is based on an “open” format with U19 and U16 athletes competing at contests.

USSA TEAM GOALS

The goals of this program cover an array of aspects related to both sport and whole child development.

  • Our primary goal as a team is to provide a comprehensive athletic platform for athletes to train, and compete at their highest athletic potential.
  • We strive to foster a culture of sport and wellness for our athletes. Long beyond the days of an active racing career, we hope to create lifestyle skills that support healthy living, fitness, and positive physical engagement.
  • We aspire to cultivate, and celebrate, the core values which drive the SVSEF’s mission: Passion & Perseverance, Sportsmanship, Citizenship, Teamwork, Creativity, Character.
  • We strive to expose our athletes to the rigors and rewards of traveling and competing to locations both far and near. Alpine ski racing is defined by community and a sense of adventure. Our goal as a team is to provide age appropriate travel opportunities that reinforce the athletic, cultural, and experiential development of our athletes.
  • To create and support opportunities for our athletes to engage athlete development pipeline as determined by The Western Region and USSA.

ON-SNOW TRAINING

The competition season for the USSA team is December 1st through the Last Chance Events in April. In a typical week, the USSA group trains 6 days, Tuesday through Sunday. On-show training for the USSA team is typically 1:30-4:30 PM. In-season strength and conditioning programming is offered throughout the competition season.

DRY LAND TRAINING

The USSA team dryland training program is divided into distinct timeframes: Summer, Fall, and winter. Each “phase” comes with its own emphasis and training approach. Beginning in the 3rd week of June, the USSA program runs 4 days a week until we begin ‘on-snow’ training.

ON SNOW CAMPS

SVSEF offers a number of on snow training camp opportunities for USSA Team athletes between the months of June and November. Each project has a separate cost in addition to tuition.

Ages: 12 to 15 years old

Tuition: $4,200

Dryland training for the IMD team begins in early October. Dryland training schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, 4-5:30pm, with locations to be announced by the head coach. The team typically meets at the SV Pavilion lawn.

IMD Team Head Coach – James Tautkus (jtautkus@svsef.org)


IMD TEAM OVERVIEW

The IMD Alpine Team is a seasonal program designed to continue the age appropriate development of our athletes. The IMD group is defined by excitement, constant athletic insights, and biological maturity. This is the age range when the winter commitment moves to 5 days per week, along with a more robust competition calendar from the North Series group. Athletes on the IMD team will have the opportunity to see new places, meet new teams, and expand their friend base to include athletes from all over the Intermountain West.

This team continues the emphasis of the North Series Team on fundamentals but transitions more into racing with additional training and racing opportunities. IMD Team competes within the Intermountain Division (Idaho-Utah-Wyoming) on the U14 & U16 competition series. Races will feature both North and South regions of the Intermountain Division.  Second year U14 athletes on the IMD Team have the option to travel in vans with the team and coaches to competitions. First year athletes travel with parents to competitions. All IMD athletes have the opportunity to travel with the team to camps and regional competitions.

Staff will be comprised of a head program coach and lead coaches based on skill. Additional assistant coaches are added based on team size and maintaining an appropriate coach to athlete ratio at this level of programming.

IMD TEAM GOALS

The SVSEF IMD Team seeks to evolve each athlete’s skiing and athletic ability, their social skills, and independence.   At the completion of the IMD Team it is our goal that each athlete has:

  • Greatly improved their skiing and ski racing ability and has a solid grasp of the fundamentals of skiing.
  • Has developed an age appropriate appreciation and respect for the work and ethics of being a competitive athlete.
  • Developed confidence in his/her ability to follow the guidance of coaches while traveling.   The intent is for our athletes be able to focus on racing and to be in the optimum physical / emotional health to perform at their best.
  • Has thoroughly enjoyed and learned from their experience on this team.

A basic understanding and achievement of these goals will leave the athlete well prepared to move onto the USSA Team and to be able to thrive in the more independent and training oriented environment therein.

ON-SNOW TRAINING

December 1st to April 1st

The IMD team will focus on fundamentals and seek a relative level of mastery in basic alpine skiing skills as outlined by the SVSEF Technical statement. On-snow training will consist of fundamental skill development work, both in and out of gates. We use a multitude of training modalities in the form of drills, targeted free skiing on and off-piste, and gates to achieve this aim.

DRYLAND TRAINING

Early October until on-snow training mid-November

The IMD Team dry land program seeks to provide a basic, and comprehensive, athletic framework for our athletes. Many of the athletes participate in other sports, which is encouraged. A core mission of the IMD Team conditioning program is to incorporate sport specific movements and lay the foundation for more advanced training to come later in the athlete’s progression.

ON-SNOW CAMPS

IMD Team Athletes have opportunities to attend a host of “off season” ski camps based on team management and schedules. These projects are encouraged and have proven to be extremely valuable opportunities that further enhance the athlete’s ski racing and general preparedness for their athletic development. Each project has a separate cost in addition to tuition.

Ages: Under 14

Tuition: $3,300

Dryland Training Schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 4-5:30pm. The group typically meets at the SV Pavilion lawn or the base of Dollar Mountain. Details TBA by head coach.

Winter Training Schedule: Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, Saturday and Sunday 9am-2pm.  Select Friday’s throughout the season in preparation for events.

Head Interim Coach – Scott McGrew (scott@svsef.org)


NORTH SERIES TEAM OVERVIEW

This program’s primary focus is to work with highly motivated athletes in the age range under 14 years old targeted on their 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 will ensure our athletes progress when moving on to the next competitive team with the SVSEF progression. The core training plan of the team revolves around the North Series races held within the Intermountain Division (Idaho – Utah – Wyoming). The races in the Series are qualifiers for the IMD Championships at the end of the season. In addition to the North Series races, we will have timed training to practice real time race scenarios: inspection, mindset, visualization, and competition anxiety management. These skills transfer directly over to the athlete’s participation at the North Series competitions. The North Series Team will not race the Mini World Cup race series here in Sun Valley. We will also have skills evaluations throughout the course of the season. The USSA’s Long Term Athlete Development progressions, the SVSEF Athlete Teaching System, as well as the Skills Quest evaluation methods are used for designing and implementing appropriate training plans for the North Series athlete. Timing and video are also provided. Training will begin December 3rd and end at the end of March.

Staff will be comprised of a head program coach and lead coaches based on skill. Additional assistant coaches are added based on team size and maintaining an appropriate coach to athlete ratio at this level of programming.

NORTH SERIES TEAM GOALS

As the North Series Team introduces our young athletes to the finer points and, sometimes, a bit more serious side of ski racing, we strive to equip our racers with the tools to continue to develop their athletic ability, their independence, creativity and social skills.

By the time our athletes are ready to move to the next level, we hope to have achieved the following:

In Skiing:

  • A solid understanding of the fundamentals of skiing and ski racing.
  • An understanding of technique, tactics and mental approach to ski racing.
  • The ability to train effectively, being able to switch from having fun and socializing to focusing when necessary.

Socially:

  • The ability to respect yourself, your coaches and teammates.
  • The ability to have a lot of fun and yet be able to work hard and productively in the process.
  • To be organized, responsible and always at the ready to be helpful to your coaches, your teammates or anyone in need.

ON SNOW TRAINING

4 days per week – Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, Saturday and Sunday through the winter season.  Select Fridays will also be included in the training program as additional preparation for upcoming events.

DRYLAND TRAINING

3 days per week – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Dryland training begins the second week of October.

ON-SNOW SKI CAMPS

Spring Fundamentals Camp and a Pre-Thanksgiving Camp are offered to this team. Each project has a separate cost in addition to tuition.

Ages: 10-13 years old (U10 athletes will be considered based on participation at D Team and on coaches’ evaluations; U8 athletes are not considered eligible for the MWC team)

Tuition: $2,400

Dryland Training Schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 4-5:30pm. The group typically meets at the SV Pavilion lawn or the base of Dollar Mountain. Details TBA by head coach.

Head Mini World Cup Coach – Tor Jensen (tor@svsef.org)


MINI WORLD CUP TEAM OVERVIEW

The primary focus of this program is to introduce young athletes moving up from the D-Team (and young athletes joining SVSEF from other teams or joining their first organized program) to the technical and tactical fundamentals involved in Alpine ski racing. MWC team is designed, and staffed, by coaches who are committed to making the learning/training atmosphere fun, challenging, and relevant to the potential of the child. Learning, improving and refining basic skills and fundamentals will ensure our athletes progress when moving on to the next age class. The core training plan of the team revolves around skills acquisition both through specific drills and free skiing and the Mini World Cup Series of events. This Series races are intramural and are all held in Sun Valley.

On-snow training begins in early December and goes through the end of March.

Staff will be comprised of a head program coach and lead coaches based on skill. Additional assistant coaches are added based on team size and maintaining an appropriate coach to athlete ratio at this level of programming.

MINI WORLD CUP TEAM GOALS

As we introduce our young athletes to the intricacies of skiing and ski racing, we strive to equip them with the tools to continue developing their athletic ability, their independence, creativity and social skills.

By the time our athletes are ready to move to the next level, we hope to have achieved the following:

In Skiing:

  • The ability to ski anywhere on the mountain, in any snow condition, safely, in control and with a clear awareness and understanding of the natural surroundings.
  • A good understanding of the fundamentals of skiing and ski racing.
  • A basic understanding of technique, tactics and mental approach to ski racing and the sport in general.
  • A love for the mountains and the opportunities they offer.

Socially:

  • The ability to respect your coaches and teammates.
  • The ability to have a lot of fun and yet be able to learn to work hard and productively in the process.
  • To be organized, responsible and always ready to be helpful to your coaches and your teammates.

ON SNOW TRAINING

  • 3 days per week – Thursday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday through the end of March
  • As per USSA recommendations – approx.. 60% free skiing and 40% gate training. We will focus on free-skiing in all types of terrain and snow conditions.
  • Thanksgiving pre-season camp invitation (not included in team tuition) – five day camp
  • Christmas Camp – approximately 10 days over the holidays
  • When available and appropriate, we will utilize Dollar training

RACES – MINI WORLD CUP

This Series races are intramural and are all held in Sun Valley. They are run in a Team format (each team being a “country” – hence “Mini World Cup”). The idea is to foster and develop a “team atmosphere” in an otherwise individual sport. Teams are constructed as evenly as possible so as to foster a spirit of camaraderie and a healthy level of competition. The series consist of a Slalom weekend, a Giant Slalom weekend, a “Speed” weekend and a Skills Quest event, with “points” accumulated from each event to be tabulated at the end of the season to determine the winning team and the individual winners (just like in the “real” World Cup).

DRY LAND TRAINING

3 days per week – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 4:00-5:30.  Training will begin the second week of October and will focus on skills, games, and exercises that contribute to the overall General Physical Preparedness for athletes of this age, as well as focused “ski” specific exercises.

ON SNOW SKI CAMPS

Summer camps and Pre-Thanksgiving Camp are offered to U12 and older-aged athletes. Each project has a separate cost in addition to tuition.

Ages: 7 to 10

Tuition: $1,300

Program Start Date: November 1, 2017

Dryland Training Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 3:30-5:00 pm, Dollar Mountain & Sun Valley Outdoor Ice Rink

Winter Training Schedule: Saturday and Sunday throughout the winter season, starting with early season progression in December and finishing at the end of March. The team targets 40+ days of on snow training and instruction for the winter season.

Head Coach – Brian Caulkins (bcaulkins@svsef.org)


ALPINE DEVO OVERVIEW

Alpine Devo is the developmental ski program for the SVSEF Alpine Team; Devo is for “Baldy Proof” kids ages 7-10 who love to ski (Baldy proof indicated by athletes who can ski top to bottom, off-piste & groomed, understand safety rules and mountain etiquette).

We train all-mountain, basic skiing & racing techniques with a strong fundamental emphasis. In addition Alpine Devo is your introduction to alpine competition. The Devo program’s competition philosophy is to introduce young athletes to the joy, challenge, and skill improvement opportunities that Head to head, and obstacle based competition inspires. The Alpine Devo program is staffed with experienced, professional coaches who follow an age appropriate skills progression utilizing USSA’s program in concert with a host of internal SVSEF additional skill-building modalities.

Requirements

  • Athletes must be 7 years old by December 1, 2017.
  • Athletes must be able to ski comfortably on Baldy.
  • Athletes should be able to participate on both Saturdays and Sundays during the ski season.
  • A US Ski & Snowboard general membership

Objectives and points

  • Create strong peer relationships/group dynamics.
  • Instill respect for people, places, and property
  • Foster a respect for the mountains, the resort, and the personnel involved.
  • Build confidence to ski all types of terrain and turn shape.
  • Expose young skiers to snow sport competition.
  • Utilize NASTAR as a fun racing/training component of the Devo experience.
  • Instill young skiers with a fundamental skiing base which is critical for future snow sport success.
  • Click here for Devo Equipment List

Camps

SVSEF Devo athletes are invited to participate in our annual Pre-Thanksgiving training camp.  There is an additional fee associated with participating at the camp.

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Alpine LASAR | Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation

Ages: 5 to 10

Tuition: $250

Training Schedule: Rotarun Mountain, Croy Canyon Hailey.  The program runs every Wednesday and Friday 3:30-5:30 p.m. after school for seven weeks starting the first Friday in January and continuing through the end of February.


Program Overview:

The SVSEF LASAR program is a developmental ski program located at Rotarun Ski Mountain in Croy Canyon, Hailey. Learn-to-Alpine-Ski-And-Race (LASAR) is a program which teaches children of all levels of ability ages 5 to 11 the joys of skiing. The objectives for the program include improving their skiing technique through progressed turning, balance, and body positioning, ski racing skills, self-confidence and the ability to work in groups with professional instructors and coaches.

The SVSEF LASAR program is staffed with experienced, professional coaches who utilize the SVSEF Athlete Teaching System to deliver an exceptional experience on skis.

  • Learn to Ski and make friends along the way
  • Instill respect for people, places, and property
  • Instill young skiers with a fundamental skiing base
  • Build confidence to ski all types of terrain and turn shape
  • Introduction to improving skills by skiing around obstacles (gates)
  • Games on Skis

Requirements:

Athletes must be five years old prior to the start of the program.

  • Athletes must be willing to learn, and have fun doing it!
  • Athletes should be able to participate on both Wednesday & Friday January & February
  • Athletes should be able to ride the poma lift
  • A US Ski & Snowboard general membership license is required; purchase the general membership for only $20.  Visit USSA.org to purchase your child’s USSA membership.  USSA provides SVSEF with insurance coverage – membership is required by all participants

Ages: 5 to 9

Tuition: $200 (includes a season pass to Rotarun)

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Program Start Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Training Schedule: Training takes place at Rotarun Mountain, Croy Canyon, Hailey. The program runs every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 3:30-5:00 p.m. for six weeks starting Tuesday, January 16th and continuing through the last Tuesday in February (Feb. 27th).

Head Coach – Brian Caulkins (bcaulkins@svsef.org)

The Rota-Rippers program does not qualify for the multiple team discount offering and is not eligible for need-based financial aid, except on an individual case-by-case basis.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The SVSEF Rota-Rippers program is an entry-level ski program located at Rotarun Mountain in Croy Canyon, Hailey. Rota-Rippers is a program that teaches 5-9 year old children the joys of skiing. The objectives for the program include teaching technique through progressed turning, balance and body positioning, ski racing skills, self-confidence and the ability to work in groups with professional instructors and coaches.

The SVSEF Rota-Rippers program is staffed with experienced, professional coaches who utilize the SVSEF Athlete Teaching System to deliver an exceptional experience on skis.

  • Learn to ski and make friends along the way
  • Instill respect for people, places and property
  • Instill young skiers with a fundamental skiing base
  • Build confidence to ski all types of terrain
  • Introduction to skiing around obstacles (gates)
  • Games on skis

Requirements:

Athletes must be five years old prior to the start of the program.

  • Athletes must be willing to learn, and have fun doing it!
  • Athletes should be able to participate on both Tuesdays & Thursdays in January & February 2018.
  • Athletes should be able to ride the poma lift at Rotarun.
  • A US Ski & Snowboard general membership license is required. Purchase the general membership for only $20. Visit USSA.org to purchase your child’s USSA membership. USSA provides SVSEF with insurance coverage – membership is required by all participants.

 

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