Cross Country Teams

The SVSEF cross country program develops cross country ski skills across all age groups and abilities levels. We offer programs all over the Wood River Valley.

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XC Gold

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. Composed of a group of the nation’s best post-collegiate athletes, the Gold Team trains year round in the mountains of Idaho, training sites across the US and venues around the world.

Ages: 18+

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XC Post Grad

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

Tuition: $5,900
Ages: 18+
Head coach: Paul Smith (view profile)
Enrollment limit: 8
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 10:1

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

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

XC Comp

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

Tuition: $5,900
Grades: 9-12
Head coach: Ashley Knox (view profile)
Enrollment limit: 45
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 8:1

Summer dryland:
Training sessions four to five days a week.

Fall dryland:
Training sessions four to six days a week.

On-snow training:
Training sessions four to six days a week.

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

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

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XC Prep Progression

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

Due to COVID considerations, transportation is TBD for the 20/21 season.

Tuition: $2,225
Ages: U14-U16 experienced skiers. Athletes are accepted into the program based on coach approval.
Head coach: Kelley Yeates (view profile)
Enrollment limit: 10
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 10:1

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

Summer Dryland:
June – August exact dates TBD
Training sessions two days a week plus optional access to Monday Comp Team strength sessions

  • Tuesdays 8:30-10:30am
  • Thursdays (with Prep) 4:30-6pm

Fall Dryland:
Begins – 10/19/20
Training sessions four days a week (Mon/Wed/Fri with Prep Team, Saturday Prep Progression sessions). Also optional 1 day/week morning strength with Comp Team.

On-Snow:
Transition to on-snow training is dependent on snow pack; start date is variable.
On-snow season ends 3/19/21

Training sessions four days a week.

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

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

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

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

XC Prep

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

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

Due to COVID considerations, transportation is TBD for the 20/21 season.

Tuition: $1,925
Grades: 6-8
Head coach: Kelley Yeates (view profile)
Enrollment limit: 55
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 10:1

Summer Dryland
June- August exact dates TBD.
Training sessions one day a week.
Thursdays, 4:30-6pm.

Fall Dryland
Begins 10/19/20.
Training sessions three days a week.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4-5:30pm

On-Snow
Transition to on-snow training is dependent on snow pack; start date is variable.
On-snow season ends 3/19/21.
Training sessions three days a week.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4-6pm.

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

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

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

XC Devo

No prior experience is required to join. The Cross Country Devo team takes new skiers from the first steps of learning how to put on their skis to competency in both skate and classic ski techniques, and builds on existing skills for those who already have ski experience.

Grades: 2-5

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XC Striders

No prior experience is required to join. Striders is an introductory learn-to-cross-country-ski program for South Valley elementary age skiers, grades 1 through 5. This is a great opportunity for young skiers to learn the basics of ski sport. The Striders program runs for a much shorter duration than Devo South, it is only five weeks long at Quigley Nordic Center, from mid January through mid February. SVSEF provides after school transport from Bellevue ES, Alturas ES, Syringa School, and Hailey ES to training.

Due to COVID considerations, transportation is TBD for the 20/21 season.

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.

Tuition: $185
Grades: 1-5
Head coach: Emily Williams (view profile)
Enrollment limit: 40
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 7:1

Dates TBD (on-snow).
Training sessions two days a week.
Monday and Wednesday 3-4:30pm

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

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

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