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 offers year round training and racing opportunities for high school graduates, and anyone seeking to further their ski racing career with a year of sport focus. Post Grad athletes meet for 5-7 supervised team sessions per week, starting in early summer and continuing through the end of the race season in early spring. Training and travel is sometimes combined with our Gold and Comp programs. Training sessions are mostly conducted in the morning. Team members may participate in an array of training camps and competition opportunities; sometimes International in addition to the daily training regime.

Tuition: $6,200
Ages: 17+
Head coach: Paul Smith (view profile)
Enrollment limit: 8
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 10:1

Interested participants should contact head coach, Paul Smith for an upcoming detailed annual calendar of important dates, training camps, and race trips.

The daily training schedule revolves around 4-5 morning sessions, 1-2 afternoon sessions, and 1-2 off days per week. The training and racing focus for this team is developmental while also introducing higher-end aspects of the sport.

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Post Grads are required to have an age appropriate US Ski And Snowboard license in addition to the base tuition fees. PG Athletes should have a base level of competency on rollerskis in order to negotiate moderately challenging terrain. In addition to comfort on rollerskis, athletes are required to have a base fitness level required of the sport and some regional ski racing experience from their respective home. Interested skiers should contact head coach Paul Smith to see if the PG program is the right fit.

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

XC Comp

The Comp team offers year round training and race opportunities for high school skiers.   Comp team athletes have both dryland and on-snow training opportunities, with the additional option of 2-3 training camps per year. The Comp team conducts the majority of their on-snow team sessions at the Lake Creek Training Center north of Ketchum, with sessions starting the first week of May and extending through March.

Tuition: $6,200
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.

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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.

Cross Country Competition of skiers

XC Prep Progression

The Prep Progression team meets 4 sessions per week during the winter in association with regular Prep Team practices. Most practices are held at the Lake Creek Training Center, where skiers are assigned a storage locker. 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 (U14 and older) 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. Questions should be directed to kelley@svsef.org.

 

Tuition: $2,600
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 4:30-6pm
  • Thursdays (with Prep) 4:30-6pm

Fall Dryland:
Begins – 10/18/21
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.

Training sessions four days a week.

Monday, Wednesday 4-5:30pm, Friday 4-6 pm to include indoor strength and waxing (with Prep Team), and Saturdays when competitions don’t conflict (times vary).

On-snow season ends 3/16/22.

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 3 sessions per week, with most practices held at the Lake Creek Training Center. Training includes 1 day a week summer dryland team sessions, in addition to 3 days per week 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. Transportation questions should be directed to kelley@svsef.org.

 

Tuition: $2,200
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. We teach an introduction to both classic and skate skiing techniques. SVSEF provides after school transport from Bellevue ES, Alturas ES, Syringa School, and Hailey ES to training.

All Striders athletes will be provided with ski equipment (skis, boots, poles) 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: $200
Grades: 1-5
Head coach: Emily Williams (view profile)
Enrollment limit: 40
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 7:1

Dates: 1/31/22 – 3/2/22
Training sessions two days a week.
Monday and Wednesday 3-4:30pm

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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.