Development

All teams are managed to optimize age appropriate progressions for maximal athletic development. If you can’t choose between Cross Country Devo or Baldy Devo; sign up for both with our Dual Devo programming. This is an opportunity that allows an athlete to participate in both teams at a discounted rate.

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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.

Tuition: $1,600
Ages: 7-10
Head coach: Brian Caulkins (view profile)
Enrollment limit: 75
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Fall Dryland: 11/2/21-11/18/22
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30pm-5pm

On-Snow: 12/4/21-3/27/22
Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-3:30pm

Camps: Holiday camps (Christmas and spring break) are included as a part of the Devo team experience, and offer specific opportunities beyond regular weekend programming. Times and dates for holiday camps are based on creating safe and appropriate practice opportunities based on crowds, practice space, and conditions.

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US Ski & Snowboard general membership ($30)

Group of Baldy Devo athletes with coach on College.

XC Devo North

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. Meet for practice at the Devo Hut, located at the Lake Creek Trailhead, just north of Ketchum.

The Devo team offers skiers the opportunity to participate in a variety of team outings in addition to regularly scheduled practices. These include; backcountry adventures, the annual Bruneau Sand Dunes trip, winter backcountry yurt trips and the Intermountain Division Youth Championships.

Tuition: $800
Grades: 2-5
** Dual devo skiers must be 2nd grade or older**
Head coach: Martha Pendl (view profile)
Enrollment limit: 65
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 8:1

Practice two days a week, 11/1/21-3/5/22
2nd & 3rd Graders: Tuesday & Thursday, 3-4:30pm
4th & 5th Graders: Monday & Wednesday, 3-4:30pm

Fall Dryland
11/1/21-12/1/21

On-Snow
12/2/21 – 3/5/22
Transition to on-snow training is dependent on snow pack; start date is variable. Practice two days a week.

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Devo participants may lease or purchase combi boots (suitable for skate and classic), skate skis, and poles, or SVSEF will provide equipment to skiers as needed.  SVSEF provides each skier with classic skis and poles for use during the season. Optional team ski jackets, training pants and ski hats are available for purchase during the season.

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

Racing is not required, however we encourage skiers & families to participate in fun, local cross country events. Older skiers have the opportunity to travel to Intermountain Youth Championships at the end of February. Additionally, we host a Devo Team Festival in early March at Lake Creek. All Devo North, Devo South, & Striders skiers & families are invited to participate in this end of season celebration and athlete recognition party.

XC Devo South

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. This program runs for three months in the winter- giving skiers an extended opportunity to practice their skiing. Devo South trains at the Quigley Nordic Center; SVSEF has a modular, which serves as an indoor meeting facility with gear storage for skiers. SVSEF coordinates after school transportation from the local public elementary schools to the training center in partnership with the Blaine County School District.

The Devo team offers skiers the opportunity to participate in a variety of team outings in addition to our regularly scheduled practices. These include; backcountry adventures, the annual Bruneau Sand Dunes trip, winter backcountry yurt trips and the Intermountain Division Youth Championships.

Tuition: $675
Grades: 2-5
Head coach: Emily Williams (view profile)
Enrollment limit: 60
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 8:1

Dates: 11/30/21 – 3/3/22

Activities are snow pack dependent,  practices may include dryland if applicable.
Training sessions two days a week.
Tuesday and Thursday 3-4:30pm.

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No experience required.  SVSEF provides skis, boots and poles for participants. Optional team ski jackets, training pants and ski hats are available for purchase during the season.

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

Racing is not required, however we encourage skiers & families to participate in fun, local cross country events. Older skiers have the opportunity to travel to Intermountain Youth Championships at the end of February. Additionally, we host a Devo Team Festival in early March at Lake Creek. All Devo North, Devo South, & Striders skiers & families are invited to participate in this end of season celebration and athlete recognition party.

Dual Devo athletes skiing the trails of northern Sun Valley.

Dual Devo North

The Dual Devo Program is designed to give our families the opportunity to participate in a four day a week program that encompasses both Baldy-based programs (ski and ride) and cross country skiing. Members of the Dual Devo team will be members of Baldy Devo and Cross Country Devo North at Lake Creek.

Tuition: $2,000
Head coaches: Brian Caulkins (alpine – view profile), Martha Pendl (XC – view profile)
Ages: Grades 2-5

Communication for each aspect of the program will come from the discipline’s head coach. For full program descriptions of each aspect, please refer to Baldy Devo and Cross Country Devo program overviews.

Dual Devo South

The Dual Devo Program is designed to give our families the opportunity to participate in a four day a week program that encompasses both Baldy-based programs (ski and ride) and cross country skiing. Members of the Dual Devo team will be members of Baldy Devo and Cross Country Devo South at Quigley Canyon.

Tuition: $1,900
Head coaches: Brian Caulkins (alpine – view profile), Emily Williams (XC – view profile)
Ages: Grades 2-5

Communication for each aspect of the program will come from the discipline’s head coach. For full program descriptions of each aspect, please refer to Baldy Devo and Cross Country Devo team overviews.

Snowboard Devo

“Devo” is short for development and that is what this program is all about! The devo program is intended for snowboarders ready to take their riding to all snowboarding venues the Wood River Valley has to offer (Baldy/Dollar/Rotarun) and for the younger rider ready to expand their skill set.

“Fun”-damentals are at the core of this program with special focus on skill and age appropriate learning. Special sessions and workshops will be added during the season to introduce specific terrain based learning i.e park jumps, rails, gates, cross racing and freestyle specific freeriding. Riders will also have access to the Air Barn to work on air awareness and basic jumping skills. The goal is to develop well-rounded riders that are up for anything that is put in front of them. We also work with riders to understand mountain etiquette, safety, reading conditions, as well as, the geography of the mountains we ride. 

The SVSEF Snowboard Devo program is staffed with professional coaches, whose passion is to share their love of snowboarding with these Devo athletes. 

Tuition: $1,600
Ages: Grade 2-6
Head coach: JaNessa Gilbert
Limit: 15
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Winter Training: December 11, 2021 – April 3, 2022
Saturday and Sunday, Afternoon Training, 3 to 4 hour sessions.

Additional training opportunities include: special sessions in-season & school breaks.

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U.S. Ski and Snowboard General Membership ($30)