Week(s) in Review: April 3

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Channing Curci, coach Andy Gilbert and Maddie Hothem prep for snowboard halfpipe at USASA Nationals at Copper
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USASA Nationals, Copper, March 31-April 4

SVSEF started off the week with Jack Verhaeghe competing in GS for Breaker Boys (12-13); he finished 16th overall.
Boys competed in slalom, and girls in halfpipe. For Breaker Boys, Jack Verhaeghe finished 19th. Nico Lerner took 12th for Menehune Boys (10-11). In the halfpipe, Olive Gilbert rode to 26th for Breaker Girls. Channing Curci and Maddie Hothem went eight and nine for Youth (14-15).
Jack Verhaeghe had a great day in the Breaker Boys (12-13) boardercross, riding confidently and smoothly; he advanced all the way to the semifinals in the biggest field of the entire event. Unfortunately, he just missed the transfer by one spot in third (top two advance). It was still his best ever finish in BX at Nationals – he was sixth for his age group.
Nico Lerner also made it to semifinals for Menehune Boys; he was riding with the spice and ready to race. There were some great heats on the way, and again in semifinals our SVSEF rider just missed moving on. Nico finished second in the consolation round, landing him in sixth place.
Caleb Hothem 21st
Sebastian (Sea Bass) Lerner 39th
The ladies competed in slopestyle, and Channing Curci pulled down another top ten finish in eighth place. After a bobbled first run, she dusted off and had a full pull on her second go.
Olive Gilbert had a good first run, landing all her jumps and adding a backside 180 on one of the rail features – she ended up in 33rd in one of the biggest fields of the event.
Day four had the boys at slopestyle and the ladies in boardercross. Zoe Bacca rode strategically, making it through heats and into finals; she took the overall victory for the day and was named a national champion. Olive Gilbert, Maddie Hothem and Channing Curci also competed. Maddie made it into semifinals.
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Junior World Championships

Payton Bacca represented SVSEF at Junior World Championships for snowboardcross in Austria. She was 45th in the qualifier, in a field of athletes who represented 22 different countries. This was a unique opportunity for Payton to dip her toes in more international competition, having worked hard all season, competing at NorAm and FIS competitions.
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FIS WR Open Tech, Northstar, March 19-22

SVSEF FIS athletes recently headed to California to compete in tech races at Northstar. Carly Walther-Porino had two 14th place finishes, in the slalom and giant slalom. Lizzy Vanderkloot’s best result was in the same slalom race, in which she finished 13th. Sage Curtis’ top finish was 14th in the 3/20 giant slalom. Falon Hanna was 26th in the 3/21 slalom. For men, Cassell Lefevre skied to 15th in the 3/19 giant slalom, Charlie Synder did well in the slalom races, finishing seventh on 3/22 and 14th on 3/21. Finn Mallinen’s best result was 22nd in the 3/22 slalom. Buey Grossman was 34th in the 3/20 giant slalom.
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Paige DeHart with the win
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IMD, U14 WR Jr Champs, Big Sky, March 21-24

IMD athletes competed at Big Sky for U14 Western Region Junior Championships. Said Head Coach James Tautkus, “we are very proud of these athletes. They set lofty goals this year. Some achieved, some barely missed, and in Big Sky we mostly took advantage of a great opportunity to learn, grow, and build on experience for the year and years to come. Our depth on the IMD alpine team has great potential. Nothing comes easy, especially in ski racing, and I think these results prove that we are doing a good job preparing our athletes for the challenges ahead in this sport and in life.”
SVSEF had nine U14 athletes in attendance. Based on their results during this series, Paige DeHart qualified for U16 Nationals – she is the only female athlete from the Western Region to do so – and Maya Lightner qualified for Whistler Cup.

  1. Paige DeHart 1 SG, 1 GS, 1 SL, 4 Skills Quest
  2. Maya Lightner 7 SG, 7 GS, 4 SL, 22 Skills Quest
  3. Lowie Watkins 31 SG, 35 GS, 32 SL, 56 Skills Quest
  4. Ruby Crist 17 SG, DNF GS, 33 SL, 39 Skills Quest
  5. Cole Curci 7 SG, 9 GS, 17 SL, 3 Skills Quest
  6. Tommy Normand 51 SG, 46, GS, 43 SL, 58 Skills Quest
  7. Will Kogelmann 35 SG, DNF GS, 26 SL, 39 Skills Quest
  8. Drew Kogelman 27 SG, 22 GS, 34 SL, 29 Skills Quest
  9. Sacha Stern-Pre 43 SG, 32 GS, 31 SL, 31 Skills Quest

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Agnes Kind in first in the women's U16 GS
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USSA, Tri-Divisional Champs, Jackson, March 21-24

SVSEF brought 15 athletes to Jackson to compete at Tri-Divisional Championships, a series which included athletes from the Intermountain Division, Alaska and theNorthern Division (Montana). All of these athletes qualified to compete in these races.
Agnes Kind swept the weekend, winning Friday's SG race, Saturday’s slalom and Sunday’s GS. Reece Walther-Porino started 62nd and finished 19th overall (5th for U14s) and Faith Cooke was 8th for U14s in the SG. All of the girls had some great improvements from Thursday's training run. Brigette Normand was 10th for U14s (27th overall) in the slalom. In the GS, Natalie Gowe finished third for U14s, Reece Walther Porino fourth, Eden Grace Gardner seventh, Asia Angel 10th and Scarlet Rixon 11th.
Scarlet Rixon also won the hard charger award moving from 73th to 28th overall.
On the men's side, Taylor Rixon finished 8th overall in the SG (7th for U16s), despite a hiccup out of the start. Robbie Cullen was 15th overall (12th for U16s). Zephyr Carruth finished eighth for U14s (26th overall), Owen Walker finished 14th for U14s (33rd overall) and Abel Marx, who started 99th for the men, moved up to 27th place overall, finishing ninth for U14s. In the slalom race, Taylor Rixon skied to fifth for U16s and Robbie Cullen 10th for U16s. Bodin Lee was 10th for U14s (23rd Overall). In Sunday’s race, Taylor Rixon finished ninth for U16s.

North Series, IMD Finals, Snowbird, March 23-24

North Series took a handful of athletes to Snowbird for IMD Finals. Caroline Wright was second for U8/U10 in the giant slalom. Sophia Miller was 17th for U14 girls. In the boy’s giant slalom, Charlie Reid had a solid race, finishing fifth. Adam Wright was 15th for U12 boys. In a field of 43 U14/U16 boys, Bryce Kanowsky was 13th, James Wright 21st and Henry Wright 27th. In the slalom, Charlie Reid was 11th for U8/U10, Adam Wright sixth for U12 and Henry Wright 16th for U14/U16.

FIS, NorAm Finals, Sugarloaf, March 18-21

Jack Smith has been competing on the East Coast, first at NorAm Finals, and then at Nationals and Junior Nationals. At NorAm Finals, he competed in both tech and speed events. He was 33rd in the first downhill, 39th in the first super G, 25th in the alpine combined and 34th in the second super G at Sugarloaf.  Bennett Snyder competed in the speed events at NorAm Finals as well; he was 55th in the first downhill and 53rd in the next, 58th in the super G and 37th in alpine combined.

FIS, Alpine National Championships, Waterville, March 24-26

Five male athletes and one female skier represented SVSEF at Alpine Nationals. Alum Kipling Weisel also competed. In the slalom, Kipling was 11th, Jack Smith 41st and Bennett Snyder 50th. In the GS, Kipling was 12th, Jack Smith 18th, alum Spencer Wright 48th, Max Noddings 54th and Bennett Snyder 62nd. Erin Smith alsohad a great couple days of racing; she was 22nd in the ladies’ slalom field of 74 of the top U.S. athletes, and 36th in the giant slalom.

FIS, Alpine Junior National Championships, March 27-March 29

The same five male skiers competed at Junior Nationals. Erin Smith and Lizzy Vanderkloot were SVSEF’s female racers who qualified and attended. Erin Smith was 25th in the giant slalom and did not finish her first run in the slalom. Lizzy did not finish her first run in the giant slalom, and was 30th in the slalom.
Jack Smith finished 12th in the men’s giant slalom. Alum Spencer Wright was 30th in the giant slalom. Max Noddings skied to 36th, Bridger Harrison 42nd, Black Bathum 66th and Bennett Snyder 77th. In the slalom, Blake Bathum was 24th and Max Noddings 32nd.

U14 Vail Divisional Project, Vail, March 28-31

Lowie Watkins, Ruby Crist, Faith Cooke and Will Kogelmann were invited to attend a U14 divisional project, part of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard pipeline. This was an opportunity for athletes to score points, and also to race out of the region for the first time. “It’s a new experience for the Intermountain Division, as it's the first time IMD has taken a team to this event,” said Alpine Program Director Will Brandenburg. “It was one of the more challenging GS venues they’ve raced on, so it was a really great learning experience for their development.”

U16 Nationals, Breckenridge, March 31-April 4

Ryder Sarchett started Nationals off right with the win in the men’s slalom. This was a repeat of last year, when he was also the national champion in slalom; back-to-back victories is an impressive feat. Nathan Gowe was 28th overall for men. In the women’s race, Dasha Romanov finished sixth, Marit Kaiser 14th and Jessica Blackburn 21st (third for first year U16s). Paige DeHart was the top U14 and 23rd overall.
In the giant slalom, Dasha made the national podium in second. Jessica was 11th, and again was the third 2004. Notably, she was fifth on the second run. Marit finished 15th and Paige 24th, again the top U14. For men, Nathan was 38th, Nils Galloway 48th and Ryder did not finish.
Athletes competed in Skills Quest on April 2, and finish the series with super G today.
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IMD athletes on their backcountry ski
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IMD Backcountry Day

Lindsay Mann and Sun Valley Guides led a group of six alpine IMD skiers into the backcountry for a day of touring. They ventured into the Pioneers, skiing the ridgeline that parallels Hyndman Creek Road. The skinning conditions were tricky earlier in the day, which forced the group to switch to boot packing on their first lap. They covered 1600 vertical feet in their ascent, and the same for their descent. “All of the athletes had great attitudes and really embraced the team mentality of backcountry skiing,” noted Mountain Awareness Coordinator and USSA coach Lindsay Mann.
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The scene post-race at the Gary Black Jr. Memorial
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Gary Black Jr. Memorial Race

SVSEF hosted the annual Gary Black Jr. Memorial Race, named in honor of the late Gary Black Jr., a stalwart supporter of SVSEF and skiing culture. The race drew 110 athletes U14 and under, and skiers competed in a dual panel slalom on Greyhawk. “It was really fun and a great way to end the season,” said Alpine Program Coordinator and North Series Assistant Coach Josie Brownell. “We saw some amazing costumes and some fantastic skiing. It was a really energized group. Heather Black attended and said a few words in memory of her late husband, Gary Black Jr., for whom the race is named. Heather and Alpine Program Director Will Brandenburg helped announce and hand out awards from the race; it was a nice way to wrap up the season.”
Overall winners were Owen Walker and Eden Gardner.
Top 5 overall for age groups:
U14 boys: Owen Walker-1, Henry Wright-2, Bryce Kanowsky-3
U12 boys: Paxton Sammis-1, Jay Blackburn-2, Graham Stafford-3, Santiago Rico-4, Zane Oliver-5
U10 boys: Tommy Hovey-1, Walker Woodring-2, Huxley Flood-3, Wyatt Limburg-4, Will Lamoureux-5
U8 boys: Cash Mintz-1, Harry Woodring-2, Caleb Covington-3, Aiden Safley-4, Sam Robins-5
U14 girls: Eden Gardner-1, Natalie Gowe-2, Madda Mourier-Floyd-3, Scarlett Rixon-4, Bridgette Normand-5
U12 girls: Taylor Hovey-1, Josie Sarchett-2, Rowan Desler-3, Claire Buchwalter-4, Scarlet Pringle-5
U10 girls: Leila McGrew-1, Hadley Walker-2, Lily Larrabee-3, Skyler Jensen-4, Ruby Thurston-5
U8 girls: Lauren Larrabee-1, Savannah Pringle-2, Olivia Harrington-3, Eva Questad-4, Taylor Rundell-5
Billy Klein Award - U12 Boy: Paxton Sammis
Bonnie Russel Trophy - U14 Girl: Eden Gardner
Kathleen Harriman Mortimer - U12 Girl: Taylor Hovey
Smith Goggle Award - U14 Boy: Owen Walker
Gretchen Fraser Award - U10 Girl: Leila McGrew
Pete Patterson Award - U10 Boy: Tommy Hovey
Roy Hobson Award Women: Eden Gardner
Roy Hobson Award Men: Owen Walker
Brian Caulkins, Tor Jensen and Adele Savaria head coaches for Baldy Devo/LASAR, Mini World Cup and North Series, respectively, announced their end of season awards, listed below.
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MWC Awards:

Coaches Award Boy: Sawyer Morgan
Coaches Award Girl: Ruby Thurston
Outstanding Skier Boy: Walker Woodring
Outstanding Skier Girl: Alaska Sewell
MWC Most Improved Boy: Carson Bauer
MWC Most Improved Girl: Caroline Wright
MWC Women: Hadley Walker
MWC Men: Tommy Hovey
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North Series Awards:

Most Improved Boy: Adam Wright
Most Improved Girl: Claire Buchwalter
Coaches Award Boy: Simon Morgan
Coaches Award Girl: Rowan Desler
Most Inspirational Boy: Tucker Smith
Most Inspirational Girl: Ella Shaughnessy
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Baldy Devo Awards:

Coaches Award Boy: Zane Oliver, Henry Flynn
Coaches Award Girl: Issy Rosselini, Elle Deckard
Most Improved Boy: Octavio Hurtado, Finn Marlow
Most Improved Girl: Margaret Fisher, Amelie Ries
Cheeso Award Boy: Hank Greener
Cheeso Award Girl: Aviella Buoncristiani
Howard Dean Award Boy: Declan O’Toole
Howard Dean Award Girl: Savannah Pringle
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Peter Holmes, Kevin Bolger and Johnny Hagenbuch in Quebec
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World Cup Finals, Quebec, March 22-24

Gold Team skiers Kevin Bolger and Peter Holmes competed at World Cup Finals, held in Quebec. Kevin finished 44th in the pursuit and classic and 41st in the sprint, while Peter Holmes was 70th in the pursuit, 73rd in classic and 65th in the freestyle sprint. Comp team skier Johnny Hagenbuch was also in Quebec for a junior event on Saturday; he finished sixth in the 10km classic mass start race in a field of 61 skiers. This was the first event of its kind at World Cup Finals, and it sought to highlight top junior racers from across the country.
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SuperTour Finals, Presque Isle, March 29-April 2

Gold Team skiers, along with Johnny Hagenbuch (Comp) and Daniel Fischer (PG) traveled to the remote northeastern corner of Maine for SuperTour Finals to wrap up the competitive season. The event kicked off with a freestyle sprint. Kevin Bolger and Peter Holmes moved onto heats from qualifiers, with Kevin ultimately finishing fourth in finals and Peter 22nd. Johnny Hagenbuch made heats, qualifying 27th and finishing 28th. Daniel Fischer was 38th and Adam Luban 46th in qualifiers. For women, Cate Brams finished 26th overall (qualified 24th), Katie Feldman was 27th (qualified 26th), and Maddie Morgan was 30th in the qualifier.
A classic mass start followed, with men skiing 15km and women 10km. Kevin finished seventh, Peter 15th, Johnny 26th, Adam 31st and Daniel 48th. Katie was 22nd for women, Cate 23rd and Maddie 36th.
Teams competed in 4x5km mixed relays – SVSEF's team of Cate, Peter, Katie and Kevin finished sixth overall.
In the final day of racing, men skied a 50km freestyle mass start, and women skied 20km. Kevin finished 18th, Peter 23rd, Adam 27th and Daniel 35th. Katie was 21st for women and Cate 23rd.
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Kevin Bolger in SuperTour Final sprint heats
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Upcoming: USASA Nationals, Copper, April 5-10

SVSEF freeskiers leave for USASA Nationals, which follow on the tails of snowboard Nationals. Here's a preview from SVSEF skier Johannes Liaboe:
1. What event are you most looking forward to?
I’m really looking forward to the slopestyle and skier cross competitions. Slopestyle is not my strong suit (Yet) but it is a lot of fun.
2. How have you been preparing for Nationals?

I've been skiing with the team, but I am just pushing myself a smudge harder. I am still having fun and not getting too stressed out.
3. Are there any specific tricks you've been working on for Nationals?
I’m trying to learn cork 360s before, because it is a trick that looks easy but is actually very complicated because of the weird axis that you spin on.
4. Any goals for the week?
Just have fun and do my best – I know that I won’t win the slopestyle but I would like to show what I can do.
5. How do you keep calm and focused at big events like these?
I’m not really sure because I have never been to a high level competition for any form of skiing.
6. What makes freeskiing fun?
Freeskiing is fun for a lot of reasons, but I think that it comes down to two main reasons. The environment and the feeling you get after doing something new. Everyone on the team has an insane amount of energy and no one gets down when they can’t land a certain trick because they know that they will get it the next run.


2019 Gary Black Jr. Memorial Results

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Athlete of the Week: March 22

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SVSEF provides ski and snowboard programming to nearly 700 athletes in the Wood River Valley. Athlete of the Week is an opportunity to highlight individuals who embody the values championed by this organization; sportsmanship, citizenship, character, teamwork, creativity, passion and perseverance. 

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Luke Rizzo, 18, Freestyle Travel

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Luke is one of our graduating seniors who has grown up through SVSEF. He has continued to pursue his passion for skiing; from devo to alpine to freestyle, his love for the sport resonates throughout his training. This past year came with many challenges coming off of an extremely successful competition season the year before. Luke was faced with a difficult situation of juggling his scholastics and intense training/competition schedule. He finished the season with some impressive results, placing 18th at Junior Nationals and 25th at US National Championships. We're really proud of Luke, his hard work and dedication, and what he's accomplished this season
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Photo by Hillary Maybery
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Anika Vandenburgh, 13, Cross Country Prep Pro

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Anika is a kind and spirited young lady who motivates her peers by setting an example. She’s small but mighty; when she puts her mind to something, she really commits to it, and always with a positive attitude.
A few weeks ago, she competed at Western States at Soldier Hollow. Although she is a U14, she decided to race as a U16 – she wanted a challenge and she wanted to see what she could do. That in and of itself was an accomplishment. Not only did Anika make this decision, but she rose to the challenge, and she did it with energy and grit as she always does. Post-race, having stuck with girls who were heads taller, she was ready to do it again. Anika has a go-after-it, positive attitude that her teammates really feed from, and it’s really cool to see.
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Thomas DeKlotz, 15, Freeski Travel Team

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Thomas makes skiing fun with his great attitude. In recent weeks He has really started pushing himself and gaining a lot of confidence and it really shows in his skiing. Thomas continues to learn new tricks on the daily with smooth style and perfection. Keep up the good work and send it.
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SVSEF Skiers Qualify for U16, Junior and National Championships

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Six SVSEF athletes have qualified for U16 Nationals, nine have made the cut for Junior Alpine Championships, and seven have been selected to compete at U.S. Alpine Championships.

"It's an exceptional group of individuals who have worked very hard this season to qualify for these events. Participating in national-level events takes a lot of hard work and dedication; we're excited to see what this experience has in store for all of them," remarked SVSEF Alpine Program Director Will Brandenburg.

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U16 Nationals:

Ryder Sarchett, Nathan Gowe, Nils Galloway, Dasha Romanov, Marit Kaiser, Jessica Blackburn

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Junior Nationals:

Erin Smith, Lily Fitzgerald, Falon Hanna, Elizabeth Vanderkloot, Jack Smith, Bennett Snyder, Bridger Harrison, Blake Bathum, Max Noddings

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U.S. Alpine Championships:

Erin Smith, Lily Fitzgerald, Jack Smith, Bennett Snyder, Bridger Harrison, Blake Bathum, Max Noddings

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Ryder Sarchett
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Dasha Romanov
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Nathan Gowe
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Marit Kaiser
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Nils Galloway
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Jessica Blackburn
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Elizabeth Vanderkloot
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Falon Hanna
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Lily Fitzgerald
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Jack Smith
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Erin Smith
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Max Noddings
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Bennett Snyder

Week in Review: March 14

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Freestyle Travel, Junior Nationals, Snowbird

Five SVSEF athletes qualified for and competed at Freestyle Junior Nationals, held at Snowbird in Utah. Sammy Smith, Luke Rizzo, Rainey Wilson, Tillie Babcock, Erik Babcock represented the organization in a singles event and duals. In low visibility conditions, Sammy Smith finished fourth in the women’s qualifying run, giving her the green light for finals. Rainey Wilson finished 57th and Tillie Babcock 58th. Luke Rizzo qualified in 19th place for men, and Erik Babcock finished 53rd for qualifiers. In singles finals, Sammy Smith finished fifth in the country. She was fourth in duals overall. Luke Rizzo skied to 18th in finals for singles.
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IFSA National and Regional Events

The Big Mountain team competed at three different venues last weekend. Five athletes competed at the Crested Butte National; Molly Kucher had a great event, finishing sixth for women 15-18. Joe Goitiandia was the top SVSEF skier for men in 26th. Bode Skillern was 39th, Thor Jaramillo 42nd and Alex Austin 44th.
Three skiers competed at the Brundage Regional. Axel Diehl skied a nice first run, putting him in second for that round and 5th overall. Owen Miller was seventh and Michael Nannini 11th.
Brian Heekins, Sunny Pratt and Will Price represented SVSEF at the Big Sky Regional. Brian finished 15th, Will eighth and Sunny seventh for women.
Crested Butte results
Brundage Regional results
Big Sky Regional results
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Prep & Comp, Western Club Championships, Soldier Hollow

It was a great weekend in Heber, Utah, for the Western Club Championships. Saturday was a classic 5km in the AM and team skate sprint in the afternoon. Eight SVSEF racers competed.
Eva Grover and Quinn Closser put together some solid results, going 1-2 in the distance and racing to third as a team in the relay. Anika Vandenburgh and Gretel Huss skied to second in their qualifier just seconds behind Eva and Quinn. They made the finals and ended up sixth.

Nathan Smoller was third in the distance (U20s, 6th overall)  and he and Alex Shafer made it to the finals in the relay placing fifth. Alex was sixth in the individual 5km for U16 boys. In the U16 girls individual race, Gretel Huss was eighth, Svea Leidecker 11th, Anika Vandenburgh 12th and Gina Greenberg 19th.

Sunday was a pursuit race. Eva Grover again took the win for U18/20 women, and Quinn Closser was third. Nathan Smoller finished fourth for U18/20 men, and Alex Shafer was sixth in the U16 boys race. SVSEF skiers Gretel Huss, Anika Vandenburgh, Svea Leidecker and Gina Greenberg finished eighth, ninth, tenth and 17th, respectively.
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Prep, Comp & PG, Junior Nationals, Anchorage

from Program Director Rick Kapala

Junior National races are being hosted by the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage on the extensive trail system at Kincaid Park.


Monday's race was a freestyle 5km for all age classes of women (U16,U18, U20) and 5km for U16 Boys. U18 and U20 boys raced a 10km. The course was rolling with lots of quick transitions and offered our skiers a different feeling course than the big climbs common to our Intermountain courses. Conditions were fast on older transformed snow and the kids all said they really liked the course after the race. Johnny posted the second fastest time of the day among all boys, being bested only by Gus Schumacher of Alaska. Johnny and Gus skied together on the winning USA relay team at World Junior Championships. Johnny, who started on the course three minutes in front of Gus, said, “ I knew I had to take it out hard and try to get a gap because Gus finishes really fast." Johnny had a slim lead over Gus with two kilometers to go, but true to form, Gus was able to claw back the time needed to slip by Johnny in the final stretches of the course. It was a really good race for Johnny no matter how you cut it.

Overall, the Sun Valley kids had a good start to the week, with eight different skiers earning top 10 in the US, led by Johnny Hagenbuch’s national championship in the U18 Boys. Johnny was joined on the podium for U20 Scott Schulz, who took second, and Scott was joined in the U20 men's field by Adam Witkowski, who posted a ninth place finish. Also posting top 10s were Sammy Smith in fourth, Anja Grover in ninth and Logan Smith 10th for three SV gals in the top ten of the U16 girls. Sophia Mazzoni earned a top 10 with an eighth in the U18 women and Bjorn Halvorsen earned his first top ten medal with a ninth in the U16 boys.


Wednesday featured a classic individual sprint on a 1.4km course, with a really steep climb at the midway point followed by a high-speed plunging downhill and tight turn into the finish stretch.  The days format was as follows: all skiers complete one all-out effort qualifying lap of the sprint course to try and post a top 30 time to get into the heats of their respective age classes. Once into the heats, the skiers are divided into five quarterfinals with six skiers per heat; the top two from each heat advance to the semifinals, along with the next two fastest skiers. Then the fastest two skiers from each semi advance along with the two fastest skiers to the finals.

Sun Valley skiers had an exceptional day in the sprint qualifier with a best ever 13 skiers making it into the afternoon heats. Leading the way for Sun Valley were Sophia Mazzoni (U18) and Logan Smith (U16) who both posted the fastest qualifying times in their age classes, along with Lily Brunelle (U20) who posted a second fastest qualifier for her class. The other SVSEF skiers who qualified for the heats included, on the girls side, Samantha Smith (U16), Sarah Morgan and Anja Jensen for U18 women, and Heidi Booher for U20 women. The boys who qualified for the heats included Scott Schulz, Adam Witkowski and Eli Eppolito (U20 men), Johnny Hagenbuch and Haydn Halvorsen (U18 men) and Bjorn Halvorsen, U16 men.

The afternoon brought challenging conditions as the course deteriorated into sugary deep snow, which made for tough climbing and tricky downhills. The Sun Valley kids though managed the conditions well, with again eight different SVSEF skiers posting top tens. Leading the way was Logan Smith who earned a national championship in the U16 Girls race. Logan successfully defended the sprint championship she won last year at the 2018 Junior Nationals held at Soldier Hollow. Joining her with podium finishes were Sarah Morgan who has the best the result of her season with a silver medal in the U18 women, and Johnny Hagenbuch, who returned to the podium for a second time with a third place in the U18 boys. Also earning top tens for our community were Scott Schulz in fourth and Adam Witkowski seventh in the U20 boys, Bjorn Halvorsen eighth in the U16 boys,  Lily Brunelle fifth for U20 women and Samantha Smith fourth for U16 gals. This was Sammy's second race finishing fourth, and it’s a really solid week so far as she is actually a U14 (13 years old) who is racing up into the U16 age class. She also just competed at Freestyle Junior Nationals held at Snowbird, Utah, immediately before the start of Cross Country Junior Nationals.

Also skiing at the Championships for Sun Valley are Ted Yewer and Sebi Radl Jones (U18 boys), Luci Ludwig (U16 girls) and Tia Vontver, Jenna Nurge and Ella Wolter (U18 girls) to round out the 20 SVSEF skiers who are in attendance.

Next up is Friday’s mass start distance classic races with 5km for U16 boys and girls, 10km for U18 boys and U18 and U20 girls and 15km for U20 boys.



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SVSEF is hosting the 2019 U16 Western Region Junior Championships, which are currently underway. Find the schedule and learn more about the event here.

In the first day of competition, SVSEF put six out of 14 athletes competing in the top 10. Four SVSEF women were top 10 in the super G race, and two SVSEF men made the cut.

FIS, NorAm Finals, Burke

SVSEF's Jack Smith is competing at NorAm finals at Burke Mountain in Vermont. He has finished first for U19s in both GS events, and moved up from bib 87 to 25. Alum Kipling Weisel is also competing; he finished 11th in the second GS and 27th in the March 14 slalom.


FIS, Western Region Junior Championships, Alpine Meadows

Competition is currently underway for the Western Region Junior Champs. In the men’s giant slalom on Tuesday, March 12, Max Noddings was the top skier in seventh for SVSEF. Bridger Harrison was next in 11th, and Blake Bathum joined them for top-20 in 16th. The women raced slalom the same day. Lily Fitzgerald made the podium, skiing to second behind PNSA’s Katie Holm. The men raced GS again the next day; Blake Bathum was SVSEF’s top finisher in eighth. In the women’s slalom, Lily Fitzgerald was fifth and Allie Rathfon 19th. In their third GS race, Max Noddings was 10th, Bridger Harrison 11th and Blake Bathum 13th.


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Chase Josey

In his last competition for the season, SVSEF alum and 2018 Olympian Chase Josey competed at the Mammoth Grand Prix. He finished just off the podium in fourth, behind Yuto Totsuka (Japan), Patrick Burgener (Switzerland) and Derek Livingston (Canada).

NCAA Championships

Alum Miles Havlick joined the Utah Utes last year as their cross country ski coach; he recently led his team to victory at NCAA Championships, held this year in Stowe, Vermont. There were several SVSEF alumni competing at the event for their respective teams. Casey Wright (Australian, former PG) was 10th in the women’s 5km skate, Sarah Goble (former PG) was 20th, and Annika Landis finished 36th. In the men’s 10km skate, Peter Wolter had a good race, finishing 15th overall. Braden Becker (PG) was 29th, Sam Wood (PG) 33rd and Eli Jensen 36th. In the distance classic, Sarah Goble was 19th for women in the 15km, Casey Wright 21st and Annika Landis 25th. Braden Becker skied to 18th in the men’s 20km, Eli Jensen was just behind him in 19th, Peter Wolter finished 30th and Sam Wood 35th.


Athlete of the Week: March 8

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SVSEF provides ski and snowboard programming to nearly 700 athletes in the Wood River Valley. Athlete of the Week is an opportunity to highlight individuals who embody the values championed by this organization; sportsmanship, citizenship, character, teamwork, creativity, passion and perseverance. 

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Olive Gilbert, 13, Snowboard Travel

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Margaret Fisher, 9, Baldy Devo

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Brian Heekin, 16, Big Mountain

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Our Athlete of the Week is Brian Heekin. He really surprised me at Targhee. He has kind of been our dark horse this year – he’s never really been the hard charger of the group, but he ended up having the highest place out of whole SVSEF crew this weekend, finishing seventh. Brian has been working really hard, and with all this soft snow he has really been pushing himself; it showed this past weekend in competition.

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Week in Review: March 5

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By Andy Gilbert
The series winners in each age group will receive an automatic invite to USASA Nationals in Copper Colorado Mar 30-Apr 5. We will receive those invites on Wednesday.
Series Finals, also known as the “King of the Wasatch” event consisted of Slopestyle #1 on Thursday, two Halfpipe events on Friday, Slopestyle #2 on Saturday and two more halfpipe events on Sunday.
The team as a whole is hitting their stride and riding really well. In our first pipe events of the season the Sun Valley kids showed why we have been a powerhouse in that event even in the face of losing our home venue. The kids showed that a solid season of riding Baldy had them ready to ride a perfect 22ft pipe in PC. Caleb Hothem went huge all day in the first pipe event and Jack Verhaeghe used the tech route to put himself on the podium as well. Olive Gilbert won both events on both days!
In Slopestyle our kids held their own on a venue that was just used for the FIS World Championships. There were 18 rail options in the first three features! That’s more than almost all of the jib features at Dollar! The kids were up for the challenge with solid runs in tough conditions on both days. Standouts were Brody McBee with a solid second run in the last event for the win. Channing Curci stepped up to some of the tougher rail features and was rewarded with second place both days.
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Menehune boys 10-11: Nico Lerner 1st
Breaker boys 12-13: Sebastian Lerner 3rd, Jack Verhaeghe 5th
Breaker girls 12-13: Olive Gilbert 1st
Youth women 14-15: Channing Curci 2nd
Youth men 14-15: Brody McBee 1st
Halfpipe #1
Menehune boys 10-11: Nico Lerner 1st
Breaker Boys 12-13: Jack Verhaeghe 2nd, Caleb Hothem 3rd, Sebastian Lerner 5th
Breaker girl 12-13: Olive Gilbert 1st
Youth women 14-15: Channing Curci 2nd, Maddie Hothem 3rd
Youth men 14-15: Brody McBee 1st
Halfpipe #2
Menehune boys 10-11: Nico Lerner 1st
Breaker Boys 12-13: Jack Verhaeghe 2nd, Caleb Hothem 4th, Sebastian Lerner 5th
Breaker girls 12-13: Olive Gilbert 1st
Youth women 14-15: Channing Curci 2nd, Maddie Hothem 3rd
Youth men 14-15: Brody McBee 1st
Slopestyle #2
Youth women 14-15: Channing Curci 2nd
Youth men 14-15: Brody McBee 1st
Halfpipe #3
Breaker girls 12-13: Olive Gilbert 1st
Youth women 14-15: Channing Curci 2nd
Youth men 14-15: Brody Mcbee 1st
Halfpipe #4
Breaker girls 12-13: Olive Gilbert 1st
Youth women 14-15: Channing Curci 1st
Great events and a great series! Nationals invites will be coming soon and we will keep you all updated.
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Olive Gilbert, first, breaker girls halfpipe
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Channing Curci, second, youth women halfpipe
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Ben Fethke, first
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Athletes were in Park City last week to display their skills at 'King of the Wasatch' USASA slopestyle and halfpipe competitions. There were six events spread out over four days, with two slopestyle and four separate halfpipe competitions. SVSEF had some great results across events and age groups, which bodes well for invitations to Nationals, to be held at Copper at the beginning of April.
Slopestyle 1
Breaker Boys (12-13): Ben Fethke 1, Easton Turck 6, Anton Holter 8, Spencer Ferries 10
Breaker Girls (12-13): Inez Kraynick 4
Grommet Boys (8-9): Walker Woodring 1, Barrett Beyer 2
Youth Men (14-15): Ridge Dirksmeier 2, Joey Markthaler 4
Junior Men (16-17): Kyle Kope 1
Menehune Boys (10-11):Zeppelin Pilaro 6
Open Class Men: Will Griffith 3, Harper Mallett 5
Slopestyle 2
Breaker Boys (12-13): Ben Fethke 1, Anton Holter 3, Spencer Ferries 11, Easton Turck 15
Breaker Girls (12-13): Inez Kraynick 4
Grommet Boys (8-9): Barrett Beyer 1
Junior Men (16-17): Kyle Kope 1
Menehune Boys (10-11): Zeppelin Pilaro 2
Open Men: Harper Mallett 7, Will Griffith 9
Youth Men (14-15): Ridge Dirksmeier 4, Joey Markthaler 5
There were less competitors in the halfpipe events. Ben Fethke took home three of four wins in the halfpipe for Breaker Boys (12-13), Zeppelin Pilaro had a solid result in the third halfpipe event, taking home the win for Menehune Boys (10-11). Youth Men (14-15) had a larger field in the third and fourth halfpipe events; Ridge Dirksmeier and Joey Markthaler took the top two spots both days.
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Addie Rafford, first for 15-18 women
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It was a great weekend of competition for big mountain athletes, with nine out of 15 SVSEF skiers making it into finals (seven boys, two girls). Addie Rafford took the win for the women’s 15-18 age group. Tatum Minor, in her first big mountain competition, was second for women aged 12-14. For 15-18 men, Brian Heekin was SVSEF’s top competitor in seventh, followed by Axel Diehl in ninth. Will Price (11th), Owen Miller (12th), Buddy Schreder (16th) and Max Moss (17th) all finished in the top 20.


Thor Jaramillo competed for SVSEF; this was a very competitive Canadian event to get into. Thor (15 years old) missed the cut to finals by .13 and was competing against mostly 18 year olds in the 15-18 age group.
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Ryder Sarchett 1, Nils Galloway 4 in the men's slalom
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IMC U16 Qualifier, 1SL/2GS
SVSEF hosted a weekend of racing, held annually in memory of Laura Flood. This was the last qualifier for Western Region U16 Championships, which SVSEF is hosting March 14-17. The competition field featured 75 women and 88 men. Ryder Sarchett took the overall win for the weekend, with victories in the men’s slalom and first GS, and a third place result behind SVSEF FIS skiers (1st place Laura Flood) in the final event of the weekend, a second GS race. Lots of SVSEF kids stepped it up this weekend for competition on their home turf; it was great to see all of their hard work and training put into practice.
March 1, 2019:  Women’s SL
Jessica Blackburn led the SVSEF women’s team with a third place finish. Marit Kaiser was right behind her in fourth. Saba Grossman finished seventh, Anhwei Kirk eighth, and Hannah Ferris was 14th.
Agnes Kind had an impressive result, starting 37th and moving up to 18th. Anabel Viesturs was 37th.
March 1, 2019:  Men’s SL
SVSEF’s Ryder Sarchett won the slalom by over 2 seconds. Nils Galloway was fourth, Nathan Gowe eighth, Josh Blackburn 10th, Carter Sammis 11th, and Colin Hanna was 12th. Carter Sammis had the move up of the day. He started 33rd and finished 11th.
March 2, 2019:  Women’s GS
Marit Kaiser skied to second place overall, and won the second run of the day. Saba Grossman tied for seventh, Logan Lindstrom 12th and Anhwei Kirk 16th.  
March 2, 2019: Men’s GS
Ryder Sarchett again won by over 2 seconds, this time in the giant slalom. Nathan Gowe finished in a solid eighth place, Carter Sammis was 10th, and Nils Galloway had the move up of the day, starting 53rd and finishing 13th. Josh Blackburn was 14th.
March 3, 2019: Women’s GS
SVESF had two athletes on the podium, with Dasha Romanov winning by just over a second and Marit Kaiser finishing in third place. Logan Lindstrom started 30th and finished 11th. Logan won the second run, which was an amazing result for the day. Saba Grossman was 13th, and Anhwei Kirk finished 15th.
March 3, 2019, Men’s GS
The SVSEF FIS team showed up on Sunday to race, changing the dynamics from the previous day. Jack Smith took the win, followed by teammate Bridger Harrison. Ryder Sarchett finished third, Nathan Gowe was 16th, Josh Blackburn 18th, Carter Sammis 21st and Colin Hanna 25th.
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From James Tautkus, IMD Head Coach

The SVSEF IMD team traveled to Park City this past weekend for the David Wright Memorial. It was the last qualifier for the season, with two giant slaloms and one parallel slalom. Paige DeHart and Cole Curci won the overall titles for the weekend. A significant result came from Paige in the first giant slalom; she won the race by an astounding six seconds.

Day one was really difficult with new snow, visibility, and a former Olympic hill as the race venue. The kids had a tough first day adapting to the terrain and conditions; however, on the second and third day they were reminded that they have the skill set and training mileage from Baldy to have success, which they found.



GS 1:

Women: Paige DeHart 1, Reece Walther-Porino 15

Men: Will Kogelmann 6, Drew Kogelmann 13

GS 2:

Women: Paige 1, Maya Lightner 3, Chloe Vogel 14

Men: Cole Curci 1, Drew Kogelmann 9

Parallel SL:

Women: Paige 1, Maya 6

Men: Cole 1, Will Kogelmann 10, Tommy Norman 13

Mini World Cup

The Mini World Cup Team skied a super G race on Saturday – find the results here.
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Gold Team, West Yellowstone Rendezvous

SVSEF Gold Team skiers Adam Luban and Cate Brams both took wins at the West Yellowstone Rendezvous last weekend. Adam competed in the 50km skate, finishing at the top of the field in 2.17:25, besting former Gold Team skier Rogan Brown by 28 seconds. Cate won the 25km women's classic in 1.26:40. Gold Team Head Coach Chris Mallory also competed; he finished fifth in the 25km skate.


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NCAA Championships

SVSEF has a number of alumni skiing for D1 schools; this year, six have qualified to represent their respective universities at NCAA Championships. For cross country, Peter Wolter (Middlebury), Annika Landis (Middlebury), Sam Wood (PG/STG, Middlebury), Braden Becker (PG/STG, Williams), Casey Wright (PG, Alaska Anchorage) and Sarah Goble (PG, Michigan Tech) will compete at Stowe. Haley Cutler (New Mexico) is an alternate for alpine women. 

Chase Josey, Burton US Open, Vail

Alum Chase Josey competed at the Burton US Open; in a field of top international competitors, Josey was 11th in the men's halfpipe semi-final, pushing him out of the running for finals.

Week in Review: February 27

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USASA Rail Jam/Slopestyle, Grand Targhee

By Gui Mattheis-Brown
The SVSEF Freeski Progression Team was in Grand Targhee, Wyoming, this weekend to showcase their skills in two events; rail jam and slopestyle. On a beautiful bluebird Friday afternoon, seven of our athletes took to the rail jam course. Barrett Beyer had a really strong showing and came out on top of the Grommet Boys division (8-9 years old). In the largest group, the Freeski Boys division (10-13 years old), Spencer Ferries gave it his all and narrowly missed the podium, ending up in fourth place.
Saturday’s competition was an interesting one; wind and snow made the slopestyle course tricky to deal with. Nonetheless, our skiers got after it and found their way onto the podium once again. Young Barrett Beyer overcame some serious slams in practice and on his first competition run, but he put it all together on his second run and came away with a gold medal in the Grommet Boys division. Inez Kraynick skied well and worked her way into second place in the Breaker Girls division (12-13 years old). Zeppelin Pilaro proved his consistency once again, taking home the bronze medal in the Menehune Boys division (10-11 years old).

Ben Fethke at Breckenridge

Travel Team athlete Ben Fethke was in Breckenridge over the weekend, competing in a USASA Freeway Open. He battled against the local boys and made his way onto the podium in both events, with a second place finish in slopestyle and third place in halfpipe.

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Crystal Mountain National

SVSEF athletes competed at Crystal Mountain at an IFSA Junior National event. The weather held off, allowing SVSEF skiers to showcase their skills in the form of topnotch runs; every athlete who stayed on his or her feet during qualifiers made it into finals. In the finals, every SVSEF skier improved or kept their position. Addie Rafford, who has made the podium a number of times this season, took second place, and her brother Toby Rafford took third in his age class. Molly Kucher moved up from 12th to finish in the top 10, and Axel Diehl and Hunter Diehl both finished in the top 27% of a very large field.

Bogus Regional

Four SVSEF athletes competed at Bogus Basin at a regional event; all four finished in the top 10. Leading the charge for SVSEF men was Ethan Marx, who finished second in the 15-18 age category in a field of 21 athletes. In the same category, Bode Skillern tied for sixth, Mike Nannini was eighth, and Owen Miller 10th.
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Monroe Cup

SVSEF hosted the Monroe Cup, an annual event named for Lane Monroe, a champion of SVSEF and ski culture, and a longtime SVSEF coach. “We had an unbelievable Monroe Cup this past weekend,” said Alpine Race Coordinator Riley Berman. “For the first two days, which featured GS and slalom, we had ideal conditions for the age group in attendance (U12). On Sunday, we tried a new format with dual panel slalom, which was an extremely fun and spectator-friendly event. Thanks to all the volunteers, staff and families for coming together to make it one for the books!”

An upwards of 150 athletes competed throughout the weekend. Winning the overall Monroe Cup were two SVSEF athletes, Tucker Smith and Taylor Hovey. Tucker handily won the GS, completing the course over four seconds faster than the next competitor. He won the slalom by over two seconds. Tucker did not finish his second run in the dual panel slalom. Taylor won the girls’ GS and parallel slalom.

Joining Taylor in the top ten in the girls giant slalom were Josie Sarchett (6), Rowan Desler (7), and Emily Wright (10). Paxton Sammis had a stellar giant slalom race, joining Tucker on the boys' podium in third. In the girls' slalom, SVSEF again packed a good grouping into the top 10, with Emily Wright in fifth, Scarlett Carruth in eighth, Ella Shaughnessy in ninth and Simone Tumolo 10th. Ella Shaughnessy repeated her ninth place finish in the parallel slalom. Paxton Sammis and Jay Blackburn were top-10 for boys, skiing to second and 10th, respectively. 


FIS, WR Elite Tech, Park City/Snowbird 

FIS skiers have been competing at Snowbird and Park City, UT, in a Western Region Elite Tech series. A highlight of the weekend was a second place finish for Lily Fitzgerald in the first women’s giant slalom, in a field of 65 athletes. Sage Curtis was 20th in the same race. Maddie Ferris was 20th in the next day’s giant slalom. Lily Fitzgerald again led the women’s charge at Snowbird, placing eighth in the women’s first slalom. SVSEF had two in the top 20 in the next day’s slalom; Erin Smith had an impressive seventh place result, and Lily finished 11th.

Alum Spencer Wright, now skiing at Aspen, finished ninth in the men’s first GS at Park City. In the first slalom at Snowbird, Jack Smith was 16th and Spencer Wright 19th. Bridger Harrison had a solid slalom race the next day, skiing to 19th behind Spencer Wright in 18th.

Snowbird results

Park City results


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USASA Slopestyle, Grand Targhee

By Andy Gilbert
The SVSEF Snowboard Team travelled to Grand Targhee for the Big Mountain West Series Slopestyle event Feb 23rd. This was by far the best slopestyle course this season; the Targhee Park Crew did an amazing job, and it really showcased what the kids could do.
Menehune Boys 10-11
Nico Lerner landed in third place with smooth straight airs on the big jumps and use of the harder rail feature.
Breaker Boys 12-13
Sebastian Lerner took the win with his first run! He started with a nice 50/50 on the rail feature, moving into a backside 360 and two clean straight airs. Caleb Hothem took the bronze with clean straight airs and a good flow throughout his run. Jack Verhaeghe ended up in fifth, just having a little trouble with the conditions.
Breaker Girls 12-13
Olive Gilbert won the Breaker Girls division with nice tail grab and method airs.
Youth Men 14-15
Brody McBee was third with a nice 3 and solid straight airs.
Up next, the team goes to Park City for the King of the Wasatch series final. We will know which of our riders qualified for Nationals after this event.
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Devo, Prep, Prep Pro athletes at IYCs

Devo, Prep and Prep Pro athletes competed at the annual Intermountain Youth Championships, held at Trail Creek in Jackson Hole. The weekend featured a skate race, skiercross and a mass start classic. It was a great weekend for the team; it was the first away race for some of the SVSEF athletes, while for others it was a good opportunity to put all their hard work this season into practice in a competitive setting. SVSEF athletes accumulated a number of podiums throughout the weekend. Berkeley Canfield won the U14 girls skate race and skiercross; sickness set her back on Sunday, but she still skied to 12th and won the U14 Cup for the season (based on results at JNQ and IYC races). Sven Halvorsen was third for U12 boys in the skate race, Chasyn Halvorsen was first for U8 boys, and Zander Douglas found the podium in third for the U16 boys 5km. Sarah Leidecker had a solid race, finishing fifth for U12 girls, as did Zoe Liberatore, who was fourth for U10 girls, and Lucy Stevenson, who was fifth. In the skiercross event, Sarah Leidecker finished second for U12 girls, Sven Halvorsen was just off the podium in fourth for U12 boys, as was Berkeley Canfield for U14 girls. She was followed closely by Anika Vandenburgh in fifth. Remy de Saint Phalle and Zander Douglas also went four-five for U16 boys. In the mass start races on Sunday, Zoe Liberatore again finished fourth for U10s. Holden Archie finished 10th in both the skate and classic races, and ended up ninth overall for the U14 Cup for boys for the season. Teddy Hobbs had a stellar race, skiing to 17th for U14 boys in a field of 57. Anika Vandenburgh was 13th for U14 girls.

Gold Team, Birkie

Gold Team athletes went straight from racing the SuperTour circuit to the American Birkie, a major test of endurance. Katie Feldman skied to third in the women’s 50km skate, and Maddie Morgan was 10th. In the men’s 50km, Adam Luban finished fourth. Peter Holmes and Cate Brams opted to race the 55km classic; both took the win on the day.

Kevin Bolger, World Championships

Gold Team skier Kevin Bolger has been in Seefeld, Austria, competing at his first World Championships. In the skate sprint, Kevin qualified 23rd, giving him the green light to move onto heats. He finished 18th overall.
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Week in Review: February 20

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Arkoosh Cup


SVSEF hosted the 49th annual Arkoosh Cup at Rotarun, a dual event for local kids ages 5-12. Leila McGrew and Tommy Hovey were the overall winners. Both are U10 athletes; Leila had a final time of 24.1 seconds, and Tommy clocked in at 21.79 seconds. There was great turn out at the event, with 116 local skiers on course and plenty of family and friends to cheer them on.



USSA, Trudi Bolinder Memorial, Bogus Basin


U16 alpine athletes finished up racing at the Trudi Bolinder Memorial at Bogus Basin, an IMD qualifier. Highlights include a fourth and third for Jessica Blackburn, and four women in the top 10 for the super G on Monday, February 18. Jessica’s podium finish in third was followed by Hannah Ferris in seventh (she was also seventh in the super G the day before), Marit Kaiser tied for eighth and Anhwei Kirk in 10th. Nathan Gowe and Josh Blackburn went five and six in the first men’s super G. The next day, Josh was SVSEF’s top racer in eighth, followed by Nathan Gowe (10), Colin Hanna (12) and Nils Galloway (13).



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Freeski Travel, Aspen Open, Aspen

Four SVSEF athletes are competing at the Aspen Open, a select event for which athletes must qualify. They compete on features and in the pipe used for X Games events. Will Griffith made his way into finals for big air, finishing ninth overall. Ridge Dirksmeier was 17th in the same event. In halfpipe, Harper Mallett was 15th, Ridge Dirksmeier 21st and Joey Markthaler 25th.
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Freeski Travel, Aspen Open, Aspen


SVSEF snowboarder Payton Bacca has been making the rounds at high-level Nor Am and FIS snowboardcross competitions in Canada. She made the podium in her first SBX competition at Big White Ski Resort, and was just off the podium in fourth the next day.

Nor-Am Cup SBX #1 / Mt. Orignal, Quebec, Canada / February 12, 2019……………...14th place
Nor-Am Cup SBX #2 / Mt. Orignal, Quebec, Canada / February 13, 2019………………11th place
FIS SBX #1 / Big White Ski Resort, BC, Canada / January 26th, 2019…………………..3rd place
FIS SBX #2 / Big White Ski Resort, BC, Canada / January 27th, 2019…………………..4th place




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Tamara Cowley / Australia (2nd),  Subeen Woo / Korea (1st),  Payton Bacca / USA (3rd)

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Gold Team, SuperTour, Minneapolis

The SVSEF Gold Team competed in Minneapolis, at the site of next year’s World Cup venue. Peter Holmes nabbed two fourth place finishes, in the freestyle sprint and the 10km freestyle. Katie Feldman finished top-ten in all three events; she was seventh in the sprint, 10th in the women’s classic mass start and 10th in the freestyle distance.
Men’s freestyle sprint: Peter Holmes (4), Adam Luban (24)
Women’s freestyle sprint: Katie Feldman (7), Maddie Morgan (8), Cate Brams (14)
Men’s classic mass start: Peter Holmes (6), Adam Luban (18)
Women’s classic mass start: Katie Feldman (10), Cate Brams (14), Maddie Morgan (19)
Men’s freestyle distance: Peter Holmes (4), Adam Luban (11)
Women’s freestyle distance: Katie Feldman (10), Maddie Morgan (23), Cate Brams (DNS)

Week in Review: February 13

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Big Mountain athletes at Grand Targhee
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Comp, PG and Prep, JNQ, Bogus Basin


Going into the Bogus Basin JNQs, a number of SVSEF athletes had already secured qualification to Junior Nationals. There were a few kids out with illness, but by and large, the kids skied well again, with a number earning podiums and winning races on the weekend. Saturday was a classic interval start, and Sunday was a skate interval start.

A couple of SVSEF athletes had real breakthrough races, which ultimately helped them qualify for Junior Nationals. Sebi Radl-Jones had his best qualifier of the year on a really tough course. The freestyle races on Sunday were really tough, which we haven’t typically seen at Bogus; they had reconfigured the courses with more challenging terrain for these races. Tia Vontver also had a really good race. Tia has been super positive throughout all of her time on the cross country team – she’s a good teammate, a good hard worker, and she doesn’t get too rattled,” said Program Director and Coach Rick Kapala. “The course favored her, as she likes skating more than classic, she's a good climber, and she’s not super big, so the terrain gave her an opportunity to ski to her strengths.”

Ella Wolter, who had probably already secured a spot at JNs based on results at previous JNQs, was second in the 10km women’s skate race. She’s had good results the last few JNQs (Soho and the first day at Bogus), but it was impressive that she came back out and did it again. “She has never finished second in a JNQ in her career, and she did it in a tough field,” explained Kapala. “For her to be coming into race form in a really strong way right now is really good.”

Johnny Hagenbuch skied great all weekend, as did Sydney Palmer-Leger. Anja Grover came back from a tough weekend in SoHo and skied really strong races, securing a spot on the JN team. “It’s always nice to see kids find their form in this last push before JNs,” said Kapala. Hayden Halvorsen has been rebuilding his fitness after a tough start to season, and he won the first day’s classic race, which was great for him.

This was the third and final Intermountain JNQ. Twenty-one kids from SVSEF have qualified for Junior Nationals; this is the most we’ve ever had. Of 57 total Intermountain spots, SVSEF comprises over a third of those.

The team is now four weeks out from JNs, and is focused on training and keeping the stoke up. Younger SVSEF athletes who have been making progress in their skiing but who were not selected will be headed to BC championships from February 26-March 4 at Salmon Arm.

Sydney Palmer-Leger, who prequalified for JNs, will instead go to Europe to compete in OPA Cup finals. Having already competed in four JNs, OPA Cup finals are a good opportunity to get some more international racing under her belt.

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Sydney Palmer-Leger in first and Ella Wolter in second, women's U18/U20 10km skate
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U16 girls: Logan Smith (prequalified), Sammy Smith (first JNs), Luci Ludwig, Anja Grover (first JNs)

U18 girls: Tia Vontver (first JNs), Jenna Nurge (first JNs), Ella Wolter, Anja Jensen, Sophia Mazzoni (prequalified), Sydney Palmer-Leger (prequalified), Sarah Morgan

 U20 girls: Lily Brunelle (top non-prequalified skier), Heidi Booher

 U16 boys: Bjorn Halvorsen

 U18 boys: Sebi Radl-Jones (first JNs), Hayden Halvorsen, Johnny Hagenbuch (prequalified), Ted Yewer

 U20 boys: Scott Schulz (prequalified), Adam Witkowski (first overall ranked U18/20 skier), Eli Eppolito

 Olivia Cuneo and Sascha are two U18 female alternates.
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Kevin Bolger, World Cup, Lahti

Kevin Bolger competed in Lahti on the World Cup circuit. In the skate sprint on Saturday, he finished 41st in qualifiers, which took him out of the running for heats. In the classic team relay on Sunday, he was partnered with Logan Hanneman in the 6x1.6km sprint. The duo finished sixth in the second semi, and 12th overall.
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Addie Rafford with the women's 15-18 win
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Regional Event, Grand Targhee

SVSEF Big Mountain athletes competed at a regional event at Targhee, February 9-10. This event served as a qualifier for Nationals. Athletes took one run on Saturday and one on Sunday for a final combined score. Frances Cherp won her 12-14 year old age group after day one, with a score of 29.7667. She finished second overall after her run on Sunday. Ry Mann was 20th for 12-14 boys. Addie Rafford had a great weekend, winning the 15-18 female age group. She put together two solid, winning runs. Cailin Chandler was third after the first day, and 11th after Sunday. Molly Kucher and Tanner Lee both moved up from their first runs, finishing fifth and seventh, respectively, for 15-18 females. Elle Mann was 13th for 15-18s. For 15-18 males, Max Moss skied to second overall, Thor Jaramillo fourth, Bruce O’Donnell seventh, Jake Lunn ninth and Toby Rafford 11th. Toby had a solid effort on Saturday, with a third-placing run on the day.
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Travel, RevTour and Aspen Open, Colorado

by Tyler Conway
Five SVSEF freeski athletes are currently in Colorado for the Toyota U.S. Revolution Tour and the Aspen Open. Athletes will compete on the X Games course and at Copper Mountain in the 22’ halfpipe; this is a good opportunity to compete at some great venues.
At the Rev Tour on Tuesday, Harper Mallet placed sixth in the Rev Tour halfpipe. Unfortunately, Ridge Dirksmeier could not put down a run in finals. Outstanding job goes out to the boys for making it to the finals with no halfpipe to train on at home or in the Intermountain Division.
At Aspen, Tuesday was the first day of practice, and the competition is fierce. The talent and the skill of the amateur athletes on the X Games course is impressive. Athletes have one more day of slopestyle, halfpipe and big air practice before competitions start on Thursday. Events run through Saturday. Ridge Dirksmeier, Harper Mallett, Will Griffith, Joey Markthaler and Charley Bingham will compete this week.
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Maya Lightner (5), Paige DeHart (1), first super G
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IMD, Jr. Intermountain Cup Super G Qualifier, Snowbasin


It was a tough weekend with lots of adversity from weather and the race organizer. As a whole we mostly had successes. It’s fun and affirming to have some of the top results but as a coach you want success for everyone on the SVSEF roster. I think each one of our athletes has a run or two they can hang their hat on last weekend. That’s the best we can hope for as we head into the last training block before the final qualifier.

SG 1 - Paige DeHart 1st, Maya Lightner 5th, Asia Angel 14th; Will Kogelmann 5th

SG 2 - Maya Lightner 2nd, Paige DeHart 5th, Lowie Watkins 9th; Cole Curci 2nd, Will Kogelmann 6th

SG 3 - Ruby Crist 5th, Lowie Watkins 10th, Izzy Gaggero 14th, Asia Angel 15th; Cole Curci 2nd



FIS Women, Nor Ams, Snow King

FIS women competed at Snow King Nor Ams, with fields of about 60, and top athletes from the U.S., Canada and Europe. Erin Smith’s best finish was 23rd in the giant slalom on February 8. Alli Rathfon was 41st in the February 7 giant slalom, and Merumo Ishimaru’s best result was 38th in the February 8 giant slalom.



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Bennett Snyder at Sun Valley Nor Ams, photo by Tim Carter
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FIS Men, Nor Ams, Sun Valley

SVSEF athletes had the opportunity to compete on their own hill at Nor Ams at Sun Valley last week. Bennett Snyder, Bridger Harrison, Blake Bathum, Jack Smith and Max Noddings, as well as alums Kipling Weisel, Tanner Farrow and Spencer Wright represented SVSEF in the giant slalom and slalom races out Warm Springs. Kipling finished 11th in the first slalom, Jack was the top SVSEF finisher in the next day’s slalom race in 32nd, followed closely by Bennett in 33rd. Tanner was 26th in the first giant slalom event, and 22nd the next day (also GS). Jack was 29th in the final competition.




FIS MEN, NPS, Snow King

FIS men are at a National Performance Series (NPS) event at Snow King; the races feature the top U19 athletes in the country. Representing SVSEF are Jack Smith, Blake Bathum, Finn Mallinen, Charlie Snyder, Bennett Snyder, Max Noddings, Bridger Harrison, Buey Grossman and Cassell Lefevre. In the first race on February 10, a GS comp, Jack Smith was the top SVSEF finisher, just off the podium in fourth. Max Noddings had a good race, finishing 11th. Jack again took forth in the 2/11 giant slalom. In the 2/12 slalom, Bennett Snyder was SVSEF’s top racer in 20th. Racing concludes today with another slalom race.

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Jim Baldwin Memorial, Squaw Valley

SVSEF athletes traveled to Squaw Valley for the Jim Baldwin Memorial. It was a one run moguls event. Tilly Babcock was fifth for F13s, Rainey Wilson was second for F19s, Nick Rubenstein 12th for M13s, and Erik Babcock had a solid run for M17s, finishing third.