Learn more about what each of our elementary-aged programs has to offer! SVSEF provides a variety of programming options, all of which build fundamental skills on-snow.

ALPINE LASAR

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Tuition: $250

Ages: 5-10 

Head coach: Brian Caulkins

Enrollment limit: 50

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Schedule:Wednesday and Friday 3:00-5:00

On-Snow: 1/8/21-2/26/21

Training two days a week.

Overview: Learn to Alpine Ski and Race (LASAR) is a program that teaches children of all levels of ability the joys of skiing. The objectives for the program include improving skiing technique through progressed turning, balance and body positioning, honing ski racing skills and developing self-confidence and the ability to work in groups with professional instructors and coaches. Athletes must be 5 years old by January 1, 2021, must have a US Ski & Snowboard license, must be able to ride the Poma lift to Tower 3 and must have some skiing experience.

Pairs well with Baldy Devo!

Competition: Arkoosh Cup at Rotarun

Requirements: US Ski & Snowboard general membership ($30)

ALPINE MINI WORLD CUP / MINI WORLD CUP WEEKEND

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Tuition: $2,550 (MWC) / $2,150 (MWC Weekend)

Ages: U10s: 2011-2012 YOB / U12s: 2009-2010 YOB

U10 athletes will be considered based on participation on Devo and on coaches’ evaluations; U8 athletes are not eligible for the MWC team.

Head coach: Jude Arvidson (jarvidson@svsef.org)

Enrollment limit: 40

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 7:1

Schedule:

Fall Dryland: all dryland sessions open to all MWC athletes

Training two days a week.

** All sessions are with North Series at Dollar throughout October and November.

 

On-Snow: December-March

The MWC team trains three days a week (Thurs, Sat + Sun). MWC Weekend trains two days a week (Sat + Sun). All MWC athletes also train approx. 10 days during Christmas Camp.

** Thursday 2-4pm, Saturday + Sunday 9-2pm roughly.

 

Team overview: The primary focus of this program is to introduce young athletes moving up from the Baldy Devo Team and young athletes joining SVSEF to the technical and tactical fundamentals of alpine ski racing. The MWC team is designed to make the training atmosphere fun, challenging, and relevant for all participants. Learning, improving and refining basic skills and fundamentals will ensure our athletes progress when moving on to the next age group. The core training plan of the team revolves around skills acquisition through specific drills, free skiing and the Mini World Cup race series. This race series is intramural and athletes represent the same country for the whole season. All races are held in Sun Valley. 

Competition: The Mini World Cup is a team-based event series that inspires a focused, fun, and team-oriented atmosphere as we strive to introduce a foundation for sport on skis. The series consists of a slalom, giant slalom, and a skills evaluation. Athletes also have the opportunity to compete in the Monroe Cup, a U10/U12 Intermountain Division North Series qualifier, and the Arkoosh Cup, an annual race put on by SVSEF at Rotarun Ski Area in Hailey.

License Requirements: An age-appropriate U.S. Ski & Snowboard license is required in addition to base tuition fees. MWC athletes can purchase the Alpine Competitor U12 & Under ($90) membership. The competitor license is required if the athlete plans on competing in divisional races (Monroe Cup).

ALPINE ROTA-RIPPERS

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Tuition: $200

Ages: 5-11

Head coach: Barb Dunn (bdunn@rotarun.org / 802-324-6073)

Enrollment limit: 50

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Schedule: 1/11/21-2/23/21

Training two days a week. Monday & Tuesday 3:00-5:00

Overview: The SVSEF Rota-Rippers program is an entry-level ski and snowboard program located at Rotarun Ski Area in Croy Canyon, Hailey. Rota-Rippers is a program that teaches 5-11 year old children the joys of skiing and riding. The objectives for the program include improving skiing technique through progressed turning, balance and body positioning, honing ski racing skills and developing self-confidence and the ability to work in groups with professional instructors and coaches. Athletes must be 5 years old by January 1, 2021 and must have a US Ski & Snowboard license.

Financial aid is available through the Cooper-Taché First Tracks Fund: learn more and apply here.

Competition: Arkoosh Cup

BALDY DEVO

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Tuition: $1,400

Ages: 7-10

Head coach: Brian Caulkins

Enrollment limit: 75

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Schedule:

Fall Dryland: 11/3/20-11/19/20

2 days a week

On-Snow: 12/5/20-3/28/21

Training two days a week

Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am-2pm

Extra days over Holidays  

 

Overview: SVSEF’s Baldy Devo program is the developmental ski and snowboard program for SVSEF Baldy-based teams. Devo is for “Baldy-proof” kids, meaning athletes who can ski/ride 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, snowboard, big mountain, freestyle and freeski programs. The SVSEF Baldy Devo program is staffed with experienced, professional coaches who teach age-appropriate skill progression utilizing U.S. Ski & Snowboard program, in tandem with a host of internal SVSEF skill- and team-building philosophies. 

 

Snowboard athletes in the Baldy Devo program will be grouped along with fellow riders and staffed by experienced snowboard coaches trained to teach and advance snowboard skills. The season ends at the Gary Black Jr. Memorial. 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.

Requirements: US Ski & Snowboard general membership ($30)

CROSS COUNTRY DEVO NORTH

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Tuition: $700

Grades: 2-5

Head coach: Martha Pendl

Enrollment limit: 65

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 8:1

Schedule:

11/2/20-subject to snowpack (fall dryland)

Training sessions two days a week.

MW, 3-4:30pm

Transition to on-snow training is dependent on snow pack; start date is variable.

On-snow season ends 3/3/21.

Training sessions two days a week.

MW, 3-4:30pm

 

Overview: 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. Training is held at the Lake Creek modular and Lake Creek trail system, just north of Ketchum. SVSEF coordinates transport from north valley elementary schools to Lake Creek, and provides skiers with storage facilities for team equipment. 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.

Competition: The season culminates with our Devo Team Festival, held in early March; it is both a fun event and season athlete recognition party.

Requirements: 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 ($15) is required in addition to the tuition fee. 

CROSS COUNTRY DEVO SOUTH

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Tuition: $575

Grades: 2-5

Head coach: Emily Williams

Enrollment limit: 60

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 8:1

Schedule:

12/1/20-3/4/21

Activities are snow pack dependant practices, may include dryland if applicable

Training sessions two days a week.

TTh, 3-4:30pm

 

Overview: 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.

Competition: The season culminates with our Devo Team Festival, held in early March; it is both a fun event and season athlete recognition party.

Requirements: 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 ($15) is required in addition to the tuition fee. 

CROSS COUNTRY STRIDERS

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Tuition: $185

Grades: 1-5

Head coach: Emily Williams

Enrollment limit: 40

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 7:1

Schedule:

Dates TBD (on-snow)

Training sessions two days a week.

MW, 3-4:30pm

Overview: 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. 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.

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

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

License requirements: A US Ski & Snowboard general membership ($15) is required in addition to the tuition fee. 

MINI XTREME

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Tuition: $2,550 / $2,150

Ages: Grades 3-5

Head coach: Ben Schumacher

Enrollment limit: 30

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Schedule:

10/27-11/24 (fall dryland)

Training two days a week at the Air Barn

Tues/Thurs, 3:30-5:00pm

 

12/7/2020-4/11/2021 (on-snow)

Training three days a week (Mini X) / two days a week (Mini X Weekend)

The Mini X team is a Thursday, Saturday, Sunday skiing program, while Mini X Weekend is a Saturday/Sunday program. During the winter season, both Mini X teams will train at the Air Barn every other Monday starting December 2. The team trains at multiple venues, including the Air Barn, Dollar Mountain, Bald Mountain, and Rotarun.

 

Air Barn every other Monday: 3:30-5:00pm 

Thursday 2:15-4:15pm

Saturday/Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm

 

Overview: The Mini Xtreme team is designed as a stepping stone program for young skiers who want to learn more about freestyle and freeskiing. The program covers a broad spectrum of teaching modalities, ranging from fundamental skiing technique, to alpine racing, freestyle/mogul fundamentals, freeski/terrain park skills, and big mountain line selection and mountain awareness. “Ski it all” is the Mini X motto. Athletes on Mini X will have a locker to share with a partner at the Warm Springs training center. All athletes are eligible for holiday practice days, with training offered approximately 8-10 days over the holidays. 

 

Competition: Mini Xtreme introduces athletes and families to competition through an in-house event series called the Mini Xtreme (MiniX) Cup. The MiniX Cup consists of 4 primary events:

  • Freestyle/mogul event
  • Freeski/slopestyle event
  • Big mountain event
  • Nastar race

These events serve as an opportunity to highlight the lessons and skills learned throughout the Mini Xtreme curriculum, and are supported by the SVSEF parent programs.

 

Requirements: Previous SVSEF involvement and/or ability to ski all terrain on Bald Mountain

License Requirements: Athletes will need to purchase a U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership license.

 

Christmas break tentative schedule:

Dec. 26 Barn/ Dollar 12-4

Dec. 27 Baldy 1-4

Dec. 28 Airbarn 3-4:30

Dec. 30 Baldy 1-4

Jan. 2 Barn/Dollar 12-4

Jan. 3 Baldy 1-4

Jan. 4 Barn 3-4:30

Jan. 7 Baldy 1-4

Jan. 9 Baldy 1-4

Jan. 10 Barn/Dollar 12-4

 

SNOWBOARD DEVO

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Tuition: $1,400

Ages: Grade 2-6

Head coach: JaNessa Gilbert

Enrollment limit: 15

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Schedule:

Fall Dryland: 10/1/19-11/21/19

2 days a week

Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-5pm

On-Snow: 12/5/20-3/31/21

Training two days a week

Saturday and Sunday, 10am-2pm

 

Overview: SVSEF’s Snowboard Devo program is the developmental ski and snowboard program for SVSEF Baldy-based teams. Devo is for “Baldy- Ready” kids, meaning athletes who can ride the lift and are ready for the challenges of longer more advanced runs, off-piste & groomed, and who understand safety rules and mountain etiquette. We practice all-mountain basic riding, jump and park skills, bump skills and racing techniques with a strong FUN-damental emphasis. SVSEF’s Devo program is designed to introduce and refine skills required to advance within SVSEF’s snowboard, The SVSEF Devo program is staffed with experienced professional coaches who teach age-appropriate skill progression, with a host of SVSEF skill- and team-building philosophies. Snowboard athletes in the Baldy Devo program will be grouped along with fellow riders and staffed by experienced snowboard coaches trained to teach and advance snowboard skills. 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.

 

Competition: –

License Requirements: U.S. Ski and Snowboard General Membership 

SNOWBOARD ROTA-RIPPERS

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Tuition: $200

Ages: 5-9

Head coach: Danger Dave Boldwin

Enrollment limit: 25

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Schedule: TBD

Training two days a week

Monday and Tuesday, 3-5pm

Overview: Rota-Rippers is an entry-level snowboard program located at Rotarun Ski Area in Croy Canyon, Hailey. Rota-Rippers is a program that teaches 5-9 year old children the joys of riding. The objectives for the program include improving riding technique through progressed turning, balance and body positioning, honing skills and developing self-confidence and the ability to work in groups with professional instructors and coaches. Athletes must be 5 years old by January 1, 2020. Financial aid is available through the Cooper-Taché First Tracks Fund: learn more and apply here.

Competition: Arkoosh Cup, a fun optional race at Rotarun

License Requirements: U.S. Ski and Snowboard General Membership 

CAN’T CHOOSE BETWEEN CROSS COUNTRY DEVO AND BALDY DEVO?

Sign up for both with our Dual Devo programming, an opportunity that allows an athlete to participate in both teams at a discounted rate.

Dual Devo North

Tuition: $1,750

Head coaches: Brian Caulkins (alpine), Martha Pendl (XC)

Ages: Grades 2-5

Overview: 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.

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

Tuition: $1,650

Head coaches: Brian Caulkins (alpine), Emily Williams (XC)

Ages: Grades 2-5

Overview: 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.

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.