Snowboarding is a lifelong sport; there is always more to learn. Basic technique is always evolving, and the concepts and skills we discuss and demonstrate with the athletes are a constant work in progress. Our athletes strive for lofty goals in a team atmosphere, building on the momentum, enthusiasm and support of each other.




Tuition: $3,800

Ages: Grades 8-12

Head coach: Andy Gilbert

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Enrollment limit: 21

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 7:1


9/02/2020-11/20/2020 (Fall Dryland)

Three days a week:  Airbarn and Strength 

Monday and Wednesday Airbarn Sessions 3-4pm

Strength TBD

12/5/2020-4/15/2021 (Winter Training)

Training five days a week

Wednesday 2:00-4:30pm. Workshop day-week planning, goal setting and review as a team Warm Springs Training Center

Thursday 2:00-4:00pm.  Dollar park training, video.

Air Barn 4:15-5:30pm.

Friday 2:00-4:00pm.  Baldy fundamental freeriding Warm Springs Bridge

Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm.  Meet at the top of Baldy for warm up, split into groups for specific training with the possibility of ending at Dollar if appropriate.

One Sunday per month is designated as a free day for riders to rest and hang with friends and family.

Overview: This team focuses on all aspects of snowboarding (park, pipe, rails, boardercross, etc.). Freeriding is a big part of the program. The reason is simple: the best all-around riders can ride anything, and we do ride everything! 

The team begins with a Wednesday workshop to set the tone and goals for the week and to check in on progress towards long-term goals. Thursday is designated for after-school sessions at Dollar with an Air Barn component. Friday is our after-school Baldy session focusing on technique and fundamentals. Weekend training will focus on all around mountain riding at Baldy and Dollar as conditions dictate.

Sessions will be added over holiday breaks, as well as special sessions in front of key competitions or travel events. There are also summer camp opportunities. 

Athletes on the Snowboard Travel team must be proficient in all conditions and terrain.  Team members will be coached on all aspects of riding and are expected to have a great attitude. 

Competition: USASA Big Mountain West events, local competitions (i.e. Baldy Banked Slalom), Dollar Big Air/Rail Jams, U.S. Rev Tour Events (if qualified), additional shop- and industry-supported snowboarding events within our region.

License Requirements: U.S. Ski and Snowboard General Membership ($30), USASA Competitors License.



Tuition: $2,250

Ages: Grade 5-8

Program Director: Andy Gilbert

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Head Coach: TBD

Enrollment limit: 12

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1


10/1/20-12/1/20 (Fall Dryland) 

2 days a week at the airbarn; days and times TBD


12/5/20-4/1/21 (Winter Training)

Training three days a week

Thursday  2:00-4:00pm. Dollar park training, video.

Air Barn 4:15-5:30pm.

Saturday and Sunday  10:00am-2:00pm.  Meet top of Baldy for warm up, end at Dollar if appropriate.


Overview: Mini Shreds is for riders who have come through our Devo program or have a few years of riding under their belts and want to take their riding to the next level. This team is focused on improving fundamentals and becoming more dynamic riders by introducing a variety of venues.  Mini Shreds athletes will be introduced to the park and enhanced terrain features as part of their experieince.  We work with Mini Shreds athletes to help develop thier unique style that is important to being a well-rounded rider. 

Riders will have opportunities to interact with the larger team on training days as well as travel to some select regional events, like banked slaloms or fun close by shop type events. While we encourage participation in events, it is not required. The Mini Shreds program trains at the airbarn once a week during the winter season. The airbarn is an important venue to help build skill sets, strong team dynmaics, and developing style. 


License Requirements:  U.S. Ski and Snowboard General Membership ($30),  USASA Comp License (if participating in local events).




Tuition: $1,400

Ages: Grade 2-6

Head coach: JaNessa Gilbert

Enrollment limit: 15

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1


10/1/20-11/21/20 (Fall Dryland)

Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-5pm

12/5/20-3/31/21 (Winter Training)

Saturday and Sunday, 10am-2pm


Overview: SVSEF’s Snowboard Devo program is the developmental 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 program.  The SVSEF Devo program is staffed with professional coaches who teach age-appropriate skill progression inline with SVSEF and USSA team building and skill development philosophies. Snowboard athletes in the Baldy Devo program will be grouped with fellow riders at the beginning of each session.

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.


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



Rotarippers is a free, community supported, grassroots program designed to inspire the love of the mountains and increasing access to winter sport for children of the Wood River Valley.  

Ages: 5-11

Head coaches: Barb Dunn


Dave Boldwin (snowboard)

Enrollment limit: 50

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1


Session 1 – January 11-February 2, 2021

Session 2 – February 8 – March 2, 2021

Training two days a week

Monday & Tuesday 3:00-5:00pm

Overview: The 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 5-9 year old children the joys of skiing and riding. The objectives for the program include improving skiing and 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.  Our Rota-ripper athletes are coached by SVSEF trained and certified coaches and volunteers; ensuring the best possible experience.  Athletes must be 5 years old by January 1, 2021.


Head Snowboard Coach


Years with SVSEF: Started in 1993 as a coach, PD 1999-2013, Progression Coach 2014-2016.

Hometown: Born in Sun Valley, raised in Portland, Oregon

College: Pacific Northwest College of Art (drop out)!

Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Front country specialist!

Ski/ride background: 100+years of skiing in my family! Skateboarding brought me to snowboarding. Never looked back!

Why you coach: Watching the fire get lit never gets old!

Hobbies/other interests: Skateboarding, fishing, art and family time.

Certifications or other professional qualifications: Level 300 USSA/USASA Coach, US National Team Rookie Halfpipe Coach 2017-2018, IMD Snowboard Sports Committee Member





Kaitlyn Farrington

2014 Winter Olympic Gold Medalist in snowboard halfpipe

Chase Josey

6th place at the 2018 Winter Olympics in snowboard halfpipe

Graham Watanabe

2006 and 2010 Olympian






at the SVSEF Air Barn