SVSEF, Athletes Ready To Take Their Turns At Annual Thanksgiving Camp

Thanks to the support and assistance of Sun Valley Company, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s Thanksgiving Camp promises to be bigger and better than ever.
Now in its fifth year, the preseason camp has unprecedented access to terrain as Sun Valley Company will open Upper College, Lower College, 42nd Street and Lower River Run to alpine racers skiers from clubs across the region. There will be more than 150 visiting athletes from across the Western United States representing college and club teams from Park City and Ogden, Utah, Billings, Montana, Hood River, Oregon, Reno, Nevada, Boise and McCall. In addition to visiting athletes, 125 local athletes will also be training to prepare for the coming winter season.
“This provides our club with an excellent opportunity for world-class skill development and training in the early part of the season,” said Scott McGrew, SVSEF’s Alpine director.  “We travel all over the world looking for opportunities to find training and conditions like this. We are thrilled to be able to have it right here in our backyard.”
The camp, open to alpine and freestyle skiers, will run from Saturday, November 21 to Wednesday, November 25. Training sessions will be broken down by age group and team.  The training is ongoing from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
In addition to the training taking place on the slopes, there will be off-snow activities and opportunities for the athletes. On Monday, November 23 there is a (sold out) showing of Warren Miller Entertainment and Red Bull Media House’s film Streif: One Hell of a Ride. This documentary vividly captures the famed Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbühel, Austria, as well as the intense athletic preparation required for athletes.  “We are beyond excited to have such a captive audience and energy going into the season, there is no better way for us to get our community together and celebrate the sport we love. The show will take place at the iconic Opera House in the Sun Valley resort and will supercharge the camp.”
Sun Valley Idaho | AlpineSVSEF has also partnered with Oregon Health and Sciences University’s Knight Cardiovascular Institute to facilitate an ongoing research study on young athletes and cardiovascular health.  The research team will be utilizing Electrocardiogram (EKG) technology to profile athletes’ hearts and conduct a long term study to help identify abnormalities and identify preventative measures.
“The research team is excited to come to Sun Valley and work with our local and visiting athletes,” McGrew said. “The opportunity to capture this demographic is a great way to advance ongoing research on health and wellness.  We are thrilled to be a part of the study, and look forward to more opportunities to work with OHSU researchers.”  The team will set up at River Run Lodge throughout the duration of the camp screening athletes.
For additional information or details, please contact SVSEF Alpine Program Director Scott McGrew, (208) 720-3829.