Keep Showing Up: Words by XC Gold Team Athlete Katie Feldman

Below are some thoughts and words by SVSEF Cross Country Gold Team athlete Katie Feldman, who grew up skiing with the SVSEF cross country program, headed east to attend Middlebury College, and returned to Sun Valley as a professional athlete. She recounts personal experiences, but the message is applicable across all disciplines. "Getting good at something is not ever a quick and easy process," noted Cross Country Program Director Rick Kapala in a note to his Comp Team athletes, introducing Katie's writing. "However, it is usually very rewarding precisely because the process is the actual thing that is beneficial to our development. So, as Katie reminds us, keep showing up."

A beautiful sunny day at Billy’s Bridge this February

Keep Showing Up
by Katie Feldman

One of the reasons cross-country skiing is cool: you have to keep showing up. You might look at the weather report, but you don't know when the sun is going to pop through the storm. You might be intimidated by your competition, but you never know when you're going to have a breakthrough race and be able to keep up with (or pass!) people who have previously skied away from you. Some days are perfect sunshine, perfect snow, perfect skis, and you go into them with a body that's ready to rip (these are the perfect days that get all the photos!) Some days it pours rain, is slippery mud, you don't feel good, and you still have a bounding workout to do. On other days, you wear all your warm layers, tape your face, and still finish the workout cold. When you have a hard day, your coaches and teammates support and show up for you; you can do the same for them. These hard days get done because they make the perfect days that much better. I've attached some pictures of the best days and the toughest days, I think you can guess which are which.

This season, all of our final races were cancelled in the face of COVID-19. Major bummer, even if we all know it was the right choice. We are all so lucky to have come to this place where the snow is still good, and - as long as we're healthy - we're able to recreate at a safe distance. There's great skiing up north and as Hailey dries out the running and biking will get better and better. I'll keep showing up to ski, and when the time comes next season, I'll be even happier to race than before.

I've seen lots of workout ideas coming from the coaches. Whether you're doing a quick home-strength session or getting out for a long ski, it all counts.

A frozen-face day at Galena in January

 

The sun breaking through a cloudy morning in Canmore this past December


Four SVSEF Athletes Qualify for North American Cross Country World Cup Sprint Tour

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Four SVSEF cross country athletes have been selected to represent the U.S. in this year's North American World Cup sprint competition, held in Quebec and Minneapolis, March 13-17. Kevin Bolger, Peter Holmes, and Katie Feldman, all members of the Gold Team, will compete. Sydney Palmer-Leger, a senior on the Comp Team, qualified but declined to attend.

Kevin qualified based on a number of top-30 performances in World Cup sprint events this season, while Peter, Katie, and Sydney qualified with a strong Nations Group of athletes based on top SuperTour results through this season.

"We’re really excited to have a number of athletes from SVSEF getting starts at these upcoming World Cups. It's been a big goal for these athletes to qualify, so it’s awesome to see it come together for them. The atmosphere and crowds in Quebec are always amazing and there’s going to be even more energy in Minneapolis, as this will be the first World Cup race on U.S. soil in 20 years," said Gold Team Head Coach Chris Mallory.

Following the Sprint Tour, Kevin and Johnny Hagenbuch will be starting Canmore World Cup Finals, March 20-22.

 

Learn more about the Quebec events here.

Learn more about the Minneapolis events here.

 
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In Review: February 25

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LAURA FLOOD MEMORIAL

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IMC U16 Qualifier

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RESULTS

Photos:

Smiley's Mtn Photo, 2/23 SL Run 2 Men >>

Smiley's Mtn Photo, 2/23 SL Run 2 Women >>

Stelling Studios >>

Jim Grossman, GS, Day 1 Run 2 >>

Jim Grossman, GS, Day 2 Run 2 >>

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MINI WORLD CUP SKILLS TEST

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RESULTS

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USASA WINDHAM, NY SKIERCROSS

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Alpine X

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RESULTS:

2/22, Race 1

2/22, Race 2

2/23, Race 1

2/23, Race 2

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Laura Flood overall winners, Jessica Blackburn and Harry Hoffman
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Women's Laura Flood GS #2, SVSEF podium sweep: Jessica Blackburn (1), Logan Lindstrom (2), Paige DeHart (3)
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Men's Laura Flood slalom: Nils Galloway (2), Colin Hanna (3), Carter Sammis (4)
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Jess Blackburn competes in the Laura Flood Day 1 GS, photo by Jim Grossman.
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Skiercross day one race one podium: Ridley Lindstrom (1), William DeWolfe (2), Josh Blackburn (3)
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TAOS JUNIOR NATIONAL

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Big Mountain National/X Teams

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RESULTS

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AMERICAN BIRKIE

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Gold Team

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RESULTS

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Katie Feldman at the Birkie start. Peter Holmes finished first for a repeat win in the men's classic, Katie Feldman was sixth for women's skate, and Sam Wood was ninth for men's skate.
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USASA GRAND TARGHEE

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Freeski Travel/Progression

Slopestyle:
Young Barrett Beyer was able to put down a very clean run during Saturday’s slopestyle, ending his run with a massive 720 with a tweaked safety grab. Barrett secured a gold medal in the Grommet Boys division (8-9 years old). Leo Hayes was right on his tail, and found himself on the podium with a bronze medal.
In the Menehune Boys division (10-11 years old), it was Zack Torres’ day as he flew through the course and was technically sound, earning himself a gold medal. Teammate Kai Van Bueren oozed style and was able to put together a nice run and wound up in second place.
In the Breaker Boys division (12-13 years old), Ry Mann skied well and earned a bronze medal with his smooth style and strong execution. Spencer Ferries came in 4th, George Corkery was right behind him in 5th, Easton Turck in 6th, and Alex Leahy right behind in 7th.
Inez Kraynick took home a silver medal in the Breaker Girls division.
Anton Holter continues to be a force in the Big Mountain West Series, earning a silver medal in the Youth Mens division (14-15 years old) with difficult tricks and impressive fluidity.
 
Rail Jam:
In the 9 & Under Freeski Division, Barrett Beyer once again skied his heart out and found himself atop the podium, with teammate Leo Hayes right behind in third place.
Zeppelin Pilaro was back to his winning ways on Sunday, putting down some ridiculous tricks throughout the rail jam competition, and took home the gold in the 10-13 year old Freeski group. Teammates Kai Van Bueren, Zack Torres, and Easton Turck narrowly missed the podium, finishing in 4-6th place.
 
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RESULTS

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CALGARY NORAM

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Freestyle Travel

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Samantha Smith competed at the Calgary, AB, NorAms. She was 13th in singles and 13th in duals.

Tillie Babcock, Erik Babcock and Samantha Smith have qualified for Junior Nationals.

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In Review: Photos and Results, 2/4

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WR FIS SPEED AT SCHWEITZER 

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Alpine FIS Team

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RESULTS

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U12 NORTH SERIES CRANSTON CUP

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Alpine North Series Team

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RESULTS

PHOTOS:
North Series girls
Ruby Smith (1) (overall Cranston Cup winner)
Girls on the hill
Tommy Hovey (2), Jay Blackburn (3, not pictured), Charlie Reid (5)
Corbin Flood (2)
 
 
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PARK CITY REGIONAL

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Big Mountain National Team

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RESULTS

PHOTOS:
SVSEF coaches Colin and Banks with Jack, Zephyr and Russell 
Toby Rafford (1), Russell Stumph (2), men’s 15-18 category
Zephyr Carruth (3), men’s 12-14 category
Molly Kucher (1), women’s 15-18 category
Jack Verhaeghe (1), mens 12-14 snowboard category
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WEST YELLOWSTONE JNQ

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Cross Country PG, Comp, Prep

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FREESTYLE SPRINT RESULTS

CLASSIC DISTANCE RESULTS

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BOULDER MOUNTAIN TOUR

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Cross Country Gold, PG, Comp, Prep, Devo

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RESULTS

PHOTOS:

Boulder Mtn. Tour podium; Johnny Hagenbuch (1), Katie Feldman (2)

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USASA BIG MTN WEST SERIES AT DOLLAR

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RESULTS

PHOTOS:

Athletes mid-comp

Ridge Dirksmeier (1), Harper Mallett (2), Joey Markthaler (3)

Thomas DeKlotz (1)

Kyle Kope (1), Thomas DeKlotz (3)

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BUMPIN' AT THE BIRD

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SATURDAY SINGLES RESULTS

SUNDAY SINGLES RESULTS

SUNDAY DUALS RESULTS

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USASA BIG MOUNTAIN WEST SERIES

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RESULTS

Photo: 

Beverly DeChevrieux and Graham Watanabe with the Beverly Hay Snowboard Cup recipients, Channing Curci and Sebastian Lerner

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2019 Baldy Hill Climb Results and Photos

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Thanks to our 2019 Baldy Hill Climb participants for a great day of biking and hiking Baldy, and to our volunteers for making it happen! Find results at the link below, as well as photos from the day.
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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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SNOWBOARD

USASA Nationals, Copper, March 31-April 4

3/31
SVSEF started off the week with Jack Verhaeghe competing in GS for Breaker Boys (12-13); he finished 16th overall.
4/1
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).
4/2
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.
Notables:
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.
4/3
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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ALPINE

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.
RESULTS
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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

RESULTS
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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.
RESULTS
 

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.
RESULTS
 
 

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.
RESULTS
 

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.
RESULTS
 

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.
RESULTS
 

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.
RESULTS - BOYS
RESULTS - GIRLS
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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CROSS COUNTRY

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.
RESULTS
JUNIOR RACE RESULTS
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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.
RESULTS
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Kevin Bolger in SuperTour Final sprint heats
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FREESKI

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.

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Week in Review: 12/4/18

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We're back with the Week in Review; a look at what SVSEF athletes have been up to in their competitions and travels.

 

ALPINE

SVSEF FIS athletes competed at Copper in giant slalom and super G events. In the November 26 giant slalom, Bridger Harrison finished 33rd overall, and Jack Smith did not finish. In the following day’s giant slalom, the roles were reversed; Jack skied to 28th, while Harrison did not finish. Competition switched gears to super G on November 28, with two competitions (one to replace a race intended to be held November 29). Jack Smith, Bridger Harrison and Bennett Snyder all stepped it up with solid runs and a tight grouping in both races. In the morning, Jack was 15th, Bridger 16th and Bennett Snyder 18th. In the second race of the day, Bennett finished 13th, Bridger 16th and Jack 17th; this was a significant result for the team, as it was SVSEF’s first ever U18 podium sweep at a FIS sanctioned competition.

 

 
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Cate Brams (l), Johnny Hagenbuch (r), photos by Ian Harvey
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CROSS COUNTRY

SVSEF Comp, PG and Gold Team athletes spent two weekends racing on the Rendezvous trails in West Yellowstone, Montana. On November 24, athletes competed in a 5/10k freestyle FIS race. Comp team skier Johnny Hagenbuch took an impressive second place in a field of top collegiate and professional athletes, and Gold Team skier Adam Luban took fourth. In the women’s field, Comp team athlete Sydney Palmer-Leger was seventh and Gold Team skier Katie Feldman was tenth. Athletes returned to West Yellowstone for the SuperTour season opener on December 1-2.

The first race of the SuperTour opening weekend was a 1.5k freestyle sprint. First-year Gold Team athlete and former Middlebury skier Adam Luban led the charge, skiing into the men’s final heat and finishing fourth overall behind Andy Newell, Ben Lustgarten and Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier. Teammate Peter Holmes qualified for semifinals, finishing tenth overall in the men’s field. Top racers in the women’s field for SVSEF were Katie Feldman in 16th, Maddie Morgan in 19th, and Ella Jackson (Aus) in 20th. In the junior men’s field, Adam Witkowski had a solid effort, making it to finals and skiing to sixth overall. Haydn Halvorsen was first across the line in the B final. Jake Jampel was also in the B final, and landed 12th overall. Starting her season off strong was Sophia Mazzoni, who won the Junior Women’s sprint in a time of 3:23.35. Teammate Anja Jensen joined her in the final and on the podium in third. SVSEF had four athletes in the B final; Sydney Palmer-Leger won the B final and finished seventh, Logan Smith finished eighth, Jenna Nurge ninth and Heidi Booher tenth.

Sunday’s race was a 10/15k freestyle. Johnny Hagenbuch mirrored his success from the previous week with a fifth place overall finish in the men’s 15k, and was the first U18 finisher. Peter Holmes tied for eighth, Adam Luban was 13th, and alum Eli Jensen (now skiing for the University of Montana) rounded out the top 20, tied for 20th. Sydney Palmer-Leger led the SVSEF women, skiing to fifth in the women’s 10k. Katie Feldman also broke the top ten in eighth.

In the U18/20 division, Johnny Hagenbuch was first and Scott Schulz fourth. Sydney Palmer-Leger was first for U18/20 women, followed by Anja Jensen in third, Sophia Mazzoni fifth, Lily Brunelle sixth, and Heidi Booher and Jenna Nurge tenth and 11th.

FIS WOMEN'S 5K FREESTYLE RESULTS

FIS MEN'S 10K FREESTYLE RESULTS

SUPERTOUR RESULTS

 


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Adam Luban (r) in fourth in the men's SuperTour sprint

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WORLD CUP

Gold Team athlete Kevin Bolger is representing the U.S. on the World Cup circuit for the 2018-2019 season. Opening races were held in Kuusamo, Finland; Kevin finished 55th in the 1.4k classic sprint (second U.S. skier behind teammate Erik Bjornsen) and 63rd in the 15k classic. The team moved onto Lillehammer, Norway, where the weekend again began with a sprint, this time freestyle. Kevin was again the second fastest American (after veteran Simi Hamilton), skiing to 61st. In the 15k freestyle race, Kevin was 68th, and in Sunday’s 15k classic pursuit, he finished 59th. The team is currently in Beitostolen, Norway, training for this weekend’s 15/30k freestyle and 4x5/4x7.5k relay.

 

WORLD CUP RESULTS
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Week in Review: February 14

Chase with his teammates and coaches in Pyeongchang. Photo from Chase Josey.

PARK & PIPE

Chase Josey Finishes Sixth in Men’s Olympic Snowboard Halfpipe

The stakes were high in the Olympic men’s snowboard halfpipe final, with all four Americans (Chase, Jake Pates, Ben Ferguson and Shaun White), Australian standout Scotty James, 2014 Olympic silver medalist Ayumu Hirano, and a host of other top athletes from around the world vying for gold.
SVSEF alumni Chase Josey, 22, went into the finals in seventh place after qualifiers the day before. In his first qualifying run, he clipped the lip of the halfpipe, had a funny landing and scored a 47.75. Chase made up for that run on his second and final in the qualifier, riding smoothly and moving up from 20th to seventh with a score of 83.75.  
After Chase’s first run in the finals on February 14, he sat in third behind Shaun White and Scotty James. A spill on his second run after going big left it all up to the third and final run – he was in fourth after Ayumu Hirano moved into first with a second run score of 95.25. Chase improved upon his initial score of 87.75 with a top score of 88.00, and an amazing sixth place finish overall in the world’s most prestigious event for the sport.
 

Park & Pipe: USASA Park City

Park & Pipe athletes competed in Park City at a USASA event, with a Rev Tour qualifier in the Sunday event. “It was a super productive weekend for all the kids – they did extremely well, especially given they only had one day of riding pipe under their belts,” said Progression Team Head Coach Pat Lee. “Thursday was pipe training, in 50 degree weather with slushy snow – it couldn’t have been better for the kids to step into the pipe. Many SVSEF athletes found the podium throughout competition on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In Sunday’s qualifier for the Rev Tour, all of our male athletes (who weren’t already qualified) punched their tickets to the Tour.”

Coach Ricky gives some encouragement

Athletes competed in two halfpipe events on February 9. Highlights include second place for Harper Mallett, third for Joey Markthaler and fourth for Ridge Dirksmeier for freeski youth men (14-15), and a podium finish for Jack Verhaeghe in second for snowboard breaker boys (12-13). Barrett Beyer, the youngest competitor, skied well in all events. Maddie Hothem and Olive Gilbert finished third and fourth for snowboard breaker girls (12-13), Nico Lerner stole first for snowboard grommet boys (8-9), as did Caleb Hothem for snowboard menehune boys (10-11). Phebe Ericksen and Channing Curci both took second for their age groups (snowboard open class, snowboard youth women).
In the second event, Harper Mallett and Ridge Dirksmeier found the podium, taking first and third for freeski youth (14-15). Jack Verhaeghe was second for snowboard breaker boys (12-13), Olive Gilbert nabbed a podium in third for snowboard breaker girlrs (12-13), Nico Lerner stole second for snowboard grommet (8-9) boys, and Caleb Hothem won the snowboard menehune (10-11) age group.
Snowboard team, photo by Tiffany Curci.

 
Slopestyle on February 10 had a bigger showing, with 136 competitors. Charlie Price was eighth for freeski breaker boys (12-13), while Easton Turck and Zeppelin Pilaro went four and five for freeski menehune boys (10-11). Will Griffith placed fifth in the freeski open class, with 10 competitors. Ridge Dirksmeier and Joey Markthaler both had a great day, taking top spots on the podium in second and third for freeski youth (14-15) in a field of 13. Jack Verhaeghe also made the podium for snowboard breaker boys (12-13). Maddie Hothem and Olive Gilbert went hard for snowboard breaker girls, finishing third and fourth. Nico Lerner had another great day, topping the snowboard grommet (8-9) podium. Julian Gluck, who hails from Boise but who comes and trains with SVSEF, won the snowboard junior men class (16-17). Caleb Hothem took second for snowboard menehune boys (10-11), Phebe Ericksen was second for snowboard open women, and Channing Curci was second for snowboard youth women (14-15).
Freeski podium

The final day of competition was another halfpipe event. Rylan Mann stepped it up and took home third for freeski menehune boys (10-11), and teammates Spencer Ferries and Easton Turck were close behind in fourth and sixth. Ridge Dirksmeier, Harper Mallett and Joey Markthaler went one-two-three for freeski youth (14-15). In snowboarding, Maddie Hothem and Olive Gilbert again finished third and fourth. Nico Lerner grabbed another podium in second for grommet boys, as did Caleb Hothem in first for menehune boys. Channing Curci got her third second place for women’s snowboard youth.
RESULTS – FEB. 9 (1)
RESULTS – FEB. 9 (2)
RESULTS – FEB. 10
RESULTS – FEB. 11

Course inspection before the second run at Whiteface. Photo by Brett Morris.

ALPINE

FIS: Eastern NorAms

FIS skiers Erin Smith and Lily Fitzgerald headed east for Eastern NorAms. Following training at Burke and an Eastern Cup at Middlebury to prep for Whiteface, Erin and Lily jumped into giant slalom competition on 2/13. In her first NorAm race, Lily finished 26th, and Erin finished 29th in tough, icy conditions. Competition continues today with another giant slalom, followed by two days of slalom. Experience on the NorAm circuit is helpful in setting up points for start positions for next year, and in getting a feel for racing at a high level. Alumni Kipling Weisel is also on the East Coast for NorAms – he posted 20th in the giant slalom at Stowe Mountain Resort/Spruce Peak.
RESULTS
 

Snowbasin Intermountain Cup U16 SG Qualifier/Park City Intermountain Cup U16 Slalom Qualifier

SVSEF athletes competed in three super G qualifiers at Snowbasin. Two skiers found a spot on the podium; Josh Blackburn finished third in the first super G, and Carly Walther-Porino also took bronze in the women’s second super G. Marit Kaiser, Finn Mallinen and Charlie Snyder all had top finishes in fifth, and Buey Grossman had a top result in sixth. SVSEF had strong groupings, with three athletes in the top 10 in the first men’s race and four in the third. Similarly, the women had three in the top 10 in the first competition, four in the second, and three in the third. Athletes switched to slalom qualifiers for a final day at Park City; Buey Grossman took fourth, Charlie Snyder sixth and Ridley Lindstrom eighth. Park City dominated the top ten on the women’s side, but Marit Kaiser found her way to ninth and Carly Walther-Porino 11th.
RESULTS
 

Ryder Sarchett at OPA Cup

After a successful stint at the U16 National Performance Series at Burke, Ryder Sarchett (one of our SVSEF athletes of the month for January) competed in Malbun, Liechtenstein, at the OPA Cup. This event featured top U16 racers from the strong eastern European countries. Ryder led the American contingent, with a 10th place finish in the slalom on February 8. Ryder was the second fastest skier in the first run of the giant slalom race on February 9, but did not complete his second run.
“It was a great experience for Ryder,” said coach Chuck Harris, who traveled with Ryder to Europe. “He got better everyday. When he got off the plane, he was not the fastest U.S. athlete, but by the time the trip was over he was clearly the best. Whether that carries over for the rest of the season…time will tell.”
 

MOGULS

Mogul Regional Championships

SVSEF mogul athletes traveled to Park City to compete at Regionals, with two singles and one dual event. Sammy Smith led the charge for SVSEF women, winning her age group (F13) in both singles events, and finishing sixth and eighth overall in a field of athletes who ranged from F13 to FSr. Rainey Wilson was consistent throughout the weekend, with strong 12th place finishes in both singles events. Tilly Babcock, a F13 like Sammy, finished 31st in the strong women’s field. Luke Rizzo posted a sixth and 14th in singles, and Toby Rafford stepped up with a 13th place overall finish as a M15. Henry Buell had a weekend best of 22nd, and Alex Austin 23rd. Erik Babcock was 33rd in both singles events. In the make-up events, which had smaller competitive fields, Rainey was eighth in duals, and Tilly was 12th. Alex was 10th for men, Erik 18th, Henry 20th and Luke 27th. In the singles make-up event, Rainey finished 6th, Tilly 13th, Luke 9th, Henry 13th, Alex 17th and Erik 23rd.
RESULTS
 

Kelsey Phinney, stoked on sprinting

CROSS COUNTRY

Gold Team Update

Kelsey Phinney was sixth in the Norwegian Cup Skate sprint in Aasen, NOR. She’ll race again in Trondhiem in a Scando Cup series in a week and a half.
Jack Hegman won the Dartmouth Carnival/Eastern Cup 10k Skate, and Rogan Brown was second. Matt Gelso won the Denver RMISA 10km Classic.
For March, Jack and Kelsey have qualified for US Team OPA Cup trip. Rogan is an alternate for that trip as of now.
After this weekend the Super Tour leader will receive period 4 World Cup starts. Kevin Bolger is currently leading.


Athlete of the Month, January 2017 – Cole Morgan

Each month, we’ll be featuring an SVSEF athlete who has been selected by program directors in recognition of exceptional results in their respective sport.

 

Photos by Glen Allison (l) and Paul Smith (r)

 
Cole Morgan, a first-year Gold Team skier, has been making his mark in cross country sprint races this season. Following promising early-season Super Tour finishes, Cole approached U.S. Nationals at the beginning of January with confidence and tenacity, skiing smart qualifiers and heats that landed him in third on the American podium in the classic sprint. With this result along with earlier season points, Cole qualified to represent the U.S. at World Championships in Lahti, Finland, which will be held this month. Following these successes, Cole represented the U.S. at the U23 World Championships at Soldier Hollow, Utah. His focus at the week-long event was the classic sprint; if any pressure was felt, this being the only race he would partake in for the week, it went unnoticed by spectators; Cole skied all the way into the semifinals, where he finished fifth in his heat, putting him in ninth overall. This result secured his selection to the U.S. Team for World Cup Finals, which will be held in Quebec City in March.
Cole is originally from Bozeman, Montana. He spent a post-graduate year skiing for SVSEF back in 2012, before attending the University of Vermont. He leaves for Finland on February 16.
 


The Week in Review: 2/7/17

 

I AM SVSEF

This is the fifth week of I am SVSEF: an opportunity each week to highlight our athletes for demonstrating the core values of the organization.

Sportsmanship • Citizenship • Character • Teamwork • Creativity • Passion • Perseverance

Here are the I Am SVSEF athletes featured for the week of February 7, 2017:

Jett Carruth

ALPINE: Jett Carruth is an eighth grader at Community School and a member of the Alpine IMD Team. Said James Tautkus, Head IMD Coach:

Jett has always had the speed but has struggled putting a whole run together. At the end of January Jett opted out of going on the road and took advantage of staying at home to train. He took a step back from his speed and worked on his focus of execution and technique. The result of his effort materialized into his first hardware ever. Jett placed 5th in the first SuperG qualifying race at Snowbasin over the weekend and backed it up with a 14th and 12th thus proving to himself that if he puts in the work the results will follow. A real inspiration to his teammates and coaches.

Chloe Tanous

CROSS COUNTRY: Chloe Tanous is a tenth grader at Community School, and this is her second year on Comp Team. Ashley Knox, Head Comp Team Coach, observed:

She has quietly made significant gains in both her technique and fitness. She is the kid that shows up, puts in the work, and always has a positive attitude. Chloe doesn’t really draw much attention to herself, but really adds to the dynamic of the team and sets a great example of how hard work pays off. She is quietly motivated, she has great internal motivation and knows herself well. Chloe brings a great attitude and, as with every kid, we know she has days that are easier and days that are harder, yet is a constant positive presence and is constantly driving to make gains in her skiing and reach her goals.

Hunter Diehl

FREESTYLE: Hunter Diehl has been chosen this week, for his commitment in the past few weeks (he’s had near perfect Air Barn attendance). Hunter is a tenth grader at Community School. Said John Grigsby, Freestyle Head Coach, “Hunter’s focus and commitment has really shown through and has really paid off, as is evident with his improved results. On top of that, Hunter doesn’t shy away from lending a hand; he’s been a great helper with course maintenance.”
 
Jack Verhaeghe, photo by Cory Smith

PARK & PIPE: Jack Verhaeghe, a sixth grader at Community School, has been described as hard-working, fired up, focused. Pat Lee, Snowboard Team Manager, has observed how Jack’s stoke and passion make waves on the team:
“​Jack is a hard-working snowboarder, he is always fired up when he shows up for team. he has been focusing on half pipe and slopestyle. He excels in just about every field of competition, even slalom and giant slalom; he likes to go for the all-around competitor experience. Jack has a strong passion for competition and it shows every time he crosses the finish line, always giving it 100%. He is an awesome teammate, always keeping the stoke high, slapping high fives and giving props to the rest of the crew. We have only had a halfpipe for a one and a half weeks and I have watched him progress every time we strap in. I am fired up on his performance this week as he has proved himself to be a well-rounded athlete.”


THE WEEK IN REVIEW – 2/7/17

SNOWBOARD/FREESKI

Big Mountain West Series

 
The Big Mountain West Series features five stops throughout the winter, which lead up to Nationals. Last weekend was the third stop and was based here in Sun Valley at Dollar. It was a well-attended event, with four boardercross competitions, as well as slopestyle and halfpipe. According to Andy Gilbert, SVSEF Snowboard Coach who is no stranger to staging events here, having orchestrated a number himself over the years, commented that, “the word is out that we have some of the best venues in the country as far as park and pipe goes. We had a group from Mt. Bachelor show up this year and riders from Montana, so we’ve had a pretty good showing. USASA kids who are trying to qualify for Nationals are putting us on their calendars, because we have great venues and put on very professional events.” With amazing parent volunteers and event organizers, the standard has been set for a level of professionalism that’s expected at this event.
Standout performances in snowboarding for the weekend came from Jack Verhaeghe, who rode really well in the pipe; he was first in the halfpipe for the boys’ 10-11 age division. Jack competed in all four events, and did well throughout; he podiumed in boardercross (first, two seconds and third) and was second in slopestyle. Maddie Hothem also had a great weekend with great results (second in 12-13 age class for halfpipe, second in boardercross #4). According to Gilbert, “she’s a young rider who is starting to figure out her game plan and how she wants to do things. She’s getting more confident all the time and riding really well.” Channing Curci saw good results (third in boardercross #4, third in slopestyle and third in halfpipe for 12-13 age group), as did Walker Pate (fourth male in 10-11 age group in halfpipe) and Tague Higgins (seventh in slopestyle for 12-13 aged boys). Zoe Bacca secured a win in the 12-13 girls group in all boardercross competitions.

Ridge Dirksmeier on course.

On the freeskiing side of things, Ridge Dirksmeier topped a field of 20 boys in the 12-13 age class in slopestyle. Joey Markthaler was fourth and Harper Mallett fifth. Will Griffith won the open class. In the halfipipe, Ridge Dirksmeier again won in the 12-13 age class, and teammates Harper Mallett, Dylan MIlls and Lachlan McFarland went fourth fifth and seventh. Tyler Conway, Head Freeskiign Coach, noted that, “as a team, we are gaining strength, and people are noticing that SVSEF is a Freeskiing powerhouse with lots of potential.”
SVSEF athletes represented well on their home turf, with an athlete stepping up onto nearly every podium for every age group throughout the weekend. Gilbert attributed the snowboard team’s comfort transitioning into the pipe to all the freeriding they’ve put in and all the miles under their feet with all the snow we’ve had; “for us to be able to put a halfpipe in front of them at this point is less daunting due to how much riding they’ve done leading up to it.” Gilbert also offered praise to the SVSEF coaching staff, who have worked hard to recognize where an athlete might need some work, and to tailor training based not necessarily on age but on how and where they’ll best be able to improve on that particular skill that could use more attention. As a result, the ages are intermixing, and teammates are building friendships and relationships regardless of their differences in years. This camaraderie is not bound to training; you’ll see an eight year old cheering on his thirteen year old as she makes her way down the course, and vice versa.
On top of the awards for specific event results, SVSEF presented the Beverly Hay Snowboard Cup for combined freestyle performances (halfpipe and slopestyle). The award is named for Beverly (Hay) De Chevrieux, who has been a huge, integral Snowboard Team supporter since day one. As a SVSEF board member, she was instrumental in ushering in the formation of the team, and continues to this day to champion the program and the kids who participate.
The trophy lives at the SVSEF Warm Springs office, and past recipients include Olympian Graham Watanabe and Olympic Champion Kaitlyn Farrington. This year’s winners were Malia Quigley (Park City), who was first in slopestyle (65.25) and first in halfpipe (81.25), and Hunter Goulet (Park City), who also won both slopestyle (90.00) and halfpipe (83.00).
Full results here
The next venue is Jackson Hole for the Big Mountain West Series, which the team is looking forward to visiting. The features are smaller, allowing athletes to throw tricks they might not be able to here.


ALPINE

IMD Team

The Alpine IMD Team traveled to Snowbasin over the weekend for their second qualifying event, which featured a training run and three super G races. Marit Kaiser had a solid showing throughout, with three top-ten finishes (eighth, second and fourth). Jett Carruth had a breakthrough weekend, earning his first hardware with a fifth place in the men’s first race. He was the top male SVSEF finisher in that race. He followed that up with a 14th and 12th, and was the team’s third fastest boy. Other notable finishes came from Jessica Blackburn, who was seventh and fourth in the first two races, Logan Lindstrom, who finished 11th in the first race, and Anhwei Kirk, who finished 10th in the second women's race. Not far behind Jett in the first men's race were Nathan Gowe in 10th, Colin Hanna in 14th, and Joe Goitiandia in 15th. Ryder Sarchett was fifth in the second and second in the third men's races. Nathan Gowe was a rock, finishing in 10th all three races.
James Tautkus, IMD Head Coach, noted that “the remainder of the 37 SVSEF athletes competing showed their strength with solid intensity and finishes. For many it was their first super g race experience. The coaches are very proud of the results, however choose to hang their hats on the technical and tactical gains from the mid season speed block. There is a lot of competition season left, with great experience and effort to help them all excel further.”
Full results here

North Series Team

IMD girls at Brundage.

The North Series Team traveled to McCall, Idaho, where they battled wind, rain and snow throughout the weekend. The event included two U10/U12 slalom races. Head coach Scott McGrew was pleased with the effort made by the team, saying, “Slalom can be a tough at times because of all the moving parts and the heightened potential for mistakes and DQ’s. That being said, we were proud of the way everyone carried themselves and brought out a new level of skiing. The collective progress we have made in the past two weeks has been staggering!”
In the first slalom event, Maya Lightner and Paige DeHart went one and two for U12 girls; teammates Laura Daves and Lowie Watkins went four and five. Reece Walther-Porino and Natalie Gowe made big gains, each moving up a significant number of spots. Max Meucci, Tor Johnston and Hank Moss did the same in the men’s race, moving up from rankings in the 60’s to third, 10th and 14th, respectively.
In the second race, Maya and Paige again went one and two, this time with Paige on top of the podium in first. SVSEF girls dominated the race, taking nine out of the top ten spots. Goldie Kirk was fourth, Chloe Vogel fifth, Lowie Watkins sixth, Reece Walther-Porino seventh, Charlotte Davis-Jeffers eighth, Isabella Hattrup ninth and Laura Daves tenth. Cole Curci was second for men, and Max Meucci stayed steady for the weekend, landing in eighth. In the U10 division, Scarlet Carruth skied a strong race, finishing third.
Full results here
 

FIS Team

Spencer Wright in second and Duncan Fuller in third earlier in the week at Schweitzer.

The FIS Team finished up a week of racing at Schweitzer Mountain in northern Idaho with giant slalom and super G races. Yuri McClure finished second in the men’s giant slalom on February 1, John Blackburn was fourth and Spencer Wright 10th. The women raced a super G the same day. Erin Smith skied a great race, taking the win for the day. Teammate Skylar Cooley was fourth and Katelyn Rathfon 10th. In the men’s giant slalom the next day, Spencer Wright and Duncan Fuller finished 14th and 17th. The women had another super G race, and Erin just missed first again, coming in second. Skylar was again fourth, and Katelyn was eighth.
Full results here
Earlier recap here
Haley Cutler headed to Colorado for the NorAm series. At Vail, she was 42nd in the first slalom and 45th in the second, February 1-2, in a very competitive field with top U.S. athletes, as well as Canadian and European skiers. At Copper, she finished 38th in the February 3 giant slalom, 31st in the giant slalom the next day, 14th in the first downhill and ninth in the second. Erin Smith headed down to join her after Schweitzer, and was 45th in the giant slalom, 25th in the first downhill and 26th in the second.
Results from Vail
Results from Copper


CROSS COUNTRY

Mary Rose in third (photo by Nils Ribi).

SVSEF took part in the Sun Valley Nordic Festival, which included Town Sprints and the Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour.
A 400-meter course was set up in west Ketchum, around which teams of two competed in A, B, youth and exhibition categories. The husband-and-wife team of Brian and Caitlin Gregg won the overall competition by a hair, beating out the local duo of Gold Team skiers Mary Rose and Cole Morgan. The sprints were a nice showcase and a good way to kick off the Nordic Festival. The real deal for SVSEF athletes was the Boulder Mountain Tour, the 34km race from Galena Lodge all the way down the Harriman, which was met with fresh snow and extremely varied conditions, and boasted what some have claimed to be some of the toughest conditions yet in the 42-year history of the race. SVSEF Comp and Prep Team athletes who have their sights set on the last JNQ event next weekend in West Yellowstone opted to not participate in the Boulder. Top finishes at the Boulder came from Gold Team skiers Rogan Brown, who was fourth overall in the field of 631, and Mary Rose, who was third in the women’s category. Deedra Irwin was fourth for women and teammate Annie Pokorny was sixth. In the Half Boulder, Prep Team skier Crosby Boe finished eighth overall in the field of 200, and fourth for women. Teammate Quinn Closser was ninth overall and the fifth female finisher.
BMT results here
Half BMT results here
The last cross country JNQ event takes place this coming weekend in West Yellowstone, with freestyle sprints on Saturday and a 5k/10k mass start classic race on Sunday.


FREESTYLE

Freestyle Travel Teams head to Deer Valley this Thursday for the Deer Valley Mogul Grand Prix.