SVSEF Summer Start Trail Race at Rotarun

Join SVSEF and the XC crew for a first-ever Summer Start Trail Race! Mark your calendars, and get your trail shoes ready for Saturday, June 24th at 9:00 am at Rotarun Ski Area. Make sure to arrive between 8:00-8:45 am for registration. Registration is day of ONLY. The race entry fee is $30 and supports all of the SVSEF XC Teams. Racers can choose a distance to race in either a 5-mile or 2-mile loop! The 5-mile loop will race on trails Two Dog — Center Line —Wilson Gulch. The 2-mile loop will race on Two Dog — Wilson Gulch. The race will start and end at Rotarun Ski Area. There will be cookies and snacks provided — YUM!

Parking will be limited, so make sure to carpool with your friends! All trails in the area will be open to other trail users and bikers, please use proper trail etiquette!

Volunteers will be stationed at key points throughout the course! Want to volunteer? Sign up HERE NOW! 

Please bring a donation of canned or dry food to benefit the Hunger Coalition!

A BIG THANK YOU to the BCRD, BLM, and the Rotarun neighborhood for their support of this race!

We can't wait to see everyone out there whether it's to race, volunteer, or cheer we will see you there!

Seven SVSEF Athletes/Alumni Qualify for 2023-24 National Teams

U.S. Ski and Snowboard announces cross country and alpine nominations for next season

Last week brought exciting news for Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation athletes and alumni. SVSEF Cross Country Alumni John Steel Hagenbuch and Sydney Palmer-Leger, along with SVSEF XC Gold Team athlete Sammy Smith, were again named to the Stifel U.S. Cross Country Ski Team. SVSEF Alpine Alumni Jack Smith and Dasha Romanov return to the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team, along with newcomers Finnigan Donley and Colin Hanna, both graduating in 2023.

On May 9, 23 athletes were nominated to the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team based on set criteria. Johnny Hagenbuch returns to the B team and Sydney Palmer-Leger makes a move from the Development team to the B team based on her strong results last season.

“I’m really excited to keep working towards my goals with the U.S. Ski Team and Dartmouth,” said John Steel Hagenbuch, SVSEF Alum now skiing for Dartmouth College and the Stifel U.S. Cross Country Ski Team. “Next year my main focus is to achieve top results at the World U23 Championships in Planica and at the NCAA Championships in Steamboat Springs.”

Rising high school senior Sammy Smith will be back for her second year with the Stifel U.S. Cross Country Development team after racing her first World Cup last season in Drammen, Norway; while also competing as a member of the SVSEF XC Gold Team during the 2023-24 season. 

“I’m super grateful to be back on the U.S. Ski Team for my second season,” said Sammy Smith, Stifel U.S. Cross Country Ski Team and SVSEF XC Gold Team athlete. “Getting to ski on a team with such a supportive and positive culture is an incredible privilege, and opportunities to represent the U.S. and compete at the international level are experiences that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.”

According to U.S. Ski & Snowboard, each athlete who accepts their nomination to the Stifel U.S. Cross Country Ski Team will receive top-of-the-line athletic and medical support, world-class coaching, sport science, sports medicine and access to the USANA Center of Excellence facilities, including on-site high performance staff and education. 

Two days later on May 11, 55 athletes were named to the U.S. Alpine Team based on their published nomination criteria. SVSEF Alumni Jack Smith and Dasha Romanov make the move up to the C team, while Finnigan Donley and Colin Hanna will join the D team for the coming competition season.

“I’m super excited for my third year with the Stifel U.S. Alpine Women’s Ski Team!” said Dasha Romanov, U.S. Ski Team athlete and SVSEF Alum. “Moving up from D to C team has been a goal of mine so I’m super happy to accomplish that! I’m super thankful for the support I have received from Sun Valley to help me accomplish these goals. Also could not have done this without my parents. They have been my biggest supporters in ski racing and I would not be where I am today without them. It truly takes a big team and I’m really grateful for everyone who has helped me along in this journey so far.”

High school senior and SVSEF FIS Team athlete Finnigan Donley was named “Rookie of the Year” by U.S. Ski & Snowboard during the opening ceremonies at the U.S. Alpine Nationals held in Sun Valley in March. The award was voted on by U.S. Ski Team athletes. Donley was voted in as rookie of the year for his impressive results at U18 Nationals, where he won the super-G and was second in the downhill.

“It’s a great honor to be named to the U.S. Ski Team,” said Finnigan Donley, SVSEF Alum (class of 2023) and new member of the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team. “This has been a dream of mine since I was a kid. I am excited to work hard during the off-season and push myself against other high level skiers!”

Colin Hanna will graduate from Sun Valley Community School this spring, and also met the qualification criteria to be nominated to the alpine team.

“I am super excited for what is to come, and I can’t thank SVSEF and all of my coaches throughout the years for making this possible,” said Colin Hanna, SVSEF Alum (class of 2023) and new member of the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team.

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team:
C Team:

  • Dasha Romanov ‘19
  • Jack Smith ‘19

D Team:

  • Finnigan Donley ‘23
  • Colin Hanna ‘23

Stifel U.S. Cross Country Team:

B Team:

  • John Steel Hagenbuch ‘19
  • Sydney Palmer-Leger ‘19

D Team:

  • Sammy Smith ‘24

For complete U.S. Ski & Snowboard team announcements, visit the following links:

Photo credits:

  • Dasha Romanov by Heather Black 
  • Finnigan Donley by Tim Carter
  • Sammy Smith at 2023 Jr Worlds by FlyingPointRoad
  • Colin Hanna by Tim Carter
  • Sydney Palmer-Leger by Glen Allison
  • John Steel Hagenbuch by Glen Allison

SVSEF Freeski Team Brings Passion, Talent, and Heart to USASA Freeski Nationals 

Progression and strong potential shine bright for the future of the SVSEF Freeski Team

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) Freeski Team traveled to Copper Mountain, CO April 8-12 to partake in the USASA Freeski Nationals. SVSEF had 14 athletes qualify and compete in three different events: Slopestyle, Halfpipe, and Rail Jam. Woodward and Copper hosted more than 1500 snowboard and freeski athletes from across the United States over the course of the week. The competition was strong, with 32 regional divisions competing. 

“This past week of competition proved that this crew of young skiers has something far more important than medals or points, they have immense passion and huge hearts," said SVSEF Freeski Futures Head Coach Gui Mattheis-Brown. “Their character is top notch, and their support for one another is surreal.”

First up was the Men’s Open Class Slopestyle, where Anton Holter shined bright with an extremely technical second run featuring a switch unnatural 1080 with a mute grab, securing him a spot in the finals and winning the hearts of several coaches with this very difficult maneuver. This was Holter’s first crack at the National Open Class level of competition, and he made the valley proud by making his way into finals with an incredibly stacked field. 

“Congrats to this young man for his impeccable style and steely determination,” said Mattheis-Brown. 

The same day, Blue Allen took to the Rail Jam course, with a smile on her face and radiating positivity. Allen skied incredibly well during qualifiers, earning a spot in the final. She earned a solid eighth place finish and her energy and passion earned her much respect from the other competitors and coaches. 

Next up, it was the Breaker Girls (13-14) and Menehune Boys (11-12) turn to show their skills on the Slopestyle course. Blue Allen skied flawlessly during training, putting down a run which included a massive right side 540, but was unable to transfer that momentum into her qualifying runs. “This girl has what it takes, and her future is very bright!” said Mattheis-Brown.

For the Menehune Boys, Barrett Beyer displayed his talents with very technical runs, but unfortunately missed out on the finals. Emmett Crist skied his heart out, spun in every direction, but he ended up missing finals by less than one point, earning him a solid 11th place finish. 

Leo Hayes put down a solid first run with a stylish cork 720, earning him a place into the final. In the finals, Leo continued his strong skiing and barely missed out on the podium, securing a well-deserved fourth place finish amongst an incredibly talented field.

On Wednesday, the Youth Men (15-16) and Breaker Boys (13-14) took to the Slopestyle course with tenacity and determination. George Corkery and Zeppelin Pilaro represented SVSEF in the Youth Men category. Corkery showed some serious character after taking a nasty fall in training and chipping a tooth. He came back to compete and posted a respectable score and a ninth-place finish in his qualifying heat. Pilaro put down an insane run featuring a massive double cork 1260 with a mute grab, but unfortunately fell on a rail and was unable to make it through to finals. 

“Respect to both of these young men for their heart and character. Big things to come in the future from these two!” said Mattheis-Brown.

For the Breaker Boys, Leon Vo, Anders Coulter, Zack Torres, and Kai Van Bueren all took on the Slopestyle course. Vo skied the best he skied all season, and his style was apparent throughout his run. Coulter linked some very technical tricks and locked on to the rails, but unfortunately neither of these two made it to the finals. 

Torres put down a very clean second run with big 900’s in multiple directions, earning him a score of 79.00, just out of the bubble to make it to the finals. “Zack’s improvement this season has been phenomenal, and his 11th place finish solidifies his status as a big-time threat for years to come,” said Mattheis-Brown.

Van Bueren was the last of the SVSEF Breaker Boys to drop, and on his second run he earned a spot into the finals with some extremely unique grabs and uncanny creativity through the rail section. During the finals, he gave it his all and earned a very respectable ninth place. 

“These young men and women are definitely hungry, and their progression over this season has been tremendous,” said Mattheis-Brown. “Although the results were maybe not what everyone was hopeful for, the quality of athletes on this team cannot be overstated. We are so proud of these young men and women for their commitment to having fun and seeing where it takes them; after all—that’s what freeskiing is all about!” 

For complete event results, visit: USASA Freeski National Results 

What it takes: A thank you to our community

Sunday, April 2 will be a day I will never forget. I got to the mountain a little before 5 a.m. Riley Berman (Chief of Course for U.S. Alpine National Championships) was driving on Warm Springs Road just behind me. The weeks leading up to this morning had been brutal on the entire crew as mother winter extended her stay this year. After watering the venue top to bottom, the grooming team had no choice but to blade off the new snow to maintain the race surface needed for an event of this magnitude. This takes extensive hours of cat work, and the grooming team had been at it relentlessly for weeks. Because of this, we had to keep most of the B-net off the hill. The snow that came in on Saturday gave us no choice but to set up the majority of the protection on a world-class Super G course the morning of the event, meaning a super early load Sunday morning.

I drank a cup of coffee and walked over to the yurt to meet Riley and the crew. I was expecting to see the normal crew there, but when I opened the door, it was standing room only. It was 6 a.m. and nearly 100 people had shown up to help. School teachers, doctors, chiropractors, restaurant owners, bankers, trainers and so many community members were there to show their support and help pull off the event.

Then it was Riley’s time to shine. On the big screen in the yurt, Riley had it all mapped out. He had nearly every name in the room organized with a specific job to do. Within the 15-minute meeting, everyone had a plan and jumped on the old Challenger lift to create one last memory with her. Complete with headlamps on, the team started building the venue.

We told the coaches the night before about the plan at the Team Captains’ meeting and asked for their help. They were kind of looking at us like we were crazy, and it didn’t seem like they had much faith we would pull the race off. But as our crew started setting up, a wave of coaches from across the country showed up to lend a hand. By 9:10 a.m., the jury was able to confirm the schedule and we opened the course inspection on time. We set up more than 200 rolls of B-net and prepared the track in less than three hours.

By noon, the sun was out and so was our community to support. The crowd was awesome, and the venue looked spectacular. Three SVSEF athletes were in the top five that day, with Finnigan Donley winning the U21 National Championship in Super G. After the races, the crew met at the yurt and hugged and laughed. Just 24 hours before, it seemed as though all the hard work by so many for months was about to go down the drain. But we never stopped trying and our community came together to pull it off.

On the day after hosting U.S. Nationals, it felt weird driving to Warm Springs only to look up and not see B-net on Greyhawk. I missed seeing the venue we built together and its beauty. I missed the camaraderie with the team. Cleaning the yurt that morning, I realized the venue will never look the same again with the changes coming to Warm Springs. Please don’t get me wrong, I’m stoked for the upgrades, and it’s totally needed; but these weeks were the last races on Greyhawk and Challenger. This is the first time since I’ve lived here that something is going to change that I care about and am connected to. I’m new to this feeling of change that so many locals know too well, but I sure am going to miss 10 and 7.

This event has been inspiring to be a part of. It simply doesn’t happen to this level without a group of people that find joy in being a part of something bigger than oneself.

I can’t thank Sun Valley Company enough for their support in bringing this event to our community. I can’t thank our community enough for their sacrifice and support for the sport I love. For those of you that put in time over the weeks to support, I can’t thank you enough. For others in our community that find ski racing a nuisance, thank you for your sacrifice as well, and I appreciate your putting up with us. I love ski racing and snow sports, and it takes all of us coming together to be good at it.

Our valley has the opportunity to consistently be one of the best venues in ski racing in the world. It is so fun to be a part of this! Thank you!

Written by Will Brandenburg, SVSEF Alpine Program Director and 2023 U.S. Alpine National Championships Chief of Race.

SVSEF Snowboard Team Makes a Statement at 2023 USASA Nationals

Two-time Olympian and SVSEF Alum Chase Josey supports as coach for the competition

Nine riders from the SVSEF Snowboard Team qualified for the 2023 USASA National Championships March 31-April 6 at Copper Mountain, CO, and five made the trip to compete. This was the first experience at Nationals for all the athletes except Naomi Gorringe, and the team had two-time Olympian and SVSEF Snowboard Team Alum Chase Josey along for the ride in a coaching capacity.

Naomi Gorringe (Breaker Girls 13-14), Vivian Smith (Menehune Girls 11-12), and Camille Armeen (Menehune Girls 11-12) competed in all three events—Slopestyle, Boardercross, and Halfpipe. Karsen Miller (Youth Men 15-16) competed in Slopestyle, and Callie Allen (Breaker Girls 13-14) competed in Slopestyle and Halfpipe.

“This was my second year at USASA Snowboard Nationals and it’s so fun to ride with my friends, coaches, and people that I don’t even know on a mountain that I am not familiar with,” said Naomi Gorringe. “This year, my coach Andy Gilbert and two-time Olympian Chase Josey came up with me to help coach in the start. The first day I had Half Pipe which is probably my favorite event, then I had Slopestyle on Tuesday, and finally on Wednesday I had Boardercross. To finish it up, on Thursday I got to watch the Menehunes do halfpipe, and I also got to ride with my friends, Callie Allen, Andy Gilbert, Chase Josey, Joey Okesson, and a few more people. I love the USASA Nationals, and I hope I can keep competing for a long time.”  

In Slopestyle, Karsen Miller was the lone rider having to compete on the big jump line that had by far the biggest jumps he had hit all season. Miller stepped up showing no sign of apprehension. His run included frontside 360 to two nice straight airs and a clean rail line, which landed him in 27th in the Youth Men 15-16 division. It was a top third of the field finish and a great result for Miller going forward.

The young women of SVSEF Snowboarding were next in the Breaker Girls 13-14. Callie Allen was smooth all day with a Half Cab back 360 combo and a smooth rail game. Her confidence on course grabbed her 14th overall, just missing the cut for finals. Naomi Gorringe (Breaker Girls 13-14), who was a contender in all the events she qualified for, was trying for a very technical run to pair with her always big amplitude. The run she wanted was half cab/front 360 stale/back 360 and then boardslides on the hardest rail features. It just wasn’t her day and she had trouble on the second feature and bobbled both runs. Naomi is a fierce competitor and this will serve as fuel going into next season and beyond. She is an amazing rider with a bright future, stay tuned.

In the Menehune Girls 11-12, Vivian Smith came to play! Smith stood out with her smooth grabs and airs and a confident style between features. In her very first Nationals, she nabbed a top ten finish—10th place and only two spots out of the final. Camille Armeen, who is kind of the opposite of Smith in her riding style, showed the power and amplitude she has been working on all season. Starting things off with half cab to smooth second jump air, Armeen landed in 15th and proved she deserved the spot at Nationals this season. Chase Josey was the “Hype Man” these young riders needed and he did a great job making tweaks to runs and getting the girls to believe they had the bag of tricks to perform on the day. 

Boardercross, the most unpredictable of the snowboard disciplines, gave us a great course in a new location at Copper Mountain this season. Sun Valley riders have always done well in this event coming from Baldy with its long runs, and coaches tried to channel that saying “it’s just like running Machine Road back home!” The time trial shook out as expected with all the Sun Valley riders landing solidly in the knockout heats and not having to claw through the last chance brackets. The strategy started moving into the heats, where the course featured a long straight away, with a rhythm section to a hard-left turn that favored the goofy-footed riders. 

Smith, one of the smallest riders in the field, used it as an advantage staying nimble and allowing riders to make mistakes before making a move. Gorringe, who was seeded to get second or third gate pick, would drop in from the left and push all the other riders high and to the right to set herself up to take the low left line to advance. Armeen used the same strategy and made the move of the day with a hard, low cut to slingshot past two girls in front of her. All three Sun Valley riders advanced two rounds to the quarter finals before getting knocked out, again showing that they are real ATV snowboarders! At the conclusion of the heats, it was Armeen 10th in Menehune Girls 11-12, Smith 11th in Menehune Girls 11-12, and Gorringe 14th in Breaker Girls 13-14.

The Halfpipe was up next and the riding on display all week was high level. Particularly in the women’s division it was smooth and creative and the ladies were going big. Smith and Armeen, who made one pipe trip this year to qualify for this event, were in a division (Menehune Girls 11-12) that featured 11-year-old Patti Yizhu Zhou, who finished on the podium at this year’s Dew Tour Halfpipe event. The girls dropped in back to back and were smooth and confident with straight airs at and just above the lip of the 22-foot pipe. Both girls grabbed their airs and after the first runs were sitting just on the bubble to make the 10-girl final. 

Chase discussed their second runs with them in the start gate and it was agreed they would add a frontside 360. Smith went first adding the 360 at the bottom of her run and improving her first run score. Armeen went bigger on her straight airs and looked smoother between the walls, so much so that she ran out of room to try the 360, but the intent was there. Smith and Armeen finished 17th and 19th respectively. This is an amazing result for first time National riders in a discipline we don’t get to ride that often. 

Gorringe and Allen in the Breaker Girls 13-14 division showed us what’s to come for them in the halfpipe, and they showcased their different styles and approach to snowboarding. Gorringe is the go big, take risks, and throw unique tricks and combos. Allen is the calculated, smooth, and subtle rider that just makes it look good. After a good practice, a look at the landscape, and realizing they did indeed belong among this field, the girls got to work. 

Allen was smooth between the walls, looking almost at ease as she got out of the pipe, grabbing everything, and adding an FS 360-Halfcab to her run. Gorringe went bigger than most of the field on all her straight airs, grabbing the attention of everyone there including the judges. The pipe was long and most girls were getting at least six to seven hits. Gorringe was getting five and had to just squeeze in her 360 at the bottom. 

This group was extremely competitive and the judging was tough to figure if big or tech was the rule of the day. The girls and coaches wanted to continue to play to the strengths that got them there, and just wanted to clean up what had already been shown in hopes of a little boost in score. When the smoke cleared, Gorringe finished just off the podium in fourth, with Allen right behind her in fifth! 

The Breaker Girls 13-14 was one of the groups that U.S. Team coaches attended to get a glimpse of what’s coming, and the two SVSEF riders made an impression to be sure. This was an amazing result for both girls and proof that Sun Valley is still producing great pipe riders with the fundamentals they learn riding Baldy every day.

This was an amazing “fact finding” trip for everyone who attended. The team often competes in a bit of a bubble and it’s invaluable for the riders to see where they stack up nationally, that they are competitive, and in many cases they are contenders.

Sixth Annual Gary Black Jr. Memorial Race Honors Black's Love of Ski Racing

SVSEF alpine youth programs wrap up season complete with costumes and camaraderie

Sun Valley Ski Education (SVSEF) hosted the Sixth Annual Gary Black, Jr. Memorial Race on Saturday. Girls and boys from the SVSEF Alpine U8, U10, U12, and U14 teams competed in a dual-panel ski race and at the conclusion of the event the teams’ end-of-season individual awards and Gary Black Jr. Memorial Race perpetual trophies were presented.

The Gary Black Memorial race honors and memorializes a ski racing community legend, Gary Black, Jr., whose life was taken too soon in 2017. It honors Gary’s love for ski racing, the enthusiasm of what it's like to be a ski racer, and continues his legacy through the next generation of ski racers. Black’s success, commitment, and enthusiasm to the ski racing community shone bright this weekend. While the race was happening in Sun Valley, Black was also being honored and inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in Big Sky, MT this weekend as a member of the 2021-2022 class. 

It was an important weekend for the Black family, recognizing his induction, and seeing the impact of this annual race in his honor. “On behalf of my family, I’d like to thank SVSEF for their continued support and promotion of the Gary Black, Jr Memorial Race,” said Amanda Rising Black, eldest daughter of the late Gary Black, Jr. “We were so sorry to miss the festivities this year, but ironically, they were held the same day that our father was to be inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. It’s hard to believe the race is in its sixth year, and wonderful to see how many turned out and the fun that was being had. Our father would have loved to see how much SVSEF has grown as an organization in the past six years. Not only have the numbers of athletes participating in the program increased, but they have placed several athletes on the U.S. Team. He also would have been especially proud of their expanded Grass Roots to Grand Stage programming and their vision around inclusivity and opportunity for the youth of the Wood River Valley. We are so fortunate to live in a community that can provide that resource to all. Thank you, SVSEF—next year we’ll be there with bells on!” said Black.

"I am so proud that my father is receiving this recognition," said Lexi Black, youngest daughter of the late Gary Black, Jr. and SVSEF Alum. "Like many kids, I grew up in total admiration of my father. But not many other kids get to share in a whole community’s worth of admiration — really serves as a reminder of just how special we was, not only to me, but to so many people. And in the case of my father, I think this respect and appreciation is not only in response to the work he did on behalf of the industry, but respect and appreciation for that great big heart his that guided every bit of the work."

"Remembering Gary in such a significant way, both in the morning with an SVSEF ski race and that evening with his induction into the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame was tremendous," said Heather Black, wife of the late Gary Black, Jr. "Someone from the family has always been present at the Gary Black, Jr. Memorial race and while we were sad to miss it this year, we were overwhelmed to be at his induction where our hearts were full with gratitude and pride for the day of GBJr. remembrances."

Costumes are tradition at the Gary Black, Jr. Memorial Race, along with big smiles, friendly camaraderie, and competitive spirits. The dual-format race makes for fun competition among teammates, seeing who can get down the hill fastest. Alta Questad from the U10 Travel Team skied into first place in the girls U10 field, and Alex Grant won for the U10 boys. In U12 girls, Savannah Pringle came in first place and Henry Questad won on the boys side. Lucy Stevenson and Espen Schernthanner stood atop the podium for the U14 girls and boys respectively. Podiums or not, all the athletes felt the fun vibes of wrapping their season amongst their teammates under blue skies and sunshine.

“Although it seems like this winter will not go away, we were greeted with a blue bird day,” said Chuck Harris, SVSEF Alpine Junior Program Director. “We had more than 140 kids racing, and they all put on a show. All the kids and coaches were in costumes and the barbeque was on all day. I could not think of a better way to end the season for our youth programs.” 

At the conclusion of the races, the individual year-end awards were presented for boys and girls in each age group including the Most Improved, Coaches Award, Cheeso Award, Outstanding Skier Awards, and the Howard Dean Award in the U8 category.

The Gary Black, Jr. Memorial Perpetual Trophies were also presented. The Gretchen Fraser Award for fastest U10 Female went to Alta Questad and the Pete Patterson Award for fastest U10 Male went to Alex Grant. The Kathleen Harrison Mortimer Award for the fastest U12 Female was awarded to Savannah Pringle and the Billy Klein Award for the fastest U12 Male was awarded to Henry Questad. The Bonnie Russell Award for the fastest U14 Female went to Lucy Stevenson and the Smith Goggle Award for the fastest U14 Male went to Espen Schernthanner.

Complete race results, individual year-end awards, and recipients of the perpetual trophy awards are included below.

Gary Black, Jr. Memorial Race Results:

U8 Girls 

1 - Kayla Kloster

2 - Dylan Spengler 

3 - Blakely Martens 

4 - Morgan Thomas

5 - Chandler Letson

6 - Estelle Turzian

7 - Serena (Nani) Sheue 

8 - Blakeslee Tindall 

9 - Rosie Hill 

10 - Palmer Burwell 

11 - Elise Eng Greener

12 - Aveline McMahan 

13 - Kyle Bruun

U8 Boys

1 - Vance Gardiner

2 - Ridge Crist 

3 - Dillon Wells

4 - Bennett Everson

5 - Huxley Binns

6 - Cole Martens

7 - Grey Hegewald

8 - Dylan Smiley 

9 - Jax Hegewald

10 - Wade Carr

11 - Bryce Gilmore

12 - Owen Brennan

13 - Arthur McNeal 

14 - Samuel Sattler 

15 - Smith Matthews

16 - Werner Mcnamara 

17 - Nathan Sattler

18 - Patrick Phillips 

19 - Thomas Banta 

20 - Kingsley Bruun

21 - Luca Smither

U10 Girls

1 - Alta Questad

2 - Presley Jensen

3 - Lauren Larrabee 

4 - Sophie Robins

5 - Tea Smither 

6 - Amelia Beck 

7 - Marie McNeal 

8 - Zula Van Der Meulen

9 - Charlotte Pittsley

10 - Georgia Bea Stansberry 

11 - Simone Spachman

12 - Katherine Morrison

13 - Samatha Heidel 

14 - Marlow Jones

15 - Olivia Heyser

16 - Hadley Gouley 

17 - Lilla Bloedorn

18 - Josie Dondero 

19 - Rienza Buoncristiani 

20 - Gigi Hill 

21 - Quincy Gadhia 

22 - Sigrid Hutchinson

23 - Valentina Holman

24 - Annika Neumann

25 - Ivy Mcnamara 

26 - Kaitlyn Cooper

U10 Boys 

1 - Alex Grant

2 - Halsten Bruun

3 - Logan Steel 

4 - Chase Martens

5 - Walker Grove

6 - Asa Sattler

7 - Wyatt Matthews

8 - Dunning Kochvar

9 - Keller Spachman 

10 - William Presnell

11 - Nolan Garza

12 - Ren Berrige

13 - Jandi Gonzalez 

U12 Girls

1 - Savannah Pringle 

2 - Piper Spengler

3 - Imogen Hutchisen

4 - Olivia Harrington

5 - Jennings Fraser

6 - Camille Reid 

7 - Brianna Smiley 

8 - Halley McGrew

9 - Lilly Little

10 - Makenna Steel 

11 - Gia Luem

12 - Aviella Buoncristiani 

13 - Brady Bloomfield

14 - Irie Black

15 - Reese Woodward

16 - Ellie Hill 

17 - Hartley Tindall 

18 - Bailey Presnell

19 - Piper Jones

20 - Elsa Neumann

U12 Boys

1 - Henry Questad

2 - Cameron Beck

3 - Thijs Lloyd

4 - Charlie Spengler 

5 - Brixen Ehleringer

6 - James Holman

7 - Alex Brown

8 - Cash Mintz

9 - Eli Sattler 

10 - Coen Lamb

11 - Hunter Gove

12 - Cody Lloyd 

13 - Matthew Thurman

14 - Ian Lozada 

15 - Jasper Pott

U14 Girls 

1 - Lucy Stevenson

2 - Sophie Kanowsky 

3 - Kaden Snell 

4 - Avery Logsdon 

5 - Tessa Dondero 

6 - Abbot Geer

7 - Lilah Bicas-Dolgen

U14 Boys

1 - Espen Schernthanner

2 - Briggs Stevenson

3 - Brooks Gove

4 - Kyle Cooper

U8 Year End Awards

Coaches Award Girls: (Coachable, listens, and good teammate)

Kayla Kloster, Uzi Hale 

Coaches Award Boys: (Coachable, listens and good teammate)

Makay Johnson, Dylan Smiley 

Most Improved Girls: 

Jandi Gonzales, India Conway 

Most Improved Boys: 

Cole Martens, Emil Beatty 

Cheeso Girls Award: (Getting after it any conditions)

Clementine Brumbach 

Cheeso Boys Award: (Getting after it any conditions)

Harrison Wettach 

Howard Dean Award: (Shows a true love of skiing)

Dylan Spengler 

Howard Dean Award: (Shows a true love of skiing)

Dunning Kochvar 

U10 Year End Awards

Most Improved

Josie Dondero, Asa Sattler

Coaches Award

Halsten Bruun, Marie McNeal

Outstanding Skiers

Alta Questad, Alex Grant

U12 Year End Awards

Most Improved Award

Liv Harrington, Wesley Sewell

Coaches Award

Piper Spengler, Cam Beck

Cheeso Mountain Kidd Award 

Cami Reid, Corbin Flood

Gary Black Jr. Perpetual Awards

Gretchen Fraser Award 

Fastest U10 Female - Alta Questad

Pete Patterson Award 

Fastest U10 Male - Alex Grant

Kathleen Harrison Mortimer Award 

Fastest U12 Female - Savannah Pringle

Billy Klein Award

Fastest U12 Male - Henry Questad

Bonnie Russell Award

Fastest U14 Female - Lucy Stevenson

Smith Goggle Award

Fastest U14 Male - Espen Schernthanner

Roy Hobson Award - Fastest Female and Male of the day

Savannah Pringle

Henry Questad

SVSEF XC Gold Team Athletes Wolter and Adicoff back on U.S. trails

Peter Wolter has had a dreamy season and it just keeps going. Wolter is returning from a successful trip to Dobbiaco, Italy where he represented the U.S. Ski Team in the OPA Cup Finals. Jake Adicoff is returning from Norway after skiing the historic Norwegian Birkebeiner. Both are currently finishing up the race season in Craftsbury, VT at the 2023 US Super Tour Finals.    

Wolter, currently in second place in the overall U.S. SuperTour standings, is back racing on familiar trails in Craftsbury, VT, where he raced collegiately for Middlebury College. In the 10 km classic, the first of three races at the tour, Wolter finished sixth overall, just seconds out of the top three. The goal; to finish the season as the Super Tour leader, a position that would grant him automatic World Cup starts in Period 1 next season.   

“Peter got a little worn down over the final few OPA Cup starts in Italy, but bounced back well three days later for a sixth in the 10km Classic at Super Tour Finals in Vermont,” said Head SVSEF XC Gold Team Coach Chris Mallory. “It’s a tight battle at the top of the SuperTour standings with Ketchum local and SVSEF Alum Hagenbuch, Wolter, and Alaskan Zanden McMullen. With two National Championship races to go it’ll be an exciting finale to the season.” 

Adicoff, who has had a “golden” season on the U.S. Para Nordic Team is excited to be back on U.S. trails. He changed up his race attire from Team USA to shorts and a race shirt to match the spring conditions, finishing in 43rd place in the 10km race.   

US Super Tour Finals continue Friday, March 24 with a Freestyle sprint and Sunday, March 26 with a 50km Classic mass start race. Adicoff and Wolter will both be competing. 

Other SVSEF Cross Country News: 

John Steel Hagenbuch, SVSEF Alum and Dartmouth College, took the win in the 10km classic at the U.S. Super Tour Finals and fellow alum Anika Landis, finished 19th in the women’s 10km classic. 

On March 3, Katie Feldman, SVSEF XC Gold Team member finished the Norwegian Birkebeiner in 46th place in the Elite Women’s category. “The Birkie could not have been a better day…it was gloriously sunny, the fans were energetic, and we were kicking 45 (hard wax)!  I was also sooo happy to do some striding and not just double pole,” said Feldman, who has had a tremendous winter racing the European marathon and Ski Classics series. She has one more marathon weekend to go and it just happens to be some of the hardest courses on the circuit. Follow along as Katie competes in the Norwegian Reistadlopet April 1-2. 

SVSEF XC Comp Team Claims Five Podiums at Western Club Championships

Members of the SVSEF Cross Country Comp Team traveled to the Western Club Championships in Truckee, CA for the last race series of the season. It was a relaxed and fun atmosphere, promoting racing of all ages.

Day one saw sunshine and warm temperatures, a classic California winter day and one that they haven’t seen much of this winter. The snowfall was beyond what we have ever seen—25 feet and more in the forecast. From the Auburn Ski Club building where you can sit inside and watch the races, all you could see was a 20-foot wall of snow with steps chiseled into the snowpack to get into the building.

The first race, a 5km skiathlon, consisted of one lap of classic skiing, and one lap of freestyle skiing, with a change of gear in between. The team set up their “ski exchanges” in the designated area and off they went. In the U18 boys’ race, Galen Grohusky skied his way onto the podium in third place, followed closely by Dave Walters and Holden Archie in fifth and seventh. Zach Quesnel took third in the U16 race with teammate Winton Gallegos finishing seventh. Emma Singer joined her teammates on the third place podium in the girls U18 race. Mia Schaffner and Lucy Carter were close behind in fourth and fifth.

“It was great to have the opportunity to race one more time and the Western Club Championships was just the series we needed,” said Becky Woods, SVSEF Cross Country Program Director. “The atmosphere was great, everyone was excited to be in California racing. It was the perfect way to wrap up the season.”

Sunday brought a day of familiar wintery weather (at least three more inches) with a 7.5km freestyle mass start race on deck for the U18 boys and girls, and a 5km for the U16’s. In the girl’s U18 race, Emma Singer again found the podium, finishing third, followed by Mia Schaffner in fifth. In the U18 boys’ race, Teddy Hobbs skied his way on to the podium, finishing third. Teammates Galen Grohusky, and Holden Archie were close behind in fourth and eighth respectfully. In the U16 boys race Zach Quesnel skied to a seventh place finish with Winston close behind in ninth.

The weekend marked the closure of the race season for the SVSEF XC Comp Team.


Boys – Day 1 - U18/16 (3/18/23)
3 - Galen Grohusky
5 - Dave Walters
7 - Holden Archie
11 - Zach Quesnel
18 - Winston Gallegos

Girls – Day 1 - U18 (3/18/23)
6 - Emma Singer
11 - Mia Schaffner
13 - Lucy Carter

Girls – Day 2 - U18 (3/19/23)
3 - Emma Singer
5 - Mia Schaffner

Boys – Day 2 - U18 (3/19/23)
3 - Teddy Hobbs
4 - Galen Grohusky
8 - Holden Archie
10 - Dave Walters

Boys – Day 2 - U16 (3/19/23)
7 - Zach Quesnel
9 - Winston Gallegos

SVSEF Dominates 2023 U12 Intermountain Championships at Snowbird, UT

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) U12 Travel team traveled to Snowbird March 17-19 to compete in their final race of the season—the U12 Intermountain Division Championships. SVSEF had 14 boys and 19 girls qualify to compete in the championship series. Throughout the season, SVSEF U12 athletes compete against athletes from the northern region of the Intermountain Division (IMD).

The 2023 IMD Championships brings the northern and southern regions of the Intermountain Division together, making the field of athletes bigger and the competition that much more competitive. In Snowbird, 200 athletes competed in one Giant Slalom (GS), one Slalom (SL), and one Kombi race.

“These athletes did a great job attacking each of the courses, skiing and finishing the season with some of their best skiing, and also having loads of fun at a new venue,” said Adele Savaria, SVSEF Alpine U12 Travel Head Coach. “As coaches, we are so proud of everything these athletes accomplished this season, and can’t wait for next season.”

SVSEF’s Savannah Pringle brought home the overall girls U12 IMD Championship title. Her strong results in each event earned Pringle the overall win, with a third place in the GS, second in the SL, and second in the Kombi. Henry Questad also had a great championship series coming in second in the men’s SL and fifth in the GS.

For complete race results please click HERE.

SVSEF Athlete Results:
MEN 3/17/23 GS:
5 - Henry Questad
6 - Cameron Beck
10 - Corbin Flood
12 - Charlie Spengler
16 - Thijs Lloyd
25 - Finn Malone
31 - James Holman
39 - Brixen Ehleringer
51 - Alex Grant
54 - Eli Sattler
58 - Cody Lloyd
68 - Cash Mintz
69 - Halsten Bruun

WOMEN 3/17/23 GS:
3 - Savannah Pringle
14 - Imogen Hutchisen
17 - Piper Spengler
22 - Olivia Harrington
25 - Camille Reid
28 - Brianna Smiley
30 - Jennings Fraser
47 - Gaia Luem
63 - Ava Gilmour
65 - Alta Questad
66 - Payton Daley-Scheigraber
70 - Taylor Rundell
71 - Aviella Buoncristiani
74 - Brady Bloomfield
76 - Iliana Little
83 - Makenna Steel
91 - Irie Black

MEN 3/18/23 SL
2 - Henry Questad
3 - Cameron Beck
5 - Corbin Flood
9 - Charlie Spengler
10 - Thijs Lloyd
15 - Finn Malone
26 - Brixen Ehleringer
33 - Coen Lamb
63 - Cody Lloyd
68 - Cash Mintz
70 - Eli Sattler

WOMEN 3/18/23 SL
2 - Savannah Pringle
13 - Imogen Hutchisen
15 - Piper Spengler
16 - Olivia Harrington
20 - Jennings Fraser
28 - Camille Reid
39 - Taylor Rundell
45 - Gaia Luem
53 - Brianna Smiley
54 - Iliana Little
59 - Aviella Buoncristiani
61 - Payton Daley-Scheigraber
72 - Makenna Steel
80 - Irie Black
82 - Amelia Beck

MEN 3/19/23 KOMBI
7 - Cameron Beck
11 - Corbin Flood
13 - Thijs Lloyd
19 - Charlie Spengler
31 - Brixen Ehleringer
47 - Finn Malone
48 - Alex Grant
50 - Cash Mintz
51 - Eli Sattler
57 - Coen Lamb
68 - Cody Lloyd

2 - Savannah Pringle
15 - Imogen Hutchisen
17 - Piper Spengler
22 - Jennings Fraser
33 - Olivia Harrington
35 - Camille Reid
44 - Taylor Rundell
47 - Brianna Smiley
52 - Alta Questad
58 - Gaia Luem
61 - Iliana Little
63 - Payton Daley-Scheigraber
66 - Makenna Steel
67 - Aviella Buoncristiani
83 - Amelia Beck
84 - Irie Black

SVSEF XC Comp Team members shine at Junior Nationals in Fairbanks, AK 

IMD finishes second in overall Alaska Cup 

Cold temps and wind were a breeze for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) junior national team skiers who showed weather is just part of the show at the 2023 USSA Cross Country Ski Junior National Championships in Fairbanks, AK. The team skied some of the hardest courses of the year and helped the Intermountain Division finish second in the overall Alaska Cup, the best finish for the division in years.

Day one started cold… and ended colder. The temperature was four degrees at race time, with perfect tracks and a racecourse that was as challenging as it gets. Jodie Maguire led the U18 SVSEF girls contingent with a solid 13th place finish in the 7.5km classic race. She was followed closely by Berkeley Canfield, Ani Vandenburgh, Aisley Grohusky, Molly Maybach, and Eloise Hebert. Less than three minutes separated the finish times. On the same course, Cora Faye Scott led the U16 girls, followed by Mazzy Conners. “It was really cold,” said Conners. In his first ever junior national race, Dexter Morrison finished the 7.5km race with a time of 26:08, good enough for 61st place in the U18 boys field. Miguel Fresco Hanlon found himself in 17th for U20’s to round out the day.

“Our athletes raced some of their best races of the season on exciting and challenging courses in Fairbanks,” said SVSEF Guest Coach Bob Thompson. “The fight the Sun Valley skiers showed was inspiring.”

Cold temperatures stayed put for day two of the event, and the winds added yet another element to the freestyle sprint. The team bundled up and showed real grit when it came time to race. Fresco led the way for U20 boys, finishing fourth overall and first for IMD. Dexter Morrison showed his sprint skills with a 27th overall finish for U18 boys. Cora Faye Scott continued the streak with a blazing fifth place overall finish in the U16 girls race with teammate Mazzy Conners finding her way to 62nd.  In the U18 girls sprint, it was Molly Maybach and Ani Vandenburgh at the top, finishing sixth and ninth respectively. They were followed closely by Maguire and Canfield. Grohusky and Hebert rounded out the scoring for IMD, putting the division in second overall going into the last day of racing.

The last day of racing brought smiles, blankets to keep warm at the start/finish, and another solid day of race results from IMD and the SVSEF crew. Maguire continued her distance dominance for the U18’s, finishing 12th overall in the 10km freestyle mass start. SVSEF/IMD teammates could see each other the whole way, helping to motivate one another in the last race of the championships. Canfield, Maybach, Grohusky, Hebert and Vandenburgh completed the race within minutes of each other, helping IMD build a lead going into the last few races. In the U16 girls race, Scott led the SVSEF crew finishing 23rd and Conners tied her best result finishing 62nd. The result of the day came from Fresco-Hanlon with a sixth-place result in the U20 boys  10km mass start freestyle event, once again leading the way for IMD.

“It was really cool to get to represent Sun Valley and the region and just being there was a blast,” said Fresco Hanlon. “Also, doing well for me was an added bonus.”

In the true essence of sport, SVSEF Comp Team athlete Ani Vandenburg was named the “Spirit of IMD” by her Intermountain Division teammates. Vandenburgh was a leader on and off the racecourse, showing kindness and compassion to her teammates as well as leading by example. “She was one of the toughest athletes out there on the last day,” said Coach Thompson. “Her shins locked up on her and she stuck it out in a lot of pain.”

In the coveted Alaska Cup at Junior Nationals, IMD had its best showing in years, displaying the strength of the region. “It is exciting to be a part of a competitive Nordic community here in Intermountain,” said Becky Woods, SVSEF Cross Country Program Director. “When we go to Junior National qualifiers throughout the winter, we know that the competition there is similar to that of Junior Nationals. It is a positive shift that will allow our athletes to compete with the best in the country as we ski into the future.”

Alaska Cup 

1 New England:  822

2 Intermountain (IMD): 785

3 Midwest: 667

Day 1 

Classic 7.5km interval start 

U16 Women 

14 Cora Faye Scott

72 Mazzy Conners

U18 Women 

13 JodieWillow Maguire

19 Berkeley Canfield

24 Ani Vandenburgh

29 Aisley Grohusky

34 Molly Maybach

55 Eloise Hebert

U18 Men 

61 Dexter Morrison

U20 Men 

17 Miguel Fresco Hanlon

Day 2 

Freestyle Sprint 

U16 Women 

5 Cora Fay Scott*

62 Mazzy Conners

U18 Women 

6 Molly Maybach*

9 Ani Vandenburgh*

14 JodieWillow Maguire

17 Berkeley Canfield

48 Aisley Grohusky

54 Eloise Hebert

U18 Men 

27 Dexter Morrison

U20 Men 

4 Miguel Fresco Hanlon*

Day 3 

Freestyle Mass Start 

U16 Women - 5km 

23 Cora Faye Scott

62 Mazzy Conners

U18 Women - 10km 

12 JodieWillow Maguire

25 Berkeley Canfield

31 Molly Maybach

49 Aisley Grohusky

53 Eloise Hebert

58 Ani Vandenburgh

U20 Men 

6 Miguel Fresco Hanlon*

*All American honors go to the top 10 in every race. 

For more information and results, visit: 2023 JN Fairbanks Results

Photos courtesy of Tory Canfield.