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SSCV History

1962

  • Ski Club Vail is formed so that Vail can host USSA and FIS sanctioned races
  • Bob Parker, Dick Hauserman, Gaynor Miller, Peter Seibert and Morrie Sheppard form the first Board of Trustees
  • Bob Beattie first brings the U.S. National training Camp to Vail, Beattie and the National Team return in 1963 and 1965

1963

  • Ski Club Vail hosts its first Rocky Mountain Ski Association race and the Vail Cup was born

1964

  • Ski Club Vail receives its 501(c) non-profit status from the Internal Revenue Service

1965

  • Bob Parker, Pete Seibert and the U.S. Alpine Coach Bob Beattie create the International Team Races, a forerunner of today’s Nation’s Cup standing and World Cup races, and they’re held in Vail that year, as well as in 1967 and 1969

1967

  • Ski Club Vail forms the first Junior Racing Program in Vail and offers two programs in its first season the Vail Racing Team, for those interested in serious competition and the Vail Junior Program, for younger skiers being introduced to competitive skiing
  • Program Fee are $65 and membership dues are $18
  • Gaynor Miller is elected President of the Board of Trustees
  • George Rau becomes Executive Director, replacing Paul Bacon; he also coaches the Vail Racing Team
  • Ski Club Vail’s budget in the first season offering programs is $16,000

1968

  • The race hill at Golden Peak is widened

1969

  • Brothers Rudd and Scott Pyles become the first Ski Club Vail racers to advance to the U.S. Ski Team

1973

  • Rudd Pyles becomes first Ski Club Vail racer to advance to the U.S. Ski Team
  • Ski Club Vail’s Executive Director, George Rau departs to take a position at the USSA
  • Dave Irish assumes the Executive Director position

1975

  • Bill Sargent serves as President of the Board of Trustees

1976

  • Ski Club Vail’s first Clubhouse is completed. The construction was enabled by a donation of a quarter acre of land from Vail Associates and a donation of architectural services by local architects Pierce Briner and Fitzhugh Scott
  • Ski Club Vail member Jamie Temple make U.S. “C” Team
  • John Casella replaces Dave Irish as Ski Club Vail’s Executive Director
  • Coaches Russ Speirn, Tom Cannon and Bob Seeman take on the newly created Ski Team Vail and Talent Squad racers- concepts created to give those racers with a chance at making the U.S. Team a chance to develop their potential

1977

  • The original clubhouse is dedicated in December. Byron Brown is the building chairman and Frank Pettee serves as President of the Board of Trustees
  • Nearly 60 skiers are enrolled at Ski Club Vail, the largest number yet!

1980

  • Ski Club Vail member John Buxman makes the U.S. Ski Team “B’ Team
  • Ed Livran is elected Board of Trustees President
  • Buthc Graves takes over as Executive Director

1981

  • Ski Club Vail member Mike Brown makes the U.S. National Junior Team
  • Mike Porter assumes the position of Executive Director

1982

  • Byron Brown is elected President of the Board of Trustees

1983

  • Between 1983 and 1987, Charlie Adams shares directorship with Mike Porter

1984

  • Ed Livran takes over the Board of Trustees Presidency for his second term

1986

  • Future Executive Director, Chip Woods, is named U.S. Domestic Coach of the Year
  • A second floor is added to the Ski Club Vail clubhouse, nearly doubling its size
  • Program enrollments explode to 118, doubling in just 10 years

1987

  • Ski Club Vail enrollment is at 157

1988

  • Erik Steinberg begins his tenure as Executive Director

1989

  • Gordie Rowe, Tony Bryan, Tom Bailey, Pan Del Bosco, Basil Karsaros, Jim Viele, Bud Issacs and Phil Hoversten are all elected or re-elected to the Board of Trustees

1990

  • Larry Benway, Rick Bolduc, Rockey Christopher, Joanne Colt, Phil Hoversten, Charles Lorch and Jean Wilsonm are elected to the Board of Trustees
  • Future Executive Director, Aldo Radamus, is named U.S. Domestic Coach of the Year

1991

  • Della Otto, Steve McSpadden and Kim Zimmerman are welcomed to the Board of Trustees
  • The Annual Ski Swap nets $81,500

1992

  • Vail Valley Academy is created by Terresa Herbst; six students and five teachers attend

1993

  • Chip Woods assumes role as SSCV Executive Director
  • The Vail Valley Academy is founded and led by Academic Director Teresa Herbst for the next ten years

1994

  • 14 students enroll in the Vail Valley Academy for the 1994-1995 academic year

1995

  • A Nordic program is attempted for the 1995-1996 season, however only one athlete enrolls and the program is discontinued

1996

  • 36 students enroll at Vail Valley Academy
  • Annual Ski Swap brings over $90,000 in revenue
  • Three Ski Club Vail athletes are named to the U.S. Ski Team “C” Team
  • Ski Club Vail coach Crawford Pierce is named USSA Coach of the Year

1997

  • Ski Club Vail wins its fourth consecutive “Fatski” trophy for the top team in the Rocky Mountain Division
  • Enrollments for the 1997-1998 season reach 257
  • Ski Club Vail initiates its Booster Program

1998

  • Tom Banner, John Goodman and Elizabeth Schaeffer are elected as new members to the Board of Trustees
  • Larissa Felli serves as the Board of Trustees Racer Representative for the 1998-1999 season
  • Ski Club Vail, in conjunction with Vail Junior Hockey, hosts the first annual Glitter, Gate & Skates; which later became Glitter, Gates & Rails
  • The Annual Ski Swap nets $105,000

1999

  • Ski Club Vail is voted the 1999 USSA Alpine Club of the Year
  • Plans are drawn for a proposed new 25,000 square foot clubhouse building

2000

  • The Freestyle Program is added to Ski Club Vail; this new program draws 31 new skiers

2001

  • Pete Seibert Jr. replaces Phil Hoversten as Board of Trustees President

2002

  • Ski Club Vail officially changes its name to Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
  • Aldo Radamus is hired to replace Chip Woods as Executive Director
  • 283 athletes enroll for the 2002-2003 season
  • Snowboarding is added to the list of programs
  • $22,000 in scholarship funds are awarded to SSCV students and athletes

2003

  • Brad Ghent replaces Pete Seibert Jr as the Board of Trustees President
  • Kathleen Payne replaces Terresa Herbst as the Vail Valley Academy’s Academic Director
  • Ali Levy becomes the first Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Freestyle athlete to advance to the U.S. Ski Team
  • 315 athletes enroll for the 2003-2004 season
  • Vail Valley Academy enrollment is at its largest ever, with 45 students
  • $35,000 in scholarship finds are awarded to 29 students and athletes
  • Jamie Klein, Ceil Folz and Mike Spriggs join the Board of Trustees

2004

  • SSCV celebrates its 40th Anniversary and hosts an Alumni Reunion
  • Vi and Byron Brown are recognized with a “Lifetime of Volunteerism Award” and George Rau is recognized with a “Coaching Leadership Award”
  • SSCV incorporates a Nordic program into its offerings
  • Rocky Christopher and Larry Benway retire from the Board of Trustees and 15 and 20 years of service, respectively. Also retiring are Steve Avery, Tom Banner, Debra Duke, John McMurtry and Kevin Wall. Ron Alvarez joins the Board of Trustees

2005

  • SSCV awards over $40,000 in scholarship funds to more than 40 athletes
  • Enrollment continues to grow with 365 athletes participating in programs
  • Shannon Armstrong, Steve Santamaria and Chuck Wachendorfer join the Board of Trustees

2006

  • Enrollments are at their highest levels ever with 394 athletes
  • More than 50 athletes receive over $75,000 in scholarship awards
  • Glenn Davis replaces Brad Ghent as the Board of Trustees President
  • Tanya Tanner replaces Kathleen Payne as the Vail Valley Academy’s Academic Director
  • Jim Harding, Liz Leeds, David Viele and David White join the Board of Trustees

2007

  • SSCV enrollment continues to grow, with a total of 425 athletes
  • Dan Leever and Scott Walchek join the Board of Trustees
  • SSCV Alumna Lindsey (Kildow) Vonn becomes the first ski racing athlete with Colorado roots to win a World Championship or Olympic Medal; winning two silver medals in DH and Super G in the 2007 World Alpine Ski Championships in Are, Sweden
  • Broc Waring becomes the first SSCV Snowboard athlete to be named to the U.S. Snowboard Team, competing in the half pipe
  • In conjunction with Eagle County School District, SSCV creates the first public ski and snowboard academy in the country, Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy. Enrollment for the first year is 31 students
  • Vail Valley Academy is renamed and becomes Vail Valley Tutorial Academy

2008

  • SSCV Alumna Lindsey Vonn wins the 2008 Overall World Cup Champion and 2008 Downhill World Cup Champion
  • Will Gregorak is named to the U.S. Ski Team “D” Team
  • Jeff Kirwood joins the Board of Trustees

2009

  • SSCV Alumna Lindsey Vonn is named the 2009 Overall World Cup Champion, 2009 Downhill World Cup Champion and 2009 Super G World Cup Champion
  • Greta Byrne is named to the U.S. Ski Team “D” Team
  • Early season training is made available by a $3 Million snowmaking upgrade in cooperation with Vail Resorts and financed by SSCV. Completion was on October 5, 2009 and training began on November 2, 2009. The fully automated snowmaking system covers 329 vertical meters of variable terrain including FIS homologated courses for Slalom and Giant Slalom
  • SSCV Athlete Heidi Kloser is named to the U.S. Freestyle Team

2010

  • SSCV Alumna Lindsey Vonn wins Olympic Gold & Bronze in Vancouver, 2010 Overall World Cup Champion, 2013 Downhill World Cup Champion, 2013 Super G World Cup Champion and 2010 Super Combined World Cup Champion
  • SSCV Athlete Abby Ghent is name to the U.S. Ski Team “D” Team
  • U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Member, Heidi Kloser is named Rookie of the Year
  • SSCV Alumni Chris DelBosco wins Winter X Games Gold in Skier X
  • Phil Duff, Ken DeLine and Tim Itin join the Board of Trustees

2011

  • SSCV enrollment continues to grow with a total of 485 athletes
  • SSCV Alumna Lindsey Vonn joins the Board of Trustees and wins 2011 Downhill World Cup Champion, 2011 Super G World Cup Champion and 2011 Super Combined World Cup Champion
  • SSCV Athlete Katherine Irwin and Paula Moltzan are name to the U.S. Ski Team “D” Team

2012

  • SSCV enrollment continues to grow to 535 athletes
  • SSCV Alumna Lindsey Vonn wins the title of 2012 Overall World Cup Champion, 2012 Downhill World Cup Champion, 2012 Super G World Cup Champion and 2012 Super Combined World Cup Champion
  • SSCV’s Alex Leever (Alpine), Aaron Blunk (Freeski), Alexandra Fitch (Snowboard) and Indigo Monk (Snowboard) competed at the Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria
  • SSCV offices are moved to Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy
  • SSCV opens the Maloit Park Nordic Center and SSCV purchases a snow cat for grooming those trails
  • SSCV Alumni Chris DelBosco wins the Winter X Games Gold and 2012 World Championship Gold medal in Skier X
  • VSSA enrollment reaches 141 in 2012 putting VSSA among the largest snow sports academies in the nation and the only one that is publicly funded

2013

  • SSCV enrollment continues to grow to 585 athletes
  • SSCV Alumna Lindsey Vonn wins the title 2013 Downhill World Cup Champion and SSCV Alumna Mikaela Shiffrin wins the title 2013 Slalom World Cup Champion
  • A $122,000, 22’ half pipe cutter finds a home on Golden Peak in cooperation with Vail Resorts and financed by SSCV. Athletes now have a safer venue to train and The Burton U.S. Open finds its new home