Fall Spectacular set for Sunday, Sept. 10


Join us Sunday, Sept. 10 at the VSSA campus to purchase your athlete’s gear for the season, complete the mandatory physical (full-time athletes ages 12 and older), and catch up with friends while welcoming new families to SSCV.

At the Fall Spectacular and Membership BBQ, you can accomplish all of these things in just a few short hours in consolation with SSCV coaches, pro shop personnel, human performance staff and equipment representatives.

Regardless of an athlete’s age, properly selected and fitted equipment is a key component of their on-snow performance and critical to the achievement of their personal goals. Don’t miss out on this extremely productive, informative and fun day to kick off your season with SSCV.

Date: Sunday, Sept. 10

Where: Maloit Park in Minturn, home of Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy, SSCV and the Minturn Fitness Center

Master Schedule
8 – 9:30 am — Equipment drop-off for athlete swap

9:30 am-1 pm — Athlete Used Equipment Swap
10 am-1 pm — SSCV Jacket dissemination
10 am-1 pm — New equipment fitting and ordering session
11 am-2 pm — Mandatory Athlete Physicals (athletes ages 12 and older)
11:45-1 pm — Membership BBQ
1-1:30 pm — Equipment pick-up for athlete swap



Where: VSSA traffic loop, weather permitting. If there is inclement weather, it will be held in the VSSA gym.

Order your child’s softgoods and hardgoods at discounted competitor pricing offered to SSCV athletes. Representatives from various ski and snowboard companies will be stationed to provide information on their lines, help fit your athlete and take orders in collaboration with SSCV coaches who will be available to provide advice. This is a very busy session with a large number of SSCV families, staff and representatives on hand. It can be a bit overwhelming if you don’t come prepared, so please keep these helpful tips in mind:

Before the ordering session:
• Have your child try on last year’s gear.
• Contact the head coach for your child’s age group if you have questions about sizing or models.
• Write down what you have and what you think you want, including sizes and models, and run them by the head coach for your child’s age group.

At the ordering session:
• Bring your list with you and check it off as you go.
• Allow at least an hour to get your ordering done.
• Please arrive by 10:30 a.m. as things take time and we want to have the opportunity to help you if you need it.


Where: VSSA cafeteria

Back by popular demand, SSCV will host the sixth annual Athlete Used Equipment Swap. This will give families the opportunity to buy and/or sell used equipment. We will only be accepting hardgoods (skis, boards, boots and poles) that are geared toward usage by SSCV athletes and that are in good condition. Please have skis/boards tuned. Used softgoods can be brought to sell at our Annual Ski & Snowboard Swap on October 20, 2017 (details to follow).

8-9:30 am: Swap Equipment Drop off. You can pull into the back parking lot by the SSCV Pro Shop/VSSA cafeteria for drop off only. Please park in the VSSA student/faculty parking lot during Fall Spectacular hours.

Seller Equipment Check-In Form: Please print and complete a form for each piece of equipment you bring to the Swap. Click here for a copy of the form.

9:30 am-1 pm: Used Equipment Swap Sale

1-1:30 pm: Unsold Swap Equipment Pick Up: Any equipment which is not claimed by 1:30 pm will be donated to SSCV.

Swap Proceeds Allocation: 25 percent of the proceeds for Athlete Used Equipment Swap sales will be allocated to SSCV as a donation and you will receive a donation thank you letter for your records. The remaining 75 percent of proceeds will be mailed to you for any of your equipment that is sold at the Athlete Used Equipment Swap.


Timing by age group:
10 am: U14 Athletes
11 am: U16 Athletes
Noon: U18 Athletes & U22 Athletes

Where: Minturn Fitness Center

More Details: Staff from The Steadman Clinic will be conducting mandatory medical/orthopedic physicals free of charge at the Minturn Fitness Center located across from the driveway entrance to VSSA. Physicals are mandatory for all SSCV athletes ages 12 and older who do not have a current physical form on file with SSCV. Please fill out the Pre-participation Physical Evaluation History Form at this link and bring with you to the Minturn Fitness Center for the physical.

If your athlete submitted a physical exam document to Sharon Schmidt as part of the full time application process you are not required to take another one at this time; however you are welcome to do so. If your athlete took a physical within the last 12 months for another sport or another reason, you can submit the document to Leslie Tabor.


Where: Grass circle at the VSSA traffic loop, weather permitting. If there is inclement weather, it will be held inside VSSA.

Details: Join fellow SSCV families and staff members for a community lunch. This is a great time to welcome new members, meet new friends and catch up with families you have not seen since last season.

Please direct additional questions to jheaydon@skiclubvail.org.

SSCV to break ground on long-awaited clubhouse

Project at Vail Mountain base will be completed by the 2018-19 season

VAIL, Colo. — Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) announced a plan this week to break ground on a new, long-awaited clubhouse at the base of Golden Peak, fulfilling one of the organization’s top strategic priorities.

Thanks to the generosity and cooperation of Vail Resorts and the town of Vail, construction is set to begin on the 28,000-square-foot upgrade, which has been pursued in one form or another since the early 1990s. With demolition of the existing clubhouse expected to get underway this month, the new facility is on schedule to make its grand opening prior to the start of the 2018-19 ski and snowboard season. It will be a welcomed sight for SSCV athletes, staff and board members who have anticipated the redevelopment and worked toward this objective for a number of years.


“We’ve needed a new clubhouse for quite some time. This is the third and, thankfully, final iteration of the project,” said former SSCV board member Phil Hoversten, who is among the group of advisors that has led the redevelopment effort from the beginning. “This is absolutely huge for the club. When my kids went to Ski Club Vail, they all had lockers. They were able to leave their skis and a change of clothes at the club. We like to think of ourselves as the best ski and snowboard club in the country — if not, the world — and now we’ll have a clubhouse to match it.”

For SSCV Executive Director Kirk Dwyer, the clubhouse initiative was among his top priorities when he assumed leadership of the organization in 2016.

“The new clubhouse will go far beyond simply providing more space and enhanced facilities at the base of Golden Peak,” Dwyer said. “It will also serve a critical role in unifying our organization by providing a comfortable space where our athletes, staff and friends will be encouraged to congregate and enjoy the benefits of a slopeside community center.”

The new facility will be a significant upgrade from SSCV’s current clubhouse, which was constructed in 1977 when the club had less than 100 members. SSCV now serves more than 650 athletes and employs more than 100 coaches.

The $25 million structure will consist of five stories. The first two stories will host SSCV facilities, such as enhanced equipment storage, locker rooms, coaches’ workstations, administrative offices, conference rooms, athlete lounges, video rooms, warm-up/warm-down rooms, a tuning facility, a gym and a medical treatment center. The top two levels of the property will be occupied by luxury residential real estate, and the lowest level will consist of an underground garage, plus two on-grade affordable housing units.



With an expanded three-lane driveway and enhanced snow mitigation, the redevelopment plan intends to reduce the bottleneck of traffic that has impacted Vail Valley Drive during pick-up and drop-off times. Town of Vail residents and businesses should expect improved traffic flow through that area as a result of the redevelopment.

The project represents a tremendous, multiyear collaboration among SSCV, Vail Resorts, the town of Vail and Viele Construction. The development and sale of two luxury residential condominiums will help pay for the project, and Vail Resorts has generously donated additional land necessary to accommodate the expanded footprint of the new facility.

With the support and cooperation of many in the Vail community, the project is able to proceed without imposing any cost on SSCV’s membership.

“It was important that we minimize financial risk to the club,” said Dwyer. “The project is thankfully able to move forward without incurring any new debt for our organization. In fact, by moving forward, SSCV will eliminate more than $1 million of existing debt related to the planning, architectural, legal and permitting processes.”



The project does entail immediate demolition of the current clubhouse, which will render it unavailable for the upcoming ski and snowboard season. This vacancy has always been a planned necessity of the project, and SSCV leadership has been extensively preparing for the prospect of a winter without a clubhouse.

Discussions are ongoing with the town of Vail, Vail Resorts and other parties to provide a functional solution. As the plans solidify in the months ahead, SSCV members should be on the lookout for updates on how the club will operate this coming season.

“I want to emphasize the outstanding leadership effort by members of our clubhouse committee, which is comprised of current and former SSCV board members,” Dwyer finished. “This has truly been a team effort to move the project forward. Of special note is the exceptional commitment of Jeff Kirwood in leading the committee and helping make this dream a reality.”

Consenstein to head SSCV alpine youth programming

SSCV is proud to announce the addition of the Alpine Youth Program Director. This critical role was an initiative that initially appeared to be a year or more out. However, recent developments within the alpine leadership have made it possible to take this important step immediately. This role is critical to the future of youth development at SSCV, and this individual will be able to focus 100 percent of her time and energy on the U14-and-younger alpine programs.

SSCV is fortunate to have secured the hiring of an ideal candidate for the role: Alissa Consenstein, who will be joining the SSCV staff on August 1. Alissa was formerly the Eastern Competition Manager for USSA and head of Alpine Youth Development at Stratton Mountain School. She is a Green Mountain Valley School alumna who went on to ski Division 1 at Colby College all four years. Alissa was most recently a U16 coach at Green Mountain Valley School and is excited to be making the move west to join the outstanding team at SSCV.

SSCV is equally excited to announce the promotion of Kristina Revello to the position of U14 Head Coach. By all accounts, Kristina is the obvious choice to take the reins of the U14 program. Kristina has a broad background in ski racing, including extensive experience as a NorAm level competitor and NCAA athlete. Following her athletic career, Kristina managed the alpine development program at Northstar in California and played an integral role in the 2015 World Ski Championships at Beaver Creek. Kristina’s firsthand knowledge of the athletes, staff and families within the U14 program will allow for a seamless transition as we move forward into the 2017-18 season.

SSCV celebrates banner year at Mt. Bachelor

The 2017 Mt. Bachelor Camp hosted by Ski & Snowboard Club Vail was the most exciting and “smoothest camp to date,” as stated by many coaches.

With an abundance of snow at the base of the mountain and an experienced staff on board, the 2017 installment was among the most successful in the camp’s history. Early mornings at the mountain were met with a variety of weather conditions, typical of the Pacific Northwest, but the staff and athletes were nonetheless excited about another opportunity to improve.

Off the mountain, programs took advantage of the variety of fields and mountain bike trails for dryland training. Rest days were met with the opportunity to visit the surrounding area of Bend and Sunriver, or simply relax in the pool or at the condos.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mt. Bachelor and Sunriver for an amazing experience,” said newly minted SSCV Operations Manager Chris Ogilvie. “A big shout-out goes to the coaches, staff and families that make this camp possible and an amazing experience for all involved.”



Online Registration is Open

Just a reminder that SSCV online registration is open for the 2017-18 season. Please pass this information along to friends and neighbors who may be interested in joining SSCV.  Registration information, including instructions, early payment discount details and financial aid deadlines can be found below. Many thanks to those who have already completed SSCV online registration.

Enrollment Instructions:
1.  Login/sign up for your MySSCV Account
2.  Select ‘Athlete Application’ from your MySSCV dashboard
3.  Select ‘2018’ season
4.  Select Athlete’s Name
5.  Fill in the required information, including grade athlete will be entering for the 17-18 season, select Non-Resident Fee or Colorado Resident Fee and then click ‘Begin Application’ (click here to determine if you qualify for Non-Resident Fee or Colorado Resident Fee).
6.  Page 1: Select 2017-2018 program. Programs are organized by sport discipline and click “Show Programs” to see and select program option.
7.  Page 3: Continue and fill in/update required information and select any additional options such as tuning programs.
8.  Continue and fill in/update required information such as liability and honor code/ substance abuse signatures, and credit card information.
9.  Page 10:  ‘Submit Application’
10.  Please Note: when you submit the Athlete Application, you will receive an automatic Applied Email. Once we process the application and enroll your athlete, you will receive a confirmation email with a few more steps that will need to be completed pre-participation.

Full Time Athlete Admissions Process

  • All athletes wishing to enroll in Full Time programs at SSCV are required to complete the full-time admissions process. These groups include:
    • Athletes previously enrolled in Part Time programs at SSCV and recommended by Program Director to enter a Full Time program this coming season
    • Athletes previously enrolled in Full Time programs at SSCV that wish to transfer to a different full-time snowsport program
    • Athletes that wish to enroll at VSSA or Winter Tutorial
  • If you fall into one of the groups listed, and the athlete has not yet applied to a Full Time program (regardless of where they attend school), please contact the SSCV Director of Academics and Admissions, Sharon Schmidt at sschmidt@skiclubvail.org or 970-790-5161 as soon as possible for details on and to commence the full-time athlete admissions process.

Volunteer Requirement:

SSCV cannot exist without the incredible support and dedication of all of our members. There is a discount available for those qualifying for the Colorado Resident Fee which helps offset the real cost of SSCV programs. Therefore please note when you start your enrollment process on or after June 1, 2017 that if you select the Colorado Resident Fee you are committing to a predetermined number of volunteer hours for the upcoming season. More information is available at the following links: Program Point Requirement and Annual Volunteer Calendar. If you are a returning family and you did not fulfill your 2016-2017 volunteer point requirement, you will not be eligible for a discount this season. If you believe there is a discrepancy on your account, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteers@skiclubvail.org, to submit undocumented hours or to learn how to earn the remainder of your hours over the summer.

Financial Aid Awards:

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail believes that no one should be restricted from participating in SSCV programs for financial reasons. Therefore, financial aid awards are available from SSCV to support up to 75% of program fees. Details, application and submission deadlines are available on the website by clicking here. Upon submission, applications must be complete and on time in order to be eligible. The deadline to apply for financial aid WAS June 15, 2017 for Full Time athletes and October 16, 2017 for all other applicants, including Full Time. Only full-time athletes who have completed SSCV online program registration by June 15 will be considered for financial aid in the full-time athlete round.

Early Enrollment Discount:

In order to receive the 5% Early Enrollment Discount you MUST sign up and pay in full by the program deadline. Deadlines are as follows:

  • 4+ days/week programs: July 15
  • 3 days/week programs: August 15
  • 2 days/week programs: September 15
  • 1 day/week programs: October 15

Family Discount (10% off applied to sibling with lowest program fee) and Early Enrollment Discount (5% off each program) will be calculated and applied after application is received by administration.

Payment Plans:

Payment plans begin as early as June 15 and run through December 15. Payments are due on the 15th of each month. Based on the registration date, the payment amount will be divided equally over the number of months left in the calendar year until the December 15th payment date. In some cases, payment plans may require larger payments up front. You can select this option on page 9 of the athlete application. Please note that there is 4% finance fee for payment plan by credit card, and a 2% finance fee for payment plan by e-checks (debit). Any questions regarding payment, please contact Betsy Cuthbertson at bcuthbertson@skiclubvail.org or 970-790-5147.

For any questions on the enrollment process, please call or email our Member Services Manager at 970-790- 5121 or info@skiclubvail.org.

2017 President’s Dinner Awards

Friends, families athletes and coaches gathered for the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s annual President’s Dinner at Vail Golf Club on Tuesday to recognize outstanding performances on and off the slopes this past winter.

The 2016-17 President’s dinner award winners are as follows:

Volunteer of the Year Award
Debbie Lathram

Freestyle Female Athlete of the Year
Heidi Kloser

Freestyle Les Streeter Award: Outstanding Performance in Freestyle
Teddy Kust

Snowboard Female Athlete of the Year
Montana Braden

Snowboard Male Athlete of the Year
Jack Coyne

Snowboard Les Streeter Award: Outstanding Performance in Snowboarding
Fynn Bullock-Womble

Nordic Female Athlete of the Year
Maddie Donovan

Nordic Male Athlete of the Year
Nolan Herzog

Nordic Les Streeter Award: Outstanding Performance in Nordic Skiing
Bridget Donovan

Park & Pipe Male Athlete of the Year
Felix Coudouy

Freeski Female Athlete of the Year
Brynn Wedlake

Big Mountain Female Athlete of the Year
Austin OBourn

Big Mountain Male Athlete of the Year
Sam Heller

Freeski Les Streeter Award: Outstanding Performance in Freeski
Sammy Schuiling

Alpine Male Athlete of the Year
Kyle Negomir

Alpine Les Streeter Award: Outstanding Performance in Alpine Skiing
Kellen Kinsella

The George Rau Coach of the Year
Eric Pepper

Lower/Middle School Student of the Year
Sam Packer

Upper School Student of the Year
Dashell Prince-Judd

Terresa Herbst Teacher of the Year
Sam Bennett

Gaynor Miller Award: Presented annually to the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athlete who exhibits the highest standards of sportsmanship, teamwork and dedication. This athlete’s overall performance is an example to be followed.
Freestyle Nominee: Matt Leseur
Freeski Nominee: Sammy Schuiling
Snowboard Nominee: David Retzlaff
Alpine Nominee Jake Dippy
Nordic Nominee: Andrew Rogers
Gaynor Miller Award Winner: Jake Dippy

Craig Kelly Memorial Award: Presented annually to the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail snowboard athlete who demonstrates the finest combination of athletics, citizenship and academic excellence.
Craig Kelly Memorial Award Winner: Alex Jimenez

Adrian Kearney Award: Presented annually to a graduating Alpine Age Class athlete who exhibits a true passion for skiing and a love for life in the mountains.
Adrian Kearney Award Winner: Thomas Conlon

Thomas Pitcher Award: Presented annually to the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athlete who demonstrates the highest level of commitment to the sport of ski racing and academic excellence.
Thomas Pitcher Award Winner: Kyle Negomir

Zeke Pierce Memorial Awards: The Zeke Pierce Scholarship is awarded annually to an SSCV member who exhibits a love of skiing and riding that transcends their competition discipline. The recipient has a passion for skiing in all its many forms, pushes limits while taking responsible risks and embraces the variables of weather, terrain and conditions that makes skiing and riding so special — a passion so deep that it exhibits a way of life, love for the environment and respect for all who share this love. A $750 program fee scholarship is awarded with this scholarship.
Zeke Pierce Memorial Awards Winners: Reagan Wallis & Connor Flynn

3C Monthly Winners: The core values of SSCV are Character, Courage and Commitment: the three Cs. The 3C athlete and staff awards were established several years ago to recognize outstanding displays of these character traits by our athletes and staff, both on and off the snow. A total of 12 3C Awards — six athlete, six staff — were given out last season, one winner for each month from November through April. The Walter Kirsch Character, Courage and Commitment Season Winner will be selected in April from among the 3C athlete monthly award winners.
Sammy Schuiling
Hunter Roach
Caroline Jones
Ian Rogers
Audrey Schane
Taylor Brandt

Walter Kirsch Award: Sammy Schuiling

Zella Gorsuch Award: For the greatest contribution to advancement of skiing in the Vail Valley:
Zella Gorsuch Award Winner: Karen Ghent

SSCV legends named to Hall of Fame, Wall of Excellence


More than 100 friends of the club gathered at the Four Seasons in Vail for the biannual alumni reunion and Hall of Fame & Wall of Excellence induction ceremony on Sunday.

SSCV inducted former World Cup mogul skier and Olympic bronze medalist Toby Dawson into its Hall of Fame as an athlete. He was joined by Mauri Nottingham, who was inducted into the hall as a ski club leader.

The Wall of Excellence was filled by Mike Brown, Karen Lancaster Ghent, Erik Steinberg and David Viele as athletes. Terresa Herbst and Ted Martin were inducted as leaders.


Mauri Nottingham

Maurice “Mauri” Nottingham was born in Avon on the Nottingham Ranch in 1930. Nancy and Mauri met at University of Colorado Boulder and were married in 1956. In 1968, they became well known in Vail as owners of the Talisman Lodge, near the International Bridge, where One Willow Place is located now.

Mauri was very active as a gatekeeper and FIS-certified starter for NorAm and World Cup ski races. By the 1989 World Championships, he was lead gatekeeper for the event.

His involvement with SSCV predates the clubhouse. In an era before personal computers, Mauri developed and coded a computerized inventory system — the first of its kind — for the Vail Ski Swap and later developed a bar code and tagging system that helped make the Swap into the smooth-running annual success and fundraiser it is today. He also helped modernize and computerize the club’s timing systems, back when that type of technology was cutting-edge in the world of ski racing.


Toby Dawson

Lost as a boy in a Korean market, Toby Dawson was orphaned and raised by his ski-instructor parents in Vail, where he discovered mogul skiing as an enrolled student-athlete with Ski Club Vail.

Toby was selected to the U.S. Ski Team at 19, finishing fifth in his World Cup debut in 1999 and securing his first win in 2001. He improved again in 2004, with three World Cup victories, seven podiums and finished second in the World Cup standings.

“Awesome Dawson” reached the pinnacle of his career earning gold in the duals at the 2005 World Championships and picked up Olympic bronze a year later. Today, Tobey is a recognized global leader in the sport, introducing his birth nation to mogul skiing and serving a key role on the bid committee for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.


Karen Lancaster Ghent

Karen Lancaster Ghent arrived in Colorado in 1977 as a 17-year-old ski racer from Incline Village, Nevada and continued her racing career as a member of SSCV. After her time at the club, Karen went on to race as a tech specialist on the U.S. Ski Team from 1980-1985, representing the team on the World Cup and at World Championships. In 1892, she was a member and point-scorer for first and only U. S. alpine ski team to win the Nations Cup title.

As her U.S. Ski Team career was coming to an end, Karen’s career in ski racing was far from over. She went on to become a USSA Level 400-certified coach and a FIS technical delegate. In 2009, Karen was recognized by the USSA as Alpine Coach of the Year, becoming only the second woman ever to have received this award, and led SSCV to earn USSA Alpine Club of the Year recognition in 2014, 2015 and 2016.


Eric Steinberg

Eric Steinberg moved to Vail in 1964 when his father, Tom, was recruited to become the town’s first doctor. Growing up at the foot of Vail Mountain, he became a member of Ski Club Vail and ultimately a Rocky Mountain junior downhill champion. He went on to compete at the University of Colorado, where he was part of four NCAA national championship teams and was named First Team All-American in 1974.

After two seasons racing in the first seed of the Europa Cup and narrowly missing an Olympic bid in 1976, Steinberg was hired by the U.S. Ski Team in 1979 as a men’s downhill coach and helped the storied Bill Johnson win Olympic Gold in 1984.

Steinberg oversaw the making of U.S. ski racing history as the head coach of the women’s team that produced a World Cup downhill win by Pam Fletcher in Vail. In total, he has coached 41 national champions.

From 1988-1993, Steinberg served as the Executive Director of Ski Club Vail before relocating to Steamboat Springs where he headed up the Billy Kidd Performance Center. In 2014, he returned to his Vail roots, spreading his vast knowledge of the sport as a coach for SSCV’s Get in the Gates and ski cross programs.


Mike Brown

Growing up skiing wooden skis on Meadow Mountain, Mike Brown came a long way in his career. He raced at Ski Club Vail and went on to achieve a 10-year career on the U.S. Ski Team, capturing six top-15 World Cup results and landing a top-100 FIS world ranking.

Brown was eagerly anticipating the 1989 World Championships in Vail, but that December, he herniated two discs lifting weights and was forced to undergo back surgery two weeks before the championships. Coaches held him out of the downhill at worlds but allowed him to race in the super G. With the nerves in his left leg impaired, he finished 47th.

After retiring, Brown launched a seven-year career as coach of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team, guiding the squad to its status as the strongest disabled team in the world. Brown coached two of the most decorated Paralympic athletes in history: Chris Waddell and Sarah Will.


David Viele

A homegrown kid, David Viele grew up in the Vail Valley and joined Ski Club Vail in 1983. His two sisters also skied with SSCV, and his father was a member of the board of trustees for many years.

A member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1993-1997, Viele went on to serve as a two-year captain on the Dartmouth College Ski Team, where he won back-to-back NCAA titles in giant slalom (1998-99).

After retiring from ski racing in 2000, Viele completed his education and returned to Vail in 2002 to run the family construction and development business. David is married to his wife, Rachel, and has a son, Wyatt and daughter, Kathleen. He and his family continue to be strong supporters of the club.


Terresa Herbst

Terresa Herbst was the founding academic director at the Vail Valley Academy, which was established in 1993 as an academic partner, reinforcing the mission of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail. The school later transformed into the Vail Tutorial Academy, setting the framework for SSCV’s current Winter Tutorial program and Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy, which enable student-athletes to compete at a high level while staying up on their schoolwork.

Today, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail awards the Terresa Herbst Leader in Education Award to the most outstanding teacher of the year among our academic partners.

Herbst continues to be deeply involved with the club as a USSA official, working and volunteering as chief of timing and calculations, which helps ensure fair, smooth-running races at Vail and Beaver Creek.

Thanks to her many contributions and innovations in the area of academic support for snowsport athletes, Herbst has helped countless athletes achieve their dreams on and off the hill. Today, Herbst continues her work in education as a math teacher Colorado Mountain College.


Ted Martin

Ski & Snowboard Club is literally the house that Ted Martin built. Martin began his career with Ski Club Vail as an age class coach circa 1973, coaching some of the most notable young racers of that time.

One summer, Martin, along with a couple other coaches, physically built the current SSCV clubhouse at Golden Peak. Say what you want about the clubhouse, it’s certainly stood the test of time.

Martin remains impressed that the clubhouse is in such good shape because, as he put it, he and his colleague weren’t really carpenters at the time. If and when a new clubhouse gets final approval, Martin says he’d like to take the first swing at its current iteration.

Martin moved on from age class coaching and ran the masters’ program, which laid the foundation for a flourishing senior race culture in Vail. In the mid-70s, he also formed and operated the employee races and town championship, early iterations of the long-standing Town Series. Much like today, the Town Championship featured a robust after-party. Prizes included no less than a Chevy Impala convertible.

Golden Peak Expansion – Public Meeting

Dear Ski & Snowboard Club Vail members and friends,

We have reached an important milestone in the Golden Peak improvement initiative to allow us to move forward with this key expansion of our training space on Vail Mountain. There will be a public meeting held by the U.S. Forest Service on Thursday, April 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Holy Cross Office (known as the Ranger Station), 24747 US Highway 24, Minturn (immediately off I-70 at the Minturn exit.)

 The process is now in the hands of the Forest Service and we have learned there will be concerns expressed and resistance from some members of the Vail Homeowners Association. Given the association’s encouragement for people to attend and express their concerns, it is critical we have representation and support.

As most members are aware, the number of athletes in the club has grown dramatically over the years, and with Vail Resorts’ utilization of Main Arena for events (notably the Burton U.S. Open), there is an acute need for additional training space. The most important components of the planned development include a surface lift located above the terrain park at the Chair 6 mid-station to the top of Golden Peak with two trails on either side of approximately 180 vertical meters and 60 meters in width. One trail will have a connector to link to the top of the current giant slalom start. There a third trail planned off the top, which can be later developed as a downhill but the two trails immediately adjacent to the proposed lift will make a dramatic difference in training space and quality.

 During periods of higher congestion there is a demonstrated need for additional training space, which would be beneficial in providing a safer training environment, especially for our younger athletes. There is widely recognized benefit in having a quick turnaround where the lift is exactly the length of the training courses. The additional lift and trails at a higher elevation (roughly 9,300-10,000 vertical feet) may provide greater certainty of early season training and allow our athletes to train here at Vail later in the season, which could have a positive impact on reducing costs of ski camps.

 Our plan is to have optimal density of snowmaking to take full advantage of the windows of opportunity with temperatures conducive to early season snowmaking. Also in the plans is a dedicated moguls venue, which will make a real difference to our freestyle program. This would allow us to move our training from the current Cookshack trail to Golden Peak.

We urge all of you who possibly can to attend this informational meeting in support of SSCV and the Golden Peak improvement project to join us at the Forest Service building on Thursday. Your participation will make a difference! Although there are obviously members of the Vail Homeowners Association with concerns regarding this project, we have many members who are residents and supportive. Of all our important initiatives this is one that carries great weight in providing better programming “for the kids!”

We thank you in advance for your support. I have included three summaries: the first is the summary handout from Vail Resorts for the project; the second is the notification from the VHA; the third is a detailed outline of the project from the U.S. Forest Service.

With Appreciation,

Kirk Dwyer

Executive Director

Ski and Snowboard Club Vail


Vail Ski Resort | Golden Peak Improvements Project

Public Scoping Meeting – April 6, 2017

Summary Handout


Vail Ski Resort (Vail) initially planned improvements to the Golden Peak Race Venue in a 2007 update to their Master Development Plan (2007 MDP Update), and the projects were subsequently analyzed in the 2009 Vail Ski Area Improvements Project EIS (2009 EIS). The 2009 EIS contained site-specific analysis of the proposed projects, but they were not approved in the 2009 Record of Decision. Vail, in collaboration with Forest Service hydrologists, has subsequently made improvements to water and soil resource conditions on Golden Peak, and Vail proposed a modified version of the project including a reduced area of developed terrain and one lift. This modified proposal will be analyzed through this NEPA process.

Purpose and Need for Proposed Action

Golden Peak is the primary ski/snowboard racing and training venue for Vail and the Ski and Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV), and provides a world-class venue for local athletes and international events. As local, regional, national, and international groups continue to seek areas devoted specifically to ski/snowboard racing and training, providing a contained venue with adequate facilities to serve high-caliber events is needed.

Currently, the limited training and racing space on Golden Peak is unable to accommodate all users, and many activities must be held at other locations on the mountain (Black Forest, Whippersnapper, and Cookshack ski runs), resulting in a disruption to the public’s skiing experience.

As identified in Vail’s 2007 MDP Update, there is a need for:

·      Developed racing and training terrain at Vail that meets international racing standards for women’s Downhill, men’s Super G, moguls, and skier cross courses to adequately meet demand.

·      Adequate separation between ski/snowboard racing and training terrain and terrain used by the general public at Vail to improve the quality of the training venue and guest experience.

Elements of Proposed Action

·      Lift and Terrain – construction of one lift (either surface or aerial) and approximately 42 acres of new ski trails for women’s Downhill and men’s Super G courses, moguls course and skier cross course

·      Facilities – lift operating buildings, race start buildings, equipment storage, fuel storage, and maintenance building

·      Snowmaking – infrastructure to support snowmaking on new ski trails

·      Construction Maintenance and Access – access road for construction of new lift and ski trails

·      Clearing, Grading and Surfacing – vegetation removal and surface smoothing/grading for new ski trails and drainage management.


Signature Golden Peak view to be significantly altered by construction of race course and lift. Area outlined in red is to be impacted by removal of a major part of the large aspen grove for a new race course from existing runs to near the summit.


VHA Action Notice:

Significant Changes Proposed for Golden Peak

April 2, 2017 

Please forward to appropriate parties.

Vail Resorts is moving forward with its plans to expand Golden Peak, primarily, to provide more race course terrain for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.  Although somewhat scaled back from earlier plans, the proposal now includes 42 acres of new ski trials, one new lift, snowmaking and related facilities.  The area of the expansion is to the east and above the current Golden Peak facilities.


The U.S. Forest Service has just issued a call for public comments on the “Golden Peak Improvements Project” as a prerequisite to an Environmental Impact Statement. Comments are due by May 1, 2017. Those submitting comments will receive future information about this project as the process goes forward.

Vail Homeowners Association has already received expressions of concern with respect to:

* The semiprivate nature of the improvements.

* Impact of known avalanche zones located between the proposed race course and adjacent residential     properties.

* Aesthetic effects upon a signature view.

* The effects of increased congestion upon the Golden Peak ski terrain and neighborhood.

* Impacts upon parking, traffic and mass transit service.

The Association urges affected parties to become involved and forward their comments to the USFS by May 1, 2017. 


Additional information will be available at a public open house on April 6, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Forest Service Holy Cross Office, 24747 US Highway 24, Minturn, Colorado 81645.



United States Forest Service – Public Notice for Public Comment – 03/30/17


Dear Interested Party,

The White River National Forest (WRNF) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to consider and disclose the anticipated environmental effects of implementing projects proposed by Vail Ski Resort (Vail) on Golden Peak designed to improve ski/snowboard racing terrain and associated facilities. These projects have been titled the “Golden Peak Improvements Project” and would occur within the resort’s existing Special Use Permit (SUP) area and would be consistent with the 2007 Vail Master Development Plan (2007 MDP Update).

Vail planned improvements to the Golden Peak Race Venue in the 2007 MDP Update, and the projects were subsequently analyzed in the 2009 Vail Ski Area Improvements Project EIS (2009 EIS). The projects analyzed in the 2009 EIS included approximately 46 acres of additional ski trails, two surface lifts, and new snowmaking coverage on 46 acres of terrain. The 2009 EIS contained site-specific analysis of the proposed racing/training terrain and infrastructure, but these projects were not approved in the 2009 Record of Decision (ROD) due to concerns with stream health, soil stability, and sedimentation. Vail, in collaboration with Forest Service hydrologists, has subsequently addressed identified stream health, soil stability, and sedimentation issues on Golden Peak with the development and implementation of a drainage management plan and slope stability analysis. Following these improvements to the resource conditions on Golden Peak, Vail proposed a modified version of the project including a reduced area of developed terrain and one lift.

You are receiving this letter because we are soliciting public comments on this project as we begin the scoping process. Your comments will help identify issues that will be used to focus the analysis of the EIS and generate additional action alternatives, if needed. These alternatives will be analyzed within the EIS in addition to the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative. Based on the analysis that will be documented in the forthcoming EIS, the WRNF Forest Supervisor will decide whether to approve the Proposed Action (in whole or in part) or one of the alternatives, including the No Action Alternative. The decision will also include a determination of whether additional site-specific management requirements and/or mitigation measures will be required. The purpose and need for action and a description of the project follows.

Purpose and Need

In the 2007 MDP Update, Vail identified a lack of adequate ski/snowboard racing and training terrain on Golden Peak to accommodate current and anticipated demand. There is a need for p ski/snowboard racing and training terrain that meets international racing standards and separates training/racing terrain from the general public.

There is a long history of ski/snowboard racing and training at Vail, and this is a valued use of National Forest System lands. Notable international events include the 1989, 1999 and 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships and the Burton Open. Golden Peak is the primary ski/snowboard racing and training venue for Vail and the Ski and Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV), and provides a world-class venue for local athletes and international events. As local, regional, national, and international groups continue to seek areas devoted specifically to ski/snowboard racing and training, a contained venue with adequate facilities to serve high-caliber events is needed.

Currently, the limited training and racing space on Golden Peak is unable to accommodate all users, and many activities must be held at other locations on the mountain, resulting in a disruption to the public’s skiing experience. In the 2015/16 ski season, the following racing/training-related activities took place at Vail:

* The Golden Peak Race Venue was utilized for races, events, and event preparation for 91 days. On       these days SSCV athletes trained on non-Golden Peak venues across the mountain (Black Forest and      Whippersnapper). SSCV athletes trained on Golden Peak virtually every other day of the season.

* Cookshack was closed to the public at all times for mogul training by SSCV athletes.[1] 

* 13 mogul events were held on Cookshack.

Training and racing in other locations at Vail when Golden Peak is utilized for events detracts from the experience for both racers and members of the general public. Black Forest, Whippersnapper, and Cookshack are located in the center of Vail’s frontside terrain and are parallel to and/or intertwine other trails open to the public. Closing these additional trails for training reduces the amount of terrain available for the general public, and the presence of racers increases skier traffic in these areas. The locations of these trails away from the training center at the base of Golden Peak is also inconvenient for racers and creates operational inefficiencies.

In conclusion, there is a need for:

* Developed racing and training terrain at Vail that meets international racing standards for women’s         Downhill, men’s Super G, moguls, and skier cross courses to adequately meet demand.

* Adequate separation between ski/snowboard racing and training terrain and terrain used by the general   public at Vail to improve the quality of the training venue and guest experience.

Proposed Action

USFS Scoping Figure for Project Locations.

Since it was originally proposed and analyzed in the 2009 EIS, the project has been modified in response to resource concerns. In particular, the area of new ski trails and number of lifts has been reduced.

The Proposed Action includes the following elements (refer to the Scoping Figure for project locations):

* Lift and Terrain – construction of one lift (either surface or aerial) and approximately 42 acres of new     ski trails for women’s Downhill and men’s Super G courses, moguls course and skier cross course

* Facilities – lift operating buildings, race start buildings, equipment storage, fuel storage, and                   maintenance building

* Snowmaking – infrastructure to support snowmaking on new ski trails

* Construction Maintenance and Access – access road for construction of new lift and ski trails

* Clearing, Grading and Surfacing – vegetation removal and surface smoothing/grading for new ski trails   and drainage management

Lift and Terrain

The Golden Peak Race Venue trail network would be expanded by approximately 42 acres and 760 vertical feet. The proposed terrain would be served by one new lift (either surface or aerial) roughly 1,870 feet in length. This would accommodate construction of a women’s Downhill course, men’s Super G course, skier cross training and a moguls venue.


Lift operations shelters are proposed at the top and bottom of the proposed lift. The bottom shelter would be approximately 75 square feet in size (roughly 8 feet by 8 feet). The top shelter would be slightly larger to accommodate a warming area and storage-approximately 225 square feet (roughly 15 feet by 15 feet).

The top lift operations shelter is designed to have restrooms in the vicinity (two separate structures roughly 8 feet by 8 feet in size). The restrooms would include composting toilets, which require 500-gallon water tanks for efficient operation. The water tank would be incorporated into each structure.

A race building to provide space for coaching and storage for safety fencing and other equipment is proposed near the bottom of the proposed mogul course, with an approximate area of 1,500 square feet (30 feet by 50 feet). No potable water is necessary or proposed.

Two race start houses (each approximately 75 square feet) would be constructed on the new trails. One would be located at the top of the downhill course and the other at the top of the slalom course.

A new underground diesel fuel storage tank and snowcat maintenance shop are proposed on the southwest side of the Riva Bahn Lift mid-station. The fuel tank would have a capacity of 100,000 gallons, and is a logical location to store fuel for use on Golden Peak for the maintenance of racing/training areas and terrain parks. The maintenance building would be large enough to accommodate one snowcat. These facilities would reduce snowcat traffic across the mountain and reduce fuel use by keeping snowcats on the eastern side of the mountain. The proposed tank would meet all local, state and federal standards.

All proposed facilities would comply with Vail Mountain Design Guidelines.

Snowmaking and Infrastructure

Snowmaking infrastructure would be installed to provide coverage on all new ski trails (42 acres), including a 500-square foot booster pump station located near the bottom of the proposed lift. The booster station would comply with the Vail Mountain Design Guidelines. Approximately 7,500 feet of snowmaking pipelines and 9,000 feet of buried electric lines would be installed. In addition, communication cables and transformers would be installed and a waterline would be constructed from the existing pump station to the booster station (approximately 4,300 feet).

Construction and Maintenance Access

Existing roads on Golden Peak are sufficient to provide access for much of the construction, operation and maintenance of these proposed projects. Existing roads are sufficient to access the bottom of the lift; above that, tracked and wheeled vehicles would utilize a proposed construction and maintenance access road (approximately 5,000 feet) to access the upper third of this lift and terrain (refer to the Scoping Figure). Vegetation clearing would be required for this road; the area is included in the overall trail acreage. This access road would be used rarely in the summer.

Clearing, Grading and Surface Smoothing

To ensure consistent early season training conditions and to comply with requirements of the International Ski Federation (FIS) for hosting races, all proposed trails on Golden Peak (42 acres) would be cleared of overstory vegetation, de-stumped, and the surface would be smoothed (thereby lessening the amount of snow that is necessary to open and maintain the terrain). Minimal traditional or terrain modification grading would be necessary (totaling approximately 3 acres) for the following proposed projects: construction of lifts and buildings, snowmaking pipe installation, construction of the mogul venue, and construction of the road to the top of the proposed lift. Additionally, installation of drainage management infrastructure, including waterbars, would likely require grading/smoothing across much of the project area. All disturbed areas would be stabilized/revegetated promptly (including seeding, fertilization and mulching).

Request for Comments

The WRNF Forest Supervisor requests your comments on any component of this project. The purpose of this scoping period is to provide an opportunity for interested parties to engage in early and meaningful participation on this project and to learn more about the project. Comments from this scoping period will be used to help formulate the foundation of the upcoming environmental analysis by identifying resource issues and, potentially, developing additional action alternatives. Your questions and comments regarding this proposal are an integral part of the environmental analysis process. To be most effective when submitting comments, please include: (1) name, address, telephone number, and organization represented, if any; (2) reference the “Golden Peak Improvements Project” and (3) specific facts, concerns or issues, and supporting reasons why they should be considered.

Written comments must be submitted via mail, fax, electronically, or in person (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays) to: Scott Fitzwilliams, c/o Max Forgensi, Mountain Sports/Special Uses Administrator, White River National Forest, P.O. Box 190, Minturn, CO 81645; FAX (970) 827-9343.

Electronic comments including attachments can be submitted to: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=47937

Your comments will be most helpful if received by May 1, 2017. Only those persons who submit comments during this comment period will be placed on the mailing list for future information regarding these projects. Names and contact information submitted with comments will become part of the public record and may be released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Individuals who do not submit comments but wish to remain on this mailing list should contact Max Forgensi via phone at (970) 827-5157, or via email at mforgensi@fs.fed.us.

Visit the project website for more details regarding this project: 

https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47937. Additional information will also be made available at a public open house on April 6, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Forest Service Holy Cross Office, 24747 US Highway 24, Minturn, Colorado 81645.

It is important to note that the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review of this project is governed by the Pre-Decisional Objection Process, which has replaced the Forest Service’s previous Administrative Appeal Process (36 CFR 215). The Pre-Decisional Objection Process involves the following steps: publication of a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register initiates the NEPA analysis and scoping comments are gathered and analyzed; a Draft EIS will be issued along with publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register to start the 45-day Comment Period; the Final EIS will be issued along with a Notice in the Federal Register of a 45-day Objection Period (individuals and organizations who provide comments during the 45-day comment period on the Draft EIS will have standing to file objections); and objections will be reviewed and resolved prior to issuance of a decision document (Record of Decision).

Thank you for your participation.

Lisa Stoeffler (for) Scott Fitzwilliams

Forest Supervisor


[1] Cookshack is used for specialized mogul training and competition and is surrounded by trails that are open to the public. This trail is accessible from the Avanti Express, a mid-mountain lift requiring uploading on Gondola One, the Eagle Bahn Gondola, or the Born Free Express. The Cookshack location is not desirable due to difficult access for racers and spectators, and the subsequent mixing of competitors and public before and after races and training.

GS Spectacular Day 1 Results – Beaver Creek

Race No. 1 – Girls’ top 10

Rank Name Club Time Gap
1 Zaytseva Viktoria SSCV 54.91
2 Papineau Lily XLR 56.64 1.73
2 McDonald Katie SSCV 56.64 1.73
4 Douglas Maizy SSCV 57.37 2.46
5 Olson Abby SSP 57.98 3.07
6 Cosby Katharina SSP 59.16 4.25
7 Shikverg Keena VDT 01:01.5 6.57
8 Moritz Solveig SSCV 01:01.9 7.01
9 Demino Ruthie SSCV 01:02.3 7.39
10 Cohn Gracie SSCV 01:03.0 8.11
1 Smyth Mikayla SSCV 51.93
2 Heaydon Phoebe SSCV 53.22 1.29
3 Roberts Molly SSCV 53.77 1.84
4 Nightingale Margo AFT 54.24 2.31
5 Haerter Lauren SSCV 54.3 2.37
6 Avery Shu SSCV 54.45 2.52
7 Gonzalez Isabella SSCV 54.67 2.74
8 Birtwhistle Sydney SSCV 54.83 2.9
9 Cooledge Karlie SUM 55.06 3.13
10 Marston Frankie SSCV 55.07 3.14
1 Crawford Parker TEL 54.94
2 Burke Danielle ELD 55.52 0.58
3 Parekh Ava TEL 58.38 3.44
4 Griggs Brielle CBMST 01:00.8 5.85
5 Gottino Micaela VDT 01:01.7 6.8
6 Shikverg Annika VDT 01:02.7 7.75
7 Canclini Sofia TEL 01:02.7 7.79
8 Rucker Brooke ELD 01:07.5 12.56
9 Matthews Ashley VDT 01:08.3 13.4
10 Trombly Elizabeth ELD 01:09.8 14.83


Race No. 1 – Boy’s top 10

Rank Name Club Time Gap
1 Leever Jackson SSCV 55.32
2 Beauregard Caman SSP 57.12 1.8
3 Beauregard Adrian SSP 57.43 2.11
4 Lindenmeyr Devin CBMST 57.93 2.61
5 Shay Rick SSCV 57.98 2.66
6 Forstl Andrew SSCV 58.35 3.03
7 Pankonin Auden AFT 58.43 3.11
8 Silberman Asher SSCV 58.54 3.22
9 Bachleda Oliver 59.01 3.69
10 Erickson William SSCV 59.27 3.95
1 Bruce Stewart SSCV 50.26
2 Malboeuf Brady SSCV 51.88 1.62
3 Richeda Spencer SSP 51.89 1.63
4 Wiser Sebastian WPK 52.23 1.97
5 Reed Sawyer SSCV 52.94 2.68
6 Nolting Jeremy SSP 52.99 2.73
7 Zurbay William AFT 53.35 3.09
8 Gunther Andrew SSCV 53.58 3.32
9 Hume Carson TBK 53.68 3.42
10 Hopkins Tyler SSCV 54.08 3.82
1 Armistead Xander VDT 55.74
2 Galehr Aaron 56.48 0.74
3 Sammond Connor ELD 56.94 1.2
4 Frenz Fabian VDT 57.75 2.01
5 Rodney Thomas VDT 58.38 2.64
6 Haug Stefan ELD 59.17 3.43
7 Mabarak Andres SSCV 01:00.4 4.67
8 Dumont Alexander ELD 01:02.5 6.8
9 Lewis Graham WPK 01:04.9 9.15
10 Ure Silas ELD 01:09.8 14.04


Race No. 2 – Girls’ top 10

Rank Name Club Time Gap
1 Zaytseva Viktoria SSCV 58.91
2 Olson Abby SSP 01:01.1 2.22
3 Papineau Lily XLR 01:01.6 2.68
4 McDonald Katie SSCV 01:02.5 3.62
5 Cosby Katharina SSP 01:03.7 4.75
6 Demino Ruthie SSCV 01:04.7 5.77
7 Moritz Solveig SSCV 01:05.8 6.9
8 Shikverg Keena VDT 01:05.8 6.94
9 Reed Hadley SSCV 01:06.3 7.35
10 Chadbourne Emma SSP 01:07.4 8.52
1 Roberts Molly SSCV 58.11
2 Smyth Mikayla SSCV 58.62 0.51
3 Haerter Lauren SSCV 58.77 0.66
4 Nightingale Margo AFT 58.97 0.86
5 Birtwhistle Sydney SSCV 58.98 0.87
6 Lathram Kyleena SSCV 59.06 0.95
7 Avery Shu SSCV 59.16 1.05
8 Heaydon Phoebe SSCV 59.24 1.13
9 Marston Frankie SSCV 59.96 1.85
10 McTigue Mollie TEL 01:00.3 2.2
1 Burke Danielle ELD 01:00.9
2 Crawford Parker TEL 01:00.9 0.06
3 Parekh Ava TEL 01:04.5 3.64
4 Shikverg Annika VDT 01:06.1 5.26
5 Griggs Brielle CBMST 01:06.7 5.86
6 Gottino Micaela VDT 01:06.8 5.96
7 Middleton Elle ELD 01:08.3 7.44
8 Canclini Sofia TEL 01:09.2 8.31
9 Trombly Elizabeth ELD 01:10.4 9.5
10 Matthews Ashley VDT 01:12.8 11.91
11 Rucker Brooke ELD 01:14.3 13.46
12 Burke Sara VDT 01:14.5 13.61
13 Jenks Makari TBK 01:21.0 20.11

Race No. 2 – Boys’ top 10

Rank Name Club Time Gap
1 Leever Jackson SSCV 01:00.4
2 Beauregard Caman SSP 01:01.6 1.19
3 Beauregard Adrian SSP 01:02.0 1.59
4 Scarpella Finn SSCV 01:02.4 2.01
5 Pankonin Auden AFT 01:02.7 2.31
6 Lindenmeyr Devin CBMST 01:03.1 2.66
7 Shay Rick SSCV 01:03.1 2.73
8 Napoli Enzo CBMST 01:04.4 3.98
9 McLaren Campbell SSP 01:04.4 4.05
10 Kullberger Oliver SSCV 01:04.5 4.09
1 Hume Carson TBK 57.03
2 Wiser Sebastian WPK 57.25 0.22
3 Lindenmeyr Aksel CBMST 57.33 0.3
4 Reed Sawyer SSCV 57.53 0.5
5 Salani Hunter SSCV 57.66 0.63
6 Cronin Jack TBK 57.75 0.72
7 Gunther Andrew SSCV 57.78 0.75
8 Bruce Stewart SSCV 57.94 0.91
9 Zurbay William AFT 58.08 1.05
10 Nolting Jeremy SSP 59.2 2.17
1 Bergen Zane ELD 01:00.0
2 Armistead Xander VDT 01:00.7 0.69
3 Sammond Connor ELD 01:02.6 2.59
4 Frenz Fabian VDT 01:03.1 3.07
5 Haug Stefan ELD 01:03.6 3.54
6 Rodney Thomas VDT 01:04.0 3.97
7 Masters Paul ELD 01:05.4 5.37
8 Ure Silas ELD 01:07.1 7.07
9 Mabarak Andres SSCV 01:07.4 7.4
10 Dumont Alexander ELD 01:09.0 8.94

Jack Coyne is ‘on fire’

SSCV snowboarder rides to a win at the Burton Rail Jam

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Jack Coyne, a Vail Valley native, won the U15 age class at the Burton Rail Jam in Seven Springs, Penn. earlier this month. The annual competition brings together North America’s best rail riders.

Coyne earned an invite to the prestigious rail jam at Boreal Mountain in California earlier this season, one of several qualifying events in the U.S. and Canada. From the qualifying round, a total of 30 riders per age group were invited to compete at the championship.

It is the second year in a row that an SSCV athlete has won the U15 contest with Coyne following in the footsteps of Dylan Okurowski, who claimed victory in the same event a season earlier.

“He’s on fire. We’ve been doing a lot of rail riding this year,” said SSCV Snowboard Director Chris Laske. “We just lap rail parks — hitting it really hard. (Coyne’s) riding has just been unreal. It’s been a lot of fun to watch him take it to the next level.”

Coyne also recently picked up a win at the USASA grom qualifier for World Rookie Tour in Keystone and followed that up with a third-place result at the Rev Tour slopestyle, North America’s second-highest circuit. The results solidified his berth on the World Rookie Tour, which takes place in Austria early next month.

For his efforts, Coyne was recently also invited to The Launch, an invite-only photo shoot organized by Snowboarder Magazine.