Press Release-Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup Spring Series hits Golden Peak-April 7, 2016

Communications-Carleigh Leyman 4-7-16Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Carleigh Leyman pictured above on a giant slalom race course at Golden Peak during the second day of women’s giant slalom racing at the Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup on April 5, 2017.

From Monday, April 4 to Thursday April 7, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail hosted the Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup ladies slalom and giant slalom events and men’s slalom events at Golden Peak.  These spring series alpine races included the Colorado Ski Championships on April 5 for women in giant slalom and on April 7 for men and women in slalom.

This International Ski Federation sanctioned series drew many top alpine racers birth year 1999 and older not only from the Rocky Mountain region but also from other parts of the United States and abroad, including US Ski Team and National Training Group members, making for some exciting spring racing.  This strong field also provided a great opportunity for junior racers to lower their International Ski Federation profile for seeding and other opportunities for next season.

Several impressive top performances were logged in by Ski & Snowboard Club Vail younger athletes in the under 19 age class (birth years 1997-1999) at this series with Nellie Talbot taking first in the second day of the ladies giant slalom, River Radamus taking second and Jack Keane taking third in the first day of the men’s slalom and Colbey Derwin taking third in the second day of the men’s slalom.

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Alpine Program Director Karen Ghent commented, “This final home race on Golden Peak was a great way for our FIS level athletes to end their season.  Any time these athletes can compete against national team members and other seasoned local and international athletes on the home hill is an inspiration and a view into what lies ahead in their racing careers, especially as they get ready to enter their off-season on and off snow prep period and set goals with their coaches for next year.”

Click here for top three results and all other SSCV results. For a complete list of results go to www.fis-ski.com.

 

 

Press Release-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail skiers take USASA National Championships by storm-April 15, 2016

Communications-to Vail Daily-Sammy Schuiling USASA 4-15-16Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Sammy Schuiling (left) captured a silver medal in halfpipe in the highly competitive open skier boys class at the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association 2016 National Championships for skiers held at Copper Mountain on April 8-12.

Twenty-nine Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes earned a coveted invitation to the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association 2016 National Championships for skiers held at Copper Mountain from April 8-12.  Athletes convened from around the country to compete in halfpipe, slopestyle, skiercross and a rail jam in their respective age class, with some athletes electing to compete in the highly competitive open age class division.

The following Ski & Snowboard Club Vail skiers qualified for USASA National Championships (first time participants designated with asterisk (*) in front of their name):   Pearson Black, Dylan Boyes, Kai Brown, Michael Brown, Aaron Ford Chaussignand, Felix Coudouy, Lachlan Crick, Ari Diamond-Topelson, Adam Eisenhauer, Jack Ganley, Noah Gionfriddo, *Gavin Goike, Owen Grimmer, *Henry Heaydon, *Cooper Huggins, Whit Hyde, Erik Jaerbyn, Izak Little, Halsey Lucas, Aaron Milligan, Sammy Schuiling, Ava Surridge, Roxy Surridge, Rory Swimm, *Sloane Thompson, *Sydney Thompson, Reagan Wallis, *Brynn Wedlake and *Ryan Wedlake.

Podium and Top Ten Finishes

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes are members of the USASA Rocky Mountain Series, the most difficult USASA series in the country, and two times larger than the next largest series.  Club athletes earned seven podium performances with Schuiling winning a silver medal in halfpipe in the highly competitive open class for the boys.  Brynn Wedlake took silver in halfpipe for skier girls (13-15), Ava Surridge took bronze in slopestyle for skier girls (10-12), Henry Heaydon took gold in skiercross for skier boys (13-15) and Roxy Surridge won three gold medals for skier girls (9 and under) in halfpipe, slopestyle and the rail jam.

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes walked away from these national championships with twenty-six top ten finishes listed below, including the above seven podium finishes.

Slopestyle Open Skier Boys

6 Schuiling

9 Milligan

Halfpipe Open Skier Boys

2 Schuiling

5 Coudouy

Halfpipe Skier Boys (13-15)

8 Reagan Wallis

Halfpipe Skier Boys (10-12)

9 Crick

Halfpipe Skier Boys (9 and under)

7 Goike

Skiercross Skier Boys (16-18)

5 Lucas

Skiercross Skier Boys (13-15)

1 Heaydon

6 Little

10 Black

Skiercross Skier Boys (9 and under)

4 Huggins

Slopestyle Skier Girls (13-15)

6 Brynn Wedlake

Slopestyle Skier Girls (10-12)

3 Ava Surridge

Slopestyle Skier Girls (9 and under)

1 Roxy Surridge

4 Sloane Thompson

6 Sydney Thompson

Halfpipe Skier Girls (13-15)

2 Brynn Wedlake

Halfpipe Skier Girls (10-12)

5 Ava Surridge

Halfpipe Skier Girls (9 and under)

1 Roxy Surridge

5 Sloane Thompson

6 Sydney Thompson

Rail Jam Skier Girls (10-13)

6 Ava Surridge

Rail Jam Skier Girls (nine and under)

1 Roxy Surridge

4 Sloane Thompson

8 Sydney Thompson

For a complete list of USASA National Championship results go to www.usasa.org.

Overalls

In the top ten overalls, Wallis captured second place for skier boys (13-15) with Gionfriddo taking fourth, Jaerbyn taking eighth and Eisenhauer taking tenth place for skier boys (10-12).  On the girl’s side, Ava Surridge took fourth place overall for skier girls (10-12).

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail freeski coach Bob Sonntag stated, “Over the three competition days at USASA Freeski Nationals, we had several podiums, and a few top ten finishes.  I was also incredibly impressed by the personal bests that every one of our athletes put forth!   Our athletes put down tricks they had never before performed in slopestyle, achieved amplitude beyond anything they had practiced in halfpipe, and showed grit and determination of heroic proportions in skiercross!  What was most impressive was the support our athletes provided to one another as well as to athletes from other programs, whether cheering those on the podium or cheering up those who did not perform as well as they might have hoped.   I was extremely proud of this heartfelt display of sportsmanship exhibited by SSCV athletes at Copper Mountain.”

Invitations to Unites States Ski Team Gold Camp

Based on results at either USASA National Championships, United States Ski and Snowboard Association Junior Olympics or the Revolution Tour, athletes were invited to participate in the United States Ski Team Gold Camp, a camp geared to helping develop the next group of talent in the sport.  Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Ava Surridge and Brynn Wedlake were invited to this camp based on their performance at USASA National Championships, and Coudouy, Milligan and Schuiling earned their spots at the camp based on their results at the Revolution Tour.

Press Release-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail qualifies ten big mountain athletes to North American Junior Freeride Championships-April 13, 2016

Communications-BM girls season overallSki & Snowboard Club Vail’s Austin Obourn (far left) takes fourth place overall for the season for the twelve to fourteen age category for the girls during the awards ceremony at the 2016 International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association North American Junior Freeride Championships held on April 6-9 in Whistler/Blackomb, capping off a great season.

Communications-BM boys season overall

Kevin Nichols, a Ski & Snowboard Club Vail big mountain athlete, earned a fifth place overall podium spot for the season in the fifteen to eighteen age category for the boys.  He is pictured on the far right on the podium in Whistler/Blackomb during the 2016 International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association North American Junior Freeride Championships.  Earlier this season Kevin competed in the 2016 Freeride Junior World Championships in Andorra. 

Whistler/Blackomb played host to the 2016 International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association North American Junior Freeride Championships on April 6-9.  The top 160 freeride athletes in North America ages twelve through eighteen were invited to compete in this event based on their national and regional rankings.

The following Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Big Mountain athletes qualified for the championships with nine of them making the trip to Whistler:  Finn Andersson, Alexandra Carey, Rachel Cocchiarella, Jordan Glendining, Tait Hargreaves, Liam Mattison, Scout Mattison, Kevin Nichols, Austin Obourn and Colin Suszynski.

Nick Whittemore, Head Big Mountain Coach, stated, “I am stoked for the ten athletes who qualified for this championship event, nine of whom traveled to Whistler to compete.  Each and every one of them had an amazing winter with several of them logging multiple podiums finishes during the regular season, earning the points needed to be invited to this coveted event.  These nine athletes dug deep in Whistler to compete against this tough field of competitors on some rugged terrain.  The depth of the team is also evident ranging in age from fourteen to seventeen. “

The championships culminated with overall awards for season long performances with Austin Obourn taking fourth place overall in the twelve to fourteen age category for the girls and Kevin Nichols taking fifth place overall in the fifteen to eighteen age category for the boys.

For a complete list of results go to www.freeskiers.org.

Press Release-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Hunter Bailey wins gold medal at Junior Worlds; Tess Johnson and Emerson Smith take silver-April 10, 2016

Communications-Hunter and Tess World Juniors Moguls 4-10-16Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Hunter Bailey (left) captures gold at the FIS Junior World Ski Championships men’s moguls event this past Saturday in Are, Sweden competing against the top junior mogul athletes in the world, many of whom are already competing on the World Cup.  Tess Johnson (right)  finished second in the women’s moguls event that same day.  Not pictured, Emerson Smith took second in dual moguls this past Sunday at Junior Worlds.

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail hopes to spark a dream in its snow sports athletes which will provide focus and teach life lessons throughout their childhood that carry into their adult lives.  This past Saturday in Are, Sweden long time Ski & Snowboard Club Vail freestyle mogul athlete Hunter Bailey personified the club’s hope, winning the FIS Junior World Ski Championships men’s moguls event.  This outstanding performance earns him a nomination to the 2016-2017 US Freestyle Team.

Bailey has been a member of the US Freestyle Development Team for the past few years but his dream was to make the US Freestyle Team.  He spent the last two seasons since graduating from SSCV academic partner Vail Mountain School, as a full-time post-graduate athlete at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail pursing that dream.  The grit and determination to continue this pursuit on his own while peers moved on to college is a testament to his passion.

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Head Moguls Coach Riley Campbell who traveled with the team to Are said, “This season was not easy for Hunter. He trained hard and competed well but he fell short of his potential many times, especially in the all-important NorAm Tour. He was able to stay focused and determined throughout these frustrations and come out with an astounding victory here in Åre, Sweden against the top juniors in the world. Many of these athletes in Are were already seasoned World Cup competitors. Hunter tagged his cork 1080 on the bottom air, and at that moment it was clear he was in the running. This win was Hunter’s last chance to secure a spot on the US Freestyle Team this season. Watching him achieve this dream was one of the most notable moments of my coaching career.  This achievement is a true testament to the benefits of hard work and determination. ”

Great showing for SSCV athletes at Junior Worlds

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail qualified four of the eight United States athletes who earned the coveted right to compete at Junior Worlds – Kaitlyn Harrell, Tess Johnson, Bailey and Emerson Smith – along with Matt Leseur who represented Bermuda at the event.

Bailey was surrounded by Ski & Snowboard Club Vail team mates who also logged outstanding performances at Junior Worlds.  Johnson took second for the girls in moguls on Saturday.  On Sunday in duals, Smith took second for the boys (after logging a top ten finish on Saturday in moguls) with Harrell placing fifth (after taking thirteenth in moguls on Saturday) and Johnson taking ninth for the girls.  Leseur took nineteenth in moguls and twentieth in dual moguls for the boys.

Campbell said, “The course here in Åre was fairly steep and conditions were spring-like. The conditions made for some high intensity skiing and an exciting show. Team Vail took several of the top spots and comprised half of the United States team. Also in our crew was the sole athlete representing Bermuda, Matt Leseur.”

Excitement lies ahead

In addition to Bailey, two other Ski & Snowboard Club Vail mogul athletes have qualified for nomination to the 2016-2017 US Freestyle Team-Smith and Harrell as first timers to the team, along with Johnson who has qualified for re-nomination to the US Freestyle Team for 2016-2017.

 

 

 

One Season’s End is Another’s Beginning

As the 2015-2016 winter competition season draws to a close Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes spend little time reminiscing about the season.  It is not for lack of things to reminisce about—a major breakthrough in their skiing or riding, a personal best, new tricks brought to snow, college acceptances received, new friendships made, a successful transition to a new age class group, academic achievements, setbacks overcome, and the list goes on.  It is simply that so many of our athletes are already focused on next season.

This time of year, athletes are busy competing to improve next year’s ranking and seeding. This is of particular importance for athletes advancing to a new age category or level of competition where they hope to establish themselves.  Longer term, these rankings are critical to those athletes looking to achieve goals such as national team status, and for our alpine and Nordic athletes, NCAA collegiate team spots.

End-of-season evaluations are being delivered by coaches together with finalizing off-season training plans for both on and off snow.  Physical testing is being conducted for full-time athletes after a short active rest period to assess winter season gains or losses relative to pre-season results from testing conducted last fall.  After school conditioning sessions begin shortly after on-snow training concludes.

Spring on-snow training  changes from competition preparation to a focus on fundamentals skills.  The first on-snow camp is hosted next week by SSCV at Golden Peak for our alpine athletes.  Full-time athletes begin training on weekends from late April to late May at nearby resorts that remain open late season.

Come early June, Alpine, Freestyle and Nordic athletes head to Mt. Bachelor for up to three weeks of on-snow training.  Big Mountain athletes are off to Red Lodge, Montana in early June for a camp and competitions while Freeski Park and Pipe and Snowboard athletes travel to their summer camps in Mt. Hood.  Later in the summer our more senior athletes head to a variety of age and snow sport specific camps in the southern hemisphere and on the glaciers of Europe. Whether training in SSCV camps or with Divisional, Regional or National athlete development programs, SSCV athletes literally span the globe chasing a never ending winter!

While at home, double sessions of strength training and conditioning are scheduled four times a week for full-time athletes from June through early August at the Minturn Fitness Center and the adjoining Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy campus. Activities range from biking, hiking, games and flexibility to sport specific coordination, agility and strength training.

For many of our acrobatics athletes, progressions on the trampolines and at the water ramps are critical throughout the spring and summer prep period to bring new tricks to snow next winter.  Freestylers are on the trampolines at Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy and at water ramp and trampoline camps in Steamboat Springs, Colorado while freeski park and pipe and big mountain athletes are doing similar preparation at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah.

In preparation for a busy competition season next winter, many of our athletes also take advantage of the summer time to get ahead in academics in order to lighten their academic load during the winter. Summer classes to earn a few credits towards graduation or test prep tutoring to be ready for college admissions tests are a great opportunity to reduce some of the stress of striving to achieve both academically and athletically throughout the busy winter.

While the club’s high school age athletes have extensive preparations over the summer, for the majority of the club’s kids, summer is a time to play a variety of sports, be with family and friends and enjoy some down time. Sprinkle in a few days of on-snow time with active healthy lifestyles and it won’t be long until the leaves are turning again and the excitement for a new season rises.

Among the many life lessons learned at SSCV, balancing family, friends, academics and sport prepares our kids for the dynamic and fast paced lives they are sure to lead as adults. It’s these great lessons, memories and friendships that we treasure more than any medals that may have been won or lost along the way.

Press Release-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail riders thrive at Snowboard Nationals at Copper Mountain-April 8, 2016

Kade Martin 1st

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Kade Martin (center) stands on top of the podium in bordercross for the Grommet Boys (ages 8-9) at the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association’s Snowboard Nationals held at Copper Mountain this past week.  Cooper Provencher (left) took second and Noah Avallone (right) took third in the same event.

Ian Kalapos 2nd

Among the many SSCV podium finishes at United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association’s Snowboard Nationals held at Copper Mountain this past week, pictured above from left to right are Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Ian Kalapos in second place, Michael Warneke in first place and Jandon Konkel in third place in halfpipe for the Junior Men (ages 16-17).

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail qualified twenty-two riders to compete in the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association Snowboard Nationals which took place from April 3 through 7 at Copper Mountain. This event hosts the top USASA snowboard athletes in the United States ages five through 60+ in slopestyle, halfpipe, boardercross, slalom and giant slalom along with the rail jam and banked slalom events. Riders were required to qualify from their local USASA region in order to compete in this exciting season-culminating event in either the open class (all ages) or age class division.

The following SSCV riders qualified for USASA nationals from the Rocky Mountain Region based on results throughout the season, a huge accomplishment in and of itself in the most competitive USASA region in the country:

Lyndsey Anderson

Jeremy Baxter

Montana Braden

Fynn Bullock-Womble

Cesare Chittaro

Jack Coyne

Wyat Fisher

Kaitlin Hancock

Barrett Hendrix

Devin Hendrix

Gabriel Irlandini

Ian Kalapos

Cole Kirkham

Kade Martin

Oliver Martin

Finn Moran Rey

Dylan Okurowski

Nathan Panlilio

Tyler Robison

Carter Shonk

Cooper Shonk

Skogen Wachter

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail full-time riders took several podiums throughout the week in their age class with Fynn Bullock taking second in slopestyle, Ian Kalapos taking second in halfpipe, Dylan Okurowski taking third in rail jam, Jack Coyne taking third in halfpipe and second in rail jam and Montana Braden taking third in boardercross.

There were also several podium finishes among Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s younger part-time mini-shred’s program members in their respective age class with Ollie Martin topping the podium in halfpipe and capturing a third place finish in boardercross, Skogen Watcher taking third in halfpipe and Carter Shonk and Kade Martin each landing on top of the podium in their respective age class in boardercross.

Zoe Kalapos and Ryan Wachendorfer, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail alumni and Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy graduates, stood on top of the podium in the women’s and men’s open age class, respectively, in halfpipe.

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Snowboard Program Director Chris Laske commented on the excitement of his athletes and the series, “Year after year, USASA Nationals is an amazing event for riders of all ages. Although we were dealing with some soft snow and slower conditions than what we had been accustomed to for most of the season, our riders gave it their all and showed off to the field and a huge crowd of spectators that their hard work in the gym, on the tramps and on snow really paid off.”

Laske continued, “I couldn’t be prouder of where we’ve come as a team and of the individual accomplishments of our riders of all ages. These young rippers are the future of our snowboard program.”

For a complete list of results go to www.usasa.org.

 

Season Ending Performances Continue to Exhibit Character, Courage, Commitment

Watching Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) athletes finish out the competition season with the same consistent display of character, courage and commitment they brought into the season five months ago is very rewarding. These core values of SSCV are personified in many ways by our athletes, both on and off snow.

March C3 Athlete and Staff Award Winners

SSCV’s March C3 athlete winner is Colbey Derwin, an alpine ski racer in his 6th and final year at Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy. Battling injuries and illness during his first year and a half as a FIS competitor (birth years 1999 and older) was tough, but Colbey refused to show it. He made a deliberate choice to stay positive and focused on his recovery and to return to racing, in spite of missing nine months of on-snow time and several months of fighting illness after getting back on snow. Colbey saw this not as a setback, but as an opportunity for personal growth. Through hard work, focus, and relentless determination in the gym, on snow and in the classroom, Colbey is having a successful season on snow and is maintaining a strong GPA.

Congratulations also go out to Samantha Lathram, Cameron Wolfe and Zane Worrell for the honor of being nominated in March for the C3 Athlete Award.

SSCV Freestyle Head Mogul Coach Riley Campbell is the March C3 SSCV Staff Award winner. Riley makes coaching and skiing fun without making it feel too intense to his athletes. His coaching delivery is easy to understand. He takes the time to make sure athletes are staying healthy and he works to create a team environment. He coached the female winner of the Overall NorAm Tour and the male runner up. Over four NorAms he had seventeen podiums across five athletes. No other team in the nation came close to matching these results. He coached his team to be the best they could be in their sport.

U16 Nationals

Over one hundred of the top 2000, 2001 and 2002 birth year alpine racers in the country qualified to compete in U16 Nationals last week, which included Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G races in Snowbird, Utah. SSCV athletes excelled, taking eleven top three podium finishes in their respective year of birth and eighteen top ten finishes across all ages in these races.

Men’s Top Three

Slalom

2001-3rd-Kellen Kinsella

Giant Slalom

2000-3rd-Max Bervy

2001-3rd-Kellen Kinsella

Super G

2001-1st-Zane Worrell

Women’s Top Three

Slalom

2001-2nd-Cleo Braun

2002-2nd-Nicola Rountree-Williams

Giant Slalom

2001-2nd-Cleo Braun; 3rd-Allie Resnick

2002-3rd-Nicola Rountree-Williams

Super G

2001-2nd-Caroline Jones; 3rd-Ainsley Proffit

Outstanding overall performances across all three races across all three age groups for SSCV athletes included Braun (2001) taking second place overall (along with second place for the 2001’s) for the girls and Burke Fancher (2000) taking third place overall for the boys. For the 2001 age group across all races, Proffit took third overall for the girls and Kinsella took third overall for the boys.

The event also included a SkillsQuest competition testing each athlete’s ability to demonstrate skills outlined by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association as necessary for athletes of this age to take their sport to the next level. SSCV’s Braun (2001) took first and Taylor Brandt (2000) took third overall across all age groups for the girls and Gus Leblanc (2000) took first and Bervy (2000) took third overall across all age groups for the boys.

Hard work and determination personified

Jane Geisman personifies the balance needed between athletics and academics and the grit and determination required to be the best one can be. A tenth grader at SSCV Academic Partner Vail Mountain School, Jane joined SSCV as a part-time alpine Youth Ski League athlete. As her passion for the sport grew she transitioned to a full-time alpine program. With little mileage and no ski racing background in her early days at SSCV, she has had to work harder than many of her peers to get to where she is today. She is one of the most committed athletes you will find on and off the hill with stellar attendance at dryland sessions and summer on-snow camps. She is fully committed, beyond her years, both mentally and physically, to do well in everything she tackles. She nonetheless maintains a happy, carefree attitude and is well-liked among her peers. She approaches her academics with the same determination, enabling her to carry a rigorous course load and an impressive GPA.

These are only a few examples of the many displays of character, courage and commitment among the more than 600 young athletes at SSCV this season. While the focus is on competitive snow sports, the real rewards are the important qualities and life lessons learned through the pursuit of realizing personal potential.

Press Release – GS Spectacular races in Vail and Beaver Creek truly spectacular – April 5, 2016

Proffit GS Pic

It was a huge weekend for United States Ski & Snowboard Association alpine age class racing in the Vail Valley. On Saturday April 2 and Sunday April 3, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail hosted over 570 athletes in the “GS Spectacular” at Vail’s Golden Peak and Beaver Creek’s Bear Trap race venues. Over 275 athletes birth years 1992 through 2002 competed head to head in the Vail giant slalom which provided competitors the opportunity to earn valuable USSA points to help improve their starting position and national ranking for next season. For the 2002 year of birth athletes it was their first opportunity in their racing career to earn USSA points. Over 285 younger athletes birth years 2003 through 2008 competed in the non-scored races at Beaver Creek.

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Alpine Program Director Karen Ghent commented, “With an enormous turnout of over 570 racers at the venues in Vail and Beaver Creek I am so grateful for the support of both resort’s race and cat crews, along with our chiefs of race, race administrators, staff, coaches and volunteers for making the GS Spectacular a terrific event for all of our competitors.  After a week of heavy snow, we were fortunate to have enjoyed blue skies, warm weather and a great surface which held up for so many competitors. Ski racing is alive and well in Colorado!”

Ghent continued, “It was fantastic to watch our Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes give it their all in their final home competition of the season.”

Click here to view the top three and all Ski & Snowboard Club Vail results. For a complete list of results go to www.ussa.org.

Competition season continues

Competition season continues at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV). Among them, the United States Alpine Championships took place this past week in Sun Valley, Idaho and an International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association’s (IFSA) Rocky Mountain Big Mountain Regional Series competition hosted by SSCV took place in Vail.

United States National Alpine Championships

Fifteen SSCV athletes and alumni travelled to Sun Valley to compete in the United States Alpine Championships, earning this right either as current members of the US Ski Team or through criteria established by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association. The national championships provided an opportunity for the top United States junior alpine racers birth years 1995-1999 to race head to head against US Ski Team members. Athletes competed in the Alpine Combined (a Super G and a Slalom run), Super G, Slalom and Giant Slalom.

SSCV’s Jacob Dilling, Bridger Gile, Jack Keane (National Training Group), Colby Lange, Kyle Negomir and Mathew Macaluso competed in this prestigious competition along with River Radamus (US D Team,). For the women, SSCV’s Nellie Rose Talbot (National Training Group), Abby Ghent and Jessica McMurtry qualified. SSCV alumni competing in the event included Alex Leever (National University Team) and Taylor Shiffrin (DU) for the men and Paula Moltzan (US B Team), Sarah Schleper (Team Mexico) and Mikaela Shiffrin (US A Team) for the women.

For SSCV, Keane (1998) took gold on the juniors podium (1995 birth year and younger) in slalom at United States Alpine Championships. Leever (1995) was on the juniors podium in third place for slalom and giant slalom, the two events he competed in. Radamus (1998) walked away with a gold medal for juniors in the alpine combined and a silver medal for juniors in super g and giant slalom.

On the women’s side, SSCV alumna Shiffrin (1995) earned the overall and juniors top spot in slalom and giant slalom with Talbot (1999) taking home a bronze medal for juniors in the alpine combined event.

This combination of multiple podium performances by SSCV juniors and the large number of SSCV 1998-1999 birth year athletes qualifying for this national championship series reflects the emerging talent of the SSCV Alpine team.

IFSA Big Mountain

Lover’s Leap at Vail Mountain’s Blue Sky Basin provided the perfect venue for last Sunday’s regional big mountain competition. Competitors enjoyed several feet of new snow dumped consistently over the past week by early spring storms. A total of one hundred fifteen competitors from ages eight through eighteen, including over 30 SSCV athletes, competed in the largest single day regional big mountain event in the region. This final regional competition of the season not only helps athletes earn points toward their IFSA ranking but it also creates opportunities for them to be invited to national events in April and next season.

There is a great deal of anticipation from both athletes and spectators in big mountain competitions, as athletes navigate through natural terrain including trees, steeps, cliffs, chutes, drops and gullies. Scores are arrived at by a panel of three judges, weighted heavily on the difficulty of the line selected by the athlete and taking into account fluidity, technique, control and style.

It was a great day on home terrain for SSCV athletes in Blue Sky Basin, capturing ten top three spots and nineteen top 5 spots at Sunday’s big mountain competition.

SSCV’s Molly Reeder captured gold for the Female Ski Under 12 division with Cydney Harrison in third. Finn Griffith brought home the gold for the Male Ski Under 12 division with Gavin Goike in second and Sam Heller in third.

SSCV’s Austin Obourn took the gold medal spot for the Female Ski 12-14 division. Julia Harty took silver in the same division.

Jordan Glendining also found herself on top of the podium representing the Female Ski 15-18 division with Rachel Cocchiarella in the third podium spot for Female Ski 15-18. SSCV’s Finn Andersson earned a silver medal in the Male Ski 15-18 division.

In memory of Zeke Pierce SSCV gave out the Zeke Pierce Spirit Award in recognition of his love for the sport at the end of Sunday’s big mountain competition. This year’s recipients were Aaron Cook and SSCV’s Austin Obourn.

Many lessons are learned through competitive snow sports. Our athletes have been at their on-snow season for five months, and continue to show grit and determination, all the while balancing academics and athletics. Many are focused on earning points for next season as well as making plans for spring and summer on-snow, trampoline, water ramp and strength training and conditioning camps. The preparation for next season begins!

Press Release-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes compete in Youth Ski League Championships-March 23, 2016

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On Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes participated in the Head Rebel Youth Ski League Championships in nearby Loveland. Over three hundred boys and girls birth years 2000-2009 from nine clubs across Colorado took part in a single run slalom race and single run giant slalom race with the girls competing on Saturday and the boys competing on Sunday.

Thirteen girls and sixteen boys from Ski & Snowboard Club Vail participated in Loveland’s Youth Ski League Championships, exhibiting some impressive results. “Our small but mighty team of thirteen girls and sixteen boys took second place in the Ladies and the Men’s Overall Team Awards at the YSL Championships and the SSCV Team also took the second place Overall Award,” shared Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Youth Ski League Head Coach Rika Moore. “The boys and girls skied their hearts out. They had some terrific performances and learned some valuable lessons about the championship experience and racing as a team.”

Click here to view results of top three plus SSCV athletes.  For a complete list of results go to ussa.org