The Centennial Peaks: Skiing Colorado’s 100 Tallest and Lessons Learned

SSCV to host pro skier Chris Davenport Tuesday; free event, open to publicmyspyderkit01

  • What: The Centennial Peaks: Skiing Colorado’s 100 Tallest and Lessons Learned featuring pro skier Chris Davenport
  • Where: Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy in Minturn
  • When: Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Two-time extreme skiing world champion Chris Davenport is widely regarded as one of the premier big mountain skiers in the world.  Among his many ski-mountaineering achievements, in 2007, Davenport became the first person to ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in less than one year.

On Tuesday, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) will host a free event, open to the public: The Centennial Peaks: Skiing Colorado’s 100 Tallest and the Lessons Learned. Davenport will be discussing his extreme take on risk management and method for decision-making while on expeditions, such as his conquest of the Colorado peaks.

“The presentation will be entertaining and informative for all members of the community, especially those who find themselves making quick decisions and managing risk in the outdoors,” said SSCV General Manager Mike Trueblood.

As part of his experience, Davenport has claimed numerous first descents around the globe, and recently guided a skiing expedition on Mount Everest. He’s been featured in more than 30 ski films, such as Warren Miller and Matchstick Productions. He is also a TV commentator for ESPN, ABC sports and Outside Television.

The Colorado skier was recently named one of ESPN’s 10 Greatest American Freeskiers of all Time and was chosen as a 2014 honored member of the USA Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

The presentation, hosted by SSCV, is set to take place at the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy in Minturn on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Parent Education Series series kicks off Sept. 11


SSCV Alpine is happy to present a Parent Education Series designed to help you understand the sport, support your children, connect with other parents and inspire you to be involved.  Have you ever said, “I wish someone would just explain to me…” or “I wish someone would have told me earlier…”  Send alpine director Karen Ghent an email at with those thoughts, and she will see about working it into the monthly series.

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Plan to attend the first of the series: a clinic to learn the rules of racing and the ins and outs of a ski race. This clinic will cover the basic rules, the different disciplines and how they are run, the various officials required at a race and the role they play, how to be a gate judge, and basic pipeline information.

The clinic is for those who want to learn more about their child’s sport, or those who are interested in working to become a ski racing official. 

Also, please be aware that a volunteer requirement exists within our membership. If you are planning to volunteer at one or more of the many races we will be hosting this year to work off your volunteer points, plan to attend so you will be comfortable and knowledgeable volunteering on the hill.

What: Certified Official Clinic (don’t let the name of this course scare you…)
• When:  Sunday, Sept. 11
• Time:  5 – 7 p.m.
• Where: VSSA Room 208
• Who: Anyone interested in learning more about the sport of alpine ski racing, Anyone who knows the rules and wants an update, Anyone who is planning to volunteer for a ski race this year, Parents who want to be educated on their child’s sport, Anyone who is curious about or interested in becoming a ski race official

Clinicians: Karen Ghent, SSCV Alpine Program Director, and PJ Jenick, SSCV Alpine Coordinator

Cost:  $10 (Cash or check written to RMSRO please.)  

Please RSVP by emailing Karen Ghent at

Fall Spectacular set for Sunday, Sept. 11

FY17 Fall Spectacular

Three signs that winter is just around the corner: The aspens above Minturn are starting to change, preseason football is back on the tube, and SSCV’s Fall Spectacular is set to commence at Maloit Park. Join us Sunday, Sept. 11 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 Community Lunch, 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 gear 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. 11

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

Master Schedule
7 – 9 am — Equipment drop-off for athlete swap
10 am – 1 pm — SSCV Jacket dissemination
10 am – 1 pm — New equipment fitting and ordering session
10 am – 1 pm — Athlete Used Equipment Swap
11 am – 2 pm — Mandatory Athlete Physicals (athletes ages 12 and older)
12:30 – 2 pm — SSCV Community Lunch
1 – 2:30 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 fifth 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 23, 2015 (details to follow).

7 – 9 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.

10 am – 1 pm: Used Equipment Swap Sale

1 – 2:30 pm: Unsold Swap Equipment Pick Up: Any equipment which is not claimed by 2:30 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 from a physician for a physical done within the past six months. 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, can you submit the document to Kristina Krone.

If you are unable to attend this session, you will need to arrange a doctor’s physical and deliver the signed physician’s form by October 1 in the above-mentioned format to the attention of Jake Wurth at the Minturn Fitness Center or via email to


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

Get in Midseason Shape by Opening Day

Minturn Fitness Center to offer winter conditioning classes

MINTURN, Colo. — We all know the feeling: It’s early season. You’re amped for that first big powder day of the year. You grab your hot chocolate and make it to the base for first chair. Two hours later, though, you’re limping back to the parking structure, sore and dejected, because you weren’t quite ready for it.

The Minturn Fitness Center is here to help.


VO2 testing at the Minturn Fitness Center is part of its winter conditioning program.

VO2 testing at the Minturn Fitness Center is part of its winter conditioning program.

With its state-of-the-art, 10-week winter conditioning class, you’ll be in midseason shape by opening day. This isn’t your cushy, six-week course at the local spa. Instead, work alongside top-notch trainers and utilize the same high-tech training methods used by Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes, professionals and Olympians.

“Most people say, ‘I’m going to ski myself into shape.’ Some say, ‘I’m going to ride my bike into shape.’ With this program, you’re going to get on the mountain Day 1, and you’re going to be able to go all eight hours with full effort and not really get fatigued or risk injury,” said Jake Wurth, strength and conditioning director for the Minturn fitness Center (MFC).

The program, which begins with a VO2 test and identifies the needs of each athlete, follows a progression from high volume and low intensity to low volume and high intensity. It begins with a muscle and endurance phase, moves into a muscle-building phase and concludes with a strength and power phase.

“We want to strengthen the muscles that are predominantly used in skiing, but we also want to strengthen the opposite muscle group, so that there is a balance,” said Wurth. “We actually go even further than that and do one or two more exercises on the opposing muscle groups so that they’re a little bit stronger leading into the season. Once you do start skiing or snowboarding, there will be that balance.”

You don’t have to be competitive skier or snowboarder to get in shape like one. Any winter-sport athlete who wants to make the most of his or her season, stay healthy and maybe impress some friends is a great candidate for the program.

Hour-and-a-half classes begin Sept. 9 and are held three times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 9 a.m. or 6 p.m. Cost is $300 for Minturn Fitness Center members and $400 for non-members (which includes a 10-week membership).

Space is limited, so sign up now! For more information, contact the Minturn Fitness Center at (970) 790-5090 or check out the MFC website at

FIS registration rate increases Aug. 15

31638_G08_W01PARK CITY, Utah — This is a final reminder for alpine FIS eligible athletes who wish to be inscribed to the Alpine FIS list at the $85 rate. The deadline for registration is August 15, 2016, before midnight MST and applies to renewing FIS athletes and first time FIS registrants. After Aug 15, Alpine FIS registration goes to $155.

To complete FIS registration at the $85 rate, athletes must hold a current USSA Alpine Competitor membership for the 2016-17 season including any division or state dues that may apply. USSA and FIS memberships may be purchased in one transaction using USSA’s online registration system. Parents may go to to register their athlete(s) following the steps below.


  • Go to Log in to the existing account on the right or click “Create An Account” on the left to establish a new account.
  • If you are the primary member on the account, your Renew Membership link will appear in the status line on the left in the My Account box. If you are a linked member on the account, click your box in the Linked Member section of the My Account box and your Renew Membership link will appear above in the status line.
  • Please check the membership cart to the right as your membership may already be populated. Be certain you’ve chosen the correct membership prior to completing your registration.
    Athletes must hold a USSA Alpine Competitor membership to register for FIS. Remember to add the FIS registration on the left side of the page where the membership cart appears on the right.
  • Complete the renewal process for each member you wish to register.
  • Check your emailed receipt and membership card to be sure all your information is correct, including the membership category and member’s date of birth.

Please contact USSA Member Services with questions on your username and/or password.

REMINDER: Global Rescue required for all internationally traveling athletes

A message from SSCV Member Services
 Manager Kristina Krone

I want to alert you to the fact that medical insurance does not cover emergency medical evacuation; it covers hospital and doctor costs once you are in a hospital. The cost of evacuation can often cost upwards of $100,000.
image005For those of you not familiar, Global Rescue is a service that fills this gap. Global Rescue provides worldwide medical evacuation from the slopes back to the member’s home hospital of choice. Global Rescue is also the preferred provider of the U.S. Ski Team, along with many ski academies and clubs across North America.

Annual student memberships cost $259 and offer coverage anywhere in the world, including the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes and their families will receive a 5 percent discount at the time of purchase. Family plans are also available.

Benefits include:

  • Field Rescue from the point of illness or injury
  • Evacuation back to the member’s home hospital of choice
  • 24 hour medical advisoryservices from critical care paramedics and in-house physicians
  • Deployable medical teams to the patient’s bedside
  • Specialists at Johns Hopkins Medicinereviewing every case to ensure the best outcome
  • Global network of medical Centers of Excellence
  • Services provided up to a cost of $500,000

A Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athlete traveling internationally must have medical evacuation insurance in place prior to travel and we highly recommend Global Rescue. We also strongly recommend that other SSCV athletes who will be traveling, although not internationally, purchase a Global Rescue membership prior to travel.

Please click here to sign up. Also, check out the Global Rescue video, featuring member testimonials and live footage of rescues. If you have questions, or would like to sign up on the telephone, you can call Global Rescue at 1-800-381-9754.

Ski/ride safe and all the best!

Kristina Krone

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Member Services Manager


2016-2017 SSCV Press Coverage

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail three-peats as Club of Year – Vail Daily –  May 30, 2016 – Correction-this is the third year SSCV has won the USSA Alpine Club of the Year, not USSA Club of the Year

U.S. Freeskiing 2016-17 Team Nominations – USSA News – May 23, 2016

U.S. Snowboarding 2016-17 Team Nominations – USSA News – May 23, 2016

Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy class takes the next step – Vail Daily – May, 20, 2016

USSA names athlete, club and coach of the year – Ski Racing – May 14, 2016

USSA Announces Winners for Annual Awards – USSA News – May 12, 2016

Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy Using Students On Stationary Bikes To Produce Energy and Lower Carbon Footprint – Unofficial Networks – May 6, 2016

Skiing hall of fame to add six new members – Vail Daily – May 8, 2016

Sara Radamus attains Middlebury College’s highest athletic achievement – Vail Daily – May 8, 2016

Vail names skate park for local youth, reviews body cameras – Vail Daily – May 6, 2016

Former Swiss World Cup coach returns to the US Ski Racing – Ski Racing – May 5, 2016

U.S. Freestyle Ski Team 2016-17 Team Nominations  USSA News – May 3, 2016

U.S. Cross Country Ski Team 2016-17 Team Nominations – USSA News – May 2, 2016

Middlebury Announces Inductees for Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016 – Middlebury College online publication – April 29, 2016

Press Release-Osi Inglin to join Ski & Snowboard Club Vail as Head Alpine FIS Coach-May 4, 2016

Osi Inglin will join Ski & Snowboard Club Vail on July 1, 2016 as Head Alpine FIS Coach overseeing the entire Alpine FIS program along with coaching responsibility for the FIS women.  Not only does Inglin have over twenty years of international coaching experience coaching from the development to the World Cup level, but he has also coached in the United States, having served as Head Women’s Coach at Green Mountain Valley School previously.

Inglin has coached some of the top alpine racers in the world (both men and women) over the course of his career, including Sonja Nef, Didier Cuche, Didier Defago and Mike Von Gruenigen.  Most recently Inglin worked with the Swiss Men’s C Team, where Marco Odermatt won the 2016 FIS Junior World Ski Championship Giant Slalom title and Odermatt (1997) and teammate Loic Meillard (1996) are currently ranked first in the world in their respective birth year in giant slalom.

Karen Ghent, SSCV Alpine Program Director, stated, “I am thrilled to have Osi join our alpine staff.  With the growth in our U19 athlete group it is the ideal time for the organization to bring on a head FIS coach to oversee the entire FIS program.”

Ghent continued, “Osi brings years of experience managing and developing world-class athletes to SSCV’s FIS program in support of an already strong coaching staff and a very talented group of FIS level athletes.  I look forward to Osi coming on board this summer.”

Inglin stated, “I am really excited to join the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail FIS alpine program for the coming years.  It is a big challenge for me to bring these young and talented athletes to their highest level.  It’s very important to me that the entire FIS staff is working together closely to push the program forward.”

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, the Vail Valley’s oldest non-profit organization, was founded in 1962 to provide training and competition programs for aspiring young ski racers and has continued to evolve since its inception. During the past season, over 600 athletes took part in SSCV season long part-time and full-time training and competition programs in Alpine, Freeski, Freestyle, Nordic, Ski Cross and Snowboard as well as the Alpine Bank Get in the Gates Recreational Ski Racing Program.

For more, or 970-790-5161.

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