SSCV Executive Director Aldo Radamus takes on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Aldo Radamus-SSCV Executive Director can now say—-

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Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Executive Director Aldo Radamus accepted his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Tiger Shaw, USSA President and CEO, during Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy’s (VSSA) morning meeting on Monday.

SSCV full-time athletes attending VSSA, one of SSCV’s Academic Partners, had just listened to a moving presentation by VSSA Head of School Geoff Grimmer on “Paying it Forward”.  The SSCV athletes were then given the opportunity to witness a real time example of “Paying it Forward” with Aldo’s thoughtful discussion of the importance of supporting others throughout life and how empowered our youth are to make a difference, making specific reference to ALS and the underlying importance of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  This was followed by a playful dousing of Aldo by two SSCV full-time athletes attending VSSA–Gus LeBlanc and Max Bervy.

Aldo then challenged John Garnsey, President, Global Mountain Development, and Chris Jarnot, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Vail Mountain, to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

When asked if the water was as cold as it looked, Aldo responded, “I guess I didn’t really notice.  It was very meaningful to me to participate in a world-wide initiative to raise awareness and funds in support of ALS and to be able to do it in such a way as to make it a teachable moment for so many of our SSCV athletes.  I hope this inspires them to fulfill their challenge, if they receive one, and to realize just how empowered they are, particularly in this age of social media, to make a difference in the world by always finding ways to “Pay it Forward”.”

SSCV Fall Spectacular and Minturn Fitness Center Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Just Around the Corner-September 14

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FALL SPECTACULAR-use 8-22-14 Event Details

Date: Sunday, September 14th

Time: 10am-1pm (BBQ from noon-1:30pm)

What: Equipment Ordering Session, Athlete’s Swap, BBQ, Athlete Physicals & Minturn Fitness Center Grand Opening

Who: SSCV Athletes, Families, and Donors

Where: Maloit Park Campus, Home of VSSA, SSCV & Minturn Fitness Center

Winter is just around the corner and it is time to think about gearing up for the season!  Order all of your softgoods & hardgoods at SSCV club prices.  Reps from various ski and snowboard companies will be on hand to take orders.  This is a very busy session and it can be overwhelming with many families making their ordering/fit session, keep tips in mind:

Before the ordering session:

  • Have your child try on last year’s equipment.
  • Contact your child’s coach 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 one of the coaches.

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 10:30am, things take time and there are only so many of us that can help you.

Back by popular demand. SSCV will be hosting the 3rd Annual Athlete’s Swap.  This will give families the opportunity to sell or buy used equipment.  We will only be accepting hardgoods ONLY (skis, boards, boots and poles).  Please have ski’s/boards tuned and in good condition.  We will not accept equipment in poor condition or equipment that is not geared towards athletes.  Softgoods can be brought to sell at our Annual Ski & Snowboard Swap on October 24-26th.

Athlete Swap Details:

Date: Sunday, September 14th

Where: VSSA Cafeteria

Equipment Drop off: 7am-9am (You can pull into the back parking lot by the Pro Shop/ cafeteria to drop off only.  Please park in the student/faculty parking lot during sale hours)

Sale hours: 10am-1pm

Unsold equipment pick up: 1pm-2pm (Any unclaimed equipment will be donated to SSCV)

Mandatory Athlete Physicals:  At 8am staff from The Steadman Clinic will be conducting Mandatory medical/orthopedic physicals free of charge.  This is mandatory for all SSCV athletes 12 and older.  If you are unable to attend, you will need to arrange a doctor’s physical by October 1, 2014.

SSCV Physical Schedule:

8:00am-9:30pm- All U14 Athletes

9:30am-11:00am- All U16 Athletes

11:00-12:30pm – All U18 Athletes

Please fill out the Medical History Form and bring with you to the physical.

Directions to the Maloit Park Campus:

We will be having our Equipment Ordering Session in the front parking/bus loop, weather permitting.  If the weather is not great we will be having it in the gym of the school.

Minturn Fitness Center Grand Opening:

Date: Sunday, September 14th

Where: Minturn Fitness Center Driveway

When: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will begin at 2pm

What: Tours of the MFC facility will be at 12pm, 1pm and 2:30pm. Cake and refreshments will be served.

See you on September 14th at the Maloit Park Campus!

Erik Steinberg returns to Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) to coach new Ski Cross Program for U16 and U14 skiers

Informational Meeting Sunday, August 24 at 12:30PM

A Vail native since 1964, Erik moved to Vail with his family when his father Tom was recruited to become Vail’s first doctor and founded the Vail Clinic and Hospital. Growing up at the foot of Vail Mountain Erik became a member of Ski Club Vail as well as the cycling team “No Name” coached by 7 time Tour de France rider Caesar Moretti.

An RMD Jr. Downhill Champion, Erik went on to compete at the University of Colorado where he was part of four NCAA National Championship teams and a First Team All-American in 1974. After two seasons racing in the first seed at the Europa Cup, Erik narrowly missed qualifying for the 1976 Olympic Team. Hired by the US Ski Team in 1979, first as a Men’s Assistant DH Coach and then Women’s Head DH Coach, Erik helped Billy Johnson win Olympic Gold in 1984 and Doug Lewis win World Championship’s Bronze in 1985. His Women’s Team made US Racing history in Vail in 1986 with a World Cup DH win by Pam Fletcher and 6 Americans in the first 14 places. In total, Erik has coached 41 National Champions.

From 1988 to 1993 Erik served as the Executive Director of Ski Club Vail before relocating to Steamboat Springs where he headed up the Billy Kidd Performance Center for 7 years. In recent years Erik has been a Realtor and parent of a young ski racer.

Ski Cross is an Olympic sport where athletes race in an exciting head to head format in a course with multiple terrain features such as rollers, banked turns and jumps. A spectator favorite, Ski Cross is slated to return to the X-Games after a two year absence in 2016. Ski & Snowboard Club Vail alumnus Chris DelBosco is a two time Ski Cross Olympian, FIS World Champion and X-Games Gold Medalist.

SSCV’s Ski Cross program is for U16 and U14 athletes hoping to follow in Chris’ footsteps. Both Full-Time and Part-Time programs are offered. Training in the traditional Alpine discipline of Giant Slalom, Free-skiing and skills development will be supplemented with work on start technique, jumping skills and side by side training using existing facilities.

An informational meeting is scheduled on Sunday August 24 at 12:30PM at the SSCV Clubhouse on Vail Valley Drive just East of the Children’s Ski School at Golden Peak. Everyone is invited to meet Erik, welcome him home to Vail and learn more about SSCV’s Ski Cross Team.

Aldo Radamus
Executive Director
Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

Minturn Fitness Center Projected to Open its Doors on August 11th!

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Minturn Fitness Center Projected to Open its Doors on August 11th!

Offering Unique Opportunities to All SSCV Families and the community.

The many hundreds of hours of planning and collaboration in an unprecedented partnership between Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) and the Town of Minturn, and the efforts of RKD Architects, Newell Engineering, general contractor Viele Construction and its many subcontractors and the support of our generous donors are about to come to fruition as the Minturn Fitness Center (MFC) readies to open its doors with a projected soft opening of August 11.  Watch for details on and dates for the upcoming ribbon cutting ceremony and official opening.

About the Minturn Fitness Center and it Offerings
The Town of Minturn and SSCV each contributed 1.25 million dollars towards the construction of the Minturn Fitness Center. A separate non-profit has been established and is governed by a Board made up of equal representatives from the Town of Minturn and SSCV. Upon opening, SSCV is responsible for its operation and programs.

This 8,500 square foot human performance center located at the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy campus in Minturn presents the latest training methods, knowledge, coaching and equipment for SSCV’s snowsports athletes and the community-at-large.  We hope that includes you and your family!

In addition to state-of-the-art cardio equipment, the facility will include standard and specialized strength training equipment such as pneumatic resistance machines, free weights, pulley machines and Olympic lifting areas. A performance laboratory will allow trainers to evaluate fitness for individualized training programs and study human performance.

SSCV has partnered with the Vail Athletic Club to provide trained professional staff to supplement SSCV human performance staff in providing state of the art general fitness support to all members, as well as, lead classes and provide personal training opportunities.

A variety of class offerings are available including TRX, Spin, Yoga, Core and Cross-Training. Approximately twenty entry level or “Level 100” class offerings per week are included with membership. More specialized, higher level classes and private and group personal training sessions will also be available at an additional fee.

Special Trial and Introductory Membership Offerings
SSCV Human Performance Director John Cole shared, “All members of the MFC will have the opportunity to experience the same level of strength training and conditioning opportunities that our full-time athletes enjoy.”

A three tiered membership structure provides competitive membership pricing to the public while offering discounts to the Town’s and SSCV’s important partners. The deepest discount is available to Minturn residents or business owners and SSCV families.

“We want to introduce you to the Minturn Fitness Center” continued Cole. “To that end, we are offering everyone a two month membership for the price of one during the “soft opening” period from August 15 through October 15, 2014 to provide you with an opportunity to experience all that the Minturn Fitness Center has to offer.  If you enroll for a membership by November 15, 2014, you will receive an introductory 25% off your annual membership fee.”

SSCV Full-Time Athlete Participation
All SSCV full-time athletes receive a membership to the facility as part of their program fees and will have access to the facility with their coach during their designated dryland training times.  Members 16 years of age or older may use the facility without adult supervision during all normal operating hours.

Membership Structure and Discounts
The MFC has established a tiered discount structure designed to provide the Town of Minturn’s and SSCV’s closest constituencies with the most significant discounts.  Both family and individual membership rates are available via annual, semi-annual and monthly membership plans with no initiation fee.

  • Complimentary membership will also be provided to SSCV and VSSA employees for a time frame commensurate with their period/length of employment, an employee benefit designed to attract and retain the best possible staff to work with our athletes and students.  Complimentary membership will also be extended to Town of Minturn employees.
  • The deepest annual membership discount is provided to Minturn residents or business owners and current SSCV families.
  • A mid-tier of discount is available to other Town of Minturn and SSCV constituencies.
  • Non-discounted membership is available to the community-at-large.

“For those SSCV families with children attending VSSA, imagine how convenient it would be to get in your workout after drop off.  And for all SSCV families, what a great opportunity to get to know fellow parents along with SSCV human performance staff in this healthy, relaxing atmosphere!” said Cole.

Aldo Radamus, SSCV Executive Director, added, “I could not be more thrilled to see the Minturn Fitness Center come online to help develop elite snow sports athletes and provide health and wellness programming to the local community.  I am so very grateful for the partnership with the Town of Minturn and the many donors who have made this initiative possible as the Minturn Fitness Center would not have come to be without you.”

You will find more details on the Minturn Fitness Center, memberships and special offers at www.minturnfitnesscenter.com or come by to talk to our staff and take a tour beginning August 11!

ORGANIZATIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT from SSCV General Manager Mike Trueblood- Member Services Manager

I am excited to announce that Margaret Rule accepted the role of Member Services Manager with SSCV, effective June 23, 2014.

Margaret holds a B.A from Michigan State University and is relocating to Eagle County from Bloomfield, Michigan. Since graduating from MSU she has worked in Michigan and in Durango, Colorado, in tutoring, youth counseling and student teaching positions. Margaret has also worked for her family’s company in Michigan focusing on project management, generating and updating procedures and procedural documentation, and general administrative support.

Margaret has spent time in the Vail Valley on winter trips with her family and she developed an interest in SSCV. She has shown a high level of passion for the mission of the club and is eager to start working to support the staff, athletes and membership in her new role. Margaret was a competitive volleyball player and then a volleyball club coach growing up and she has an appreciation for the challenges and rewards that accompany the athletes and the staff.

In her new role Margaret will be responsible for providing the highest level of customer support to our athletes, staff, members and others involved with SSCV. Her duties will include oversight of member services, back end website and databases, HR/Employment processing and related operational support.

Margaret is taking over for Maria Pavese, who sadly is leaving SSCV and relocating to the Colorado Front Range. In her time with SSCV, Maria led a number of initiatives including the adaption of a new website, integration of the CampMinder member database and countless other process improvements and operational projects. We have enjoyed and appreciated Maria’s intelligence, dedication and support of the club. Maria’s last official day at SSCV was June 30, but she continued to provide support for Margaret and the club through July 15.

Please join me in welcoming Margaret to SSCV!

Mike