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.

SSCV dominates alpine regional champs

From U10s to U19s, Ski Club Vail makes statement in championship season

With alpine regional championship season in the books, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) athletes and coaches have much to celebrate, from U10s to U19s.

At the Junior Regional Championship in Winter Park, SSCV’s Gretchen Pavelich claimed overall victory for U19s. She solidified her win with a third-place result in the GS (behind a couple seniors, notably Sarah Schleper, who won the race).

“We always knew Gretchen was a really good skier, she trains well,” said Women’s FIS Coach Crawford Pierce. “Periodically, in training, she’s been fast. As we were getting closer and closer to the regional championships, she started really turning it on.

“The first day in the slalom, she didn’t do so well,” Pierce went on. “She was kind of mad. But she was increasing her intensity and her focus, and each day just kept getting better and better. By the end, she had earned enough World Cup points to take the overall.”

Not to be outdone, SSCV’s Kyle Negomir clinched the overall on the men’s side by “being good at everything.”

“He never really stood out as a slalom star; he’s always been a downhill star,” said Pierce, who was on hand for the men’s events, as well. “But he actually did really well in the slalom and then killed it in the GS.”

Other podium finishers included Bridger Gile, Madeleine Dekko, Jack Keane, Lucia Bailey and Kalle Wagner.

You heard right: SSCV sweeps top 10

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail hosted the Rocky/Central U16 Alpine Championships at Vail and Beaver Creek with stunning results for the home team. The championships feature the best racers in the under-15 age group from Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Minnesota and other central states.

Among an incredible set of results, SSCV women swept the top 10 in the GS, alpine combined (top 12), super G (top 13) and nearly swept the slalom top 10, save one gal from Aspen who slipped in there with fifth.

“It became a race for the first girl not from Vail,” said U16 coach Rob Worrell. “So it’s fair to say our girls were really strong.”

On the men’s side, Kellen Kinsella continued his winning ways snapping out victories in the alpine combined, GS and slalom. Overall, SSCV men captured eight of 12 total podium spots.

From there, SSCV qualified 21 out of 29 possible athletes to compete at the U16 National Championship later this month.

U14s win regional team award

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail locked down the team award at the regional championships in Steamboat last weekend. Despite a new point system that doesn’t necessarily lend itself to SSCV’s depth — scoring only the top two finishers from each event — the club was able to repeat as regional champion.

Some of the top performers included Emma Resnick and Taylor Hoyt, who finished second and third in the overall scoring. On the boys’ side, Sam Packer also scored a number podium finishes.

SSCV finished second in the team duals event behind hometown squad Steamboat.

U12s clean up at Powderhorn

The U12 alpine season culminated at Powderhorn with participants from all over the Rocky Mountain and Central regions. Mikayla Smyth and Stewart Bruce were among the club’s top performers.

“It was a very fair hill, but we set some challenging courses, as this was a championship race,” said Head U12 coach Brett Borgard. “Snow conditions held up. It was hard snow in the morning and we threw some salt in the afternoon, so it was really firm and challenging conditions.”

SSCV won the team award with three times the amount of points as the second place team. SSCV also dominated the Skills Quest competitions, to which Borgard attributes much of the club’s success — focus on the fundamentals.

“The kids have worked very hard, the coaches have worked very hard,” said Borgard. “And I think a very high majority of our kids peaked at the right time.”

U10s take on Telluride

At the U10 Regional Championships in Telluride earlier this month, SSCV procured no less than four athletes in the top 10 at every race — two GS and two slaloms. The team slipped six in the top 10 in two of those four races. Their accomplishments also consisted of podium sweeps of a girls’ slalom and giant slalom. Jackson Leever led the way for the boys with three first-place finishes plus a runner-up result. Meanwhile, Vika Zaytseva swept all four of the girls’ races.

Although there is no team award at this event, U10 Coach Mike Wolfson says SSCV was certainly the top club.

Vail Cup — final results

More than 200 participants competed at the final installment of the 2017 Vail Cup on Golden Peak Sunday. The event, which is hosted by Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV), consists of four competition days throughout the winter and is free for the public.

Any athlete born in 2001 or earlier was welcome to compete. The event is open to skiers and snowboarders of all abilities in a fun, friendly environment. Sunday’s finale consisted of halfpipe and giant slalom competitions.

“We thrilled with the turnout,” said Euginnia Seyferth, director of events and development for SSCV. “We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day to host our final Vail Cup of the season. As always, we are thrilled to welcome young athletes from throughout the community to participate in this fun day on the hill.”


Place CLASS FIRST LAST Slopestyle 1.15.17 GS 1.15.17 GS 1.29.17 Moguls 2.5.17 Lil BM 2.5.17 Halfpipe 3.23.17 GS 3.23.17 Total
1 U6 – G Peyton Isaacs 20 17 17 12 17 83
2 U6 – G Peri Silberman 17 14 11 14 56
2 U6 – G Kathleen Viele 14 11 20 11 56
4 U6 – G Hailey Anderson 20 20 40
5 U6 – G Lily Leever 17 20 37
6 U6 – G Charlotte Randall 20 14 34
7 U6 – G Parker Diddy Scahill 14 10 24
8 U6 – G Poppy Saunders 14 14
9 U6 – G Lane Thompson 12 12
1 U6 – B Max Hudgins 11 20 20 14 20 20 20 125
2 U6 – B Julian Ciszek 17 14 20 17 14 17 99
2 U6 – B Aksel Ulvestad 20 17 17 14 17 14 99
4 U6 – B Logan Olsen 14 12 17 12 12 67
5 U6 – B Dillon Graf 12 12 24
6 U6 – B August Cricco 14 14
7 U6 – B Brody Corrigan 11 11
1 U8 – G Eden DeMino 9 20 20 20 20 20 109
2 U8 – G Georgianna Henry 17 12 20 14 11 17 12 103
3 U8 – G Hudson Huggins 11 10 12 17 9 14 11 84
4 U8 – G Zoe Hudgins 12 14 11 17 9 14 77
5 U8 – G Lauren Hopkins 17 12 14 17 60
6 U8 – G McKenzie Budman 10 6 14 7 12 49
7 U8 – G Greta Borgen 7 11 12 6 36
8 U8 – G Lila Goike 14 9 10 33
9 U8 – G Jessica Huberman 20 11 31
10 U8 – G Violet Gorsuch 8 10 9 27
11 U8 – G Ella Pecinka 9 17 26
13 U8 – G Mia Eaton 11 7 18
15 U8 – G Finnley Riles 5 8 13
16 U8 – G Brynn Anderson 10 10
16 U8 – G Keeley McCormick 10 10
18 U8 – G Price Meynier 9 9
19 U8 – G Dylan Corrigan 8 8
20 U8 – G Sophia Graeber 8 8
20 U8 – G Sage Linxwiler 7 7
22 U8 – G Charley Planegger 4 4
23 U8 – G Sage Linxwiler 3 3
1 U8 – B Fletcher Taylor 20 8 9 17 20 20 11 105
2 U8 – B Wyatt Viele 11 17 20 9 12 14 20 103
3 U8 – B Shai Silberman 17 14 20 14 65
4 U8 – B Finnley Hitt 5 20 2 9 17 7 60
5 U8 – B Calen White 4 7 17 4 10 9 8 59
6 U8 – B Patrick GREER 2 9 12 1 11 10 12 57
7 U8 – B Rylan Sinclair 9 14 14 11 3 51
8 U8 – B Ryder Lanning 8 12 12 17 49
9 U8 – B Freedom Bennett 10 2 4 11 7 3 1 38
10 U8 – B Miles Engle 5 17 5 10 37
10 U8 – B Gage Scahill 6 5 3 12 8 3 37
12 U8 – B Davis Priebe 6 10 5 1 9 31
13 U8 – B Pavel Meyers 11 14 25
14 U8 – B Tania Engle 12 11 23
15 U8 – B Jeronimo Alvarez 3 6 2 5 6 22
15 U8 – B Logan Anderson 14 2 3 3 22
17 U8 – B Mishko Beckwith 10 8 18
17 U8 – B Cooper Dolsen 7 4 7 18
19 U8 – B JR Ege 8 6 14
20 U8 – B Colin Kaneda 3 10 13
21 U8 – B William Rohan 4 7 11
22 U8 – B David Gonzalez 1 8 9
23 U8 – B Kristian Goranov 5 4 9
24 U8 – B Anton Isaacs 1 1 6 8
25 U8 – B Conrad Graf 7 7
26 U8 – B Reeves Thompson 6 6
27 U8 – B Kyle Lee 2 2
U8 – B Waitman Johnson 0
1 U10 – G Maizy Douglas 14 14 17 20 20 85
2 U10 – G Ruthie DeMino 11 12 14 14 17 68
3 U10 – G Palmer Ulvestad 12 20 9 12 53
4 U10 – G Makena Thayer 20 10 10 11 51
5 U10 – G Gracie Cohn 8 5 11 11 10 45
6 U10 – G Ilsa Borgen 12 3 6 10 6 7 44
7 U10 – G Elle Guillot 11 17 12 2 42
8 U10 – G Viktoria Zaytseva 17 20 37
9 U10 – G Layah Foley 17 9 9 35
10 U10 – G Priscilla Bennett 5 6 4 9 5 29
11 U10 – G Katie McDonald 9 20 29
11 U10 – G Reese Malboeuf 10 8 10 28
13 U10 – G Solveig Moritz 7 7 12 26
14 U10 – G Catelin Truitt 4 7 11 3 25
14 U10 – G Caroline Harrison 17 8 25
16 U10 – G Sydney Thompson 7 17 24
17 U10 – G Emma Beckwith 3 20 23
18 U10 – G Gracen Kennedy 8 14 22
19 U10 – G Cali Carr 20 20
20 U10 – G Zoe Larese 1 7 4 6 18
20 U10 – G Elle Guillot 6 12 18
20 U10 – G Emme Eaton 8 8 16
23 U10 – G Kelsey Ayer 4 5 7 16
23 U10 – G Keena Shikverg 14 14
23 U10 – G Ashlyn Highum 14 14
26 U10 – G Marin Carr 8 5 13
27 U10 – G Elle Glendining 12 12
28 U10 – G Hadley Reed 11 11
29 U10 – G Anna Fichtl 10 10
29 U10 – G Alexandra Cleary 10 10
31 U10 – G Eliana Carr 9 9
32 U10 – G Christina Fitzpatrick 6 1 7
33 U10 – G Lyla Eidson 5 5
34 U10 – G Taylor Hooper 4 4
34 U10 – G Vivian Blessing 4 4
36 U10 – G Kendall Anderson 3 3
37 U10 – G Caroline Johnson 2 2
38 U10 – G Berkeley Meynier 2 2
U10 – G Wynter Kehoe 0
U10 – G Weston Phillips 0
1 U10 – B Colin Glackin 9 4 11 20 20 2 66
2 U10 – B Asher Silberman 7 14 14 11 14 60
3 U10 – B Ricky Shay 17 17 11 45
3 U10 – B Flynn Sinclair 8 7 9 11 2 8 45
5 U10 – B Oliver Kullberger 14 1 9 20 44
6 U10 – B Andrew Forstl 20 12 10 42
7 U10 – B Tommy Bartha 1 8 12 10 10 41
7 U10 – B Weston Roach 6 11 12 12 41
9 U10 – B Jack Lyons 6 6 9 17 38
10 U10 – B Tim Arrigoni 20 17 37
11 U10 – B Walter Lurie 10 5 12 6 33
12 U10 – B Lukas Jaerbyn 11 9 8 28
12 U10 – B Colby Saunders 10 1 17 28
14 U10 – B Nyko Callas 10 10 3 23
15 U10 – B Kristian Popov 5 7 9 21
16 U10 – B Trevor Meltz 4 8 5 3 20
16 U10 – B Finn Scarpella 20 20
16 U10 – B Leo Soulakis 20 20
19 U10 – B Zach Meltz 8 9 1 18
20 U10 – B Caden McCormick 5 12 17
20 U10 – B Bode Owens 17 17
22 U10 – B Ryan Edelmann 3 7 5 15
23 U10 – B William Erickson 4 11 15
24 U10 – B Simon Cope 14 14
24 U10 – B Alex Goodman 14 14
24 U10 – B Jackson Leever 14 14
27 U10 – B Oliver Bachleda 6 7 13
27 U10 – B Mack Douglas 5 4 4 13
29 U10 – B Jacob Miller 12 12
30 U10 – B Zack Lapidus 3 2 5 10
30 U10 – B Logan Parham 6 4 10
32 U10 – B Colt Burkley 8 8
32 U10 – B River Schell 7 1 8
34 U10 – B Carter Peirce 7 7
35 U10 – B Miles Bordelon 6 6
35 U10 – B Logan Roach 3 3 6
37 U10 – B Lasse Gaxiola 2 2 4
37 U10 – B Gabriel Huberman 4 4
39 U10 – B William Townsend 2 2
U10 – B Javi Lopez-Hdez 0
U10 – B Nico Pierangeli 0
U10 – B Tyson Williams 0
1 U10 – BSB Alec Vazquez 20 20
1 U12 – G Ruby Lee Randall 12 2 12 20 17 17 80
2 U12 – G Lyla Lanning 7 17 8 11 12 55
3 U12 – G Jolene Edelmann 8 10 11 14 11 54
4 U12 – G Isabel Rountree-Williams 9 12 20 41
5 U12 – G Lauren Haerter 20 20 40
6 U12 – G Sloane Thompson 17 20 37
7 U12 – G Avery Anderson 9 7 10 8 34
7 U12 – G Jessica Lapidus 14 14 6 34
9 U12 – G Ava Geiman 11 11 10 32
10 U12 – G Cydney Harrison 20 9 29
10 U12 – G Kai Thayer 17 12 29
12 U12 – G Ashley Anderson 14 8 4 26
12 U12 – G Molly Roberts 9 17 26
14 U12 – G Maia Andrews 17 7 24
15 U12 – G Mikayla Smyth 11 12 23
16 U12 – G Alaina Highum 8 14 22
17 U12 – G Roxy Surridge 20 20
18 U12 – G Shu Avery 10 9 19
18 U12 – G Caroline Lazar 9 10 19
20 U12 – G Sydney Birtwhistle 12 6 18
20 U12 – G Frankie Marston 7 11 18
22 U12 – G Phoebe Heaydon 14 14
22 U12 – G Annika Shikverg 14 14
24 U12 – G Camila Braun 12 12
25 U12 – G Avery Forstl 1 10 11
26 U12 – G Estella Miller 10 10
27 U12 – G Ava Cavataio 5 4 9
27 U12 – G Isabelle Henry 9 9
29 U12 – G Audrey Bachleda 8 8
29 U12 – G Isabella Gonzalez 3 5 8
29 U12 – G Keely Hendricks 8 8
32 U12 – G Aspen Linxwiler 7 7
33 U12 – G Sophia chlipala 6 6
34 U12 – G Annabel Dorf 5 5
35 U12 – G Alexandra Valent 4 4
36 U12 – G Samara Hitt 3 3
37 U12 – G Madison Allard 2 2
38 U12 – G Brooke-Lynne Allard 1 1
U12 – G Hailey Grant 0
U12 – G Julia Olsen 0
U12 – G Piper Sassi 0
1 U12 – B Remy Guillot 14 20 17 10 61
2 U12 – B Whit Hyde 20 20 8 48
3 U12 – B Stewart Bruce 20 20 40
4 U12 – B TRUE Bennett 12 17 9 38
5 U12 – B Cooper Huggins 10 12 14 36
6 U12 – B Brady Malboeuf 12 17 29
7 U12 – B Kai Ogawa 17 10 27
8 U12 – B Sawyer Reed 11 14 25
8 U12 – B Hunter Salani 14 11 25
10 U12 – B Ryan Stockton 12 10 22
11 U12 – B Andrew Gunther 9 12 21
11 U12 – B Stefan Popov 4 17 21
13 U12 – B Evan Sapp 20 20
13 U12 – B Max Larsen 20 20
15 U12 – B Henry Andrie 10 8 18
16 U12 – B Mason Geller 17 17
16 U12 – B Jameson Kust 17 17
16 U12 – B George Ogden 17 17
19 U12 – B Javier Braun 14 14
19 U12 – B Joey Crash Cleary 14 14
21 U12 – B Diego Braun 12 12
21 U12 – B Tyler Hopkins 5 7 12
21 U12 – B Teagan Larsen 12 12
24 U12 – B Mason Geller 11 11
24 U12 – B Christian Mills 11 11
24 U12 – B Boden Salani 6 5 11
24 U12 – B Enzo Sink 11 11
24 U12 – B Jeremiah Kehoe 11 11
29 U12 – B Steven Kelso 10 10
30 U12 – B Luke Arrigoni 9 9
30 U12 – B Jack Ege 9 9
30 U12 – B Henry Ogden 9 9
33 U12 – B Everett Dooley 8 8
33 U12 – B Harrison Gayer 2 6 8
35 U12 – B Cashton Jaeger 7 7
35 U12 – B Erik Strickler 4 3 7
37 U12 – B Harrison Hollenbeck 7 7
38 U12 – B Warren Lee 6 6
39 U12 – B Walker Hosea 1 2 3
40 U12 – B Hunter Peterson 3 3
41 U12 – B Yakov Foley 1 1
U12 – B Jackson Cohn 0
U12 – B Noah Galehr 0
U12 – B Theo Krueger 0
U12 – B Garrett Leonard 0
U12 – B Jeep Meynier 0
U12 – B Fischer Sassi 0
U12 – B Charlie Strauch 0
1 U12 – BSB Bennett Engle 20 20
1 U12 – BSB Huck Palmiter 20 20
3 U12 – BSB Chase Borders 17 17
4 U12 – BSB Iker Vazquez 14 14
5 U12 – BSB Charlie Smith 12 12
1 U14 – G Noelle Edelmann 20 20
1 U14 – G Olivia Price 20 20
1 U14 – B Jakub Pecinka 20 20 40
2 U14 – B Alessandro Cantele 12 17 29
3 U14 – B Landon Cunningham 20 20
3 U14 – B Andres Mabarak 20 20
3 U14 – B Sam Packer 20 20
6 U14 – B Will Geiman 17 17
6 U14 – B Tanner Grant 17 17
8 U14 – B Maddox Fitzgerald 14 14
9 U14 – B Will da Beast Flaherty 11 11
10 U14 – B Aaron Galehr 10 10
11 U14 – B Maverick Jaeger 9 9
1 U16 – G Bryce Ellen Johnson 17 17

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail partners with Red Sandstone Elementary

Program will provide academic support, training for athletes as young as third grade

VAIL, Colo. — Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) will fulfill one of its key strategic goals next winter by partnering with Red Sandstone Elementary to facilitate more on-snow training days with academic support for children as young as third grade.

The program was carefully crafted by SSCV and Eagle County Schools to enable third, fourth and fifth-graders enrolled in a qualified SSCV program to train on snow four days per week (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday). The offering is currently confirmed for alpine athletes (ski racers) for next winter. Pending demand from the community, SSCV is also expecting to extend this opportunity to snowboard, freeski (park & pipe), freestyle (moguls) and Nordic.

“This has been one of our top strategic initiatives at SSCV, which is integral to our vision of being the premier snowsports club in the world,” said SSCV Executive Director Kirk Dwyer. “If you look at all the greats in snowsport competition — Mikaela Shiffrin, Lindsey Vonn — all of them have one thing in common: a lot of time on snow during the golden age of skill development, which generally begins at age eight.”

The program is the first cooperative arrangement between SSCV and Eagle County Schools to provide enhanced training opportunities for children of this age group. The partnership represents SSCV’s ongoing commitment to accessibility and the belief that all local children, regardless of means, should be able to participate in a competitive snowsports program. SSCV program fees, as always, are eligible for financial aid up to 75 percent, and there will be no additional cost incurred by the family for the academic support sessions.

“When we created Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy (VSSA) as the first public school for snowsports athletes ten years ago, we validated the importance of balancing athletic training with challenging and engaging academics,” said Jason Glass, superintendent. “This new program at Red Sandstone Elementary will enable younger students to train during the week while also insuring they thrive both on and off the mountain.”

As an academic partner, VSSA currently serves students in grades five through 12 who are full-time athletes at SSCV. This new cooperative with Red Sandstone Elementary expands that relationship and provides a one-year overlap (fifth grade) for students to determine if they want to take the next step to VSSA.

“Kids can’t be expected at a young age to truly understand what they’re passionate about,” said Dwyer. “They are simply dipping their toes in the water and developing a feeling for activities that may grow into a passion. Our job isn’t to push them into becoming world-class athletes. Our job is to make sure — if they do ultimately decide to pursue one of our sports at a high level — we’ve given them the foundation to be successful, and that includes frequency of practice at a young age.”

During the school week, athletes will train from 1:30 p.m. to close on Wednesday and Friday and participate in a study session at Red Sandstone Elementary supported by an SSCV academic coordinator immediately following their day on the hill. Transportation to and from Red Sandstone will also be arranged and supervised by SSCV.

“We’re committed to the success of our students academically first and foremost,” said Marcie Laidman, principal at Red Sandstone Elementary. “We also recognize that we have students who wish to pursue their athletic dreams in snowsports at younger ages, and this relationship with SSCV will provide the best of both worlds for these student-athletes. We’re excited to be able to offer this unique program to any qualified elementary student in Eagle County.”

Participants will need to be accepted into a qualified SSCV program. For alpine, existing program offerings include U10 Age Class and U12 programs. For freeski, freestyle and snowboard, SSCV’s hope is to garner enough community momentum to create four-day programs in each discipline.

Although the open enrollment period for Eagle County Schools has expired, Red Sandstone Elementary is prepared to accept late enrollment of student-athletes who have been accepted into a qualifying SSCV program. As part of that application process, students will need to have completed an on-hill evaluation this season. Those arrangements can be made through the SSCV offices. Participants should contact the school to enroll immediately after acceptance into the SSCV program.

For acceptance into the U10 alpine program, athletes will typically have had experience with gate training and entry-level racing. SSCV’s YSL program is an institutional stepping-stone into the U10 age class, but SSCV will also consider candidates from outside programs.

For general questions related to SSCV programs, contact Director of Admissions & Academics Sharon Schmidt at (970) 790-5161. For school-related questions, contact Angie Swim at RSES at (970) 328-2913.

SSCV athletes qualify for Regional Champs at Prater Cup

At the 37th annual Prater Cup in Crested Butte over the weekend, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) qualified 37 of 90 Rocky Mountain Division athletes to the U14 Regional Championships, which will be held later this month in Steamboat.

“This was the 37th annual Prater Cup. They really go the extra mile,” said U14 Head Coach Terry DelliQuadri. “They put together nations teams — kids’ names are drawn out of a hat and assigned to Italy, Finland and other nations. The biggest prize goes to the team that scored the most points, so there were a lot of festivities throughout the weekend.”

Those 36 racers who qualified represent roughly 63 percent of the SSCV athletes who competed at the event, which is a tremendous outcome for the club, said DelliQuadri.

The weekend consisted of one day of super G training, followed by a super G race, a pair of giant slaloms and a pair of slaloms. Points were tabulated using a modified World Cup scoring system to determine qualification to the Regional Champs. From there, racers will have an opportunity to advance to the CanAm race on the East Coast or even the U16 National Championship, which is “almost impossible” for this age group, said DelliQuadri.

“The hill is pretty easy for super G. There were two steep sections and the rest is mostly flat, long course. A lot of our first-year kids are small, and they did really well, which is great because weight matters on a flat hill.”

Stand-out performances included Emma Resnick, who finished second overall for the girls, Taylor Hoyt, fourth for girls, and Sam Packard, who was fourth for the boys. Other top 10s included Bayli McSpadden, Tianna Bruce, Adalie Sullivan, Nick Kirwood, Sebastian Kohlhofer and Will Bettenhausen

SSCV Qualified Boys – Regional Championships


  1.  Samuel Packer
  1.  Nick Kirwood
  1.  Sebastian Kohlhofer
  1.  Will Bettenhausen
  1. Hunter Roach
  1. Appollo Powell
  1. Brendan Archer
  1. Tanner Grant
  1. Toby Scarpella
  1. Tyler Webert
  1. Andrew Conley
  1. Ben Andrews
  1. Jackson Gayer
  1. Cole Pattison
  1. Mack Dorf
  1. Cricket Byrne
  1. Jakub Pecinka


SSCV Qualified Girls – Regional Championships


  1. Emma Resnick
  1. Taylor Hoyt
  1.  Bayli McSpadden
  1.  Tianna Bruce
  1. Adalie Sullivan
  1. Sophia Lehmann
  1. Riza Pykkonen
  1. Kjersti Moritz
  1. Emma Kate Burns
  1. Robin Pavelich
  1. Liv Moritz
  1. Nancy Brown
  1. Elle Young
  1. Wells Gillette
  1. Zoie Palmer
  1. Kaitlin Keane
  1. Lauren Woolsey
  1. Shen Geldbaugh
  1. Quinn Kelley
  1. Aruwin Salehhuddin

SSCV Nordic athletes earn elite invitations

Hoffman, Elliott punch tickets to World Champs, while juniors Donovan, Herzog plan for Trondheim

Tad Elliott of SSCV skis to silver in the 15k freestyle Photo: USSA – Tom Kelly

After a thoroughly successful three days of racing at the U.S. Cross Country Championships in Midway, Utah, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) Nordic athletes have earned elite invitations to compete at the world’s premier events, as announced by the U.S. Ski Team this week.

The Championships, which were held at Soldier Hollow, the site of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games outside Park City, attracted more than 600 athletes competing for U.S. titles, as well as spots on upcoming World Championship teams.

SSCV’s performance at the event was its best in club history, says Head Coach Eric Pepper.

“One thing that was really cool about the event this year was Canada also used it for their qualifying races, so that definitely added a lot more depth to the field both in terms of quality and quantity,” said Pepper. “It was a very tricky week to go from a skate race that is minus 20 degrees to the two classic races that were 35 degrees and rainy. Classic racing for us in the rain is really hard, and our team handled it really well.”


Kris Freeman at Soldier Hollow. Photo: U.S. Ski Team


Among the top SSCV performances was 36-year-old Kris Freeman taking third in the 30k mass start classic on Jan. 10. Freeman, a former member of the U.S. Ski Team and four-time Olympian from Andover, Mass., now trains full-time with SSCV as he continues to pursue podium results on the Nordic circuit.

Another former U.S. Ski Team member and current SSCV athlete, Tad Elliot punched his ticket to the Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland, thanks to a second-place overall finish in the 15k skate. For the 28-year-old Durango native who lives and trains in Vail during the winter, the ultimate goal — which was stymied three years ago by a case of Mononucleosis — is to achieve an Olympic berth in Korea.

“He skied World Cup Finals last year, which was an eight-day stage race in Canada. That was his big goal last year,” said Pepper. “Now, to make World Championships puts him in a really good place to qualify for Korea.”

SSCV’s Noah Hoffman — who didn’t race in Utah because he’s currently touring Europe on the World Cup circuit — also got the World Championships nod when the announcement came down Wednesday morning.


For the juniors, Avon native and Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy student Nolan Herzog, 17, secured an invite to World Junior Championships at Soldier Hollow with a pair of podium finishes in the U18 15k skate and U18 classic mass start. Herzog will actually decline that invitation, instead opting for a trip to the prestigious U18 Scandinavian Cup Championships in Trondheim, Norway.

“(The Scandinavian Cup Championship) is an event where we send our best six U18 athletes in the country,” said Pepper. “Part of the decision is his best event is not included in World Juniors this year. For the first time ever, World Juniors is in the U.S. at Soldier Hollow. He’s been able to compete there a lot, so to send him to a place like Trondheim and get that European exposure seemed like a more valuable and fun experience.”

Similarly, with an impressive second-place finish in the classic sprint, Bridget Donovan, of Edwards, also qualified for the U18 Scandinavian Cup Championships, becoming the first female athlete from SSCV to earn an invitation to that event — and she’s only 15.

Finally, with a first-place U23 finish in the 30k classic mass start, Cal Deline, an SSCV alumnus currently skiing for Dartmouth, qualified for U23 World Championships at Soldier Hollow.

Other SSCV competitors at the U.S. Cross Country Championships, many of whom also earned top personal performances include Cameron Wolfe, Collin Wilson, Christian Wilson, Franklin Reilly, Marcus Gore, Hannah Hardenbergh, Maddie Donovan, Gracie Shanley, Gracie Shanley, Katja Freeburn, Lizzy Harding and Naomi Harding.



15/10k Skate Classic Sprint 30/20/10/7.5k Classic Mass Start
Class Overall US Age Group Overall US Age Group Overall US Age Group
Tad Elliott MSR 2 2 27 14
Kris Freeman MSR 5 4 3 3
Cal Deline U23 17 4 13 5 8 1
Nolan Herzog U18 66 3 107 9 7 3
Cameron Wolfe U18 111 7 238 43 25 10
Collin Wilson U18 112 8 225 37 75 22
Christian Wilson U18 234 41 198 30 125 46
Franklin Reilly U18 236 42 105 4 108 36
Marcus Gore U18 255 48 283 65 112 39
Hannah Hardenbergh U23 70 15 115 19 25 4
Maddie Donovan U18 73 6 97 10 50 16
Bridget Donovan U18 110 12 49 2 57 20
Gracie Shanley U18 160 30 107 16 49 15
Katja Freeburn U18 109 11 112 18 43 11
Lizzy Harding U18 153 28 179 37 89 35
Naomi Harding U18 189 40 187 40 62 22