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

Minturn Fitness Center entry view 7-16-14

Minturn Fitness Center equipment view 7-16-14

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

Press Release-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Receives Coveted U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Gold Certification Status Falls on the heels of 2014 USSA Club of the Year Award-June 2, 2014

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (“SSCV”) had an extraordinary year at the development and elite level across all sports. Under the leadership of Aldo Radamus, SSCV set the standard in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s (“USSA”) new Club Certification program and is one of a small handful of clubs newly certified at the gold level. The overall 2014 USSA Club of the Year honor came on the heels of winning the award this year at the sport level in alpine, freesking, freestyle and snowboarding.  In addition, SSCV snowboard coach Elijah Teter was named the 2014 USSA Domestic Snowboard Coach of the Year.  These awards were presented at the 2014 USSA Awards Dinner in Park City on May 16.   SSCV had 12 current and alumni athletes compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

USSA named ten ski and snowboard clubs as its first podium certified clubs as part of its new club development program. The clubs were recognized on May 14 at the annual USSA Club Excellence Conference in Park City, UT.  SSCV was further recognized for its excellence in and focus on “professional development” in the certification presentation.  The podium level certification process involves a rigorous self-study and peer review of best principles and practices for ski and snowboard clubs. Each club had an on-site visit and review conducted by USSA High Performance staff and other leaders in the ski and snowboard club world.

When asked what he took most pride in related to SSCV’s receipt of the USSA Gold Certification distinction, John Cole, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Human Performance Director who spearheaded this 2+ year process, replied, “How much total collaboration among our staff and USSA was involved in the process.  This was the culmination of over two years of work from many people to make this happen.”

Asked if he thought this was a learning process for SSCV, Cole responded, “For as many successes as SSCV has experienced, the Gold Certification process provided the organization with additional knowledge on “best practices” at all levels from the youth program level to the board of trustee level, helping to ensure the long term growth and stability of SSCV.  It allowed us to learn valuable lessons which we will continue to build upon to benefit our community.  The Gold Certification status comes with an infrastructure for continued accountability to the USSA Gold Certification Committee to ensure ongoing compliance as well as evolution and growth in the areas identified during the process.”

Cole continued, “We were fortunate to have not only had numerous SSCV staff members actively involved in various components of the certification process, including Aldo Radamus, SSCV Executive Director, who was a member of the USSA Club Certification Task Force, but also SSCV volunteers Brad Ghent (SSCV Board Member) and Anne-Marie Keane (SSCV parent) who were actively involved in the internal audit.  SSCV also had the benefit of the expertise of Bob Devaney, a third party USSA Club Certification Consultant (USA Hockey) and Brian Krill, USSA Club Development Manager, both of whom were active participants in the SSCV club audit.”

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GOLD CERTIFICATION PROCESS

  • Ten ski and snowboard clubs from around the country were awarded podium certification as part of the USSA’s new club development program.
  • USSA Club Development offers clubs a basic certification level as well as Bronze, Silver or Gold levels of certification.
  • Four additional USSA clubs are continuing to work through the certification process, including the Park City Ski Education Foundation, Park City Freestyle Ski Team and Utah Olympic Park Sports Club (all of Park City, UT) and the Squaw Valley Ski Team (Olympic Valley, CA).
  • An additional 20 clubs are on deck to start the process in the 2014-15 season.

Gold-Certified Clubs

Burke Mountain Academy (East Burke, VT)

Killington Mountain School (Killington, VT)

New York Ski Education Foundation (Wilmington, NY)

Stratton Mountain School (Stratton, VT)

Waterville Valley BBTS (Waterville Valley, NH)

Buck Hill Ski Racing Club (Burnsville, MN)

Ski &  Snowboard Club Vail (Vail, CO)

Rowmark Ski Academy (Salt Lake City, UT).

Silver-Certified Clubs

International Snowboard Training Center (Frisco, CO)

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundations (Sun Valley, ID)

QUOTES

Kirk Dwyer, Headmaster, Burke Mountain Academy

We wanted to be involved in part as it’s important to engage in the key initiatives of our governing organization.  I also believe the process was very productive for us as a program and especially for our new head alpine coach. You’ve done a great job of establishing a process, which balances looking outward and inward similar to the well-established accreditation for independent schools.

Brian Krill, USSA Club Development Manager

This is an exciting time for the USSA and its partnership with clubs. This process not only recognizes club excellence, but also gives a clear roadmap for all clubs to become stronger organizations. This is a strategic move for the USSA to support clubs, be a more club-based organization and better understand the challenges and opportunities that exist for clubs in every corner of the country.

Aldo Radamus, Executive Director Ski and Snowboard Club Vail

The certification process has made us a better organization and will drive continued improvement in all aspects of how we operate and serve our community.

Jon Nolting, USSA Sport Education Director

The process to achieve podium level certification was not easy for any of these clubs, but all the clubs found value in doing the work to complete the certification. The positive impact was not so much in the certification designation as it was in uncovering the true opportunities each club has to continue to deliver sustained excellence. These clubs all set a great example and offer excellent programming for their membership.

Luke Bodensteiner, USSA Vice President of Athletics

Working in closer partnership with our member clubs to recognize excellence and create a platform for continued improvement is the next frontier for our organization.  Our clubs are our sport’s biggest asset to athlete recruitment and development, and working and-in-hand with them to enhance their levels of achievement will transform the performance of our athletes and teams at all levels.

Rob Clayton, Executive Director, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation

The resources available through club certification…to actually show some care down to the club level and give direction and professionalism and leadership in that regard to the overall institutional advancement of each club and organization is a really great service to be offered to us by USSA. To be a Best in the World club is to be a small part of the whole.

Krista Katz, Director of Advancement, Marketing and Communications, WVBBTS

Having participated in the first round of USSA Club certifications, we highly commend Brian Krill and his team for putting together a thorough and collaborative process that now forms the basis of a strong ongoing partnership to further the mutual goals of our development programs and the National Team’s objectives. We came away with a clearer, more strategically focused picture of BBTS through the presentation of our organization to USSA and our own self reflection. It was a valuable and informative process that we know will benefit our athletes, families and members.

Walt Evans, Director of Excellence, Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club

I had the privilege several years ago of working with many club, sport and industry leaders to initiate and envision this program. I am not only pleased, but impressed with the progress that has been made – it was exciting and inspiring to see the first certifications announced.