Financial Aid-Helping Dreams Come True

One of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s (SSCV) key initiatives over my time with the organization has been providing opportunities for children to fulfill their snow sports dreams regardless of financial means. In the past nine years over $1.3 million in financial aid has been awarded to SSCV athletes. In the current season SSCV will award over $230,000 in financial aid to more than 120 youngsters covering up to 75% of SSCV program fees, more than a tenfold increase in financial aid from the $20,000 awarded annually in the recent past. Philanthropy pays a huge role in making this assistance possible.

Words of Appreciation from SSCV Athletes

SSCV’s financial aid initiative has great meaning to our athletes, as reflected in the words of some of the recipients below.

  •  “Thank you so much for the scholarship money. I promise to always try my hardest and never take advantage of it. I am so grateful for your donation to help out with my ski racing.”
  • “I am grateful for this wonderful gift. I am happy to have this great opportunity to pursue my dreams of being a pro snowboarder. Without your help I may not have had this chance. I can’t wait to prove that your kind donation was well spent.”
  • “It’s strengthening to know that you are behind me as I work hard to achieve my ski goals.”
  • “To be able to ski for an incredible program in Ski Club Vail means the world to me! I look forward to it every day….”

“Kids Supporting Kids”

Athlete driven fundraisers such as raffle sales, downhill dash and the vertical challenge are an important funding mechanism for financial aid. This year, SSCV athletes are engaged in raising financial aid funds for their teammates with the “Inspires Challenge – Kids Supporting Kids”. This fundraiser furthers our athletes’ understanding of and appreciation for the importance of community involvement in making financial aid available.

Participation in SSCV’s Inspires Challenge is easy and fun.  Athletes are asked to document their most inspirational moment at SSCV in writing or by video. The athlete then creates their own web page where they can share their inspirational moment with friends and family while seeking online donations. Prizes are awarded to those who reach $100 in donations as well as the highest fundraisers and the video contest winners per age group.

Special recognition goes out to Dominick Epifanio, Finn Moran Rey and Hunter Roach whose 2015 “Inspiration Challenge” videos received the most “likes” of all SSCV participants last season!

Foundations Play Key Role in Supporting the Kids

In addition to fundraisers like the “Inspires Challenge” and the donations from sponsors and individuals which provide much needed financial aid funds to SSCV athletes, additional direct athlete support is provided by local foundations for travel, competitions and camps.

Many thanks go out to The Les Streeter Foundation for its more than 20 years of support in helping to fund summer snowsports camp opportunities for SSCV athletes.

SSCV is also grateful for the support of the Vail Snowsports Foundation and Team America Foundation. Set up to support Alpine ski racing, these foundations provide financial aid to help support the costs of special projects, camps and other opportunities for exposure to pace that promising young ski racers qualify to participate in as a result of great performances. These initiatives often fall outside of the normal pipeline of activities that families budget for, making this support even more critical.

Finally, SSCV’s newly formed “Opportunity Fund” is designed to support diversity, high potential athletes and extraordinary financial need across all of SSCV’s sports of Freestyle, Freeskiing, Nordic, Snowboard and Alpine.

The overarching goal for SSCV’s financial aid is to insure that any child in the Vail Valley is able to pursue their snow sports dreams by joining SSCV’s programs and that advancement in the sport is not limited by means.

Inspiring Character, Courage and Commitment-January C3 Athlete and Staff Award Winners

Congratulations go out to January’s C3 Athlete Award winner Tad Elliott and C3 SSCV Staff Award winner Johnny Kemp. We are also very proud of Gabi Holm, Katie Collins, Kaitlyn Harsch, Spencer Peterson and Ian Kalapos for being nominated for the January C3 Athlete Award!

Tad Elliott is a 27-year-old Nordic skier from Durango, Colorado who has been skiing for SSCV since 2011. In his time as a Nordic athlete Tad has won four national championships and he is also an accomplished mountain biker. Tad was unable to race for the past two years due to a mononucleosis infection and complications from Epstein Barr virus.

After the 2013 ski season, Tad was not invited to rejoin the US Cross Country Ski Team, but remained determined to achieve his goal of making the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Team. At some point during this training, Tad contracted Epstein-Barr virus. He was misdiagnosed and given the “green light” to return to his high training loads before he was physically ready. He became so sick that he was unable to leave the house.

In 2015, doctors finally diagnosed Tad with mononucleosis, an infectious viral disease caused by Epstein-Barr and he spent the next six months recovering. Tad fought his way back to health and fitness after a two year hiatus, winning his fourth National Championship on January 7th, 2016 in a 30km mass start skate race.

Johnny Kemp is an SSCV U16 Alpine Coach who re-joined the organization in 2011 as a coach after having been a member of SSCV’s FIS program as a high level junior athlete. He has worked hard and taken every opportunity to further educate himself as a coach. He goes above and beyond, unselfishly willing to help with extra projects and always getting the job done while mentoring fellow coaches along the way.

Recently, Johnny found himself on the front line of two serious athlete injuries. In both cases, he conducted himself professionally, handling the athlete with compassion while following through with the necessary aid as the first responder.

There is nothing more rewarding than watching SSCV and its supporters create opportunities “For the Kids”, inspiring character growth and excellence along the way. Many thanks go out to all involved for the many ways they support SSCV’s kids.

Press Release – Ski & Snowboard Club Vail freestyle athletes enjoy last home competition of season on Cookshack – February 8, 2016

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Ski & Snowboard Club Vail hosted a Rocky Mountain Freestyle Mogul event on Cookshack this past weekend, on February 6 and 7.  After a week of consistent, heavy snowfall Freestyle athletes took advantage of the blue skies and warmer weather to compete against one another on sun-softened bumps.  Over fifty competitors participated in Saturday’s event, while Sunday’s competition witnessed over forty-five athletes.

Despite sharing Cookshack’s venue, Saturday’s and Sunday’s events differed in format and the ages of its participants.  On Saturday, Freestyle skiers ages 10 and older taking part in the Rocky Qualifier Series competed against one another hoping for a podium finish.  The Rocky Qualifier Series, a two-jump timed competition, serves as a stepping-stone for mogul skiers to better prepare themselves for the upper level Rocky Competitive Series. On Sunday, Cookshack hosted a Rocky Development Series event – a Freestyle series for athletes ages twelve and under featuring a one jump, untimed competition.

John Grigsby who heads up the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Freestyle development program shared, “On Saturday a number of our freestyle athletes moved up from the Devo to the RQS level competition to compete in a two jump course on Cookshack, taking advantage of their one time free move up opportunity for the season. Several top ten finishes were posted among this move up group. A number of these move up athletes competed again on Sunday in the Devo competition, capturing some top 5 podiums.

Grigsby said, “It was great to see a number of top 5 finishes by our athletes on both days. This weekend’s events show great promise for the future of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s moguls athletes!”

The next Rocky Mountain Qualifier and Development Freestyle events will take place in mid-February in Steamboat Springs.

Top three finishes and all Ski & Snowboard Club Vail finishes are listed below. For a complete list of results go


RQS Moguls-February 6, 2016


1 Gabrielle Wahl-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

2 Natalie Knowles-Winter Park

3 Ava Ganter-Winter Park

4 Skye Karsh-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

6 Tessa Chelain-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail


1 Eddie Hein-Winter Park

2 Tanner Roberts-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

3 Dane Lee-Winter Park

4 Jameson Kust-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

16 Evan Sapp-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

17 Beck Sapp-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

19 Ryan Stockton-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

20 Enzo Sink-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

22 Landon Cunningham-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

27 Timothy Soulakis-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

31 Steven Kelso-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

Devo Moguls-February 7, 2016

F09 Girls

1 Cali Carr-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

2 Caroline Harrison-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

3 Annika Broecker-Team Summit

4 Eliana Carr-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

7 Sydney Thompson-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

F11 Girls

1 Nichole Goluba-Aspen

2 Julia Coors-Winter Park

3 Cydney Harrison-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

4 Sloane Thompson-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

7 Skye Karsh-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

F13 Girls

1 Maggie Schneider-Winter Park

2 Jane Price-Winter Park

3 Selby Hall-Aspen

M09 Boys

1 Owen Hassel-Team Summit

2 Leo Soulakis-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

3 Max Jachimowicz-Team Summit

M11 Boys

1 Henry Frank-Winter Park

2 Evan Sapp-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

3 Enzo Sink-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

4 Ryan Stockton-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

12 Joseph Cleary-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

15 Blake Roberts-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

18 Steven Kelso-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

M13 Boys

1 Stephan Lazarus-Team Summit

2 Justin Jachimowicz-Team Summit

3 Max Salaman-Winter Park

Press Release-Vail Summit Orthopaedics Alpine Town Series-February 4, 2016


The Vail Summit Orthopaedics Alpine Town Series continued this past Thursday, February 4th with a race at Golden Peak.  Julie-Ann Connery who took first place in the Women’s Alpine Division at Thursday’s race pictured below at the apres award ceremony sporting her first place “trophy”.  Hosted by Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, local athletes vied for first place while racing on alpine and telemark skis as well as snowboards on a Giant Slalom course.  Following the event, competitors met at The Fitz in Manor Vail for awards and an apres party.  It’s not too late to sign up for the Vail Summit Orthopaedics Alpine Town Series and race against other local snow sport athletes on February 11, 18, and March 24.  For details go to under the events tab.

Results from the February 4, 2016 Alpine Town Series:

Women’s Alpine

1 Julie-Ann Connery

2 Rose Quinn

3 Natasha Loyd

4 Sharie Grant

5 Debbie Lathram

6 Carrie Wild

7 Tammy Negomir

Women’s Snowboard

1 Angela Muzic

2 Angela Werner

3 Chelsea Peterman

Men’s Alpine Pro 

1 Sean Delaney

2 Ben Roy

3 Jay Baldassare

4 Sam Ricker

5 Ted Johnson

6 Kevin Hochtl

7 Paul Smith

8 Mike Hannigan

9 Erik Dorf

10 Jake Schwaiger

11 Matt Kamper

12 Jim Glendining

13 Eric Lee

14 Mitch Whiteford

15 Nate Smith

16 Nate Cafferky

Men’s Alpine Sport 

1 Chris Wirkler

2 Steve Wallace

3 Roger Fang

4 Simone Reatti

5 John Negomir

6 Matthew Casolo

7 Ainsworth Moncrieffe

8 Forbes Fuller

9 Randy Braden

10 Mike Evans

Men’s Telemark 

1 Mark Houston

2 Loren Dumont

Men’s Snowboard

1 Patrick Porsche

2 Bryan Hutch

3 Dan Gonzalez

Press Release – Vail Summit Orthopaedics Nordic Town Series – February 3, 2016

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Despite the cold temperatures and persistent snow, Wednesday’s Vail Summit Orthopaedics Nordic Town Series was a great success.  Hosted by Ski & Snowboard Club Vail in Cordillera, with an après and awards party following the event at Timberhearth, the third Nordic town series event witnessed both middle and high school aged athletes as well as adults giving it their all at the event. It’s not too late to take part in the March 19 “Wilson Cup” races at Maloit Park in Minturn, the final Nordic Town Series of the season.  Registration is the day of the event.  Details at at the Events tab.
Results from event below:
February 3, 2016-Vail Summit Orthopaedics Nordic Town Series
U10 Girls
1 Cora Wilson
2 Lucy Perkins
3 Madelyn Haerter
4 Sage Evans
U12 Girls
1 Elsa Perkins
2 Isabelle Glackin
3 Molly Reeder
4 Haley McKenzie
5 Sadie Millett
U14 Girls
1 Grace Johnson
2 Katy Jane Hardenberg
3 Molly Blakslee
4 Haley Brewster
5 Ali Bennett
6 Emma Reeder
7 Madi Bennett
U8 Boys
1 Grant Iverson
U10 Boys
1 Evan Sapp
2 Reiner Schmidt
3 Hunter Iverson
4 Colin Glackin
5 Finn Sullivan
Leif McGinley–DNF
U12 Boys
1 Conner Wilson
2 Connor Larsen
3 Miles McKenzie
4 Jackie Woods
5 Connor Falk
U14 Boys
1 Lucas Bergsten
2 Davis Krueger
3 Nico Piliero
4 Brody Nielson
5 Garret Moehring
U16 and Older Women’s Results
1 Madidie Donovan
2 Annie Blakslee
3 Gracie Shanley
4 Sarah Hochtl
5 Emma Blakslee
6 Lyle Shipp
U16 and Older Men’s Results
1 Kevin Hochtl
2 Sylvan Ellefson
3 Eric Zdechlik
4 Isaac Yoder
5 Cameron Wolfe
6 Jay Henry
7 Mumford Mumford
8 Ty Willoughby
9 Peter Littman
10 Sean Kerrigan
11 John Krueger
12 Steve Shanley
13 David Dinowitz

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Freestyle athletes enjoy personal growth

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Freestyle Program athletes are enjoying growth and personal bests on and off snow. Whether athletes as young as seven years old in the entry level Bumps and Jumps Program, full-time athletes in 5th through 12th grade competing in the Rocky Mountain Freestyle Series or North American Tour and World Cup level athletes, including members of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association Young Guns Team and US Freestyle Moguls Team, they are all learning life lessons through Freestyle skiing.

Young Freestyle athletes excel in all areas

Nash Lucas is a full-time freestyle athlete in the 7th grade at Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy. He has been hard at work on and off the ski hill.  He recently stepped to the top of the U-15 podium at the Rocky Mountain Freestyle Series mogul completion hosted by SSCV in Vail, throwing a heli-x to back flip with iron cross.  This season, Nash overcame some of his initial trepidation of inverted aerials, focusing on his trampoline and water ramp training.  He has picked up some impressive trampoline skills that will pave the way for a high degree of difficulty in tricks on the slopes in seasons to come.

Nash is also a nationally ranked expert BMX racer and helps run the American Bicycle Association Eagle track with his dad.  You can also find Nash working with his mom, dad and brother every weekend at the family ski shop, Ski Base and Wheel, in Lionshead Village (as long as he’s not training or competing).

Tegan Large, another full-time freestyle athlete, is a 7th grader at Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy. Tegan strives for perfection in all aspects of her busy life.  She trains five days a week on the ski hill to compete in the Rocky Mountain Freestyle competition series events recently placing 3rd in the U-13 category.  Her other athletic pursuit is gymnastics where she trains three hour blocks four days a week, often after a morning spent skiing and an afternoon in school. She recently advanced to diamond level and continues to add new skills to her routines in bar, beam, floor and vault. At school, she’s in relentless pursuit of a 4.0 grade point average.

Jameson Kust is in his first year as a full-time freestyle athlete, enrolled in fifth grade at Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy. Another skier/gymnast, Jameson splits his training between the slopes and the gym.  A natural for inverts, he has qualified his back flip on water and has also brought a few to snow.  While he does not yet compete with the flip, he trains it and challenges himself to perform his tricks to a high standard.  Jameson is demanding of himself, but also knows how to have fun on the hill.

Whether pursuing World Cup competition like Vail’s Freestyle Olympian Heidi Kloser and World Cup rookie Tess Johnson or our new Bumps and Jumps skiers experiencing their first competitions and dreaming of being Olympians, SSCV Freestyle athletes learn the Character, Courage and Commitment to make them successful in both sport and life.

With much of the freestyle competition season ahead, stop by Cookshack at Vail Mountain to see the team training. For more information on the SSCV freestyle part-time and full-time programs, contact or call 970-790-5161.

Press Release-Steadman Clinic Vail Cup competitions – moguls and giant slalom-January 31, 2016

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This past Sunday, January 31, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail hosted a Steadman Clinic Vail Cup Giant Slalom and Moguls competition for athletes birth year 2000 and younger.  Sunday’s events were the second of a four part complimentary series for local and visiting youth.  Over 85 athletes took part in this event at Vail Mountain despite the heavy snowfall the night before.  Whether charging down a giant slalom course at Golden Peak or catching air off a jump in a moguls course on Black Forest last Sunday as pictured below, fun was had by all!  It’s not too late for children to join in on the fun for the rest of the complimentary series on February 14 (Halfpipe and Slopestyle) and March 6 (Little Big Mountain and Giant Slalom).  Visit for details and to register.

Click here for a complete list of results.

Stay the Course

Character, Courage and Commitment are our core values. In this post I want to highlight commitment. Why commitment? During the middle of anything: the season, the school year, a work project…etc, it is normal to have ups and downs, peaks and valleys. It is natural and healthy to question “am I doing enough?” “is this the right thing?” “how can I be better?” But this also needs to be balanced with commitment and trust. If the plan is set well in the beginning, STAY THE COURSE. It might be tempting to change equipment, change your mental approach, change skills or ways of training, etc. However most of the time this is reactionary, not well practiced skills and thus will not help and perhaps hurt performance.

One ski club coach once shared that he noticed that his athletes who came to each session already committed ended up doing better. In his view, those who came to each training and had to go through the process of deciding to put in the effort, deciding what to do that day, deciding to engage in deliberate practice, deciding to act even in the face of fear, seemed to not get as much out of each session. In this situation there is a sense of uncertainty, fear and indecision that may cause stress and ultimately impact performance. To make the example more concrete it would not be a far stretch to see how going through this process at each training session may cause less reps, less runs, less hits, and overtime these could add up.

This can also be a time when it becomes apparent that certain aspects do need to be reevaluated. As athletes mature they may come to new understandings about what it takes to compete at each level. For example they may see that skipping dryland once a week or even using it as a time to socialize versus intentionally working out has an impact on their season. This, however, is not a quick “fix it now” approach. This is hopefully an understanding and now an aspect of their plan moving forward.

Commitment and trust may look different in different situations. It might look look like being reassured to stay the course – big picture type thinking and it might manifest in your approach to each training day.  Either way it provides consistency and builds confidence, two things that can be incredibly powerful yet easily thrown to the wayside in the face of challenge or stress.

Sending consistency, peace, effort and action your way.

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Hosts Three Community Competition Series

As the Vail Valley’s oldest non-profit, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) has developed many traditions over its 53-year history. Perhaps none ring truer to the spirit of the organization than the Vail Cup, Alpine Town Series and Nordic Town Series.

It’s all about community

Each of these events represents the importance of community, as exemplified by the generosity of Vail Valley sponsors who make each series possible and the spirit of locals and visitors alike who come out to compete.   These events are made possible by Title Sponsors The Steadman Clinic and Vail Summit Orthopaedics. Not only do these events provide a great opportunity for locals and visitors to be a part of a community-wide competition series, but they also help generate funds “For the Kids”.

Steadman Clinic Vail Cup

The Steadman Clinic Vail Cup, the oldest of SSCV’s community-based events, was started in the 1960’s to enable young skiers from the Vail Valley to experience competition in a fun and free series of races. The series has evolved over the years for athletes ages 16 and younger to keep up with new snow sports hitting the scene to include not only Giant Slalom and Nordic, but also Mogul, Half Pipe, Slopestyle and Little Big Mountain competitions providing the thrill of competition in all snow sports to kids as young as 5 years of age.

There are many dreams sparked and life lessons learned through the vehicle of competitive snow sports. This makes it critical to SSCV that this series remains complimentary to young locals and visitors.   We are grateful to its Title Sponsors, The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute, and its Presenting Sponsor, Surefoot, along with sponsors Alpine Collision, KidSport, Yellowbelly, Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, Yama Sushi, GoPro, World Cup Supply, TV8 and Vail Daily for making this series possible.

All participants receive a complimentary bib as a memento. Prizes, awards ceremonies complete with medals and ribbons and outdoor fun with friends are among the things childhood memories are made of! The January 3 competition was a huge success. Save the dates for the upcoming events on January 31, February 14 and March 6.

Vail Summit Orthopaedics Alpine Town Series

The Vail Summit Orthopaedics Alpine Town series (adults age 21+) attracts alpine, telemark and snowboard racers to Golden Peak for a six-part giant slalom series topped off on the final day with the infamous Super George, aka Super G. You have not truly experienced an Alpine Town Race until you top it off with an apres awards party. Bragging rights take on a new meaning at both the individual and team level with a “medals” ceremony, prize giveaways, a complimentary beverage or two and a delicious spread of appetizers from our apres party hosts. This makes for a perfect ending to a great afternoon of racing.

Many thanks go out to Title Sponsor Vail Summit Orthopaedics along with The George, Pazzo’s Vail, The Fitz at Manor Vail and The Red Lion for hosting and sponsoring the apres events and sponsors Korbel, Bud Light and SportTube.

Don’t worry about your racing experience. As long as you can comfortably ski “fast” down Golden Peak there is a spot for you individually, or as part of a team you form. The January 14 event was tons of fun. Save your afternoons on January 28, February 4, 11 and 18 and March 24 for what is sure to be one of the highlights of your winter!

Vail Summit Orthopaedics Nordic Town Series

On the cross country skiing side of things, the Vail Summit Orthopaedics Nordic Town Series held its first two events on December 23 (Alumni Holiday Race) and January 13 with the remaining two events taking place on February 3 and March 19. Events are open to both adults and children, with start times at 4:15 pm for Lower/Middle School athletes and 5:15 pm for high school/adult athletes. In addition to three starts at the Maloit Park Nordic Trails in Minturn, new this year, the February 3 races will take place at Cordillera. An apres awards party with prizes topped off the first two events at The Minturn Saloon, and will be held at TimberHearth for the Cordillera event and at Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy for the final event.

New this year, the final Nordic Town Series races will be held in conjunction with the Wilson Cup, the longest standing Nordic race in Eagle County. That day Town Series athletes ages 14 and older will compete in the Wilson Cup 20k freestyle and younger athletes will compete in the 5k Town Series race.

Many thanks to Title Sponsor Vail Summit Orthopaedics along with Vail Honeywagon, The Dusty Boot, Wall Street Insurance and Northwestern Mutual as well as our apres hosts/sponsors for making this series possible. Come on out and have some fun with the added incentive of staying in shape all winter long!

Improving skills and the fun of competition and friendships are all part of these recreational competition series. Don’t miss out!

For Vail Cup and Alpine Town Series competitions register in advance ( at the Events tab) or the day of the event.   For the Nordic Town Series register at the event. Details can be found at the above tab or by calling 970-790-5122.

Press Release-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail freestyle athletes dominate the podium in Vail-January 24, 2016

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Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athlete Aaron Kust mid-air at the Rocky Mountain Freestyle Competition Series mogul competition on Cookshack at Vail Mountain last Saturday, January 23.

This past weekend, on January 23 and 24, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail hosted a Rocky Mountain Freestyle Competition Series event on Cookshack at Vail Mountain.  The event offered a United States Ski Association sanctioned open moguls event on Saturday and dual moguls event on Sunday.  The over 85 skiers competing on Saturday and over 75 skiers competing on Sunday were eligible to receive points on the USSA national points list.

Competitors from clubs in Steamboat, Winter Park, Telluride, Purgatory, Summit County, Bermuda and Australia along with Colorado University competitors skied the mogul event on Saturday and the dual mogul event on Sunday.  All eyes were on local Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Freestyle athletes Casey Andringa (winner of the Kaiser Permanente Vail Pro Mogul and last week’s Open Moguls competition at Aspen), Hunter Bailey (United States Freestyle D Team member) and Emerson Smith (winner of an event at December’s US Selections and last week’s Rocky Mountain Freestyle duals in Aspen) as they duked it out in the men’s field to take first, second and third overall, respectively, on day one in moguls.  Saturday was also a great day for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Taryn Baker and Hanna Miles who fought hard amidst the women’s field to take second and third overall.  Additionally, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail rookies Nash Lucas won the 14 and 15-year-old age class for the men on Saturday and Emma Reeder and Tegan Large took silver and bronze, respectively, for 12 and 13-year-old women that same day.

On Sunday, the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail women swept first through fifth place in the dual moguls finals with Taryn Baker coming out on top followed by Morgan Harty, Katie Coyne, Lindsey Eckhoff and Kaitlyn Harrell in second through fifth, respectively.  On the men’s side in dual moguls, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Jess Andringa took gold, Trevor Wahl took bronze and Matthew and John Leseur finished fourth and seventh, respectively.

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Freestyle Program Director John Dowling commented, “Three feet of fresh snow in the last week left conditions prime for bump skiing.  The course was in excellent shape and the moguls were soft.  These soft conditions made for aggressive skiing and an exciting competition.  Now two weeks after the Kaiser Permanente Vail Pro Mogul, the moguls have finally come into shape and the course was skiing great.”

The next Rocky Mountain Freestyle Competition Series will occur on February 6 and 7 at Winter Park.

Top three and all Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athlete results for day one moguls along with top three plus all Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes results for day two dual moguls finals are listed below.


Women’s Moguls – January 23, 2016
Top Three Plus SSCV Athletes
1 Krystle Yin Australia
2 Taryn Baker Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
3 Hannah Miles Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
4 Lindsey Eckhoff Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
5 Morgan Harty Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
8 Katie Coyne Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
13 Emma Reeder Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
14 Tegan Large Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
20 Kaitlyn Harrell Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
21 Gabrielle Wahl Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
Men’s Moguls – January 23,2016
Top Three Plus SSCV Athletes
1 Casey Andringa Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
2 Hunter Bailey Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
3 Emerson Smith Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
4 Matthew Leseur Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
5 Jesse Andringa Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
6 Trevor Wahl Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
17 Edwin Kust Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
18 Nash Lucas Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
24 Ezra Cope Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
30 John Leseur Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
31 Frankie Giaccio Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
37 Aaron Kust Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
42 Jackson Bowling Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
46 Ben Kust Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
54 Wyatt Cunningham Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
Women’s Dual Moguls Finals – January 24, 2016
Top Three Plus SSCV Athletes
1 Taryn Baker Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
2 Morgan Harty Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
3 Katie Coyne Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
4 Lindsey Eckhoff Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
5 Kaitlyn Harrell Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
Men’s Dual Moguls Finals – January 24,2016
Top Three Plus SSCV Athletes
1 Jesse Andringa Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
2 George McQuinn Telluride
3 Trevor Wahl Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
4 Matthew Leseur Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
7 John Leseur Ski & Snowboard Club Vail



Press Release-Ski & Snowboard Club Vail hosts giant slalom National Junior Races at Golden Peak-January 23, 2016

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Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Riley Kilgore charges down the course at Golden Peak at Saturday, January 23’s, National Junior Race and Rocky Central Regional Giant Slalom Qualifier hosted by the Club.

On Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail hosted two giant slalom International Ski Federation National Junior Races at Golden Peak in Vail for over 115 male and female alpine racers ages 16 through 20.

This was an exceptionally important event for 1997 through 1999 birth year athletes.  It served as the giant slalom portion of the Rocky Central Regional Qualifier Series where this age group of athletes vie for a spot at the U19 National Junior Championships to be held from February 28 – March 4 at Copper Mountain.  At that Copper Mountain event the best same aged athletes in the country gather to compete in slalom, giant slalom, super G and downhill to see who comes out on top for each discipline and overall.

This past week this same group of 1997-1999 birth year athletes jostled for top results at Aspen Highlands in two super G and two downhill qualifier events.  Next week they will travel to LaCrosse, Wisconsin to race in a final qualifier series in slalom in anticipation of nationals at Copper Mountain.

For local Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes, the event served was a great opportunity to flaunt their skills among friends and family on home terrain.   Max Lamb, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail coach for 1997-1999 birth year racers commented on the venue and the weekend’s events:  “The Ski & Snowboard Club Vail staff and Vail Resorts Race Crew did a great job prepping the home hill venue and giving our athletes and other athletes around the region a great opportunity to test themselves amongst their peers. Overall, a lot of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes took a step in the right direction towards qualifying for U19 Nationals in Copper in a few weeks.”

Top three results and all Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athlete results for these men’s and women’s giant slalom races are available by clicking here.  For complete results go to