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Aldo Radamus Perspectives Column-Vail Daily

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail-It’s all about the Journey


Becoming a competitive skier or snowboarder is truly a journey, one that often begins as early as 5 years old at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV).
Complimentary Try the Club Days
Any youngster who will be 6 years old by next season (8 for snowboarders and freeskiers) and is able to comfortably ski with poles or ride on Golden Peak and get on and off the chairlift without assistance, may spend a day with SSCV kids and coaches at SSCV’s complimentary Try the Club Days.  This is a way to sample the club, learning more about SSCV’s season long programs in anticipation of joining the Club next season.   Try the Club Days are very often the gateway to joining SSCV’s Future Stars Programs.

Future Stars Programs
The SSCV Future Stars Programs develop ski and snowboard skills in children as young as 6 years old (8 years old for freeskiers and snowboarders) in a fun and challenging season long progression introducing competition through participation in the complimentary Steadman Clinic Vail Cup competition series.

The Future Stars Program exposes skiers to alpine racing, freeski park and pipe and freestyle moguls in a season long Saturday only program. Sunday add-on days are available to allow concentration in the specific sport areas as well as coaching for the Vail Cup.  Snowboarders are exposed to boardercross, park, pipe and mini-big air through our Mini-Shreds Future Stars Program.

This broad exposure at an early age allows youngsters to build skills, experience the full variety of snow sports and begin to find their passion for a particular discipline.

Branching out and specializing in other SSCV part-time programs
Every child matures mentally and physically at a slightly different pace, as does their desire to concentrate on a particular discipline.   Ski & Snowboard Club Vail provides training and competition programming for young snowsports athletes for a variety of ages, interests and ability levels.

New this year through the support of Alpine Bank, SSCV introduced the Alpine Bank Get in the Gates Recreational Race Program. This low cost season long program allows both children and adults to run gates in SL and GS, receive some coaching and improve their skills.

Each path allows a child to learn more about their potential at their own pace, develop friendships and a lifelong passion for their sport and acquire the very best skiing and riding skills along the way in the appropriate part-time, season long training and competition setting.
Full-Time Athletics and Academic Partners
When a child’s passion for their snowsport ignites, so does the need to provide them with more time on snow along with more time developing the physical and mental attributes needed to achieve their dreams, while all the while remaining focused on their academics.  This is the point in the journey when SSCV’s full-time athlete program and it Academic Partners come into play.    Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy (the first public ski and snowboard academy in the country which is dedicated to SSCV full-time athletes in grades 5 -12), Vail Mountain School (a k-12 independent school) and SSCV Winter Tutorial provide academic options to our full-time athletes.

Once admitted as a full-time athlete, opportunities for year-round on-snow training, strength training and conditioning, sports psychology, nutrition counseling, and, for our acrobatics athletes, trampoline and water ramps become part of the regular routine.

Through its Opportunity Fund, SSCV seeks to ensure that any child wishing to pursue their dream in snowsports can reach their potential regardless of their means.  The Opportunity Fund is designed to not only cover a large percentage of SSCV program fees, but also provide support for advancement.

Where does this journey take our kids?
Regardless of where the journey takes our athletes, with so many paths to choose from, one thing is for certain.  A focused youngster will remain healthy of mind and body and go on to succeed in their adult life, carrying with them the character, courage and commitment they developed through the vehicle of competitive snowsports.  Any journey that takes our children “here” is certainly a journey worth taking.

YSL Championships
Photographer (60 points) 3/22-contact

Alpine Surefoot Championships (FIS Spring Series):

​Assistant Starter (40 pts) 4/1
Bib Collector (25 pts) 4/1
Finish Hand Timer (40 pts) 4/2
Gate Judges(40 pts) 3/31-4/3
​Head Gate Judge(40 pts) 3/31-4/3​
Photographer (60 points) 4/2-contact
Registration (10 pts) 3/31-4/3
​Start Hand Timer (40 pts) 4/2
Start Referee (40 pts)3/31-4/3
​Alpine GS Spectacular ​(nonscored) Beaver Creek:

Assistant Starter (40 pts) 4/4-4/5
Finish Referee (40 pts) 4/4-4/5
Gate Judges (40 pts) 4/4-4/5
Head Gate Judge (40 pts) 4/4-4/5
Registration (10 pts) 4/4-4/5
Start Hand Timer (40 pts) 4/4-4/5
Alpine GS Spectacular (scored) Vail:

Announcer (30 pts) 4/5
Assistant Starter (40 pts) 4/5
Finish Hand Timer (40 pts) 4/4/-4/5
Gate Judges (40 pts) 4/4-4/5
​Head Gate Judge (40 pts) 4/4
Start Hand Timer (40 pts) 4/4-4/5
Starter (30 pts) 4/4-4/5​
To view all volunteer opportunities and sign up, please go to and click on the Login/Enroll button along the top to sign into your mysscv account or contact for more information.

February C3 Award Winner

Congratulations Reagan Wallis!

Reagan Wallis arrived at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail and Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy as a 5th grader.  He is routinely lifting up the younger athletes in his snowsport discipline, adding a word of encouragement or checking in on somebody having a bad day.  Reagan has been able to show off some amazing skills this season that he has honed after months of hard work.  Once at the bottom of the pipe he is quick to pop out of his skis and walk to where he can cheer on his teammates and other fellow competitors with high fives for all the younger competitors that come in after him.
It is evident that the younger freeski athletes recognize and appreciate how much Reagan cares about and watches out for them. He is selfless in the way he interacts with others and his positivity and humanism is contagious.
Reagan’s approach with others truly helps define character as the small things people do each day to make things better for others, sometimes in very subtle ways, without ever expecting any credit or recognition in return.  Reagan’s commitment to his sport and to his athletic and school community makes him extremely worthy of SSCV’s C3 Award.

Snowsports Highlights

Amazing Results at Home and at Championships!

The past few weeks have been action packed with competitions and championships!  SSCV athletes and alumni have not only had personal bests and podium performances but many qualified to compete in the next level of competition.

Please enjoy reading about our athletes' successes and personal bests in the below press coverage and press releases and join us in celebrating them.

Click here for some photo highlights of these competitions and championships.

Good luck to our athletes as they compete during the last few weeks of the season.


Big Mountain


  • 2015 Freeskiing Junior Worlds Team Announced
  • USASA Competition in Vail
  • U.S. Revolution Tour-Mammoth Mountain this week
    • SSCV freeski athletes had a fantastic time at Mammoth Mountain in California this past week for the last stop of the U.S. Revolution Tour.  After this last event the final standings for the tour were posted, and SSCV's Aaron Milligan ended up in 4th place overall for the entire tour among a field of over one hundred competitors!  Aaron Milligan also took third place in Slopestyle at the event.  Cole Pates made it to finals with a strong run.  Felix Coudouy made it to finals for Halfpipe, and skied four strong runs.



Alpine Town Series

Join in on the fun!

Click below for details.



Introducing ’The Racer’-
a limited edition print by
Vail Valley artist Dawn Beacon

Save $20 as an SSCV member!

Hosting competitive events for over 50 years, the â€˜The Racer’ is a celebration of the Vail Valley’s commitment to the world of local, state, and international ski racing.
For a limited time, save $20 with this exclusive Ski & Snowboard Club Vail offer!
• 24” x 36” finished size
• Special five-color printing process
• Gloss aqueous finish with spot varnish details
• Heavyweight 100# McCoy Silk paper
• Limited edition print run of 1,000 (each)
• Only 100 signed + numbered (each)- but currently Only 5 signed prints left!
•  Frame not included
Limited inventory! Limited time offer!
Act now before they’re gone!
Use coupon code SSCV2015 at checkout for savings.
Hurry, offer expires 04/

Additional SSCV Press Coverage

SSCV youngsters compete well at Steamboat Springs-Vail Daily-March 20, 2015

Nordic Town Series-Vail Daily-March 20, 2015

Vonn nabs another win, globe-Vail Daily-March 20, 2015

More Crystal for Lindsey Vonn-USSA News-March 19, 2015

Herzog shines at Junior Nationals-Vail Daily-March 19, 2015

Vonn claims downhill title-Vail Daily-March 19, 2015

Results from U12 Ski Racing Championships-Vail Daily-March 17, 2015

Ski Club Vail racers excel at regional championships-Vail Daily-March 16, 2015 

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail U12 racers end season strong-Vail Daily-March 16, 2015

Big Mountain Skiers compete at Vail-Vail Daily-March 16, 2015

Breakthrough Podium for Rowley-USSA News-March 15, 2015-includes SSCV's Morgan Schild being named a Freestyle Rookie of the Year

Storybook Record for Hannah Kearney-USSA News-March 15, 2015-includes SSCV's Morgan Schild being named a Freestyle Rookie of the Year

Shiffrin wins again in Are-USSA News-March 14, 2015

2015 Freeskiing Junior Worlds Team Announced-USSA News-March 13, 2015

U10s conclude season-Vail Daily-March 13, 2015

YSL racers take on Beaver Creek-Vail Daily-March 13, 2015

Vail racers dominate at Steamboat event-Vail Daily-March 10, 2015

SSCV Freestyle delivers in Telluride-Vail Daily-March 10, 2015 

Moltzan golden at Jr. Worlds-Vail Daily-March 10, 2015

Junior Worlds Medals for Moltzan and Ginnis- USSA News—March 9, 2015

SSCV has strong showing at U18 National Championships-Vail Daily-March 7, 2015

Steadman Clinic Vail Cup results-Vail Daily-March 3, 2015

Aldo Radamus column-It’s a long journey to having success-Vail Daily-March 2, 2015

Back from injury, Cole Pates takes down USASA comp-Vail Daily-March 1, 2015
Hoffman tough in Falun 50k-USSA News-March 1, 2015

Five local racers named to Junior Worlds-February 28, 2015

Vail Summit Orthopaedics Alpine Town Series results-Vail Daily-February 27, 2015
First World Cup win for Schild-USSA News-March 1, 2015

SSCV Nordic Team wins Colorado Cup-Vail Daily-February 27, 2015
Strong Junior Worlds Team Named-USSA News-February 27, 2015

SSCV Press Coverage
News from SSCV
SSCV Website

Important Dates

SSCV Winter Office Hours:: 

Tuesday -Sunday
8:00 am-5:00 pm
at SSCV Clubhouse Office

March 26::
Vail Summit Orthopaedics Alpine Town Series

Vail Mountain

March 31::
SSCV Full-Time Athlete Re-Enrollment Agreements and Non-Refundable deposit due-contact with questions.

March 31-April 3::
Alpine Surefoot Championships


April 4-5::
Alpine GS Spectacular-see details in left-hand column

April 11th-12th::
RMF Freestyle Moguls

Volunteer Opportunities

::  Photographers-
click here for information. 

March 22::
YSL Championships at Beaver Creek-photographer-contact

March 31-April 3::

Alpine Surefoot Championships-see details in left-hand column

April 4-5::
Alpine GS Spectacular

April 11th-12th::
RMF Freestyle Moguls

Program End of Season Celebrations::
Inquire to
To view all volunteer opportunities and sign up, please go to and click on the Login/Enroll button along the top to sign into your mysscv account or contact for more information.

Chris Laske


 Snowboard Coach


Added to the Snowboard coaching staff is Chris Laske who hails from Brighton, Michigan where he has spent winters as a professional Snowboard Coach and owns and operates a successful wakeboard school in the summers. Also he is an experienced trampoline coach and world champion professional wakeboarder himself. Chris is most noted for working with pro rider Kyle Mack. Kyle Mack recently nabbed the bronze medal in slopestyle at the Snowboard World Championships in Austria.

Writing of his motivations as a coach Chris states: “Nothing feels better than to watch a student achieve their goals and progress to the next level.”

With his coaching and management experience, Chris will be a valuable addition to the SSCV Snowboard staff for the remainder of this winter.



SSCV Classifieds!

We have a classified section for our members to sell new and used gear, post rental homes, and more!

To add to or view the classified section click here. This is not to be used for business purposes.

E mail if you would like to remove old listings.


Supporting Ski & Snowboard Club Vail is as easy as shopping at  Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Ski & Snowboard Club Vail whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.

Simply follow these easy steps.
-Create a profile at 

-Choose "Ski Club Vail" from the list of available non-profits

-Shop, shop, shop at AmazonSmile!

Attention SSCV members: Want to put your grocery shopping to good use? A program is available with your City Market Value Card that allows SSCV to earn funds based on your grocery spending.

The Rewards Program will pay participating organizations based on their percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending of all participating City Market Community Rewards organizations. Each purchase made raises money for SSCV! 
Card holders can enroll their Value Card online HERE and choose Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (Organization # 10347) to benefit from their spending when they shop at City Market.
We are proud to be a part of this community program.  Thank you for your support!


Were you once a member of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail?  Email Sharon Schmidt ( with your current contact information (name, address, phone and email).  Let us know contact information for your fellow alumni as well! 

We strive to have every SSCV family make an Annual Campaign gift of personal significance--because Every Snowflake Counts.

Thank you to the following families who are 2014-2015 Leadership Council Members:

Anonymous (2)
Jill Landman Alfond and John Alfond
Shannon and Todger Anderson
Tracy McFadden and Scott Anderson
Arthur-Cabot Holdings, LLC
Molly and Steve Avery
Beth and Cameron Bailey
Suzi and Mike Bailey
Cindy Balin
Susan and Daniel Blake
The Borgen Family Foundation
Randi Borgen
Sara and Michael Charles
The Cole Family
Tim Collins
Betsy and Mike Cuthbertson
Glenn Davis
The Decker Family
Nancy and Ken Deline
Kim and Rick Dilling
Jill and Bruce Dines
Jane and Matt Donovan
The Dorf Family
Dana and Barry Dorfman
The Douglas Family
Phil Duff
Lori and Grady Durham
The Dyroff Family
Jennifer and Tom Ebner
EpicPromise (Vail Resort/Beaver Creek)
Ali and John Fallon
Gritt and Bill Fleischer
Ceil Folz
The Garnsey Family
Jennifer and Rick Geisman
Karen and Brad Ghent
Tracy McCoy Gillette
Gary Gilman
Linda and Wyatt Hall
Kimberly and Jon Hauser
Deborah Wittman and Rik Heid
Carol and Ray Hilliard 
Christie and Karl Hochtl
Louise and Phil Hoversten
Louise and Brian Hoyt
Jennie and Ross Iverson
Maria and Steven Kalapos
Anne-Marie and John Keane
Cynnie and Peter Kellogg
Brenda and Jeff Kirwood
The Landry Family
Liz and Gary Leeds
Julie and Dan Leever
The Les Streeter Program
Stephanie and Rod Linafelter
Tina Nielsen and Andy Littman
Sharon and Greg Maffei
Anne and Tom McGonagle
Angella and Dwight Merriman
Sarah and Peter Millett
Kaia and Misha Moritz
Carol Tucker Pattison
Sara and Aldo Radamus
Wendy and Paul Raether
Alison and Kevin Rodney
The Rountree-Williams Family
Hunter and Boden Salani
Stacey Sapp
Chelle and William Schane
Shelly and Steve Shanley
Cathy and Scott Soden
Ero and Richard Spanos
Dr. William Sterett
The Stockton Family
Kim and Eric Strauch
The Suszynski Family
Heidi and Mike Trueblood
Kelly and Scott Valent
Bloem, Boet & Siep van den Berg
Lindsey Vonn
Cynthia and Todd Wallis
Kate and Ed Williams
Lydia and John Woodard
Thank you to the following families who have contributed to the Annual Campaign:
Anonymous (3)
The Addis Family
Luke and Tim Arrigoni
The Babbs Family
Fraser Baggaley
Luci and Axel Bailey
The Baz Family
Matej Bednar
The Bettenhausen Family
Jen Bettenhausen
The Black Family
Brooke and Jon-Erik Borgen
Charlotte and Oliver Boyd
The Boyes Family
Kurt and Gail Brandt
The Brinkerhoff Family
The Brown Family
Katharine and Madison Brown,
    Nancy Brown's grandparents
The Byrne Family
Samantha Carey
The Carr Family
The Chelain Family/The Left  
Joseph Cleary
Bode Cobb
Kate and Carl Cocchiarella
The Cole Family
Kathy and Michael Collins
Columbine Bakery & Café
Community First Foundation
Anya and Howard Cooper
The Coudouy Family
Alan Crocker
The Derwin Family
The DeScisciolo Family
Beck and Alex Dienst
Dr. FW Distelhorst
The Douglas Family
Brandon Dyksterhouse
The Dyroff Family
The Eidson Family
The Fedrizzi Family
Pamela and David Flynn
Cynthia & Victor Frandsen
The Frischholz Family
Valerie Gates
John Gayer
Kathy Gebhardt and Steve
Leese and Gary Gentry
Jason Glass
Doris and Matt Gobec
Steve and Jove Goodman
Ziggy Gosiewski
Elle and Remy Guillot
The Hargreaves
Kelly and Grant Herzog
Marnie and Michael Hock
Topper Hagerman
Melissa and Richard Howes
The Huggins Family
Michael Imperi
Ross and Jennie Iverson
The Jemison Family
Jenna Johnson
The Karsh Family
Roy Lapidus & Amy Minnick
The Lathram Family
The Lautenberg Family
The Lavicka Family
Broby Leeds
The Leonard Family
The Leseur Family
Rob LeVine
Jack Lewis
Izak Little
The Livran Family
Jenny Lorch
Dan Luginbuhl
Katie and Bill MacFarlane
In honor of Simon Marsh
Deb and John Martin
The Mauro Family
The McMurtry Family
The Meyers Family
Peter James Millett
The Milligan Family
LaRinda and Robert Moehring
Becky and Craig Nasralla
Susan and Peter Neidecker
Betsy and Dirk Nevin
The Nichols Family
The Norling Family
The Obourn Family
The Sam Packer Family
The Pates Family
The Peterson Family
Max Pierce in memory of Zeke
Keith Powell
Mary and Dick Pownall
The Reidy Family
Andrew and Ian Rogers
Elliott Ross
Anne and Chris Rozzell
Kim Salani
The Sauter Family
Robert Schilling
Thomas Schlader
John and Sharon Schmidt
Leroy and Connie Schmidt Family Foundation
Don Shaffer
Gretchen Sibley
The Skok Family
Mary Smith
Theresa and Paul Smith Family
Snow Sport Vacations
The Stearns Family
The Sutphen's Family
Danielle Taylor
The Zdechlik Family
Jan and Rick Sackbauer
Signature Colorado
The Sullivan Family
The Thompson Family
Shamya Ullah
The Urquhart Family
The Vickerman Family
Veitch Family
Shawna and Drew Wachter
The Weiss Family
Penny Wilson
Tegan Wold
Conrad Woodland
The Wooles Family
Robert and Angela Worrell

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