SSCV launched its own SSCV Inspires Fundraiser and Video Contest the same day as the 2015 Vail/Beaver Creek World Championship Ski Club Video Challenge, but that did not stop us from entering our club into the 2015 contest! We have created a Ski Club Video with clips from our very own inspired athletes. Please click here to vote for SSCV once every day until February 14th! The ski club video with the most votes wins $25,000! This money would go towards our SSCV Scholarship Fund in hopes of inspiring more young, talented athletes here in the valley!
*Please remember to vote once per day, per network! This means phone, work computer, home computer etc.*
Thanks for your votes and your continued support!
SSCV Inspires Challenge
January 30th-February 28th
PLEASE! Help us make a difference through supporting our SSCV Inspires Challenge!
"Once families figure out how to make this work it's so easy to raise money, plus I have many friends and family that love seeing what my child has done over the years at SSCV and now VSSA. We appreciate the scholarship assistance, it would be difficult for my child to be in the program without financial help." - SSCV Parent
- It's easy to get involved! Click here for basic set up steps.
- Friends and family near and far can see what SSCV athletes do, and donate to their inspirational stories!
- All donations will go towards our Scholarship Fund, allowing our sport to be accessible and affordable to all!
- Prizes awarded for every step of the way!
$100 raised from EVERY athlete =
$60,000+ in Scholarships!
Aldo Radamus Perspectives Column-Vail Daily
â€œDream It. Live It. Share It.â€â€”A theme for 2015 and beyond at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
The theme of the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships--â€œDream It. Live It. Share It.â€-- strikes a familiar cord at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) where we strive each and every day to spark a dream and ignite a passion in a child which will provide focus and teach life lessons through the vehicle of competitive snowsports. As Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and head of the 2015 World Championships Organizing Committee, stated, â€œA World Championships is an opportunity to celebrate athletes at the top of the sport, but itâ€™s also an opportunity [to] recognize and support the next generation of ski racers.â€
It has been exciting to watch Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes personify the 2015 World Championship theme during this first week of the Championships. Whether viewing or participating in the Opening Ceremonies where this theme provided inspiration throughout the evening, volunteering on the course, training alongside or watching their heroes compete or being part of the â€œDream It. Teamâ€. Regardless of their role, these children are the future of ski racing, and watching them dream, live and share these moments this past week has certainly been an inspiration to me.
I am often asked by parents at what age should they start their children on this journey. My advice is always the same-the sooner the better. The SSCV Future Stars program is a season long program designed for children ages 6 and above who can get on and off the chairlift by themselves and comfortably ski with poles on Golden Peak. Future Stars exposes youngsters to alpine racing, moguls and park and pipe, focusing on creating passion, skill development as well as participating in the complimentary Steadman Clinic Vail Cup competition series. SSCV offers similar programs for young snowboarders and Nordic skiers.
Providing this opportunity to children not only grows a love of snow sports and active lifestyles, it creates an irreplaceable base of experiences that insures that potential can be fulfilled.
A Look to our History
This past weekend, the first class enshrined to the SSCV Hall of Fame and Wall of Excellence were celebrated for their achievements as athletes and leaders. Inductees spanned the 6 decades represented in the clubâ€™s 52 year history of serving over 10,000 kids from the community. Stories from the weekend and speeches from the inductees centered around the community, family, lifelong friendships and the lessons learned while being involved with the club. As Rudd Pyles-Knutzen, the first racer from SSCV to be named to the US Ski Team A Team, said â€œWhat the club really did was teach me how to lose.â€ Perseverance, determination and learning the SSCV Core Values of Character, Courage and Commitment are the true â€œGold Medalsâ€ we give to all our kids.
A Look to the Future
SSCV continues to look ahead to the many opportunities that remain for the kids of the community. The long planned expansion of Golden Peakâ€™s competition arena, a residence center with dormitories and staff residences to attract top coaches and teachers and an Opportunity Fund to insure that any child in the valley is able to pursue their dreams are important initiatives for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. Plans to re-develop the clubhouse are approved and ground will be broken pending the sale of the residences on the top two floors that will fund the construction of the new facility for the kids.
The organizers of the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, recognizing that the members of ski clubs throughout the country are the future of alpine ski racing, launched a video challenge contest just prior to the start of the World Championships to â€œbring these young athletesâ€, according to Ceil Folz, â€œthe recognition, and for one lucky club the financial support, to help them continue to follow their dreams.â€
SSCV has entered this challenge with an inspirational video, including clips from SSCV current and alumni athletes, yet another personification of the â€Dream It. Live It. Share It.â€ theme of the 2015 World Championships, and yet another testament to the important role that SSCV plays in these young peopleâ€™s lives. Please consider voting for SSCVâ€™s video once per day at http://woobox.com/j4q543/vote/for/5799585 between now and February 14 to help SSCV athletes continue to --â€œDream It. Live It. Share It.â€
Gorusch in Beaver Creek-SSCV "House" for World Championships
Don't miss the final two days of the SSCV 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships "House" in Beaver Creek at Gorsuch, this Friday and Saturday, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
. You are invited to join Executive Director Aldo Radamus and learn more about SSCV's vision. We are located inside Gorsuch on the bottom level opposite the 2015 Expo Tent, downstairs from the escalator. Pick up a free limited edition Valentine's Day "for the kids" helmet sticker and enter a prize drawing for a pair of Atomic GS Skis, POC helmet, POC goggles and a Kjus jacket, courtesy of Gorsuch. Hot chocolate and cookies available -- first come, first served!
SSCV Alumni Reunion Weekend and
Hall of Fame/Wall of Excellence Induction Celebration
Thank you to the many alumni, current and past families and staff along with friends of SSCV who participated in last weekend's festivities. Stay tuned for a full recap of the weekend in videos, photos and words. Below is a preview of a few of the many photos taken over the course of the weekend.
Click here for the Vail Daily High Altitude Society article on this past weekend's festivities.
Many thanks also go out to the volunteers who helped make the weekend possible. Some of our volunteers are seen below greeting guests as they arrived on Saturday evening.
Second Survey will be e-mailed February 15- and will close March 1 at midnight
Third Survey being e-mailed April 15
Thank you to all SSCV parents and athletes who have participated in previous membership surveys. Your comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated by the SSCV team.
SSCV's second parent and athlete membership survey will be emailed out on February 15 to all current parents and SSCV athletes YOB 2002 and older and will close March 1 at midnight. You can complete one survey per SSCV child in the program. The survey only takes a minute (literally) to complete. Thank you in advance for your feedback.
If you do not receive the survey link e-mailed out on February 15, please email us at email@example.com
letting us know so we can send a survey to you. Thank you in advance for your future participation.
Photographers for Upcoming Events
Volunteer photographers are needed for home events and championships throughout the rest of the season-click here. Sign into your mysscv account to sign up or contact Sharon Schmidt at 978-621-8738 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2/21/2015-RQS Freestyle Moguls at Vail Mountain
2/22/15-Devo Freestyle Moguls at Vail Mountain
2/26/15-Vail Summit Orthopaedics Alpine Town Series Apres Awards Party at The Fitz at Manor Vail at 5 pm
2/27/15-3/6/15-U18 Nationals at Copper Mountain
2/28/15-USASA Slopestyle (freeski and snowboard) Competition at Vail Mountain
About SSCV's First Wall of Excellence Leader Category Inductees
Vail Daily-Wall of Excellence Inductees-Larry Benway and Mike Porter
The Leader Category Inductees in SSCV's Wall of Excellence are Tom Porter, Pete Seibert, Jr., Larry Benway and Mike Porter. Below is the final article in a multi-part series in the Vail Daily about SSCV's Hall of Fame and Wall of Excellence Inductees.
Mike Porter is newly inducted into SSCV's Wall of Excellence in the Leader Category.
Larry Benway is also newly inducted into SSCV's Wall of Excellence in the Leader Category.
Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) is naming six people to its first Wall of Excellence in the Athlete Category and four people to its first Wall of Excellence in the Leader Category on February 7 at the Four Season Vail. Larry Benway and Mike Porter are among the four people being inducted into the Wall of Excellence Leader Category.
-Growing up 20 miles north of New York City, Larry Benway made his way out west in the late 1950â€™s. After working in Denver for a year, he became a ski patroller at A-Basin and in the fall of 1963 began his work as a ski patroller at Vail Mountain, soon in charge of avalanche work. Meeting his wife Willie a few years later while working the summer in Jackson Hole, they married in 1966 and made their home in Vail. Starting his own landscape company a few years later, Larry remained connected with the industry teaching skiing at Meadow Mountain.
Larry and Willie raised their family in the Valley. Their son Patrick joined Ski Club Vail around the age of 10 after strong performances in the Buddy Werner League at Sunlight. Shortly thereafter, Larry joined the Board of Ski Club Vail and by the mid-1980â€™s was on the Executive Committee and an officer of the Club. Larry went on to serve as Club President for several years in the early 1990â€™s.
Both Larry and Willie became certified Rocky Mountain Division USSA racing officials, Willie in timing and Larry as a level 4 Chief of Race and a Level 5 Chief Gate Keeper. Larry also served on the Board of the Rocky Mountain Division.
Larry started his World Cup volunteer experience in the late 1980â€™s in a series pre-cursor to the World Cups. Eventually Larry was tasked with training 100 gatekeepers for the World Cup in the Vail Valley. By the second local World Cup Larry was the Chief Gate Judge, serving in this critical role for the next nine years.
Larry led the charge in adding snowboarding to Ski Club Vailâ€™s program offerings in the early 1990â€™s. Larry was also instrumental in the Club running the first USSA snowboard championships which attracted 300 competitors. During Larryâ€™s time at the Club he was also very involved in the addition of a post-graduate training program offering. He was also instrumental in growing revenueâ€™s from the Clubâ€™s ski swap, including the introduction of barcoding with the help of a technically savvy friend, allowing the Swap to grow to over 20,000 items. These initiatives enabled the Club to raise ever important funds to keep program costs down.
Larry is also responsible for the inception and implementation of the early form of SSCV Winter Tutorial to enable athletes to bring their snow sport to the next level in parallel with their academics, at a time when traditional public and private schools in the Valley were unable to provide this type of support. The addition of this academic component to the Club has evolved to become todayâ€™s groundbreaking Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy.
Among Larry's many accolades for his community work throughout the years, he was the recipient of the Zella Gorsuch Memorial Award in 1996. Larryâ€™s innovation, dedication, thoughtfulness and foresight coupled with his boundless energy during his time at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail has left its mark on the organization to this day.
-While running the Alpine Meadows Ski School and overseeing the Austrian National Training Center at that same venue, the opportunity arose for Mike Porter to join Ski Club Vail in 1980. Upon his arrival he was the coach for all programs and became the Ski Club Vail Program Director in 1981, remaining with the Club until 1988. Charlie Adams joined Mike at the Club a few years later with Charlie overseeing the younger athletes and Mike overseeing the older ones as well as coach training and development for all age groups. Mike and Charlie were also involved with fundraising at a time when the Club did not have an administrative staff to drive these initiatives.
A Professional Ski Instructor of America (PSIA) certified instructor who went on to become a PSIA trainer and examiner as well as run the National Demo Team for twenty five years, Mike was instrumental in bringing PSIA training and certification requirements to the forefront for the Ski Club Vail coaching staff, enriching the training program for all athletes. Thanks to Mikeâ€™s knowledge, leadership and focus on staff development, his coachesâ€™ knowledge base was among the best in the country and the Club was placing numerous athletes on the US Ski Team and in top collegiate racing programs. A number of the coaches hired and trained by Mike went on to enjoy very successful careers with the US Ski Team, coaching athletes like Tommy Moe, Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Vonn, a testament to the foundation they acquired during their time at Ski Club Vail.
The athlete development techniques employed by Mike focused on such things as sports psychology, skill building, learning theories and motor skills development.
Beyond coach and athlete education, Mike brought many other innovations to the Club including electrical timing, portable timing systems, athlete video analysis, a transition from bamboo to plastic breakaway gates along with electric drills, making Ski Club Vail cutting edge-the first club in the Rocky Mountain Division to offer all of this.
Mike was also responsible for creating an exchange program with Copper Mountain to provide early season training to Ski Club Vail athletes.
Mike spent a great deal of time working with collegiate coaches, having them train at Vail Mountain with their teams, which allowed the collegiate coaches to get to know Ski Club Vail athletes and the Ski Club Vail athletes to see the level of training taking place on these collegiate teams.
Mike ski raced and well as pro raced, but his true passion was for the many other things he was involved in.
After leaving Ski Club Vail Mike went on to run the Beaver Creek Ski School as managing director for education as well as rentals. Mike was also instrumental in providing training and support for USSA coaches at a time when there were no formal training or coach certifications, making use of much of what he learned through PSIA and through his work with Ski Club Vail.
Mikeâ€™s fondest memories of Ski Club Vail are of the children-his relationships with them and the influence he had over them, channeling their enthusiasm and exuberance to maximize the talents they had, not just in ski racing but in college and in life. Mike also reflects warmly on the huge level of involvement of and support from the parents at Ski Club Vail.
Mike and his wife Marie have two children, neither of whom were ski racers, but he warmly reflects on how much he learned and much he personally grew through working with children at Ski Club Vail, things he was able to share with his own family.
Mike was a recipient of Ski Club Vailâ€™s Zella Gorsuch Memorial Award. The day to day leadership, innovation and professionalism that Mike brought to SSCV throughout most of the 1980â€™s as Executive Director and Head Coach propelled the club to a new level, achieving great strides as an organization and in the development of highly successful national team and collegiate athletes.
SSCV December C3 Award Winner Maddie Donovan
Maddie Donovan has been a member of the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) Nordic Program for five years. Now a sophomore at Vail Mountain School, one of SSCVâ€™s Academic Partners, she has grown gracefully into her role as one of the leaders of our program. Maddie is always willing to help a coach or teammate and has a wonderfully endearing and well-grounded personality that is a true asset to the team and a joy to be around.
Since starting high school, Maddie increased her commitment to skiing and is beginning to see great returns on all the hard work she has put in. She was able to maintain a high level of training and fitness even when away for much of the summer. Nordic skiing was not a sport her family knew well before they joined the team, and she has shown maturity and courage in her willingness to incorporate the heavy training load required for success into her life, and has brought her family along with her.
In the first Rocky Mountain Junior National Qualifier of the season and as a U16 athlete, Maddie won the race overall by 20 seconds, beating a strong field of U20, U18, and U16 athletes from throughout the division. It was an impressive performance and speaks of a strong determination, a commitment to setting and achieving challenging goals, and a willingness to give her all. Her coaches see an athlete emerging who has a fierce determination to reach the top of the sport, and a willingness to put in the work to reach those goals. She is a joy to coach, a wonderful friend and teammate, and an exciting athlete to watch. Her coaches look forward to watching Maddie continue to develop and improve, and reach more and more challenging goals.
Maddie personifies character, courage and commitment and is truly deserving of this honor of being selected as SSCVâ€™s December 2014 Character, Courage and Commitment Award Winner.
Seeking February SSCV Athlete C3 Award Nominations
Due February 21
The core values of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail are CHARACTER, COURAGE AND COMMITMENT. The C3 Awards were established several years ago to recognize outstanding displays of these character traits by our athletes both on snow and off. A total of six C3 winners will be awarded this season (one winner for each month from November through April).
The Walter Kirsch Character, Courage and Commitment Overall Season winner will be selected in April from among the C3 monthly award winners.
Anyone can nominate any SSCV athlete who displays the traits of character, courage and commitment for a C3 award. February nominations are due in hand February 21 via email to email@example.com. If you have questions please call 978-621-8738. Click here for details and a copy of the nomination form.
A few scenes from the past two weeks
SSCV Skier Cross athletes at a recent competition.
U16 Alpine Qualifiers
Congratulations to SSCV's U16 alpine athletes for a great showing during the qualifier series. SSCV athletes comprised 21 of the 31 men and 19 of the 53 women
who qualified for U16 Rocky Central Regional Championships.
Alpine Age Class Races Around the Region
Congratulations on a great showing by our alpine age class racers as they competed at various venues throughout the region ealier this month.
XGames and World Championships
It was an exciting time for several of SSCV's post-graduate Freeski athletes this past month. Broby Leeds took second in the qualifiers and fourth in the finals in the half pipe during World Championships in Freeski in Kreischberg Austria
. Anais Caradeux took fourth in the finals for the women in half pipe at this same championship.
After qualifying for finals they both pushed themselves to take their sport to a much more difficult level in finals. They have much to be proud of for these results!
Congratulations also go out to Annalisa Drew and Aaron Blunck who qualified to compete in the Winter XGames in Aspen along with the Freeski World Championships in Kreischberg. Due to scheduling conflicts, they competed in the Winter XGames in Aspen.
Revolution Tour- Seven Springs, PA
SSCV Coach Dave Zweig reported on the SSCV Freeski Team at the Rev Tour in Seven Springs, PA as follows:
We have wrapped up another USSA Revolution Tour stop here in Seven Springs, PA. It was full of amazing competition, and all our athletes skied really well. We were excited to see the smiles and energy from everyone.
As for halfpipe on Tuesday, it was a bit snowy and super cold, but everyone made the best of it. The tricks, vibe, and mojo were awesome!! Congrats to Paula Cooper for taking home some hardware and getting that 3rd place podium spot! Also, congratulations to Zach Fedrizzi for making it into finals and walking away with 4th place in the Mens competition. Everyone trained, competed, and skied great!
On the slopestyle side of things Wednesday, we saw a lot of really good skiing from the entire field. It made for great spectating throughout the event. We saw a lot of great things, new tricks, and new runs from everyone. Way to keep pushing yourselves! Congratulations to our finalists Colter Hale and Aaron Milligan for making it through heats and into finals. Aaron ended up in 7th on the day and Colter was unable to take his finals runs due to a tweaked knee, but ended up 16th on the day.
Paula Cooper took 2nd in freeski half pipe at the Rev Tour in Mammoth. Aaron Milligan placed 4th in freeski slopestyle in Mammoth, qualifying him for an invite to the Park City World Cup at the end of February.
Congratulations to SSCV Freestyle athletes Lindsey Eckhoff for winning the moguls competition and Anna Park for winning the dual moguls competition at the Rocky Montain Freestyle competition in Aspen Highlands on February 7. Congratulations also goes out to Lindsey for taking second in dual moguls at that same competition.
Congratulations to the following SSCV athletes for their performances at the USASA Snowboard Series in Slopestyle at Winter Park on February 8:
Per Age Category:
Breaker Boys (12-13)
Menehune Girls (10-11)
Grommet Girls (8-9)
Grommet Boys (8-9)
Ruggie Boys (7 & under)
As of February 4th SSCV Nordic is in the lead for RMN Colorado Cup points. Good luck in Aspen!
Fun and Excitement at 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
Many thanks to the parents, athletes and staff volunteering at and attending the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championship events and festivities! Some fun moments captured on film below.
The Steadman Clinic Vail Cup
Complimentary competition series open to athletes U16 and younger!
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Alpine Town Series
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Nordic Town Series
You too can participate! No experience necessary!
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