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"For the Kids"

The first of Aldo Radamus' columns to be published weekly in the Vail Daily throughout the season


With Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s (SSCV) on-snow season just a few short weeks away, and now in my fourteenth and final year as Executive Director, I find myself reflecting on my early days as a coach almost 30 years ago at what was then Ski Club Vail.  At the time I was teaching kids how to ski better and faster, but as my career unfolded I realized that what the club provided was so much more than that. Our motto “For the Kids” expresses the reason the club exists.  I am grateful that my years at SSCV have allowed me to serve the kids of the community and support the mission and vision of SSCV.

The following are among the most important initiatives being pursued by the club to serve the kids of our community.
Financial Aid “For the Kids”
Over the past nine years over $1.3 million in financial aid has been awarded by SSCV, more than doubling the annual award amount from 2006 to 2014.  Last season more than 20% of SSCV athletes received financial aid (130+ athletes), nearing $250K for program fees, travel and camp costs.  This amount represents a 20 fold increase in financial aid from a baseline of $20K annually in 2002. During the upcoming season the total amount of financial aid provided will increase in excess of 30% over last season continuing the exponential increase in financial support “For the Kids”.

SSCV’s financial aid goal, through its “Opportunity Fund”, is to ensure that any child with the Character, Courage and Commitment to pursue their dreams in snowsports may fulfill their potential regardless of their means.  Individuals, corporate donors and fundraising events contribute to the Opportunity Fund. 

Alpine Bank Get in the Gates Recreational Race Program
What if a child or adult wants to get started with ski racing or hone their skills without a huge time or financial commitment?  Launched this past season the Alpine Bank Get in the Gates Recreational Race Program is sponsored by Alpine Bank.  This 15 week/60 session/120 hour program provides the opportunity for 8 year olds through adults of all abilities to receive coaching in Slalom and Giant Slalom from SSCV professionals Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons late November through early April.  Coached by former SSCV Executive Director and veteran US Ski Team Coach Erik Steinberg, he and his staff provide broad opportunities for the youth and adults of the community to develop their skills through gate training. For those under 21 who request financial aid towards the $995 annual fee, the remaining $495 tuition brings the cost down to about $4 an hour for training and expert coaching!

Complimentary Ways to Experience More
SSCV provides complimentary opportunities for youngsters to try the club.  Complimentary Trampoline Training Days take place in the fall (next one October 11) for those interested in our acrobatics sports.  Complimentary Nordic days take place in early winter exposing youngsters to the joy of cross-country skiing.  Complimentary Try the Club Days in Alpine, Freestyle, Snowboard and Freeskiing take place on Vail Mountain in late winter.

For the Kids and Our Community
It is initiatives like the Opportunity Fund and the Alpine Bank Get in the Gates Recreational Race Program that allow children to ignite their passion and develop to their full potential on snow and off.  Through the vehicle of competitive snowsports SSCV athletes take with them a foundation for success in academics, career and beyond. Confidence, grit, resilience, the long lasting impact of influential adult role models, lifelong friendships, a passion for skiing or riding and the outdoors and an appreciation for a healthy lifestyle are just a few of the positive outcomes from their time with SSCV.  Listening to any of our thirteen 2015 Hall of Fame and Wall of Excellence Inductees share how SSCV shaped their adult lives or the lives of their children or the children they coached, surely reaffirmed this.

SSCV is providing so much more “For the Kids” and the communities they live in than I could have ever imagined during my first year coaching in Vail in 1986. There is of course always more to do.  SSCV continually engages our staff and involves the youth and the adults of the community in initiatives “For the Kids” alongside partnering with local businesses like Alpine Bank.  Please follow my weekly column throughout the season to learn more.
SSCV provides part-time and full-time programs to 650+ youth in Alpine, Freeski, Freestyle, Nordic, Ski Cross and Snowboard.  For more information on SSCV, its complimentary sessions, and financial aid, which has a 10/15/15 application deadline, please contact or 970-790-5161.


Come bounce with us!  Please pass along the information on Trampoline Day to family, friends and neighbors interested in learning more about SSCV's Freeski, Freestyle and Snowboard season long programs.

SSCV Hosts Exciting Speakers-John O'Sullivan and Christian Mitter

Monday, October 12-Great topics for the parents of athletes!

As you may know, SSCV runs a nations-leading Continuing Education Program for its staff in October of each year.  This year we are excited to include our parents and community at large in our programs.  Renowned speaker John O’ Sullivan and Norwegian Head Men’s Coach Christian Mitter will be presenting in the evening on Monday, October 12 at the Vail Mountain School Auditorium!  We encourage you to attend!
Not only will John and Christian be speaking to our parents and the community at large, but they will also be running workshops for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail coaches and leadership during the day prior to the evening event.
About John O’Sullivan
John is the founder of the “Changing the Game Project” and is an internationally recognized and sought-after speaker on the subject of creating positive coaching and parenting environments for youth sports. His book is a bestseller:
“Changing the Game”
The Parent's Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing
Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids
You may also view one of his recent TED talks on their website by clicking here.
For more details about John’s talk, click here.
About Christian Mitter
Christian Mitter, Head Men’s Alpine Coach from the Norwegian Team, will provide another unique and special opportunity to meet one of the most successful World Cup and Olympic Coaches of our generation. Christian was personally responsible for coaching World Cup star Henrik Kristofferson from youth to the Olympics. His presentation is entitled:
“Development from Club to Olympic Podium”

Event Details
The event will be held at Vail Mountain School on Monday October 12th. Christian’s presentation will be from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm with Q+A. John’s presentation will begin at 6:00 pm and be approximately 70 minutes in length. You will have an opportunity to interact with John and Christian during and after the event.  There is no charge for this opportunity!

SSCV Leadership strongly recommends that at least one parent of each SSCV family attend this event.
Please save the date! We look forward to seeing you there!


Complete SSCV online athlete registration & financial aid application today!

October 15-financial aid application and 5% early payment in full discount deadline

The start of the winter season at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail is just around the corner.  SSCV 1, 2 and 3 day a week programs are filling up quickly (with several already full) so if you have not done so already, please register your athlete online at at the LogIn/Enroll tab.  Please remind family, friends and neighbors who might be interested in having their children join one of these SSCV programs for the upcoming season to do the same.  Program details can be found at under the Programs tab.

If you have questions during the online registration process or about these part-time programs please contact SSCV Member Services Manager Meg Rule at or (970) 790-5121
SSCV October 15, 2015 deadlines!
  • 5% Early Payment in Full Discount-available through October 15, 2015 for Future Stars, Snowboard Wildcats, Mini-Shreds and Freeski Rookie Team Park and Pipe and Lil'Big Mountain one day a week programs
  • Financial Aid Application-due October 15, 2015-click here for details

Gear dialed in yet?  The SSCV Tune Shop is here to help!

With winter just around the corner it is also time to get your athlete’s gear dialed in!  The SSCV Tune Shop is open for business for the 15/16 season. Early-season ski dates are around the corner and the Tune Shop is filling up fast with work in anticipation of potential ski days in October!
Whether you are looking to get new equipment prepared for the upcoming season, or need used equipment re-prepared, the SSCV Tune Shop can fulfill your service needs. In addition to ski and snowboard service, the Tune Shop also offers all boot service in-house and has a selection of Holmenkol/Swix/Cold River tuning supplies for Race Form pricing resale in stock.
The Tune Shop can complete a la carte work as athletes need work completed, or can handle an athlete’s daily service needs for the entire season (enrollment is still possible in some season long programs).
For additional information about Tune Shop services, click here.  Equipment Manager Brian Eggleton can be reached at to schedule work, drop-off, or for any questions. The Tune Shop is currently staffed weekdays between 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm sharp for equipment drop off.


Please pass along this information on the Alpine Bank Get in the Gates Recreational Race Program to family, friends and neighbors that live both here and the Front Range as new this year the program includes 13 sessions on Tuesday evenings at Echo Mountain in Idaho Springs.

46th Annual Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Swap

Equipment Drop off Dates and Event Details below

This year's 46th Annual Ski &  Snowboard Club Vail Swap is on Facebook and Instagram! Use #vailskiswap to post photos of your best gear submissions and your gear could be reposted to Facebook and Instagram!  Follow sscvevents on Instagram, or like us on Facebook ( to see photos of this year's best swap items up for grabs!

Click on the poster below for more details on the swap.



 C3 (Character, Courage and Commitment) Awards Launch for SSCV Athletes and SSCV Staff

October award nominations due October 15

  • SSCV just launched its C3 Athlete Awards Program and C3 Staff Awards Program for the 2015-2016 season.
  • C3 stands for SSCV's core values of CHARACTER, COURAGE AND COMMITMENT.
  • The October C3 SSCV Athlete Award nominations and October C3 SSCV Staff Award nominations are due October 15th.
  • ANYBODY can nominate any SSCV athlete or SSCV staff member they believe demonstrates the C3 character traits for these awards.
  • Click below on the applicable Nomination Form to make your October nomination(s) by October 15th.
    • SSCV C3 Athlete Award Nomination Form-click here
    • SSCV C3 Staff Member Award Nomination Form-click here
  • Q & A below
 -What are the 3C's and what is a C3 Award?
     -The core values of SSCV are Character, Courage and Commitment (the 3 C’s). The C3 Athlete Award was established by SSCV several years ago to recognize outstanding displays of these character traits by our athletes both on snow and off. A total of seven C3 Athlete Awards will be given out this season (one winner for each month from October through April). The Walter Kirsch Character, Courage and Commitment Overall Season Winner will be selected in April from among the C3 athlete monthly award winners.
     -SSCV will also give out seven C3 SSCV Staff Awards (one winner for each month from October through April) to recognize outstanding displays of these character traits by SSCV staff.
-Who can nominate whom for a C3 Athlete Award or C3 Staff Award?
     -ANYBODY can nominate ANY SSCV athlete for a C3 SSCV Athlete Award.
     -ANYBODY can nominate ANY SSCV staff member for a C3 SSCV Staff Award.
-When are C3 Athlete Award and C3 Staff Award nominations due?
     -October 15-October C3 nominations due
     -November 15-November C3 nominations due
     -December 15-December C3 nominations due
     -January 15-January C3 nominations due
     -February 15-February C3 nominations due
     -March 15-March C3 nominations due
     -April 15-April C3 nominations due
-How can I nominate someone?
     -You can simply click on the link below to complete a google online form, complete all of the questions and click "Submit" by the applicable deadline.
          -SSCV C3 Athlete Award Nomination Form-click here
          -SSCV C3 Staff Member Award Nomination Form-click here
-If someone does not win in the month they are nominated, does their nomination carry forward to the future?
     -Yes-for one month.  A C3 Award nomination for both athletes and staff carries forward for one month only to the month immediately following the month they were nominated.
-Who is recognized?
     -C3 SSCV Athlete and C3 SSCV Staff Award winners are recognized with details from their nomination form each month.
     -C3 Athlete nominees are recognized by name in the month they are nominated.

Thank you for your support in recognizing SSCV athletes and SSCV staff for their Character, Courage and Commitment.   If you have any questions please call Sharon Schmidt at 970-790-5161 (office) or 978-621-8738 (cell) or email Sharon at .


New Full-Time Parent Welcome Reception Thank You!

Over 150 new full-time parents, ambassadors, SSCV staff and SSCV Academic Partner staff gathered at the home of Brielle and Tye Stockton for the New Full-TIme Parent Welcome Reception on September 18th.  Many thanks go out to Tye and Brielle for opening their lovely home to host this special event which provided an opportunity for new full-time parents to connect with many others to learn more about the SSCV full-time community.

SSCV is also very grateful for the generosity of the following donors who made the evening possible:
  • Hors d’ Oeuvres and Desserts by The Left Bank
  • Wine donated by Rob and Sarah Kilgore and Vintages Wine & Spirits
  • Beer donated by Vail Brewing Co.
  • Champagne donated by Korbel
Many thanks also go out to veteran full-time families who have taken on the very important role of ambassador throughout the season to a new full-time family.  SSCV is also very thankful for the volunteers who made the evening run so smoothly, including parent event chair Heather Mauro!



2015 Birds of Prey World Cup Volunteers Needed

November 27-December 6

SSCV once again has the opportunity to support the Beaver Creek World Cup to be held in December 2015. Volunteers are needed from November 27 through December 6.  Sign up and details can be found at For current SSCV members click on the Login/Enroll button along the top of the web site to sign into your mysscv account. For non-members click here or contact for more information.

As in years past, anyone who wishes to volunteer on training and competition days must complete at least one set up day. Anyone who completes four or more volunteer days will receive the Birds of Prey 2015 ski jacket.

SSCV Employment Opportunity

Ski and Snowboard Equipment Technician

SSCV is seeking a 3/4-time elite Tune Shop technician from October through April for afternoon/PM shifts.  Click here for details.  Send resume and references to


SSCV Related Press Coverage

Ski Club’s initiatives support athletes-Aldo Radamus’ weekly column in the Vail Daily-October 6, 2015
Renowned speaker to give free talk at Vail Mountain School-Vail Daily-September 25, 2015




















SSCV Blogs
SSCV Press Coverage
News from SSCV
SSCV Website
Important Dates

Current SSCV Office Hours:: 

Monday - Friday
9 am - 5 pm
at Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy

Upcoming Events and Deadlines::

October 10, 17, 22 and 23::
Ski Swap Public Check In

October 15
SSCV Financial Aid application deadline
5% Early Enrollment Payment Discount for payment in full for programs detailed in the article in the left hand column

October 23-25::
Vail Ski Swap

November 21
Celebration of Winter Leadership Council Dinner

December 12
Celebration of Winter Cocktail Party

October 17, 22 and 23::
Ski Swap Public Check In Volunteer Days

October 23-25::
Ski Swap

To view all volunteer opportunities, time slots and dates and to 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.


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.


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.

Thank you to the following families who are 2015-2016 Leadership Council Members:

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Jill Landman Alfond
Molly and Steve Avery
The Birtwhistle Family
Randi Borgen
Jill and Bruce Dines
Jane and Matt Donovan
McKenna and Kevin Douglas
Eagle County School District
Jennifer and Thomas Ebner
Ali and John Fallon
Dana and Joel Farkus
Gritt and Bill Fleischer
Ceil and Steve Folz
Jennifer and Richard Geisman
Tracey McCoy Gilette
The Gonzalez Family
Linda and Wyatt Hall
Kimberly and Jon Hauser
Anne-Marie and John Keane
Cynnie and Peter Kellogg
Brenda and Jeff Kirwood
The Lautenberg Family
Julie and Dan Leever
Stephanie and Rodney Linafelter
Vanessa and Johnny Lyons
Kaia and Misha Moritz
Grandparents of Hunter and Boden Salani
Chelle and William Schane
Cathy and Scott Soden
Ero and Richard Spanos
Dr. Bill Sterett
Kim and Eric Strauch
The Thomas Family
Kelly and Scott Valent
Bloem, Boet and Siep van den Berg
Cynthia and Todd Wallis

Thank you to the following families who have contributed to the Annual Campaign:

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The Addis Family
The Arseneau Family
Axel Bailey
Heidi and Dale Bathan
The Boyes Family
Lindsi and Paul Bradbury
The Carr Family
The Chelain Family
Kate and Carl Cocchiarella
Felix Coudouy
Michelle and Sam Eidson
Pamela and David Flynn
The Frischholz Family
Doris and Matt Gobec
Jove and Steve Goodman
Elle and Remy Guillot
The Hargreaves Family
Michael Imperi
Isabella and Luigi Irlandini
The Jaeger Family
Niclas Kullberger
Roy Lapidus and Amy Minnick
The Lathram Family
The Lawton Family
The Lazar Family
The Leonard Family
Izak Little
The Livran Family
Katie and Bill MacFarlane
Luca and Nicolas Macouzet
The Mattison Family
The Mauro Family
The Meyers Family
Dr. Monica McDonald
The McGuffin Family
Jeanette and John McMurtry
The Milligan Family
Amanda Norvell
Angel and Kyle Packer
The Palmer Family
Max Pierce, In memory of Zeke
Sara and Aldo Radamus
The Richards Family
The Roach Family
The Rogers Family
The Rossman Family
David Sanders-Kulesza
The Schriefer Family
Signature Colorado
The Stearns Family
The Sullivan Family
The Sullivan Family crew Grandparents
Danielle Taylor
The Telles Family
The Thompson Family
Colette and Chuck Wahl
Judeann and Richard Warner
The Wold Family
Cameron Wolfe
Angela and Robert Worrell
The Zdechlik Family


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