If you have a need for speed, then this is the program for you!
From the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s newly renovated state-of-the-art training center at the base of Warm Springs, to a schedule that allows for six days and over 20 hours of on-snow training time every week, there is no better place to ski than in Sun Valley. Bald Mountain is arguably one of the finest racing mountains in the country, with consistent steep pitch, a hard consistent surface, the best snowmaking and grooming around, and varied training conditions all over the mountain. The Residential Hall is literally steps from the Warm Springs lift and ski lockers are part of the dorm decor. And did we mention all the bluebird winter days? It’s not called Sun Valley for nothing!
SVSA offers alpine competitors an unparalleled opportunity to excel at school while accelerating on the slopes, with skier-friendly and travel-friendly course schedules, teachers who understand, and coaches who will push you to be your best on and off the slopes. To help accomplish this, the SVSA works hand-in-hand with the acclaimed Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF).
Since 1966, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation has offered a comprehensive alpine training program for athletes in second grade and up. The SVSEF has been consistently identified as one of the Nation’s top winter sports clubs and was named “Club of the Year” by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association for the 2012-2013 season (also named in 1999). The driving philosophy behind the SVSEF’s Alpine team is to create a positive, fun, and productive environment which inspires each athlete to meet his or her fullest potential. The team philosophy is implemented by both identifying with our incredible heritage as an alpine community (18 winter Olympians) and by innovating to meet the changing demands of our society. We view the mountains as the world’s best classroom, where a student’s imagination is captivated and their potential for learning, growth, and inspiration is maximized.
The SVSEF Alpine program is divided into seven separate teams (Gold Team, FIS Team, USSA Team, Intermountain Team, North Series Team, Mini World Cup Team, and Devo Team), all of which are managed to optimize age-appropriate progressions for maximizing athletic development. The goal is to create productive and healthy timelines for athletes to ensure the best possible outcomes and experiences.
SVSEF’s Alpine team home is the Engl training center located at the foot of Bald Mountain in Ketchum, Idaho. The new state-of-the-art facility (remodeled in the summer of 2013) is a 6,000-square foot complex that delivers the highest technological capabilities on the market, conference rooms to facilitate learning and engagement, training space to broaden the spectrum of athletic capability, athlete lockers and ski storage, plus organized and effective administrative space to execute the Club’s mission. This new facility is just steps away from Community School’s Residence Hall.
SVSA athletes enjoy access to a large spectrum of training venues on both Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain. We have a long standing relationship with the Sun Valley Company giving athletes exclusive access to a spectacular array of training terrain. Sun Valley Company has invested in one of the world’s top snow making operations, giving athletes an excellent and dependable snow surface for skill acquisition and competition (Ranked #2 in surface and grooming by Ski Magazine – second to Deer Valley, UT).
The winter season for alpine skiers in Sun Valley begins with training camps on Bald Mountain in mid-November and extends through the competitive season (early April). Spring, summer, and fall camps are offered for our SVSEF Alpine athletes (U12 and up) with each age class having unique and age-appropriate opportunities to enhance their development.
In addition to our winter training program, members of the U16 and older age groups have year-round fitness training programs designed to complement their on-hill skill development. The conditioning program strives to strike a balance between utilizing the best that modern equipment and training theory has to offer with the timeless pursuit of adventure and inspiration that comes with being immersed in mountain town culture. Athletes engage the natural world around them through a training program that requires grit, perseverance, and dedication. These elements come together as an empowering experience that supports the SVSA and SVSEF’s core values: passion and perseverance, sportsmanship, teamwork, creativity, and character.