Devo Lake Creek
The SVSEF Cross Country Development Program is open to all students in the second to fifth grades regardless of ability. The team trains Mondays and Wednesdays at the Lake Creek Trailhead, three miles north of Ketchum from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m.
The winter season runs from November 2014 to March 2015 and consists of 35 regular training sessions and 13 optional coached events. Dryland training begins in November and is conducted on the same days at the same time as winter training.
All participants must be registered with the SVSEF and have a USSA Nordic Kid license ($60) which can be obtained at www.ussa.org.
Hemingway students can ride bus #6 to Lake Creek. Parents need to pick up.
Communication: We communicate mostly through e-mail and this web site. Please check this page periodically for sign-ups for various activities and important information. Monthly schedules and daily practice information will also be posted at the hut.
Registration: Must be registered before participating in any SVSEF activity. Call Mimi Crocker, Office Manager at 726-4129 x101 for help.
Clothing: Please make sure all clothing is labeled with your child’s name! The SVSEF has cross country team jackets/ski pants and ski team hats for sale at very reasonable prices.
Equipment: Your child will need a full set of Skate skiing gear for the season. Specificially, skate skis that come to the top of your childs’ head. Skate poles that reach their mouth. We provide classic ski equipment for use during the season. The Elephants’ Perch and Backwoods offer lease packages around $100-$150 for the season. Some "loaner" gear is also available - talk to Dave B. Please make sure all is clearly labeled with name!
Storage: The team has a heated, secure team building at Lake Creek where skiers by leave gear. Each will have a place for skis/poles and a small cubby to leave boots, hat/gloves etc. We recommend kids leave a pair of gloves and hat in their cubby.
Dryland: Training usually lasts about a month. Please prepare for varied weather and for active outdoor fun and games! Running shoes, light jackets, workout clothing (suitable for running, jumping, tearing around in the sage brush advised), water bottle and water bottle holder if at all possible for our longer hikes/runs, hats & light gloves.
On-Snow: Once skiing starts - typically the first week of December - team members will need non-cotton outerwear (team ski pants/jackets will be available for purchase soon), water bottle & holder, hats & gloves. We’ve found “lobster” gloves work best in the XC pole straps! Alpine gloves do not work as well as kids can’t get their hands through the straps.
Coaching: Our coaches are comprised of former high-end cross country racers, river and mountain guides, parents and all-around outdoor education specialists. We take a professional, yet fun-loving approach to teaching and mentoring young skiers. We believe in promoting strong work ethics, competent and well-rounded ski skills, support and unity with fellow teammates, love and respect for the outdoor winter world. For safety we maintain at least one Certified First Responder at every practice and communicate via radio when in the field.
Important Contact Numbers:
SVSEF Main office: Mimi Crocker, 726-4129 ext. 101
Head Devo Coach: Dave Bingham, 720-1479
Cross Country Program Director: Rick Kapala, 720-7981
Assistant Program Director: Kelley Sinnott, 720-8998