For questions on registration:
Call Jody Zarkos, SVSEF Office Manager at 726-4129 x101
For Specific Devo Team Questions: Contact Head Devo Coach Dave Bingham at 720-1479 or
Cross Country Program Director - Rick Kapala at 720-7981
DEVO LAKE CREEK
What you need to know
Open to 2nd – 5th Graders
Team Sessions: Monday & Wednesday at Lake Creek Hut (2 miles N. of Ketchum) at Lake Creek Trailhead.
November 5, 2012 – March 9, 2013
Season Program Cost: $575. includes BCRD trail pass, coaching, use of ski facilities and waxing.
35 regular sessions - 13 optional coached events
Bus Transportation from Hemingway School - Bus #6 Skiers can leave equipment at Lake Creek in a locker assigned to them for the season.
USSA Licences: All SVSEF participants must obtain a USSA licence for insurance purposes. Team members will not be allowed to attend practice or events before acquiring a USSA licence. Visit USSA.com for online registration. Youth Nordic membership is $60.
- Communication: We communicate mostly through email 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.
Clothing: The SVSEF has Cross Country Team Jackets/Ski Pants and Team Ski hats for sale at very reasonable prices. Look for the Team Uni Flyer in Early October.
Your child will need a full set of Skate skiing gear for the season:
Specifically: 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, Backwoods and Sturetvant’s all 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!
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.
Dry-land 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 around 1st week of Dec.) 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 x-c pole straps! Alpine gloves do not work as well as kids can’t get their hands through the straps.
Our coaches are comprised of former high-end XC racers, river and mountain guides, mom's, dad's, 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.
Head Devo Coach: Dave Bingham 720-1479
Cross Country Program Director: Rick Kapala 720-7981
Sun Valley Ski Team
Devo Backcountry Yurt Trip
Girls Trip - Saturday / Sunday, January 12-13
Boys Trip – Friday / Sat. Jan. 18-19
Skiing, saunas, scary stories and camping fun! Our annual backcountry adventure gives kids a fun-filled opportunity to experience winter camping and backcountry skiing with their ski team coaches and friends. Participants will learn to work with a group and participate in firewood collection, snow/water collection, and kitchen chores.
Meet at the Lake Creek Hut at 9 AM on Saturday and return by 3 PM Sunday. The Boulder Yurt is operated by Sun Valley Trekking and is located about 2 miles up Anderson Creek, (18 miles north of Ketchum). Skiers will need to carry a backpack with personal clothing, water and snacks.
The trip is open to all Devo Team members who are able to ski the 2 miles uphill with a 10 lb. backpack. The Yurts can fit up to 15 kids and 2 coaches.
(Coaches will be hauling sleds with food and sleeping bags.) Parents are invited to ski in with up and help with kids and load hauling.
Kids can ski in with regular classic skis or telemark gear. We have a limited selection of telemark gear (mostly larger boot sizes) to loan out. A complete equipment list is on a separate sheet.
$75.00 per participant includes, hut rental, food, transport and staffing.
Devo Yurt Trip Equipment list
Ski boots, skis, classic poles
Non-cotton (preferred) socks
Long under ware
Light shell jacket
2 pairs extra socks
Headlamp or flashlight
Slippers for yurt
Telemark skis / skins
Bulky or heavy stuff
Lunch: Bagles/cream cheese, soup, nuts,
Dinner: Hot dogs. Mac‘n cheese, salad, dessert, tea
Breakfast: Hot or cold cereal, cocoa
Lunch: Peanut butter & jelly sandwich, soup, fruit