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2015 Snowmaker Classic Results


The first edition of the Western Region Club Championships is in the book, and, according to race director Rick Kapala, “it was a great weekend.”

Staged last weekend at Galena Lodge, the three-event series consisted of individual classic races, terrain park and club relays with a mixed technical and gender format. The series attracted roughly 80 skiers from the Western Region ages U14 to U20.

“Typical bluebird Sun Valley conditions: blue skies, brilliant sunshine and great snow conditions.  Thanks to Galena Lodge and the Blaine County Recreation District for their support,” Kapala said.

Park City NSF garnered Top Western Team, followed by Bridger Bowl of Bozeman in second and Sugar Bowl Academy of Truckee, Calif. in third place. 


WCC FINAL Club Standings

WCC Classic/Terrain Course Results

WCC Relay Results 

Super Tour

The top Nordic racers in the nation are competing in Super Tour Finals at Craftsbury, Vermont, March 23-31. Organizers are making the most of a serious lack of snow. Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Gold Team member Simi Hamilton won the men's 3.2k prologue, 6.6 seconds ahead of runner-up Sylvan Ellefson. Mikey Sinnott was sixth overall. Also, 44-Cole Morgan, 55-Kevin Bolger, 91-Zach Lindahl, 100-Ketchum Wilt, 101-Jake Adicoff. Chelsea Holmes led the women's charge, placing 11th in the women's 3.2k prologue. Morgan Arritola was 20th, Alexa Turzian 22nd, Margaret Pope 38th and Jesse Knori 39th.

In classic racing, Holmes was 13th, Turzian 28th, Knori 47th and Pope 60th. Hamilton skied to fourth place in the men's 14.4k classic, followed by Sinnott in 10th, Bolger 43rd, Morgan 68th, Lindahl 86th, Wilt 96th and Adicoff 100th.

In sprints on Tuesday, Hamilton was second to Ellefson. Sinnott placed tenth overall and sixth in his class. Morgan was runner-up in the J1 class and 36th overall.

Chelsea Holmes cranked up her motor and was third in the women's Hill Climb Wednesday and is currently ninth in the overall standings. Turzian finished 15th (21st overall). Pope was the second-fastest junior and 27th overall.

Hamilton finished fifth in the Hill Climb. Sinnott was 26th, Morgan 36th, Bolger 37th, Wilt 73rd, Adicoff 77th, Lindahl 78th. Distance races will be staged next.

On Friday, Holmes skied to fifth place in the women's 30k race, clocking in at 1:23.23. Turizian was 10th overall in 1:24.20. Popewas runner up on the J1 15k by 40.8 seconds. Her time was 44:19.

Hamilton was also fifth in the men's 50k race. His time of 1:51.40 was 1:14.2 off the winning pace of U.S. Ski Team member Kris Freeman. Sinnott was 20th overall in 1:56.02. Bolger won the OJ boys' class and finished 36th overall in 2:01.33. Morgan was the fastest J1 and 39th overall in 2:03.04.


FIS races

SVSEF Gold Team members Chelsea Holmes and Matt Gelso were among the top American finishers in FIS Alpen Cup races at Rogla, Slovenia. Holmes was the fastest Yank in Saturday's 5k skate, finishing 10th overall in 12:46. She was the second-best American in 12th-place in a 15k classic crossing the line in 45:04. Matt Gelso led the USA charge in 21st place overall in Saturday's 10k skate. Gelso placed 27th in a 30k classic Sunday. The pair will compete in Toblach, Italy this weekend.


FIS Marathon Cup

SVSEF Gold Team member Morgan Arritola was the second American and 17th overall in the 42 kilometer Engadin Ski Marathon at St. Moritz, Switzerland. Arritola's time was 1:42.01. Nicole DeYong was 25th overall in 1:45.33. The Gold Team will convene in Craftsbury, Vermont, for the Super Tour Finals, March 24-30.


USSA Junior Nationals

Monday marked the opening day of competition at the 2012 USSA Cross Country Nationals at Soldier Hollow, Utah. In a 1.3 classic sprint, eight SVSEF racers finished in the top 30 to make the quarterfinal heats, including Nate Thomas, Kelsey Dickinson, Jack Steele, Kevin Bolger, Cole Morgan, Maggie Williams, Sloan Storey and Jesse Knori. Bolger, Morgan, Storey and Knori advanced to the semifinals. Competing in the FJ1 women's final, Knori was the silver medalist. Morgan claimed the bronze medal in the boys' MJ1 division. Storey won the B Final in the FJ1 class. Bolger was runner-up in the MOJ B Bracket final.


Devo Triathlon

The Cross Country Devo Teams wrapped up their season on Sunday with the annual Devo Triathlon and Year End BBQ. The skiers from both the Lake Creek and Quigley Devo teams participated in 3 events at Lake Creek on Sunday 3/4; a short skate sprint, an obstacle course, and a flying downhill race.  Results from the day of fun are attached.  Following the races families, coaches and skiers gathered for awards and a BBQ which was highlighted by a ‘flash-mob’ dance by the Quigley Devo Team!  End of the season awards were given out by the coaches to skiers from both programs.   Award winners are listed below.  It was a great event and a great season; the coaches from both Devo programs would like to thank the skiers and parents for a fantastic ski season and we can’t wait until next year -- Kelley Sinnott.

Results - Click HERE

Quigley Awards: 

Team Spirit Boy – Luke Dean

Team Spirit Girl- Eva Grover  

Coaches Award Boy- Alex Shafer

Coaches Award Girl – Lily Brunelle   

Most improved Boy- Conner Campbell

Most Improved Girl - Anja Jensen

Lake Creek Awards: 

Team Spirit Boy – Jake Gorham

Team Spirit Girl- Logan Smith  

Coaches Award Boy – Joe Hall

Coaches Award Girl – Chloe Tanous

Most Improved Boy – Alexander Guylay

Most Improved Girl – Sasha Leidecker

Western States Youth Ski Festival

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation won the overall team title at the Western States Youth Ski Festival hosted by the Bridger Ski Foundation in Bozeman, Montana.

Coaches Kelley Sinnott and Abbie Harris took 30 racers to the three-day competition which featured skate and classic races, an obstacle course and flying downhill.

First place finishers were Logan Smith, Derek Thompson, Peter Wolter, Kate Horowitz, Lily Brunelle, Galena Hansen, Felix Gerlach, Eva Grover and Zach Williams.

For complete results, please see


JNQ Races at McCall

The junior squad headed off to their final Intermountain Junior National Qualifying races held at Jug Mountain Ranch in McCall, Idaho. The conditions varied from pretty good for Saturday's skate race to very challenging for the mass start classic races on Sunday. The weather was wet and warm for most of the weekend and the course offered a mix of challenging climbs and technical downhills with corners that demanded a high degree of courage and skill and sometimes a little luck - Rick Kapala

Race results

Women (Skate/Classic)

J1: Margaret Pope (2/8); Jesse Knori (3/2); Maggie Williams (4/1); Maranda Stopol (6/7); Kaitlyn Landis (10/12); Sarah Williams (14/16). J2: Annika Landis (5/4); Katie Feldman (11/14); Haley Montgomery (13/13); Maddy Watts (14/9); Grace Gorham (17/17); Cheyanne Stopol (23/23). J3: Sarah Verst (3/5). OJ: Kelsey Dickinson (NR/2); Morgan Atkinson (NR/3).

Men (Skate/Classic)

J1: Ketchum Wilt (8/7); Zach Lindahl (12/1); Andrew Graves (13/11); Stephen Pfeiffer (14/3); Jake Adicoff (20/18); Ty Reinemann (NR/21). J2: Nate Thomas (5/7); Nathan Nasvik (6/10); Drew Morse (14/11); Tom Gillespie (20/NR). J3: Jacob Truxal (4/6). OJ: Gray Reidinger (1/); Evan Martell (2/2); Jack Steele (3/1), Guhnar Ohlson (NR/6).


Super Tour

Sun Valley Gold Team members distinguished themselves in Super Tour cross country races at Aspen, Colorado. Matt Gelso won the men's 10k classic in 29:10. Chelsea Holmes was first across the line in the women's 5k classic, winning in 16:33. Alexa Turzian was fourth in 17:41.

In the famed Owl Creek Chase, the largest nordic race in Colorado, Morgan Arriotola won the women's 20k skate by more than four minutes, clocking in a 1:04.04. Holmes (1:08.52) was third and Turzian (1:10.42) fourth. Gelso was second to Leif Zimmerman in the men's race in 59:47.


Boulder Mountain Tour

Sun Valley Gold Team members turned in solid performances at the 37th annual Boulder Mountain Tour, held in memory Rob Kiesel, who founded the SVSEF Cross Country Ski Team in 1972. Morgan Arritola skied to second in the women's class and 21st overall (1:18.14 over a 19.8 mile course). Chelsea Holmes was the third woman and 22nd overall in 1:18.15. Matt Gelso finished fifth in 1:13.53, and SVSEF post-grad Kevin Bolger was an impressive tenth overall in 1:15.39. Coach Chris Mallory was 28th and Nicole DeYoung 32nd. SVSEF comp team member Kaitlyn Landis won her age class (14-17), as did Alexa Turzian (18-24) and Arritola (25-29). Board member Muffy Ritz was third in her class. With 10 skiers in the top 55 (six SVSEF racers), Idaho won the Team Challenge with a composite time of 13:03. SVSEF skiers will compete in the final set of JNQ races this weekend at McCall, Idaho.

Devo Triathlon, by Kelley Sinnott 

The SVSEF XC Lake Creek and Croy Devo Teams held their end of the season “Devo Triathlon” and awards BBQ.  It was a beautiful day at the Lake Creek trails with a great turnout from Devo Skiers and Parents. Skiers participated in 3 events on Saturday, an obstacle course, a flying downhill, and skate sprint.  All Devo team members are recognized by coaches with an award that encompasses their personal strengths.  This year the awards were the; “Go Getter Award”, “Poetry in Motion Award”, “Smiles for Miles Award”, “Love to Ski Award”, “Improved Skier Award”, “Get R Done Award”, and the “Coaches Award”.  All 80 Devo Team members did well this season and really impressed the coaches with their ability to adapt in tough snow and training conditions, they are a really fun group of kids and we loved having them as part of the SVSEF XC family.  

Team Awards

Go Getter: James Carlin, Zander Douglas, Alexander Guylay, Sammy Smith, Dylan Benson, Holden Archie, Fisher Gardner, Mats Radl-Jones, Jodie Willow Maguire, River Shepard, Kye Harned, West Gardner. 

Poetry in Motion: Ridge Dirksmeier, Noelle LaFleur, Annika Vandenberg, Oliver Wiedemann, Gina Greenberg, Luci Ludwig, Enzo Lutz, Alex Shafer. 

Smiles for Miles: Crosby Boe, Marcella Fischer, Liesl Gerlach, Lilia Page, Alec Wiedemann, Paige DeHart, Ruby Gardner, Liv Nelson, Ripley Scales, Kaia Wolfrom. 

Coaches Award: Berkeley Canfield, Lily Hogan, Gretel Huss, Svea Leidecker, Thomas DeKlotz, Dawson Torres, Quinn Closser, Meg Keating, Sebi Radl-Jones, Eric Parris. 

Love to Ski: Logan Smith, Bel Clayton, Willi DeWolfe, Whitney Janotta, Anabel Viesturs, Blake DeHart, Willa Laski, Skylar Maguire, Luca Mathieu, Calvin Miller, Anneka Thompson. 

Improved Skier: Trent Baker, Lucy Carter, Sarah Ewing, Lucy Lamoureux, Isabelle Thompson, Tatum Ware, Maeve Bailey, Fisher Albright. Ryan Carnes, Josephine Gilman, Maya Lutz, Azia Mathieu, Emma Pietsch. 

Get R Done: Priya Merchant, Ethan Hunt, Skade Quesnel, Scarlet Rixon, Carson Vogel, Elise Buchanan, Max Svigdal, Gabby Bloomfield, Anja Grover, Finn Wolfrom, Solee Kirk. 

Devo Triathlon Results 

2014 Downhill Results

2014 Obstacle Results

2014 Skate Results

From coach Kelley Sinnott: 

This past weekend Feb 21-23, 51 SVSEF XC team athletes traveled to the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah, for the Intermountain Youth Ski Championships. This series is geared toward the younger racers and is considered to be the ‘big’ race series of the year for these younger competitors. 

SVSEF skiers ages ranged from 8-13 yrs old (U10-U14) many of whom were traveling to their first every away competition. Racers competed in three events over two days; a  mass start skate distance race, an obstacle course and a  individual start classic distance race with distances varying by age class. The race courses were wound around the bottom of the 2010 Olympic ski jumps and would be considered  very challenging for any skier with an especially tough downhill and long difficult climb.  Sun Valley skiers represented well with many notching personal bests over the course of the weekend.  

Highlights for the weekend include a top five podium sweep by the U12 girls in the obstacle course and a top three podium sweep by the U12 girls in the skate race [Anja Jensen 1, Logan Smith 2, Svea Leidecker 3, Eva Grover 5].  

As a coach I have to say though that the thing that stands out in my mind about the weekend weren’t necessarily the results but the attitudes and behavior of the SVSEF kids, they were positive, hard working, fun, and encouraging, they really came together as a team and represented themselves and SVSEF well!  Their skiing and classy behavior made me very proud!

Full results can be found at also feel free to email me with questions, U12 girls skate podium attached

Papoose Club Nordic Cup (Results from the Idaho Mountain Express)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sun Valley Nordic Center


Forty-one young cross-country skiers celebrated the new snow while participating in the eighth annual Papoose Club Nordic Cup event under sunny skies on Sunday at Sun Valley Nordic Center.

The free event, introduced in 2007 as a Nordic complement to the Papoose Cup Kindercup alpine races for kids, was for kids in classes from ages 5-and-under to 12-13. The Papoose Club Kindercup is set for Sunday, March 9 at Dollar Mountain.


Nordic Cup results by class follow, with times in minutes and seconds:

     · Girls’ ages 12-13, skate: 1—Madeline Austin 6:47. 2—Karsyn Gerringa 8:57.

     · Boys’ 12-13, skate: 1—Johnny Hagenbuch 5:00. 2—Luke Dean 5:34. 3—Aiden Burchmore 6:07. 4—Carter Gerringa 7:08.

     · Girls’ 10-11, skate: 1—Kate Horowitz 6:05. 2—Luci Ludwig 6:15. 3—Willa Laski 7:13. 4—Noelle LaFleur 7:33. 5—Maya Lutz 7:49. 6—Peri O’Connell 10:00.

     · Boys’ 10-11, skate: 1—Kai Nelson 5:54. 2—Oliver Wiedemann 6:05. 3—Sebi Radl-Jones 6:22. 4—Alex Shafer 6:32. 5—Skylar Maguire 7:06. 6—Fisher Gardner 7:26.

     · Girls’ 8-9, skate: 1—Jodie Maguire 4:22. 2—Anika Vandenburgh 4:35. 3—Gretel Huss 4:37. 4—Gina Greenberg 4:50. 5—Hazel Ludwig 6:03. 6—Lilia Page 6:07. 7—Ruby Gardner 6:29.

     · Boys’ 7-8, skate: 1—Enzo Lutz 4:18. 2—Luca Mathieu 5:01. 3—Aidan Long 5:14. 4—West Gardner 5:16. 5—Nate Dabney 5:46.

     · Girls’ 6-7: 1—Lucy Lamoureux 3:56. 2—Sarah Olsen 5:45. 3—Brookie Olsen 7:10.

     · Boys’ 6-7: 1—Ozzy O’Connell 2:14. 2—Riley Siegel 8:09.

     · Girls’ 5-and-under, classic: 1—Torin Vandenbergh 1:41. 2—Josephine Renner 2:53.

     · Boys’ 5-and-under, classic: 1—Levi Renner 1:50. 2—William Hubbard 2:23. 3—Duncan Fryberger 2:44. 4—Bailey Kurtz 6:44.

SVSEF 2013  Cross Country Ski Team Awards

Prep and Comp Team

SVSEF Cross Country Director Rick Kapala said, “The SVSEF Cross Country Team just had their annual year end awards and we had a great turnout. The kids told many great stories and the parents were amused by many of the misadventures of the J2 boys.

Thanks to all the parents, coaches, team sponsors and partners and SVSEF staff and BOD for their support of the team this past year.”

Prep Team Awards

Coaches Award

Boy: Keene Morowitz                     Girl: Ellie Gorham

Most Improved

Boy: Johnny Hagenbuch                 Girls: Katherine Estep and Madeline Austin

Most Inspirational (voted by team)

Boy: Jorgen Lawrence                    Girl: Ella Wolter

Outstanding Skiers:

Boy: Cooper Roquet                       Girl: Ella Wolter

Comp Team Awards

Coaches Award

Boy: Carter Ros                                Girl: Cheyanne Stopol

Most Improved

Boy: Tom Gillespie                          Girl: Grace Gorham

Most Inspirational

Boy: Jake Adicoff                             Girl: Maggie Williams

Outstanding Skier

Boy:  Zach Williams                         Girls: Laurel Fiddler and Maggie Williams

Engl Award Winners

Boys: Jake Adicoff and Ketchum Wilt         Girl: Maranda Stopol

The Nardo Winner:  Andrew Graves

USSA Junior Nationals

Fairbanks, Alaska, March 8-16, 2013

2013 Devo Triathlon

Skate ResultsFlying Downhill ResultsObstacle Course Results

Junior National Qualifiers

Bogus Basin, Idaho, February 16-17, 2013

Complete results 

Junior National Qualifiers

Soldier Hollow, Utah, February 2-3, 2013

Complete results  

Junior National Qualifiers

Bozeman, Montana, January 19-20, 2013

Complete Results


US Nationals

Soldier Hollow, UT 1/2-1/8 2013

Complete Results


Prairie Creek Snowmaker Classic

@ Baker Creek! 1/5/2013

4km kids results             13km short distance results                  26km long distance results

IMD Series Opener

Lake Creek Training Center

12/22 3.2km Prologue Results    12/23 Classic Mass Start Results

FIS World Cup

Canmore, Canada, December 13-16, 2012



Galena Lodge, December 9, 2012

2.5km Results    5km Results    10km Results


From Rick Kapala, "A throng of enthusiastic cross country skiers were greeted at Galena Lodge by a cold morning as they prepped for first local ski race of the winter. Temps hovered at -5F as skiers arrived and the start was pushed back to 10:30 am to allow for some extra time for the sun to warm the day.  Three distances were offered; a 2.5 km for Youth skiers 13 and under, and a 5km and 10km for juniors and adults.  The technique was skating with starts of 4 skiers per wave. The 2.5 km was won by Lily Brunelle on the Gals side, followed closely by Ella Wolter while Keene Morawitz outpaced  Cooper Roquet for the guys 2.5km win.  In the 5km , SVSEF Standouts Laurel Fiddler and Maranda Stopol went 1 -2 and Muffy Ritz looking sharp in new race suit in third for the 5km.  Former Junior now racing as an Old Timer Dave Vanderpool won the Mens 5km followed closely by SVSEF J2 boys Eli Jensen(2) and Peter Wolter (3). In the Men’s 10km action, it was all SVSEF Gold Team with Patrick Johnson winning followed by teammate Matt Gelso and SV Post Grad Kevin Bolger in 3rd. For the women, Brooke Hovey has started her 2012/13 campaign looking fit as she bested SVSEF Gold Teamer Alexa Turzian(2nd) and former US Olympian Nancy Fiddler 3rd) in the 10km.

Thanks to the BCRD for the usual great job of trail prep, thanks to Galena Lodge for the great venue and Don Shepler for the Killer Cake! and Thanks to all the SVSEF Parent Volunteers for their help running the race."

Supertour races:

Midwest Super Tours

Mikey Sinnott, Matt Gelso and Kevin Bolger competing in the Tour de Twin Cities.

complete results 

West Yellowstone Supter Tour complete results

Highlights included: In the distance race; Laurel Fiddler 3rd Jr girl, Jake Adicoff 6th J1 guy and Maranda Stopol 24th overall, Gold Team Members also dominated the podium Matt Gelso was 2nd, Mikey Sinnott was 3rd and Chelsea Holmes was 2nd in their respective 9km Skate Races.  Kevin Boldger had a great Saturday with a win in the Jr sprint qualifier.


Bozeman Super Tour Complete results

3 days of racing meant 2 sprint races and a distance race for both SVSEF Gold Team members and Juniors.  Highlights included: Reid Pletcher 1st in skate sprint, Mikey Sinnott 3rd in 15km classic (1st American) Chelsea Holmes as 2nd in the classic distance, Alexa Turzian was 8th.  Amongst the Juniors Kevin Boldger was the 1st Jr in the classic distance, Laural Fiddler was 2nd in the Jr classic sprint final, and Maranda Stopol was 4th.