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  • Rick Kapala's recap on JNQ's at West Yellowstone

    The SVSEF Cross Country Team is off to the races – literally. After months and months of training, after rollerskiing countless kilometers and hammering endless intervals the young Nordic skiers of the SVSEF have charged into the race season. West Yellowstone hosted the first of the seasons USSA Junior National Qualifying Selection Series this past weekend. A Skate Sprint was contested on Saturday 1/14 and a Classic Distance Race was held on Sunday 1/15.   The trails at West offered a perfect start to the season with challenging terrain and a great snow pack.  Highlights;

    Saturday : Skate Sprint.    The sprint event leads off with a prelim where each skier races a 1km course at top speed to earn seeding for the head to head sprint heats. SVSEF skiers posted great times in the prelims with J1 girl Margaret Pope posting the fastest time of the morning for her age class and J2 girl Katie Feldman and J1 boy posting the second fastest prelims for their age classes. Virtually all of the SVSEF skiers advanced into the rounds and the action was exciting throughout the day.  The skiers start with a quarterfinals of six skiers with the top three skiers advancing from their through thr semi finals and into the finals for each of their age classes. Surviving the heats and making it into the finals were numerous local skiers. Katie Feldman posted her best ever JNQ result with a 5th in her final while Older Junior Men Evan Martell and Jack Steele threw down a third and sixth place in a very competitive final dominated by College age skiers.  The J1/OJ Girls final was a SVSEF affair with 5 of the 6 finalists being  our local Girls.  Maggie Williams posted her first JNQ win as a J1 when she charged up the biggest hill on the sprint course to edge out  teammate J1 Margaret Pope.

    Also posting top tens in the sprint race were a group of younger J2’s with Haley Montgomery (7th) and Annika Landis (9th) showing their best JNQ results and J2 Boys Nate Thomas 8th and Andrew Morse 9th showing they are serious about making a run at the Junior National Team

    We also took a small group of J3’s to the race who showed that they are definitely on the right track to bright futures as xc ski racers. J3 girl Emily Siegel earned her first ever J3 podium with a third in her sprint race while  J3 boys Peter Wolter and Zach Williams posted very solid 2 and 3rd places.

  • SVSEF Highlights 2/28-3/6

    The SVSEF XC Team is now in full prep phases for the amazing races that we are hosting this spring. Not only will the USSA 30/50KM National Championship Events be held at Lake Creek on Mar. 26 and 27; we will be hosting a full week of racing with the Super Tour Finals from Mar. 29-Apr. 2. The National Championship events at Lake Creek will undoubtedly be the ultimate challenge with men completing a full 7 laps of classic (women, 5 laps) racing on some of the toughest terrain they will see all season. This race is unequaled in physical challenge and will be amazing to watch. We are expecting an international field for these races with teams from Canada (including the newly crowned World Champions), Sweden and Norway. A press release with more details will follow!
    In other news, the busy season continues! SVSEF athletes competed at home and elsewhere for JO spots. Others are already en-route and competing at their National Championships. 

    Olympic Development Team

    Oslo, Norway - Morgan Arritola and Simi Hamilton wrapped up their 2011 XC World Championship events. Simi finished 51st in the 15K Classic.  Morgan was 21st (3rd American) in the Women's 30K Skate on 3/5. Also on 3/5, Simi raced in Rogla, Slovenia in an Alpen Cup, finishing 10th. Full Results:
    Tai Barrymore is traveling to Europe to compete in the European X Games as well as the World Cup HP Finals. 
    Kaitlyn Farrington placed 7th in the final stop of the Grand Prix, in Mammoth, CA on Mar. 5th. 

    2 current XC ODT Members (Reid Pletcher and Alexa Turzian) will be joined by 2 SVSEF Alum (Makayla Cappel and Miles Havlick) to represent their schools at the NCAA Div. I Championships. Races will be held Mar. 9-12 in Stowe, VT.

    Tanner Farrow has been at a US Ski Team camp this week (thru tomorrow). He may be invited to the US National Championships - we haven't heard.

    The Comp team took 17 athletes to compete at Junior Nationals in Minneapolis. Races start Monday 3/7 with a Freestyle Sprint, followed by: 3/9 Classic Mass Start, 3/11 Skate Interval Start and 3/12 Classic Relay. For results:

    The SVSEF Devo Teams finished their season with the "Devo Triathalon" on Mar. 5. 64 Lake Creek and Quigley Devo skiers showed up at Lake Creek to compete in Skate races, an obstacle course, and a flying downhill.  This is the second year the Devo Triathlon has also served as our end of the year Devo banquet, Triathlon awards and end of the year awards were given out during a big BBQ party. Results are posted on the XC page.


    J2 Nationals have started in Sugarloaf, ME. Four SVSEF skiers were selected to compete in this National Championship for 15-16 year olds: Nicole Roos, Teagen Palmer, Kipling Weisel and KJ Savaria.

    Men's GS (Mar. 4): Kipling 27th, KJ 39th
    Men's SL (Mar. 5): KJ 12th, Kipling DNF
    Women's SL (Mar. 5): Teagen 12th, Nicole 15th
    Women's GS (Mar. 6): postponed

    More than 50% of the field did not finish the SL events. I haven't spoken to Nate (coach), but I imagine the conditions were incredibly difficult. Full results: J2 Nationals - Sugarloaf
    Here at home, we hosted the Craig Kjesbo "Cheeso" Memorial  for J3 racers (13-14 y/o). Boys and girls from all over Intermountain descended onto Hemingway and Cozy for 2 days of SL and GS racing. Top results from the weekend follow. For full results: We will announce the J3 JO Team as soon as we know.

    Samantha Busby 4th/DNS2
    Haley Cutler 5th/3rd
    Maddie Milgard 16th/8th
    Megan Murphy  DNF/11th
    Julia Vorsteveld  25th/12th

    Will Harder 3rd/DQ
    Jay Fitzgerald 5th/21st
    Tanner Josey 9th/10th
    Austin Savaria 15th/16th

    The C-Travel Team hit the road and competed in 2 Super-G's and a Super-Kombi in Snowbasin, UT. Top results follow. For full results:

    Will Snyder: 2nd/1st/1st
    Yuri McClure: 3rd/6th/7th
    Duncan Fuller: 4th/8th/9th
    Wyatt Smith:13th/46th/13th

    Katelyn Rathfon: 14th/19th/45th

    The following athletes have been selected for the Western Region Junior Championships which will be held at Bogus Basin from Mar. 8-13th.  The overall winner for Men and Women at WRJC's will receive a US National spot. 


    Sierra Fox
    Amanda Stelling
    Tanner Farrow
    Connor Farrow
    Tanner Dirstine
    Ben Kanellitsas
    Harlan Collins

    Soldier Mnt. hosted an Intermountain Cup DH Series this past week with 3 races for both men and women. Two SVSEF J3 athletes competed with Carson Jones-Wilkins getting 2nd twice and Griffin Curtis placing 4th and 6th. Results were not posted for the 2nd of the 3 races. Full results:


    The Mogul Team travelled to Park City, UT for the Intermountain Division Championships from 3/3-3/6. Results have not been posted at this time. Check:
    Freestyle Junior Nationals are starting tomorrow in Steamboat Springs, CO. Event information: 

    Athletes travelled to Park City to compete Wed and Thurs (3/2-3) in a USASA Divisional competition. Photos are attached. Courtesy Andy Gilbert. They were joined by 11 teammates to compete in the Slope and Pipe at the USASA “King of the Wasatch” events which bring out great riders and will determine many of our Nationals spots. Results:

    Wed Slopestyle 107 riders on a very creative course in Park City:

    Clara Jenner 2nd Menehune girls 10-11

    Mal Prior 2nd Open Class

    Cameron St. Pierre 2nd Youth Men 14-15 (big 720’s)

    Zach Lewis 11th Youth Men 14-15

    Ali Appleton 1st Junior Women 15-16

    Rex Kelly 5th Junior Men 15-16

    Dash Stethem 6th Junior Men 15-16


    Thursday we Superpipe and it lived up to its name, the pipe here is beautiful and big! 22ft and perfect, there w75 riders competing.

    Mal Prior 1st Open Class

    Cameron St. Pierre 2nd Youth Men 14-15

    Rex Kelly 1st Junior Men 15-16 (540-540 combos)

    Dash Stethem 2nd Junior Men 15-16

    Ali Appleton 1st Junior Women 15-16

    Clara Jenner 2nd Menehune Girls 10-11 (got an air out of the 22ft’er)

    Saturday - Slopestyle/Sunday - Halfpipe (Age Class Results)

    Clara Jenner: 2nd/2nd

    Cora Schneider 5th/4th

    Emerson McCune 6th/5th

    Clyde Montgomery 6th/5th

    Jake Whitlock 6th/7th

    Dehner Figge 8th/4th

    Cameron St. Pierre 3rd/4th

    Ryan Roemer 7th/1st

    Ali Appleton 1st/2nd

    Rex Kelly 8th/1st

    Dash Stethem 10th/2nd

    Hailey Rheinschild - 1st HP

  • SVSEF Highlights Feb 21 - 28

    Winter has returned to our valley and our teams are out making the most of it! This week we had Simi and Morgan competing in the XC World Championships in Oslo, NOR, Freestylers absolutely owning the top of the podium at the Intermountain Div. Championships, young alpine racers taking advantage of their "home turf", young XC racers traveling to the northern reaches of MT for a ski festival, speed demons racing Super-G in Brundage and Bogus and the rest of the XC ODT racing in America's biggest ski marathon, the Birkie. Only the snowboard team had a week "off" - they travel to Park City on Tuesday. Here's the wrap:
    Olympic Development Team
    Oslo, Norway - Morgan Arritola and Simi Hamilton have both competed in their first 2011 XC World Championship events. On 2/24 Simi qualified 29th in the Freestyle Sprint, securing a spot in the quarterfinals. He did not advance beyond the quarters, but hopes his strong qualifying position earns him a spot in the team sprint. Morgan raced in the women’s 15K pursuit on 2/26 finishing 43rd. Races continue through March 6th.  Full Results: More info:
    4 XC ODT racers travelled to Hayward, WI for the American Birkebeiner. This is the largest ski marathon held in the US each year. More than 8850 racers lined up this year, in 10 below temperatures to compete in the 50KM race. Nicole DeYong finished just 9 sec. off the podium, in 4th. Matt Gelso led the SV men in 10th, Colin Rodgers was 13th and Mike Sinnott finished 34th. There is also an elite sprint a few days before the marathon; Colin Rodgers was 3rd in the sprint!
    Tai Barrymore won the 1/2 Pipe event at the Intermountain Div. Championships in Park City, UT (2/27). He is now packing his bags for a trip to Europe to compete in the European X Games as well as the World Cup HP Finals. He will be traveling with coach Ben Verge and skier Brita Sigourney. Here is a link to a great article about Brita in which she has some great things to say about Ben:
    Kaitlyn Farrington is gearing up for the 2nd and final stop of the Grand Prix, in Mammoth, CA. Winning the first stop, she is poised to finish well in the overall! The Mammoth Grand Prix is March 3-5.
    Cross Country
    The SVSEF Devo and Prep team travelled to Whitefish, MT for the Western States Youth Ski Festival. Competition included both traditional XC racing as well as obstacle courses, bamboo forests and "dress like a super-hero day". I'm sure we'll hear more about this when coach Kelley Sinnott defrosts...the high on Sat. was 7.
    The comp team is getting ready for Junior Nationals which are being held in Minneapolis, MN from Mar. 6-12. 17 SVSEF racers qualified for the Championships.
    KJ Savaria has been selected, via coaches' discretion, to compete in the J2 Nationals. He will join Teagen Palmer, Nicole Roos and Kipling Weisel. Races will be held in Sugarloaf, ME, March 4-11.
    Tanner Farrow has been invited to participate in a US Ski Team training camp in Park City, UT from Mar. 1 - 6. He could gain a spot at the US National Championships if he is skiing well.
    The J1/J2 Team travelled to Boise to compete in their Super-G Intermountain Div. Qualifier, the Trudi Bolinder Memorial. They raced in 3 races on Fri and Sat this last week. At the same time, the J3 Team was in McCall at the Brendan Armstrong Memorial, also a Super-G Qualifier for Junior Olympics. Top 15 results are listed. Full results: and
    Trudi Bolinder Memorial - top 15 results
    Sierra Fox: DNF/DNF/1st Overall on 2/26
    Amanda Stelling: 6th/7th/16th  - (4th/4th/9th in J2 age class)
    Miles Sweek: 9th/DNF/DNF
    Ben Kanellitsas: 10th/10th/46th  – (2nd/4th in J2 age class)
    Connor Farrow: 11th/8th/8th – (3rd/2nd/2nd in J2 age class)
    Harlan Collins: DNF/14th/12th
    Brendan Armstrong Memorial - top 15 results
    Tanner Josey: 9th/8th/11th
    Taylor Cooper: 11th/14th/18th
    Jay Fitzgerald: 12th/16th/16th
    Griffin Curtis: 25th /15th/25th
    Will Harder: DNF/DNF/2nd
    Samantha Busby: 4th/2nd/5th
    Haley Cutler: 6th/4th/6th
    Jordan Fitzgerald: 6th/13th/4th
    Madison Milgard: 15th/14th/19th
    Josie Allison: 14th/18th/14th
    Here at home, we hosted the Monroe Cup/Lonnie Basolo Memorial for J4-J6 racers. Boys and girls from the Northern Division of Intermountain descended onto Hemingway and Cozy for 2 days of SL and GS racing. The SVSEF boys swept the J4 SL podium on Saturday while the girls swept the J5 GS podium! Top 5 results are listed below. Full results:
    J-4 Boys (born '98-99)
    Will Snyder 1st SL/ 1st GS
    Kyle Maxwell 2nd SL
    Wyatt Smith 3rd SL/2nd GS
    River Vorse-Whittier 5th SL
    Duncan Fuller 4th GS
    John Blackburn 5th GS
    J-5 Boys (born 2000-2001)
    Jake Blackburn 4th GS/1st SL
    Wyatt Minor 5th GS/4th SL
    Will Griffith 2nd SL
    J-6 Boys (born 2002-03)
    Buey Grossman 2nd GS/2nd SL
    Fletcher Stumph 3rd GS
    J-4 Girls (born '98-99)
    Sage Rheinschild 3rd SL/3rd GS
    Kaitlyn Rathfon 4th SL/ 2nd GS
    J-5 Girls (born 2000-2001)
    Molly Milgard 1st GS/2nd SL
    Lily Fitzgerald 2nd GS/1st SL
    Libby Kaiser 3rd GS
    Madison Ferris 5th GS/4th SL
    J-6 Girls (born 2002-03)
    Sage Curtis 2nd GS/ 2nd SL
    Marit Kaiser 3rd GS/ 4th SL
    The Park and Pipe Team travelled to Park City, UT for the Intermountain Division Championships. SVSEF athletes were on top of the podium in nearly every event!!!
    Saturday - SlopeStyle
    Trevor Hattabaugh - 1st Overall (1st J2)
    River Kelly - 5th J3
    Alysha Herich - 2nd J3
    Parker Nance - 3rd J4
    Sunday - Halfpipe
    Tai Barrymore - 1st Overall
    Ben Parker - 4th (1st J2)
    Trevor Hattabaugh - 5th (2nd J2)
    River Kelly - 7th (2nd J3)
    Hannah Haupt - 1st Overall
    Alysha Herich - 3rd J3
    Parker Nance - 2nd J4
    Hannah, Ben, Trevor and Tai will be competing in Stratton, VT (end of March) at the US National Championships. Ben and Trevor will be duking it out with the nation's best J2 skiers for a chance to represent the USA at the 2012 World Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, AUS. Only the winner of the J2's will earn the spot!
    The Snowboarding team is packing for the final Intermountain Series event of the season in Park City. Competition is March 2-6. Resutls will determine who is invited to the USASA National Championships. While in Park City, Andy Gilbert has arranged for SVSEF athletes to use the multi-million $, US Ski/Snowboard Team Center of Excellence (facility) to hone their skills. Our athletes will have a chance to work with the US Snowboarding staff on air awareness in the foam pit, on the tramps and in the skate ramps - what an awesome opportunity!
  • SVSEF Highlights Feb. 14-20

    We've had a relatively quiet week here at the SVSEF. It's mid-season and many athletes are in their final "prep" phase for their respective season championships, junior olympics and national championships. Here is a rundown of what did happen and two things I missed:
    What I missed:
    1. Morgan Arritola was 2nd in a European FIS race on 2/13. It was a 10K skate race.
    2. The Mini-World Cup is NOT over. There is one more event on March 12 at Soldier Mountain.

    SB - Kaitlyn Farrington is enjoying some down time and is preparing for the Grand Prix in Mammoth, CA followed by the US Open in Stratton, VT.
    FS - Tai Barrymore and Brita Sigourney are traveling to La Plague, France with coach Ben Verge for 2 World Cup Half-Pipe Events.
    XC - Morgan Arritola and Simi Hamilton are preparing for the XC World Championships in Norway. Morgan was 62nd and Simi 53rd this weekend, in World Cup action, in Drammen. A Super Tour was scheduled in Madison, WI this weekend. I believe weather forced cancellation. Travis - please correct me if I'm wrong.
    Athletes competed in the Quigley Cup on Saturday, 2/19. Results pending...
    The Comp Team is home and preparing for Junior Nationals in March. The Prep Team will be traveling to Whitefish, MT for the Western States Youth Ski Festival from Feb. 24-27.
    Rick is busy getting ready for US Distance Nationals and the Super Tour Finals which we are hosting at the end of March/April. We will be adding a tab to our homepage ( with information regarding these events.
    Teagen Palmer and Nicole Roos are in Steamboat, CO for two GS and one SL FIS races. GS#1  on 2/19, Teagen was 15th (5th J2), Nicole 22nd (8th J2). GS#2 Teagen 11th (3rd J2) and Nicole 27th (8th J2). SL to be held 2/21. Results:
    Miles Fink-Debray spent his week in Aspen racing a Nor-AM Speed Series, which also included the US National Championship DH (#3). Results: DH#1 20th, DH#2 21st, DH#3 22nd, SG#1 12, SG#2 18, Super-Combi DSQ. Results:
    Our younger athletes flocked to Rotarun on Saturday for the Arkoosh Cup. Results pending...
    The Freestyle Team hosted their own team mogul competition today (2/20) on Roundhouse Slope. The "Bumpin' for Burgers" mogul event had winners of each class accepting burgers from Apple's. Next up are the Park/Pipe Intermountain Championships in Park City from 2/24-27.
    Snowboarders headed to Dollar on Saturday for the 2nd SV Lunar Eclipse Rail Jam. 
    New photos are being uploaded to Flickr all the time:

  • SVSEF Update Feb. 7-13

    We've had another busy week here at the SVSEF. With athletes competing on two continents and in events ranging from Europa Cup to Mini World Cup, we hit personal bests, learned new tricks and qualified for Championships. Here are the highlights and results:

            Reid  Pletcher (XC ODT) won his first NCAA Div. I race in Aspen
            Kaitlyn Farrington (SB ODT) placed 2nd in the Dew Tour Finals - Snowbasin.
            Morgan Arritola and Simi Hamilton (XC ODT) had personal bests in Europa Cup action.
            Tai Barrymore is co-recipient of the Full Throttle Award at Dew Tour
            3 athletes named to Alpine J2 National Championship Team
            multiple podiums at the XC JNQ hosted by the SVSEF
    Olympic Development Team

    Feb. 12 - Beitostolen, Norway - Morgan Arritola and Simi Hamilton both competed in a Europa Cup Classic Race in Beitostolen, NOR. Both had a great day over there, with Morgan skiing to a very solid 12th place finish in a loaded womens field with lots of World Cup talent. Morgan was the second US Woman. Simi had what was, for him, a breakthrough distance race (he's usually a sprinter). He led the North American Men, finishing 19th in a field 486 skiers including many World Cup racers. These are great results for both Mo and Simi with World Championships in Oslo starting in just 10 days!

    Read more here:
    Full Results:

    Feb 12/13 - Aspen, CO - At the Classic SuperTour in Aspen 2/12, Nicole DeYong skied to a strong 9th place finish with Alum Makayla Cappel (Denver U) finishing 16th and Alexa Turzian 45th. The other big news from today was that Reid Pletcher, Skiing at CU Boulder skied to a third place overall and was the top college finisher, Giving him his first ever college victory! Way to go Reid!
    2/13 - 21KM Owl Creek Chase (Skate) - Reid Pletcher 11th, Mike Sinnott 14th, Nicole DeYong 6th, Alexa Turzian 9th, Makayla Cappel 20th.
    Full results:

    Feb. 11 - Snowbasin, UT - Brita Sigourney who is traveling and training with the SVSEF Freestyle Team won the Dew Tour Skier SuperPipe Final. SVSEF athletes Tai Barrymore and Hannah Haupt (Comp Team) were also competing but failed to qualify for the finals. Tai was however was a co-recipeint of the "Full Throttle award" As reported on the web site:
    "Wing Tai Barrymore and Nils Lauper [both] don't know what a speed check is, dropping big tricks without regard to life or limb. Wing Tai's massive double cork 1260s and Nils' large everything were crowd-pleasing, death-defying and unfortunately, not stomped. Hopefully these two will continue to push that gas pedal until it won't go any further at future comps."
    Feb. 12 - Snowbasin, UT - Kaitlyn Farrington placed second behind Olympic Gold and Bronze Medalist Kelly Clark in the Dew Tour Snowboard SuperPipe Finals.
    Cross Country
    The SVSEF hosted two days of Intermountain Division Finals this weekend at Lake Creek. This was the final opportunity for athletes to qualify for Junior Nationals. For more info: Rick Kapala
    Saturday - Skate (15/10/5KM) - Top Results: For full results go to:
    Men's OJ (18-19 y/o) - Sun Valley Sweeps the Podium: 1st Max Christman, 2nd Scotty Phelan, 3rd Daniel Sundali
    Men's J1 - 3rd Torin Tucker, 5th Andrew Pfeiffer
    Men's J2 - 5th Jake Adicoff, 6th Stephen Pfeiffer, 7th Nathan Nasvik
    Men's J3 - 7th Peter Wolter, 9th Danny Graves
    Men's J4 - 3rd Logan Jones-Wilkins, 4th Taylor Koth
    Men's J5 - 1st Johnny Hagenbuch, 3rd Luke Dean
    Women's OJ - 1st Carrie Heagney
    Women's J1 - 1st Sloan Storey (1st Overall), 4th Morgan Atkinson
    Women's J2 - 1st (tie) Maggie Williams
    Women's J3 - 1st Annika Landis, 5th Mady Watts
    Women's J4 - 2nd Lily Brunelle
    Women's J5 - 1st Ella Wolter, 3rd Jenna Nurge
    Sunday - Classic (10/5km) - Top Results: For full results go to:
    Men's OJ -  1st Scotty Phelan, 3rd Max Christman
    Men's J1 - 4th Brandon Wade, 5th Torin Tucker
    Men's J2 - 2nd Stephen Pfeiffer, 5th Jake Adicoff
    Men's J3 - 8th Danny Graves
    Men's J4 - 3rd Taylor Koth
    Men's J5 - 1st Cash Dart, 3rd Tully Jones-Wilkins
    Women's OJ - 1st Annie Pokorny, 3rd Carrie Heagney
    Women's J1 - 2nd Sloan Storey, 4th Maranda Stopol
    Women's J2 - 1st Maggie Williams
    Women's J3 - 1st Mady Watts, 2nd Annika Landis
    Women's J4 - 4th Lily Brunelle
    Women's J5 - 1st Ella Wolter, 3rd Jenna Nurge
    Teagen Palmer, Nicole Roos and Kipling Weisel have been selected to compete in the J2 National Championships. This event showcases the nation's best 15-16 y/o alpine racers. The four events will be held in Sugarloaf, ME at the beginning of March.
    Miles Fink-Debray placed 10th and 12th at NCAA Div. 1 races in Winter Park, Co (2/10 and 2/11)
    The J1/J2 Team is in Utah for a three day race series. The final event will be held Monday (2/14) in Park City. Highlights from the first two days - SL at Snowbird each day:
    Amanda Stelling 11th (5th J2)/DNF
    Kipling Weisel: 9th(2nd J2)/DNF
    KJ Savaria: 10th(3rd J2)/7th (2nd J2)
    Connor Farrow: 17th(8th J2)/9th (4th J2)
    Full results: or
    The J3 Team was in Snowking for their Slalom JO Qualifiers - the Sean Nurse Memorial. Top Results:
    Hayley Cutler: 2nd/3rd
    Jordan Fitzgerald 7th/5th
    Sam Busby: 10th/8th
    Madison Milgard: 12th/
    Megan Murphy: 14th/11th
    Josie Allison: 17th/10th
    Will Harder: 5th/3rd
    Taylor Cooper: 16th/14th
    Austin Savaria: 17th/17th
    Full results:
    Here are coach Scotty McGrew's thoughts on the weekend - for the ladies' team:
    "As you all can tell from the results, our girls team right now is very competitive.  We have yet to find the elusive 1st place finish, but we have girls who are stacking the top 5, to 10, and top 30.  This is good considering that the bar for that in the IMD is set VERY high this season.  There are a few girls in our division right now that are the easily the fastest in the Western US.  This is great for our group because every time we step into the gate on race day, we know we have to go fast to be competitive.  We are certainly not being lulled into a false sense of quality.  Results aside, I have to say that I am really impressed with the level of focus, energy, and commitment that the girls are bringing to game."
    The C-Home Mini World Cup had a SG and DH race on Dollar this weekend. Check out Flickr for great photos!

    "The first inaugural Skills Test on Feb. 6th was great.  There were some kids in the top five that haven’t been there yet.  It was a great addition to our Mini World Cup Series.  The kids demonstrated they best skills so far of the year. All of the kids showed some amazing skiing in the Super G and DH this past weekend on Feb. 12th and 13th.  They broke their own speed barriers and had a tremendous amount of fun while doing it.  We also saw some different names on the podium for those races.  We are very proud of all the kids and their hard work." - Adele
    The Moguls team traveled to Missoula this past weekend. Here is an update from Alysha Herich and her teammates:

    This weekend, SVFT traveled to Bridger Bowl, Montana for the final qualifier before Junior Nationals (March 7-15). When the team got there Friday morning for training, they had no course, and were just rebuilding the jumps from the 2 feet of snow they had gotten earlier in the week.
    They spent the entire day making the course, keeping the size of the moguls in check, and building the jumps. The course turned in to a free turn line on the outer two lines; making the course a “real skiers” course.
    Friday, all in all, turned out to be a good day for the team. The next day proved to be brutal on everyone. The wind was blowing sideways across the course at about 60 miles an hour, creating a very difficult competing situation.
    On Saturday, while the girls were running their first singles run, the wind caused the lift to come on and then shut of sporadically, causing issues for the men competitors. They got threw all of the girls first runs, and then sent the guys that were standing up at the top of the course. Their hope was that by the time they finished running the first couple guys, the wind would stop. Unfortunately, the wind did not stop, and continued to blow at too high of a speed for the lifts to re-open that day. The girls results came out well for the team despite the wind though; Morgan Shaver 1st overall (1st in her age group), Claire Siderman 3rd overall (2nd in her age group), and Alysha Herich came in 5th overall (4th in her age group).
    The next day, which had been originally planned for just duals, had now turned in to a double single event, and a duals event. Training started early so they could cram all of the events in. For the first men’s single run, SVSS had 5 guys finish top 10, and the rest finished top 20. Trevor Norris, 3rd overall,  R.J. Bracken 6th overall, Zac Siele 8th overall, Parker Page 9th overall, Luke Robertson 10th overall, Wilson Dunn 11th overall, Lukas Best 14th overall, and Alec Poster came in 16th overall in the single event.
    After the make up single event came the seating run for duals event. Everyone fought hard all day throughout duals, and it really payed off. Claire Siderman came in 7th for duals in girls, and Alysha Herich came in 3rd for duels. The guys showed the course who was boss as well. Trevor Norris continued his climb in the USSA ranks with his 3rd podium and a 2nd in duels losing a close duel against Carson Bockhahn,  Parker Page came in 7th.Rj Bracken came in 8th, Overall, the weekend was a major success for the athletes. It was a great way to finish the year before Juniors. Next stop, divisionals at Park City Mountain Resort, Utah March 3-6.


    Don't forget! We are hosting our own Sun Valley Team Trials on Feb. 20th. for the entire Freestyle Team.
    TIME-Training 10:30-11:30am  Competition 12:30PM
    Four riders traveled to Boreal this past week to compete in the Revolution Tour. Mal Prior, Chase Josey, Ryan Roemer and Cameron St. Pierre hit the road. SuperPipe Results: Ryan 13th, Mal 14th, Cameron 28th, Chase 36th.
    For full results:
    New photos are being uploaded to Flickr all the time:

  • Palmer, Roos and Weisel off to Maine!

    Teagen Palmer, Nicole Roos and Kipling Weisel have been selected to race in the 2011 J2 Nationals.  Sugarloaf, ME will be hosting these prestigious races for the best 15-16 year old alpine racers in the country. Events will be held Mar. 4-11 in SL, GS, SG and DH. Good luck!
  • SVSEF Highlights Jan. 24-30

    What a week we’ve had! The SVSEF was BUSY! ‎I’m still waiting for more results, but so far we’ve got…

    • 2 X-Games Silver Medals
    • 2 Super Tour Wins
    • 4 XC Wins at SoHo (and more podiums)
    • at least 3 Wins at the Sun Valley Freestyle Spectacular with lots of other podiums
    • 3 alpine podiums in Snowking (Wild West)
    • 1 alpine podium in Park City (David Wright Memorial)

    Olympic Development Team/Alum

    The SVSEF ODT and Alumni had a great weekend of competition at the Winter-X Games in Aspen, CO. More than 40,000 fans were on hand to watch our athletes compete in their sports. The highlights were two Silver medals for SVSEF athletes. On Friday, Brita Sigourney, who is traveling and training on the road with Ben Verge (Park and Pipe, Head Coach) won Silver in the Women’s Ski Super-Pipe. On Saturday night, shown on ESPN Primetime, Sun Valley local Kaitlyn Farrington (ODT) rode the super-pipe to Silver in the Women’s snowboard competition. She was part of a historic night where the winner, Kelly Clark, landed the first ever 1080, in competition, for women snowboarders. Not to be outdone by the girls, SVSEF alum Graham Watanabe qualified for the Boarder-X heats and finished 8th, making it to the semi-finals. And alum Biche Rudigoz qualified for the Skier-X rounds to finish 24th.

    Mike Sinnott (XC ODT) is in the hunt for the Overall title of the Super-Tour (finals in Sun Valley, Mar. 29 – Apr. 2). Currently in 2nd, he helped his cause this past weekend. Competing in Houghton, MI, Mike won Friday’s Classic Sprint Qualifier as well as Saturday’s 10KM Classic and was 7th in Sunday’s 15K Free (Skate). For a great story about his win on Friday: . For complete results:


    A few of the J1-J2 team racers are currently on the road for 2 weeks. Their competition started with the Western Region Wild West Elite FIS Series (1/27-1/30). These GS and SL races are qualifiers for the US Nationals as well as the J2 Nationals. From these races in Snowking (Jackson, WY) they will travel to Big Sky, MT for a Western Region Open Speed Series (2/1-2/6). These Downhill and Super-G races are qualifiers for J2 Nationals only.
    Top results from the Wild West:

    Teagen Palmer – 11th (3rd J2) GS#1; 5th (2nd J2) GS#2; 7th (2nd J2) SL#2
    Tanner Farrow – 14th (9th J1) GS#1; 8th (6th J1) SL#1
    Also racing: Nicole Roos, Harlan Collins, Miles Sweek, Tanner Dirstine, KJ Savaria, Ben Kanellitsas, Connor Farrow and Kipling Weisel

    For complete results:

    The J3 Alpine Team traveled to Park City, UT for their Junior Olympic Qualifier, the David Wright Memorial. Top 15 results for the 2 GS races:

    Jordan Fitzgerald: 4th and 2nd
    Haley Cutler: 6th and 7th
    Sam Busby: 7th and 5th
    Josie Allison: 11th (day 2)
    Maddie Milgard: 12th

    Tanner Josey: 7th and 6th
    Taylor Cooper: 14th (day 1)

    For complete results:

    Here are coach Scotty McGrew’s thoughts on the weekend in Park City:

    “All in all I thought the weekend went pretty well. The Park City GS hill is one of the best GS hills you can find. It has steeps, flats, roll-overs, dog-legs, narrow throats, and fall-aways (just to name a few features). It is a hill that really tests you as athletes and rewards solid, courageous skiing. What I have historically witnessed on that hill is a strong showing by the SV group and this weekend was no exception. We started off the weekend by overskiing the flats and giving up precious time in the ‘easy’ sections, and executing well in the tough sections. For the most part everyone responded to the video review on Saturday evening and made some positive adjustments. It’s nice to see athletes taking information, integrating it, and then manifesting a positive response. I feel like the group skied even better on Sunday, and the results certainly showed.”


    As noted above, the only ODT racer competing this weekend was Mike Sinnott. The rest of the ODT Team and Mike will be racing in the Boulder Mnt. Tour this next Saturday, Feb. 5th.

    The Junior Teams spent this last weekend in Soldier Hollow, UT – site of the 2002 Olympics. The races were junior national qualifiers. There was a Freestyle (Skate) Sprint on Friday followed by a Classic Race on Saturday. Top results:

    Annie Pokorny: won both races for the OJ (18-19) Girls
    Maggie Williams: 2nd in the sprint, 1st in Classic (5K)
    Sloan Storey: 4th J1 Classic (10K)
    Carrie Heagney: 2nd OJ Classic (10K)

    Zach Williams: 2nd Sprint, won Classic (2K) J4 Boys
    Max Christman: 3rd OJ Classic (15K)
    Will Spiller: 4th OJ Classic (15K)

    For complete results:

    The SVSEF and Sun Valley Resort hosted the Intermountain Division for 4 days this past week. We couldn’t have asked for better competition conditions! 68 athletes competed in the biggest Slopestyle event ever hosted by Sun Valley on 1/27. If you were on Dollar you could have seen Trevor Hattabaugh throw a 75 foot Kangaroo (double flip) to win the boy’s J2 competition on Day 1. There were three lines on the course, one to suit every ability on the hill. The entire weekend was filled with tremendous skiing under bluebird skies. There are FABULOUS photos on Flickr.  I haven’t seen all of the results, but highlights from the two slopestyle competitions include:

    Alysha Herich: 2nd J3 both events
    Nance Parker: 1st and 2nd, J4

    Trevor Hattabaugh: 1st and 2nd J2
    Ben Parker: 2nd and 1st J2
    River Kelly: 4th J3 (day 1)
    Alex LaFleur: 2nd and 1st J5
    Alvaro Jiraldo: 1st and 1st J4
    Eli Roberts: 2nd J4 (day 1)
    Blake Harmon: 3rd J5 (day 1)
    Like Rizzo: 3rd J5 (day 2)

    For complete results:


    The big news from the Snowboard Team was Kaitlyn’s Silver Medal. The rest of the team was “idle”, waiting for the home competition this next week. Due to the cancellation of a day from the Jackson event, we have added an extra day to ours.

    Thurs. Feb 3 – BoarderCross #1 & BoarderCross #2 (two races on the same day)
    Fri. Feb 4 – Slopestyle (makeup event)
    Sat. Feb 5 – Slopestyle
    Sun. Feb 6 – Halfpipe

    For details on times please contact: The BoarderCross and Slopestyle Events will be held on Dollar. The half-pipe event will be…in the half-pipe! on Baldy…

    I hope to have more results about the local Freestyle Spectacular to you soon.

    Also, I’ve uploaded more than 300 photos to our Flickr page this past week!

    Remember to check us out:

  • Sun Valley Freestyle Spectacular – Day 1 Recap

    The first day of our local freestyle event was great! A total of 68 athletes competed on Dollar; this was the biggest skier slopestyle event Sun Valley has ever hosted. Athletes were truly throwing their biggest and best tricks. Some of the biggest tricks were a 50 ft switch backflip (take off backwards and land backwards) by Corey Jackson of Jackson Hole and a 75 ft kangaroo flip (double flip) by SVSEF freestyle team athlete Trevor Hattabaugh. Girls were equally impressive, Blake Peterson of Park City threw a huge front flip and Darian Stevens of Missoula threw a very styly iron-cross 720. Our J4 and J5 athletes skied incredibly too. Devo team athlete Alvaro Jiraldo won the J4 class and Eil Roberts was 3rd in J4. ALex Lafleur and Blake Harmon both medaled in the J5 class. The athletes were trilled with the course layout at Dollar mtn which allowed for three possible lines to suit all athlete abilities.
  • SVSEF Highlights Jan. 17-24

    This past week we had athletes traveling the country again and we were also happy to host the first of our local “Intermountain Division” events on Baldy. Some highlights include Nicole Roos winning the combined Laura Flood Memorial Trophy, a bunch of young athletes dominating the Utah Winter Games Mogul competition at The Canyons and our XCODT athletes competing in the highly competitive world of NCAA Div. I racing at the University of Utah Invitational. Here are the details:

    Mike Sinnott (ODT) is currently 2nd in the overall SuperTour standings ( If he manages to win the SuperTour Overall for the season (the finals are here in Sun Valley in March / April), he will earn a funded trip to the first period of the World Cup in fall of 2011. This past weekend he raced the SuperTour in Minneapolis placing 6th in the 10K Free and 5th in the 15K Classic. His classic finish must have been insane. Only 1 second separated him from the podium and only 10 seconds from 1st! Complete Results:
    Four ODT athletes travelled to Soldier Hollow for the University of Utah Invitational and did a great job racing on the college circuit which is littered with fast American and European skiers. Nicole DeYong placed 4th twice, Matt Gelso led the men with a 3rd and 4th place. Colin Rodgers had a sizable lead in the 10K Free and then “blew up a bit” (according to coach Travis Jones) and finished 14th with a 13th in the classic race. There were quite a few former ODT athletes racing – Miles Havlick won the Men’s 10K Free. Other Sun Valley racers who are now in college were: Alexa Turzian (5th/3rd), Reid Pletcher (5th/8th), Mali Noyes (26th/DNF), Makayla Cappel (24th/18th). Complete results:
    Next: JNQ Soldier Hollow 1/26 – 1/29 for Comp and Prep Team athletes. ODT getting ready for Boulder Mountain Tour!


    Jordan Fitzgerald and Will Harder have been invited to race in the Topolino Shoot-Out. Winners of this regional event will travel to Italy to compete in the Topolino race which is universally regarded as the “world championships” for this age group (13-14).

    The Alpine program hosted the Allan Patterson (Friday) and Laura Flood Memorial (Sat/Sun) Races over the past weekend. These are FIS races for our athlete who are 15 and older. The Laura Flood Memorial Trophy went to the overall J2 winners for Sat/Sun. who were Nicole Roos (SVSEF) and Peter Pappineau (Ogden Valley).
    Other highlights:
    Tanner Farrow 2nd, 2nd, 1st (GS, GS, SL)
    Kipling Weisel 4th (1st J2) in Allan Patterson GS
    Miles Fink DeBray 1st Laura Flood GS
    Ben Kanellitsas 5th (2nd J2) in Allan Patterson GS
    KJ Savaria 14th (5th J2) and 10th (2nd J2) in the two GS races
    Harlan Collins 5th in LF GS

    Teagen Palmer 1st in both GS races
    Nicole Roos 3rd (2nd J2), 2nd (2nd J2), 4th (1st J2) – (GS, GS, SL) and Overall LF Winner
    Sierra Fox 4th and 7th in GS races

    Complete results: or
    On Sunday (Jan. 23rd) the 2nd Mini-World Cup was held on Dollar. All results are attached. Photos are posted to Flickr.

    The C-Travel Team raced in Boise at the Annual Cranston Cup Slalom. Complete results: Top five results:

    Molly Milgard – 1st J5 Sat. and Sun.
    Sage Rheinschild – 2nd and 5th J4
    Katelyn Rathfon – 2nd J4 on Sun.

    Will Griffith – 3rd J5 Sat
    Kyle Maxwell – 1st J4 both days
    Will Snyder – 2nd J4 both days
    Duncan Fuller – 4th J4 Sat
    Yuri McClure – 3rd J4 Sun
    Wyatt Smith – 5th J5 Sun

    Brita Sigourney who is traveling and training with the SVSEF has been named to the 2011 Freestyle World Championship Team. The events will be held in Park City and Deer Valley in the coming week.

    More than 20 Freestyle athlete were in Utah this past weekend and had some great success. Full results are posted in the blog of Highlights follow:

    1/21 – Slopestyle at The Canyons
    Alysha Herich 3rd/1st (overall/J3)
    Parker Nance 14th/3rd (overall/J4)

    Trevor Hattabaugh 4th/2nd (overall/J2)

    Jamie Rollerson 1st (J5 – 9 and 10 years old)
    Alex LaFleur 2nd (J5)
    Blake Harmon 3rd (J5)

    1/22 – Slopestyle at The Canyons
    Alysha Herich 4th/2nd(overall/J3)
    Parker Nance 14th/3rd (overall/J4)

    Trevor Hattabaugh 5th/2nd (overall/J2)

    Alex LaFleur 2nd (J5)
    Jamie Rollerson 3rd (J5)

    1/22 – Moguls in Park City
    Clair Siderman – 1st J3
    Austin Bourett (former) – 2nd overall

    1/23 – Utah Winter Games Devo Moguls/The Canyons
    Fallon Flaherty – 2nd J5 (women)

    Luke Rizzo – 1st J5
    Jamie Rollerson – 2nd J5
    Alex LaFleur – 3rd J5
    Hunter Diehl – 4th J5

    This week: The “Sun Valley Freestyle Spectacular” Intermounain Divisional Event Jan. 27-30
    1/27 Slopestyle on Dollar mtn
    1/28 Halfpipe on WarmSprings
    1/29 Moguls on Roundhouse Slope
    1/30 Moguls/Dual Moguls on Roundhouse Slope


    Kaitlyn Farrington (ODT) qualified 9th but did not make the finals of the Dew Tour this past weekend.

    Andy Gilbert, Josh Keefer and Jacob Tyler took kids over to Jackson for the first USASA Competition of the Season. For those who wonder what is happening to with Snowboard event participation…wonder no more. The 7-12 y/o age groups had a field size that was double from one year ago. This event helped dictate points and according to Andy would indicate in which events our athletes would be competing in for the rest of the season. Andy was extremely pleased with how the weekend went for SVSEF riders. “The kids brought a good game and had a great attitude for the whole weekend”. SVSEF athletes were on the podium in nearly all fields.

    A damper was put on the event when new snow forced the cancellation of Saturday’s Sloepstyle Event. Sunday’s weather was colder and brought better conditions for the halfpipe.

    Boys 8-9: 1st Elk Spencer
    Girls 10-11: 2nd Cora Schneider
    Boys 10-11: 4th Clyde Montgomery
    Boys 12-13: 3rd Dehner Figge and 9th Jake Whitlock

    The above riders are all Prep Team riders and this was the first away competition for many of them.

    Open Class: 1st Chase Josey

    Youth Men (14-15): 1st Ryan Roemer, 2nd Cameron St. Pierre, 10th Michael Niedrich, 11th Brandon Dolenar, 13th Zach Lewis. This was the first trip for SVSEF newcomers Niedrich, Dolenar and Lewis. Coach Gilbert was extremely pleased with their results. He noted the men’s youth field was the biggest of all fields in the competition.

    Junior Girls (16-17): 1st Hayley Rheinschild, 2nd Ali Appleton

    Junior Boys (16-17): 1st Rex Kelly, 4th Florian Bourdot (French exchange student who was missing his Alps until he arrived in Jackson), 5th Dash Stethem

  • SVSEF Highlights Jan. 10-17

    We had another busy week with some great success. Two athletes named to the US XC World Championship Team. Young riders having success at their first Revolution Tour. Athletes on the top step of the podium in Jackson (XC), athletes still competing in a Super-G speed series in Jackson (alpine) and some great racing against an international field in Utah at the Western Region Tech Series. Here is the breakdown:

    ODT Athletes Morgan Arritola and Simi Hamilton will represent the US (and SVSEF) at the 2011 World Championships in “the heart of nordic skiing”, Holmenkollen, Norway. Competition runs from Feb. 24th – March 6th. Norway is known as “the birthplace of nordic skiing and the home of the sport’s most passionate fans”. This will be Morgan’s second World Championship experience.
    Results from JNQ (Junior National Qualifier) in Jackson Hole: (listing top results only. go to for complete results)
    Saturday (Jan. 15th) was a sprint day. Topping the podium in their age classes were Maddy Watts (J3) and Kelsey Dickinson (J1). Placing second was Maggie Williams (J2). Numerous SVSEF athletes qualified for the finals including: Will Spiller, Andrew Pfeiffer, Stephen Pfeiffer (just off the podium in 4th), Ty Reinemann, Kaitlyn Landis, Maranda Stopol (also 4th), Morgan Atkinson, Katie Feldman, Sarah Williams, Hayley Montgomery and Elana King-Nakaoka.
    Sunday (Jan. 16th) was the 5KM/10KM Free (Skate) Race: We had four athletes on the podium including: Maggie Williams (J2) and Kelsey Dickinson (J1) 1st, Sloan Storey 2nd (J1) and Will Spiller 3rd (OJ). The SVSEF had 5 of the top 10 spots in the women’s J1 race: Kelsey (1st), Sloan (2nd), Morgan Atkinson 5th, Maranda Stopol 6th, and Kaitlyn Landis 9th. 
    Jan. 10-13: Our elite alpine racers were in Utah (Park City and Snowbird) for the Western Region Tech Series. Teagen Palmer won her age class and was 2nd twice Miles Fink-Debray was 3rd. Athletes competed in 2 GS and 2 SL races. For complete results please go to: or Highlights follow:
    Miles Fink-Debray – 3rd GS#1
    Tanner Farrow (Slalom) – 34th (12th J1); (Giant Slalom) – 33rd (11th J1)
    Harlan Collins (Slalom) – 40th; (Giant Slalom) – 38th (14th J1) and 22nd (13th J1)
    Also racing: Bergen Palmer (SVSEF Alum), Kipiing Weisel, Tanner Dirstine, Miles Sweek

    Teagen Palmer (Slalom) – 9th (1st J2); (Giant Slalom) 18th and 5th (2nd J2 in both races)
    Amanda Stelling (Slalom) – 27th (4th J2); (Giant Slalom) 42nd (6th J2) and 13th (5th J2)
    Sierra Fox (Slalom) – 31st and 15th; (Giant Slalom) 23rd
    Jan. 15-17th: Wes Barron Speed Series in Jackson Hole (3 Super-G Races). For full results go to: Top age class results follow (not all results are posted at this time):
    Super-G #1: Jordan Fitzgerald (3rd J3), Sam Busby (5th J3), Sage Rheinschild (2nd J4), Margot Griffith (3rd J4), Poppy Vorse-Whittier (5th J4)
    Super-G #1: Yuri McClure (2nd J4), Cade Street (7th J4), River Vorse-Whittier (8th J4)
    The Freestyle Comp skiers traveled to Mt Hood Meadows, OR for the Revolution Tour. Top results from the skiers:
    Ben Parker – 5th Slopestyle
    Trevor Hattabaugh – 7th super-pipe
    Renee Shapiro – 3rd super-pipe
    Also competing: Nathan Moses, River Kelly

    The following is a recap from head coach Andy Gilbert:
    Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Snowboard Team riders, led by Mal Prior, competed this week in U.S. Revolution Tour halfpipe snowboarding and slopestyle races at Mt. Hood Meadows in Oregon.
    Prior made the 10-rider final of Monday’s men’s halfpipe contest and finished fifth overall in a field of 45 racers. The winner was Max Gold of Steamboat Springs, Colo. Top SVSEF woman was Hailey Rheinschild in 15th of 29 (8th J2).
    Chase Josey made the J2 halfpipe podium in third place, in 12th overall. Others in the 74-rider competition were: 21—Ali Appleton. 30-Ryan Roemer. 35-Cameron St Pierre 42—Dash Stethem.
    In Tuesday’s slopestyle, Josey was 16th of 67 riders and Appleton 17th among the gals. Roemer placed 25th, Prior 27th, St. Pierre 41st and Stethem 67th.
    This was a great step for these young riders. Everyone is improving at these higher level events really put the work needed into perspective. Chase, Ryan and Hailey are knocking on the door of the finals which is a big step in any young rider’s career

  • SVSEF Highlights Jan. 2-9

    This past week SVSEF athletes were competing from coast to coast. We had the XC team racing in the US Nationals in Rumford, ME and three Freestyle athletes looking for experience and an X-Games spot in Northstar, CA. This coming week we’ll have athletes at the 2nd stop of the Revolution Tour in Mount Hood Meadows, OR and both alpine and XC teams going to Jackson for Junior Olympic qualifiers. The season is upon us!


    • This past week we had an SVSEF athlete on the podium of the US National Championships each day of competition! To recap – The week started with Mike Sinnott placing second in the Classic Sprint on Jan. 2. Morgan Arritola followed with a third place finish in both the 10K Classic and the 20K Free on Jan. 5 and 6. On the final day of competition, Colin Rodgers started things out with a bang by winning the Freestyle Sprint Qualifiers – actually, all 5 of the SV men qualified in good form. By the end of the racing heats, Simi Hamilton stepped onto the podium in 2nd and Colin won the “B” Finals.
    • Based on his results at US Nationals, Reid Pletcher (SVSEF ODT/University of Colorado) was selected to the 2011 World U-23 XC Ski Championship Team. He will be competing in Otepea, Estonia from Jan. 27-31.

    This weekend, the University of Utah hosted it’s NCAA Div. I meet in Park City. These races are extremely competitive and filled with European racers who often times are fresh off the World Cup and Europa Cup cicuit. A few of our athletes were selected to compete in this event:

    Miles Fink-Debray – 7th GS and 16th SL
    Tanner Farrow – DNF in both races

    Teagen Palmer – 25th GS and 31st SL
    Amanda Stelling – DNF GS and 50th SL
    Sierra Fox – DNF GS and 53rd SL

    Jan. 10 -13: The athletes who raced in the FIS-U races will be joined by teammates to compete in the Western Region Elite Tech Series hosted by Park City and Snowboard. These races contain the top racers from the Western Region. Results will be reported as they come in this week.


    Three of our athletes competed in the 1st stop of the “The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series” in Northstar at Tahoe this weekend. This tour is a two stop event (Waterville Valley, NH will host the 2nd stop) with $40,000 in prize money. The event was the last chance for ski and snowboarders to qualify for the Winter X-Games to be held later this month in Aspen, CO. The series is also a qualifier for the 2011 Half-Pipe FIS World Championships.

    Brita Sigourney is a SVSEF athlete who travels and trains with the team at competitions. She chose the SVSEF because of her impression and interactions with coach Ben Verge, who met Sigourney at competitions in New Zealand last summer. Brita placed 5th in the half-pipe event and has secured a spot in the Winter X-Games. Hannah Haupt qualified for the finals and finished 8th. Tai Barrymore qualified in 14th spot and moved to 9th in the finals.

    The “Sun Valley Freestyle Spectacular” Intermounain Divisional Event:

    Jan. 27-30
    1/27 Slopestyle on Dollar mtn
    1/28 Halfpipe on WarmSprings
    1/29 Moguls on Race Arena
    1/30 Moguls/Dual Moguls on Roundhouse Slope

    Athletes have been busy training. Next up: Revolution Tour, Mount Hood Meadows, OR; Jan. 10th – 13th