In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation is counting its blessings.
New offices, a new athlete training center, 2013 Club of the Year and 2013 Snowboard Club of the Year awards from the United States Ski & Snowboard Association are just a few of the things the SVSEF is grateful for and would like to share with the public at an Open House on November 22.
This Friday, the SVSEF will unveil its new training center and offices, designed by architect Michael Blash, with construction manager Morley Golden overseeing demolition and reconstruction provided by Grabher Construction, Inc. and interior design by Jennifer Hoey.
The new Engl Training Center is replete with state-of-the-art features, with dedicated locker rooms, a workout space, audio-visual amenities, tuning and waxing room as well as ski and boot storage.
“The renovation marries form and function to the advantage of our coaches, staff and nearly 500 athletes,” SVSEF Communications Director Jody Zarkos said. “None of this would have come to fruition without the generous support of our SVSEF community and community at-large."
"We are truly thankful for all the help we have received, whether it was in the form of kids coming in to move boxes, a contractor providing discounted services or people donating what they can. It’s been a true collaboration by many and we would like everyone the community to come celebrate with us.”
Idaho’s Lieutenant Governor Brad Little will be on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. along with local dignitaries, SVSEF board members and coaches, Executive Director Rob Clayton, and neighboring businesses in the Greyhawk Alpine Center, including Apple’s Bar & Grill, Sturtevant’s, Sun Valley Heli Ski and Irving’s.
Spike Coggins will provide live music, and nibbles and refreshments will be served. As well, Apple’s and Irving’s will provide food and beverages. Doors will be open from 3:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.
“We want people to see our new home and also witness the beginning of a new era in the history of the SVSEF,” Clayton said.
Founded in 1966, the SVSEF is one of the oldest and most prestigious youth sports organizations in the United States, continuing to grow and develop, attracting world-class competitors from the valley and beyond.