U.S. Ski & Snowboard has named Snowbird Sports Education Foundation a Silver-certified club, one of the highest honors possible.
The process of achieving Silver level certification as a club provides an opportunity for the National Governing Body, U.S. Ski & Snowboard, to assess a club’s current situation and determine areas of need and opportunities for improvement. Silver certified clubs possess a heightened level of accountability to maintain and build upon areas of both strength and improvement, to ensure the longevity and stability of the organization and to help, through feedback and observation, to grow the cumulative strength of clubs throughout regions and across the country.
Some of the benefits of being a Silver level club:
● Unique professional development opportunities for staff
● Participation in regional and national leadership forums
● Access to aggregate data specific to podium certified clubs
● Discounted rates on specific consulting services
Strategic Plan facilitation
Fundraising and Grant Writing
Human Resource Management
Program and Organizational Strategies
Ellen Adams, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Club Development Manager The Certification process not only recognizes club excellence, but also gives a clear roadmap for all clubs to become stronger organizations. This is a strategic part of U.S. Ski and Snowboard’s plans to support clubs, be a more club-based organization and better understand the challenges and opportunities that exist for clubs in every corner of the country. The process to achieve Podium Level Certification requires a commitment to excellence on behalf of a club and its constituents, and clubs have reported finding great value in doing the work necessary to complete the certification. Many clubs have found that the most positive impact was not necessarily the certification designation, but, rather, in uncovering the true opportunities they have to improve and continue to deliver sustained excellence. These clubs all set great examples, and are leading the charge for club improvement nationally.
Sophie Goldschmidt, U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO
Working in close partnership with our member clubs to recognize excellence and create a platform for continuous improvement is a priority for our organization. Our clubs are our sport’s biggest asset to athlete recruitment, development and retention, and working hand-in-hand with them will enhance their levels of achievement and will transform the performance of our athletes and teams at all levels.
Gar Trayner, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Sport Education Director
The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Club Certification program is a valuable resource for all our clubs. Our clubs all are working hard to be the best they can be and give all of their athletes a great experience in skiing and snowboarding. The Certification program gives our clubs the resources they need to assess and improve their structure and programs to meet their organizational goals and the goals of the thousands of U.S. Ski and Snowboard athletes across the U.S.