Since the last time I wrote, a lot has happened. We have received approximately 100" of snow at Snowbird/Alta and are ahead of schedule with openings coming this weekend. Your respective Head Coaches will communicate schedules for each group. This early snow and cold temps have put us in a great position for not only getting on snow but also having very good early season conditions and ample terrain open. Of course, we still need to realize that it is early season and many hazards exist, please use your judgment in addition to your excitement out there!
We already have 30+ Alpine athletes training in Colorado between Aspen and Copper.
We had a wonderful Fall Gala October 29th at the Cliff, and thanks to Title Sponsor Kuhl, as well as the many who donated items and money to the team we had a very successful evening of fundraising. A very fun and productive night for SBSEF! This will be an annual Fall event.
Looking forward to getting the season underway, and seeing you up here!
Work Hard. Dream Big.
SBSEF Executive Director
The FIS group just wrapped up its first of three on-snow projects this fall. Starting at A-Basin, athletes spent 2 days of drills and focused free skiing, followed by 4 days of GS training at Copper Mountain. The focus of the camp was on establishing a Solid Platform in the transition and bringing patience to the initiation phase of the turn. We had a great camp, and were lucky to have blue skies, sun, and the "Hero" feeling that is typical of Copper Mountain's high-altitude snow surface.
We also began implementing "debrief" sessions immediately following each day's on-snow training where athletes talk through their individual focuses, mindsets, challenges, and successes. This is something that the U.S. Alpine Team, and other USOPC NGB's are doing with their athletes to help increase learning from the day's session, as well as develop a positive and supportive team environment.
Next up for the FIS group is some more GS skiing at Aspen, followed by some more opportunities for Speed and Slalom at Copper and Vail shortly afterward.
We will be kicking off the Master's sessions on December 13th.
– Brennan Rubie
The SBSEF U12, U14, and U16 groups had the chance to go to Aspen for a fall ski camp Nov 11 - 20. With only a handful of race teams present, Snowbird skiers had lots of space and great snow to work on fundamentals before the competition season starts. The surface has been prepared for World Cup athletes. Our athletes have had the opportunity to train next to the world's best skiers, Marco Odermatt (SUI) who was last season's men's overall World Cup champion, and Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) who was the overall World Cup slalom winner from last year. After 8 days of skiing, 4 of slalom and 4 of GS, SBSEF athletes have made big gains and improvements and are looking strong coming into the competition season.
- Bo Maciejko
The snowboard staff have been busy making seasonal competition and travel plans and getting ready for a very busy season. We are excited to get on snow and start training early this season which is great as our first World Cup will be just before Christmas. We do have one athlete in Europe – Felicia Turcotte has been rehabbing her knee after an accident and total reconstruction last year. Here she is putting in some time on Hintertux Glacier before heading to Pitztal Austria for a Europacup – the scene of her accident last season.
And for the first time in a long time we have a group of young athletes training this season – excited to see them progress and grow into our future riders.
Team Utah Snowboarding Announcement:
We (SBSEF) are assisting Team Utah with their team registration and scheduling this season! For more information, contact Lane Clegg. To sign up, CLICK HERE!
Wednesdays & Thursdays: PICK UP at Skyline 12:45, Churchill 1:00
Thursday UOP: PICK UP at Churchill 3:00
Fridays: PICK UP at Churchill at 12:45, Skyline at 1:00
NEW THIS YEAR, WE WILL RUN THE SHUTTLE ON NON-SCHOOL Fridays, but only from Churchill Jr High (one pick up stop).
Skimo: CLICK HERE to register
Team Jackets: due to arrive early December, we will notify those who have ordered when they are ready to be picked up at the team office. If you would like to order a jacket, see what sizes we have left: CLICK HERE
Passes – Snowbird Pass Waiver: CLICK HERE everyone must digitally sign a waiver every year. Your pass will not work without the waiver attached… even if it is paid for :) ALSO! Important! If you have an AltaBird pass purchased through Snowbird, YOU NEED TO PICK UP A NEW CARD at the ticket office this season!
SNOWBIRD IS CASHLESS THIS SEASON – Parents, please remember this -- Snowbird resort is now cashless. All transactions will occur with a credit/debit card. Arm your athletes accordingly!
When you are shopping online this holiday season, remember to use smile.amazon.com when shopping! Select Snowbird Sports Education Foundation as your non-profit of choice! We received $411.39 for our scholarship fund in September. 1% of all purchases through smile.amazon.com will be automatically donated to our team, no price increase for you! Let us know if you need more information on how to set this up, and thanks for those who have it set up - it is adding up nicely!
CLICK HERE for the November TOKO Newsletter.