Wednesday, November 9, 2011

SVSEF to put on Alpine Training Camp

Camp is November 19-23


The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation will stage a Thanksgiving Alpine Training Camp on Sun Valley's Bald Mountain, November 19-23.

The opportunity for local racers to train at home was made possible through SVSEF and Sun Valley Company, which is in the early stages of preparation for the camp.

The SVSEF anticipates attendance by 80 racers from throughout the Western region, including athletes from Bogus Basin, McCall, Kelly Canyon and Mt. Hood.

Peter Stearns, mountain manager for Sun Valley Company said, "This is a joint effort between us and SVSEF, and Sun Valley Company is committed and dedicated to the development to all of these youth programs, including alpine, cross country, freestyle and snowboarding.

"Not only are they developing skiers, but fine young people in our community, and we want to help and support that process."

SVSEF Alpine Program Director Ruben Macaya said he is very pleased to be able to train at home. In years past the team has staged pre-season training camps at Jackson Hole, Wyo., Big Sky, Mt., and Panorama, B.C., adding expense and suspense to the trips.

"One year we were at Jackson Hole and they had less-than-ideal conditions, while conditions were great here," Macaya said. "The advantage to being here is the kids get to eat and sleep at home and we know, since it is Sun Valley, snowmaking and grooming will be the best."

"We are glad we can provide people with something that is more economical, so the burden of the cost of going to Panorama or someplace else is minimized," Stearns said.

Macaya said training for J5 through J1 racers will be held on Lower River Run and 42nd Street.

While the initial reaction for most people might be surprise that SVSEF would want to train on Lower River, Macaya says the run offers several advantages.

"Training on flat terrain is very conducive to working on skills development and our first race is also on a very flat hill," Macaya said. "That is where we always go during the first few days of the season so kids can get their skis under them and their feel back."

Stearns said people who want to hike up Bald Mountain via River Run would be asked to head over to Warm Springs to minimize any potential conflict while athletes are training.

Macaya will head up the J1 and J2 group.

Scott McGrew, SVSEF head coach of the J3 team, will take the J3's and C-Travel head coach Brett Morris will be in charge of the J4's and J5's. Former U.S. Ski Team member, Olympian and World Championship bronze medallist, Jonna Mendes will be assisting at the camp.

Mendes is the new director of recruiting for Sun Valley Ski Academy.

For details on the camp, please contact Macaya at 726-4129 ext. 105.




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