Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving ski camp back for 2013

Sun Valley Co. and SVSEF to coordinate event for third year


SVSEF coach Scott McGrew talks to a group of participants at last year's Thanksgiving camp. Courtesy photo by Heather Black

     For the third time in as many years, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation and Sun Valley Co. will host a Thanksgiving ski camp before the official opening of Bald Mountain. This year, the camp is scheduled from Saturday, Nov. 23, to Wednesday, Nov. 27.

     The preseason alpine camp has unprecedented access to terrain, as Sun Valley Resort will open Upper College, Lower College, 42nd Street and Lower River Run to alpine skiers from clubs across the region.

     Approximately 80 SVSEF kids and 80-plus kids from six outside teams are expected to participate.

     “It’s a partnership between both entities to get the kids on snow early,” said Jack Sibbach, the resort’s director of marketing and public relations. “It gives them some early training. Also, for Sun Valley, it lets us get the word out that we have snow. (Having this) brings kids from other areas, too. They’ll go back and say, ‘We skied SunValley.’ It a gets the momentum going for ski season.”

     The camp is open to alpine and freestyle skiers U-12 and up. The training sessions will be broken down by age group and participants will be notified of training times. Sibbach said the anticipated attendance of more than 200 young skiers will make this year’s camp bigger than last year’s.

     The cost of the five-day camp is $500, which includes lift tickets, training and coaching. Lodging and meals are additional.

     Camp organizers are SVSEF Alpine Director Ruben Macaya, SVSEF Assistant Alpine Director Scott McGrew and Freestyle/Snowboard Director Andy Ware, with assistance from the SVSEF coaching staff.

     “This provides our club with an excellent opportunity for world-class skill development and training in the early part of the season,” McGrew said.

     For details on the camp, contact SVSEF Office Manager Mimi Crocker at 726-4129, ext. 101.

     Sun Valley Co. has announced that it will restrict access to uphill skiers and snowshoers during the camp.

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