Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SVSEF Devo Team gets new, combined look

Alpine, Freestyle on one team

     The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation has combined its Alpine and Freestyle teams at the Development level to create one program for young skiers ages 7-10.

     The new, combined program was announced in a press release from SVSEF communications director Jody Zarkos on Monday, Sept. 22.

     Program directors Scott McGrew and Andy Ware said the change will give participants the chance to develop a wide range of proficiencies.

     Those include alpine skills, mogul skills, park and pipe skills, and snowboard skills should they elect, all within the same team and driving principles.

     “We are all one team. For the kids to start together from the get-go builds the foundation for a strong community and relationships all the way through,” said McGrew.

     Curriculum will include skill development progressions from both branches, and expertise and coaching talent from both as well.

     McGrew said the staff will work together to create the best experience possible for the age group.

     Giving the Devo Team a diverse spectrum of experiences on skis will ultimately improve their abilities, regardless of which specific discipline they ultimately pursue, according to program objectives.

     Cost of the Devo Program is $1,200. Athletes will spend 50 days on snow. In-season training sessions will be Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Bald Mountain.

     Dryland training will begin Nov. 4 and will be held Tuesdays and Thursday from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Air Barn in Elkhorn. Cost is $50.

     First day on the mountain is scheduled for December 6. Athletes should be "Baldy Proof." Assessments will be staged after school during the first week of December.

     Sign up forms are available at under “Programs and Registration.” New SVSEF athletes can apply for scholarships through Oct. 1. Call 726-4129 ext. 104.

     Registration is ongoing for all SVSEF programs including snowboard, Nordic, alpine and freestyle. All ages and abilities are welcome.

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