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SSWSC Athletes Sweep the Podium in Race to the Cup

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Converse Fields tears around a gate in the Alpine Snowboard Race to the Cup. Photo Credit Tania Coffey

Club riders again dominate at Howelsen

Converse Fields led the way for another big day for Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine snowboarders Saturday, winning the men’s division of the parallal slalom event at Howelsen Hill.


He stood atop a Steamboat-filled podium. He beat teammate Steven MacCutcheon in the finals while AJ Muss, the winners of the first three Race to the Cup events this season, finished third on Saturday.

“We have some amazing racers on the team right now,” Winter Sports Club Snowboard Director Tori Koski said.

She flirted with danger in the finals and had to make up time on a slip in her last run. She did it well enough, edging out Abby Van Groningen for the win.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE




RMD Winter Start and US Cup Opener Results


Colin Delaney wins at Winterstart!

At the first race of the domestic 2014-15 Nordic Combined season a young veteran, Colin Delaney, returned to capture the win.  More impressive than the win will be that the Lake Placid native, will join seven other veteran and younger USA team members at the first Continental Cup (former World Cup “B”) series of races at Park City next week.  Delaney had been a member of the Nordic Combined World Junior Championship team in 2009, but had then chosen to attend college at St. Michael’s University in Vermont where he skied cross country for that collegiate program. He graduated last year, but then decided to return to his love of Nordic Combined.  His return was a welcome sight for many in attendance as it showed increasing depth in the USA Jumping and Nordic Combined development programs.

Back in 2008 Delaney had joined two other Eastern skiers, Alex Madden and Cooper Dodds, and trained and raced out of Steamboat Springs for that winter.  They formed a gypsy-like troop, so when Delaney arrived this year at Steamboat he was affectionately known as “The Gypsy”!
winter startAlso returning to this year’s comp was 19 year old “B” team member, Ben Berend, who had surgery four months ago on his right ankle.  Berend is one of the top jumpers on the US Nordic Combined teams, so his return was a welcome relief to the USA team.


After the Jump competition Berend sat atop the leader board with a jump of 90.5 meters, on the HS 100 hill.   At the starting line of 10K the cross country race he had 34 second lead on young Park City native Stephen Schuman.  Jasper Good of Steamboat started third, with Delaney and Nicholas Madden of Steamboat tied for the fourth starting position at 42 seconds back.  Stacked in behind Madden were young WJC hopefuls, Grant Andrews, Koby Vargas, Somer Schrock and Ben Loomis.  Starting at tenth from a very poor jump result was US “B” team member, Michael Ward. He started 1:56 back from Berend.

The crew at Steamboat had done a fabulous job with preparing the jump hills, as well as the cross country course, due to the warm temperatures and thin snow cover.  Much of the 2.5 kilometer loop near the base of Howelsen Hill was groomed with man-made snow stockpiled nearly three weeks prior when very cold conditions enabled good snowmaking.  The cross country course seemed flat to many of the spectators, but for the racers each of the four laps included three difficult climbs, and some twisty technical downhills that challenged everyone in the field.  The thin Steamboat air combined with the nighttime race under lights made for an exciting night of racing.

In the end it was Delaney powering past Berend and Good for the win.  The young Good, a serious WJC hopeful, skied past Berend to capture second, only 15 seconds back from Delaney.  US team member, Ward, flew past all but Delaney and Good, showing the skills and training required to be one of the top cross country skiers on the US team. He finished just 10 seconds back from Good.

Soon this week, the COC team for the U.S. will be named.  In addition to the Winterstart competitors, 2010 Gold medalist Billy Demong will see his first action of the season, and he will be joined by Taylor and possibly Bryan Fletcher who are returning from the first World Cup races in Kuusomo Finland and Lillehammer, Norway.  Due to the warm December weather in Utah the COC races have been changed to a two event program, with the jump competitions at the Utah Olympic Park scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, December 11 and 12, with the cross county portions held on the early mornings of December 12th and 13th.  The modified race schedule should be posted soon on the FIS-Ski.com site, with the results to be posted there and at ewoxx.com http://ewoxx.com/Lists/390/INV.pdf



Text and Photo Credit to Craig Ward



2014-2015 Winter Program Guide

Welcome to the 2014-15 Winter Sports Season!


Where has the summer gone!  This has been a very busy time here at the SSWSC.  For those of you who participated or had athletes participate in the multitude of programs and activities that we offered this summer season, we hope it was a positive experience and that any summer training will be reflected in a safe, successful 2014-15 season. It has been very rewarding to see our athlete’s take advantage of program enhancements that we invested in this past year, including our newly renovated strength and conditioning facility, and upgrades and enhancements to our Water Ramp complex out at Bald Eagle Lake.

During the offseason, we also brought on new leadership within our Alpine and Freestyle departments, and strengthened our coaching staff in a number of important areas.  We are focused on continuous improvement in all areas of our programming, staffing, and facilities to allow all of our athletes to achieve their respective goals.  Our goal is to make incremental and accelerating progress in our programs and services provided to our athletes, and to improve the SSWSC experience for all of our club members.

Additionally, our strength and conditioning initiative is off to a terrific start. Dave Zink is already driving our progress here working with our coaching staff to enhance the performance and endurance of our athletes and the improvements to our strength and conditioning center are nearing completion. 

As we look forward to the 2014-15 winter sports season, we are confident that our athletes will be provided with excellent training and coaches.  Our priority is to attract and retain exceptional program directors and coaches by providing them with compensation and benefits that are fair, competitive, and necessary to provide our athletes with the coaching and mentoring that is the core of our 100-year legacy.  With that in mind, we are proud to be able to offer health benefits to our full-time coaches and staff.  We believe that providing health benefits is instrumental in retaining our staff and attracting new talent to the club.

While we strive to provide affordable training and programming to our athletes, it is necessary to adjust our program prices to continue to provide and improve high quality programs, coaches and facilities.  The costs of our usage at both of our partner’s facilities at Howelsen Hill and the Steamboat Ski Area are increasing, and the club's operating costs to sustain and improve our programs also continue to rise.  We are working diligently to help minimize the impact of the increasing costs of our key partners on our membership, and we continue to actively manage our costs while investing in enhancements to our coaching and programs. 

Despite increasing costs, we want to make sure that our programs continue to be available to those who believe in our mission.  For that reason, we are working to maximize and increase the amount of available scholarship dollars to our athletes. Scholarship awards are available to many families with diverse financial situations and we encourage you to apply for both summer and winter scholarships.  We understand the significant investment that our member families make in our athletes. Providing scholarships is a way for us to partner with you to help ease the financial burden.


Our programming is so much more than winter athletics; our programs and coaches provide the building blocks for success in the lives of our athletes and allow them to be the best they can be as athletes and as individuals.  In our view, this is one of the most important investments we can make in the lives of these athletes.

Thank you for your continued support of the club and our programs.  If you have any questions, please call Jim Boyne or Sarah Floyd.


Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Announces New Alpine Training and Competition Venue at the Steamboat Ski Area

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Long heralded as one of the best winter sports clubs in the US, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) will elevate its training capabilities with the addition of a championship-caliber Alpine Training and Competition Venue located at the Steamboat Ski Resort. Work on the venue is expected to break ground early summer 2015, with plans for opening the course to athletes in November 2015.

“The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has a 100–year tradition of training great athletes and leaders,” said Jim Boyne, executive director of the SSWSC. “Our world class facilities, combined with unparalleled community support, have allowed us to build an Olympic heritage unlike any other club. This new venue is a key component in ensuring that SSWSC remains one of the most successful and competitive winter sports clubs in the nation.”

World-class coaching can only go so far without the facilities to support the athletes’ skills. The Alpine Training and Competition Venue at Steamboat Ski Resort will allow local alpine, telemark and alpine snowboard athletes to excel by giving coaches the ability to control on-mountain conditions and the firmness of the snow surface, which is considered THE critical factor in modern ski racing. Alpine athletes who were previously forced to travel to other ski resorts to train on courses with competitive snow surface, proper course length, and ideal terrain will now be able to remain in the Yampa Valley while achieving their training and racing goals. This new venue complements the current SSWSC facilities by serving the direct needs of the alpine racing programs, while freeing up room on the slopes of Howelsen Hill to better serve both the club’s programs, as well as recreational skiers.

“We are known as Ski Town, U.S.A. because of the world class facilities found in Steamboat,” said Chris Diamond, president and chief operating officer of the Steamboat Ski Resort & Corporation. “The addition of this new venue for the Winter Sports Club is a natural progression for our community and will nurture the next generation of winter sports athletes.”

Howelsen Hill has been the main training ground for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club for more than 100 years, as well as access to terrain at the Steamboat Ski Resort. Through these strong partnerships, competitive level facilities are in place for club programs, notably Nordic Combined and Freestyle. These venues have not only helped train the club’s athletes and attract the highest level of competitors, but have allowed Steamboat to host numerous events. The SSWSC hopes the new training facility will attract elite athletes for training, similar to the mogul course at the Park Smalley Freestyle Venue on Voodoo trail at the Steamboat Ski Resort, and allow Steamboat to host high level alpine racing competitions.

“The new venue has ripple effects for the community,” says Boyne. “Not only can we provide world-class training facilities to support our athletes as they pursue their goals, but by bringing in more alpine events Steamboat receives world-wide exposure and an economic boost.”

The new championship caliber alpine course will be located at the Steamboat Ski Resort to the skiers’ left of the Sitz and See Ya trails and will be dedicated primarily for the use of SSWSC athlete and competitors for training and competition. To finance the new venue, SSWSC has launched the Creating Champions campaign with a goal of fundraising $2.35 million. SSWSC has already achieved more than 50% of its funding goal with $1.3 currently committed to the project. To support the Creating Champions Campaign please visit:
www.sswscCreatingChampions.com

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