March/April Alpine Newsletter

I hope everyone is healthy and safe!! What a crazy times we are finding ourself in. All Alpine events and JHSC offices are closed until foreseeable future. 

What a great season we were having. Unfortunately it came to abrupt stop.
We still had great snow conditions at Snow King for training and we were ready at JHMR to host Jackson Hole Downhill and FIS WRJC.
Our athletes were surpassing expectations and doing better than ever: 
- At Club Series our athletes took home most of the podiums
- Almost all of our U10’s and U12’s qualified for IMD Championships
- U14’s and U16’s were taking podiums at IMD Qualifying events and were on their way to Western Regional Championships
- Five FIS athletes were at Junior National Championships, five qualified for US National Championships and all qualified for Western Region Junior Championships at JHMR. 

We will keep you updated via email and social media with everything regarding Alpine program. 
You can also contact Branko Alpine Program Director with any questions:

2019/2020 End Of The Year Survey

Please go to this link and fill out this years Alpine Program survey:

Alpine Programs End Of The Year Recaps 

FIS Team: 

Coaches: Seppi Stiegler and Mike Syrovatka
The FIS team continued to make strong gains in the second half of the season. With almost half the race starts lost to the abridged season, our skiers still made significant progress. There is great momentum building as the dedication to training begins to unfold on the race hill. Year round training has bumped up the level of competitiveness for our home team. Seven athletes qualified for the would-be US Alpine Championships in Aspen Colorado. Sophia Tozzi, Bridger Harrison, and Oliver Parazette qualified from the Western Region quota. Paige Doyle was once again awarded a national development spot. Lucas Stock and Camille Jackson qualified through foreign quotas. Resi Stiegler would also be competing under the JHSC flag. This news comes on the back of five athletes competing at Junior Nationals in Snowbasin Utah. In addition, Sophia Tozzi and Oliver Parazette qualified for North American Cup Finals in Panorama B.C. Our home team is proving to be competitive on a national level. The number of skiers finding the podium, making second run flips, and dramatically improving their rankings is inspiring. There is much anticipation from the FIS team to get back on snow, but for now it's back to the basics as the yearly training cycle starts fresh next week. Athletes will be completing home fitness programs for now.

U16 Team: 

Coaches: Ned Lazarevic and Kristin Waddle
Ski season was shorter than we expected but it  was very sucesfull.10 athletes qualified for WR Championship and  4 Athletes for Tri-Divisional race. Good job for all of You. Most important please stay healthy, stay active and stay tuned for spring/summer fitness program and summer camps.
Also, we wish quick recovery for Maylia and Sam 

U14 Team: 

Coaches: Kevin Keane, Hailey Gilmore, Jamie Stone, Reed Drechsel and Wyatt Doyle
The 2019/2020 season started off strong for the U14 group with a great pre season training camp in Colorado in early November. The team returned home for a solid 6 week block leading up to their first qualifying series, focusing on fundamental technical skills while introducing tactical progressions. During that time second year athletes competed on home turf in the Sean Nurse Memorial at Snow King and the Wes Barron Memorial at JHMR. Over the holiday school break athletes were exposed to early morning Super G, GS, and slalom training which included some intra-squad racing. 

The competition season ramped up in January as all athletes competed in two slaloms and one GS, as the first qualifier of the season was hosted at Snow King. The following weekend first year athletes broke out their speed skis for the annual IMD Speed Camp at Soldier Mountain. JHSC athletes doormed and skied with other IMD athletes as they progressed through a 2-day introduction to speed skiing fundamentals. 
All U14's were able to showcase their speed skills Feb. 6-8 in Sun Valley for 3 days of SG racing, and the second qualifier of the season. Under perfect conditions in Sun Valley we saw tremendous growth and development from all athletes as they took flight on Warm Springs.
The qualifying season wrapped up in Park City with 2 GS and a slalom under spring-like conditions for the GS races and a wet, snowy day of slalom. The group was challenged by the demanding terrain on CB's for the GS days and the soft snow on Picabo's to close out the weekend with slalom.
The season came to an anticlimactic end for the U14 group, as all championship events and end of season races were canceled. All in all it was a great year for the U14 group as they gained necessary skill development and created a healthy work ethic.

U12 Team: 

Coaches: Gordon Chapdelaine, Jenny Allen, Matt Beauregard, Turner Brett, Lexie Drechsel
The cancellation of Intermountain Championships may have put a damper to the end of the season, but did not diminish the progress of athletes. The U12 program’s goal of developing a strong foundation and instilling a love for skiing remains intact. 
First-year U12’s had a strong showing this season with multiple top ten finishes with a few very notable podium finishes by Finn Beninga, Ruby Hoelscher, Katie Grady, Charlie Ryan, Ashton Ritter, and Finley Peightal. Second-year athletes also had a dominate season with podium finishes by Lily Steinberg, Taylor Moe, Jaden D’Amours, and Teddy Peightal. Amazing results aside, athletes demonstrated comradery and sportsmanship that reflect the ideals of the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club.
Thank you to all the parents for volunteering, curating the team tent, and giving each athlete the chance to compete. Stay healthy, stay safe, and we will see you in the fall!

U10 Team: 

Coaches: Al Clausen, Ian Ford, Johnny Swisher
The U10 season wrapped up on March 14 with our final day of skiing at JHMR.  We had a great winter with over 20 athletes participating in the program with 3 dedicated coaches.  The winter was spent on the slopes of both Snowking Mountain and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Athletes rotated among different coaches throughout the season.  Athletes and coaches worked on all mountain skiing skills, mountain awareness, and technical and tactical alpine racing skills. Overall, the team had a fantastic season at races and really pushed themselves at JHMR.  Several athletes’ skied runs at JHMR that they had not skied previously and the coaching staff could not be prouder of the improvement from the athletes. The focus on the U10 team is to have fun and fall in love with skiing.  We think we accomplished the task!!

2Day Team: 

Coaches: Lou Lou Goss-Woliner, Payson Sword, Lexie Drechsel
2DRT finished up the year strong with some great finishes and costumes at the last few club series races. We finished the year with an awesome scavenger hunt at Snow King and enjoyed some “springy” after school skiing. It was an awesome season overall and can’t wait to see everyone again next year! 

NGS Team:

NGS Coaches: Toby Koekkoek, Rusty Hall, Matt Kwain, James Miller, Karen Baptiste, Ian Nelson, Jess Normandeau, Peter Willauer
While NGS has no races or competitions to measure quantitative success, the improvement of all ages from the start of the season to end was obvious. The youngest skiers, ages 6-9 all gained more confidence in their parallel turns and edge to edge transfers. We saw improvement in the 10-12-year-olds pole planting and forward stance in their skiing, as well as terrain reading and air awareness. We saw the oldest skiers become strong, smooth, confident skiers, to take on just about anything Jackson Hole has to offer, from steeps and cliffs, to working on their 360's and gaining experience in reading terrain. 

Masters Team: 

Coaches: Fern Comeau
Our Masters Program this season began with a group that was eager and excited to learn the technical and tactical aspects of ski racing . 3 days a week throughout the winter they were able to train in Slalom and Giant Slalom course sets on a World class training venue here at Snow King. With morning training sessions we were able to accomplish effective training tools for each athlete to focus on individually. The solidarity was priceless as several would mention. And with video analysis available each and every day, visual improvements were noticeable at every level.

This season ended abruptly but we are excited and anxious for next season to begin. 

Summer Camps:

We understand that planing for summer right now is challenging and for that we extended our early registration pricing until May 15th. There are still couple of months until start of our camps and we are hoping that camps will take place as planned. 
There are 5 sessions this summer available from June 20th thru August 20th.
Save $100 and register before the May 15th. 
- Summer Camp 1: (U10, U12) - June 20th-June 25th / No lodging provided - $1100
- Summer Camp 2: (U10, U12, U14) - June 27th-July 2nd / No lodging provided for U10&U12 - $1100 - With lodging for U14's - $1600
- Summer Camp 3: (U14, U16, FIS) - July 4th-July 9th / $1600
- Summer Camp 4: (U16, FIS) - July 11th-July16th / $1600
- Summer Camp 5: (U16, FIS) - August 15th-August 20th (SL camp) / $1600
Price for Summer camp's without lodging = $1100 before May15th, $1200 after May 15th. 
Price for Summer camp's with lodging = $1600 before May 15th, $1700 after May 15th. 

For registration go to:

Jackson Hole Downhill: CANCELED

Saturdays at Alpenhof:

It seemed like Alpenhof was working out great. I would like to thanks families for letting athletes coming with busses and not creating traffic jams at Alpenhof. Partnership is a bit up in the air for future and we will keep you updated. 


I would like to thanks all volunteers that worked this season. You are essential part of our mission and we really appreciate your time. We will organize Volunteer appreciation gathering when this Covid-19 scare is behind us. 


You can see some non-professional pictures from our teams here:
Here is access to professional pictures from some events:

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