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Base Camp Registration Now Open!

September 19, 2017
Base Camp registration is now open! 

Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER If you have any questions about Base Camp programs or the registration process, please contact Trish Shepard, Base Camp Program Director, at tshepard@teamavsc.org. 

If you need assistance in Spanish, please call Ceci Hernandez, Base Camp Assistant, at (970) 205-5161.
 

TEAM Registration Now Open!

August 14, 2017
TEAM Registration for the 2017-2018 winter is now open! Register here.

Please click here to register for a program. Not sure which program to choose? Check out the program guide to see what we are offering this season. Contact a Program Director and they can help you choose the correct program for you or your athlete (view staff contact list here). Please note that we have a new registration system this year that accomodates payment plans. All registration is now online!

Once you've completed online registration, the system will prompt you to fill out a few Quick read more or view full article additional forms online. You will not recieve your ASC pass voucher until all forms are complete. 

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We're Hiring! Assistant Nordic Coach

August 9, 2017

Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club is seeking a assistant Nordic coach for the 2017-18 season. This is a full-time position running from June-March. AVSC offers programs for student-athletes throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, in grades 1-12 as well as a Post-Graduate program.

AVSC was founded in 1937 by a group of passionate skiers who wanted to spread the sport to the local community. Eighty years later, as the valley’s oldest and largest youth non-profit, AVSC has taught generations of local children the very sports that revitalized the Aspen/Snowmass area. Through AVSC, children and teens experience the Quick read more or view full article mountains in winter, build character, challenge themselves and make new friends.

AVSC Nordic has a rich tradition of success. Recent alumni include U.S. National Team athletes, two Sochi Olympic team members, and hundreds of exceptional alumni. Our team programs are designed to develop, challenge, and engage athletes of all ability levels. All team programs are offered in Aspen at the Aspen High School Trails and in Carbondale at the Spring Gulch Trails.

The ideal candidate has a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, college/elite racing experience, and some coaching experience. They will be willing to work with the entire AVSC staff to develop athletes and programming.

Job duties will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Assist in the day-to-day running of the AVSC Nordic Ski Team including practice planning, budgeting, team communication, etc.
  • Assist in weekly/yearly training plan writing and development.
  • Along with Nordic staff, assist in support of long-term athlete development model for the AVSC programs.
  • Assist Head Coach in developing camp and race schedule.
  • Assist in recruiting and retention of AVSC Nordic Athletes.
  • Attend regional, national, and international race and camp opportunities as necessary.
  • Other duties, as they arise, given ample notice.


Salary/Compensation: Salary DOE, Aspen Ski Co Season Pass.

If interested, please send resume, cover letter, and three references to August Teague, Nordic Program Director, ateague@teamavsc.org. The position will remain until filled.

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MTB Program Continues Growth

July 27, 2017

This article was originally published in The Aspen Times by Austin Colbert. 

If nothing else, Miah Wheeler wants the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club's mountain biking program to inspire children to find their passion for the sport.

"If it's a catalyst for any of the kids, I think it's very successful," Wheeler said. "Because of that and word of mouth, I think we'll absolutely crush it in years to come."

In its eighth year, the AVSC's Quick read more or view full article summer program has come out of its shell this season. It has long been one of Wheeler's main projects along with his former role as the AVSC's snowboard director. He's recently become the club's development director, with Jason Cook stepping into his shoes as the snowboard program director.

For Cook, this means extra involvement in the mountain bike program of which Wheeler plans to continue helping with.

"I'll always be involved, just because I think it's a great program. With AVSC being able to have year-round exposure and programing for kids is important," Wheeler said. "This is our eighth year doing it and this is the first year we've really promoted it. It's amazing what marketing will do for you."

The AVSC offers three levels of instruction during the summer, beginning with its free intro to biking sessions, held in Carbondale, Basalt and Snowmass Village. From there it's onto the beginner/intermediate level and then finally to the advanced program. Class sizes are limited to about 10 participants and two coaches, with each session occurring over a three-day period.

"Our goal is to go out, have fun and enjoy the trails this valley has to offer," said Cook, who has worked with the AVSC in some capacity since 2007. "It's a beautiful valley and it's just another way to adventure."

Most of the clinic participants, who range from age 8 to 15, generally, also are winter athletes through the club. Nearly all disciplines are represented. Cook isn't against developing a more competitive mountain bike scene through the AVSC, although he believes keeping it laid back is equally as important as the athletes come off a rigorous winter season.

His main focus going forward is on the beginner clinics catered toward young, first-time riders.

"I want to work a little more on that intro to bike program and figure out a way to make it more of a pipeline into the rest of our bike offerings," Cook said.

The beginner/intermediate and advanced clinics are $135 per three-day session. While most end this week, the AVSC will continue to offer advanced sessions into mid-August when school returns and preparing for the winter sports once again comes to the forefront.

This doesn't mean the AVSC athletes are done with two wheels, however.

"Cycling is a part of AVSC's dryland training that we do in the fall to get ready for the winter regardless," Wheeler said. "The bike program in one form or the other is going to be rolling until snow hits pretty much."

For more information on the mountain biking program, visit http://www.teamavsc.org/mountain-biking.

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On-Snow Training at Buttermilk Glacier

June 16, 2017

This article was originally published by Austin Colbert in The Aspen Times

The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club will happily go out of its way to make sure winter doesn't end. And as long as that small strip of snow running down Buttermilk's halfpipe holds on, it won't.

"It means the world. To be able to ski at all during the summer, for anyone, is the best thing you can ask for," AVSC freestyle skier Cassidy Jarrell said. "It is the best way to progress your skiing. You are not worried about anything. There are no Quick read more or view full article comps coming up. You are just worrying about your own tricks and what you want to work on."

Buttermilk Ski Area and that stubborn strip of snow are home to the AVSC's Buttermilk Glacier Summer Snow Sessions. The four, weeklong camps run through the month of June and give participants access to quality on-snow training despite the 80-degree weather in Aspen.

This is the fifth year AVSC has hosted these summer camps at Buttermilk.

"We can get a tremendous amount done without the distractions that are normally there on the mountain," said AVSC freestyle director Eric Knight, who runs the summer camps. "They are really important for the kids that are on a fast competition track. It's essential now. The sport is really a 12-month sport."

It's not easy to keep snow on the ground in June at Buttermilk's relatively low elevation. But thanks to its signature event each year, the Winter X Games, and that iconic halfpipe, the AVSC campers are able to continue training on snow well into the summer.

"The dirt walls help stop the sun and the wind from eating away at it from the sides quite so much," Knight said of the halfpipe. "This year was a little challenging. The lack of snow in March and the late spring made it more challenging, so it took some more Cat hours and hard work to consolidate it. If not for X Games blowing the amount of snow that we blow here for X Games then it wouldn't even be possible."

The remaining snow stretches the majority of the halfpipe and has plenty of features. During camp sessions, AVSC will put up two air bags, the largest a 50 feet by 50 feet target for the advanced athletes. There are also real snow jumps, boxes, rails and even a short moguls course. The camp is open for skiers and snowboarders alike, and guest stars this summer have included Aspen's Alex Ferreira, who has competed in the very same halfpipe during X Games.

"Some are coming to learn new tricks before they go to other camps and some are using this as their summer training," Knight said. "Here you can really concentrate and focus your training on one aspect and make tremendous progressions. To come into the winter with a backflip when you didn't have one at the end of the winter is a tremendous leap start into your season."

Unlike many of the larger commercial camps found at places like Mt. Hood, Whistler and Woodward Copper, AVSC is able to keep its camp relatively cheap at $350 per week. Knight said nearly 90 percent of the campers are AVSC athletes, but with so few on-snow options available throughout the country in the summer, it does attract a few more from outside the valley.

AVSC will host two more weeklong sessions after Friday, the first from June 19-23, and the final session from June 26-30. To register, go to http://www.teamavsc.org

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