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Call for Coaches! Open Positions at AVSC

August 4, 2020

Coaching at AVSC

We have a variety of openings for coaches for winter 2020-2021. Compensation is commensurate with experience for all positions. Coaching positions that require more than 18 days of work include a ski pass. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to the Program Director listed!

ALPINE:

  • U10 and U12 programs:
    • Weekend only (December to mid-March)
    • Weekend plus Weds (December to mid-March)
    • Full Time (October through March or April). 

Interested? Contact Alpine Program Director Johno McBride: jmcbride@teamavsc.org


FREESTYLE:

  • Big Mountain
    • Weekend only (December to mid-March)
  • U10 and 10-12 programs
    • Weekend only (December to mid-March)
    • Weekend plus Weds (December to mid-March)

 Interested? Contact Quick read more or view full article Freestyle Program Director Eric Knight: eknight@teamavsc.org   

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TEAM Registration Open for Winter 2020-2021

July 1, 2020
TEAM registration is open as of July 1st! Click here to learn more about registration, access the program guide and scholarship form, and more! Early pricing ends on August 31st, 2020! 

Mountain Biking Registration Now Open!

May 18, 2020
We are excited to announce that mountain biking programs are now open for registration! Please check out https://www.teamavsc.org/Mountain-Biking to learn more about the program philosophy, check out what’s being offered, and register your athlete. Programs start at age 7 with the Pre-Devo Shredders and continue through middle and high school aged athletes with the Enduro-Downhill teams. All programs will be based out of Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel. Please note that the first three weeks of the younger programs are half-day only.
 
Rob Russell is leading AVSC mountain biking and has built out an awesome program for all ages Quick read more or view full article and ability levels. Many of you will recognize Rob from his longstanding tenure as an AVSC Nordic coach; we are excited to have him join us for summer as well! If you have any questions about mountain biking, please feel free to reach out to Rob (rrussell@teamavsc.org).
 
We will continue to update you as we have more information regarding our capabilities to run other summer programs such as Buttermilk Glacier, trampoline camps, and nordic summer training. Please note that AVSC is doing all that we can to keep athletes, coaches, and families safe. We will only operate summer camps if we can do so in a manner that is comfortable to our staff and families while of course abiding by state and local guidelines. As such, we are offering a 100% refund for summer programs if we are unable to operate them due to COVID-19. Read Less

2020 Awards Night Video

April 28, 2020
Join us to celebrate the amazing personal and athletic growth that our athletes experienced this winter! While we wish we could celebrate in person, we're excited to share a video for you all to enjoy as we congratulate AVSC athletes, coaches, and volunteers on their hard work. 

Watch the 2020 Awards Banquet here: https://vimeo.com/412440504

Clubhouse Chronicles: Pause, Pivot, Progress

April 17, 2020
This article was originally published by Mark Godomsky in AVSC's Aspen Times column, Clubhouse Chronicles

The past month has proved to be a period of rapid adjustment to incremental, yet major, changes. Daily life has been altered not just in our community or country, but across the globe. While frontline workers valiantly carry forward with their jobs, the majority of us are spending exponentially more time at home than we ever have before.

If your family is anything like mine, we are finding the silver linings in time at home together, and while we’re immensely grateful Quick read more or view full article to be in good health and in a comfortable home, there are some challenges, too. Screen time is up across the board. Social isolation has impacts on all of us; we miss spending time in person with our friends. We all miss our respective teams.

At the beginning of this month, I wrote to our families and supporters that I can’t help but think that these challenges are ones that are exacerbated by, but not unique to, this period of social distancing. In fact, these are challenges that youth in our valley face frequently. It is not uncommon for kids to have no other option than to spend time at home with little but a device to keep them occupied.

I shared that it’s made me think a lot about the value in the programs that we provide to local youth: while there are many things that beat sitting at home on the couch with a device in hand, I can think of none more meaningful than exploring the local mountains with mentors and friends. Not only for the fun of it, but for the social-emotional growth and the physical and mental health benefits.

Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club is doing our best to innovate and provide outlets for our athletes, within the current stay-at-home parameters, that provide them with some semblance of their “normal” athlete experience: the ability to see teammates, to be motivated by a coach, to share their challenges alongside peers. Our coaches, who generally do not rely on technology for their most critical job functions, are now leveraging platforms from web conferencing on Zoom to live streaming on Facebook to building out workouts in the Train Heroic app. They are altering workouts so that athletes can complete them with limited equipment and guidance. They are revisiting the winter season, filled with challenge, growth and accomplishments, and helping athletes set new goals for their future.

While the medium has most certainly changed, the message remains the same: you are capable of being the best person and athlete that you can be, and we are here to help you get there.

Thank you all for your continued belief in the value that we provide to local kids. COVID-19 will end, and when it does, we are as enthusiastic as ever about continuing to provide opportunities for local youth to thrive as athletes and as people. In the meantime, I hope you and your family are healthy and finding ways to stay engaged and positive at this time.

If you would like to join AVSC in any workouts, check out our Facebook group “AVSC Strongest Together” — workouts start Monday at 3 p.m. (streaming within the Facebook group) and will continue every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3 p.m.! Read Less