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Video Series - Clubhouse Characters featuring Mariel Gorsuch

September 11, 2019


Meet Mariel.
Alpine skiing is an individual sport - it's you against the clock. It's up to you to get yourself in shape, take care of your equipment, and execute your own plan technically and tactically to ski the fastest run from start to finish.

That said, your teammates can make all the difference in your experience and success on and off the hill.

Watch the video to visit AVSC's Stapleton Training Center at Aspen Highlands and hear what Mariel Gorsuch, AVSC alpine skier and now University of Denver Pioneer, has to say about what she's learned from ski racing with AVSC and the relationships she’s built along the way.

Clubhouse Characters: About the Video Series
When it comes to Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club, you've seen the numbers: 2,300 kids. $1.8M annually in scholarships Quick read more or view full article and subsidies. 82 years. These are all things we're immensely proud of. 
 
But who is AVSC? What does a day in the life of an AVSC athlete look like? Why do our athletes and coaches dedicate so much time and energy to sliding around on snow? Why does it matter?
 
We wanted to give you a look inside the athlete experience at AVSC so you can get a better sense of the people, the places, and the experiences that make this club what - and who - it is. We could tell you how our athletes develop passion and grit, how they're inspired to excel, and how they're contributing to our mountain culture... but we'd rather them show you.

Watch the first video featuring AVSC Nordic alumna Hailey Swirbul. Read Less

Video Series - Clubhouse Characters featuring Hailey Swirbul

August 28, 2019

AVSC Clubhouse Characters: Hailey Swirbul from Team AVSC on Vimeo.

Clubhouse Characters: About the Video Series
When it comes to Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club, you've seen the numbers: 2,300 kids. $1.8M annually in scholarships and subsidies. 82 years. These are all things we're immensely proud of. 
 
But who is AVSC? What does a day in the life of an AVSC athlete look like? Why do our athletes and coaches dedicate so much time and energy to sliding around on snow? Why does it matter?
 
We wanted to give you a look inside the athlete experience at AVSC so you can get a better sense of the people, the places, and the experiences that make this club what - and who - it is. We could tell you how our athletes develop passion and grit, how they're inspired to excel, and Quick read more or view full article how they're contributing to our mountain culture... but we'd rather them show you.
 
Our first profile is on Hailey Swirbul, AVSC Nordic alumna, current USST B-team athlete, and all-around awesome human. You may recall her Aspen Times column, Dear 10-year-old-me, in which she shares all that she's learned throughout her career thus far. We hope you enjoy getting to know Hailey a bit better. 

Stay tuned for more Clubhouse Character features in the coming weeks as we gear up for another great winter at AVSC!

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Nancy Oakes Hall Scholarships Open Doors for Female Athletes

July 25, 2019
Nancy Oakes Hall Scholarships for AVSC athletesThis column was originally published in the Aspen Times

With strength and conditioning having started just after the Fourth of July holiday for our year-round athletes, things are in full swing at Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club. Many of our athletes have already spent a portion of the summer on snow, crucial training time to return to the basics of their sport and create a strong foundation from which to progress as they move toward competition season.

This year, our female athletes were incredibly fortunate to have financial support in their summer skiing pursuits through the Nancy Oakes Hall Scholarship, a scholarship created to support female athletes at AVSC who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled in a team-level program.

Nancy grew up in Aspen, Quick read more or view full article where she ski raced and eventually coached for Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club. She was well known for her athleticism, kindness and generosity. Nancy’s longtime friend, Lorna Petersen, shared, “Nancy’s passion for skiing and her ability to share her love of the sport was immediately obvious to all.

She was poetry in motion … she inspired many of us, and she always gave her time to help others grow professionally, athletically and personally.” AVSC has a Nancy Oakes Hall Scholarship that is awarded to a female athlete each fall to alleviate the financial burdens of training and competing at a high level. Recognizing the importance of summer opportunities to the success of winter athletes, the custodians of the Nancy Oakes Hall Memorial Fund granted AVSC an additional $25,000 this spring to award to female athletes and staff to help them progress in their sport over the summer.

This summer, 24 scholarships were awarded, ranging from covering the camp cost for two Alpine ski racers; to travel to Norway; to seven Nordic skiers to head to a ski and conditioning camp in Bend, Oregon; to two coaches getting professional certifications. Lorna, who is also a custodian of the Memorial Fund, shared, “recipients are chosen with Nancy’s spirit in mind; that they are inspirational and gracious community members with a fervent passion for skiing.”

Gill Hearn, AVSC Alpine coach, was awarded a scholarship to travel to Mammoth Mountain in the spring to earn her USSA Level 300 Certification, and also saw the impact on two of her athletes who were able to join AVSC’s Norway camp as a result of their scholarships. Gill explained, “We are so lucky to have an opportunity like this. It opens so many doors for the girls — it allowed some of the fastest girls in the club to get unparalleled on-snow summer training in an amazing place. While in Norway, we skied 11 days on a perfect training hill, starting with fundamentals and progressing into full length timed training. This will have a huge impact on their competitive season. Beyond the skiing, they gained a lot from the cultural aspect of the trip.”

Nancy was known to say “best day ever” after a day of skiing. We are grateful to Nancy and her family and friends for enabling many more best days ever for the female athletes and coaches of AVSC and know that these opportunities will take them far, both personally and athletically. We are honored to continue Nancy’s legacy on skis. Read Less

TEAM Registration Open for 2019-2020!

June 27, 2019

Registration for the 2019-2020 season is open as of July 1st! 

Click here to view the program guide! 

HOW TO REGISTER: 

  • Once you've selected a program, click here to enter our Campminder system and register. If you have used Campminder before with us, please use the same login and do not create a duplicate! 

  • If you would like to apply for a scholarship for TEAM programs, access the form here. Please note that the scholarship deadline for TEAM programs is September 12th (same as the early pricing deadline). 


Please reach out to your program director if you need help with registration! 
Alpine: Alice Black  |  ablack@teamavsc.org  |  970.205.5160
Freestyle: Eric Knight   |  eknight@teamavsc.org  |  970.205.5130
Nordic: August Teague  |  ateague@teamavsc.org  |  970.205.5140
Snowboard: Jason Cook  |  jcook@teamavsc.org  |  970.205.5150

We look forward Quick read more or view full article to another great winter with all of you! 

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AVSC Athletes + Alums on the US Ski & Snowboard Teams

May 16, 2019

Congrats to the 15 AVSC athletes and alums who were nominated to the US Ski & Snowboard Team! 

Alpine: Alice Mckennis (A Team), Galena Wardle (C Team), Cooper Cornelius (C Team), Bridger Gile (C Team)

Freestyle: Alex Ferreira (Halfpipe Pro Team), Torin Yater-Wallace (Halfpipe Pro Team), Hanna Faulhaber (Halfpipe Rookie Team), Cassidy Jarrell (Halfpipe Rookie Team)

Nordic: Simi Hamilton (A Team), Hailey Swirbul (B Team)

Snowboard: Chris Corning (Slopestyle / Big Air Pro Team), Jade Thurgood (Slopestyle / Big Air Rookie Team), Jake Canter (Slopestyle / Big Air Rookie Team), Jake Pates (Halfpipe Pro Team), Hagen Kearney (Snowboardcross)

Photo: Matt Power