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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

Clubhouse Chronicles: The Persistence of Positivity

April 13, 2020
Big Mountain TeamThis article was originally published by Johnny Rossman in AVSC's Clubhouse Chronicles column in the Aspen Times

Happiness is an inherent trait of skiing, but to the competitive skier, disappointment also is a familiar feeling. It is an interesting dichotomy: ski for happiness, but be prepared for sadness. Throughout this cycle, athletes learn what it means to commit to a passion, developing grit and resilience along the way.

A couple of weeks ago, I had to explain to the athletes that Quick read more or view full article there would be no more competitive skiing for the remainder of the year. This was at 7 a.m., the morning after we made the drive to Snowbird, Utah, and two hours before we’d be unexpectedly making that drive once again. You would think the kids would be crushed, but you don’t know them like I know them.

Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s freeride team had 10 athletes in contention for the top spots in North America. We’ve all worked incredibly hard to establish AVSC as a premier freeride team and more importantly, build a strong and supportive group of friends. And at 7 a.m. that morning, the athletes — and friends — trusted the coaches that everything was going to be OK.

As the team came to terms with our new objective, we slowly packed up all the stuff we had unpacked just hours before and took solace in the fact that we were together, because you’re often the best version of yourself when you’re with teammates.

Instead of adopting a calamity-type mentality, we took a second to enjoy the beauty and environment around us before we piled in the van and drove straight back to Aspen. Often when you live in the mountains, you take them for granted. You forget about the millions of people who have never set eyes on a majestic peak like Mount Superior. You forget that people save money their entire lives just to take a trip to see the beautiful Wasatch Mountain Range, the majestic Moab desert, the mighty Colorado River, and the regal Elk Mountains. We took a short hike, just the energy reset we needed.

Former AVSC freeride coach Chason Russell introduced what is called an “energy laser” to the team prior to my time here. It is a tradition we carry on with great pride. On any given day when we need to insert positivity into the environment, we form a circle (sometimes 50-plus people). We gather closely and, from the ground (or snow) up, collectively drive energy through our poles, tapping them together while bellowing all the positivity we can channel until we rise up, blasting our poles upward and driving positive energy into the universe in the process.

On that morning, for one last time this season, we united in a circle and launched positivity into the universe before driving home. Today, remember that although the lifts aren’t spinning and things feel different, love and positivity still reverberate throughout this world.

Clubhouse Chronicles is a behind-the-scenes column written by the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club that runs periodically in the Outdoors and Sports sections. Read Less