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AVSC Nordic Angels Benefit - October 20th

October 18, 2019

AVSC NORDIC ANGELS BENEFIT

When: Sunday, Oct. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Where: Mountain Chalet Aspen
Cost: Free
Why: Come support AVSC Nordic senior athletes in their rise to the top! Enjoy community, food and drinks, and bid in the silent auction for valuable items and U.S. Ski Team gear. AVSC alumna and U.S. Ski Team member Hailey Swirbul and AVSC Elite Team member Scott Lacy will be present to share their stories, celebrate the start of the season and thank the community for their support.
 


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Clubhouse Chronicles: Coming Home to go Beyond

October 18, 2019
Clubhouse Chronicles: Coming Home to go Beyond 
This article was originally published by Scott Lacy in the Aspen Times

Nordic skiing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Maybe it was riding in the snuggy on my dad’s chest as he skied the Aspen trails nearly 30 years ago, or maybe it was the hot chocolate driven, after-school programming in elementary school. Somewhere along the line, I got hooked.

Then I entered my first Nordic race Quick read more or view full article with Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club (AVSC) at 11 years old. The actual race is blurred with time, but I will never forget the scene: Steamboat Springs, 2-kilometer course, lining up with strangers from around the state, half tripping over my skis and poles, and winning. Maybe this win was also fueled by a fresh sugar rush from the ever-present hot chocolate in my early ski career. Nonetheless, it became the first race of many.

Racing with AVSC that first season led me to winning top Colorado Cup points, best in my age class within the Rocky Mountain Division, a feat I repeated the next six seasons. By eighth grade, I was skiing up in age class to attend Junior National Championships early. Sophomore year, I skied to my first top-five finish at Junior Nationals. Junior year brought my first qualification to race for the United States in Europe on the U18 international trip.

I attended this trip again during senior year, when I raced to a top 20 in the world for my age class. While racing for Dartmouth College, I earned NCAA All-American results, co-captained the ski team, developed a love for marathon ski racing and learned how to wax beyond Extra Blue kick.

Through it all, including the last five years coaching Nordic for the Jackson Hole Ski Club in Wyoming, I learned technique, training plans, ski waxing and all the necessary parts to high-level skiing. I am proud to have earned some great results and learned some valuable skills. But those are not the things that have kept me Nordic skiing. It is the pure love of the sport and community AVSC fostered throughout my entire junior ski career. Training is training, but training around Aspen on your favorite trails, with your best friends, with a coach who teaches you about the rocks, clouds, life and skiing, fuels a passion for being the best human I can possibly be. That is what AVSC Nordic is.

Now, 10 years after leaving AVSC, I’m returning to the place and people where it all started, with the goal of being top 10 in the nation’s overall rankings by the end of this season. I will be representing my home town racing on the national circuit and hope to represent our country in North America’s World Cup races this spring. I have big goals and a lot of hard work to do, but home is the place I know will push me farther than I have ever gone, to train harder, to focus more, to rest, to give back, to challenge myself, and to ski race!
 

AVSC NORDIC ANGELS BENEFIT

When: Sunday, Oct. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: Mountain Chalet Aspen

Cost: Free

Why: Come support AVSC Nordic senior athletes in their rise to the top! Enjoy community, food and drinks, and bid in the silent auction for valuable items and U.S. Ski Team gear. AVSC alumna and U.S. Ski Team member Hailey Swirbul and AVSC Elite Team member Scott Lacy will be present to share their stories, celebrate the start of the season and thank the community for their support.

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Video Series - Clubhouse Characters: Tabatha Galicia

October 10, 2019


Tabby Takes Flight in Snowmass.

In this episode of Clubhouse Characters, join 13-year-old Tabatha and her coach Kris for a day on her favorite training ground: Snowmass! Whether slashing powder or getting "dangerous" air, her gratitude, passion, and excitement is contagious. 

Growing up in the Roaring Fork Valley and being able to train on world-class venues, rub elbows with women at the top of her sport, and watch events like X Games from the sidelines have sparked some big goals for this young athlete. 

Learn what Quick read more or view full article snowboarding is all about to Tabatha - why she does it, how she feels with the snow underneath her, and who influences her to aim higher! 

More from Clubhouse Characters: 
Episode 1: AVSC Nordic alumna and US Ski Team member Hailey Swirbul
Episode 2: AVSC Alpine alumna Mariel Gorsuch 
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Ski Swap on Market Street - Saturday 10/5!

October 4, 2019
What you will find at the AVSC Ski Swap on Saturday! 

AVSC Ski Swap on Market StreetThis was originally published in our Aspen Times column, Clubhouse Chronicles.

The high peaks have seen their first snow, the leaves have turned yellow and the calendar has flipped to October. Ready or not, winter is coming! At Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club, we’ve been preparing for winter for a while now between dryland training, professional development and training trips.

In celebration and preparation of winter, we’re Quick read more or view full article excited to host our annual Ski Swap on Market Street this Saturday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Willits.

Not sure what to expect? Here are five things you’ll find at the Ski Swap:

1) VENDORS FROM ALL OVER THE VALLEY
We have an incredible lineup of local vendors including Aspen Bikes, Basalt Bike & Ski, Casual Culture, Corbeaux Clothing, CP Sports NA, Foot Foundation, Hamilton Sports, Incline Ski & Board Shops, Ro + Fern, Performance Ski, Sidewinder Sports, Ski Butlers, Snowmass Sports, Strafe, and Summit Canyon Mountaineering. There will be great deals on winter goods for kids and adults, and for the first time we’ll have bike gear, too!

2) INDIVIDUALS SELLING AWESOME GEAR
In addition to the commercial vendors, many individuals and families will be selling their new or lightly-used gear! This is not your average ski swap — not only will you have the opportunity to meet professional athletes, but you could end up with an amazing top-of-the-line setup that they’re offloading! Whether you’re looking for resort or backcountry gear, accessories or soft goods, our individual vendors have a lot to offer.

3) FRIENDS OLD AND NEW!
In a lot of ways, the ski swap feels like homecoming. Friends who travel for the offseason have returned with the winter weather moving in and our minds are on the lifts starting to spin. AVSC athletes, alumni, coaches, parents and more will be gathering on Market Street celebrating the start of winter together. Thankfully, the location makes it easy to grab lunch or a drink to catch up — once you’ve had a chance to shop, check out one of the local businesses for some food and drinks!

4) ASK REGISTRATION
Have a little one in your life that wants to learn how to ski or snowboard or has already learned and wants to continue developing their skills in a recreational group setting? Meredith Elwell, director of AVSC’s Aspen Supports Kids program, will have a table set up and be available to answer questions and get kids signed up for Aspen Supports Kids. ASK serves 1,600 athletes in ski and snowboard programs and runs out of Buttermilk, Highlands and Snowmass.

5) FUN!
Aside from the shopping, there’s a lot of fun to be had! There will be a DJ, a bounce house and a bouncy jousting and boxing arena, giveaways every 30 minutes (including gear, gift cards and hotel stays), KSPN will be on air, and Lift-Up will be collecting dry and canned food donations.
Every purchase made at the ski swap benefits AVSC’s scholarship program. Last year, the club gave over $1.8 million in scholarships and subsidies to our 2,300 athletes. Your support makes it possible for us to do everything in our power to make mountain sports accessible to all youth in the Roaring Fork Valley. So whether you’re selling gear, buying gear, or just swinging by to say hello, we hope to see you on Saturday and thank you for your support as we head into winter!
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Video Series - Clubhouse Characters: Spring Gulch Skiers

September 28, 2019

Welcome to Spring Gulch.
What's the best part about nordic skiing? Making jumps and friends! This episode of Clubhouse Characters, we visit Spring Gulch in Carbondale for a day with the Bill Koch Youth Ski League nordic skiers! Our Bill Koch Youth Ski League, which also operates out of the AVSC Clubhouse in Aspen, provides a fun after-school program for kids to learn how to nordic ski. 

While we're busy working to coordinate transportation, provide opportunities, teach fundamentals, and instill values, the kids are focused on having fun and making friends... and Quick read more or view full article we wouldn't have it any other 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 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.

Episode 1: AVSC Nordic alumna and US Ski Team member Hailey Swirbul
Episode 2: AVSC Alpine alumna Mariel Gorsuch  Read Less