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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
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We look forward 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

Summer Program Registration Open!

April 17, 2019
avsc mountain bikingRegistration is now open for our summer programs! Check out the options here, and register for a program here! We are excited to bring back some favorites, such as Buttermilk Glacier and trampoline and ramp camp, as well as add some new programs (check out the competitive Mountain Bike Team). If you have any questions, reach out to us at 970.205.5101 or by contacting a Program Director

Check out the summer programs and sign up! It's going to be a great summer! 

Oldham given AVSC's Andy Mill Award

April 16, 2019

This article was originally published by Austin Colbert in the Aspen Times. Photo by Anna Stonehouse, Aspen Times. See more photos of the banquet here

Kate Oldham given AVSC's biggest award at end-of-season Banquet Friday at Buttermilk

Kate Oldham took a lot of people by surprise this season, including herself and her coaches. In return, it was only fitting her season ended with another surprise in the form of the Andy Mill award, the highest individual honor handed out each year by the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club.

“It was totally unexpected, but it’s a humongous honor,” Oldham said following the AVSC’s awards banquet Friday evening at Buttermilk. “I didn’t see it coming and it means a lot to have August introduce me and to have August talk about the Quick read more or view full article award and have him up there and have my parents here and be able to share it with my team.”

August Teague, who is the Nordic program director and national competition coach for AVSC, introduced Oldham prior to handing her the award. A junior at Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, Oldham had a breakthrough season in cross-country skiing, her first at the U18 level.

“It’s pretty cool to see Kate’s results all season. We really went into this year as a year to prepare ourselves for next year,” Teague said. “She was a first year under-18 and we really wanted to take her to U.S. championships and expose her to that next level of racing. As she always does, she shined bright and outperformed our expectations.”

She earned all-American honors this winter, was named to the U18 national team for the Scando Cup in Estonia and dominated on the Rocky Mountain Nordic circuit, among other accomplishments.

“It was definitely a whirlwind, but in the best way,” Oldham said of her season. “I put a lot of work in this summer and it kind of just flew by. Then I got to the winter and things kind of fell into place. I had good skis and good coaches and good support. And it just kind of happened. I had a lot of fun racing and I think that had a lot to do with it.”

Oldham wants to ski in college and spent her spring break visiting some schools out east. With all the success she had this season, Teague said the sky is the limit on what she can reach over the next few years.

“She is on track to take the next step to the college level and potentially beyond, depending on what she chooses,” Teague said. “Kate is prime and ready to go if that’s what she wants. If she wants to pursue the U.S. ski team, that door is open.”

A PLETHORA OF AWARDS

Oldham’s was only the final of numerous awards handed out at Bumps on Friday. She also was the Nordic representative for the “Pursuit of Excellence” award, handed out to a top athlete in each of the four main disciplines. The Andy Mill award is then selected from those four.

Shane Serrano (snowboard), Jack Bowers (alpine) and Hanna Faulhaber (freestyle) also were named “Pursuit of Excellence” winners based off their outstanding seasons.

Among other notable awards is the Willoughby award, handed out to a single athlete who demonstrated tremendous accomplishments in both athletics and academics. That award went to Aspen High School senior Colt Whitley, another Nordic skier.

The banquet more or less put an end to AVSC’s winter season, the third under executive director Mark Godomsky.

“It’s just a great opportunity to wrap up the season and celebrate individual accomplishments,” Godomsky said, “but probably more so to get together as a community and just recognize all the kids and the hard work they have done.”
 

AVSC AWARD WINNERS 2018-19

Bob Beattie Award 
"Uncle" Hill Blair

Tage Pedersen Commitment Award
Elsie Weiss & Everett Olson (Nordic); Levi Grogan & Alexander Mosher (snowboard); Lenna Persson & Eli Cohen (freestyle); Davis Colon, David Conners & Shiau-Tau Ciecierska (alpine)

Robert Oden Teamwork Award
Ben Oldham & Elizabeth Barsness (Nordic); Josh Eakins & Preston Jesick (snowboard); Kai Walterscheid & Peyton Belleisen (freestyle); U16 team & Heath Colon (alpine)

Dick Butera Integrity Award
Nordic: Andrew Perley & Will Rose (Nordic); Tieg Wachter & Gus Sigel (snowboard); Daniel Hilleke & Hailey Hoffman (freestyle); Jack Hamm, Kenny McPhee, Wyatt Palmer & Mariel Gorsuch (alpine)

Gale Spence Excellence in Coaching
Garrett Russell (Nordic); Kirsten Sherwood (snowboard); Sam Ferguson (freestyle); Eric Colon (alpine)

Ruth Whyte Outstanding Volunteer
Nelson Oldham (Nordic); Lise Adams (snowboard); Jeremie Oates (freestyle); David Divine (alpine)

Stirling Cooper Award
Corbin Carpenter (Nordic); Shayne Sandblom (snowboard); Reese Chapdelaine (freestyle); Reed Beidleman (alpine)

Willoughby Award
Colt Whitley

Pursuit of Excellence
Kate Oldham (Nordic); Shane Serrano (snowboard); Hanna Faulhaber (freestyle); Jack Bowers (alpine)

Andy Mill Award
Kate Oldham

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