October 17, 2014

Warren Miller's - No Turning Back

Warren Miller's - No Turning Back
Friday October 24 and Saturday October 25
Short films at 6:30, Feature presentation at 7:30. Doors open at 6.

This fall, Warren Miller releases its 65th ski film, No Turning Back. The newest installment pays
homage to the 65 years of mountain culture and adventure filmmaking that has lead us to every
end of the winter world—and this year is no different. From beneath the blankets of powder in
Niseko, Japan to the top of Greece’s Mount Olympus, the French Alps, and the Mom & Pop hills
of Montana, each location is sure to provide nothing but stoke. Watch Olympian Ted Ligety shred
the World Cup in Colorado, Ingrid Backstrom and Jess McMillan push the boundaries of the
Alaskan Chugach, and JT Holmes and Ulie Kestenholz take flight high above the Swiss Alps.
Revel in the celebration for this year’s winter season and remember, this time there’s No Turning
Back.     Click for trailer

Please join us for a fun filled night to truly kick off another great ski season. Snacks and beverages will be available. Door prizes will be awarded nightly to several lucky guests. 

Tickets are available at the following:
Sportsman Ski Haus Kalispell and Whitefish, Great Northern Cycle & Ski, The White Room, and
O' Shaughnessy Center Box Office.

This is a fundraiser for FVSEF programming. We need your support in getting the word out and volunteers to assist in advertising and production. If you can help, please contact John.Steitz@FVSEF.org or call 270-4768. Thank you.

September 25, 2014

FVSEF Academy Plus Fall Camps (U14 athletes and older) - UPdated 9-25-14

Hello Parents
Today seemed like summer but we are 6 weeks from our first training camps on snow! That is right we will fill the month of November and early December with a progression of camps aimed to get your athlete started towards their ski racing goals. These are the U14 and older camps not to be confused with traditional Thanksgiving Banff Camp. Information for that camp will be issued later. Both Roy and I spent most our coaching careers in the east where we started early November, or even late October, getting the base work in for a successful season. Waiting solely for Mother Nature to bring that opportunity sometime in December is simply too late as the competition season is upon you in less than a month before you can get that a firm foundation established. First race for U16 and older athletes is Jan 2. First race for the U14’s is Jan 9. Both are qualifiers. Who will be ready?
Our plan is to offer the lowest cost for high quality training that we can provide. Our prices are based upon an estimated number of athletes but the more athletes we get the less expensive it will be. Three of the camps are definitely at Panorama Resort. The snow is mostly man made, hard and perfect for ski racers. The mountain is closed to the public and only ski race teams are there during our camps. There are numerous teams training there from across Canada, the US and even Japan. Our lodging is situated at the base of the high speed lift we use for training.  We have comfortable condo units with kitchenettes so we bring and cook all meals. We also have use of pools, our own lockable tuning room, fitness facility and this year we are housed in the unit with a common lounge for study hall. It is likely that Camp 1 will be in Banff/ Norquay. We may not be slope side but very close and accessible. Again we will dine in. Panorama is approximately a 4 hour drive, Banff 5.5 hours.
The reason we start early is to get that fundamental foundation established the right way in a low stress manner. Once established, the fundamentals are auto pilot and we can continue to build, with refreshers as needed, as the season progresses. These camps are a progression stressing basic fundamentals in Camp 1 and 2. Camp 3 is dedicated to Slalom. Camp 4 is dedicated to Giant Slalom. It may seem to be more exciting to start with Camp 3 or 4 but Camp 1 and 2 are essential building blocks to be prepared for the event camps.
The prices listed in the Camp list include all coaching, food, lodging and mobilization of camp equipment and supplies. Transportation to Panorama or Banff is not specifically included ; however there will be some seats available in coach & gear truck.  Lift tickets are not included in this price but are available for $57 per day or $499 for early season pass through Pano Ticket office. Norquay is $25CA per day. Coach & Gear Truck will be departing Whitefish between noon and 1 the day before each camp listed. Return will be evening of the last day issued. We are looking for volunteer Camp Cooks, if willing to be a camp cook, please let us know.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact John or Roy.
Think Snow!
John & Roy

Fall Camp Schedule (U14 and older athletes)
Camp Name
Ski Dates
Camp Goal
Academy Price
FVSEF standard Price
Gear needed
Camp #1*
Oct 31, Nov1,2 (F,Sa,Su) or
Nov 7-9 ( F, Sa, Su)
Banff or Pano
Fundamentals & mileage
SL skis, tuning kit
Camp #2
Nov 15-17 (F, Sa, Su)
Fundamentals and drill
SL skis, shin protection, tuning kit
Camp #3
Nov 22-26 (Sa, Su,M,T,W)
SL skis, full slalom gear, tuning kit
Camp #4*
Dec 4-8 (Th, F, Sa, Su, M)
Giant Slalom
GS, skis, full GS gear, tuning kit

1.      The preferred date for Camp #1 is Nov 1
2.      The dates of Camp #4 are subject to change to suit athlete’s schedule. The weekend will hold.

3.      All trips depart Whitefish 12-1PM day before date listed. Return evening of last ski date. 

June 29, 2014

2014-2015 Program Menu and Registration is open

Dear FVSEF Race Team Families,
Welcome to the 2014-25 Season. We have some exciting things in store for you this season. Thanks to some successful fund raising, we are planning on some major improvements to our training venue at Whitefish Mountain Resort as well as renovations to the Team Room in Hellroaring. At the Northern Division USSA conference earlier this month we bid on an exciting combination of races and we are just awaiting confirmation that we have been awarded those races to host.
2014-2015 Registration Packet can be downloaded from Program and Registration Page. Please read all the contents carefully and provide all the information requested. This information is essential for us to maintain a complete data base of all our families as well for building an effective communication network.
This year’s packet includes:
  • ·         Family Information Form
  • ·         Combined Registration Form
  • ·         Medical Release Form
  • ·         FVSEF Training and Racing Waver Form
  • ·         FVSEF Dispute Policy
  • ·         FVSEF Code of Conduct Contract
  • ·         FVSEF Photo Release Form
  • ·         FVSEF Volunteer Questionnaire
You will note that prices for each program have increased between 5% and 10% from last season. We try to main as inexpensive a program as possible and the registration fees are structured to cover primarily the cost of coaches’ salaries. Other costs like equipment, coaches’ travel, overhead, etc. are funded by our various fund raising activities throughout the year. The primary increase in costs for 2014-15 was the decision to increase salaries for all our coaches. In order to retain our great coaching staff we feel that it was necessary to provide modest salary increases to keep them at a level that is competitive throughout the region.
Once again we are offering a 4-payment plan with payments due July 31, August 31, September 30 and October 31. Those opting for partial payments must be at least 75% paid by September 30 or a 10% surcharge will be applied.
Finally, this season we are requiring a volunteer deposit from all families including Junior Race Team families. The per-family deposit amounts are $75 for Junior Race Team families and $150 for all other families. Deposits will be refunded when volunteer requirements have been fulfilled. FVSEF has a great tradition in volunteerism, and volunteers and the real core strength of our organization!
We are looking forward to a GREAT 2014-15 Season!

Tim Hinderman
Executive Director FVSEF

May 5, 2014

Contact: Tim Hinderman
(406) 885-2730


April 28, 2014, Whitefish, Montana. Over 40 junior skiers from the Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation closed out a great season competing in four different Championships throughout the western US. The racers all qualified for their respective championships during the regular season at competitions held at Red Lodge, Great Divide, Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Missoula Snow Bowl and Whitefish Mountain Resort. The Championship events are all age group-specific and are sanctioned by the United States Ski Association.

Piper Howeth from Whitefish and Jacques Eve from Kalispell travelled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to compete against racers from throughout the Western US in the USSA Western Regional U-16 Championships held March 19 - 23. Racing in two Super G’s, Giant Slalom and Slalom, Howeth completed all four events and had her best finish in the Slalom at 39th in a tough field. Eve’s best finish for the championship event was 36th in Super G.

Kristen Van Everen and Nick Sramek from Whitefish and Camas Rinehart from Kalispell travelled to Park City, Utah to compete in the U14 Tri-Divisional Championships on March 20 – 23. Skiers from Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and Alaska were vying for titles in Super G, Giant Slalom and Slalom.
Rinehart, competing as a younger first-year U-14, finished a strong 3rd in the SG training run and 7th in the Super G Race. Van Everen’s best result was 33rd in the Super G and Sramek, starting as an alternate far back in the field had a best finish of 57th in the Slalom.

Colter Upton from Whitefish attended the Pacific Northwest Ski Association Cascade Cup U-12 Championships at Stevens Pass, Washington on March 7 - 9. Competing against a strong field from Washington, Oregon and Idaho, Upton had impressive finishes of 4th in the Super G and 6th in the Giant Slalom.

Closer to home, a large Flathead Valley contingent of 14 Girls and 21 Boys traveled to Bridger Bowl near Bozeman to compete in the Northern Division Youth Ski League Championships on March 14 – 16. Racers age 7 to 13 competed in Giant Slalom, Slalom and Kombi events. As they have all season, FVSEF skiers dominated the podium.

Boys U-8:
·          Ryder Elliott finished 1st in all three events
·          Jack Muhlfeld had 2nd and 3rd place finishes

Boys U-10:
·        Chase Sabin had 1st, 3rd and 5th place finishes
·        Burke Fox scored with 5th and 6th place finishes.

Boys U-12:
·        FVSEF Boys owned a dominating 20 out of 30 top-10 places.
·        Colter Upton finished 1st in all 3 events
·        Tyler Anderson placed 2nd 3rd and 8th
·        Rayce Neill had two 4th place and a 5th place finish
·        Darby McCarthy placed 5th, 7th and 8th
·        Ian Calaway had 3rd and 9th place finishes;
·        Gardner Dominic placed 6th and 9th
·        William Lewison scored a 6th and a 10th place finish
·        Jonathan Mercer had a 5th place finish
·        Zane Elliott had a 6th place finish

Boys U-14:
·        Camas Rinehard had a 2nd and a 5th place finish
·        Payton Charest scored a 5th and 7th place finish
·        Devin Beale finished with a 6th and 8th place
·        Walt Holendteiner had a 10th place finish

Girls U-8
·        Campbell Fox had 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishes
·        Norah Schmidt also had 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishes
·        Ashby Dominick scored 4th and 6th place finishes

Girls U-10
·        Isabel Cooke had a 2nd and a 7th place finish
·        Finley McCarthy scored 5th and 6th places
·        Elizabeth Spradlin had three 6th place finishes
·        Tess Lewison and Muriel Mercer each had a 9th place finish

Girls U-14
·        Stella Eddy finished with a 6th and an 8th place

Girls U-14
·        Kristen Van Everen had two 9th Place finishes

With a successful 2013-14 season in the books, plans are already underway for 2014-15. The older “Academy Team” will begin physical testing next mount to establish a benchmark for their summer-long dryland conditioning programs. Many of the FVSEF Ski Team members will be travelling to Oregon in July for summer ski training at Mt Hood.

For more information please contact Tim Hinderman at 406-885-2730.