October 28, 2014

Race Team Orientation November 5th
We will be having our annual Race Team Orientations on Wednesday, November 5th. These will be held at Whitefish Therapy and Sport Center (*) at 6:00 PM for the Junior Program families and 7:30 for the YSL and older families. We will be announcing the group coaching assignments and discussing the training and race schedules for the season. There will also be some time for Q and A although there is a lot to cover in a short time. Be assured that all questions can be addressed later with the coaches or with me if we run short on time.

Questions call Roy Loman 802-236-1057 or Tim Hinderman 885-2730 

(*) Whitefish Therapy and Sport Center is located at 2006 Hospital Way south of Whitefish right behind North Valley Hospital.
Don't miss the Best party of the Fall!

  • Great Food & Wine, Great Time, Great Cause and a Great way to kick off the 2014-15 Ski Season - Maybe even dig out some 80's memorabilia to bring along!
  • Incredible Auction includes Ski Weekend at Big Sky & The Yellowstone Club, Guided Fly Fishing Trips, Mega Home Landscaping Makeover, A Permanent Solution to your Storage Woes and Many More Items!
  • Tickets $75 in Advance; $85 at the Door; Available at Sportsman Ski Haus Stores, Great Northern Cycle & Ski Shop, The Lodge at Whitefish Lake
  • Proceeds benefit Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation & Ski Heritage Center Museum of Skiing
  • Special Room Rates at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake starting at $99 in the Viking and $119 in the lodge and 10% will go back to FVSEF.

  • Questions or to Volunteer, contact tim.hinderman@fvsef.org

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.