AVSC – Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club
Founded in 1937 the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club has been teaching youth in the Roaring Fork Valley to Ski, Snowboard, Cross Country Ski and just about every other type of winter snow sport for over 70 years. Through this wonderful organization children and teens discover themselves while making lifelong friends experiencing the mountains in winter and growing their bodies.
AVSC strives to give all children in the Aspen/Snowmass area the opportunity to learn to ski or snowboard regardless of any constraints that may limit them from experiencing these wonderful sports. In the process they challenge these youths to find their full potential as athletes in a variety of winter sport disciplines. In the process they try to instill values of teamwork, integrity and the commitment it takes to exceed at any challenge in life. Taking with them the strength to go forth with confidence into any daunting task in life whether it be in the mountains, the classroom or the boardroom.
AVSC offer a full suite of winter sport programs including Nordic, Alpine, Freeride/Freestyle, Snowboard and Adaptive.
The Nordic program is graced with its own course right outside the AVSV clubhouse and access to the entire Aspen Cross Country trail network. They have several levels of participation to suit the kids needs including a development team designed to get new skiers up to par. A competition team designed for more experienced athletes with who wish to challenge themselves with skiing and more intense training. The comp team is divided into two subgroups, the local comp team, which participates solely in the CHSAA circuit, and the national comp team. National team athletes will participate in Rocky Mountain Nordic (RMN) races in hopes of qualifying for Junior National Championships, they will also be able to compete in the CHSAA League to qualify and compete in Colorado State Championships.
The Alpine skiing program is designed to develop great all-around skiers. Ski moguls, jumps, powder, steeps, tackle Slalom and GS gates and go for speed in Super-G and Downhill. They have eight programs for children as young as 6 years old and Post-Graduate programs for athletes who have graduated from high school or college and are hoping to pursue competition on the FIS/FISU and NOR AM Circuits.
AVSC’s Snowboard program focuses on the competitive development of youth snowboarding in the Aspen Snowmass area. Snowboard Team athletes at all levels make a commitment to achieving goals, teamwork, and being responsible members of the community. The coaching philosophy leads athletes to continually improve their abilities in a fun environment while minimizing risk.
The Adaptive program is open to any disabled athlete, male or female, who has potential and drive, and wants to learn to ski race, or is an already seasoned competitor wanting to hone his or her skills. Categories include: sitting, standing and visually impaired.
The success of the AVSC programs is evident in the fact that they have 10 athletes competing for positions on the US Olympic team heading to Sochi from a variety of disciplines. Noah Hoffman will be vying for a position on the Nordic team, looking to join former AVSC team member Simi Hamilton who will be competing in his second Olympics in the Nordic competitions.