The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation
The Sun Valley SEF Philosophy
Strong Minds, Strong Bodies, Strong Futures
The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation provides year-round ski and snowboard training and competition opportunities for 500 Wood River Valley athletes each year. Our origins are rooted in the Sun Valley Ski Club as our foundation was established as an integral part of the ski club in 1966; it was a way for the SVSC to provide racing opportunities for juniors. Since that time the SVSEF has helped numerous junior racers achieve dreams of Olympic medals, World Championship podiums, World Cup victories, and National Championship gold. More importantly, we have helped an innumerable number of athletes become skiing aficionados for life. Not only are the alumni of the ski foundation some of the best skiers on any mountain, anywhere, they are “setting the bar high” in all facets of life including family, work and community.
The Sun Valley Ski Club formed the SVSEF:In 1963 members of the Sun Valley Ski Club established a Junior Race Committee to promote a program for school children in the Wood River Valley to learn to ski and to train to race in regional events. The intent of the original committee members, including Jack Simpson, Jane Kneeland and Pete Lane, was to try and place local racers on Junior National teams and, eventually, on Olympic teams. The Ski Club sought non-profit 501(c)3 status for the junior program and the SVSEF was established as a non-profit amateur sports organization in 1966. The Ski Club members pledged to dedicate a portion of their membership dues to support the goals of the SVSEF. They began to set aside monies in trust for annual income intended to provide scholarships for needy athletes.
The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation is dedicated to providing exceptional snow sport programs for the youth of the Wood River Valley. The primary goal of the program is to assist each participant in reaching his/her athletic potential, while developing a positive attitude and strong personal character.
To create the BEST Junior Snowsports Development Program in the nation.
Sportsmanship - Citizenship - Character - Teamwork - Creativity - Passion -Perseverance.