AVSC toasts season with awards party at Belly Up
At the end of the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s 78th season, there is a lot to celebrate.
Enrollment in both recreational Base Camp and team programs is at an all-time high, with 2,350 athletes from Aspen to Grand Junction taking part during 2014-15.
Four elite athletes — Nordic skier Hailey Swirbul, freeskier Carson Campisi, snowboarder Chris Corning and alum Galena Wardle —were named to the world juniors teams in their respective disciplines.
After the better part of a decade planning and fundraising, the Stapleton Alpine Training Center at Aspen Highlands was up and running on Nov. 15. It’s considered a game-changer for competitive skiers and riders, but also benefitted the community at large because of the early, deep snowpack it provided on Golden Horn and Thunderbowl that lasted through closing day.
More than 45 days of alpine competition and USSA mogul events were hosted there during its first season and the venue was surprisingly popular with national and international teams, especially in the weeks leading to the 2015 FIS World Championships in Vail-Beaver Creek.
With a solid season of competition now behind, members of AVSC’s five team programs, alpine, adaptive, freestyle, snowboard and Nordic, celebrated the club’s continued pursuit and achievement of AVSC’s core values, commitment, teamwork and integrity, during a warm ceremony on April 14 at Belly-Up.
Outstanding athletes and coaches were saluted in awards traditional to AVSC. They include:
Bob Beattie Award (outstanding commitment to the Base Camp program):
Aspen Highlands Training Venue center team.
Aspen Times and GrassRoots TV
AVSC Discipline Awards:
Tage Pedersen Commitment Award:
Nordic: Noah Wheeless, Graham Houtsma
Freestyle/Freeride:Gage Carr, Tristan Feinberg
Alpine: Elle Murphy, Hanna Mass
Snowboard: Sean Connelly, Hunter Hill
Robert Oden Teamwork Award:
Nordic: Colt Whitley, Nina Beidleman
Freestyle/Freeride: Isaac Musselman, Jackson Ferraro
Alpine: Noah Forman, Andrew Hancock
Snowboard: Bobby Sanderson, Jillian Moore
Nordic: George Beck, Ricky Wojcik
Freestyle/Freeride: Payton Billesen, Aaron Lee
Alpine: Garrett Dollahan, Carly Ransford
Snowboard: Jasper Grimm, Kelanni Scarpaci
Teamwork/Commitment: Aaron Howell
Most Improved: Kevin Mather
Gale Spence Excellence in Coaching Award:
Nordic: Jeff Alden
Freestyle/Freeride: Greg Ruppel
Alpine: Tyler Williams
Snowboard: Holly Buell
Ruth Whyte Outstanding Volunteerism Award:
Nordic: Chris Lacey
Freestyle/Freeride: Suzanne Scheer Brown
Alpine: Phylis Mattice
Snowboard: Lise Adams
Stirling Cooper Memorial Awards:
Nordic: Jack Sweeney
Freestyle/Freeride: Stephanie Anglin
Alpine: Estelle Sweeney
Snowboard: Robert “Bobbo” Pettit
(Willoughby finalists: Brooks Gorsuch, Anna Patterson and Connor Cook)
Pursuit of Excellence Awards:
Nordic: Hailey Swirbul
Freestyle/Freeride: Carson Campisi
Alpine: Katy Harris
Snowboard: Chris Corning
Andy Mill Award
Nordic: Julia Budsey, Shayla DeYoung
Freestyle/Freeride: Rhianna Borderick, Brooks Gorsuch, Sonya Padden, Max Palmberg
Alpine: Chapin Newhard, Katy Harris, Erin Spence, Ben Throm, Bentley Rager, William Reagan
Snowboard: Jake Orzech
Weekly with Walt
The final “Weekly with Walt” program of the season airs beginning this evening at 7 p.m. on GrassRoots TV. It will be played in rotation or is available anytime at grassrootstv.org.
Featured is Willoughby Award-winner Julia Budsey, an Aspen native and soon-to-be high school graduate. Coach Amy Mishkin will talk about summer programming, which begins after Aspen public schools let out for summer.
Summer on the glacier
For the third year in a row, AVSC will host summer fun through camps and activities on the Buttermilk Glacier.
Moguls, rails, boxes, on-snow jumps and practice on both the big and small air bag are offered in week-long camps that begin June 15 and run through July 10.
The cost is $250 for each five-day session or $75 per day.
Mountain biking clinics for riders aged 9 and up are on tap this summer on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 15-July 31.New this year is a June SBX Performance Camp. Scheduled for June 12-14, it runs $300.
Contact Miah Wheeler firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 618-1917 for more information about AVSC bike camps.
Day camps for kids 7-12 ($60/day, less for multiple days) run June 15-Aug. 21).
For more information about any of the camps, contact Eric Knight at email@example.com or (970) 205-5130. Also check out teamavsc.org.
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