BY C.J. FEEHAN,
HANK McKEE & GEOFF MINTZ Around the Nation
Peak Series touches down at Copper
USSA hosted the first winter installment of its Peak Series at Copper Mountain on Nov. 10
with coaches and club program staff participating both in person and online through webinar
The meeting included USSA Sport Education Director Jon Nolting, USSA Regional Alpine Director Dr. Lester Keller, Alpine Director Patrick Riml and Chief Operating Officer Tiger Shaw.
Nolting kicked things off with an overview of USSA’s sport education philosophy, talking specifically about the Skills Quest program and goals therein.
“The competition is not in this room,” said Nolting. “The competition is the world, so we’ve all
got to work together to make ourselves better if we’re going to continue to stay in that best-in-the-world category. We’re really trying to make our clinics and programs more accessible
Keller reemphasized the importance of skill development at a young age, and discussed
“A lot of the tools that we’re talking about developing — you have many, most in your toolkit.
What we’re trying to do is make that important at the level where it is important, and to actually motivate the parents to understand what the coaches need to do to make them great
skiers so they can have more fun.”
Riml then provided an overview of elite-level programing and how regional development
should correlate. “There are five important years coming up, especially this year with Sochi,”
said Riml. “Beaver Creek World Championships is next year. The World Championships in
St. Moritz and then PyeongChang for the Olympics. But we also want to make sure that we
are competitive at the World Cup, at the Europa Cup and NorAm level. … Where are we right
now? We had a great year last year. Schladming was very successful. We had several individuals that did a very good job on the World Cup. Individuals also competed at a high level
at the Europa Cup and NorAms. The Junior World Championships were not very successful.
But in general when you look at the whole team, we have a strong team.”
The incoming CEO of USSA, Shaw, reiterated the importance of developing well-rounded
skiers, hammering home the importance of encouraging juniors to spend more time freeskiing.
“One of the things I realized this fall starting with USSA was that we were working really hard
on some things and not necessarily getting the word out that we were working really hard,”
said Shaw. “I saw the effort that Jon and Lester and their teams were putting into all of the
things, much of which you’ve seen today. That was really one of the reasons we’re doing this
tonight — to communicate to you what we’ve been doing and why we’ve been doing it.”
The next installment of the Peak Series is set for December 10 at 4 p.m. ET and pertains to
children’s course setting rules and principles. Visit http://my.ussa.org/ussa/peak-club-confer-
ence-series for more information.
Watch the full Copper presentation here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqHqatoXwWs
SSCV provides educational opportunity to staff and parents
More than 50 full-time Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) staffers are feeling more ready
than ever to begin their on-snow season at Golden Peak thanks to a comprehensive two-week educational series spearheaded by SSCV Human Performance Director John Cole to
give coaches better skills.