2012-2013 Team Survey Results

Thanks to all Team members and parents who completed the Team Survey.Your input is important to gauge how effective and well run the team programs were.  The 2012-2013 Season Survey is now complete and results can be found  here…Bear Valley Team Program Survey – 2012-2013

Mammoth Mountain Spring Training Camps

Mammoth Mountain is pleased to announce all inclusive Training Camps this spring! Whether you plan on developing an Alpine, Freestyle, or Snowboard Training Camp or attending one of our organized Speed or Skier Cross Camps (with John Teller and Stacey Cook), Mammoth Mountain is the place to be.  Packages include lodging, training space, lift tickets, and meal options, allowing you to customize your experience at California’s Big Mountain Home.

See the Training Camp Brochure or visit http://www.mammothmountain.com/training for more information.

Mammoth Mountain will remain open to the public through Memorial Day, and possibly into the summer. Thanks to the current snow pack, they are running race camps in both May and June, with the possibility of staying open until early July.

Bear Valley’s Carson Parco Competes in the NASTAR Nationals

Carson at NASTAR Nationals in Snowmass, CO

Carson Parco, age 9, qualified for the NASTAR National Championships held March 21-24, at Snowmass in Aspen, CO.  He was rank #1 in NASTAR National Rankings for his age group in the Gold Division for the past six weeks with a handicap of 35.08.  He raced both Friday and Saturday at Snowmass in the Gold Division for 8-9 year olds at the NASTAR National Championships.  He placed in the top 10 overall in the Gold Division out of 30 racers from across the U.S.   He was able to meet several US Ski Team members and obtain autographs.  He also was to watch many of them ski as pacesetters for NASTAR, including Julia Mancuso and Stacey Cooke, who provided inspiration for this young ski racer.

Carson helped Stacey Cooke tease Nolan Kasper in good hearted fun!  Nolan had signed his bib earlier in the day, and during the evening autograph session Stacy saw Nolan had signed and told Carson to tell him “Nolan’s a cool name, but Downhill is better!”  (Nolan’s best event is Slalom.)  After Carson told him with Stacey listening, Nolan told him in jest that he wasn’t going to sign his bib, Carson told him that he already did!  Stacey gave Carson a high five for helping her play a joke on Nolan and they all laughed!

Carson with Nolan Kasper at the NASTAR Nationals

8th Annual Slush Cup – Sunday April 14, 2013

The 8th Annual Slush Cup will be held at Bear Valley on Sunday April 14, 2013. The Slush Cup is a dual GS race set on NASTAR where racers race head to head against a competitor of their choosing in the morning qualifying, then run head to head with a competitor with comparable qualifying times in the afternoon final. This is a fun event for all ages and abilities with awards in age, gender and alpine/non-alpine (snowboard, tele) categories.

Entry fee is $25 online. Click here to register or $35 day of the event and includes a commemorative t-shirt.  Kids 12 and under race for just  $15 or $20 day of the event.

Check-in and registration will be Sunday April 14 from 8:00-9:30 am in the Sunroom.

10:00 am – Qualifying runs

12:30 pm – Finals

3:00 pm – Awards

All participants must sign a BV Liability Release print and complete form and bring to race check in
We welcome volunteers to help with course maintenance, race registration, awards, timing, and other admin task. (Don’t worry…even if you help, you can race if you wish)

If you wish to help out, just email info@bvsef.org

China Peak SuperG/Big GS Results – Feb 23-24

By Kim Parco

Lakeshore, CA- China Peak hosted the Central Series Super G/GS races of the 2013 season on Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24. China Peak did a fantastic job pulling off two days of competitive racing with as good of conditions as could have been hoped for. Bear Valley had a tiny squad, but again took a respectable share of the podium and medal space.

Our small but mighty team took 1st in team spirit at the awards dinner held Saturday night winning for the first time ever the coveted “Golden Boot” in the team karaoke singing contest with lead vocalists Max Wu and Brandon Broll with the race team singing back up (or trying to).  The judges announced the top two teams and let the audience decide the winner based on the decibel level and Bear Valley won!  The Golden Boot will be placed in our display case.

Saturday’s overcast skies during the day helped the course to hold firm all day.  Sunday’s bright sunshine but cool temps again helped course conditions; however, the U10’s made only one run in the afternoon, rather than two.

April took 2nd on Saturday and 4th on Sunday in the U14 girls, while first year race team member Mahren  placed 8th on Saturday but DNF on Sunday after a crash.  Michelle held the 2nd place podium position both Saturday and Sunday in the U12 division.  Gennady took the  2nd place podium position on Saturday and Sunday. Christian was 4th on Saturday and 3rd on Sunday.  Michael was 7th on Saturday and on Sunday.  Max DNF’d on Saturday and placed 10th on Sunday.

In the U10 Boys, Carson was 4nd on Saturday and 5th on Sunday.  First year race team members Cooper placed 5th on Saturday and 8th on Sunday, while Cole was 8th on Saturday and 11th on Sunday.  Eti was 7thon Saturday and 9th on Sunday.   Elianna was 5th on Saturday and 7th on Sunday in U8.

Complete Results can be found here.

Rasmussen Classic Race Results

Jan 26, 2013 by Kim Parco

Bear Valley, CA- The opening race of the Central Series, the “Rasmussen Classic Slalom” ran under clear skies, with temperatures in the single digits, concluding a successful opening weekend of competitive skiing in the Central Sierra, January 12, and 13, 2013. Teams from China Peak, Dodge Ridge, Badger Pass and Bear Valley converged on the slopes at Bear Valley Mountain.  The race was held on the “Nastar” run off of the Koala Chairlift.  The terrific snow and challenging course sets resulted in competitive runs and an exciting weekend of racing.

Photos from this event are available online at www.westworldimages.com

U14 Boys
Bear Valley’s Gennady Sytnik had the fastest times both Saturday and Sunday earning the Bear Valley “Rasmussen Bell” for the fastest overall times.  Dominic Graziani (Bear Valley) placed 2nd on Saturday.  First time racer, Thomas Skeoch (Bear Valley), placed 9th both Saturday and Sunday.  Christian Davidson (Bear Valley) placed 4th on Sunday.  Michael Fellows and Max Wu of Bear Valley raced both days and looked great out of the start, but DQ’d.

Saturday:  Gennady Sytnik (Bear Valley) 1st, Dominic Graziani 2nd, Reaves Forrest (BPST) 3rd, .  Sunday:  Gennady Sytnik (Bear Valley) 1st Reaves Forrest (CPST) 2nd, Timothy Bender (CPST) 3rd, Christian Davidson (Bear Valley) 4th.

U14 Girls China Peak’s Caroline Cole had the fastest time both days also earning the Bear Valley “Cow Bell”.  Bear Valley’s April Johnson placed 6th on Saturday and 4th on Sunday.  New Bear Valley team member Mahren Hudson placed 7th on Sunday.

Saturday:  Carline Cole (CPST) 1st, Robbie Munk (DRRT) 2nd, Libby Rimmer (DRRT) 3rd.         Sunday: Carline Cole (CPST) 1st, Sydney Cave (DRRT) 2nd, Libby Rimmer (DRRT) 3rd, April Johnson 4th.

U12 Boys
U12 boys in Bear Valley come join the race team!

Saturday:  Stash Perry (DRRT) 1st, Varun Suklikar (DRRT) 2nd, Charlie Swanson (CPST) 3rd  Sunday:  Danny Kelsay, Stash Perry, Varun Suklikar, all from DRRT, placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively

U12 Girls
Bear Valley’s Michelle Morozinski, placed 4th on Saturday and 3rd on Sunday.  She was also received the “Little E Award” from her coaches.

Saturday:  Jensen Perry (DRRT) 1st, Viktoria Sundberg (CPST) 2nd, and Elizabeth Gammariello (CPST) 3rd.  Sunday:  Ava Law (DRRT) 1st and Viktoria Sundberg (CPST) 2nd, Michelle Morozinski, (BVSEF) 3rd,

U10 Boys
Carson Parco (Bear Valley) was 2nd on Saturday and 4th on Sunday; he was also recognized by his coach with the “Little E Award”.   Etienne Dollar, (Bear Valley) was 3rd on Saturday and 5th on Sunday. Bear Valley team member Jakob Shawkey placed 5th on Saturday and 8th on Sunday.  First year  U10 Cooper Broll (Bear Valley) raced both days, and looked strong, but DQ’d both days.  Teammate and first time race Cole Davidson made his debut on Sunday and placed 7th.

Saturday:  Jett Sumunaci (DRRT) 1st, Carson Parco (BVSEF) 2nd, Etienne Dollar (BVSEF) 3rd, Sunday:  Evan Lear (DRRT) 1st, Will Armbruster (DRRT) 2nd, Jett Sumunaci (DRRT) 3rd.

U10 Girls
Bear Valley’s Elianna Dollar (U8) placed 6th on Saturday.

Saturday:  Sarah Bruno (DRRT) 1st, Alexis Ghiglieri (DRRT) 2nd, and Sarh Cole (CPST) 3rd.  on Sunday.  Sarah Bruno (DRRT) 1st, Emerson Action (YWC) 2nd, and Anika Vaughan (DRRT) 3rd.

The Rasmussen Bell
A new perpetual trophy was created in 2012 for this race to both honor the Rasmussen ski-racing legacy and establish a new tradition at the Rasmussen Classic Slalom race similar to the Yosemite Winter Club’s Silver Ski which is awarded each year at Badger Pass. This award, is given to the Central Series’ U14 boy and girl with the fastest combined times from both races. The winners of the Rasmussen Bell were Bear Valley’s Gennady Sytnik and China Peak’s Caroline Cole who were presented with an engraved brass cowbell, a nod to both the cowbell’s iconic status cheering in ski racing and to pay homage to the ranching history of the Rasmussen family who continue the tradition today.

The Rasmussen Cup is named for Maury Rasmussen, a founder of Bear Valley Ski Area who was a vigorous supporter of ski racing in the western United States and was the grandfather of prominent racers from the Rasmussen clan, Jeff, Greg, Denise and Kyle. Kyle Rasmussen competed in three separate Olympic Games as part of the United States Ski Team.The next stop on the Central Series is a GS scheduled for Dodge Ridge on February 9th and 10th.


BVSEF to Support Bear Valley’s Adaptive Program

You may know that Adaptive Snow Sports instruction is available at Bear Valley for people of all ages with varying types of disabilities. The Mountain has several specifically  trained and certified  instructors on staff. In addition,all-inclusive ski packages with equipment, lift ticket and instruction make adaptive learning at Bear Valley convenient and enjoyable.

Many of us may remember that some time back, Bear Valley’s Adaptive Program was a good bit larger. In fact, Special Olympics held some of their events at Bear Valley. While the program may have waned, the need certainly has not.

Over the past couple of years, Ashley Moore has been organizing wine tasting events with all proceeds earmarked for the Adaptive Program. Ashley has been doing this a a purely personal level and approached BVSEF to become the formal entity to assist in fund raising and disbursement to support the Adaptive Program.  The BVSEF Board enthusiastically supported her offer.

The Adaptive Program instructors, Noel Peterson, Merrill Windsor and Richard King, have assembled a list of needed equipment. Through Ashley’s efforts nearly $2000 has been raised which help immensely in expanding the capabilities of the program.

Snow Sports Manager Aaron Johnson and Ashley are working on a full plan for the  Program.  If you are interested in volunteering your time to work on the Adaptive Program in any way, we would love to have your involvement. Contact Aaron Johnson to discuss your interest.

Individual Photos of Team Members are Available for Purchase

The photos that were taken during Christmas Camp will be posted in the Team case in the cafeteria shortly.  You can purchase these photos from West World Images either as prints or digital files.  Check out the photos by clicking here.

BVSEF Ski Swap Saturday Jan 5

Our Annual Ski Swap has been scheduled for Saturday January 5 from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm

All ski gear welcome including skis, snowboards, boots, uniform jackets that are in good condition. This is your chance to gear up for the new season at a great price and/or get cash for the gear your young athletes have outgrown. Also a chance for Mom and Dad to get some gear at a great price….this isn’t only for kids!

Here is how the Ski Swap works:

  • All ski gear must be in good condition and 5 seasons old or newer
  • Bring your equipment to Bear Valley Mountain Resort Saturday  morning January 5 starting at 9:00 am.
  • Look for the signs for the specific location of the Ski Swap. We are planning on setting up in the Bear Bungalow or on the Sundeck
  • Each item to be sold at the ski swap will be tagged with a number, the seller’s name and the price
  • Sellers have the choice of donating the gear to BVSEF for sale or receiving the sale proceeds less 10%.
  • Sellers will retain a claim check with the number corresponding to the tag and their name, equipment description and price will be logged
  • Buyers make their selection and take their items to check out. Payment can be made by cash or check made payable to the Seller.
  • At the end of the auction, Sellers will collect their proceeds by presenting their claim tickets. Seller will donate 10% of the total sale proceeds to BVSEF in cash or check made payable to “BVSEF”.
  • Sellers who have elected to donate their gear will receive a donation acknowledgement/receipt that can be used for tax purposes.
  • Items that are not sold must be claimed and removed on Saturday afternoon after the swap.
  • Rasmussen Classic SL Race to be held Jan 12/13

    Detailed info is now available and registration is now open for the 2013 Rasmussen Classic Central Series Slalom race to be held at Bear Valley on January 12 & 13, 2013. Racers from Dodge Ridge, Yosemite Winter Club and China Peak will converge at Bear Valley for the season’s first Central Series event. The race is open to all USSA members in the U8/U10/U12/U14 age classifications. For more information check the event page on this website. Click here