Mission & History
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It is the mission of NYSEF to provide opportunities for athletes of all ages to reach their potential in snow sports-- alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping, cross country skiing, nordic combined, and biathlon-- through professional guidance and financial support.
In 1973, only 24 athletes signed up for the NYSEF Alpine Program at Whiteface Mountain. Today, NYSEF has grown to include 5 disciplines, 4 training venues, a Winter Term Junior Development Program and over 400 athletes, some of whom have competed in Winter Olympic Games.
Training and competition venues include: Gore Mountain, Whiteface Mountain, the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg and the Olympic Jumping Complex. It is through the collaborative efforts of over 60 full and part-time employees and hundreds of volunteers that NYSEF and its programs are made possible.
Lessons We Teach
NYSEF is a non-profit organization that provides educational opportunities for children and young adults through athletic training in snowsports. NYSEF helps young people develop personal skills important to becoming confident individuals by building athletic capability, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and self-esteem.
With these skills, young athletes are better equipped to achieve academic excellence and to pursue college studies, professional training, or other personal goals. NYSEF believes that sport teaches work ethics, determination, and builds character. The NYSEF program gives young men and women the necessary tools to be successful in life.