Alpine Program Philosophy
NYSEF athletes are encouraged to become “good skiers” as well as “good ski racers,”good skiing is the key to fast racing at the higher levels. Our coaching staff helps to instill a passion and love for skiing with their athletes to make skiing and racing a life-long and enjoyable activity. Our program philosophy is based on developing and mastering proper fundamental skills then challenging them in a competitive environment.
Programs range from weekend to full-time programs in order to meet the varying needs of athletes and families. We strive to create an environment in which each athlete learns the essential skills to reach their potential in their sport. We want each NYSEF athlete to be the best that they can be and have fun doing it! The friendships and valuable connections your children will make though ski racing will last a lifetime.
We are very lucky to be located at two of the best ski areas in the East and reap the benefits of each. Our partners, ORDA, manage the venues at Belleayre, Gore and Whiteface Mountains. Their support and cooperation is essential to NYSEF’s success. In 2017, Belleayre installed a gondola to the summit, expanding uphill capacity while offering a unique lift in the Catskills. Gore Mountain provides the most skiable acreage in the state and yet continues to expand their terrain. Two-time host of the Winter Olympics (1932 and 1980), Whiteface offers the largest vertical drop in the East and has been ranked the best ski area in the East in Ski Magazine. Both offer ample opportunities to learn and practice the essential skills of skiing and ski racing and also provide a place for parents and friends to enjoy snow sports while children are skiing in the program.
In addition these venues support multiple championships like Nor-Am Cups, NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals and much more. All venues provide exclusive training opportunities for the winter season.
Last but not least, NYSEF has training centers at Gore and Whiteface that provide a meeting place for parents, coaches and athletes. These log buildings have a variety of uses including equipment storage, video analysis, coach’s offices, and locker space. The training center at Gore is located beyond the base of the triple chair north of the base lodge. The training center at Whiteface (built in 2006) is located at the base of the mountain just adjacent to the base lodge. In 2019, NYSEF created a home at Belleayre in the Longhouse Lodge.