U16 athletes, Lily F. and Kirsten I, with World cup athlete, Petra Vlhova in Colorado.

New Program Handbooks are live!

These handbooks will be evolving documents that will be updated annually by staff.

Alpine Program Handbook 


Program plans, upcoming camps and what level an athlete must get to in order to 'Train to Compete' can all be found in this alpine program handbook.

Take a kickstart into the handbook and become even more prepared for program this season.

Freeride Program Handbook

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Is your athlete interested in moguls or slopestyle? What are the various disciplines within the freeski and snowboarding department? The freeride handbook has information and videos for you to better understand the programs we offer.

Double Cork 1080 into the freeride handbook today!

Nordic Program Handbook

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From air rifles to 100M jumps, this handbook is jam packed with information on the various governing bodies, the differences between skate and classic skiing and many other NYSEF policies and protocols for current and new families!

Jump into the newly formed program handbook.

Youth Nordic challenge

The annual devo xc and youth jumping fundraising challenge is back by popular demand! The youth jumping challenge will take place on February 5 and the devo xc challenge will take place on March 5 - enough time to save those legs for the nordic combined athletes. Last year both teams collectively raised over $5,000 for the next generation of nordic athletes!

NYSEF Winter Term

NYSEF Winter Term has a new home at the High Peaks Cyclery (HPC) Guide houses located in Lake Placid. Winter Term provides aspiring student-athletes with the opportunity to pursue their athletics at an advanced level while continuing remotely in their home school’s academic curricula, providing an avenue to excel academically and athletically. Athletes enroll for a minimum of one month to a maximum of four months. This program is open to athletes of all ages with a recruitment focus on U14 athletes. Learn more at www.nysef.org/winter-term.


Bringing back podiums this season

Podiums are back in action and NYSEF is stepping up its game at all venues to make sure our top competitors come home with some special swag when they race at Belleayre, Gore or Whiteface! Congratulations to athletes Sydney K., Teegan W.,  Amanda Q., and Matthew M. for podiuming at the Holiday SL at Gore this weekend!

Chairman's Holiday Party 

Dare To Dream Scholarship

NYSEF is raising funds for the Dare To Dream Scholarship Fund in the month of December and we would love for you to participate at any level you are comfortable.

NYSEF and my family will be hosting the annual Chairman’s Holiday Party, outdoors, at John Brown Farm in Lake Placid on Tuesday, December 28 from 4:00 – 6:30 PM to support the Dare To Dream Scholarship Fund. Tickets include apre ski style food, adult and youth drinks, music and more –  what a great way to celebrate the holidays and kick off the ski/ride season with an emphasis on being outdoors – something we all are fully capable of doing safely. Alums and Olympians, Andrew Weibrecht, Lowell Bailey and Thomas Biesemeyer have already RSVPed to attend!

If you and your family are able to participate, please consider purchasing a ticket – 100% of ticket sales support the scholarship. If you are unable to attend and still want to contribute to the Dare To Dream Scholarship Fund, consider making a donation of any size – your support at any level is meaningful and every donation regardless of size will receive a commemorative gift!

Last year, we provided $135,000 in scholarship support – something we all should be proud of! However, we need to continue to add to scholarship funds like the Dare To Dream to keep competitive athletes skiing/riding without the burden of costs.

Our goal is to raise $25,000 in December – THANK YOU for helping us reach this goal!

Greg Harden

NYSEF Chairman


A Few Dare To Dream Scholarship Recipients

Scott Schulz


"Because of scholarship support, I am able to travel to Nationals in Soldier Hollow to compete against the best in the U.S. without having to worry about the financial side of racing at a high level. I am extremely grateful to have the support from NYSEF and its numerous selfless donors, through the Dare To Dream Scholarship. Through this scholarship, athletes of all disciplines strive to do their best - all we achieve is thanks to YOU!" - Nordic athlete, Scott Schulz. Pictured in the Quarry Road Opener - where he placed first!

William Steihl

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“No one has been more welcoming than Belleayre's race team and the NYSEF community. I never could've imagined that after the first day, I looked forward to going to practice every weekend. It has been such an honor and such an important gateway for me! I would like to thank my coaches and NYSEF for the generous scholarship support - I am looking forward to another season with NYSEF!” - U18 Belleayre alpine athlete, Will Steihl

Bella Wissler


“I have been on the NYSEF nordic and biathlon junior race team for three years, and I am grateful for the support I am given to continue training and racing year after year. Without the Dare to Dream Scholarship, I would not be able to pursue the sport I love. I look forward to entering this upcoming race season with my amazing NYSEF coaches while training at one of the best venues in the country. Thank you to all the generous donors for supporting this scholarship fund.” -U18 Nordic athlete, Bella Wissler of Northwood School


Northwood School is an internationally recognized private boarding and day school in Lake Placid and is among the nation's top private schools for excellence in academics and athletics. Northwood student-athletes in alpine and nordic are members of NYSEF and with NYSEF’s committed coaching staff, student-athletes are supported at the U16 and U18 Mens & Women’s levels. Working together, athletes and coaches develop a training and competition plan tailored to the student's personal goals. Check out The Inside Edge newsletter which includes athlete and camp highlights plus their latest fundraiser. Follow on Instagram: @northwoodnysef.

Holiday Shopping


We just received a shipment of *NEW* NYSEF gear in time for the holidays! We have updated the NYSEF GEAR CLOSET online, and you can see the new available items. Sizing options are limited and will change quickly from what is listed online, so we recommend stopping in at Belleayre, Gore or Whiteface. There are limited items at each location so some gear must be shipped. Happy shopping!

Ski Like A Girl


NYSEF is excited to partner with the brand, Ski Like A Girl during the Womens Eastern Cup Series at Whiteface in December 18 - 21 (happening now)! Ski Like A Girl encourages and supports girls everywhere to follow their dreams, and it is their goal to give back. In addition to the brand having a presence during the series, NYSEF is educating all of their members (U10 +) about the importance of being confident, following your snowsports dreams and the importance of philanthropy. Learn more about the Ski Like A Girl brand and story.

ski jumpers and nordic combined athletes early podiums

Some ski jumping athletes were in Steamboat Springs, Colorado competing in the Winter Start and US Cup Opener. The Winter Start event is hosted annually by the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and is the first on-snow event nationally in the 2021/22 season in ski jumping and nordic combined. Some top finishes were Kai M. who placed 2nd for U16 Women and Jack K. who placed 5th for U16 Men in the HS75 competition on December 11. Kai also placed 3rd in the nordic combined competition.

Both Kai and Jack will be attending NYSEF Winter Term Program which allows aspiring junior athletes the opportunity to access top-tier training and coaching opportunities, while continuing remotely in their school’s curricula through one-on-one tutoring support.

More about the series can be found at www.sswsc.org.

Pictured Kai M. on the podium!

Belleayre Freeride in the Trampoline Park


With Big Snow unavailable this fall, Freeride changed gears and attended Bounce Trampoline Park. This was helpful for both air awareness and team building the team will continue to do in the off season. “I found bounce training was helpful for getting me more comfortable in the air and with the other athletes. This got me exited to ski with them this winter, whether they were on skis or board, because it showed we were all there to have a good time and improve at our sport,” says freeride athlete, Owen P. Also, we welcome new freeride coach, Matt Leifeld!

@NYSEF on Social Media


NYSEF coaching staff expressed enthusiasm to promote their programs and respective regions on instagram. @NYSEFSnowsports was NYSEF’s only instagram page prior to fall 2021 and have added channels to make their programs current, relevant and engaging to their audiences. These handles include:





@NYSEFNorthwoodMensFIS, and

@NYSEFNorthwoodWomens FIS (managed by a NYSEF and Northwood talented student - athlete).

All pages have done an excellent job engaging current/future athletes/families and similar programs. Although the plan was to make this a ‘test’ year, the content has been exciting to review and we believe the overall NYSEF presence has grown to celebrate our athletes, camps and home venues. 

We are always looking for feedback on our social media! Please email info@nysef.org to provide feedback or give photos and content to us!