Jan 31

FIS Team Heads To Canada

The FIS team traveled north to the AOA FIS SL-Provincial Championships at Craigleith Ski Club, Collingwood, Ontario.  The first day of slalom yielded a top ten finish with Aiden Elizondo placing 7th, with the fourth fastest second run.

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Jan 24

The U10-U14 Team Opens Their Season With Six Podium Finishes

The Holiday Valley team has been waiting to start their season and start it they did.  The girls opened with six podiums and the boys with three at the Holimont GS.  Day two brought another great day for the team at the Holiday Valley SL.

Girls GS:

U8:  Molly DeRose 3rd

U10:  Leah Smillie 2nd, Alexandra Smillie 3rd, Charlotte Harter 10th and Zoe Philp 12th.

U12:  Caroline DeRose 1st, Alison Martin 7th, Rory Sauereisen 19th, Kate Hurley 20th and Jane Peck 30th.

U14:  Logan Fredrickson 1st, Candice Kasahara 2nd, Katherine Wojnowski 4th, Paige Duffy 5th, Fiona Kavcic 6th, Sierra Cappelli 8th, Lauren Thomas 11th, Hayly Fredrickson 12th, Phoebe Dunn 17th and Hayley Mahoney 21st.

Boys GS:

U10: Erik Shattenberg 1st, Carson Corey 4th and Owen Griffith 8th.

U12:  Alex Wojnowski 1st, Luka Wylie 4th, Mitchell Azcarate 5th, John Smillie 11th, Ross Fuller 12th, Ryan Scanlon 13th, Luke Petruzzi 16th, William Dunn 17th and Jordan Hathaway 24th.

U14:  Bode Vance 1st, Alec Nolan 4th, Orry Shattenberg 5th, Patrick Scanlon 7th, Richard Hurley 12th, Benjamin Wise 13th and Jes Sauereisen 15th.

Girls SL:

U8:  Molly DeRose 3rd.

U10:  Leah Smillie 3rd, Alexandra Smillie 5th, Charlotte Harter 10th and Zoe Philp 11th.

U12:  Caroline DeRose 1st, Alison Martin 9th, Brooklyn Napolitano 16th, Megan Williams 18th, Kate Hurley 19th, Rory Sauereisen 20th, Breanna Castle 24th, Sophie Krawec 26th, Ainsley Nickerson 29th, Jane Peck 30th and Taylor Castle 37th.

U14:  Katherine Wojnowski 1st, Logan Fredrickson 2nd, Sierra Cappelli 3rd, Fiona Kavcic 6th, Candice Kasahara 8th, Hayly Fredrickson 9th, Phoebe Dunn 13th and Cassidy Creager 17th.

Boys SL:

U10:  Erik Shattenberg 1st, Harry Scanlon 2nd, Carson Corey 3rd and Owen Griffith 8th.

U12:  Laz Rifkin 1st, Mitchell Azcarate 2nd, Ross Fuller 4th, Luka Wylie 5th, John Smillie 14th, Reichen Morrisey 15th, Luke Petruzzi 16th and William Dunn 19th.

U14:  Bode Vance 2nd, Patrick Scanlon 3rd, Phillip Vance 4th, Alex Nolan 5th, Jes Sauereisen 11th, Richard Hurley 13th and Benjamin Wise 14th.

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Jan 24

U16 Team Take Two Podiums And Four Top Tens While Traveling To Greek Peak And Toggenburg

A small contingent of the U16 team spent the weekend at Greek Peak and Toggenburg.  Anya Elizondo made the podium with a second place finish in both races, with Devynn Martin and Mack Hurley placing 5th in the SL, and two others placed in the top ten.

Day 1, Greek Peak GS:

Women:  Anya Elizondo 2nd

Men:  Guppy Briselden 6th.

Day2, Toggenburg SL:

Women:  Anya Elizondo 2nd and Devynn Martin 5th.

Men:  Mack Hurley 5th, Michael Mercer 9th, Eric Schafer 32nd and Christian Taylor 35th.



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Jan 24

U16 And U18/U21 Teams Head East For Giant Slalom

The U16, U18 and U21 teams spent the weekend at Hunt Hollow and Greek Peak for two days of giant slalom.  The team opened strong at Hunt Hollow with 5 top 20 finishes and at Greek Peak with 4.

Women’s GS Day 1 Hunt HollowBella Wylie 4th (2nd U16), Devynn Martin 12th (4th U16), Bailey Creager 23rd (5th U16), Taylor Hubert 25th (6th U16), Lauren Bachert 33rd, Madeleine Cherr 35th (9th U16), McKenzie Galvin 36th (10th U16) and Haley Barden 50th (12th U16).

Men’s GS Day 1 Hunt Hollow John Carbaugh 4th, Patrick Hylkema 5th, Aiden Elizondo 16th, Nick Costanzo 33rd, Ben Finicle 39th and Christian Taylor 42nd.

Men’s GS Day 2 Greek Peak:  Aiden Elizondo 5th, Patrick Hylkema 12th, Michael Costanzo 16th, Ben Finicle 19th, Max Carbaugh 22nd (1st U16) and Nicholas Costanzo 38th.

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Jan 23

It’s Super-G Time For The U18s And U21s

The U18-U21 team, joined by a U16 team member opened their speed season with a top five, a top ten and a top twenty finish at Bristol Mountain.  The sunny day made for a great day of speed.

Men’s SG:  Aiden Elizondo 4th and Michael Costanzo 19th.

Women’s SG:  Anya Elizondo 9th (3rd U16s) and Lauren Bachert 28th.

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Jan 11

U18+ Team Heads East To Labrador Mountain

The U18+ team spends the weekend racing slalom at Labrador Mountain.  They bring home a top 5 and a top 15 finish.

Men’s SL Day 1:  Aiden Elizondo 5th, Patrick Hylkema 17th, Michael Costanzo 21st, Nick Costanzo 36th, John Carbaugh 40th and Parker Nickerson 51st.

Men’s SL Day 2:  Patrick Hylkema 13th, Michael Costanzo 23rd, John Carbaugh 35th, Nick Costanzo 36th and Ben Finicle 43rd.

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Jan 10

U16s Take Two Podiums And Twelve Top 15 Spots

The U16 team opened their regular season with a bang by taking two podiums and twelve top 15 spots at their opening race weekend. The opening U16 Cup West GS was held at Holimont on Saturday, followed by the SL at Buffalo Ski Club on Sunday.  Congratulations to Bailey Creager and Mack Hurley for the third place podium finishes in the slalom.

Women’s GS:  Devynn Martin 4th, Anya Elizondo 11th, Taylor Hubert 13th, Bailey Creager 15th, Madeleine Cherr 17th, McKenzie Galvin 22nd and Haley Barden 42nd.

Men’s GS:  Max Carbaugh 8th, Guppy Briselden 9th and Eric Schafer 44th.

Women’s SL:  Bailey Creager 3rd, Anya Elizondo 6th, Devynn Martin 9th, Madeleine Cherr 20th, McKenzie Galvin 26th and Haley Barden 39th.

Men’s SL:  Mack Hurley 3rd, Max Carbaugh 6th, Guppy Briselden 9th and Eric Schafer 29th.



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Jan 05

Private Ski Lessons Available

Inigo DeOrbe, our daytime academy/FIS coach is available to give private ski lessons at HV on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9 a.m. until noon. He welcomes individuals and/or groups for lessons.

As an instructor, Inigo has a wealth of experience. He is a former national ski team racer from Spain and has been coaching at Holiday Valley and Holimont for over 30 years.

Inigo’s wife is again battling cancer and he is offering his expertise to earn funds for her treatment.

Call his store, Aardvaark Furnishings at 716.699.6092 to reserve your lesson times before they are taken!  Please leave a message if no answer.

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Jan 03

Small Contingent Of U16 & U18 Head To Whiteface

Holiday Valley places two racers in the top 25 overall on day one and one in the top 20 on day two.  A small group of Holiday Valley U16 and U18 racers headed to the Whiteface Open U21-U16 GS and SL races.  See complete results at the Results Tab.

GS Results:

U16 Women:  Anya Elizondo 7th (21st overall)

U16 Men:  Guppy Briselden 15th (42nd overall)

U18 Men:  John Carbaugh 6th (12th overall)

SL Results:

U16 Women:  Anya Elizondo 5th (17th overall)

U16 Men:  Max Carbaugh 8th (31st overall)

U18 Men:  John Carbaugh 9th (32nd overall)

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Dec 31

U16s and U18+ Teams Open Their Seasons

The U16, U18 and U21 teams opened their seasons with many strong finishes.  The first annual Holimont New Year’s Eve Opener GS host a large group of racers anxious to get the season started.  See the Results Tab for all results.

U16 Women:  Bella Wylie 2nd, Devynn Martin 5th, Bailey Creager 7th, Anya Elizondo 8th, Taylor Hueber 14th, Madeleine Cherr 16th, McKenzie Galvin 17th and Haley Barden 22nd.

U16 Men:  Mack Hurley 5th, Max Carbaugh 6th Michael Mercer 14th and Eric Schafer 21st.

U18 Men:  Alex Wylie 2nd, Patrick Hylkema 3rd, John Carbaugh 4th, Ben Finicle 12th and Nicholas Costanzo 14th.

U21 Men:  Mike Costanzo 4th.

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Dec 31

The Lack Of Snow Doesn’t Slow Down Christmas Camp

A very successful Christmas Camp comes to an end with the annual Christmas Camp race.  Check out all of the great results.  Go to the Results Tab for all results.

U10 Girls:  Leah Smillie 1st, Lexi Smillie 2nd, Zoe Philp 3rd and Charlotte Harter 4th.

U10 Boys:  Carson Corey 1st, Harry Scanlon 2nd and Sage Smith 3rd.

U12 Girls:  Alison Martin 1st, Ainsley Nickerson 2nd, Caroline DeRose 3rd, Kate Hurley 4th, Breanna Castle 5th, Sophie Krawec 6th, Megan Williams 7th, Rory Sauereisen 8th, Jane Peck 9th and Taylor Castle 10th.

U12 Boys:  Alex Wojnowski 1st, Reichen Morrisey 2nd, Mitchell Azcarate 3th, Ryan Scanlon 4th, Henry Dunn 5th, Luke Petuzzi 6th, Ross Fuller 7th, Jack DeRose 8th, Connor Keefe 9th, John Smillie 10th and Laz Rifkin 11th.

U14 Girls:  Logan Fredrickson 1st, Sierra Cappelli 2nd, Candice Kasahara 3rd, Lauren Thomas 4th, Hayly Fredrickson 5th, Cassidy Creager 6th, Phoebe Dunn 7th, Katherine Wojnowski 8th and Fiona Kavcic 9th.

U14 Boys:  Orry Shattenberg 1st, Steel Hurley 2nd, Jes Sauereisen 3rd, Patrick Scanlon 4th, Bode Vance 5th, Benjamin Wise 6th and Alec Nolan 7th.

U16 Boys:  Sean Nolan 1st.

Overall:  Logan Fredrickson 1st, Alex Wojnowski 2nd and Sean Nolan 3rd.

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Dec 30

Sponsorships And Member Handbooks Now Online

As discussed during the Parents’ Meeting, the printable sponsorship information and Member Handbook are now available for printing.

The sponsorship material is available by clicking the Sponsorship Tab on the Home Page.

The Member Handbook can be seen by clicking on:  Member Handbook

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Dec 30

FIS Team Puts Second Race Series In The Books

The FIS team is heading home from two days of slalom at the Canadian FIS Nik Zoricic Cup at Mt. Saint Louis, Ontario.  The two day slalom event was held under the lights, a new experience for the racers.  Click on the Results Tab for complete results.

Day 1 Results:  Aiden Elizondo 41st (60th first run, 35th second run) and John Carbaugh 58th (65th, 59th).

Day 2 Results:  Aiden Elizondo 27th (28th, 29th) and John Carbaugh 64th (73rd, 61st)



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Dec 29

Here Is Your Ski Tuning Handbook

We want to thank Tom Briselden (tbriz@att.net) for sharing his time and expertise with us at the ski tuning clinic.  I hope our new and experienced parents and our athletes learned a few things.  The following links provide some suggested tool kit configurations for each level of racing and waxing charts for SWIX and Dominator waxes:

Please remember, never hesitate to ask questions of another race parent or racer regarding tuning and waxing.

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Dec 27

Baseline Concussion Testing To Begin

We will begin offering Impact Concussion Baseline Testing Monday December 29th, continuing into Tuesday December 30th.  Coaches will be given signup sheets.  All racers 10 and up should be taking this annual test.

To complete the testing we need to borrow laptops for the two days.  If anyone can spare a laptop for one or both of the days please contact Jim Elizondo at 260.433.5388.

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Dec 27

Parents Meeting Scheduled

Please plan on attending the Parents Meeting at 1:15 pm, Tuesday, December 30th, at the Training Center.  We will have a brief meeting before the kids come in and then plan to break by age groups with coaches.  The plan is to break with coaches at 2:45 pm.  See everyone there.

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Dec 27

Join Us At The Tuning Clinic

We be hosting our annual tuning clinic.  The ski tuning clinic will be given by Tom Briselden on Monday, December 29th, at 1:00 in the Training Center.  All new parents should plan to attend so you can learn the basics of tuning your kid’s skis as well as supplies needed.

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Dec 27

Christmas Camp Announcements

Christmas camp starts today. Ready and on the snow at 9 am.  Same schedule as weekend training. If you younger kids in the Rangers program, there should be an inctructor at the training center to pick them and take them to Rangers.

9-11:30 on snow

11:30-12:30 lunch

12:30-2:30 on snow

The exception is Sunday because all coaches have a coaches’ training session starting at 2 pm. Plan to pick up your kids accordingly that day.

Camp goes Friday the 27th to the 30th with the Christmas camp race for all kids on Wednesday the 31st. Pizza party to follow the race for all of the kids.

You will need to sign up and pay for the Christmas camp race in the training center this week.  Cost was $5.

The Parents’ Association meeting is a wealth of information and is scheduled for 1:15 pm on Tuesday. Breakout sessions with your specific coaches will follow the meeting at 2:45 after the kids come in for the day. Please plan to attend–especially new families. We cover a ton of team info at this meeting.

If you have not already signed up for NYSSRA (New York State Ski Racing Association) and USSA (United States Ski/Snowboard Association), you need to do so for your racer to be eligible to race this season. We need this done before then end of the year because  quotas for state races are based on these numbers. DO NOT sign up under the student category. You must be  signed up under competitor status.

We will have team jacket samples and HV spirit wear at the training center this week. Anyone interested can try on for sizing this week so we can quickly get an order placed.

There is a ski tuning clinic by Tom Briselden on Monday at 1:00.  All new parents should plan to attend so you can learn the basics of tuning your kid’s skis as well as supplies needed.

We will be conducting concussion testing for all racers. Dates and times will be available shortly for when this will happen. Please look for sign up sheets. We take concussions very seriously and we recommend an annual baseline test for each racer. We offer this to the team at no cost.

This is also the time to look and list any equipment or apparel that your kids may not be using on skibay. send us the pictures and prices and we will list them on the website.

This is the most updated master group list to use until after the Parents’ Meeting where we hope to get all information collected.


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Dec 14

The Season Begins – We Have Our First Race Results

The FIS Team opened the season with four top ten finishes.  Aiden Elizondo opened the race season this weekend in Northern Michigan at the Mid Am National USSA GS and the FIS SL races.  Aiden finished all four events in the top ten and missed the podium by just one hundredth of a second (.01).

First GS:  7th place

Second GS:  6th place

First SL:  6th place

Second SL:  4th place

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Nov 04

HV Athletes To Attend Fundamentals Camps At Lake Placid

Ten Holiday Valley athletes have been invited to attend the NYSSRA Pre-Season Fundamentals Camps at Whiteface Mountain, Lake Placid.

The U14 Fundamentals camp will be held December 11th through 14th.  Congratulations to the invitees: Sierra Cappelli, Paige Duffy, Haley Friedrickson, Logan Friedrickson, Fiona Kavcic and Lauren Thomas.

The U16 Fundamentals camp will be held December 4th through 7th.  Congratulations to the invitees: Max Carbaugh, Anya Elizondo, Devynn Martin and Tommy Shantler.

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Nov 03

HV Athletes Invited And Attended Olympic Training Center Dryland Camp

Congratulations to the following athletes who were invited and attended the NYSSRA U14-U16 Dryland Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid on October 3rd through 5th.

Guppy Briselden U16

Anya Elizondo U16

Tommy Shantler U16

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Oct 22

NFSC Fitness Clinic Results

The NFSC Fitness Clinic went well and was well attended by the council.  Click the following link for the test results. Thanks for participating and keep that dry-land training going.


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Oct 18

Plan Your Race Schedule

The calendar has been updated with all posted races from FIS to U8.

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Oct 12

Visit SkiBay – See The Newly Listed 2014/2015 Season Items

If you’re looking for equipment to buy or sell your equipment, look no farther then the new SkiBay. We have had sales as far away as Alaska, California and Florida.  Now you can directly add your own equipment to sell. Click here to go to SkiBay

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Oct 06

NFSC Fitness Clinic


On October 19th, one month from today, Thomas Lam will be coming to back to Elicottville for our fitness and dry-land clinic. This year we have expanded the event into both a testing and dry-land event. We have invited teams from NFSC to participate and compete against our athletes. This clinic will be a lot different from previous ones you may have attended. This year each athlete will get to practice each test before they are scored. After each test is scored training principles will be presented that will give the kids workouts that should help to directly improve each test. Remember, as our athletes improve their test results and fitness it should directly improve their skiing results. Also, each athlete will still receive a personal movement analysis by Dr. Lam himself. Many of our athletes have used this data to help effect positive change before the beginning of the ski season. Remember it takes a lot of effort and planning to put these events together. Please try to make it out for this event, as a club, it really opens us up to many new opportunities!

This year we will be giving out awards just a like a ski race or any other competitive event!

Click here for a copy of the announcement and event flyer!  Feel free to email me with anymore questions!


Nick Nenno

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Oct 01

Get Your Team Window Stickers

Team window stickers are available.  These great looking, 9″ x 4″, stickers are the perfect compliment to any ski racer’s vehicle.  At $10 they will go fast.  Please contact Mary Ellen Elizondo to purchase yours.

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Oct 01

Follow us on Twitter!

Follow Holiday Valley Race Team on Twitter for the latest team updates. @HVRaceTeam

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