Athlete Programs | Competitive Programs

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In 1973, a group of enthusiastic parents and legislators from Albany initiated a ski racing program at Whiteface Mountain, partially supported by New York State. This program was the basis of what is now the New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF). After the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, NYSEF expanded to include training programs at the Olympic Jumping Complex, Mt. Van Hoevenberg cross country trails, Gore Mountain and Belleayre.

NYSEF has grown from a staff of two coaches and 20 athletes to over 50 full and part time employees and 400 athletes. NYSEF provides programs for athletes ages 6 and older. Some athletes are members of the U.S. Ski Team, medal winners at the Olympics, All-Americans at colleges, and champions at the junior level, and ten of our NYSEF coaches have been involved with the U.S. Ski Team. 

NYSEF programs, training opportunities and equipment are made possible through enrollment fees, sponsorships, and the generous support of donors and volunteers. Scholarships are awarded to deserving athletes from beginning racers to top-level competitors.