Highlights of 2017 Fall Festival Luncheon

The RMD hosts an annual Awards Luncheon each fall to recognize our Colorado All-Star athletes as well as key volunteers.  The 2017 Fall Festival Awards Luncheon was held at the La Quinta in Silverthorne, Colorado on Sunday,October 15.

Ninety athletes representing all three disciplines that compete under the RMD umbrella – Alpine, Freestyle and Jumping/Noridic Combined – were presented Spyder jackets. In addition, 50 of the top-qualifying athletes in Alpine and Freestyle were awarded annual ski passes, due to the generosity of both Colorado Ski Country USA and Vail Resorts.  These All-Star passes greatly enhance the training opportunities of some of Colorado’s most talented young snow-sport athletes. The RMD board and our member athletes and parents greatly appreciate the support of Colorado Ski Country USA and Vail Resorts.  Click  2017 All Star List to view a list of all 2017 RMD All Stars.

In addition, awards were given by each discipline to key volunteers, racing clubs and high-achieving athletes.  The luncheon culminated with the presentation of the Halstead Award by RMD President Roger Perricone. The Halstead Award which was first awarded in 1943 is the most prestigious and long-standing award given to individuals who have provided outstanding leadership and support of snow sports in Colorado.  This year’s winner was Darlene Nolting.  Congratulations to Darlene and thank you for your hard work, passion and dedication to supporting the growth of snow sports in Colorado.

RMD President Roger Perricone presented Darlene Nolting with the 2017 Holstead Award.

RMD President Roger Perricone presented Darlene Nolting with the 2017 Holstead Award.

Join US for the 20th Annual RMD Celebrity Golf Tournament

Plans Underway for Sept. 2018!

A Golf Tournament Committee is currently be formed by chairman, Chris Hoss.  For sponsorship and volunteer opportunities or to be added to a Keep Me Posted email list for this event, please contact the RMD Office Manager at rmdofficemanager@gmail.com.

This annual event is the primary fundraiser to support the RMD’s  Colorado Gold Medal Initiative. Read below for more information:

The Colorado Gold Medal Initiative

This event benefits the Colorado Gold Medal Initiative, an athlete-centered talent development initiative, with the goal of sustainable Olympic excellence by Colorado athletes in snow sports.

Gold Medal Initiative Update:

100% of net funds are given directly back to the athletes and disciplines

  • RMD athletes with a local opportunity for speed training with USST athletes at the Copper Speed Center.
  • Top RMD Jumping/Nordic Combined juniors who trained alongside USST, Austria, Norway, and other nations in Planica, Slovenia and at World Juniors.
  • RMD Freestyle athletes gain inverted and off-axis jump training locally with USST & elite level coaching.
  • RMD JNC athletes’ train and compete at US National in Lake Placid and the US Cup Tour.
  • Youth Alpine athletes, ages 10-14, in a local skills camp at Copper Mountain.Colorado’s top Alpine compete at U16 Nationals



RMD Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Athletes Train in Europe

Check out on update on a current European training camp for some of RMD’s best athletes:

We‘re right around the halfway point of our training camp in Europe and it’s already proving to be exceedingly beneficial for our athletes.  In just under two weeks, we’ve skied on 5 different jumps and logged over 15 hours of endurance and interval work.  We started the trip in the northwest corner of Slovenia at a world-renowned venue called Planica.  This is the site of a very famous ski flying hill (Hill Size 225 meters) as well as some of the finest athletic facilities our athletes have ever encountered.  We got plenty of jumping sessions on the Olympic-sized jumps (Hill size 105 and 140m) and even got the opportunity to break the monotony of summer by cross country skiing on snow!  Planica is equipped with an indoor ski tunnel with about 900 meters of groomed snow in a refrigerated, 3-level parking garage.  It was a surreal experience and a great way to spend our recovery day!

RMD athletes train at indoor nordic track in Europe

RMD athletes train at indoor nordic track in Europe

We then hopped over the Austrian border to Villach to jump their HS-98 and ski a 5-kilometer time trial on their roller ski trails.  The athletes did well despite skiing 3 interval workouts that week!  After that, it was off to Germany to jump in the small Bavarian town of Oberstdorf.  It’s a beautiful town and we’ve already jumped both the HS-100 and the HS-136.  These hills are very different from the ones we’ve been jumping so far, but that’s one of the major benefits of this trip!  Variety is immensely important to young jumpers’ training and our athletes are getting plenty of it!! We have one more session on the large hill here in Oberstdorf, then we head farther north to Oberwiesenthal for some intense XC training and more jumping on the HS-100 there.

RMD Jumping/Nordic Combined athletes

RMD Jumping/Nordic Combined athletes

The athletes are also getting a taste of the local culture through the food and language.  We even attended a music festival in Slovenia that featured traditional dancing and music.  The athletes found that to be interesting to say the least!  We are all looking forward to the rest of the trip and the improvements it will bring.  We are already itching for competition season.

Enjoying the amazing Alps

Enjoying the amazing Alps

- Post and pictures provided by SSWSC/RMD coach Karl Denney

RMD Amended and Restated Bylaws

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McKinsey & Company Report

McKinsey & Company Report

Since the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, the USSA has made development a key focus area. Our goal is to ensure that our programs strengthen and grow to enable athletes to achieve their Olympic dreams. To accomplish this, the USSA enlisted the pro bono assistance of the globally-recognized consulting firm McKinsey & Company to work with a Steering Committee of USSA sport leaders to help evaluate the way support is delivered to athletes and parents through our USSA clubs and development programs nationwide. McKinsey and the study’s Steering Committee were asked to consider several issues and offer recommendations for how we can make USSA better.


After conducting over 100 interviews across the organization with coaches, club and regional leaders, athletes and parents, as well as experts at other successful sports and non-profit organizations, significant support for evolving the USSA towards becoming a more club-based organization was found. This transition will be focused on three major areas: strengthening club support and services, improving communications and enhancing member support and services.

Implementation of the Steering Committee’s recommendations is already underway, with staffing and resources committed to expanded programming and activity.


To view a report on McKinsey & Company’s findings, as well as how the USSA plans to execute these plans, please go to  http://ussa.org/ussa/mckinsey-study