Park City, Utah - On Monday, May 13th, at the Annual US Ski and Snowboard Club Excellence Conference in Park City, Utah, Team Summit Colorado was awarded “Gold Certified Club”, the highest honor achievable, by US Ski and Snowboard.
Club Certification is a rigorous process designed for the clubs that want to perform a comprehensive organizational assessment in order to verify and demonstrate their understanding of the best principles and implementation of best practices of their club.
Team Summit Colorado went through a comprehensive self and peer-based organizational assessment over the last year. This process assessed both organizational and athletic performance, using approximately 140 elements and submittals that represent club success.
Gold Clubs: Gold level certification is intended for clubs that are truly Best in the World. These clubs serve as a model both organizationally and athletically and are potential resources for both U.S. Ski & Snowboard and other member clubs. Further, these clubs will have high levels of financial sustainability and consistent and long-standing track records of organizational and/or athletic success. This level requires the club to designate a club certification coordinator and a board member to host a required visitation. In keeping with the idea of partnership, this process is intended to be both verification of certification requirements, as well as a way for U.S. Ski & Snowboard to better understand what the leading clubs are doing, and how they are doing it, that contributes to their continued success. This information will be very helpful in identifying what U.S. Ski & Snowboard can provide in the way of educational, technical and development resources to best serve our partner clubs. Gold Certification is intended and appropriate for less than 5% of all clubs nationwide.
“Team Summit has a solid leadership team that effectively provides quality alpine, freeski and snowboard programming in line with long term athlete development principles. Among their many strengths, Team Summit has established a variety of critical and unique partnerships that enable them to be productive, creative and resilient. The daily investment in running an outstanding organization and the extensive effort involved with the certification process itself were obvious to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Club Certification team. We trust that this process will positively affect Team Summit’s continued growth and improvement. Please note that through this process Team Summit also helped identify clear ways that U.S. Ski & Snowboard can better support Team Summit and other clubs, and we intend to act on these takeaways moving forward.” Ellen Adams, US Ski & Snowboard Club Development Manager.
“Team Summit is honored to be recognized by US Ski & Snowboard as a Gold Certified Club. We take pride in our mission to be a youth development organization empowering our athletes to realize and celebrate their personal podiums through athletics, education, and life skills by participating in innovative programming at our world-class venues. Through consistent attention to organizational and operational best practices, we are able to live out this mission. Thank you to US Ski and Snowboard for recognizing our efforts and thank you to the many supporters of Team Summit who share these values and the impact they have on our local youth.” CB Bechtel, Team Summit Colorado Executive Director.