The Auburn Ski Club Training Center has recently been awarded Podium Certification at the Bronze level by U.S. Ski and Snowboard. U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Podium Club Certification Program requires a rigorous, mission driven self-assessment and review of best principles and practices in eight areas of organizational performance. The Auburn Ski Club Training Center has demonstrated appropriate levels of performance in all areas and is recognized as an important partner of U.S. Ski and Snowboard and a leader among ski and snowboard clubs in the nation.
The Bronze Podium Certification process, which comes as Auburn Ski Club celebrates its ninetieth anniversary, was led by ASCTC’s Membership and Program Administrator Beth Ingalls, and supported by the Club’s Alpine, Nordic & Snowboard Program Directors, ASC Board Member Guy Hodgdon and Community Representative Marty Schoonmaker, an active club member and parent of several athletes in Club programs.
In addition to compiling extensive documentation about the club’s programs, facilities, athletic benchmarks, mission and strategy, the club analyzes its Leadership and Governance, Finance and Funding, Culture, Communications, Human Resources, Child and Athlete Protection, Programming and Logistics.
Podium Certification is an in depth process spanning several years or more in which U.S. Ski and Snowboard Certified Clubs work up from the Bronze level to Silver and eventually Gold. Since U.S. Ski and Snowboard member clubs, and especially Podium Certified Clubs, provide a direct pipeline for athletes with goals of progressing to the Olympic Level, a symbiotic relationship between the clubs and U.S. Ski and Snowboard is a critical one, driven by a common mission to provide the best resources for athletes.