About us


As a non-profit (501c3) organization, the Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation relies on fundraising in order to bridge the gap between the cost of running the program, and the program fees. In common with most Tahoe area racing programs, the tuitions paid to KSEF covers only about two-thirds of the costs to operate the program.  As a result, we are highly dependent on fundraising to make ends meet.  There are several ways you can contribute to KSEF.  We appreciate any contribution or donation

Fundraising events for Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation

Martin Luther King Raffle
This event will be held on January 18th and 19th.   Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.  The final drawing for the raffle will be on Sunday afternoon in the Plaza at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.  First prize will be a new pair of all mountain skis, donated by Kirkwood Mountain Sports.

Head 2 Head Ski Race/Dinner Auction
This event will be held on Saturday, March 22nd. This is our primary fundraising event which includes the Head to Head Giant Slalom during the day and the Dinner and Auction in the evening. Jim Reilly will once again be directing this event and needs volunteers to assist with sponsors, on-hill support, and auction and dinner arrangements. Please speak directly to Jim with any questions and to add your name to the volunteers list. To signup for the event, please email Jim4JRC@aol.com.

Corporate Sponsorship
This season we are implementing an early season fundraising program to assist with our goals. Sponsors will be identified as Team Sponsors and will be recognized throughout the year. For more information and assistance please contact Jim Reilly at jim4jrc@aol.com or Lou Drapeau at lcdrapeau@gmail.com.

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Questions and Answers…

What is the money used for?
Donations are partially used to cover operating expenses, but also used for new capital equipment that allow us to provide a better overall training experience for our athletes.  This includes upgrades to our team room, equipment for video analysis, new radios, on hill shed and timing equipment, gates/fencing, etc…

How is the Ski Team funded?

All programs operate at a deficit. The foundation raises funds to cover the gap between income and expenses.

Can I donate items that are non-ski related?

Yes.  As a part of our Head to Head Dinner/Auction, we are looking for both ski related and non-ski related items for our live and silent auction.  Examples are mini vacations, golf/tennis trips, wines, and ski or sports items. Please contact Lisa Reilly at lisa4jrc@aol.com to make a donation

How can I make a financial donation?

We gladly accept donations via cash, check, credit card and can also accept stock donations. Checks should be made out to KSEF.

Can I get a Donation Receipt for tax purposes?

The Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation is a 501(c) non-profit corporation. Donations are deductible to the full extent allowable by law.

What People are saying about Kirkwood Ski Team

Our oldest daughter started with the Kirkwood Ski Team eight years ago and the younger girls have followed suit. We thoroughly enjoy the sense of community for our girls and as parents. The program is well run and has a strong relationship with the resort which provides for access to training on the highest quality most reliable snowpack in the Tahoe area. The coaching staff is top notch and provides individual differentiated training for each athlete.

Tim and Ann Marie Louis

From the first day my daughter joined KSEF, she felt part of something special.  The coaches made her feel confident that she could improve and do well, and the other ski team kids made her feel like part of the family.  Being part of the Kirkwood Ski Team has been a wonderful experience for the whole family.

Laurie Hindes

We make the beautiful (non-freeway!) drive to Kirkwood each weekend, and then don't get back in our car until we're headed home.  Two full days of exercise for the kids, outside and away from any type of screen, surrounded by incredible nature.  Fresh air, tired bodies, and early nights in bed.  It really doesn't get any better than that...  that is, until the ski team hikes to some hidden powder stash, and everything moves to a level that you might have thought wasn't possible!

Mark H.

The experience and growth for my son participating in the KSEF has been awesome. Toward the end of the season when he was 8, he switched from JETS to KSEF. In his first season of racing he was 9, and out of a field of about 80 racers, he would finish right in the middle of the pack. Last year at 10 in his second season of racing, he finished on the podium twice and finished 6th overall in the Far West North division. Yes as a father I am very proud and happy for my son for his results, but that’s not what is important. Results are great but what is priceless is the quality father-son time we spend over the entire race weekend. Years later we will not remember what place he got at a particular race. What we will remember is getting to the race hill super early, racing all day, getting back to the hotel, taking a long nap, and then watching Cartoon Network while having Cheez-its and root beer floats for dinner just because we wanted to. Also, the friendships my son has made with his KSEF teammates will be lifelong. He is with the same group of great kids for about 20 weekends in a row so they are super close. Finally, though the Kirkwood Ski Team is small, I feel it has been a huge advantage for my son’s technical development. Over the course of the season, he gets instruction from six amazing coaches. I highly recommend KSEF and in my opinion, it is one of the very best ski programs in all of Tahoe.

Bryan L.