At Swiss Valley we may have SMALL HILLS, but we know how to get BIG RESULTS….

Learn Here Ski Anywhere!  WNDU Olympic Kick Off Visit to Swiss Valley!

Zachary Surdell..Journey of an Olympic Hopeful

We would like to congratulate Zach Surdell, Dakota Fochs, Gavin Francis, Tyson New and Brian & Brad Bechtel! All have received Regional and National rankings and are competing at the National & International level. That’s right, we are sending them off from Jones, Michigan to Lake Placid, NY, Copper Mountain, Colorado, Salt Lake City Utah and even ITALY!

Zach Surdell, of Marcellus, MI who two years ago had only skied at Swiss Valley, is a member of the U.S. Aerial Ski Team Development Team and a resident of Lake Placid, NY.  He trains and reside with the team when not attending competitions around the world.

Below you will find profiles on each of these amazing athletes that will represent our “SMALL HILL” in a very BIG WAY!

Contribute to the success of our home hill skiers and snowboarders:

Zach Surdell Via the PayPal button on our site, or send donation to USSA Freestyle Program, 1 Victory Lane, Box 100, Park City UT 84060 Check Must Note “Attn: Zach Surdell”

Dakota Fochs send donation to:
USSA Freestyle Program
1 Victory Lane, Box 100
Park City UT
Check Must Note “Attn: Dakota Fochs”

Tyson New & Gavin Francis email for inquiries and information on Tyson & Gavin’s sponsorship and fundraising efforts.


Want Big Results? How to get involved:

Just Starting…VALLEY KIDS is perfect!

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For more information about Swiss Valley’s Ski & Snowboard Freestyle Programs please call our Snowsports staff at (269)244-5635 ext.245

Swiss Valley Racing Programs include Junior Development Team & G2 Open Racing League


Age 14
Marcellus, MI
Member: US Elite Development Ski Team
Fore Runner: 2013 World Cup Lake Placid, NY
Ranked #1 in World Under 14

Zach Surdell Full Profile


Age 15
Marcellus, MI

- 2013 National USASA Qualifier: Slope Style Copper, CO
- Ist Place in USASA Middle Earth Series Region
- Nationally Ranked 20 of 297

Tyson New Full Profile


Age 20
Cassopolis, MI

- 2013 National USASA Qualifier: Slope Style Copper, CO
- 2nd  Place in USASA Middle Earth Series Region
- Nationally Ranked 12 of 113

Gavin Francis Full Profile

Bradley & Brian Bechtel

8-year-old brothers
Kalamazoo, MI

Bradley & Brian skied with their dad for the first time when they were three. They’ve looked forward to the skiing season every year since!

After watching Zach Surdell perform some amazing tricks at a competition last year, they became interested in learning more about freestyle skiing. They started attending the Wizards Freestyle Skiing & Snowboarding Camp at Swiss Valley in January and began competing in the USASA Middle Earth Snow Series soon after.

Both boys were excited to qualify for the 2013 USASA Nationals slope style event in their age groups; Bradley in skiing and Brian in snowboarding.

“Park Mark” Osborne

We thank “Park Mark Osborne”, Freestyle Legend, and fountain of freestyle knowledge, for his many years and continued dedication to Swiss Valley, our terrain parks, and our athletes!

Race Results

We congratulate Sydney (Age 6) & Payton (Age 9) Klaer of Mishawaka, IN, Alexa Pfister,  Age 9 and Spencer Dexter, Age 9 of Elkhart, All members of the SWISS VALLEY JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT RACE TEAM as they race onto NASTAR Nationals as GOLD Qualifiers.