San Francisco Snow Ball

2013 San Francisco Snow Ball at the Old Mint, San Francisco, CA. Photo © Meg Haywood-Sullivan

Thank you for supporting the 
2013 San Francisco Snow Ball
at The Old Mint!

It was an incredible evening full of amazing athletes, an outstanding venue,  exclusive auction, great entertainment and a complete success that could not have happened without you!  We hope you enjoyed the unforgettable evening!

The countdown to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games has begun! We're exctied to watch and cheer on the athletes of the U.S Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S Freeskiing as they head to Sochi. GO USA!!!

Event Photos
For photos from the event click here.

If you would like to support and become a part of the 2014 San Francisco Snow Ball, please contact Jessica Miller at

Thank you to these generous event sponsors:

Olympic Sponsors
Suzanne and J. Taylor Crandall

Gold Sponsors
Stephanie and Fred Harman

Silver Sponsors
Diana and Steve Strandberg

Bronze Sponsors
Aperio Group, Audi
Cynthia Carroll and Woody Marshall
Doug and Leslie Ballinger
Frank and Denise Quattrone Foundation
Geoff and Amy Yang, GoPro
Hank Holland, Lee and Justin Sadrian
Merrill Lynch, Silicon Valley Bank
Squaw Valley Ski Holdings LLC
Stifel, Sullivan & Cromwell
Thom Weisel, Visa
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s

Special Thanks
Jackson Hole, Parallel Wines, Big Red Cats, ZICO
Liftopia, Sundance Institute and Deer Valley Resorts
Smith Optics, Zeal Optics, Eva Twardokens Crossfit, POC Matthew Johnson,
The Orchard at The Carneros Inn and Vinter's Collective, Foxtail Catering, Ripple Media

Special thanks to Beam Liquor


2013 Event Information -
The San Francisco Snow Ball is the official Sochi Sendoff before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games!  
Join the athletes for lavish food and cocktails, music, entertainment, a private performance by the Flying Ace All Stars, and an exclusive silent auction featuring official Team gear, Olympic memorabilia, once-in-a-lifetime experience packages and more!  

To sign up online, click here.

Or, to RSVP by mail, fill out an RSVP Form and return to:

Attn: Foundation
Box 100
Park City, UT 84060 

For more information, please contact Jessica Miller at or 435.647.2095

Click here for photos from the 2012 San Francisco Snow Ball.

Event Details

2013 San Francisco Snow Ball

To support the athletes of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowborading and U.S. Freeskiing

Saturday November 9, 2013
The San Francisco Old Mint

6:00 p.m. VIP Hour
7:00 p.m. Event Begins 

Co-Chairmen: Dave Morin and Thom Weisel

Event Format: Instead of a formal seated dinner, the Snow Ball has a cocktail party structure to provide guests with the  opportunity to meet and mingle with the athletes and other guests without being limited to a particular table or group for the entire night.  Although there are no formal table assignments, there will be seating around the venue with VIP areas for upper level sponsors, plentiful passed hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, lavish food stations (equivalent to a full meal) and desserts as well as entertainment, an exclusive silent auction and a short program later in the evening. Cocktail attire preferred. 

Click here for an event Fact Sheet.

Click here for corporate sponsorship information. 


Event Commitete and USSA Trustees

Event Co-Chairmen
Dave Morin
Tom Weisel

Trustees, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation
J. Crandall
Ned Gilhuly
Fred Harman
Hank Holland
Doug Mackenzie
Dave Morin
Steven Read
Steve Strandberg
John Underwood
Thom Weisel
Geoff Yang

Event Committee
Christine Aylward
Alex Bard
Nate Bosshard
Jan D'Alessandro
Brad DeFoor
Erik Eccles
Tod Francis
Kent Goldman
Chris Hemphill
Oren Jacob
Matt Jay
Patrick McKenna
Jordan Ormont
Francis Pedraza
Evan Reece
Ron Schneidermann
Justin Shaffer
Rob Webb




The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)3. Proceeds from the 2013 San Francisco Snow Ball will support athletes in all disciplines of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing, the only teams on the international circuit that receive no federal funding. 100% of the monies raised will help fund year-round athlete training, competition, development and educational needs in the crucial years leading up to the next Olympic Winter Games.

No athlete becomes an Olympian on his or her own. It requires a network of dedicated coaches, teammates and supporters. The USSA has a proud tradition of being supported by funding from generous Americans. This extraordinary tradition is shared by few other countries in the world. Just like every second, every step, and every shot counts in the Olympics, so does every contribution to the Team.  With the next Olympics only months away, now is a crucial time to raise awareness to ensure the athletes are fully prepared to represent our country in Sochi, Russia. 

What will your donation support? 

What does a donation to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation support?  

In 1996, Billy Demong, Todd Lodwick and Jonny Spillane made the commitment to live and train together as a team with the dream of one day winning a medal for the United States.  Their sacrifice, commitment, dedication and perseverance paid off in 2010 when they won the first ever medal for the United States in the Team Nordic Combined event. USSA coaches and staff work together to improve the overall conditioning and performance of the Team. The USSA's High Performance staff is on the cutting edge of sports science technology.  They have developed new aerodynamic equipment for Sochi, a machine for measuring the hemoglobin mass of athletes, which allows them to track the effectiveness of altitude training strategies and new ECG testing equipment that allows them to detect any heart conditions in elite athletes

In the four years between Olympic Games, each athlete from the men's and women's alpine teams will spend on-average 880 days away from their homes and families and will visit more than 18 countries. USSA coaches, trainers and staff work around the clock to ensure the athletes have the best training and care.  Hundreds of doctors donate two weeks or more away from their practice each year to travel with athletes and serve as the team doctor at events around the world.

In order to defend her gold medal in women's moguls, Hannah Kearney will practice her tricks 4,000 times off the water ramp, spend over 748 hours conditioning and complete 62,000 plyometric jumps in the four years between Olympic Games. The USSA provides athletes with the coaches and infrastructure to ensure that the athletes have the training and conditioning they need to succeed in Sochi.

Winning a gold medal in women's half pipe in 2002, Kelly Clark was shut out of medal contention in 2006 by placing fourth in the halfpipe. She refocused and with the support of U.S. Snowboarding she came back to win Bronze at the 2010 Games – an accomplishment in which she takes great pride. At the USSA's state of the art training facility, the Center of Excellence, athletes have the opportunity to practice their skills, work with sport-specific trainers, and perfect their sport before training on-snow – reducing the chance for serious injury.  Since 2008, the USSA's High Performance staff has recorded a reduction in ACL injuries of 65 percent from 2008 and there has been a 100 percent increase in training at the Center of Excellence over the past three years from 8054 hours a year to 15,791 hours.

Lindsey Vonn has been training to be an Olympic Champion since she was four years old.  In the years leading up to Sochi she will spend more than 11,000 hours training and will ski at least 7,820,000 vertical feet. Over the course of an athlete's career, the USSA can provide up to $2 million of support though travel, coaching staff, sports science and medicine, education and rehabilitation.

National Pride
The United States is the only country in the world that does not support athletes at the elite level with federal funding. You directly contribute to the success of the athletes. It takes a team behind the Team to win medals. With your support, the USSA will invest millions of dollars to ensure that the U.S. can defend its best in the world status in Olympic skiing and snowboarding and see the stars and stripes fly high in Sochi.




2013 San Francisco Snow Ball at the Old Mint, San Francisco, CA. Photo © Meg Haywood-Sullivan
Elite athletes enjoy the evening at The Old Mint in San Francisco.

2013 San Francisco Snow Ball at the Old Mint, San Francisco, CA. Photo © Meg Haywood-Sullivan
DJ Cocheze spins some beats to get the party started.

2013 San Francisco Snow Ball at the Old Mint, San Francisco, CA. Photo © Meg Haywood-Sullivan
Julia Mancuso and Tommy Ford loving the snow in San Francisco.

2013 San Francisco Snow Ball at the Old Mint, San Francisco, CA. Photo © Meg Haywood-Sullivan
San Francisco guest gets in on the exclusive silent auction while showing her USA pride.

2013 San Francisco Snow Ball at the Old Mint, San Francisco, CA. Photo © Meg Haywood-Sullivan
The Old Mint

2013 San Francisco Snow Ball at the Old Mint, San Francisco, CA. Photo © Meg Haywood-Sullivan
Flying Ace Allstars getting the crowd pumped up.

Photos ( c ) Meg Haywood