Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Foundation (SAF) is a non-profit organization made up  entirely of volunteers dedicated to supporting young amateur athletes interested in developing skills in snow sports through their participation in a Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows ski or snowboard team.

SAF provides financial assistance to team athletes and for continuing education programs for our coaches. Our goals are to provide accessibility to teams and high-level competition as well as enhance the quality of coaching, instruction and development of our athletes.

Join us in supporting the heritage of excellence and the passion this community shares for our unique ski culture and mountain at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows which have produced accomplished athletes such as Jonny Mosley, Tamara McKinney, JT Holmes, Julia Mancuso, Marco Sullivan and Travis Ganong.

Mission

The Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Foundation (SAF) provides scholarships, education and advocacy to support our athletes, coaches and programs in the Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows community.

Our vision is to be the leading foundation supporting youth development in our community.  Specifically:

  • Becoming the #1 provider of snow sports athlete and coach scholarships and education
  • Establishing an endowment that will provide year-over-year operating income
  • Developing and funding programs that include comprehensive athlete education, community advocacy, and infrastructure
  • Partnering with education and sport organizations to promote best principles and practices to ensure athletes and teams enjoy a world-class snow sport experience

History

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Foundation (SAF) started seven years ago with left-over funds raised during an impromptu coach party at Alpine Meadows.  Reem Saffouri’s son, who was on ski team, ask his mom for help.  Reem put the funds to work and transformed a bank account into the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Foundation that we know today.

Reem worked tireless hours to develop a program and foundation.  She was driven by her passion to help athletes with the high cost of pursuing their dreams and supporting coaches.  She united her Alpine Meadows foundation with that of Squaw Valley’s foundation under the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Foundation (SAF).  With that came an equally passionate board of directors and volunteers.  The organization quickly gained community support and experienced success in fundraising.  Reem recognized the importance of establishing good governance and carefully crafted the mission which is clearly evident in the growth and success in the foundation’s ability to serve the community.