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Through the vision of former U.S. Ski Team Members, Bryon Friedman and Erik Schlopy, the World Cup Dreams Foundation (formerly known as the SFI Foundation) was created in 2005 to provide National Alpine Ski Team members with the financial resources needed to help them achieve their ski racing goals and compete at their highest level.

Our Mission

To further the growth and development of the nation’s best skiers by helping them realize their athletic goals and dreams through financial support.

Our Vision

To allow athletes on the National Team or above the financial stability to pursue their athletic goals.


Bryon has spent the last 10 years of his life traveling the world in pursuit of the perfect run. Spending countless hours in hotels, ski lifts, International terminals and café's surrounded by coaches, athletes, fans and journalists. All the while finding relief in the corner of a hotel lobby playing songs for a group of friends or penning lyrics on an airline napkin on an overnight trans Atlantic flight. His trusty acoustic guitar accompanied him on nearly every trip as he crafted the songs that awarded him #1 emerging singer-songwriter on Sirius/XM's Coffeehouse in 2009. Shortly thereafter Bryon left the World Cup circuit after 10 years as a member of the U.S. Ski Team. He carries with him two national championship titles, 3 top 10 world cup finishes, and a lifetime of experiences waiting to be crafted into songs. His third album is due this Spring 2011, which he plans to record in the mountains of Cripple Creek, Colorado. 

Some of Bryon's other ventures are Soul Poles and his Music

 ERIK SCHLOPY » Co-Founder

A 3-time Olympian and 7-time National Champion, winner of the bronze in Giant Slalom at the World Championships in 2003, and holder of the remarkable ranking of 3rd in the in world for GS in 2001, Erik competed as a professional ski racer for an astounding 18 years.  Having one of the longest careers in U.S. Ski Racing history, Erik is an inspiration to all young skiers striving for success on the slopes.  Currently living in Park City, Erik is married to Olympic Swimmer, Summer Sanders, and is proud dad to daughter Skye and son Charles “Spider”.

Erik's other projects include PointZero1


A 2-time Olympian and 12-year veteran of the US Ski Team, Scott has two World Cup Podiums to his credit, one in Super-G in Garmisch, Germany and one in Downhill in Val Gardena, Italy.  During his career with the US Team, he also graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Economics.  Having his share of injuries to recover from, he is excited to support the next generation of athletes through the work of this foundation and also through coaching at his home program of Crystal Mountain. 


World Cup Dreams Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created by former U.S. Ski Team members Erik Schlopy and Bryon Friedman. The Foundation is focused on helping our nation's best alpine skiers realize their athletic dreams and goals through disability insurance coverage and financial support.

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