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Our NEW introductory weekend program for new members aged 7 years old with no racing experience.  It's designed for skiers who want to improve their skills, and are looking for a fun Sunday program. 

  • Focuses on alpine fundamentals, with an introduction to giant slalom racing.
  • All Future Stars participants are asked to participate in 75% of the practices. (New!) 

 

Ages:  

  • 7 years old for new members
  • Ages are as of December 31st. 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Able to ski 'Blue' trails at Liberty Mountain (i.e. Upper Heavenly) in a parallel stance comfortably at speed and with no wedge turns (i.e. no snow plow)
  • Demonstrate a willingness to ski ALL available terrain at Liberty Mountain (skiers will not be evaluated in how they ski other trails, just their willingness to do it) (New!)
  • Demonstrate a willingness to participate in group skiing tasks, receptiveness to coaching feedback, and a desire to improve (New!)
  • Self sufficient and able to:    
  • Get on the lift without any assistance    
  • Put on their own equipment (skis, jackets, gloves, etc.) and recover from falls without assistance  
  • Able to ski by themselves if necessary, and go to the restroom by themselves  
  • Commitment to participate in 75% of the practices (New!)   
  • New members that have not completed a Trial Clinic must attend the first weekend of practice in December to be evaluated against our minimum skiing and equipment requirements.  (New!)

 

Required Equipment:

  • Appropriate ski equipment, including:     
  • One pair of properly sized multi-event (‘combi’) race skis (rental skis are not sufficient; full race slalom or GS skis are not recommended) (New!)
  • Properly sized high-performance (4-buckle) junior boots (or race boots); the skier needs to be able to flex them in cold temperatures (and very easily at room temperature) (New!)    
  • Snowsports helmet is required; Race helmets are required for USSA races (hard shell must cover the ears)  
  • Appropriate ski clothing (speed suits are unnecessary and are discouraged for DevTeam members). 
  • DevTeam members are not eligible to purchase the Uniform Jacket until they graduate to the Travel Teams. (New!)

 

Format:

  • The Development Team focuses on building strong alpine skiing fundamentals, and this takes place outside of gates. 
  • Gate training is an opportunity to learn gate tactics, and sharpening skills an athlete already has developed to a point of proficiency.  
  • Sundays, 9AM-3PM from January 7th until March 11th.
  • Focuses primarily on alpine fundamentals and building strong skiing skills 
  • Includes an introduction to giant slalom racing and gate tactics    
  • Methodology includes free skiing drills, directed free skiing as a group, gate drills, periodic giant slalom gate training on moderate terrain, video analysis, goal setting, and other group activities.  
  • Technical goals include: strong alpine stance; proficiency at parallel C-shaped turns; beginning to carve long radius turns on medium to moderate terrain; proper active use of lower body; consistent, appropriate pole plant/touch; hockey stops; skiing a variety of challenging terrain; and applying carving skills to the race course.   
  • Tu/Th Training is NOT available for Future Stars participants. 
  • Holiday Camp is NOT available for Future Stars participants.

Participation:

  • Ski racing is an inherently risky sport.  Strong skiing skills are needed at an early age to reduce the risk of injury, and to prepare athletes for the USSA ski requirements for older athletes. 
  • On-snow time is the single biggest factor in developing strong skiing skills. 
  • Therefore, Future Stars participants are required to participate in 75% of the practices for their specific program option. (New!)
  • On major powder days (12" or more), formal practice starts at 11:45AM.  But come ski as early as you can get to the Mountain safely (or stay at a Team hotel the night before). 
  • Participation is not required on severe weather days (e.g. major powder, ice storms, etc.).  Please do not risk your safety in order to attend practice.   
  • Athletes should not come to practice if they are injured or sick and unable to ski. Participation requirements can be waived in cases of extended injury or sickness.

 

Recommended Races:

 

  • LMRT Giant Slalom USSA Race