Ages:   16-20 years old

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • All the U16 Program requirements, plus:
  • Must have expert skiing skills, able to make high-speed dynamic parallel turns on expert terrain (e.g. Upper Ultra) demonstrating a dynamically balanced stance.
  • See equipment requirements

 

Required Equipment:

 

  • Must have age appropriate ski racing equipment, including:
  • USSA compliant giant slalom and slalom race skis (recreational skis are not permitted) 
  • Girls:  155cm slalom skis, and 175cm GS skis with a turn radius > 25M (if racing FIS, GS skis must be a minimum of 183cm with a turn radius >30M)
  • Boys: 165cm slalom skis (U19s can use 155cm), and 180cm GS skis with a turn radius > 30M (if racing FIS, GS skis must be a minimum of 190cm with a 35M radius)
  • Properly sized and fitted race boots
  • Slalom pole and shin guards are required
  • A helmet designed for ski racing (the hard shell must cover the ears). Helmet must adhere to the FIS RH 2013 certification standard and have the appropriate decal visible while wearing the helmet (i.e. no other stickers or goggle straps covering the decal), and should not have any attachments on the shell (e.g. action camera mounts);
  • USSA’s equipment rules can be found here.
  • A FIS competition license is encouraged for those athletes seeking to compete in FIS events.  (FIS registration can be done through USSA and late fees apply after August 15th.) 

 

Format:

 

  • Saturday and Sundays, 8AM-3PM from resort opening (usually the 2nd weekend in December) through the 2nd weekend in March
  • Focuses on free skiing and strong fundamentals, while adding GS and slalom gate tactics and racing to the athletes’ skill development
  • Methodology includes free skiing drills, directed free skiing as a group, gate drills, AM gate training, video analysis, goal setting, and other group activities 
  • Training time is split roughly equally between gate training on various terrain and conditions, and drills and directed free skiing
  • Includes option of Tu/Th PM practice and December Holiday Camp (included free), and participants are eligible for optional early-season camp
  • Sportsmanship and positive team dynamics are an important part this program

 

Participation:

 

  • Ski racing is an inherently risky sport and regular practice is essential for success as well as to help reduce the risk of serious injury.  
  • Athletes are encouraged to participate in both Saturday and Sunday practice each weekend. 
  • Weeknight practice is not required but it is strongly encouraged.  

 

Recommended Races:

  • The PA Cup Series USSA events  
  • Other USSA and/or FIS events as recommended by coaches