8-11 yrs old
With a focus on skill building in all types of terrain, coaches will also develop the athlete’s introductory knowledge of racing skills, techniques and tactics. U10/12s are required to ski at a strong intermediate level- this is parallel turns on any blue or easy black while maintaining speed and control. Graduating from Snow Tigers or another PST program is helpful but not required before starting this program.
This is a good age to expand the athlete’s knowledge of the race arena so the athlete can determine if they want to pursue racing more seriously in the future or explore other avenues of skiing. We focus on more drills while also incorporating fun and challenging free skiing opportunities. Gate training is about 30-40% of the training.
RACING IS NOT REQUIRED and coaching will be provided on weekends that some of the team is traveling. Opportunities for local and club races are available as well as participation in USSA sanctioned races for higher competition. For those choosing to participate in USSA races, we offer the Southern Series races which consists of three-four events located usually at Purgatory, Flagstaff and Taos. Racers do not have to attend all events to participate in the Southern Series. U10s are welcome to participate at the U10 Championships in Telluride with no need to qualify and the U12’s are welcome to attend the U12 Championships in Powderhorn with no need to qualify.