12 to 15 yrs old
This is the age when things can start to pick up for a ski racer who has had a few years of racing experience or it could be an age where athletes might decide they want to start racing. Our programs provide coaching for multiple skill levels at this age.
Although this program is designed for the serious ski racer who is dedicated to learning technical and tactical skills, it is not limited to those who want to start racing at age 12 or up. Athletes compete in USSA sanctioned events within the Rocky Mountain Division (RMD) with opportunities to advance to competitions at the regional and national level.
Depending on age group, the team trains about 40-60% of the time in gates to focus on tactics and techniques important to ski racing. However, an emphasis on free skiing is also incorporated into training, keeping in mind that to build a strong racer, you must first have a strong skier. There are multiple levels of commitment for this age group including additional mid-week training opportunities at Purg for those whose academic schedules are flexible.
The full time program focuses on weekend training, Saturdays and Sundays plus optional days (1/2/3) a week of mid-week training at Chapman Hill with an alternating dryland training.
Racers will be expected to participate in early season conditioning and early season skiing opportunities leading up to the season. In-season strength and conditioning will also take place every other week. Full-time athletes will focus on individual goal setting, training/competition objectives and health and wellness practices. This will help determine the individual’s strengths, areas of improvement, skill set and overall goals for the program.
Full time athletes must commit to mid-week training (some exceptions may apply). Full-time athletes also must maintain a B/3.0 average in school by properly managing their training, travel, competition and academics.
Most gate training will be shared with part-time athletes where schedules overlap. Most of the Saturday training will focus on GS/Kombi sessions and drills, Sunday’s will focus on drills, free skiing or video/feedback. Chapman will focus primarily on SL sessions and video feedback.