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Alpine Ski Programs

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SNSC offers a wide breadth of proramming for alpine skiing.  Our programs for skiing start with our Meisters and Development, and then athletes mature into our Alpine racing or Free Ski Programs.  Alpine racing offers programming from the U10 to U18 level.
Skimeister Team 1 | Ages 5-7 | $315
Ages: 5-7
Start-End Dates: Dec 17, 2016 - Mar 5, 2017
Training Hours Weekend: Saturdays 10AM - 3pm
Cost:  $315.00 + Family Membership Fee

This is an entry-level program for children who have some alpine skiing experience, can stop, turn, and ski intermediate trails. Each child is placed in a group of similar age and ability and stays with the same coach all season. Children will need current alpine skiing equipment. Participants will have the option of competing in 2-4 at home Club competitions

PHILOSOPHY

This is an entry-level program for children who have some alpine skiing experience, can stop, turn, and ski intermediate trails. Each child is placed in a group of similar age and ability. Children are exposed to many different skiing environments such as all mountain free skiing, free-ski drills and drill courses.
NOTE: Depending on participant’s level of skiing ability, Ski Meister groups may begin the season on Morse Highlands before skiing more difficult terrain. By year’s end we strive to have all skiers riding Sterling and Madonna mountain lifts and skiing most trails. This is done through a variety of fun learning situations.

TECHNICAL GOALS

Ski Meisters are learning how to move their balance into the middle of their skis while exploring new edging skills. By year end a more parallel position is attained and most of the Sterling and Madonna lifts can be ridden. The use of ski poles begins and children gain the necessary skills to move into the Development program.

COMPETITIONS

Any races that these children get to do are fun, rewarding, at home and free. Everyone is a winner that makes it down the race course. Being apart of the competition is the main focus, not winning or losing.

METHODOLOGY

The following provides overview highlights of the Program’s curriculum. Should the more detailed curriculum be desired, please contact the Head Coach.
  • Freeskiing: The main source of skill building at this age (100% of on snow time)
  • Freeskiing drills: Used to build fundamental skills and challenge the athletes.
  • Skiing/chairlift safety: Teach the athletes the rules of the mountain and how to stay safe while skiing.

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

All mountain skis, boots, poles, goggles, helmet, warm all weather clothes.
Ski Development Team 1 | Ages 7-10 | $375
Ages: 7-10
Coaches:   Chris Smet, Tim Hurteau, Nick Lane
 
Start-End Dates: December 17, 2016  - March 12, 2017
Training Hours Weekend: Saturdays 9am to 3pm
Cost: * $375.00 + Family Membership Fee

This program seeks to improve each child’s free-skiing technique and develop the necessary skills for the U-10/12/14 programs or our Alpine Freeski program. The main emphasis is fun while creating a skill-building environment. Skiing abilities improve rapidly through exposure to all mountain free-skiing, terrain courses, and GS and SL drill courses. Children should be able to ride the Sterling lift, ski the upper mountain, and be proficient in stopping and turning. Participants will have the option of competing in 2-4 at home Club competitions.
To build skiing skills while maintaining a fun learning environment and give exposure to many different skiing environments such as all mountain free skiing, free-ski drills and drill courses. The SNSC works to prepare the Development athlete for the U-10/12/14 programs or the Alpine Freeski program.
  • Natural athletic stance on skis.
  • Become proficient at parallel shaped turns and begin to learn to carve long radius turns on medium to moderate terrain.
  • Proper active use of lower body.
  • Consistent, appropriate pole planting, hockey stops, and skiing a variety of challenging terrain.
Although competition is not the primary focus of the Development Team we do offer several opportunities for them to experience it. Most are at home interclub fun races and if so desired there will be opportunities to try one or two of the races with the V.A.R.A  Northern Vermont Council. (Other race fees required for the NVC races)
The following provides overview highlights of the Program’s curriculum. Should the more detailed curriculum be desired, please contact the Head Coach.
  • Freeskiing: The main focus at this age and a major factor to the development of the athlete (90%-95% of on-snow time)
  • Freeskiing drills: Used daily during training sessions throughout the year to help teach and engrain the fundamental skills necessary to become a ski racer.
  • Gate drills: used to further teach and engrain fundamental skills both in and out of a course.
  • Gate training: Used as race preparation training and to acclimate the athletes to race courses and race day routines. (5%-10% of on snow time)
  • Goal Setting: Introduce goals setting to the athletes and allow them to set their own to strive for during the season.
  • All mountain skis, boots, poles, goggles, helmet, warm all weather clothes.
No racing licenses are necessary unless racing in the NVC series.
Please refer to the Handbook and the above Program Offerings.
Race schedules will be provided during orientation meeting and/or can be found in monthly calendars distributed during the season. There are no entry fees for club races. For more information regarding NVC races, please visit: www.vara.org, or www.fisski.com.
In the unlikely event that Development Coaches travel with the group to a race or camp, those expenses are divided up equally between all athletes on the trip.
  • Prerequisite: Participant must be able to ride M-2 and Sterling chairlifts with another child.
  • Program orientation meeting at beginning of year and awards at end of year.
  • The coaches help with lunches but do not serve them lunch. They eat as a group.
  • Parents will be asked if they will allow their child to ski supervised on the T-bar during breaks.
Alpine U10 Team 1 / 1 Day Program | Ages 8-9 | $465
Ages: 8-9
Coaches: James Writer (Head), Sandy LeClair, Madeline Hansen
Start-End Dates: December 10, 2016 - March 19, 2017 (some vacation days TBA)
Training Hours Weekend: Saturdays  9AM - 3PM
Cost:  $465.00 + Family Membership Fee

OVERVIEW

The U-10 group is our entry-level program to skill building, goal setting, and competition. With the main focus being on fun, participants are exposed to a variety of learning situations designed to give them success and the desire for more! Free-skiing, gate drills, gate training, and T-Bar loops are part of any practice. Participants will have the option of competing in the Northern Vermont Council race series (for 2-day athletes) and/or 2-4 at home Club competitions. Some school vacation days are included and activities may include but not be limited to x-country skiing, swimming and snowshoeing. Northern Vermont competitions require VARA and USSA membership.

PHILOSOPHY

The U-10 group is our entry-level program focused on skill building, goal setting, and competition. With the main focus being on fun, participants are exposed to a variety of learning situations designed to give them success and the desire for more! Free-skiing, gate drills, gate training, and T-Bar loops are part of any practice session.

TECHNICAL GOALS

U-10/12's have a three level structure:
Phase 2 - Athletes will develop a good balanced parallel stance, proper pole plants, and the beginning elements of a carved ski.
Phase 3 - Athletes who are beginning to carve will develop those skills to the point of proficiency.
Phase 4 - Athletes will apply their carving skills to the race course where they can fine tune them.

COMPETITIONS

The U-10 athlete is being introduced to racing and competition. Learning to memorize the course and preparing for more difficult gates, striving to improve times on each run, supporting teammates who get faster or slower times, and receiving feedback from the coaches on the race run are some of the more common features of competition in the U-10 groups.

COMPETITION EVENTS

Races (for 2-day athlete) usually run on Sundays starting in January and ending in mid-March. These events are hosted by several local resorts like Stowe, Burke, Jay Peak etc. The competitions have over 100 boy and girl racers and prizes are awarded at the race. No qualification is necessary for any of the races.

METHODOLOGY

The following provides overview highlights of the Program's curriculum. Should a more detailed curriculum be desired, please contact the Head Coach.
  • Conditioning: Fall group gatherings focusing on team building and having fun through a variety of games and activities.
  • Freeskiing: The main focus at this age and a major factor to the development of the athlete (65%-70% of on-snow time)
  • Freeskiing drills: Used daily during training sessions throughout the year to help teach and engrain the fundamental skills necessary to become a ski racer.
  • Gate drills: used to further teach and engrain fundamental skills both in and out of a course. (10%-15% on snow time)
  • Gate training: Used as race preparation training and to acclimate the athletes to race courses and race day routines. (20%-25% of on snow time)

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

All mountain or GS ski, boots, poles, Helmet, Goggles (U-12s should have SL ski in addition to GS ski)

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

USSA, VARA Please visit www.vara.org and www.ussa.org for details

 

VOLUNTEER AND EVENT WORK DAY REQUIREMENTS


Please refer to the Handbook and the above Program Offerings.

RACE SCHEDULES / RULES / ENTRY FEES


Please visit: www.vara.org and www.ussa.org for all race schedules, rules, and entry fees.

COACHES’ TRAVEL EXPENSES


Coaches' travel expenses (room and meals) are to be shared equally by all athlete families attending any given race. Normally, single day trips to NVC races do not produce coaches travel expenses.

COMMUNICATIONS/QUESTIONS


Questions regarding the program should be addressed first to the Coaches, then the Head Coach, and lastly the Executive Director. Updated information is available on Facebook, and group emails are common pathways. General office questions can be directed to 802-644-1177.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT ON-AND-OFF HILL:

  • Parent orientation meeting and year end awards
  • Race days: There is always the need for a parent or two helping at races. Similarly, assistance transporting jackets and warm-ups from the race start to finish area is always appreciated.

OTHER EXPECTATIONS:

  • Athlete on-hill assistance requirements: If asked, all athletes are expected to assist coaches and staff in setting up, maintaining, and tearing down training courses.
  • On-snow sessions in excess of applicable program: Should an athlete's participation in on-snow sessions be in excess of the program days signed up for, then the athlete will be asked to re-register and pay for (on a pro-rated basis) the appropriate number of program days.
Alpine U10 Team 2 / 2 Day Program | Ages 8-9 | $840
Ages: 8-9
Coaches: James Writer (Head), Sandy LeClair, Madeline Hansen
Start-End Dates: December 10, 2016 - March 19, 2017 (some vacation days, and mid-week afternoon training available TBA)
Training Hours Weekend: Saturdays and Sundays 9AM - 3PM
Cost:  $840.00 + Family Membership Fee

OVERVIEW

The U-10/12 group is our entry-level program to skill building, goal setting, and competition. With the main focus being on fun, participants are exposed to a variety of learning situations designed to give them success and the desire for more! Free-skiing, gate drills, gate training, and T-Bar loops are part of any practice. Participants will have the option of competing in the Northern Vermont Council race series and/or 2-4 at home Club competitions. Some school vacation days are included and activities may include but not be limited to x-country skiing, swimming and snowshoeing. Northern Vermont competitions require VARAand USSA membership.

PHILOSOPHY

The U-10/12 group is our entry-level program focused on skill building, goal setting, and competition. With the main focus being on fun, participants are exposed to a variety of learning situations designed to give them success and the desire for more! Free-skiing, gate drills, gate training, and T-Bar loops are part of any practice session.

TECHNICAL GOALS

U-10/12's have a three level structure:
Phase 2 - Athletes will develop a good balanced parallel stance, proper pole plants, and the beginning elements of a carved ski.
Phase 3 - Athletes who are beginning to carve will develop those skills to the point of proficiency.
Phase 4 - Athletes will apply their carving skills to the race course where they can fine tune them.

COMPETITIONS

The U-10/12 athlete is being introduced to racing and competition. Learning to memorize the course and preparing for more difficult gates, striving to improve times on each run, supporting teammates who get faster or slower times, and receiving feedback from the coaches on the race run are some of the more common features of competition in the U-10/12 groups.

COMPETITION EVENTS

Races usually run on Sundays starting in January and ending in mid-March. These events are hosted by several local resorts like Stowe, Burke, Jay Peak etc. The competitions have over 100 boy and girl racers and prizes are awarded at the race. No qualification is necessary for any of the races.

METHODOLOGY

The following provides overview highlights of the Program's curriculum. Should a more detailed curriculum be desired, please contact the Head Coach.
Conditioning: Fall group gatherings focusing on team building and having fun through a variety of games and activities.
Freeskiing: The main focus at this age and a major factor to the development of the athlete (65%-70% of on-snow time)
Freeskiing drills: Used daily during training sessions throughout the year to help teach and engrain the fundamental skills necessary to become a ski racer.
Gate drills: used to further teach and engrain fundamental skills both in and out of a course. (10%-15% on snow time)
Gate training: Used as race preparation training and to acclimate the athletes to race courses and race day routines. (20%-25% of on snow time)

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

All mountain or GS ski, boots, poles, Helmet, Goggles (U-12s should have SL ski)

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

USSA, VARA Please visit www.vara.org and www.ussa.org for details

VOLUNTEER AND EVENT WORK DAY REQUIREMENTS


Please refer to the Handbook and the above Program Offerings.

RACE SCHEDULES / RULES / ENTRY FEES


Please visit: www.vara.org and www.ussa.org for all race schedules, rules, and entry fees.

COACHES’ TRAVEL EXPENSES


Coaches' travel expenses (room and meals) are to be shared equally by all athlete families attending any given race. Normally, single day trips to NVC races do not produce coaches travel expenses.

COMMUNICATIONS/QUESTIONS


Questions regarding the program should be addressed first to the Coaches, then the Head Coach, and lastly the Executive Director. Updated information is available on Facebook, and group emails are common pathways. General office questions can be directed to 802-644-1177.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT ON-AND-OFF HILL:

  • Parent orientation meeting and year end awards
  • Race days: There is always the need for a parent or two helping at races. Similarly, assistance transporting jackets and warm-ups from the race start to finish area is always appreciated.

OTHER EXPECTATIONS:

  • Athlete on-hill assistance requirements: If asked, all athletes are expected to assist coaches and staff in setting up, maintaining, and tearing down training courses.
  • On-snow sessions in excess of applicable program: Should an athlete's participation in on-snow sessions be in excess of the program days signed up for, then the athlete will be asked to re-register and pay for (on a pro-rated basis) the appropriate number of program days.
Alpine U12 Team | Ages 10-11 | $865
Ages: 10-11
Start-End Dates: December 10, 2016 to March 19, 2017 and some weekdays and holidays
Training Hours Weekend: Sat and Sun 9AM - 3PM
Cost:  $865.00 + Family Membership Fee

OVERVIEW

The U-10/12 group is our entry-level program to skill building, goal setting, and competition. With the main focus being on fun, participants are exposed to a variety of learning situations designed to give them success and the desire for more! Free-skiing, gate drills, gate training, and T-Bar loops are part of any practice. Participants will have the option of competing in the Northern Vermont Council race series and/or 2-4 at home Club competitions. Some school vacation days are included and activities may include but not be limited to x-country skiing, swimming and snowshoeing. Northern Vermont competitions require VARAand USSA membership.

PHILOSOPHY

The U-10/12 group is our entry-level program focused on skill building, goal setting, and competition. With the main focus being on fun, participants are exposed to a variety of learning situations designed to give them success and the desire for more! Free-skiing, gate drills, gate training, and T-Bar loops are part of any practice session.

TECHNICAL GOALS

U-10/12's have a three level structure:
Phase 2 - Athletes will develop a good balanced parallel stance, proper pole plants, and the beginning elements of a carved ski.
Phase 3 - Athletes who are beginning to carve will develop those skills to the point of proficiency.
Phase 4 - Athletes will apply their carving skills to the race course where they can fine tune them.

COMPETITIONS

The U-10/12 athlete is being introduced to racing and competition. Learning to memorize the course and preparing for more difficult gates, striving to improve times on each run, supporting teammates who get faster or slower times, and receiving feedback from the coaches on the race run are some of the more common features of competition in the U-10/12 groups.

COMPETITION EVENTS

Races usually run on Sundays starting in January and ending in mid-March. These events are hosted by several local resorts like Stowe, Burke, Jay Peak etc. The competitions have over 100 boy and girl racers and prizes are awarded at the race. No qualification is necessary for any of the races.

METHODOLOGY

The following provides overview highlights of the Program's curriculum. Should a more detailed curriculum be desired, please contact the Head Coach.
Conditioning: Fall group gatherings focusing on team building and having fun through a variety of games and activities.
Freeskiing: The main focus at this age and a major factor to the development of the athlete (65%-70% of on-snow time)
Freeskiing drills: Used daily during training sessions throughout the year to help teach and engrain the fundamental skills necessary to become a ski racer.
Gate drills: used to further teach and engrain fundamental skills both in and out of a course. (10%-15% on snow time)
Gate training: Used as race preparation training and to acclimate the athletes to race courses and race day routines. (20%-25% of on snow time)

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

All mountain or GS ski, boots, poles, Helmet, Goggles (U-12s should have SL ski)

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

USSA, VARA Please visit www.vara.org and www.ussa.org for details

VOLUNTEER AND EVENT WORK DAY REQUIREMENTS


Please refer to the Handbook and the above Program Offerings.

RACE SCHEDULES / RULES / ENTRY FEES


Please visit: www.vara.org and www.ussa.org for all race schedules, rules, and entry fees.

COACHES’ TRAVEL EXPENSES


Coaches' travel expenses (room and meals) are to be shared equally by all athlete families attending any given race. Normally, single day trips to NVC races do not produce coaches travel expenses.

COMMUNICATIONS/QUESTIONS


Questions regarding the program should be addressed first to the Coaches, then the Head Coach, and lastly the Executive Director. Updated information is available on Facebook, and group emails are common pathways. General office questions can be directed to 802-644-1177.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT ON-AND-OFF HILL:

  • Parent orientation meeting and year end awards
  • Race days: There is always the need for a parent or two helping at races. Similarly, assistance transporting jackets and warm-ups from the race start to finish area is always appreciated.

OTHER EXPECTATIONS:

  • Athlete on-hill assistance requirements: If asked, all athletes are expected to assist coaches and staff in setting up, maintaining, and tearing down training courses.
  • On-snow sessions in excess of applicable program: Should an athlete's participation in on-snow sessions be in excess of the program days signed up for, then the athlete will be asked to re-register and pay for (on a pro-rated basis) the appropriate number of program days.
Alpine U14 Team | Ages 12 and 13 | $990
Ages:  12-13
Coaches: Ryan Sheredy, Jasmine Bruce
Start-End Dates: December 3, 2016 - March 27, 2017 (some vacation, and mid-week afternoon days available TBA)
Training Hours Weekend: Sat & Sun 9AM - 3PM
Training Hours Mid-Week:  Varying
Cost: $990.00 plus Family Membership

OVERVIEW

A goal oriented program that teaches many new skills through a variety of progression models and competitions. This is an action packed program. Each week there is something challenging, fun, and new for all participants. Program highlights include all mountain free-skiing, gate training, gate drills, free-ski skills, bumps, and more! Skiers participating in the 2+ day program have the option to compete in the Northern Vermont Council U-14 race series. Competitions require VARA and USSA membership.
PHILOSOPHY
SNSC creates a fun, learning environment that challenges the athlete both physically and mentally. It is our desire and responsibility to instill sportsmanship as a foundation from which our athletes can achieve their personal best.
TECHNICAL GOALS
U-14's Fall under these three phases in the USSA Long Term Athlete Development Process:
Phase 2 - Athletes will develop a good balanced parallel stance, proper pole plants, and the beginning elements of a carved ski.
Phase 3 - Athletes who are beginning to carve will develop those skills to the point of proficiency.
Phase 4 - Athletes will apply their carving skills to the race course where they can fine tune them.

See USSA Long Term Athlete Development Process at www.ussa.org for more information.
Coaches work individually with athletes on personal goals specific to an event or level of achievement. The overall competition goal for the U-14 athlete is an understanding of the event process, including rules, inspection, and personal responsibility for start times. In general, we would like our athletes to develop the event knowledge and personal discipline that ultimately leads to self-sufficiency on race day. This, like many other things in ski racing, is a skill that needs to be developed early and yields benefits in other aspects of the athlete's life.
COMPETITION EVENTS
In Vermont we have three junior councils, or regions, which are Northern, Mid, and Southern. During our regular season, athletes compete within their own council to qualify for the U-14 State Championships. At the last race of the regular season, a State team is chosen from each council (for qualifying information, please contact the Head Coach or the Alpine Director). The location of the U-14 State Championship races rotates annually between regions. Those athletes who do not qualify for States will represent their home mountain in the George Tormey Cup Challenge. The George Tormey Cup Challenge awards both teams and individuals. Athletes participating in the 2 day + program have the option to compete in the Northern Vermont Council U-14 race series. Competitions require VARA and USSA membership.
METHODOLOGY
The following provides overview highlights of the Program's curriculum. Should a more detailed curriculum be desired, please contact the Head Coach.
  • Conditioning: Fall training focusing on anaerobic endurance and strength.
  • Freeskiing: As much as humanly possible. (60% of on-snow time)
  • Freeskiing drills: The early season will focus on Freeskiing Drills before we get into gates, then throughout the season as needed on an individual basis. The primary focus of drills is to build athletes fundamental skills, pressure, edging, rotation, and balance.
  • Gate drills: Will be used frequently throughout the season. (10% on snow time)
  • Speed skills: introduction to speed elements and skills (jumping, terrain features, tucking).
  • Gate training: race preparation training, Will occur almost daily. (30% on snow time)
  • Video analysis: Will occur as needed. The athlete will watch video of themselves, however, the need for the athlete to develop the ability to feel their skiing, and not become dependent on video is critical.
  • Mental skills training/Goal setting: Daily. Any athlete in any sport who wishes to be the best they can be needs to spend time with mental skill training. Imagery, focus, and especially attitude will be addressed daily.
  • Equipment preparation, maintenance. All athletes will be trained in race ski preparation and they shall be responsible for maintaining their own equipment.
EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS
SL skis, GS skis, Helmets, protective gear (shin guards, pole guards, forearm guards)
Alpine U16 Team 1 | Ages 14-15 | $1115
Ages: 14-15
Coaches: Skip Fox, Jeremy Wolf
Start-End Dates:  Dec 3, 2016 - Mar 27, 2017
Training Hours Weekend: Sat / Sun 8 AM - 3PM (some vacation days and mid-week afternoon training available TBA)
Training Hours Mid-Week: Varying
Cost:  *$1115.00 + Family Membership Fee

OVERVIEW

Given a variety of competitive and training situations, U-16 racers continue to develop the necessary skills in preparation for U-18/21 Team racing. Free-skiing the entire mountain, technical gate training and/or high-speed GS courses are par for any given program day. We mix a combination of fun while teaching strong work ethics and sportsmanship skills.
Skiers participate in U-16 Northern Vermont Counsel races as well as USSA races. VARA and USSA membership required.

PHILOSOPHY


Given a variety of competitive and training situations, U-16 racers continue to develop the necessary skills in preparation for U-18/21 Team. Free-skiing the entire mountain, technical gate training and/or high speed GS courses are part of any given program day. We combine fun and skill development while teaching strong work ethics and sportsmanship skills. This program maintains a strong focus on free-skiing and building fundamental skills in order for athletes to progress properly in the development process.

TECHNICAL GOALS


U-16's will begin to master carving of both skis in a variety of terrain, conditions and turn shape. Their balance becomes dynamic and they are actively seeking challenging situations to improve their technique. They strive to ski linked carved turns, master the pole plant, and ski challenging runs in a variety of snow conditions. Speed begins to play a more important role as U-16's progress. Learning how to tuck properly, understanding line choices in SG and downhill courses, and learning how to be comfortable in the air as well as over terrain changes begin to improve the speed elements of a U-16.

COMPETITION GOALS


U-16's have many opportunities to experience competition and the rewards derived from developing a strong work ethic by putting forth one's best effort. Throughout the regular scheduled races there are plenty of opportunities for improvement and self-evaluation. Coaches give feedback with each race run, often with video support. Goals will vary per athlete and be dependent upon their personal goals which will be set prior in the season with assistance from the coaches. Ultimately athletes should become comfortable with race day routines and become self-sufficient on race day.

COMPETITION EVENTS


In Vermont we have three junior councils, or regions. They are Northern, Mid, and Southern. During our regular season, athletes compete within their own council to qualify for the U-16 States. The location of the U-16 States races rotates annually. Other competition opportunities exist through a series of qualification procedures. Generally, the races are held within in the Northern Vermont region. U-16 athletes also have the opportunity to compete in USSA races throughout the year and compete for points with racers from other regions and age groups. USSA races should not be the priority of these athletes and will be used as supplement races to build an athlete’s confidence and offer a glimpse at the next level of competition. Skiers participating in the 2+ day program have the option to compete in the Northern Vermont Council U-16 race series and supplemented USSA races around Vermont. Competitions require VARA and USSA membership.

METHODOLOGY


The following provides overview highlights of the Program's curriculum. Should a more detailed curriculum be desired, please contact the Head Coach.
  • Conditioning: Summer and Fall training focusing on anaerobic endurance and strength.
  • Freeskiing: As much as humanly possible. (40% of on-snow time)
  • Freeskiing drills: The early season will focus on Freeskiing Drills before we get into gates, then throughout the season as needed on an individual basis. Coaches and athletes will focus on fundamental skill building especially early in the season. This is very important in creating a well-rounded fast skier.
  • Gate drills: Will be used frequently throughout the season. (10% on snow time)
  • Gate training: race preparation training, Will occur almost daily. (50% on snow time)
  • Video analysis: Will occur as needed. The athlete will watch video of themselves, however, the need for the athlete to develop the ability to feel their skiing, and not become dependent on video is critical.
  • Mental skills training/Goal setting: Daily. Any athlete in any sport who wishes to be the best they can be needs to spend time with mental skill training. Imagery, focus, and especially attitude will be addressed daily.
  • Equipment preparation, maintenance: All athletes will be trained in race ski preparation and they shall be responsible for maintaining their own equipment.
  • Speed Element Training: continue the development of speed skills (speed, terrain features, technique)

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENT


SL skis, GS skis, SG skis, (DH skis and some SG's are loaned out for $40 from the club's speed stock.) Helmets, protective gear (shin guards, pole guards, forearm guards)

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

USSA, VARA Please visit www.vara.org and www.ussa.org for details
Alpine U18/21 Team - $1,115
Alpine U18/21 Team 2
Ages: 16-21 

Coaches: Skip Fox, Jeremy Wolf
Start-End Dates: Dec 3, 2016 - Mar 27, 2017
Training Hours Weekend: Sat. & Sun. 8AM – 3PM 
(some vacation days and mid-week afternoon training available)
Training Hours Mid-Week: Varying
Cost: *$1115.00 + Family or Individual Membership Fee

PHILOSOPHY

SNSC creates a fun learning environment that challenges the athlete both physically and mentally. It is our desire and responsibility to instill sportsmanship as a foundation from which our athletes can build towards achieving their personal best.
TECHNICAL GOALS
Technical aspects will focus fundamental skills, and dynamic movement. The technical goals will differ for every athlete
COMPETITIONS
Most racers will attend USSA races in Vermont (VT Cup and GTS) and Eastern US throughout the year. Some racers may get the chance to race in regional and national FIS races (Eastern Cup and Nor-Am) as well. The USSA athletes will remain mostly in Vermont with some out of state travel required. FIS athletes should be prepared to travel anywhere in Eastern US and Canada on a regular basis. They may also have opportunities to travel to the Western US and Europe.
METHODOLOGY
The following provides overview highlights of the Program's curriculum. Should a more detailed curriculum be desired, please contact the Head Coach.
  • Conditioning: Summer and Fall training focusing on anaerobic endurance and strength.
  • Freeskiing: As much as humanly possible. (25%-30% of on-snow time)
  • Freeskiing drills: The early season will focus on Freeskiing Drills before we get into gates, then throughout the season as needed on an individual basis. We believe fundamental skills are important and must be a focus early in the season during these drills sessions.
  • Gate drills: Will be used frequently throughout the season. (5%-10%)
  • Speed skills: jumping, tucking, and gliding.
  • Gate training: Will occur almost daily. (65%-70% on snow time)
  • Video analysis: Will occur as needed. The athlete will watch video of themselves, however, the need for the athlete to develop the ability to feel their skiing, and not become dependent on video is critical.
  • Mental skills training: Daily. Any athlete in any sport who wishes to be the best they can be needs to spend time with mental skill training. Imagery, focus, and especially attitude will be addressed daily.
Equipment preparation, maintenance. All athletes will be trained in race ski preparation and they shall be responsible for maintaining their own equipment.
EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS
SL skis, GS skis, SG skis, (DH skis and some SG's are loaned out for $40 from the club's speed stock.) Helmets, protective gear (shin guards, pole guards, forearm guards)
 
Alpine High School Team - $665
Alpine High School Team
Ages: 14-19
Coaches: Skip Fox
Start-End Dates: Dec 3, 2016 - Mar 27, 2017
Training Hours Weekend: Sat 8AM – 3PM 

Cost: *$665.00 + Family or Individual Membership Fee

 

This program is designed for the racer who may not have the time or the resources for a multiple day program and would like to continue training gates and improving skills. In addition, for those participating in high school racing, this Saturday only program will give extra time on the hill and quality coaching to supplement their home school offerings. Participants will have the option of competing in 2-4 at home Club competitions.

PHILOSOPHY

SNSC creates a fun learning environment that challenges the athlete both physically and mentally. It is our desire and responsibility to instill sportsmanship as a foundation from which our athletes can build towards achieving their personal best.

TECHNICAL GOALS

Mastering of fundamental skills and introduction to advanced skills Introduction of tactics (line, inspection)

COMPETITIONS

Most racers will attend High School races with their respective High Schools. Athletes are also encouraged to compete at the USSA level (VT Cup and GTS).

METHODOLOGY

The following provides overview highlights of the Program's curriculum. Should a more detailed curriculum be desired, please contact the Head Coach.
  • Conditioning: Fall training focusing on anaerobic endurance and strength.
  • Freeskiing: As much as humanly possible. (25%-30% of on-snow time)
  • Freeskiing drills: The early season will focus on Freeskiing Drills before we get into gates, then throughout the season as needed on an individual basis.
  • Gate drills: Will be used frequently throughout the season. (5%-10%)
  • Speed skills: jumping, tucking, and gliding.
  • Gate training: Will occur almost daily. (65%-70% on snow time)
  • Video analysis: Will occur as needed. The athlete will watch video of themselves, however, the need for the athlete to develop the ability to feel their skiing, and not become dependent on video is critical.
  • Mental skills training: Daily. Any athlete in any sport who wishes to be the best they can be needs to spend time with mental skill training. Imagery, focus, and especially attitude will be addressed daily.
  • Equipment preparation, maintenance. All athletes will be trained in race ski preparation and they shall be responsible for maintaining their own equipment.

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

SL skis, GS skis, Helmets, protective gear (shin guards, pole guards, forearm guards)

 

Mandatory Member / Athlete Requirements

VOLUNTEER AND EVENT WORK DAY REQUIREMENTS

Please refer to the Handbook and the above Program Offerings.

RACE SCHEDULES / RULES / ENTRY FEES

Please visit: www.vara.org and www.ussa.org for all race schedules, rules, and entry fees.

COACHES’ TRAVEL EXPENSES

Coaches' travel expenses (room and meals) are to be shared equally by all athlete families attending any given race. Normally, single day trips to NVC races do not produce coaches travel expenses.

COMMUNICATIONS/QUESTIONS

Questions regarding the program should be addressed first to the Coaches, then the Head Coach, and lastly the Executive Director. Updated information is available on Facebook, and group emails are common pathways. General office questions can be directed to 802-644-1177.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT ON-AND-OFF HILL:

  • Parent orientation meeting and year end awards
  • Race days: There is always the need for a parent or two helping at races. Similarly, assistance transporting jackets and warm-ups from the race start to finish area is always appreciated.

OTHER EXPECTATIONS:

  • Athlete on-hill assistance requirements: If asked, all athletes are expected to assist coaches and staff in setting up, maintaining, and tearing down training courses.
  • On-snow sessions in excess of applicable program: Should an athlete's participation in on-snow sessions be in excess of the program days signed up for, then the athlete will be asked to re-register and pay for (on a pro-rated basis) the appropriate number of program days
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