In the summer of 1998, Cochran's Ski Area became a non-profit organization with a mission "to provide area youth and families with affordable skiing and snowboarding, lessons and race training, in the Cochran tradition." Cochran's is the nation's first IRS 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt ski area. "No child will be denied the opportunity to ski or ride".
The Hermitage Club Training Center will be focused on youth development in Alpine Ski Racing. Children in the program will be coached in small groups consisting of kids within their age range with one coach dedicated to their improvement as all-mountain skiers and as young racers.