Coaches: James Writer(Head)
Start-End Dates: Dec 2, 2023 – Mar 31, 2024
Training Hours Weekend: Saturdays and Sundays 9AM – 3PM
Cost: $1,210.00 + Family Membership Fee
NOTE: Smugglers’ Notch Academy is offered with this program
The U12 group is our entry-level alpine racing specfic 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 VARA and USSA membership.
The U12 group is our entry-level Alpine 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.
U12’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.
The U12 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 U12 groups.
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.
The following provides overview highlights of the Program’s curriculum. Should a more detailed curriculum be desired, please contact the Head Coach.
All mountain Freeski, SL Skis, GS skis, Race Specific Boots, SL and GS Poles, Hard-eared Helmet, Goggles, and SL Protection.
VOLUNTEER AND EVENT WORK DAY REQUIREMENTS
Please refer to the Handbook and the above Program Offerings.
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.
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: