Coaches: Rob Engelken, Jasmine Bruce, Kevin O’Brien
Start-End Dates: Dec 7, 2019 – Mar 29, 2020
Training Hours Weekend: Sat / Sun 8 AM – 3PM
Training Hours Mid-Week: Varying
Cost: $1200 + Family Membership
NOTE: Smugglers’ Notch Academy is offered with this program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The following provides overview highlights of the Program’s curriculum. Should a more detailed curriculum be desired, please contact the Head Coach.
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.
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 SNSC website www.snscsvt.com, Facebook, and group emails are common pathways. General office questions can be directed to 644-1177.
Parent Involvement On-and-Off Hill:
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)