ALPINE RACE (U10)

Winter Session, December 2 – April 13 (Saturdays)
Winter Session, December 3 – April 14 (Sundays)

This team is comprised of U10s who have been skiing with a coach and/or have some experience with ski racing. If you meet the age requirement but have no racing experience, we recommend that athletes enroll in the Intro or Devo programs. Coaches will move skiers as determined by ability and general awareness.

The Alpine Race Team will spend at least 80% of the time all-mountain skiing and 20% training in gates and developing race skills. This team will follow the USSA Training guidelines for athlete development.

Ages: U10 You are 7 as of Jan 1.
Maximum Participants / Coach Ratio is 7:1

Skill Development & Focus

Continued development of sound ski and race fundamentals by skiing a variety of terrain and through drills that refine linked carved turns. Athletes will hone tactical race skills such as gate blocking, line selection course inspection, and terrain anticipation. Coaches will use a variety of course sets, conditions, and terrain to teach athletes to adapt to different situations. Athletes will ski all areas of the mountain, including hike-to areas and terrain parks.

Races

Athletes are strongly encouraged to compete in at least 3 races per winter.
Local Club Series Races offer lots of race experience and are inexpensive to enter. More information is found here.
USSA Races are the next step up and require a competitor’s license. 
– Athletes compete in the North Series. 
– The USSA Race Schedule can be found here.

On Snow Schedule

Saturdays or Sundays at Grand Targhee Resort. (As Scheduled by Coaches)
The GTSSF alpine race team will be on snow as soon as Grand Targhee Resort opens and will continue with training as the snow conditions allow.  U10 racers are welcome to train those additional weeks pre- or post- listed training schedule. Training will be capped at 20 weeks in total.

Training Schedule

  • Friday, 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 8:30am-12:30pm

Equipment

  • Skis: One pair of race skis and one pair of powder skis. Develop tuning skills.
  • Boots: Proper boot fit and flex are critical for performance. The boot flexes and responds as it interacts with the ski plate.
  • Protection:  Head, arm, hand, shoulder, back, teeth (mouth guard), and shin protection are recommended, based on the event.
  • Poles: GS standard length. SL-pole guard for blocking and protection, the pole may be slightly shorter.
  • Beacons: Only required when free skiing out of bounds.

Competition Licenses

Not required for Club Series races. USSA Competitor Membership U10 $100. * see ussa.org for current information