ALPINE RACE (U14/U16)

Winter Session, December 2 – April 14

This team is comprised of U14s and U16s who have been skiing with a coach for years, have at least five years in the sport and some experience with ski racing. The Alpine Race Team will spend at least 50% of the time all-mountain skiing and 50% training in gates and developing race skills. This team will follow the USSA Training guidelines for athlete development.

Ages: U14 You are 13 as of Jan 1.
Ages: U16 You are 15 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 encouraged to compete in at least 5-8 races per winter.
USSA Race Schedule can be found here.

On Snow Schedule

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at Grand TargheeResort. (As Scheduled by Coaches)
GTSSF alpine race team will continue with training as the snow conditions allow.  Racers will be expected to be training those weeks pre- and post- this posted schedule depending on snow conditions.  Training will be capped at 20 weeks in total.

Training Schedule

  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 8:30am-12:30pm

Equipment

  • Skis: One pair of slalom, one pair of giant slalom race skis, and one pair of free skis. Development of equipment 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 recommended, based on the event.
  • Poles: GS standard length. SL-pole guard for blocking and protection, pole may be slightly shorter.
  • Beacons: Only required when free skiing out of bounds.

Competition Licenses

USSA Competitor Membership U14: $125, U16+: $200. * see ussa.org for current information