MISSION OF THE WOODSTOCK SKI RUNNERS
It is a proud tradition and an ongoing mission to instill a life-long passion for on-snow sports for the children of our community. By providing a FUN, supportive, family-oriented environment we ensure access to both introductory and competitive programs in Alpine, Nordic and Free Ride disciplines.
- To offer quality programs at a good value that encourage, challenge and assist athletes to achieve at the highest competence or competitive level of their choosing.
- Be fiscally responsible to our membership, community in all that we provide and do.
- Welcome all, and utilize the talents of, a strong, loyal and supportive volunteer base.
- Participate actively in Vermont, regional and national organizations that also promote on-snow sports for
In 1934 Bunny Bertram built the Nation’s first rope tow on Gilbert Hill. He and his friends used this rope tow to explore the surrounding hills, including Hill Number 6. Bertram joked that to ski that hill would be suicide and two years later he opened Suicide 6. Since that time, Woodstock Ski Runners has taken advantage of the steep terrain, family environment and close location to make its mark in Vermont ski racing.
WSR boasts a strong history of Vermont skiing competition. The annual Fisk Trophy race invites elite athletes to participate, many of which are current collegiate racers and former National Team members. The Woodstock Union High School has won numerous Men’s and Women’s State Championship and Division titles. Our Junior Programs have produced Junior Olympic medalists and USSA State Championship medalists. Our Nordic Runners Program has produced some of the top skiers in the state.
WOODSTOCK SKI RUNNERS PROGRAMS
ALPINE RACE PROGRAMS
Core Development U8
This is our youngest program to feed up to the U10 Alpine Race OR All Mountain Development.
- The Core Devo program is for our youngest athletes (Ages 6 & 7). Ability to ski Blue trails and ride the chair lift with limited assistance remains the requirement.
- Directed free ski and drills will be the primary focus with an introduction to race course and entry level jumps and bumps.
There will be at least 2 fun competitions.
Training Schedule: Saturday & Sunday from 9:30 to Noon
All Mtn Devo: U10
Our program goal for 8 and 9 year olds implements more drills and training (gates, trees and freestyle) into our directed free ski schedule.
Training Schedule: Saturday & Sundays from 9:00 to 1:00 (with a 30 Minute snack break)
There will be 3 to 4 optional events (Race & Freestyle Combo’s), and a Big Mountain Explorer Day where the team will go to Killington, Sugarbush or Sunapee to do a “Tag along” day with their All Mountain Teammates.
All Mtn Team: U12 and up
Directed free ski drills and training with a greater focus on competition preparation.
Training Schedule: Saturday & Sunday’s from 9:00 to 2:00 with a lunch break around 11:30.
3 to 4 Events (All Mtn and/or Freestyle)
1 or 2 Big Mountain Explorer Days. Team will go to Killington, Sugarbush or Sunapee to do a “Tag along” day with their All Mountain Teams.
Head Coach: Sean Graves
U10 racers will be 8 & 9 yr. olds or children who were born in 2003, 2004 or 2005. Racers must be members of VARA and USSA.
U10 council races will include both U12’s and U10’s. This race series will consist of 2 GS races, 1 dual panel SL, 1 stubby SL and 1 GS “Finals” (no qualifying – all teams participate) for each club’s team. At each “regular season” race, 1 drill from the Eastern Skills assessment will be assessed in addition to the race.
U10 training will consist of ability level training with the majority of the time spent on free skiing, terrain skiing, and skill development. Skills assessment and age appropriate gate training will be based on individual development and current skills.
Training schedule: Friday afternoons and weekends. Some holiday training days will be offered.
Head Coach: Lisa Galloti
U12 competitors will be 10 and 11 year olds or racers born in 2001 or 2002.
Council racing will consist of races that include U10 racers. This race series will consist of 2 GS races, 1 dual panel SL, 1 stubby SL and 1 GS “Finals” (no qualifying – all teams participate) for each club’s team. At each “regular season” race, 1 drill from the Eastern Skills assessment will be assessed in addition to the race.
There will be an end of season U12 Festival that will take place on March 16 & 17. Competitors must have competed in at least 50% of the council series races to qualify.
The Festival will be a 2 day event. Skill assessment for 2 drills – Pole plant drill and 1 other ski drill will take place for one gender while the other gender is competing in a 30 – 35 second dual GS. Each competitor will get a run on each course. Seeding will be random on 1st run and reverse order for second run of the dual GS.
Training will consist of free skiing, terrain skiing, drills, skills assessment drills, appropriate age gate training.
Training schedule: Wednesday and Friday afternoons, weekends and vacation weeks.
Head Coach: Justin Lillie
U14 competitors will be 12 and 13 year olds or athletes born in 1999 or 2000.
Mid Vermont Council racing will consist of 5 scored races plus a SG camp and race. Scoring for States will be based on 1 less than half of the scored results.
States will be March 1 or Feb. 25 for SG. SL and GS will be March 9 – 10.
The Shootout will be Feb. 24. U14 Eastern Championships will be March 14 – 17. (Tentative)
Training schedule: Tuesday – Friday afternoons (with some Fridays starting at 11:30), weekends and traditional vacation weeks. Training will consist of free skiing, skiing drills, drills assessment (see USSA East website), and age appropriate gate training.
Head Coach: Gary Fletcher “Fletch”
U16 racing replaces J3 racing from 2012. The competitors will be 14 and 15 year olds (athletes born in 1997 and 1998).
Competitors must join USSA and VARA to compete in this series.
Mid Vermont Council races will consist of 4 scored races (2SL and 2GS) to qualify for States. There will be a SG camp and SG race in the council series. Qualification for states will be to start in 50% of the council races (2 race minimum).
Seeding at states will be based on 1 less than half the number of results from the council series. (There will be 12 results because each race is 2 individual runs plus the combined times for a total of 3 results per race – multiplied by 4 races for a total of 12). States will consist of a SG and 2 weekends of SL and GS races for a total of 5 races.
U16 States: Feb. 23-24, March 2-3, and SG Feb. 14 – 15 (men, women separate days)
Qualification out of states will be to the U16 regional championships on March 7-11 (apprx.) or to the Finals on March 8 – 11.(tentative dates) The Finals will no longer be a qualifying event for the U16 Regional Championships.
U16’s are also eligible to participate in USSA scored races with U18’s. Training will consist of free skiing, drills, skills assessment and appropriate gate training.
Training schedule: Tuesday – Friday afternoons (some Fridays will have earlier training starting at 11:30), weekends and traditional holiday or vacation weeks.
U 18 Racing
U18 age group replaces the J2 group. Athletes are 16 and 17 year olds born in 1995 and 1996. They must have a USSA competitor license and a VARA membership.
This group races mainly in VT at VT Cup races. They have a state championship which can lead to eastern championships and eventually nationals.
The main focus is to hone their skills and combine them with stronger physical attributes and tactical awareness.
Training schedule: midweek after school, vacation periods and weekends. Races are selected on each athletes schedule and preparedness.
FRIDAY LEARN SKI PROGRAM
The Friday Program is dedicated to providing alpine, snowboard and nordic ski instruction to children grades 1-6 of Woodstock and surrounding towns. Last year over 300 children participated from Woodstock, Barnard, Bethel, Bridgewater, Hartland, Pomfret, South Royalton, Tunbridge, Stockbridge, and Sharon. Classes are taught by volunteers who attend
clinics given by our professional skiers and coaches. Instruction emphasis is placed on safety
and fun, with encouragement to learn skills in a relaxed atmosphere.
NORDIC RUNNERS (ages 6-14)
The Nordic Runners Ski Team is an entry level, cross-country ski program for children ages 6-14.
We start with basic cross- country ski skills, which include both techniques of skating and the better known traditional classic style technique. Previous experience is not required. Skiers are encouraged to race or participate at low competitive, family friendly events held on the weekends in different areas around Vermont. However, the main goal of this program is to give children a solid and fun introduction to the lifetime sport of cross-country skiing. The amount
and level of racing is determined by the parents’ and child’s interest.
2013 WSR Parent Guide includes information on all our Alpine, Nordic, All Mountain and Friday Learn to Ski Programs. Continue reading
Woodstock Ski Runners Refund Policy No Program fee refunds will be granted after January 1, 2012. Prior to that there is a $25.00 handling fee. No Season Pass refunds. There will be a $25.00 handling fee for all returned checks. … Continue reading