Alpine Development Program

The Alpine Development Program is for kids ages 6 - 9 (born in years 2009 - 2012) that have some skiing experience and are ready to improve their skills on the whole mountain.

Head Coach Rob Parker is certified by both the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and US Skiing in teaching kids this age.

Alpine Devo meets every Saturday and Sunday. We strongly encourage you to register for the full program (2 days per week) as the coaching staff believes this is the best way to ensure meaningful development for your child. However, we do offer a 1-day per weekend option for kids that may be involved in other activities.

Training emphasizes fun and is focused on all-mountain free skiing, age appropriate drills, and introduction to ski racing  Kids will be put into small groups by ability.  Our goal is to develop their skills to ski the whole mountain well, master all snow conditions, and begin to build the foundation for a lifetime of dynamic skiing.

Alpine Development participants are eligible to compete in the Masters of the Mountain events. These events emphasize fun by including many different types of skiing: racing, freeskiing and moguls.   We host one event at Suicide 6 and there is usually at least one more at a local area such as Whaleback.

Important Requirement: Alpine Development participants should be able to put on their own boots, skis, helmet, goggles and be able to load and ride Chair 1 at Suicide 6 safely.

Alpine Development Coaching Staff: Rob Parker & others TBD.

Devo Ages:

  • 6-9 years old (DOB: January 1, 2009 - December 31, 2012)

Program Cost:

  • $395 for Saturday & Sunday each weekend January 5-March 9

  • $295 for Saturdays only January 5-March 9

  • Suicide 6 Pass: Alpine Devo participants are expected to have a Suicide 6 season pass. Suicide Six offers an early bird season pass price of $349 to all children ages 14 and under and $499 for adults ages 15-64 until November 30, 2018. Season passes can be purchased at this link.

Dates & times:

  • Weekends January 5, 2017 – March 17, 2019. We train 9AM-2PM with an hour break for lunch, usually 11 AM - Noon, though this can vary. Important: The kids are on their own and unsupervised for lunch.

  • You can expect at least 2 Masters of the Mountain events, both on weekends.

Pre-Season Dry land training:

  • Alpine Devo participants do not participate in pre-season dry-land training, but all families are invited and encouraged to attend the ‘Dry-Land’ Kickoff Cookout on November 4. It’s a great way to meet other Ski Runners members.


  • Properly fitted ski helmet and goggles

  • Skis

  • Poles

USSA & VARA Licenses:

  • USSA & VARA membership is not required for participation in Alpine Development

Parent Work Obligation

  • 1 event during 2018/19 season: Supportive parents are a crucial element of any youth sport, and that is especially true of ski racing. We cannot host events without help from our membership. Meet your fellow Ski Runners members, enjoy a great catered lunch for the race workers. It’s fun!

  • Alpine Devo participants compete in the Masters of the Mountain event on Sunday, March 10. It is a club requirement to work your child’s event. If you are unable to work this event, please consult the complete race schedule and make alternate arrangements with Jen Kirkman at