The Alpine Development Program

The Alpine Development Program is for kids ages 6 - 9 (born in years 2008 - 2011) 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, 2008 - December 31, 2011)

Program Cost:

  • $395 for Saturday & Sunday each weekend January 6-March 11
  • $295 for 1 day per weekend January 6-March 11
  • Suicide 6 Pass:
  • Alpine Devo participants are expected to have a Suicide 6 season pass.

Dates & times:

  • Weekends January 6, 2017 – March 11, 2017. 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 5. 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 2017/18 season