U14 Alpine Racing Program

The U14 Race Program is for skiers ages 12 & 13 (born in years 2006 & 2007).  

The U14 season begins on December 26 and will meet daily that week for Christmas Camp. After that, we meet regularly every Saturday and Sunday. U14s are also encouraged to train Tuesday-Friday as their school schedule allows.

Using guidelines and skill drills from US Skiing (USSA), our coaches will teach the kids to ski more precisely, more confidently, and more dynamically. We’ll expose them to steeper terrain and teach them how to think tactically.

While we focus on the skills necessary for ski racing success, we also have fun translating these skills to the entire mountain with directed free skiing. We’ll teach the U14s to challenge themselves both mentally and physically. They will build the foundation for a lifetime of dynamic skiing!

As members of the Mid-Vermont Council (MVC) of the Vermont Alpine Racing association (VARA), our U14 Athletes compete in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super-G with 6-7 race opportunities during the season.  The Council awards points for each race result and the top athletes in the MVC qualify for VARA U14 State Championships.

The U14 coaching staff will distribute a schedule with specific times, locations and instructions prior to each race.

The full calendar of events can be found at http://www.vara.org/calendar.php  

Prerequisite: Successful U14s generally have at least 1-2 seasons of U12 Racing, All-Mountain or similar experience, though this is not required. All that is required is solid skiing experience, the proper equipment, and a great attitude.

U14 Coaching Staff: Justin Lillie, Skip McKee.


U14 Ages:

  • 12 & 13 years old (DOB: January 1, 2006 - December 31, 2007)

Program Cost:

  • $1045

Suicide 6 Pass:

  • Suicide 6 Pass: Alpine Devo participants are expected to have a Suicide 6 season pass. Ski Runners participants are eligible for the $99 “Book-it” Season pass, which can be purchased at this link.

Dates & times:

  • U14 Athletes are also encouraged to attend Christmas Camp, daily December 26-December 31. (Final schedule is at discretion of the coaching staff)

  • December 26, 2019 – March 15, 2020: On Saturdays & Sundays, we train 9AM-2PM with an hour break for lunch, usually 11 AM - Noon, though this can vary.

  • Mid-week training: Tuesday-Friday 2-4PM. This schedule may vary week to week. Final schedule is always at coaches discretion.

Pre-Season Dry land training:

  • U14 Athletes are invited to join us for dry-land training beginning Sunday, November 3 (season opening BBQ on the 3rd as well). We’ll meet Wednesdays & Fridays 3-4 PM at Vail Field and Sundays 1-2:30 PM at Suicide 6.

Equipment:

  • FIS Certified helmet, with removable SL chin guard and goggles

  • Skis: 2 pairs; 1 pair each of properly sized SL and GS skis. The GS skis must have a minimum sidecut radius of 17 meters. There is a 2-day Super-G camp & race that does require longer GS skis or even Super G specific skis. Most kids borrow or lease skis for this.

  • Poles; ideally 2 pairs; 1 SL with hand guards and one pair for GS

  • Slalom shin guards

  • Ski racing suit

USSA & VARA Licenses:

  • All U14 athletes are required to be members of both US Ski & Snowboard and Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA), our state racing organization.

  • Step 1: Please visit usskiandsnowboard.org to register or renew your child’s US Ski & Snowboard membership.

  • Step 2: You can register or renew your child’s VARA membership on the Ski Runners registration page, or you can visit www.vara.org.

Parent Work Obligation

  • 2 events during 2019/20 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!

  • U14 Alpine participants compete in the MVC U14 SL on Sunday, February 9 and one other race. It is a club requirement to work your child’s events. If you are unable to work these events, please consult the complete race schedule and make alternate arrangements with Terry Hartford at office@skirunners.org