U16 Alpine Racing Program
The U16 Program provides training and support for ski racers ages 14 & 15 (born in years 2003 & 2004.)
The U16 season begins on December 26 and will meet daily that week for Christmas Camp. After that, we train Tuesday-Friday 2-4 PM and Saturday and Sunday at 9 AM.
Using guidelines and skill drills from US Skiing (USSA), our coaches will teach the kids to ski more precisely, more dynamically, more aggressively and faster than they have before. We will spend most of our time gate training, but we will also have fun translating these skills to the entire mountain with directed free skiing.
As members of the Vermont Alpine Racing association (VARA), our U16 Athletes compete in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super-G in both the Vermont Cup Series and George Tormey Series. There are many opportunities to race as a U16, but the coaching staff will work with our team to decide on a schedule that meets our needs and provides the most fun for the kids.
The 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
The U16 & U19 groups will usually train and race on the same schedule.
Prerequisite: Successful U16s generally have at least 2 seasons of ski racing experience.
U16 Coaching Staff: Scott Smith, Chris Adams, Biria St. John.
Head U16 Coach Scott Smith won the award for VARA Development Coach of the Year in 2016.
14 & 15 years old (DOB: January 1, 2003 - December 31, 2004)
Suicide 6 Pass:
U16 Athletes 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:
December 26, 2018 – March 17, 2019. 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
U16 Athletes are also encouraged to attend Christmas Camp, daily December 26-January 2. (Final schedule is at discretion of the coaching staff)
Pre-Season Dry land training:
U16 Athletes are invited to join us for dry-land training beginning Sunday, November 4. We’ll meet Wednesdays & Fridays 3-4 PM at Vail Field and Sundays 1-2:30 PM at Suicide 6.
FIS Certified helmet, with removable SL chin guard and goggles
Skis: 2 pairs; At least 1 pair each of properly sized SL and GS skis. The GS skis must have a minimum sidecut radius of 17 meters. Entering the Super-G events is optional but if your child wants to enter, you will need a pair of SG specific skis
Poles; ideally 2 pairs; 1 SL with hand guards and one pair for GS
Slalom shin guards
Ski racing suit
USSA & VARA Licenses:
All U16 athletes are required to be members of both USSA (http://ussa.org) and VARA, our state racing organization (http://www.vara.org).
Parent Work Obligation
2 events 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!
U16 Alpine participants compete in the VT Cup SL on Saturday, January 12 and the Tormey Series SL on Thursday, February 21. 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 Jen Kirkman at firstname.lastname@example.org