U19 Alpine Racing Program

The U19 Program provides training and support for ski racers ages 16, 17, & 18 (born in years 2001-2003.)

Using guidelines and skill drills from US Skiing (USSA), our coaches will build upon and refine what the athletes learned as U16s and teach them to ski 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.

The U19 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.

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 U19, 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 U19 should have at least 4-5 seasons of ski racing experience.

U19 Coaching Staff: Scott Smith, Biria St. John, Chris Adams.

Head U16 Coach Scott Smith won the award for VARA Development Coach of the Year in 2016.

U19 Ages:

  • 16, 17 & 18 years old (DOB: January 1, 2001 - December 31, 2003)

Program Cost:

  • $1095

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:

  • U19 Athletes should plan 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:

  • U19 Athletes are invited to join us for dry-land training beginning Sunday, November 3 (season opening BBQ that day as well). We’ll meet Wednesdays & Fridays 3-4 PM at Vail Field and Sundays 1:00-2:30 PM at Suicide 6.


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

  • Skis: At least 2 pairs; 1 pair each of properly sized SL and GS skis. The GS skis must have a minimum sidecut radius of 17 meters

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

  • Slalom shin guards

  • Ski racing suit

USSA & VARA Licenses:

  • All U19 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!

  • U19 Alpine participants compete in the VT Cup SL on Saturday, January 11 and the Tormey Series SL on Thursday, February 20. 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