Alpine & Freestyle Programs

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2022-2023 Mount Sunapee Alpine & Freestyle Program

Welcome! The Mount Sunapee Alpine Program includes: Alpine Racing, Freestyle, Development, Race Development and Snowboard Development.

Our Vision: To help guide the development of the athlete in all areas of their lives.

Our Mission: To inspire a passion for snow sports in our young athletes and to help them reach their potential as athletes. We encourage them to be good, responsible citizens and develop a strong sense of sportsmanship.

Our Values: U.S. Ski & Snowboard values: excellence, grit, passion, integrity, community, fun and team.

Athletes will work on developing skills based on their age and ability. We will provide each athlete with the opportunity to excel and enjoy skiing or boarding in a fun, safe and honest environment. We recognize that each athlete is unique, and we strive to teach them to reach their own potential. This is achieved through various learning stages and techniques which will continue throughout their training.

Our program supports and follows the philosophies of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine/Freestyle competencies. These philosophies address physical and psychological factors which, in turn, address all aspects of athletic development. Skill development is a complex interaction between the athlete’s inherent physical and, psychological abilities and physical age at any particular development stage. The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine/Freestyle Training System (LTAD) is a guide to athlete age appropriate development. Training Systems (usskiandsnowboard.org)

In each program we will work to provide a clear path of skill development. Based on the principals of the ATS our coaching staff will build upon the athlete’s current skills. These include free skiing, balance drills, turn shape, gate drills, and developing skills in our terrain park. Mount Sunapee Alpine & Freestyle program endorses the use of Skills Quest a cornerstone program of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Training Systems. Skill Quests is a training program we use to help develop the athlete’s technique with the use of age appropriate drills and terrain. Skill development is based on repetition and mileage; therefore consistent attendance is crucial. We teach the athletes how to apply the wide variety of skills in all weather conditions, terrain and competitive environments; which results in strong lifelong skills.

We will instill six fundamental skills which are: Balance/ athletic stance, lower leg engagement, snow contact, pole plant, outside ski commitment and upper body discipline.

We have a strict standard of behavior and athletic code of conduct for all athletes and parents. Our standard is based on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard, USASA and New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association’s Racer Code of Conduct, the general Skier Code of Conduct and Sportsmanship. All athletes, coaches, and parents are treated in a fair and equal manner. We expect all athletes and parents will conduct themselves with the highest standard of behavior and sportsmanship.

We are committed to the Alpine Program by providing families with our Competition Center, excellent training facilities, snow conditions, daily activity support and exceptional staff. 

Questions? Please contact Beth Von Beren, Skier Serviced Administrative Assistant 603-763-3500 ext. 3527 or bmvonberen@vailresorts.com

Alpine Programs

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U8-U10

U8 (ages 6-7)
Runs Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30am-1:00pm beginning on Saturday Dec. 17, 2022– Sunday, Mar. 19, 2023. Weekends, Christmas week and long weekends on vacation weeks. 

U8 will ski from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm, with a midmorning break, with their coach. This program is for children who have skied at least two full seasons, are able to ski intermediate trails comfortably, and want to improve their skills. 

Athletes must plan on attending program 80% of the time as it helps improvement of skill development as well as team/friend bonding. The program emphasizes skiing on the entire mountain, with an introduction to bumps, terrain parks, air and rails, as well as appropriate fun racing on courses. Athletes will participate in 75% free skiing, 10% coached drills, 10% coached gate training, slopestyle, moguls and Big Air and 5% competition simulation. Athletes will compete a maximum of 3-4 times throughout the year in a NASTAR type of course. U8s are required to have a U.S. Ski & Snowboard General Membership license, which will cost $35.

https://usskiandsnowboard.org/foundation

Parents must drop off and pick up their child outside the Alpine Competition Center (right of the trees). Children will only be released to a pre-authorized adult. This gives the coaches and the parents an opportunity to discuss any questions that may arise. Your child will need to be dressed appropriately in layers. This includes, but is not limited to: poles, skis, goggles, helmet, ski mitts, and ski pants. Please send your child with either money on their pass for a snack or pack a snack and place in their jacket pocket. Mount Sunapee and U.S. Ski & Snowboard require that all athletes wear helmets with hard ears. 
A designated parent must be present at the mountain the entire time their athlete is in the program.

U8 parents are required to attend a parent meeting.
The Alpine Director reserves the right to refund the program fee if the child does not have enough ski experience or maturity to take part in this ski program.

U10 (ages 8-9)    
Runs Saturdays and Sundays
beginning on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022 – Sunday, Mar. 19, 2023.  
Weekends, Christmas week and Mondays and Fridays of February vacation weeks.

Athletes must have at least 3-4 years of skiing experience and the ability to ski blue trails comfortably. Athletes must plan on attending program 80% of the time as it helps improvement of skill development as well as team/friend bonding.

The U10 group will ski from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm with a coach. U10’s will experience every aspect of being a well-rounded ski athlete. This includes free skiing, gate training, slopestyle, moguls, glades, and more. Athletes will work towards improving their fundamental skills such as balance, pressure, control, rotary, and edging. By integrating these skills it will help improve the athletes over all skill level. This program will also include a limited competitive event schedule which will concentrate on home competition and limited travel. 

All U10 athletes are expected to participate in all aspects of fundamental training. Athletes will have the opportunity to choose a discipline that they would like to focus on at the age of 10. Athletes will participate in 60% free skiing, 20% coached drills, 10% coached gate drills and 10% competition situations. Athletes will ski in the glades with coaches. The athlete must be at least 8 years old. Athletes must have one (1) pair of SL or twin tip skis which are tuned and boots that the athlete is able to flex/crush. A pair of “Rock” skies are recommended. 

Mount Sunapee and U.S. Ski & Snowboard required that all athletes wear hard eared helmets.
All athletes are REQUIRED to be members of both U.S. Ski & Snowboard ($100) and NHARA to be enrolled in the program (pricing goes up after October 15, 2022). Multiple discipline licenses are encouraged to allow athletes to participate in freestyle competitions and ski races.

A designated parent must be present at the mountain the entire time their athlete is in the program.

The Alpine Director reserves the right to refund the program fee if the child does not have enough ski experience or maturity to take part in this ski program.

U12-U14

U12 (ages 10-11) 
Runs Saturdays and Sundays
beginning on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022 – Sunday, Mar. 19, 2023. 
Weekends, Christmas week and Mondays and Fridays of February vacation weeks.

Athletes must have at least 4-5 years of skiing experience and be parallel skiers who have the ability to ski any trail on the mountain. 

This group will ski from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm with a coach. Each coach will be assigned 8 athletes per group. U12’s must have skied a minimum of three full seasons and be able to ski intermediate and advance trails comfortably. Athletes will participate in 45 - 60% free skiing, 20% coached drills, and 25% coached gate drills. They will have a 1 - 6 day ratio of races to training. It’s important that the athletes experience as many different physical activities off snow as much as possible. Athletes should have multi-sport involvement. Our goal is to develop growth in each athlete’s skills to ensure strong skiing ability on the entire mountain, master all snow conditions, and continue to learn strong skiing skills. 

Athletes are encouraged to ski with friends and family from 1:45 – 4:00 pm on weekends and if possible during the week. Having fun and a passion for skiing are important elements in the engagement of young athletes.

The U12 athletes will ski slalom and giant slalom with 2-4 race opportunities throughout the season 
All athletes are required to be members of both U.S. Ski & Snowboard ($100) and NHARA (pricing goes up after October 15, 2022). 

Mount Sunapee and US Ski & Snowboard require that all athletes wear helmets with hard ears. If you need to purchase a helmet please make sure it is FIS approved. Look for the FIS official sticker on the helmet. It is a requirement for the U14 athletes.

See the “Ski Equipment Fitting Tips”, below in this document, for information about appropriate equipment choices for your athlete.

A designated parent must be present at the mountain the entire time their athlete is in the program.

U14 (ages 12-13) 
Runs Saturdays and Sundays,
 
beginning on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022 – Sunday, Mar. 19, 2023. 
Weekends, Christmas week and Mondays and Fridays of February vacation weeks.

The group will ski from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. After program we encourage your athlete to ski the remainder of the day with friends. The athletes will ski with a team of coaches with an 8-1 ratio, which will allow coaches to work with each athlete individually at different times. The U14’s will concentrate on expanding and improving skills that were introduced to them in the U10-U12 programs.  
Athletes will participate in 30 - 45% free skiing, 20% coached gate drills, and 25 - 35% coached gate training. The program will focus on all learning styles and will continuing to work on strong fundamental styles. Athletes should have multi-sport involvement. We will instill the 6 fundamental skiing skills into our athletes. These 6 skills are: balance/ athletic stance, lower leg engagement, snow contact, pole plant, outside ski commitment and upper body discipline.

Race schedules will be determined by the U14 coaches.  There will be between 4 to 8 race starts that will be at the discretion of the coaching staff.  All race entries will be completed online by each family for their athletes. U14’s are eligible to race Super G’s and participate in a Super G camp. 
Each athletes early race results will be used to qualify for the BWL State Finals and the BWL Championships, which will be held in March.

To compete all athletes are required to be members of both U.S. Ski & Snowboard ($125) and NHARA. (Pricing goes up after October 15, 2022).  

USSA: https://usskiandsnowboard.org/foundation
NHARA: https://www.nhalpine.org/

Mount Sunapee and U.S. Ski & Snowboard require that all athletes wear FIS approved helmets with hard ears. Look for the FIS official sticker on the helmet.

U14 skiers must ski on GS skis that have a minimum of 17 meter radius. For more information on race schedules please refer to the NHalpine.org (NHARA) website.

U16-U18

U16 (ages 14-15)
Runs Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 (snow permitting) – Sunday, Mar 19, 2023

Weekends, Christmas week and 3 week days during February vacation weeks.

The U16s will ski from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Athletes will ski with a team of coaches with an 8-1 ratio of athletes to coaches. The coaches will work with each athlete individually at various times. The U16’s will concentrate on refining and expanding their technical and fine motor skills on skis. We will work on technical and tactical refinement of skills, using Skills Quest drills to measure improvement. The group will follow a ratio of 1 race day to 4 training days. Athletes will participate in 30% free skiing, 20% coached drills, 35% coached gate training, and 15% competitive skiing. Athletes should free ski with family and friends as much as they enjoy. Early season will focus on ski mileage and technical skiing skills. It is critical for the athletes to attend as much as possible throughout the winter. This allows athletes to take advantage of more race starts, skill development, and accumulate miles on their skis.  Mileage on skis is an important part in the improvement of skills, so we encourage the athletes to ski until 4:00 pm with their ski team friends.

The U16’s will be required to pay for all races online. The coaching staff will establish a competition schedule for U16 athletes. The qualifier results will be used to determine who will move onto U16 Eastern Finals, U16 Eastern Junior Championships and the NH State Finals.   For updated schedules go to: nhalpine.org

Athletes are asked to make a commitment to excellence and hard work. All athletes should have prepared equipment. We encourage athletes to ski as much as possible throughout the winter, during the week and on the weekend before and after their program. Ski early and ski late! The program will begin promptly at 8:30 am to allow for GS training.

To compete all athletes are required to be members of both U.S. Ski & Snowboard ($200) and NHARA. (Pricing goes up after October 15, 2022).  
USSAhttps://usskiandsnowboard.org/foundation
NHARAhttps://www.nhalpine.org/

Mount Sunapee and U.S. Ski & Snowboard require that all athletes wear FIS approved helmets with hard ears. This is denoted by the official FIS sticker found on the helmets.

**Please carefully read the U16 pages of the NHARA Handbook for rules**

 

U18 (ages 16-17)

Runs Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 (snow permitting) – Sunday, Mar 19, 2023
Weekends, Christmas week and 3 week days during February vacation weeks.

The group will train from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. There may be some late day practices from 1:30-4:00pm which will be communicated beforehand by coaches. The athletes will ski with a team of coaches at a ratio of 8-1 athletes to coaches. Coaches will work with each athlete individually at various times. Athletes and parents should attend an early season meeting to discuss race schedules and balancing school with days missed time for skiing. The coaching staff will determine the best possible competitive schedule to support the athletes. A coach will be available on the mountain for training on non-race days. We encourage athletes to ski as much as possible throughout the winter, during the week and on the weekend before and after their program. The goal is to attend and compete in the USSA finals in late March 2023. 

To compete all athletes are required to be members of both U.S. Ski & Snowboard ($200) and NHARA. (Pricing goes up after October 15, 2022)

USSA: https://usskiandsnowboard.org/foundation

NHARA:https://www.nhalpine.org/

Mount Sunapee and U.S. Ski & Snowboard require that all athletes wear FIS approved helmets with hard ears this is denoted by the official FIS sticker found on the helmets. 

At the U18 level, the parents/athletes are required to complete the online entry race forms. If you must cancel, call the race secretary at least 3 days prior to the race to receive a refund.  All of the numbers are listed in the NHARA Handbook located online. This is an important source of information. If the athlete cannot attend a scheduled race, it is the parent/athlete’s responsibility to notify the coach as soon as possible.

Each athlete will be involved in the Macomber open races and Lafoley Race Series.  The availability of coaches and number of athletes attending each race will determine the race schedule and coaching support for events.

Freestyle B Team

The Freestyle Group will ski from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm with a coach. This Program strives to develop multi-event freestyle skiers who can compete in Mogul, Free Ride, and Slope style competitions. This group will focus on developing and mastering basic skiing, jumping and balancing skills. It is recommended that the athletes compete in as many disciplines as possible. 

  • Freestyle B: Runs Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022– Sunday, Mar. 19, 2023. Weekends, Christmas week and long weekends on February vacation weeks.

To acquire the skills, the athletes will train on a variety of terrain including flat slopes, moguls, groomed terrain and in our terrain parks. 

The athlete must be at least 10 years old and are required to be a member of U.S. Ski & Snowboard. (U11 - $75, U13 - $110 and U15 & over - $200)  If your athlete is interested in attending more slopestyle competitions you might want to also get them a USASA membership.

Mount Sunapee, U.S. Ski & Snowboard require that all athletes wear helmets.

Michael Lovell, Freestyle Coach, will create a competitive schedule of meets for the freestyle team. The coaching staff will support all scheduled away meets. Before these meets, training will be available and we will offer skiing with a coach from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Saturdays at Mount Sunapee when possible. 

High School Race Program

We must have 6 athletes per Coach to run this program.

The athlete must be on a high school alpine ski team roster and must have a U.S. Ski & Snowboard General Membership for training purposes which costs $35. Athletes will have to send in a copy of their USSA membership card when signing up.

The group will focus on racing fundamentals that will help the athlete gain more experience as a high school racer.

Athletes must attend all 4 days of the session they are registered for.

Equipment requirements: Hard eared helmets are required for GS training.

Programs Offered:

  • 4 Day High School Christmas Camp $319.00. Runs Dec. 26-29, 2022.
  • 4 Day January Camp $319.00 Runs Saturdays Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2023.

You may also attend both sessions for $638.00

Interested? Please contact Beth von Beren, Skier Services Administrative Assistant, at 603-763-3500 ext. 3527 or bmvonberen@vailresorts.com