Alpine & Freestyle Programs

2021-2022 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 Jill Firstbrook, Alpine Director, at 603-763-3500 ext. 3548 or jsfirstbrook@vailresorts.com

All Programs are closed for the 2021-2022 season.

Program Descriptions

Alpine Programs

The Freestyle Group will ski from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm with a coach. This Program strives to develop multi-event freestyle skiers who can compete in Mogul, Half Pipe, “Big Air”, 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. 11, 2021– Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022. 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 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 - $65, U13 - $100 and U15 & over - $170) https://usskiandsnowboard.org/foundation

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

Michael Lovell, Freestyle Coach, will create the competitive schedule for the B group for meets. 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.

U8 (ages 6-7)

U8 will ski in the mornings from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm with a coach with a midmorning break. 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. 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 $30.
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.

• (U8) Age 6-7: Runs Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30am-1:00pm beginning on Saturday Dec. 18, 2021– Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022. Weekends, Christmas week and long weekends on vacation weeks. (Vacation dates TBA)

U10 (ages 8-9)
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. 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.

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 ($90) and NHARA to be enrolled in the program (pricing goes up after October 15, 2021). Multiple discipline licenses are encouraged to allow athletes to participate in freestyle competitions and ski races.

USSA: https://usskiandsnowboard.org/foundation

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


U10: - Runs Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021 – Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022.
Weekends, Christmas week and long weekends on February vacation weeks.


U12 (ages 10-11)

This group will ski from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm with a coach. Each coach will be assigned 6 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 is an important element in the engagement of young athletes.

The U12 athletes will ski slalom and giant slalom with 2-4 race opportunities. All athletes are required to be members of both U.S. Ski & Snowboard ($90) and NHARA (pricing goes up after October 15, 2021).

USSA: https://usskiandsnowboard.org/foundationNHARA

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

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.

U12: Runs Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021 – Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022.
Weekends, Christmas week and February vacation weeks.

U14 (ages 12-13)
The group will ski from 8:30 am to 1:30 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 6-1 ratio which will allow coaches to work with each athlete individually at different times. The U14’s will concentrate on expanding and improving the 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 6 fundamental skills which are: balance/ athletic stance, lower leg engagement, snow contact, pole plant, outside ski commitment and upper body discipline.

The coaches will determine the race event schedule. There will be between 4 to 8 race starts that will be at the discretion of the coaching staff. All entries will be done Online by the individual family for the athlete. The U14’s are eligible to race a Super G.and participate in a Super G camp.

The early races will be used to compete for the BWL State Finals and the BWL Championships which is scheduled in March.

To compete all athletes are required to be members of both U.S. Ski & Snowboard ($115) and NHARA. (Pricing goes up after October 15, 2021).
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

U14: Runs Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021 – Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022.
Weekends, Christmas week and February vacation weeks.

U16 (ages 14-15)
This group will ski from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. The athletes will ski with a team of coaches 6-1 ratio and will work with each athlete individually at different 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 the U16 qualifiers races and open races online. The coaching staff will establish a competition schedule for U16. 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! Some days the program will begin promptly at 8:00 am to allow for GS training.

To compete all athletes are required to be members of both U.S. Ski & Snowboard ($185) pricing goes up Nov1 and NHARA. (Pricing goes up after October 15, 2021).
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.

U16: Runs Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 – Saturday, Mar 26, 2022.
Weekends, Christmas week and February vacation weeks.

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

The group will train from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm. There may be some late day practices from 12:00-4:00pm which will be announced by coaches beforehand. The athletes will ski with a team of coaches who will work with each athlete individually at different times with a 6-1 ratio. The athlete and parent 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 as scheduled for the 2022 season.

To compete all athletes are required to be members of both U.S. Ski & Snowboard ($185) and NHARA. (Pricing goes up after October 15, 2021).

USSA: https://usskiandsnowboard.org/foundation

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

  • U19: Runs Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on Saturday, Dec 4, 2021 (snow permitting) – Saturday, Mar 26, 2022. Weekends, Christmas week and February vacation weeks.

At the U19 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. If your athlete cannot attend a scheduled race, it is the athlete’s responsibility to notify the coach as soon as possible.

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 $30. 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 $289.00. Runs Dec. 26-29, 2021.
  • 4 Day January Camp $289.00 Runs Saturdays Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, 2022.

You may also attend both sessions for $578.00

Interested? Please contact Jill Firstbrook, Alpine Director, at 603-763-3500 ext. 3548 or jsfirstbrook@vailresorts.com

Program Fees do not include the price of a season pass

Development Programs

Program Fees do not include the price of a season pass

New this year we will be having a Saturday Development Program as well as a Sunday Development Program. Whichever program you sign up for will be your program. We will be unable to move athletes back and forth between days.

Each year the program hosts The Development Challenge the Saturday before the program starts. The Challenge is recommended for all athletes new to any of the Development Programs to participate in the Challenge. The Challenge is to ensure that everyone has the skills and ability to flourish.
The Ski off Challenge will be held on Sunday, Jan 2, 2022, from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm, on South Peak for new athletes only.

An informational meeting for new families who have athletes in any of the development programs, will be held in our Competition Building on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 9:30.

The Saturday Development Program will meet for 10 consecutive Saturdays, beginning on Saturday Jan. 8, 2022 – Saturday, Mar. 12, 2022.
The Sunday Development Program will meet for 10 consecutive Sunday, beginning on Sunday Jan. 9, 2021 – Sunday, Mar. 13, 2022.

The Alpine Director reserves the right to refund the program fee if the athlete’s skills are not strong enough or have enough experience to take part in the program.

Development and Race Development programs require a USSA general membership to participate.

Development Programs

Each athlete must be at least 8 years old by December 31, 2021. No exceptions.

The Development Program will ski from 9:15am to 1:45 pm with a coach and will strive to provide an all-mountain experience. The program will focus on fun and all-around skiing skills with less competitive emphasis. The group will experience various disciplines including slopestyle, moguls, racing and jumping. The children are required to have strong skiing skills and be able to ski intermediate (Blue) trails easily. All participants will receive a schedule of planned activities from their head coaches. Mount Sunapee recommends that all athletes wear helmets with hard earflaps. Athletes are required to have a USSA general membership. ($30)

  • Saturday Development: Runs Saturdays, January 8, 2022 – March 12, 2022
  • Sunday Development: Runs Sundays, January 3, 2022 – March 13, 2022

One volunteer commitment day is required for the Development Programs.

The Alpine Director reserves the right to refund the fee if the athlete’s skills are not strong enough.

This Program will ski from 9:15 am to 1:45 pm with a coach. The Race Development Program is a recreational race program. All athletes are required to have successfully completed the Development Program for at least one year. The program will develop fundamental skiing and racing skills. This Program offers a strong foundation for middle and high school ski racing. Mount Sunapee and U.S. Ski & Snowboard recommend that all athletes wear helmets with hard earflaps.

Athletes are required to have a USSA general membership. ($30)

All participants will be sent a schedule of planned activities.

  • Race Development: Runs Saturdays, January 8, 2022 – March 12, 2022

One volunteer commitment day is required for the Development Programs.

The Alpine Director reserves the right to move the athlete into the Development Program or refund the fee if the athlete’s skills are not strong enough.

Snowboard Development (ages 8-12) Must have 4 athletes registered to run this programThe athletes will ride from 9:15 am to 1:45 pm with a coach. This program will provide an “all mountain experience”, focusing on improving fundamental snowboard skills to begin with and then moving into more technical areas as appropriate (slopestyle, slalom, etc.).

Development athletes will have opportunities to compete in local and USASA events if coaches feel they are ready. All athletes are required to have intermediate skills as a requirement – athletes should be able to comfortably ride down blue trails, and have some experience on black trails as well. Mount Sunapee and USASA require that all athletes wear helmets.Athletes are required to have a USSA general membership. ($30)

  • Snowboard Development: Runs Saturdays, January 8, 2022 – March 12, 2022

One volunteer commitment day is required for the Development Programs.

Terrain off Designated Trails and Slopes

During program hours athletes, guided by their Coach, may ski and board on terrain that is off the designated trails and slopes at Mount Sunapee, but within the ski area boundary.