Alpine & Freestyle Programs

WINTER 2022/2023 TEAM REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.

2022-2023 Mount Sunapee Alpine & Freestyle Program

Our Mission is to inspire and support a passion for snow sports in our young athletes a while helping them reach their highest potential as athletes, good citizens, and showing the highest level of sportsmanship.

Our Values: Passion, Integrity, Character, Courage.

Our Vision: To help guide the development of the young athlete in all areas of their lives to be lifelong members of the winter sports community.

For more information about the USSA clubs of excellence click HERE.

Our program supports and follows the philosophies of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine/Freestyle competencies. These philosophies address the 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 for more information please go to: 
usskiandsnowboard.org.

Our Coaching staff is comprised of dedicated, passionate, professional coaches who have made a commitment to the program, our philosophy and to becoming educated as coaches and mentors to athletes as they develop. Many of our coaches are also part of the Soul of Sunapee as former competitive athletes who are now contributing members of the community that makes Sunapee so special. 

We have strict standards of behavior and athletic code of conduct for all athletes and parents. Our standards are rooted in 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 require all athletes and parents to conduct themselves with the highest standard of behavior and sportsmanship.

Questions? Please contact Beth von Beren, Skier Services Administrative Assistant at 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. 

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 should plan on attending program days for a minimum of 80% of the time as it helps improvement of skill development as well as team/friend bonding. This 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.

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, 9:00am-1:00pm
beginning on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022 – Sunday, Mar. 19, 2023.  

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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U16-U18

U16 (ages 14-15)
Runs Saturdays and Sundays, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm beginning on, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 (snow permitting) – Sunday, Mar 19, 2023
Weekends, Christmas week and 3 week days during February vacation weeks. Additional training camps may be offered at additional cost for participation.

The U16s will ski from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Athletes will ski with a team of coaches with an 8:1 ratio of athletes to coaches.

U18 (ages 16-17)

Runs Saturdays and Sundays, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm beginning on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 (snow permitting) – Sunday, Mar 19, 2023.
Weekends, Christmas week and 3 week days during February vacation week. Additional training camps may be offered at additional cost for participation.

The group will train from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. There may be some late day practices from 1:00-4:00pm 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

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Freestyle B Team

Freestyle B: Runs Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 am - 1:30pm beginning on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022– Sunday, Mar. 19, 2023.
Weekends, Christmas week and long weekends on February vacation weeks. Additional training camps may be offered at additional cost for participation.

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.

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High School Race Program

*We must have 6 athletes per Coach to run this program and withhold the ability to cancel and refund payment

For athletes who are on a high school alpine ski team roster but are unable to commit to a weekend program and want more coaching or exposure to race training.

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

**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.

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: Runs 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Dec. 26-29, 2022. - $319.00.
  • 4 Day January Camp: Runs 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Saturdays Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2023. - $319.00.
  • You may also attend both sessions for $638.00 - UPDATED

DOES NOT INCLUDE LIFT ACCESS. Daily training ticket available for non-pass holders.

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