Alpine Program

Welcome to the Mount Sunapee Alpine Program, which includes the following programs: Alpine Racing, Freestyle, Snowboard, and Development. In each program, we will work to provide a clear path of skill development. The coaching staff will build off of the athlete’s current skills, and as the athlete improves more complex movement patterns will be taught.

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: US Ski & Snowboard Training 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.

Our program supports and follows the philosophies of the US Ski & Snowboard Alpine/Freestyle/USASA snowboard 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 US Ski & Snowboard Alpine/Freestyle Training System (ATS) is a guide to athlete age-appropriate development.

Questions? Please contact Jill Firstbrook, Alpine Director, at 603-763-3500 ext. 3548 or alpine@mtsunapee.com.

Age Group Programs

Age Date of Birth USSA/NHARA Age Groups
5-7 - CLOSED 1/1/11 - 9/1/13 Mighty Mites (U8)
8-9 - CLOSED 1/1/09 - 12/31/10 U10
10-11 1/1/07 - 12/31/08 U12
12-13 1/1/05 - 12/31/06 U14
14-15 1/1/03 - 12/31/04 U16
16-18 1/1/00 - 12/31/02 U19
19-20 1/1/99 - 12/31/98 U21
Freestyle A 14-18 Years. 14 years old by December 31, 2018 
Freestyle B 10-14 Years. 10 years old by December 31, 2018 
Snowboard 10-16 Years. 10 years old by December 31, 2018 
Development - CLOSED 8-14 years old by December 31, 2018 
Race Development - CLOSED 10-16 years old by December 31, 2018 
Snowboard Development 8-12 years old by December 31, 2018 

Program Fees

 Age Before 11/1/18 After 11/1/18
Mighty Mites (U8) $800 $900
U10 & U12 $950 $1050
U14 $975 $1075
U16 $1150 $1250
U19 & U21 $1150 $1250
16-18 1/1/00 - 12/31/02 U19
19-20 1/1/99 - 12/31/98 U21
Freestyle
(A) 14-18 years Old $1050 $1150
(B) 10-14 years old $975 $1075
Snowboard $975 $1075
Development $550 $625
Race Development $550 $625
Snowboard Development $550 $625
High School Group (4 Day HS Camp) $ 195 (without season pass)  
High School Group (4 Day HS Camp) $130 (with season pass)  

*Program fees do not include the price of a lift ticket or a season pass

Program Descriptions

The Alpine Program is a weekend program run by Mount Sunapee Resort and staffed by our part-time coaches. This program is a department within the structure of the Resort and is dependent on the strong support received from all departments starting with Mountain Operations across the board to Base Operations. 

Alpine Programs

Freestyle Team (ages 10 –18)

The Freestyle Group will ski from 9:00 am to 2:30 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 Slopestyle competitions. It is divided into two groups A and B’s based on age and current ability level development skills. 

Freestyle A (ages 14-18): This group will focus on an expanded competitive schedule and getting certified in inverted aerial maneuvers. Athletes are encouraged to participate for two full days on the weekend and in as many disciplines as possible. Summer and Fall Camps recommended.

  • Freestyle A: Runs Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 – Sunday, Mar. 31, 2019. Weekends, Christmas week and February vacation weeks.

Freestyle B (ages 10-14): 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. 8, 2018– Sunday, Mar. 24, 2019. Weekends, Christmas week and 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 US Ski & Snowboard. Mount Sunapee, US Ski & Snowboard require that all athletes wear helmets.   

Michael Lovell, Freestyle Coach, will create the competitive schedule for both A and B groups 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. Airbag training will be included in the curriculum to develop aerial skills and work towards performing the jumps in competition.

This group will ride from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm with a coach. The training has been structured to focus on a variety of snowboard disciplines which include: slopestyle, halfpipe, boardercross, and slalom. Athletes should be able to comfortably ride Black trails and link turns switch. The athlete must be at least 10 years old and are required to be a member of USASA. Mount Sunapee and USASA require that all athletes wear helmets.     

The competitive schedule is based on events organized by the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA). Team members are expected to compete in at least one (1) event during the season, although most athletes compete in more. The schedule will help the athlete qualify for the USASA Nationals. Practice and supported-competition schedule will be provided by the Head Snowboard Coach, Charlie Hopkins. To increase our time-on-snow, when possible we will offer freeriding with a coach from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Saturdays.

  • Snowboard: Runs Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 – Sunday, Mar. 24, 2019. Weekends, Christmas week and February vacation weeks.  

The Coach’s discretion will be used in deciding if an athlete’s skills are strong enough for the team or if Snowboard development is the right fit for them.

CLOSED

Each athlete must be at least 5 years old and attending kindergarten as of December 31, 2018. The Mighty Mites will ski in the mornings from 9:00 am to 12:00 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 racing on NASTAR type courses. Athletes will race a maximum of 3-4 times throughout the year. Mighty Mites are required to have a US Ski & Snowboard General Membership license which will cost $20.

Parents must drop off and pick up their child at the Alpine Competition Center on time. 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 USSki & Snowboard recommend that all athletes wear helmets with hard ears.

Each year the program hosts the Mighty Mites Ski Off the day before the start of the season. The Ski Off is required for athletes new to the Mighty Mite Program to ensure that everyone has the skills and ability to flourish in the program The Ski Off will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm, on South Peak. Children must be chairlift approved and assessed to see if the child’s skiing ability is appropriate for this program. Prior to heading over to the South Peak Area, we will meet at the Alpine Competition Center.

  • Mighty Mites (U8): Runs Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 – Sunday, Mar. 24, 2019. Weekends, Christmas week and February vacation weeks.  

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.

Watch the Mighty Mites in action!

CLOSED

This group will ski from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm with a coach. U10’s will experience every aspect of being a well-rounded ski athlete. This includes gate training, freeskiing, slopestyle, moguls, glades, air bag, 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 athlete's overall 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. The athlete must be at least 8 years old and are required to have USSA membership which will cost $25. Multiple discipline licenses are encouraged to allow athletes to participate in freestyle competitions and ski races. Mount Sunapee and US Ski & Snowboard recommend that all athletes wear helmets with hard ears.   

Parental supervision is required during lunch time.

  • U10: Runs Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 – Sunday, Mar. 24, 2019. Weekends, Christmas week and February vacation weeks.

This group will ski from 9:00 am to 2:30 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 advanced trails comfortably. Eighty-five percent of the time the focus is to develop a variety of skills using Skills Quest as a guide and measurement of proficiency through directed free skiing, technical drills and undirected freeskiing. The remaining fifteen percent of the time we will practice tactical and technical drills with gates. The focus of each U12 is on performance versus the outcome or result of races. It’s important that the athletes experience as many different physical activities off snow as much as possible. 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 2:30 – 4:00 pm during the week and to ski on the weekends. Having fun is an important element in the engagement of young athletes.

The U12 athletes will ski slalom and giant slalom with 5-7 race opportunities.  In January, the group will attend 1 open race. The U12 coaches will distribute the schedule with specific instructions. In February, the athletes will compete in BWL qualifying races for the BWL State Finals and the BWL State Championships. 

All athletes are required to be members of both US Ski & Snowboard and NHARA (pricing goes up after October 15, 2018). 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 U12 and U14 racers.

  • U12: Runs Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2018 – Sunday, Mar. 24, 2019. Weekends, Christmas week and February vacation weeks. 

The group will ski from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. Some days could start earlier than 9:00 am or may go past 2:30 pm (athletes are encouraged to ski up to the chairlift and take the last chair of the day). The athletes will ski with a team of coaches who will 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. The group focuses on directed and undirected free skiing thirty to fifty percent of the time, technical drills with and without gates thirty percent of the time, and tactical drills the remaining time.  The program will focus on all learning styles and will be continuing to work on strong fundamental styles. 

The coaches will determine the race event schedule.  There will be between 4 to 10 race starts that will be at the discretion of the coaching staff.  If your child cannot attend qualifier races, please let the coaches know. In January, the athletes will compete in 1 or 2 open races. The U14’s are eligible to race a super G. The early BWL qualifiers will be used to compete for the BWL State Finals and the BWL Championships which is scheduled in March. Postseason competition qualified for U14 Eastern Champ Cam Am competition.

To compete all athletes are required to be members of both US Ski & Snowboard and NHARA. (Pricing goes up after October 15, 2018). Mount Sunapee and US Ski & Snowboard require that all athletes wear helmets with hard ears. If you need to purchase a new helmet please make sure it is FIS approved. 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. 8, 2018 – Sunday, Mar. 24, 2019

Weekends, Christmas week and February vacation weeks.

This group will ski from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. The athletes will ski with a team of coaches who 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. During the competition season, the athlete will continue to free ski at least 15% of the time. 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 enter and pay the U16 qualifiers race and open races online. The coaching staff will establish a competition schedule for U16 men and women will compete separately in U16 qualifiers throughout the month of February.  The qualifier results will be used to determine who will move onto U16 Eastern Finals and U16 Eastern Junior Championships and the NH State Finals.

Athletes are asked to make a commitment to excellence and hard work. We encourage athletes to ski as much as possible throughout the winter, during the week and on the weekend before or 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 US Ski & Snowboard and NHARA. (Pricing goes up after October 15, 2018). Mount Sunapee and US Ski & Snowboard require that all athletes wear helmets with hard ears that meet the new FIS standards denoted by the official FIS sticker found on the helmets.

  • U16: Runs Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2018 (snow permitting) – Sunday, Mar. 31, 2019. Last race is the UNH fundraiser race late March. Weekends, Christmas week and February vacation weeks.

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

Both groups will ski from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. The athletes will ski with a team of coaches who will work with each athlete individually at different times. The athlete and parent should attend an early season meeting to discuss race schedules and balancing school with days missed 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 or after their program. The goal is to attend and compete in the USSA finals at Gore in late March.

For U21’s only: FIS license should be considered on a case-by-case basis. FIS races require qualifying for the state quota or development quota for each year of birth.  

To compete all athletes are required to be members of both US Ski & Snowboard and NHARA. (Pricing goes up after October 15, 2018). Mount Sunapee and US Ski & Snowboard require that all athletes wear helmets with hard ears that meet the new FIS standards denoted by the official FIS sticker found on the helmets.

U19 & U21: Runs Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2018 (snow permitting) – Sunday, Mar.  31, 2019. Weekends, Christmas week and February vacation weeks.

At the U19/U21 levels, the parents/athletes are required to complete the online entry race forms. U16 online entries are available for all events.  If you must cancel, call the race secretary at least 3 days prior to the race to receive a refund.  All of the numbers and addresses are listed in the NHARA Handbook. 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 or 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. Last race is the UNH fundraiser race late March.

We must have 8 athletes to run this program.

The athlete must be on a high school alpine ski team roster and must have a US Ski & Snowboard general membership for training purposes which costs $20.

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 -  Dec. 26-29, 2018.

With Season Pass: $130.00

Without season pass: $195.00

 

4 Saturdays in January –  Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 27th, 2019.

With Season Pass: $130.00

Without Season Pass: $195.00

 

You may also attend both sessions.

With Season Pass: $260.00

Without Season Pass: $390.00

 

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

Development Programs

CLOSED

Each athlete must be at least 8 years old by December 31, 2018. 

The Development Program will ski from 8:45 am to 2:30 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 snowblades.  The coaches will split the groups based on age and ability. The children are required to have strong skiing skills and be able to ski intermediate (Blue) trails easily. All participants will be sent a schedule of planned activities. Mount Sunapee recommends that all athletes wear helmets with hard earflaps.   

  • Development: Runs Saturdays, January 5, 2019 – March 9, 2019

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

Program fees do not include the price of a lift ticket or a season pass

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 Challenge will be held on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm, on South Peak.

An informational meeting for parents who have athletes in the development programs including snowboard and race development will be held in our Competition Building on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 9:30 am. An additional meeting will be held in our Competition Building Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at 9:15 am. Please attend one of the two meetings.

The Development Programs will meet for 10 consecutive Saturdays, beginning on Saturday Jan. 5, 2019 – Saturday, Mar. 9, 2019.

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.

No volunteer commitment is required for the Development Programs, but volunteer help is always needed and appreciated. There is no requirement for a US Ski & Snowboard or NHARA membership because racing will be limited to NASTAR.

CLOSED

This Program will ski from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm with a coach. The Race Development Program is a NASTAR based race program. All athletes are required to have successfully completed the Development Program for at least one year. The athlete will develop a NASTAR race profile of results and work towards qualifying for the NASTAR Finals in March. The program will strive to develop fundamental skiing and racing skills. This Program offers a strong foundation for middle and high school ski racing. Mount Sunapee and US Ski & Snowboard require that all athletes wear helmets with hard earflaps.  

All participants will be sent a schedule of planned activities.

  • Race Development: Runs Saturdays, January 5, 2019 – March 9, 2019

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.

Program fees do not include the price of a lift ticket or a season pass

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 Challenge will be held on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm, on South Peak.

An informational meeting for parents who have athletes in the development programs including snowboard and race development will be held in our Competition Building on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 9:30 am. An additional meeting will be held in our Competition Building Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at 9:15 am. Please attend one of the two meetings.

The Development Programs will meet for 10 consecutive Saturdays, beginning on Saturday Jan. 5, 2019 – Saturday, Mar. 9, 2019.

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.

No volunteer commitment is required for the Development Programs, but volunteer help is always needed and appreciated. There is no requirement for a US Ski & Snowboard or NHARA membership because racing will be limited to NASTAR.

The athletes will ride from 9:00 am to 2:30 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.).  These fundamentals will help develop skills that allow the athlete to join the Snowboard Team.  Development Athletes will have the opportunity to ride with the team and will be invited to join if their skill set is strong enough.

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 with hard earflaps.

  • Snowboard Development: Runs Saturdays, January 5, 2019 – March 9, 2019

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.

Program fees do not include the price of a lift ticket or a season pass

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 Challenge will be held on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm, on South Peak.

An informational meeting for parents who have athletes in the development programs including snowboard and race development will be held in our Competition Building on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 9:30 am. An additional meeting will be held in our Competition Building Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at 9:15 am. Please attend one of the two meetings.

The Development Programs will meet for 10 consecutive Saturdays, beginning on Saturday Jan. 5, 2019 – Saturday, Mar. 9, 2019.

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.

No volunteer commitment is required for the Development Programs, but volunteer help is always needed and appreciated. There is no requirement for a US Ski & Snowboard or NHARA membership because racing will be limited to NASTAR.