Alpine: Core Development, All Mountain and Race Teams

Woodstock Ski Runners Alpine Teams

2016-2017 Season

WSR boasts a strong history of Vermont skiing competition. The annual Fisk Trophy race invites elite athletes to participate, many of whom are current collegiate racers and former National Team members, and in past years WSR alumni. Our Junior Programs have produced Junior Olympic medalists and USSA State Championship medalists.

Our Alpine teams give athletes ages 6-18 the opportunity to enjoy and pursue excellence in alpine skiing. We do this in the spirit of volunteerism and a sense of community. Our coaching staff works together to improve the overall experience of the athletes engaged in competitive training programs. We strive to foster a passion and life long love of winter sports and an active outdoor lifestyle while developing the life skills associated with success in all endeavors: goal setting, self discipline, a strong work ethic, determination and commitment. We have a strong scholarship program that makes our programs available to any child or young adult needing financial assistance.

Dryland Training for Alpine 2016-2017:

Dryland training starts on November 6 at the Ski Runners Opening Day Meeting and BBQ at Suicide 6 at 1:00.  We will kick off with a brief introduction from all the coaches, then after a short Q&A session the kids and all those interested in joining, can hike up Suicide 6.  After the hikers leave those interested will be able to ask  more in depth questions on the programs.  At the conclusion of the discussion, Chris Adams will hold a waxing and sharpening clinic.  He will also present some equipment and will have purchase orders for racers for Volkl, Marker and Dalbello. We will wrap up with a carry in BBQ. Ski Runners will provide hot dogs, hot cocoa and cider.

Weekly dryland starts on November 9th. The U12-U18’s will meet at Vail Field from 3-4:30 on Wednesdays and Fridays.
U10 Competition Team will join in on Fridays

All groups meet at S6 on Sunday. From 1 – 2:45 or so.

Alpine Development & All Mountain Teams: 

Alpine Development

After years of trying to effectively teach kids with different skill level sets within age determined groups and struggling to make it work we have decided that the best solution to the age vs. skill conundrum is to group the younger age levels by skill and separate them by ability rather than age.  We feel that merging the U8 All Mountain/Core Devo with the U10 All Mountain/Core Devo group (previous designations) and forming one new ability determined group–Alpine Devo– will help us to achieve our goals.We feel there are many benefits to approaching the levels in this manner from both an instructional and a practical point of view. One of the benefits of this approach will be the ability of the coaches to work on level specific techniques rather than trying to meet the needs of a broad width of abilities that age grouping exhibits.  Another benefit will be the flexibility to move kids vertically between groups and as they grow and develop their skills during the ski season.

U8-U10 Alpine Devo.

U8-U10 Alpine Devo. The Alpine Devo Team is for skiers from 6-9; Birth Years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.

The Woodstock Ski Runners Alpine Development Program (DEVO) provides the experience for young skiers, U8-U10, to develop a love of skiing and a fundamental skill base.

Devo participants should have two years of skiing experience, be ready to ride the chairlift with supervision, and be prepared to ski a variety of terrain. Helmets and ski poles are necessary.

Training consists of focused free skiing, age appropriate skiing skills and United States Ski Association (USSA) age appropriate curriculum and progressions.  Devo participants can compete with other athletes at local all terrain style fun events.

Devo serves as the entry level into our Alpine Racing Program, facilitating skill development that will support each athlete into their future.

Birth Year 2007,2008 and 2009 athletes have the option to enroll in either Alpine Devo, or U10 Alpine Race.  Please contact the program head to discuss the appropriate option for your athletes skill development.

DEVO Training Schedule: Saturday and Sunday 9:00-2:00 with a break for lunch around 11:30. First session begins January 1, 2017.

Dryland training at S6, Sundays starting November 6, 2016. 1:00-2:30.

Program fee: $350 two day.

One Day Program:

For those skiers unable to attend the full two days of training we will offer a one day program as we have in the past.  In order to assist us in providing proper staffing on all days the one day program is available Saturday or Sunday but you must choose one or the other of the days for the season. If this presents a problem please contact us @ office@skirunners.org.

One Day Fee:  $200.00

Head Coach U8-U10 Alpine Devo. Rob Parker. LoudMountainMusic@gmail.com

All Mountain U12 and Up

All Mountain U12 and Up: The ALL Mountain Team is For skiers from 10 and up; Birth years 2006 and earlier

Our program for those skiers 10 and older implements more drills and training (gates, trees and freestyle) into our directed free ski schedule. At this level our directed free skiing focuses on ski drills and training with a greater emphasis on competition preparation. A team of WSR coaches will evaluate the group and split them into small groups according to age, interest and ability in a supportive environment. Skills assessment and age appropriate gate training will be based on individual development and current skills. For those skiers unable to attend the full two days of training we will offer a one day program on Saturday or Sunday.

3 to 4 Events (All Mtn and/or Freestyle)
1 Big Mountain Explorer Day: Team will go to Killington, Sugarbush or Sunapee to do a “Tag along” day with their All Mountain Team mates.
Training Schedule: Saturday & Sunday’s from 9:00 to 2:00 with a lunch break around 11:30. On snow practice begins the first Saturday Suicide 6 opens.

Program Fee: $450.00 two day

One Day Program:

For those skiers unable to attend the full two days of training we will offer a one day program as we have in the past.  In order to assist us in providing proper staffing on all days the one day program is available Saturday or Sunday but you must choose one or the other of the days for the season. If this presents a problem please contact us @ office@skirunners.org.

Program Fee: $250 one day

Requirements:

  • U12 racers are age 10 and up born in 2006 and earlier.
  • All skiers must wear Helmets
  • Team members must be independent and able to ski the entire mountain.
Head Coach U12 All Mountain: Ralph Kurash

Alpine Racing Teams:

U10 Alpine Race.  For those skiers 7, 8 & 9, Birth Years 2007, 2008 and 2009.

The Woodstock Ski Runners Alpine U10 Race Program provides the experience for U10 skiers to further develop their fundamental skiing skills, and apply them to competition events.

Training consists of focused free skiing, as well as United States Ski Association (USSA) age appropriate curriculum, including; alpine ski fundamentals, racing skills, and USSA Skills Quest content.

Alpine U10 athletes engage with the Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA)  Mid Vermont Council (MVC) alpine race program, consisting of  stubby slalom, giant slalom, and Skills Quest events.  

Prior participation in DEVO is not necessary. Alpine Race U10 athletes should be comfortable skiing the entire mountain, and desire to learn alpine ski racing skills. Helmets and poles are necessary.

Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA) and United States Ski Association (USSA) licenses will be necessary to enter competitions.  Please attend to licensing prior to your athletes first competition.  

Birth Year 2008 and 2009 athletes have the option to enroll in either Devo, or U10 Alpine Race.  Please contact the program head to discuss the appropriate option for your athletes skill development.

U10 Alpine Race training schedule: Saturday and Sunday 9:00-2:00 with a break for lunch around 11:00.

Dryland training Sundays at S6, starting November 6, 2016 1:00-2:30. Friday 3:00-4:30 at Vail Field, Woodstock, starting November 18, 2016.

Program fee: $450 two day

Program Fee: $250 one day. We do offer a one day program but skier must chose the day (Saturday or Sunday) at registration.

U10 Race Head Coach. Dave Steele. DavidSteele.VT@gmail.com

U12 Alpine Race. For skiers 10 & 11, Birth Years 2005, 2006.

The Woodstock Ski Runners U12 Alpine Race Program provides the experience and support for the aspiring U12 athlete.

Training consists of focused free skiing, as well as United States Ski Association (USSA) age appropriate curriculum, including; training skills, alpine ski fundamentals, racing skills, and USSA Skills Quest content.  U12 Alpine Race athletes ski a variety of terrain as well as drill, obstacle, and gate courses.

Alpine U12 athletes engage with the Vermont Alpine Racing Association(VARA)  Mid-Vermont Council (MVC) alpine race schedule, consisting of  stubby slalom, giant slalom, and Skills Quest events, as well as speed elements.

Alpine U12 Athletes require Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA) and United States Ski Association (USSA) competitor licenses.

Necessary equipment for U12 Alpine Race athletes includes:  FIS certified helmet, SL ski, GS ski, and poles.  Additionally helpful equipment includes slalom protection equipment.

Alpine U12 Race training schedule.  Wednesday and Friday 2:00-4:00.  Saturday and Sunday 9:00-2:00 with a break for lunch around 11:00.

Dryland training Sundays starting November 6, 1:00-2:30. Wednesday and Friday 3:00-4:30 at Vail Field, Woodstock, starting November 9, 2016.

Program Fee: $800.00

Head U12 Coach. Cheyenne Wood.  CheyJessie@gmail.com

U14 Alpine Race. For skiers 12 & 13, Birth Years 2003, 2004.

The Woodstock Ski Runners U14 Alpine Race Program provides the experience and support for the aspiring U14 athlete.

Training consists of focused free skiing, as well as United States Ski Association (USSA) age appropriate curriculum, including; training skills, alpine ski fundamentals, racing skills, and USSA Skills Quest content.  U14 Alpine Race athletes ski a variety of terrain as well as drill, obstacle, and gate courses.

Alpine U14 athletes engage with the Vermont Alpine Racing Association(VARA)  Mid-Vermont Council (MVC) alpine race schedule, consisting of slalom, giant slalom, and Skills Quest events, as well as speed elements and Super G. U14 Athletes can progress through competition and standings, from council (MVC) racing, to VARA U14 State Championships, and potentially on to USSA Eastern Championships, and Can-Am Championships.

Alpine U14 Athletes require Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA) and United States Ski Association (USSA) competitor licenses.

Necessary equipment for U14 Alpine Race athletes includes:  FIS certified helmet, SL ski, GS ski, and poles.  Additionally helpful equipment includes slalom protection equipment, and speed skis.

Alpine U14 Race training schedule.  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 2:00-4:00.  Saturday and Sunday 9:00-2:00 with a break for lunch around 11:00.

Dryland training Sundays starting November 6, 1:00-2:30. Wednesday and Friday 3:00-4:30 at Vail Field, Woodstock, starting November 9, 2016.

Program Fee: $950.00

Head U14 Coach. Justin Lillie. JDLillie@hotmail.com

U16 and U19 Race Teams: For those skiers 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

 U16 and U19 athletes will train together. U16’s are also eligible to participate in USSA scored races with U19’s. Training will consist of free skiing, drills, skills assessment and appropriate gate training. U19 athletes race mainly in VT at VT Cup and GTS series races. At the end of the season there is a state championship which can lead to eastern championships and eventually nationals.The main focus for athletes at this level is to hone their skills and combine them with stronger physical attributes and tactical awareness.

Requirements:

  • U16 competitors are age 14 and 15,  born in 2001 and 2002.
  • U19 competitors  are age 16, 17 and 18, born in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
  • Both U16 and U19 athletes must have a USSA competitor license and VARA membership

U19&U16 Head Coach: Scott Smith with Stephanie Abrell

Program Fee: $995.00

Alpine Program Director: Justin Lilly

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Link to VARA

Link to USSA site

 

 

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Woodstock Ski Runners
PO Box 171
South Pomfret, VT 05067
(802) 457-2971
office@skirunners.org

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It is a proud tradition and an ongoing mission to instill a life-long passion for on-snow sports for the children of our community. By providing a FUN, supportive, family-oriented environment we ensure access to both introductory and competitive programs in Alpine, Nordic and Free Ride disciplines.

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