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U8-U10

U8 – AGE 7

This group will ski from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm with a coach. This program is for children who are able to ski intermediate trails comfortably, and want to improve their skills. While introducing our youngest athletes to ski racing and the race team environment emphasis on skiing on the entire mountain. Athletes will develop the basic ski racing skills promoted in US Ski and Snowboard’s Alpine Training System.

U8 Age 7: Runs Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00am-2:30pm beginning on Saturday Dec. 12, 2020– Sunday, Mar. 28, 2021. Weekends.

Equipment needs:  A full-shell helmet that covers the head and ears; one pair of all mountain, kombi or SL skis (not twin tips); poles.

Required memberships:

  • US Ski and Snowboard:  Competitor U10 & under
  • NHARA:  None

 

U10 – AGES 8-9

This group will ski from 9:00 am to 2:45 pm with a coach. Following US Ski and Snowboard’s Alpine Training System They will continue to focus on becoming a well-rounded ski athlete. This program will also include a limited, competitive event schedule which will concentrate on home competition and limited travel.

U10: Runs Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020 – Sunday, Mar. 28, 2021. Weekends

Equipment needed: a full-shell helmet that covers the head and ears; one pair of kombi or SL skis (not twin tips); poles.

Required memberships:

  • USSA:  Competitor U10 & under
  • NHARA:  U10 membership
Program Details

U12-U14

U12- AGES 10-11

This group will ski from 9:00 am to 2:45 pm with a coach. Athletes should be able to ski intermediate and advance trails comfortably. This group works on developing the ski racing athlete through the guidelines recommended by US Ski and Snowboard’s Alpine Training System. The focus expands from basic ski racing drills to include tactics within a race course. There is an increase in the number of races for this age group: They compete in standard USSA open races and NHARA’s Central Division qualifying series. The primary focus for the U12s is on GS and SL racing.

The coaches will determine the race event schedule.  U12 athletes will ski slalom and giant slalom with 2-4 race opportunities.

U12: Runs Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 (snow permitting) – Sunday, Mar. 28, 2021. 

Equipment needs: a full-shell helmet that covers the head and ears, (note U14 helmet standards); 1 pair of slalom (SL) skis; 1 pair of giant slalom (GS) skis; appropriate equipment for event specific training/racing.

Required memberships:

  • USSA: Competitor U12
  • NHARA U12 membership

 

U14 – AGES 12-13

The group will ski from 9:00 am to 2:45 pm. Following the US Ski and Snowboard’s Alpine Training System, The U14’s will concentrate on expanding and improving the skills that were introduced to them in the U10-U12 programs. U14s compete in USSA open races and in NHARA’s Central Division qualifier races. Most training is focused on developing skills that will apply to GS and SL racing.

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 qualify for NH State Finals or NH State Championships scheduled in March. No out of state racing for the 20-21 season.

U14: Runs Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 (snow permitting) – Sunday, Mar 28, 2021.

Equipment needs: a full-shell helmet that meets the FIS helmet standards; 1 pair of slalom (SL) skis; 1 pair of giant slalom (GS) skis; appropriate equipment for event specific training/racing.

Required memberships:

  • USSA: Competitor U14
  • NHARA: U14 membership
Program Details

U16-U19

U16- AGES 14-15

The group will ski from 9:00 am to 2:45 pm. This age group increases the competition as an introduction to scored racing and the National Points listing. Development continues to be refined as directed by US Ski and Snowboard’s Alpine Training System with more time on snow and an increased number of races. Races include open races throughout New Hampshire and NHARA’s U16 state-wide qualifier race series to advance athletes to USSA Eastern Region’s sponsored races and US Ski and Snowboard's National sponsored scored races. Most training is focused on SL and GS racing with potential for SG training/racing.

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.

U16: Runs Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 (snow permitting) – Sunday, Mar 28, 2021.

Equipment Needs: a helmet that meets the FIS helmet standards; 1 pair of slalom (SL) skis and 1 pair of giant slalom (GS) skis; access to SG skis; appropriate equipment for event specific training/racing.

Required memberships:

  • USSA: Competitor U16+
  • NHARA: U16+ membership

 

U19 – AGES 16-18

The group will train from 9:00 am to 2:45 pm. 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 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.

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 and addresses 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.

U19: Runs Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 (snow permitting) – Sunday, Mar 28, 2021. Training available Christmas week and February vacation weeks.

Equipment Needs: a helmet that meets the FIS helmet standards; 1 pair of slalom (SL) skis and 1 pair of giant slalom (GS) skis; access to SG skis; appropriate equipment for event specific training/racing.

Required memberships:

  • USSA: Competitor U16+
  • NHARA: U16+ membership
Saturday & Sunday

Freestyle Competition

This is a 16+ week competition program led by coach John Corbonneau. With a focus on moguls, jumping, and park (slopestyle) training, athletes will be competing in various USSA events throughout the season. Coaches attend the competitions as well, and USSA membership is required. Being a competitive program, athletes must be committed to training.

This program starts by mid-December and meets on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (lunch break 12-1 p.m.)

  • Discipline: Ski Only
  • Ages: 8-18 years
  • Minimum skill requirement: Ski ALL Crotched terrain confidently

Crotched Mountain Race Club

Our seasonal race programs and race events are supported by the Crotched Mtn Race Club, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit. To get all the event details and schedules for the season, make sure to register for their website at Crotched Mountain Race Club.

All USSA programs include a parent race worker commitment. In order to operate large-scale race events for the USSA racers it takes a large volume of people and we rely on the assistance from racer parents. Each racer parent is required to complete (15) DIBS points of volunteer time. The DIBS system is software based and assigns point values to each volunteer position and handles volunteer position registration. Incentives will be announced shortly for completing your volunteer requirements. All racers parents are required to complete this volunteer time, which helps us execute the events and make it a great experience for the racers! Visit the Race Club website to review available DIBS positions and sign up for club updates.

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