U10 programming is designed to build a strong foundation of fundamentals and a passion for ski racing. Focusing on fun and challenge, participants are exposed to a variety of learning situations designed to give them success and the desire for more! Structured, technical free-skiing, woods/powder skiing, gate drills and gate training are part of any practice. Participants must be able to independently put on their own ski equipment, load and ride the lift alone, and ski at an intermediate level.  Racing introduction will focus predominantly on giant slalom, with an emphasis on teaching participants how to prepare for and react to the challenges of competition

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Category: …………………….U10

Ages:……………………………U10 (DOB 2009 and 2010)

Lead Coach………………….Megan Monette

Start-End Dates: …………..December 1st, 2018 – March 31st, 2019

Training Hours:…………….9:00am – 2:00pm, Saturday & Sunday


The U10 group is our entry level program to skill building, goal setting, and competition.  With the main focus being on fun, participants are exposed to a variety of learning situations designed to give them success and the desire for more! Free-skiing, gate drills, gate training are part of any practice.


Technical Goals

U10’s have a three level structure:

Level 1 – Athletes will develop a good balanced parallel stance, proper pole plants, and the beginning elements of a carved ski.
Level 2 – Athletes who are beginning to carve will develop those skills to the point of proficiency.

Level 3 – Athletes will apply their carving skills to the race course where they can fine tune them.


Competition Goals

The U10 athlete is being introduced to racing and competition. Learning to memorize the course and preparing for more difficult gates, striving to improve times on each run, supporting teammates who get faster or slower times, and receiving feedback from the coaches on the race run are some of the more common features of competition in the U10 groups.


Competition Events for U10

There are five races run usually on Sundays starting in January and ending in mid-March. These events can be hosted by any of the seven mountains that make up the Northern Vermont Racing council; Sugarbush, Mad River Glen, Cochran’s, Stowe, Burke, Jay Peak and Smugglers Notch. The competitions have over 100 boy and girl racers and prizes are awarded at each race. No qualification is necessary for any of the races.



The following provides overview highlights of the Program’s curriculum. Should the more detailed curriculum be desired, please contact the Head Coach.

Free Skiing 40%
Free Skiing Skills 40%
Gates/Gate skills 20%


Equipment Requirements ~ U10
A pair of “race” skis- A slalom ski or combo ski will work best.

A pair of “rock skis”/or “Trainer skis” (used when condition/terrain are thin).

Boots– very important for proper fit and athlete is able to flex “ankle flexion”




Back protector (strongly recommended)


GMVS  Ski SWAP For used equipment click on GMVS Ski Swap. Great way to buy or sell used equipment.

The Sugarbush/GMVS Ski club will communicate with families in 2 different ways.  First off, there will be weekly updates found on our web site  Group emails are also a common pathway for club communication.  Please be sure that the following emails are accepted in your inbox:                 Club Director/Head U14/U16 Coach                      Club Asst. Director/Head U10/U12 coach