SUGARBUSH/GMVS SKI CLUB
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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SUGARBUSH/GMVS SKI CLUB
INFORMATION ON U10 PROGRAM
Ages:……………………………U10 (DOB 2009 and 2010)
Head Coach………………….Sally Utter
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.
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.
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.
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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”
Helmet (NO SOFT EAR HELMETS)
Back protector (strongly recommended)
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 www.gmvsskiclub.org. Group emails are also a common pathway for club communication. Please be sure that the following emails are accepted in your inbox:
AJulius@GMVS.org: Club Director/Head U14/U16 Coach
email@example.com Club Asst. Director/Head U10/U12 coach