SUGARBUSH/GMVS SKI CLUB
The U16 Program is an extension of the technical and tactical progression athletes work through in previous seasons, emphasizing honing skills in and out of gates. Groups split their time between all-mountain skiing, taking advantage of the world class terrain at Sugarbush Resort, technical drills, gate training and, as always, having fun!
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U16 Program: Ages 14-15 (born 2004-2005) (limit 6 athletes)
The U16 Program involves free skiing and racers will follow a technical development progression working on balance, edging and body position. At this level the emphasis is on the technical and tactical aspects of ski racing. Groups split their time between all-mountain skiing, technical drills, gate training, goal setting, speed event skiing (super-g), and, as always, having fun!
Training begins December 7, 2019 with Holiday camps held during Christmas and February breaks Training sessions begin at 8:30am – 2:30pm. Racers compete in the Northern VT Council, at the state level (VT State Champs), and the regional level U16 Championships. Racers must qualify for State and Regional races.
All U16 participants must be members of VARA (Vermont Alpine Racing Association) and USS (United States Ski and Snowbard). VARA uses the same online registration organization as we do, Admin Sports, so you can use the same login info to access your vara membership Applications may be found at the ski club or at http://www.vara.org and www.ussa.org. Participants must be members of US Ski & Snowboard prior to registering with the Club.
U16 Saturday Only Program: (limit 6 Athletes) This Program is open to U16 age (YOB 2004-2005) athletes who only train on Saturdays and do not race in the NVC/VARA U16 division. Program begins Saturday, December 7, 2019 and ends Saturday March 28, 2020. Athletes must be members of USS to participate.
Pre-Season Program (born 2001-2005) (limit 5 Athletes)
U18/U16 age Athletes can elect to join the high school pre-season program for the early season training Saturdays and Sundays from December 7, 2019 through January 5th 2020 including weekends and Christmas week. This is a good way to get some early season training/drills and gates in before your high school program begins.