SUGARBUSH/GMVS SKI CLUB

 U8 Program – 6 and 7 Year Olds Only (born 2011 and 2012)

Our U8 Program provides age-appropriate, entry-level programming for our youngest athletes.  Using the world-class terrain at Sugarbush Resort and employing a high volume of on-snow time, our aim is to introduce (or reinforce in some cases) the FUN of skiing and build a foundation for future racing techniques.  The day will consist of mostly guided, structured free skiing, with an introduction to technical skills and gate training.

Participants born in 2012 will not be able to race in the Northern Vermont Council races but will have the opportunity to participate in intra-Club races. Participants that are born in 2011 will be able to race the NVC races as well as have the opportunity to participate in intra-Club races.

Participants must be able to independently put on their own ski equipment, load and ride the lift, and ski at an intermediate level.

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SUGARBUSH/GMVS SKI CLUB

INFORMATION ON U8 PROGRAM

Category: …………………….U8

Ages:…………………………….U8 (DOB 2011 and 2012)

Head Coach………………….Sally Utter

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

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

Philosophy

Our U8 Program provides age-appropriate, entry-level programming for our youngest athletes.  Using the world-class terrain at Sugarbush Resort and employing a high volume of on-snow time, our aim is to introduce (or reinforce in some cases) the FUN of skiing and build a foundation for future racing techniques.  The day will consist of mostly guided, structured free skiing, with an introduction to technical skills and gate training.

Participants must be able to independently put on their own ski equipment, load and ride the lift, and ski at an intermediate level.

 

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.  Lots of mileage!!!

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 U8 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 U8 groups.

Competition Events for U8

Participants born in 2012 will not be able to race in the Northern Vermont Council races but will have the opportunity to participate in intra-Club races.

Participants that are born in 2011 will be able to race the NVC races as well as have the opportunity to participate in intra-Club races. There are five races, 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. Throughout the year we will host a few fun cookie races as well.

Methodology

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

Free Skiing 60%
Free Skiing Skills 25%
Gates/Gate skills 15%

Equipment Requirements~ U8

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) No twin tips please!

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

Poles

Helmet (NO SOFT EAR HELMETS)

Goggles

Back protector (strongly recommended)

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Communications/Questions

The Sugarbush/GMVS Ski club will communicate with families in 2 different ways.  First off, there will be weekly updates found on our website http://skiclub.gmvs.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

sally@GMVS.org:                     Club Asst. Director/Head U10/U12 coach