In our most popular program, the emphasis is placed on building strong skiing technique and an introduction to ski racing. Other goals include learning about good sportsmanship and instilling a positive team spirit. Group skiing is done in small groups of 8-10. Participants must be able to ride the lift alone, put on their own equipment, and ski confidently. Participants will be grouped by ability and will rotate through the different coaches weekly. Typical equipment needs for this group includes a helmet (not with soft ears) and one pair of Slalom race skis; back protection is encouraged. Typically, the proper size for Slalom skis is approximately to the bridge of the athlete’s nose.
There are two enrollment options for U8s and U10s: the Weekend Program, and the Saturday Program.
The U8/U10 Weekend Program meets Saturdays and Sundays from early December to late March. Participants must be able to ski challenging trails such as Nose Dive (easier black diamond runs). The Weekend program includes training during Christmas and February school vacation weeks, and on Friday afternoons from January to late-March (60 days on snow!). U10 athletes are also invited to participate in additional training through our Tuesday afternoon program (up to 75 total days on snow!). Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA) establishes a schedule of four or five races throughout Northern Vermont. Attendance at these Giant Slalom (GS) and Slalom (SL) races is optional, but highly encouraged for our Weekend Program athletes. Participation in these races requires VARA & USSA licenses.
The Saturday program meets one day per week from mid-December to late March and is designed as a first introduction to ski racing. The primary focus of the program is to allow kids to learn through free skiing and drills, interacting with various coaches and peers. There is an introduction to skiing in gates and courses, and Saturday Program athletes may participate in MMSCA Club races at Stowe, but there is no travel to races at other venues in this group, therefore VARA and USSA licenses are NOT required.