6-12 years old. Many athletes' first experience in the Ski Club, and an introduction to skiing in a group with a coach. NGS provides a foundation for the introduction of basic skiing skills and fundamentals. Coaches will stress the importance of having fun while learning mountain safety and new skills through skiing, play, games, and mountain exploration. Free skiing will be emphasized. Participants should be able to put on their own ski equipment, load and ride the lift alone, and ski at an intermediate level. This means all athletes ages seven and above must ski in a parallel stance. Six year old participants must be able to stop on their own and have two previous seasons on snow. Participants are welcome and encouraged to race in Club Series races that do not conflict with their program dates. Athletes are arranged in groups based on skill, speed and social needs. Six year olds (birth year 2006) will ski in their own groups.