The U16 team is comprised of motivated athletes who compete in local and regional USSA events at a level appropriate to their desire and ability. The U16 program requires a commitment from the athletes and features a great deal of individual attention. The program represents a time that athletes may achieve major development through regular conditioning, on-snow training, technical discussion, and video analysis. Year-round participation in physical conditioning is expected for U16 athletes and the program conducts physical assessments 2-3 times annually. At the U16 level, the emphasis is on the technical and tactical aspects of all-mountain skiing and racing. Groups split their time between all-mountain skiing, technical drills, gate training, mental game skills, speed event skiing (Super-G, DH), and, as always, having fun! New participants to the club wishing to enter the Club at the U16 level must discuss and get approval from the Alpine Program Director, as significant skiing experience is expected for this group.
Age for 2023-24 Winter Season
Skill Development Focus
- All-mountain skiing;
- Hill safety;
- Mastering balance, coordination, movement, and athletic stance on skis. Goal is that athletes can ski ALL terrains and ALL courses and ALL disciplines with adequate technique. Athletes should be mastering carving, usage of upper and lower body separation, usage of all four edges, cross blocking, maintain snow contact, and pole plant. They should be adequate with course inspection, line choices, etc. They should be getting better at weight transfer, maintain turn shape, gliding, aerodynamics, jumping and self-feedback, tip pressure at start of the turn and control pressure thru the whole turn.
- Increased focus on competition and racing, while continuing to develop a lifelong passion and mastery of the sport of skiing.
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