ALPINE RACING

ALPINE RACING

Alpine includes the ski racing disciplines of Slalom (SL), Giant Slalom (GS), Super G (SG), Downhill (DH) and Parallel that are part of the Olympic Program. More than just developing racing skills, Alpine training forms the foundation of all-around skiing skills that allow our young athletes at Team Summit Colorado (TSC) to be able to ski  all-mountain and in all conditions, for a lifetime of enjoyment.

TSC Alpine training provides age and ability appropriate training progressions to develop skiing skills, progress to more advanced disciplines and pursue the sport to achieve personal podiums at every level. Most importantly, we strive to foster a lifelong passion for skiing and active lifestyles. 

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Ski Racing Devo | Part-Time Age Class | Part-Time Ability |  Full-Time Academy and Post Graduate

 

PART-TIME ALPINE PROGRAMS

SKI RACING DEVO

U8, U10, U12, U14 (U16)

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Ski Racing Devo is the next step after Intro to Team Summit (ITS) when athletes have decided to try ski racing as their main snow sport.  It is a program that focuses on developing the fundamental skills of skiing through all mountain free-skiing, drill work and gate training in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Kombi.

Fundamental racing tactics are learned and then applied in the Youth Ski League (YSL) series including 5 one day competitions at nearby resorts and a season ending championships.

Ski Racing Devo Info Sheet.

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A typical day at a Youth Ski League Competition.

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AGE REQUIREMENTS

Ages 6 to 13 (14 and 15 year olds allowed)

U8 - 7 years old or younger

U10 - 8 and 9 years old

U12 - 10 and 11 years old

U14 - 12 and 13 years old

U16 - 14 and 15 years old

MINIMUM SKILLS REQUIRED

PSIA Level 7:  Parallel skiing on blue and black terrain. High level of independence to ride chairlifts and lap the training venue solo.

If you have questions about your athlete’s skill levels please contact Devo Head Coach Samantha Streletsky samantha@teamsummit.org.

PROGRAM CALENDAR

December 5, 2020 to March 21, 2021

Saturday, Sunday 8:30AM - 3:00PM

Bonus days: Two full and two half days over the holidays

Friday Night Lights: Keystone night training Mid-January to Early March from 4:30-7:00PM

Ski Racing Devo Calendar

TRAINING LOCATIONS

Programs are offered at Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and Keystone. The majority of training is scheduled at the athlete's home mountain. Some special training opportunities combine all groups at a single venue.

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COMPETITIONS

Ski Racing Devo athletes have the opportunity to participate in five Youth Ski League (YSL) Competitions throughout the season.  These US Ski and Snowboard Association/Rocky Mountain Division (USSA/RMD) sanctioned competitions are held on Sundays throughout the season.  Competitors must have a valid USSA Alpine Competitor license in order to compete.

Click here for more info on license categories 

These competitions are entry-level USSA races and include Giant Slalom, Stubby Slalom or a combination of the two – Kombi. Skills Quest drills are also evaluated as part of the competitions.

YSL events are held on Sundays except for the end of the year championships which are hosted on Saturday and Sunday of the final weekend with boys competing on one day and girls the other day. YSL competitions are entry-level and introduce athletes to competition with a focus on fun and learning. Approximately a month before each YSL, Team Summit’s Head Devo Coach will communicate race and sign-up information.

Age Categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 based on your child's age on December 31, 2020 for the 2020-21 season (e.g. U12 includes 10 and 11 year olds).

EQUIPMENT

Team Summit holds a Ski Swap annually around Labor Day in Breckenridge.  New and used equipment is sold at deeply discounted prices. Team Summit also hosts a Classifieds page on FB where members are able to buy/sell or exchange equipment.

Uniforms - All Team Summit athletes receive a free Team Summit Jacket. These jackets promote our sponsors and we ask that all athletes wear their jackets for training and competition throughout the season.

Helmets -  Ski Racing Devo athletes must have a full helmet with hard ear protection. U14 and U16 athletes must have an International Ski Federation (FIS) approved helmet in order to compete in YSL Races. Chin guards are not needed for stubby slalom.

Skis - Athletes only need a single pair of multi-event racing skis for Ski Racing Devo. Free-skiing skis are nice but not required. Below are specifics for each:

Race/Training Skis - One pair of multi-event skis that are an entry level race ski suitable for GS, SL, Kombi and free-skiing. Skis should have a 10-12 M radius and a length that is between the athlete's nose and forehead.

Free-skiing Skis - All-mountain skis that are a little wider than the racing skis are ideal. These skis should may be up to 5 cm longer than the race/training ski.

Boots - A four buckle boot is preferred with no more than a 50 to 60 flex. Athletes must be properly fit and able to flex their ankle when the boot is buckled. Avoid buying boots the child will "grow into" as boots that are too big or too stiff will hinder their progress. Do not purchase an adult boot for a junior skier - make sure they are in a junior boot!

To determine proper length - pull liner from boot, place athlete's foot into the shell and slide toes forward until they touch the front of the boot - you should be able to place no more than 2 to 2.5 fingers between the heel of boot and heel of the athlete. Next, put the athlete in the liner and check like a street shoe for length.

Custom footbeds are not recommended.

Ski Poles - Having proper length ski poles is important. To size the proper ski poles - with ski boots on turn pole over and place athletes hand below the basket - elbow should be 90 degrees. Poles that are too long can be cut down. Pole guards are needed for slalom.

Speed Suits Optional - Speed suits are not required for Ski Racing Devo athletes, however, most YSL racers will compete in them. There are inexpensive suits available at the ski swap or on the Team Summit Classifieds FB Page.

Shin Guards Optional - Training and racing includes stubby slalom. For the more aggressive athlete that will be hitting the gate with their shins - shin guards are nice but not necessary. 

Be Prepared for a day of Training:

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PROGRAM COST

2020/21 Program Cost: $2,395. 

Volunteer Service Fee (VSF) is an additional deposit of $250

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SEASON PASS

Ski Racing Devo Athletes should have both a Copper Mountain and Epic Local Pass for training at all local areas. 

Athletes in good standing with the team will be eligible for discount vouchers for season passes at Copper Mountain and the Epic Local Pass. These vouchers will be sent out as soon as Team Summit receives them (which is often very close to the beginning of the season).

FUNDRAISING & VOLUNTEERING

Team Summit is a non-profit which uses fundraising and volunteers to keep program costs down.  The fundraising is also essential in providing financial scholarships (not to exceed 50% of the program costs) to athletes in need. 

Team Summit regularly applies to host ski races at various levels from YSL to FIS. Hosting races saves our athletes travel expense and provides a "home court" advantage. In order to successfully host events we are in need of Certified Officials to fill important roles within the race organization. Please consider taking the first step in this process by completing the on-line Competition Official (CO) course found at: http://rmsro.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/ONLINE-COMPETITION-OFFICIAL-CO-19-20.pdf

Volunteers are essential to our programs.  Without our volunteers we could not execute many of our fundraising and program events.  There is also no better way to become part of the Team Summit community!  Aside from the program cost, there is a Volunteer Service Fee (VSF) deposit.  This deposit is $250 for intro programs and $300 for all other programs. You can volunteer for any event available on the VSF calendar. 

Visit the calendar page.

We are adding events daily so check back often. If you successfully complete your 25 hours, you can get a credit for the next season or receive your deposit back if you are leaving to program. 

PART-TIME AGE CLASS

U10, U12, U14

The Part-Time Age Class Program is designed to give U10, U12 and U14 athletes the opportunity to train on-snow an average of 3 times per week with the flexibility of attending any scheduled training session for their age group.

Age Class racers will train and compete in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Kombi courses. U12's and U14's will be introduced to the speed disciplines by training Super G and speed elements and the opportunity to compete in Super G. Free-ski training includes technical drills and both directed and un-directed all mountain free skiing to develop the fundamental skills of skiing and ski racing.

Day in the life of an Age Class Athlete
AGE REQUIREMENTS

Ages 8 to 13

U10 - 9 years old or younger

U12 - 10 and 11 years old

U14 - 12 or 13 years old

Age Categories: U10, U12, U14, based on your child's age on December 31, 2020 for the 2020-21 season.

MINIMUM SKILLS REQUIRED

PSIA Level 9:  Parallel skiing all terrain.  High level of independence to ride chair lifts and lap the training venue solo.

Previous racing experience as a member of Team Summit Colorado's Ski Racing Devo or similar program highly recommended.

PROGRAM CALENDAR

NEW in 2020-21: Athletes in Age Class U10, U12, and U14 Part-time Programs are welcome to participate in any scheduled on-snow training session for their age group from the start of the season in late October through the final race of the season in Mid-April while maintaining an average of 3 days per week.

October 23, 2020 to April 11, 2021

Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Periods 8:15AM - 3:00PM

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 1:00PM - 4:30PM

Night Training: Keystone night training Mid-December to Early March from 4:30-7:00PM

Alpine U10   

Alpine U12   

Alpine U14 

TRAINING LOCATIONS

Training may take place at any of the 4 ski areas in Summit County.

Training from October through the holidays will be mostly at Copper Mountain for gate training and both Copper Mountain and Arapahoe Basin for Free-skiing.

From Mid-December to early March, afternoon and night training is at Keystone on Wednesdays and Fridays and any of the 4 ski areas on Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends.

Spring training in April and May will be at Arapahoe Basin and Keystone.

COMPETITIONS

Age Class athletes will ski in the Bolle Age Class series of races. These US Ski and Snowboard Association/Rocky Mountain Division (USSA/RMD) sanctioned competitions are held at various resorts throughout the area. Competitors must have a valid USSA Alpine Competitor license in order to compete.

Click here for more info on license categories 

Age Class U12 and U14 athletes race Slalom, Giant Slalom and Kombi with the opportunity of training and racing Super G. U14’s will be given an opportunity to be introduced to USSA point racing in the Sync series (U16 race series), as well as, during the end of season GS Spectacular and Loveland Derby. 

Championship races are in March.  All U10 and U12 athletes are eligible for championships. U14 athletes qualify for the Rocky/Central U14 Championships from designated races throughout the season.

See the competition calendar

Approximately a month before each race, Team Summit’s Head Age Class Coach will communicate race and sign-up information. Team travel is offered in special circumstances. Coach travel expenses are included in program fees.

Age Categories: U10, U12, U14, based on your child's age on December 31, 2020 for the 2020-21 season (e.g. U12 includes 10 and 11 year olds).

EQUIPMENT

Team Summit holds a Ski Swap annually around Labor Day in Breckenridge.  New and used equipment is sold at deeply discounted prices. Team Summit also hosts a Classifieds page on FB where members can to buy/sell or exchange equipment.

Uniforms - All Team Summit athletes receive a free Team Summit Jacket. These jackets promote our sponsors and we ask that all athletes wear their jackets for training and competition throughout the season.

Helmets -  Age Class athletes must have a full helmet with hard ear protection. U14 athletes must have an International Ski Federation (FIS) approved helmet in order to compete in Age Class and Sync races. Chin guards are recommended for SL.

Skis - U10 athletes only need a single pair of multi-event racing skis. Free-skiing skis are nice but not required.

U12 and U14 athletes should have a pair of racing skis for both SL and GS. Free-skiing skis are also suggested.

If planning to train and race Super G an additional longer pair of skis is recommended. TSC has a finite inventory of loaner skis available for speed events. Free-skiing skis are recommended.

U14 athletes have specific equipment rules that specify the radius and length of skis.

Free-skiing Skis - All-mountain skis that are a little wider than race skis are ideal. These skis can sized to allow for several years of use as athletes grow.

USSA Ski Regulations

Download PDF

Boots - Athletes must be properly fit and able to flex their ankle when the boot is buckled. Avoid buying boots the child will "grow into" as boots that are too big or too stiff will hinder their progress. Do not purchase an adult boot for a junior skier - make sure they are in a junior boot!

Manufacturers make recommendations on ski racing boot stiffness based on age, ability, weight and height. Generally, it is desirable to be on the low end of the range to allow the ankles to flex properly.

To determine proper length - pull liner from boot, place athlete's foot into the shell and slide toes forward until they touch the front of the boot - you should be able to place no more than 2 to 2.5 fingers between the heel of boot and heel of the athlete. Next, put the athlete in the liner and check like a street shoe for length.

Custom footbeds are not recommended.

Ski Poles - Having proper length ski poles is important. To size the proper ski poles - with ski boots on turn pole over and place athletes hand below the basket - elbow should be 90 degrees. Poles that are too long can be cut down. Pole guards are needed for slalom.

Speed Suits - Athletes will train and compete in speed suits except in special circumstances. There are inexpensive suits available at the ski swap or on the Team Summit Classifieds FB Page.

Shin Guards - Training and racing slalom requires shin guards to provide protection from impacting gates.

Back Protectors and Cut Resistant apparel  - While not mandated by the rules, it is highly suggested that athletes utilize back protectors to protect the spine and cut resistant underlayers or suits to reduce the risk of ski edge lacerations.

PROGRAM COST

2020-21 Program Cost:

U10, U12: $3,595

U14: $4,195

Volunteer Service Fee (VSF) is an additional deposit of $300

Register Today!

SEASON PASS

Athletes should have passes for Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain and the Epic Local Pass for training at all local areas. 

Athletes in good standing with the team will be eligible for discount vouchers for season passes at Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain and the Epic Local Pass. These vouchers will be sent out as soon as Team Summit receives them (which is often very close to the beginning of the season).

Consideration should be given by U14 athletes to purchasing an Ikon Base Pass in place of a Copper Mountain Season Pass. With some restricted dates, the Base Ikon Pass may provide savings when traveling to resorts for races and also provides up to 5 days at Arapahoe Basin.

FUNDRAISING AND VOLUNTEERING

Team Summit is a non-profit which uses fundraising and volunteers to keep program costs down.  The fundraising is also essential in providing financial scholarships (not to exceed 50% of the program costs) to athletes in need. 

Team Summit regularly applies to host ski races at various levels from YSL to FIS. Hosting races saves our athletes travel expense and provides a "home court" advantage. In order to successfully host events we are in need of Certified Officials to fill important roles within the race organization. Please consider taking the first step in this process by completing the on-line Competition Official (CO) course found at: http://rmsro.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/ONLINE-COMPETITION-OFFICIAL-CO-19-20.pdf

Volunteers are essential to our programs.  Without our volunteers we could not execute many of our fundraising and program events.  There is also no better way to become part of the Team Summit community!  Aside from the program cost, there is a Volunteer Service Fee (VSF) deposit.  This deposit is $300. You can volunteer for any event available on the VSF calendar. We are adding events daily so check back often.

Visit the calendar page.

We ask that each family volunteer for a total of 30 hours per family (not per athlete in the program) in a year (our year starts July 1st and ends the following year on June 30th). 

PART-TIME ABILITY

 U16, FIS

The Part-Time Ability Program is designed to give U16 and FIS  athletes the opportunity to train on-snow an average of 3 times per week with the flexibility of attending any scheduled training session for their age group.

Ideal for an athlete unable to participate in a program full time, the Part-Time program is for those who are interested in improving their alpine racing skills either as a way to compete in divisional USSA or FIS racing, supplement their high school racing career or who still intend to track to a full-time program.

Whether training intensively during available blocks of time or maintaining a regular three day a week schedule throughout the season, a season long average of 3 days per week is allowed.

Team Summit uses the US Ski and Snowboard model  for Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD). Training will focus on fundamental technique and tactics and preparation for Rocky Mountain Division (RMD) U16 and FIS racing.

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AGE REQUIREMENTS

Ages 14 and older

U16 - 14 and 15 years old

U19 - 16, 17 and 18 years old

U21 - 19 and 20 years old

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Athletes should have previous ski racing experience and a US Ski and Snowboard Competition license.

If you have questions about appropriate skill levels please contact the Alpine Program Director. 

PROGRAM CALENDAR

Athletes in the Part-time Ability Program are welcome to participate in any scheduled on-snow training session for the U16 or FIS group from the start of the season in late October through the final race of the season in Mid-April while maintaining an average of 3 days per week.

October 23, 2020 to April 18, 2021

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 8:15AM - 3:30PM

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 1:00PM - 5:00PM

Night Training: Keystone night training Mid-December to Early March from 4:30-7:00PM

Alpine U16 Calendar

Alpine FIS Calendar

TRAINING LOCATIONS

Training may take place at any of the 4 ski areas in Summit County.

Training from October through the end of the season in April will be at Copper Mountain with short blocks scheduled at Keystone and Breckenridge.

From Mid-December to early March, night training is at Keystone on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Spring training in April and May will be at Arapahoe Basin and Keystone.

COMPETITIONS

Part-Time Ability U16 athletes will ski in the Sync Series of races. These US Ski and Snowboard Association/Rocky Mountain Division (USSA/RMD) sanctioned competitions are held at various resorts throughout the area. Competitors must have a valid USSA Alpine Competitor license in order to compete.

Click here for more info on license categories 

Part-Time Ability FIS athletes will compete in the Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup Series and, when qualified, FISU, Nor-Am and Championship Events.

Ability athletes have the oppportunity to, but are not required to, train and compete in all disciplines including Super G and Downhill.

See the competition calendar

Approximately a month before each race, Team Summit’s Alpine Program Director will communicate race and sign-up information. Team Travel is encouraged but not required. Coaches' travel expenses are divided among all attending athletes and included in competition travel billing.

Age Categories: U16, U19, U21 based on your age on December 31, 2020 for the 2020-21 season (e.g. U19 includes 18, 17 and 16 year olds).

 

EQUIPMENT

Team Summit holds a Ski Swap annually around Labor Day in Breckenridge.  New and used equipment is sold at deeply discounted prices. Team Summit also hosts a Classifieds page on FB where members are able to buy/sell or exchange equipment.

Uniforms - All Team Summit athletes receive a free Team Summit Jacket. These jackets promote our sponsors and we ask that all athletes wear their jackets for training and competition throughout the season.

Helmets -  All athletes must have an International Ski Federation (FIS) approved helmet in order to compete in Giant Slalom, Super G and DH. Soft eared helmets are allowed in SL only. Chin guards are recommended for SL.

Skis - Ability athletes should have 1 or 2 pairs of skis for both SL and GS. If planning to train and race Super G or DH 1 pair of skis for each disipline is recommended. TSC has a finite inventory of loaner skis available for speed events. Free-skiing skis are recommended.

Free-skiing Skis - All-mountain skis that are a little wider than race skis are ideal.

USSA and FIS Ski Regulations

Download PDF

Boots - Athletes must have boots that are properly fit. TSC coaches will work with athletes to insure proper alignment.

Manufacturers make recommendations on ski racing boot stiffness based on age, ability, weight and height. Generally, it is desirable to be on the low end of the range to allow the ankles to flex properly.

Custom footbeds are not recommended.

Back Protectors and Cut Resistant apparel  - While not mandated by the rules, it is highly suggested that athletes utilize back protectors to protect the spine and cut resistant underlayers or suits to reduce the risk of ski edge lacerations.

PROGRAM COST

2020/2021 Program Cost: $4,495.

Volunteer Service Fee (VSF) is an additional deposit of $300

Register Today!

SEASON PASS

Athletes should have both a Copper Mountain and Epic Local Pass for training at all local areas. 

Athletes in good standing with the team will be eligible for discount vouchers for season passes at Copper Mountain and the Epic Local Pass. These vouchers will be sent out as soon as Team Summit receives them (which is often very close to the beginning of the season).

Consideration should be given by Ability athletes to purchasing an Ikon Base Pass in place of a Copper Mountain Season Pass. With some restricted dates, the Base Ikon Pass may provide savings when traveling to resorts for races.

FUNDRAISING AND VOLUNTEERING

Team Summit is a non-profit which uses fundraising and volunteers to keep program costs down.  The fundraising is also essential in providing financial scholarships (not to exceed 50% of the program costs) to athletes in need. 

Team Summit regularly applies to host ski races at various levels from YSL to FIS. Hosting races saves our athletes travel expense and provides a "home court" advantage. In order to successfully host events we are in need of Certified Officials to fill important roles within the race organization. Please consider taking the first step in this process by completing the on-line Competition Official (CO) course found at: http://rmsro.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/ONLINE-COMPETITION-OFFICIAL-CO-19-20.pdf

Volunteers are essential to our programs.  Without our volunteers we could not execute many of our fundraising and program events.  There is also no better way to become part of the Team Summit community!  Aside from the program cost, there is a Volunteer Service Fee (VSF) deposit.  This deposit is $300. You can volunteer for any event available on the VSF calendar. We are adding events daily so check back often.

Visit the calendar page.

We ask that each family volunteer for a total of 30 hours per family (not per athlete in the program) in a year (our year starts July 1st and ends the following year on June 30th). 

 

 

 

FULL-TIME PROGRAMS

ACADEMY AND POST-GRADUATE

U12, U14, U16, FIS

Full-Time Academy and Post-Graduate Programs provide the comprehensive training and racing structure to allow athletes to pursue their dreams in Alpine Ski Racing to the highest level their desire, commitment, work ethic and ability allow.

The full-time programs offer training up to 11 months of the year.  Conditioning 3-5 days per week and on-snow camps are scheduled during the preparation period from May to November. Up to 6 days of training per week with daily conditioning and recovery activities are offered during the competition period from December to April. Training includes all the racing disciplines while striving to achieve balance  of 45% SL/45% GS/5-10% Super G/3-5% DH. Free-ski training includes both directed technical skiing and non-directed free-skiing and drill progressions.

Coaches with extensive experience developing athletes at all levels of the sport provide a unique perspective of what is essential for athletes as they advance through the development pipeline. Focus is on fundamentals and advanced technical and tactical elements.

With a local on-snow season that begins in late October at Copper mountain and continues through Spring Camps in May at Arapahoe Basin and Keystone, Team Summit Colorado athletes benefit by having local access to world class training without the additional expenses of travel, lodging and other costs. Outstanding racing oppportunities throughout Colorado and a highly competitive environment at U16, NJR, FIS, FISU and Nor-Am competitions provide appropriately challenging competition at multiple levels.

Training utilizes the Copper Mountain Tech Venue on a daily basis complemented with specific training blocks scheduled at Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Breckenridge for variety.

Academy athletes finish their classes late morning for a daily 3 hour on-snow training session followed by recovery and conditioning.

Visit our Academy page to learn about our partner schools.

Academy Page


Age Class U12 and U14 Academy
AGE REQUIREMENTS

Ages 10 to 13

U12 - 10 and 11 years old

U14 - 12 and 13 years old

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Athletes should have extensive previous ski racing experience and a US Ski and Snowboard Competition license.

If you have questions about appropriate skill levels please contact the Alpine Director. 

PROGRAM CALENDAR

Athletes in the U12 and U14 Academy Program participate in the preparation period conditioning program 3 days per week from August to October. On snow training is on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and all day on week-ends and holiday periods. Optional sessions are offered on Friday afternoon and Wednesday and Friday nights.

Conditioning: August 24 to October 22, 2020

On-Snow Training: October 23, 2020 to April 18, 2021

Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Periods 8:15AM - 3:00PM

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 1:00PM - 4:30PM

Night Training: Keystone night training Mid-December to Early March from 4:30-7:00PM

Alpine U12   

Alpine U14 

 

TRAINING LOCATIONS

Training may take place at any of the 4 ski areas in Summit County.

Training from October through the holidays will be mostly at Copper Mountain for gate training and both Copper Mountain and Arapahoe Basin for Free-skiing.

From Mid-December to early March, afternoon and night training is at Keystone on Wednesdays and Fridays and any of the 4 ski areas on Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends.

Spring training in April and May will be at Arapahoe Basin and Keystone.

COMPETITIONS

Age Class athletes will ski in the Bolle Age Class series of races. These US Ski and Snowboard Association/Rocky Mountain Division (USSA/RMD) sanctioned competitions are held at various resorts throughout the area. Competitors must have a valid USSA Alpine Competitor license in order to compete.

Click here for more info on license categories 

Age Class U12 and U14 athletes race Slalom, Giant Slalom and Kombi with the opportunity of training and racing Super G. U14’s will be given an opportunity to be introduced to USSA point racing in the Sync series (U16 race series), as well as, during the end of season GS Spectacular and Loveland Derby. 

Championship races are in March.  All U12 athletes are eligible for championships. U14 athletes qualify for the Rocky/Central U14 Championships from designated races throughout the season.

EQUIPMENT

Team Summit holds a Ski Swap annually around Labor Day in Breckenridge.  New and used equipment is sold at deeply discounted prices. Team Summit also hosts a Classifieds page on FB where members are able to buy/sell or exchange equipment.

Uniforms - All Team Summit athletes receive a free Team Summit Jacket. These jackets promote our sponsors and we ask that all athletes wear their jackets for training and competition throughout the season.

Helmets -  Age Class athletes must have a full helmet with hard ear protection. U14 athletes must have an International Ski Federation (FIS) approved helmet in order to compete in Age Class and Sync races. Chin guards are recommended for SL.

Skis - U12 and U14 athletes should have a pair of racing skis for both SL and GS. Free-skiing skis are also suggested.

If planning to train and race Super G an additional longer pair of skis is recommended. TSC has a finite inventory of loaner skis available for speed events. Free-skiing skis are recommended.

U14 athletes have specific equipment rules that specify the radius and length of skis.

Free-skiing Skis - All-mountain skis that are a little wider than race skis are ideal. These skis can sized to allow for several years of use as athletes grow.

USSA Ski Regulations

Download PDF

Boots - Athletes must be properly fit and able to flex their ankle when the boot is buckled. Avoid buying boots the child will "grow into" as boots that are too big or too stiff will hinder their progress. Do not purchase an adult boot for a junior skier - make sure they are in a junior boot!

Manufacturers make recommendations on ski racing boot stiffness based on age, ability, weight and height. Generally, it is desirable to be on the low end of the range to allow the ankles to flex properly.

To determine proper length - pull liner from boot, place athlete's foot into the shell and slide toes forward until they touch the front of the boot - you should be able to place no more than 2 to 2.5 fingers between the heel of boot and heel of the athlete. Next, put the athlete in the liner and check like a street shoe for length.

Custom footbeds are not recommended.

Speed Suits - Athletes will train and compete in speed suits except in special circumstances. There are inexpensive suits available at the ski swap or on the Team Summit Classifieds FB Page.

Shin Guards - Training and racing slalom requires shin guards to provide protection from impacting gates.

Back Protectors and Cut Resistant apparel  - While not mandated by the rules, it is highly suggested that athletes utilize back protectors to protect the spine and cut resistant underlayers or suits to reduce the risk of ski edge lacerations.

PROGRAM COST

2020/21 Program Cost: $6,795.
Volunteer Service Fee (VSF) is an additional deposit of $300

Register Today!

SEASON PASS

Athletes should have passes for Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain and the Epic Local Pass for training at all local areas. 

Athletes in good standing with the team will be eligible for discount vouchers for season passes at Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain and the Epic Local Pass. These vouchers will be sent out as soon as Team Summit receives them (which is often very close to the beginning of the season).

Consideration should be given by U14 athletes to purchasing an Ikon Base Pass in place of a Copper Mountain Season Pass. With some restricted dates, the Base Ikon Pass may provide savings when traveling to resorts for races and also provides up to 5 days at Arapahoe Basin.

FUNDRAISING AND VOLUNTEERING

Team Summit is a non-profit which uses fundraising and volunteers to keep program costs down.  The fundraising is also essential in providing financial scholarships (not to exceed 50% of the program costs) to athletes in need. 

Team Summit regularly applies to host ski races at various levels from YSL to FIS. Hosting races saves our athletes travel expense and provides a "home court" advantage. In order to successfully host events we are in need of Certified Officials to fill important roles within the race organization. Please consider taking the first step in this process by completing the on-line Competition Official (CO) course found at: http://rmsro.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/ONLINE-COMPETITION-OFFICIAL-CO-19-20.pdf

Volunteers are essential to our programs.  Without our volunteers we could not execute many of our fundraising and program events.  There is also no better way to become part of the Team Summit community!  Aside from the program cost, there is a Volunteer Service Fee (VSF) deposit.  This deposit is $300. You can volunteer for any event available on the VSF calendar. We are adding events daily so check back often.

Visit the calendar page.

We ask that each family volunteer for a total of 30 hours per family (not per athlete in the program) in a year (our year starts July 1st and ends the following year on June 30th). 

U16 Academy
AGE REQUIREMENTS

Ages 14-15

U16 - 14 and 15 years old

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Athletes should have extensive previous ski racing experience and a US Ski and Snowboard Competition license.

If you have questions about appropriate skill levels please contact the Alpine Program Director.

PROGRAM CALENDAR

Athletes in the U16 Academy Program participate in the preparation period conditioning program 3 days per week from May to August and 5 days per week in September and October. On snow training is on Tuesday, Wedneday, Thursday and Friday afternoons and all day on week-ends and holidays. Optional sessions are offered on Wednesday and Friday nights.

Conditioning: June 22 to October 22, 2020

On-Snow Training: October 23, 2020 to April 18, 2021

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 8:15AM - 3:30PM

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 1:00PM - 5:00PM

Night Training: Keystone night training Mid-December to Early March from 4:30-7:00PM

Alpine U16 Calendar
 

TRAINING LOCATIONS

Training may take place at any of the 4 ski areas in Summit County.

Training from October through the end of the season in April will be at Copper Mountain with short blocks scheduled at Keystone and Breckenridge.

From Mid-December to early March, night training is at Keystone on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Spring training in April and May will be at Arapahoe Basin and Keystone.

COMPETITIONS

U16 Academy athletes will ski in the Sync Series of races. These US Ski and Snowboard Association/Rocky Mountain Division (USSA/RMD) sanctioned competitions are held at various resorts throughout the area. Competitors must have a valid USSA Alpine Competitor license in order to compete.

Click here for more info on license categories 

U16 Academy athletes have the oppportunity to, but are not required to, train and compete in all disciplines including Super G and Downhill.

See the competition calendar

Approximately a month before each race, Team Summit’s Alpine Program Director will communicate race and sign-up information. Team Travel is encouraged but not required. Coaches' travel expenses are divided among all attending athletes and included in competition travel billing.

Age Categories: U16 14 and 15 years old based on your age on December 31, 2020 for the 2020-21 season.

 

EQUIPMENT

Team Summit holds a Ski Swap annually around Labor Day in Breckenridge.  New and used equipment is sold at deeply discounted prices. Team Summit also hosts a Classifieds page on FB where members are able to buy/sell or exchange equipment.

Uniforms - All Team Summit athletes receive a free Team Summit Jacket. These jackets promote our sponsors and we ask that all athletes wear their jackets for training and competition throughout the season.

Helmets -  All athletes must have an International Ski Federation (FIS) approved helmet in order to compete in Giant Slalom, Super G and DH. Soft eared helmets are allowed in SL only. Chin guards are recommended for SL.

Skis - Ability athletes should have 1 or 2 pairs of skis for both SL and GS. If planning to train and race Super G or DH 1 pair of skis for each disipline is recommended. TSC has a finite inventory of loaner skis available for speed events. Free-skiing skis are recommended.

Free-skiing Skis - All-mountain skis that are a little wider than race skis are ideal.

USSA Ski Regulations

Download PDF

Boots - Athletes must have boots that are properly fit. TSC coaches will work with athletes to insure proper alignment.

Manufacturers make recommendations on ski racing boot stiffness based on age, ability, weight and height. Generally, it is desirable to be on the low end of the range to allow the ankles to flex properly.

Custom footbeds are not recommended.

Back Protectors and Cut Resistant apparel  - While not mandated by the rules, it is highly suggested that athletes utilize back protectors to protect the spine and cut resistant underlayers or suits to reduce the risk of ski edge lacerations.

PROGRAM COST

2020/21 Program Cost: $7,295.
Volunteer Service Fee (VSF) is an additional deposit of $300
 

Register Today!

SEASON PASS

Athletes should have both a Copper Mountain and Epic Local Pass for training at all local areas. 

Athletes in good standing with the team will be eligible for discount vouchers for season passes at Copper Mountain and the Epic Local Pass. These vouchers will be sent out as soon as Team Summit receives them (which is often very close to the beginning of the season).

Consideration should be given by Ability athletes to purchasing an Ikon Base Pass in place of a Copper Mountain Season Pass. With some restricted dates, the Base Ikon Pass may provide savings when traveling to resorts for races.

FUNDRAISING AND VOLUNTEERING

Team Summit is a non-profit which uses fundraising and volunteers to keep program costs down.  The fundraising is also essential in providing financial scholarships (not to exceed 50% of the program costs) to athletes in need. 

Team Summit regularly applies to host ski races at various levels from YSL to FIS. Hosting races saves our athletes travel expense and provides a "home court" advantage. In order to successfully host events we are in need of Certified Officials to fill important roles within the race organization. Please consider taking the first step in this process by completing the on-line Competition Official (CO) course found at: http://rmsro.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/ONLINE-COMPETITION-OFFICIAL-CO-19-20.pdf

Volunteers are essential to our programs.  Without our volunteers we could not execute many of our fundraising and program events.  There is also no better way to become part of the Team Summit community!  Aside from the program cost, there is a Volunteer Service Fee (VSF) deposit.  This deposit is $300. You can volunteer for any event available on the VSF calendar. We are adding events daily so check back often.

Visit the calendar page.

We ask that each family volunteer for a total of 30 hours per family (not per athlete in the program) in a year (our year starts July 1st and ends the following year on June 30th). 

FIS Academy
AGE REQUIREMENTS

Ages 16 to 18

U19 - 16, 17 and 18 years old

 

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Athletes should have extensive previous ski racing experience and a US Ski and Snowboard Competition license.

If you have questions about appropriate skill levels please contact the Alpine Program Director.

PROGRAM CALENDAR

Athletes in the FIS Academy Program participate in the preparation period conditioning program 3 days per week from May to August and 5 days per week in September and October. On snow training is on Tuesday, Wedneday, Thursday and Friday afternoons and all day on week-ends and holidays. Optional sessions are offered on Wednesday and Friday nights.

Conditioning: June 22 to October 22, 2020

On-Snow Training: October 23, 2020 to April 18, 2021

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 8:15AM - 3:30PM

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 1:00PM - 5:00PM

Alpine FIS Calendar

TRAINING LOCATIONS

Training may take place at any of the 4 ski areas in Summit County.

Training from October through the end of the season in April will be at Copper Mountain with short blocks scheduled at Keystone and Breckenridge.

From Mid-December to early March, night training is at Keystone on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Spring training in April and May will be at Arapahoe Basin and Keystone.

COMPETITIONS

FIS Academy athletes will compete in the Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup Series and, when qualified, FISU, Nor-Am and Championship Events.

FIS athletes have the oppportunity to, but are not required to, train and compete in all disciplines including Super G and Downhill.

See the competition calendar

Approximately a month before each race, Team Summit’s Alpine Program Director will communicate race and sign-up information. Team Travel is encouraged but not required. Coaches' travel expenses are divided among all attending athletes and included in competition travel billing.

Age Categories: U19 based on your age on December 31, 2020 for the 2020-21 season (e.g. U19 includes 18, 17 and 16 year olds).

 

EQUIPMENT

Team Summit holds a Ski Swap annually around Labor Day in Breckenridge. New and used equipment is sold at deeply discounted prices. Team Summit also hosts a Classifieds page on FB where members are able to buy/sell or exchange equipment.

Uniforms - All Team Summit athletes receive a free Team Summit Jacket. These jackets promote our sponsors and we ask that all athletes wear their jackets for training and competition throughout the season.

Helmets -  All athletes must have an International Ski Federation (FIS) approved helmet in order to compete in Giant Slalom, Super G and DH. Soft eared helmets are allowed in SL only. Chin guards are recommended for SL.

Skis - FIS Academy athletes should have 2 pairs of skis for both SL and GS. If planning to train and race Super G or DH 1 pair of skis for each disipline is recommended. TSC has a finite inventory of loaner skis available for speed events. Free-skiing skis are recommended.

Free-skiing Skis - All-mountain skis that are a little wider than race skis are ideal.

USSA and FIS Ski Regulations

Download PDF

Boots - Athletes must have boots that are properly fit. TSC coaches will work with athletes to insure proper alignment.

Manufacturers make recommendations on ski racing boot stiffness based on age, ability, weight and height. Generally, it is desirable to be on the low end of the range to allow the ankles to flex properly.

Custom footbeds are not recommended.

Back Protectors and Cut Resistant apparel  - While not mandated by the rules, it is highly suggested that athletes utilize back protectors to protect the spine and cut resistant underlayers or suits to reduce the risk of ski edge lacerations.

PROGRAM COST

2020/21 Program Cost: $7,795.

Volunteer Service Fee (VSF) is an additional deposit of $300
 

Register Today!

SEASON PASS

Athletes should have both a Copper Mountain and Epic Local Pass for training at all local areas. 

Athletes in good standing with the team will be eligible for discount vouchers for season passes at Copper Mountain and the Epic Local Pass. These vouchers will be sent out as soon as Team Summit receives them (which is often very close to the beginning of the season).

Consideration should be given by Ability athletes to purchasing an Ikon Base Pass in place of a Copper Mountain Season Pass. With some restricted dates, the Base Ikon Pass may provide savings when traveling to resorts for races.

FUNDRAISING AND VOLUNTEERING

Team Summit is a non-profit which uses fundraising and volunteers to keep program costs down.  The fundraising is also essential in providing financial scholarships (not to exceed 50% of the program costs) to athletes in need. 

Team Summit regularly applies to host ski races at various levels from YSL to FIS. Hosting races saves our athletes travel expense and provides a "home court" advantage. In order to successfully host events we are in need of Certified Officials to fill important roles within the race organization. Please consider taking the first step in this process by completing the on-line Competition Official (CO) course found at: http://rmsro.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/ONLINE-COMPETITION-OFFICIAL-CO-19-20.pdf

Volunteers are essential to our programs.  Without our volunteers we could not execute many of our fundraising and program events.  There is also no better way to become part of the Team Summit community!  Aside from the program cost, there is a Volunteer Service Fee (VSF) deposit.  This deposit is $300. You can volunteer for any event available on the VSF calendar. We are adding events daily so check back often.

Visit the calendar page.

We ask that each family volunteer for a total of 30 hours per family (not per athlete in the program) in a year (our year starts July 1st and ends the following year on June 30th). 

Post-Graduate
AGE REQUIREMENTS

High School Graduates 18 years and older

U19 - 16, 17 and 18 years old

U21 - 19 and 20 years old

Sen - 21 years and older

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Athletes will have extensive previous USSA and FIS ski racing experience, FIS License and US Ski and Snowboard Competition license.

The PG Program requires an application and interview prior to enrollment being accepted.

Please contact the Alpine Program Director for details.

PROGRAM CALENDAR

Athletes in the Post-Graduate (PG) Program participate in the preparation period conditioning program 3 days per week from May to August and 5 days per week in September and October. On snow training is on Tuesday, Wedneday, Thursday and Friday afternoons and all day on week-ends and holidays. Additional morning training is scheduled mid-week during the early season training program from October 23 to December 10, 2020 and as appropriate the remainder of the season.

Conditioning: June 22 to October 22, 2020

On-Snow Training: October 23, 2020 to April 18, 2021

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 8:15AM - 3:30PM

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 1:00PM - 5:00PM

Alpine FIS Calendar

 

TRAINING LOCATIONS

Training may take place at any of the 4 ski areas in Summit County.

Training from October through the end of the season in April will be at Copper Mountain with short blocks scheduled at Keystone and Breckenridge.

Spring training in April and May will be at Arapahoe Basin and Keystone.

COMPETITIONS

Post-Graduate (PG) athletes will compete in the Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup Series and, when qualified, FISU, Nor-Am, Championship  and other travel events.

PG athletes have the oppportunity to, but are not required to, train and compete in all disciplines including Super G and Downhill.

See the competition calendar

Approximately a month before each race, Team Summit’s Alpine Program Director will communicate race and sign-up information. Team Travel is encouraged but not required. Coaches' travel expenses are divided among all attending athletes and included in competition travel billing.

EQUIPMENT

Uniforms - All Team Summit athletes receive a free Team Summit Jacket. These jackets promote our sponsors and we ask that all athletes wear their jackets for training and competition throughout the season.

USSA and FIS Ski Regulations

Download PDF

Boots - TSC coaches will work with athletes to insure proper alignment.

Custom footbeds are not recommended.

Back Protectors and Cut Resistant apparel  - While not mandated by the rules, it is highly suggested that athletes utilize back protectors to protect the spine and cut resistant underlayers or suits to reduce the risk of ski edge lacerations.

PROGRAM COST

2020-21 Program Cost: $9,995

Volunteer Service Fee (VSF) is an additional deposit of $300
 

Register Today!

SEASON PASS

Athletes should have both a Copper Mountain and Epic Local Pass for training at all local areas. 

Athletes in good standing with the team will be eligible for discount vouchers for season passes at Copper Mountain and the Epic Local Pass. These vouchers will be sent out as soon as Team Summit receives them (which is often very close to the beginning of the season).

Consideration should be given by PG athletes to purchasing an Ikon Base Pass in place of a Copper Mountain Season Pass. With some restricted dates, the Base Ikon Pass may provide savings when traveling to resorts for races.

FUNDRAISING AND VOLUNTEERING

Team Summit is a non-profit which uses fundraising and volunteers to keep program costs down.  The fundraising is also essential in providing financial scholarships (not to exceed 50% of the program costs) to athletes in need. 

Team Summit regularly applies to host ski races at various levels from YSL to FIS. Hosting races saves our athletes travel expense and provides a "home court" advantage. In order to successfully host events we are in need of Certified Officials to fill important roles within the race organization. Please consider taking the first step in this process by completing the on-line Competition Official (CO) course found at: http://rmsro.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/ONLINE-COMPETITION-OFFICIAL-CO-19-20.pdf

Volunteers are essential to our programs.  Without our volunteers we could not execute many of our fundraising and program events.  There is also no better way to become part of the Team Summit community!  Aside from the program cost, there is a Volunteer Service Fee (VSF) deposit.  This deposit is $300. You can volunteer for any event available on the VSF calendar. We are adding events daily so check back often.

Visit the calendar page.

We ask that each family volunteer for a total of 30 hours per family (not per athlete in the program) in a year (our year starts July 1st and ends the following year on June 30th). 


YOUR ALPINE RACING COACHING TEAM

If you have questions contact our team:

Alpine  Director: Aldo Radamus - 
Head Age Class Coach: Jared Hedges - 
Head Devo Coach: Samantha Streletsky - 
Head Coach U10: David Owsley
Head Coach U12: Mia Cullman
Head Coach U14: Jared Hedges
Head Coach U16: Aldo Radamus (Acting)
Head Coach FIS: Doug Elsey

Events and Volunteering:  -

SIGN UP FOR COMPETITIONS
US SKI AND SNOWBOARD

The athlete will need to obtain a membership at usskiandsnowboard.org. Sign up for all events online at MyUSSA. Registration closes two days before the competition at 11:59 pm.

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