ALPINE RACING

ALPINE RACING

Alpine encompasses the ski racing disciplines of Slalom (SL), Giant Slalom (GS), Super G (SG), Downhill (DH) and Parallel (PL) that are all part of the Olympic Program. More than just developing racing skills, Alpine training forms the foundation of all-around skiing skills that allow our athletes at Team Summit Colorado (TSC) to be able to enjoy skiing in all conditions, all mountain and all disciplines for a lifetime. Adult former ski racers are the strongest skiers on the mountain, everywhere in the world!

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

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ALPINE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

SKI RACING DEVO

Ski Racing Devo is an introduction to becoming a competitive ski race athlete!

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Ski Racing Devo is the next step after Intro to Team Summit (ITS) where athletes have decided to give ski racing a try as their main snow sport.  It is a program that leans towards racing but entails tons of freeskiing and drill work and aims to still focus on the fundamentals of skiing. The kids learn fundamental racing tactics and the difference between Slalom and Giant Slalom.

Read about: A day in the life of a Ski Racing Devo Athlete.

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Read about: A typical day at a Youth Ski League Competition.

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AGE

Starting at 6 years old.

MINIMUM SKILLS REQUIRED

Minimum Skills Required

Skiers: 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 the respective Program Director.

Skiers: Parallel skiing on all blue and easy black terrain. High level of independence to ride chairlifts and lap the training venue solo.

PROGRAM TRAINING

November - April 

MOUNTAINS

2 Mountain Program: Copper Mountain or Keystone

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PROGRAM COST

Program Cost: $2,295. 

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

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COMPETITIONS

Ski Racing Devo athletes have the option to participate in five Youth Ski League (YSL) Competitions throughout the season.  These 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 entail Giant Slalom, Stubby Slalom or a combination of the two – called Kombi. Skills Quest drills also compete at each of these events.

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 competitions with a focus on fun and learning. Approximately a month before each YSL, the event organizer will send out the “Fact Sheet” and open registration. 

The Fact Sheet will contain all pertinent logistical information about the upcoming competition. Team Summit’s head coach will relay this information to parents via email and request that parents let the team know if their athlete will be competing in the event.

Age Categories: What is/was your age on December 31st 

Skiers: U8, U10, U12, U16 (U8 means under 8 which means 7 and under).

PROGRAM CALENDAR
GEAR

All Team Summit athletes receive a free Team Summit Jacket every two seasons.  These jackets promote our sponsors and we ask that all athletes wear their jackets for training and competitions throughout the season.

Team Summit holds a ski sale known as the Ski Swap around Labor Day in Breckenridge.  They sell used and new equipment at deeply discounted prices (sometimes better than the front range sales).  For questions about the upcoming Ski Swap email Rodney Robinson: Rodney@teamsummit.org

Be Prepared for a day of Training:

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EQUIPMENT

Helmets -  Ski Racing Devo athletes must have a hard eared helmet. Again, this year U14 and U16 Athletes must have a FIS approved Helmet in order to compete in our YSL Races.

Speed Suits - Not required for; Ski Racing Devo athletes - but nice if you can afford one. There usually are some at the ski swap.

Ski Poles - Getting the proper length ski poles is the only requirement. 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. Too long can be cut if needed. Too short will need new poles.

Pole Guards and Face Guards are not needed for Intro to Race athletes

Shin Guards Optional - we run stubby slalom and for the more aggressive athlete that will be hitting the gate with their shins - these are nice but not necessary. 

Boots - a four buckle boot is preferred with no more than a 50 to 60 flex. Athletes should be able to flex their ankle when the boot is buckled. To determine proper length - pull bladder from boot, place athletes foot into the boot - slide toes forward until they touch the front of the boot and you should be able to place no more than 2 to 2.5 fingers between the heel of boot and heel of the athlete. Put athlete in bladder only and check like a street shoe for length. 

For older and stronger athletes - a higher flex may be required - but make sure the athlete can flex the boot. If they can not flex the boot - then it is too stiff and will hinder their skiing. It would be highly unusual for a Ski Racing Devo athlete to be in a boot flex stiffer than a 70 Flex rating. 

Do not purchase an adult boot for an athlete - make sure they are in a junior boot! Many shops try to put teens in an adult shop because they do not readily stock the larger sizes in a junior boot and the easy sale is to go adult boot.

Skis - Athletes only need a single pair of skis for Ski Racing Devo - a separate rock/play ski is nice but not required. Below are specifics for each:

  • Race/Training ski - should ideally a combination ski, with a 10-12 M turning radius and length should come between the athlete's mid nose and forehead. A combi ski is an entry-level race ski that can do both GS and SL with a single ski - it is not necessary to have a race plate on the ski as we want the ski to flex when the athlete gets forward on it. A combi ski should run right around $200 to $300 new and an appropriate binding is about $75. Let me know if you can not find this type of deal. The following link shows a sample of what I am talking about - at equipment day the ski is $250: Multi-Event Ski Link
  • Rock/Play ski - for afternoon free ski sessions, it is nice to have another ski so you do not have to worry about the athlete hitting rocks and stumps. This will save the tune on their race/training skis. For this type of optional ski - a twin tip is nice and it will probably be a bit wider than the race/training ski. This ski should be the same length as their race/training ski, but you can go 5 cm longer if you would like.
  • GS and SL specific skis  - it is not necessary to have GS and SL specific Skis for YSL races. We will be working on technique and having the athletes on the same ski - will help them develop skills faster. 

 

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).

Sunday training sessions will rotate among Copper and Keystone and we offer 4 Friday night training opportunities during the season so having both passes will enable athletes full training opportunities

FUNDRAISING & VOLUNTEERING

Team Summit is a non-profit who 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. 

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.  We ask that each ITS family volunteer for a total of 25 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).  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. 

WHEN IS MY ATHLETE READY TO MOVE UP

Your athlete’s coach will be your main point of contact throughout the season!  They know your athlete best and will be able to tell you if/when your athlete is ready for the next level of programming.  As your athlete becomes more involved in the sport – invested time, equipment costs and level of competition will increase as will the athletes’ abilities. If you have questions about what each of these programs entails, you can speak directly with the program directors.  

AGE CLASS PROGRAMS

U10, U12, U14 Part-Time

The Alpine Age Class Program is designed to give our Part Time athletes the opportunity to train on the weekends as well as 2 nights a week.

These kids will do a lot of free skiing, drills, and run slalom and giant slalom courses (as well as super-G courses for U14).  The focus is on solid fundamentals of skiing, in turn making them better ski racers. 

Day in the life of an Age Class Athlete
AGE REQUIREMENTS

U10 - 9 years old or younger

U12 - 10 and 11 years old

U14 - 12 or 13 years old

MINIMUM SKILLS REQUIRED

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

PROGRAM CALENDAR

November - April 

4 day per week program

Alpine U10   

Alpine U12   

Alpine U14 

 

TRAINING LOCATION

Training will take place at Keystone on Wednesday and Friday evenings and any of the 4 ski areas in Summit County on the weekends.

PROGRAM COST

Program Cost: $3,395.  U10, U12

                         $4,045.  U14

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

COMPETITIONS

These athletes will ski in the Bolle Age Class series of races.  These are held in a variety of locations throughout Colorado.  Championship races are in March.  U10 and U12 athletes do not need to qualify for championships but U14’s do. 

See the competition calendar

FUNDRAISING AND VOLUNTEERING

Team Summit is a non-profit who 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. 

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.  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). 

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).

EQUIPMENT

Skiers – Properly tuned Skis w/ bindings  (ski length between chin and forehead).  Boots need to properly fit the athlete!  Boots that are too big make it difficult for the athlete to control the ski and make fluid turns.  The Ski Swap is a great opportunity to get a professional boot fitting for your athlete.

Poles (for skiers) should fit properly.  To ensure proper size, have your athlete flip the pole upside down and hold the pole below the basket.  Their arms should be at a 90-degree angle. 

 

GEAR

Team Summit holds a ski sale known as the Ski Swap around Labor Day in Breckenridge.  They sell used and new equipment at deeply discounted prices (sometimes better than the front range sales).

All Team Summit athletes receive a free Team Summit Jacket every two seasons. These jackets promote our sponsors and we ask that all athletes wear their jackets for training and competitions throughout the season.

Download our gear guide

ABILITY ALPINE PROGRAMS

Ability Part-Time

The Ability Part-Time program is designed to meet the needs of the athlete interested in improving their alpine racing skills either as a way to augment their high school racing career or who still intend to track to a full-time program. It is for those athletes primarily seeking to compete at the divisional level in USSA scored races. Training will focus on basic technique and tactics.

Team Summit uses the US Ski and Snowboard model training system for developing long-term athletes.

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AGE REQUIREMENTS

The USSA Sync Team is for U16 and U19 athletes

MINIMUM SKILLS REQUIRED

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

If you have questions about your athlete’s skill levels please contact the Ability Alpine Program Director. 

PROGRAM CALENDAR
TRAINING LOCATION

Training will take place at Keystone on Friday evenings and any of the 4 ski areas in Summit County on the weekends.

Additional drop-in days available at member fee rate.

PROGRAM COST

Program Cost: $4,295.

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

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).

ABILITY CLASS PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

US Ski and Snowboard Competition License

Copper Mtn. season pass (Discounted through Team Summit Colorado)

Epic Pass (Discounted through Team Summit Colorado)

Free-skiing skis, one to two pairs of SL and GS skis and SG/DH skis if planning on participating in SYNC Series Speed Events

Race boots with proper race fit and alignment

Helmet for all skiing

Chin guard for SL, mouth guard and cut resistant base layer strongly recommended

 

COMPETITIONS

These athletes will ski primarily in the US Ski and Snowboard Sync Series held in a variety of locations throughout Colorado. Championship races are in March. 

The US Ski and Snowboard Competition Calendar

FUNDRAISING AND VOLUNTEERING

Team Summit is a non-profit who 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. 

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.  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). 

ACADEMY

The Team Summit Academy program is the next big step in pursuing ski racing as your sport of choice.  It is a full-time training program with dryland training 3 days/week (pre-season) and on snow training 5 days/week.

The athletes get out early from school during the week to train on snow at any of the 4 ski areas in Summit County.  Much emphasis is still put on the fundamentals of the sport but more intensive focuses are introduced such as equipment preparation, nutrition, physical preparation, and more. 

Visit our Academy page to learn about our partner schools.

Academy Page

Age Class Alpine Academy
MINIMUM SKILLS REQUIRED

Skiers: PSIA Level 9:  Parallel skiing on all terrain.  High expectations are put on the athletes for independence and self-direction.

If you have questions about your athlete’s skill levels please contact your respective Program Director.
 

PROGRAM CALENDAR

September to April

Alpine Age Class Academy

TRAINING LOCATIONS

Most days will be at Copper or Keystone with occasional visits to Breckenridge or A-Basin.

PROGRAM COST

Program Cost: $6,595.
Volunteer Service Fee (VSF) is an additional deposit of $300

PROGRAM BASICS

This program offers a tremendous amount of on-snow time as well as a handful of races.  Most races are on both days of the weekend but attending both is not required (but highly encouraged).  Some travel to races is required (parents responsibility). A USSA competitor license is required. Both Championship events are in March.  U12’s do not need to qualify for champs, U14’s do. 
 

COMPETITIONS

The main series for these athletes in the Bolle Age Class Series.  We race Slalom and Giant Slalom with the U14’s training and racing some Super Giant Slalom.  Some U14’s will be given an opportunity to race in the Sync series (U16 race series) but they are only given 2 opportunities to race in those races during the season and must have good results at Age Class races and have a coach’s recommendation.  

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).

U16 Academy
AGE REQUIREMENTS

U16 is for athletes 14 and 15 year olds

MINIMUM SKILLS REQUIRED

Athletes should have extensive previous ski racing experience and a US Ski and Snowboard Competition license
If you have questions about your athlete’s skill levels please contact the Program Director
 

PROGRAM CALENDAR

September to April

Alpine U16 Calendar
 

COMPETITIONS

These athletes will ski primarily in the US Ski and Snowboard Sync Series held in a variety of locations throughout Colorado.  Championship races are in March.

US Ski and Snowboard Competition Calendar

PROGRAM COST

Program Cost: $6,995.
Volunteer Service Fee (VSF) is an additional deposit of $300
 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

• US Ski and Snowboard Competition License
• Copper Mtn. season pass (Discounted through Team Summit Colorado)
• Epic Pass (Discounted through Team Summit Colorado)
• Free-skiing skis, two pairs of SL and GS skis, at least one pair of SG skis and DH skis if planning on
participating in SYNC Series and championship DH Events
• Race boots with proper race fit and alignment
• Helmet for all skiing
• Chin guard for SL, mouth guard and cut resistant base layer strongly recommended

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).

FIS Academy
AGE REQUIREMENTS

FIS is for U19 - (16 and 17 year olds), U21 - (18 - 20 Year olds), and Senior athletes 21 and older

MINIMUM SKILLS REQUIRED

Athletes should have extensive previous ski racing experience and US Ski and Snowboard and FIS Competition licenses

If you have questions about your athlete’s skill levels please contact the Program Director
 

PROGRAM CALENDAR

September to April

Alpine FIS Calendar

COMPETITIONS

These athletes will ski primarily in the Rocky Mountain Division Colorado Ski Country Cup Series held in a variety of locations throughout Colorado. Championship races are in March. Additional competitions including out of division travel, Nor-Ams, FISU and other internationally sanctioned competitions are available based on athlete qualification. 

US Ski and Snowboard Competiton Calendar

PROGRAM COST

Program Cost: $7,495.

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

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

• US Ski and Snowboard Competition License
• FIS License
• Copper Mtn. season pass (Discounted through Team Summit Colorado)
• Epic Pass (Discounted through Team Summit Colorado)
• Free-skiing skis, two pairs of SL and GS skis, at least one pair of SG skis and DH skis if planning on
participating in SYNC Series and championship DH Events
• Race boots with proper race fit and alignment
• Helmet for all skiing
• Chin guard for SL, mouth guard and cut resistant base layer strongly recommended

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).

YOUR ALPINE RACING TEAM

If you have questions contact our team:

Alpine Development Director: Mike Wolfson - 
(Ski Racing Devo, Age Class Part-Time, Age Class Academy) 
Head Coach U10: David Owsley
Head Coach U12: Mia Cullman
Head Coach U14: Tina Buchheister

Alpine Ability Director: Aldo Radamus - 
(Ability Part-time, U16 Academy, FIS Academy) 
Head Coach FIS: Doug Elsey
Head Coach U16: Jared Hedges

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 usskiandsnowboard.org. Registration usually closes the Wednesday before the contest at 11:59 pm.

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