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                       Big Mountain Competitive Team Program

Big Mountain Team

Part-Time (weekend/holiday: 56 Days)



Register Registration is open for all current 16/17 Team participants. Please check your email or AMP (ampsport.tech) for the link to register. For new participants, open registration begins on July 10th, please come back to register online or email atewksbury@vailresorts.com or aatkins@vailresorts.com to receive information about the Teams program.
Team Vision  The Big Mountain team program is designed to develop confidently skilled and well-rounded skiers who want to pursue a life long development and passion in the sport. Allowing athletes to excel in big mountain and backcountry explorations and competitions.

Program Description

The Big Mountain team athletes will be working on fulfilling long-term season goals on an individual and team basis. Athletes will receive high end coaching to set them up for success in achieving their goals as well as progressing their individual skill sets to later be challenged by in house competition and travel.
Program Focus  The Big Mountain team program will focus on developing advanced skiing technique based on the skill card pipeline appropriate for athletes.
Ages 12 - 18
Training Schedule/Start Dates 11/18/2017
Program Times Weekend and Holidays: 8:30 - 2:30
Minimum Skill Level  Athletes must be able to consistently link carved turns without stopping on advanced runs like Burnout or Ironhorse on the Backside as well as in the Trees off of East Ridge. Athletes must also have some level of prior park experience including sliding small boxes and clearing small jumps.

Athletes at the appropriate skill levels will have the opportunity to compete in an in-house Big Mountain Event

In Season Travel:  All Athletes will be encouraged to participate to travel to other mountains around the Tahoe Basin as well as Colorado and Utah. These big mountain explorations will give athletes the opportunity to challenge their skills on new and exciting terrain.    
Head Coach

Sean Bunnell

Assistant Coach  TBD 




(Athlete Management for Far West Races and Tahoe League Races)




Program Description

Our Alpine race U14 program is designed for the athlete that love to “ARC” a ski and wants to take their ski racing to the next level. This program emphasizes the teaching of skiing skills through an emphasis on Alpine Ski Racing. Skill development will be built through a planned progression of directed free skiing and gate training.  Our goal is to develop a lifelong passion for the sport of skiing in addition to healthy competition. Athletes will train and compete in Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G. Our alpine race coaches will provide skill development in the areas of All Mtn Skiing, Moguls, dynamic skiing in all conditions, and race training. Days on the hill will include 60% directed free skiing in all terrain and turn shape, and 40% gate drills/race training. “We can only make good skiers fast” -Dir. NSST Aaron Atkins
Program Focus

Gate training in a closed and controlled environment

Race-specific skills and drills/Directed free skiing/Video for teaching only

Goal setting Coach to Athlete with encouraged parent participation

Train-to-race days 6:1 USSA / 6:1 Tahoe League

Conditioning education and recommendations

Ages 12-13
Training Schedule/Start Dates Opening Day through April Spring Series Races
Program Times Determined by coach on team calendar and hotline
Athletes have the option of racing in the Far West race series which is part of USSA or in the Tahoe League. Travel may be required. Travel costs are additional for all Competition trips and camps outside of the Tahoe Basin.
Training Camp Options

Spring Camp (May or June) – fundamentals, equipment testing, GS based @ Mammoth, Mt Bachelor, or Mt Hood

Summer Camp (July or Aug) – SL, GS Camp fundamentals, tactics @ Mt Hood

Fall Camp (Nov) – SL, GS Camp GS, SL tactics and race prep @ Mammoth

Head Coach Tim Kawcak (trkawcak@yahoo.com)
Assistant Coach Josh Transue (jctski@gmail.com)
Tahoe League Coaches TBA


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