Since 1934 Mt. Mansfield Ski Cub (MMSC) has graduated US Ski Team members,
Olympic athletes and Collegiate ski racers.

The MMSC Alpine Racing programs accommodate a wide range of athletes from seven year olds to high school and postgraduates. Our programs are designed to provide a stimulating and enjoyable opportunity to become excellent skiers, help them reach their potential as competitors, and most importantly foster a life-long love of the sport while teaching athletes the values of teamwork and sportsmanship.

 

2017 Registration Package
 

PG Program 2017 

U10 Sunday Only Program (ages 9 and under)
This one-day per week program is designed to introduce young skiers to MMSC and ski racing. The low athlete to coach ratio of 8:1 allows for a highly personalized attention to skiing technique. Participants must be able to ride the lift alone, put on their own equipment, ski parallel, and ski down all intermediate (Blue) terrain.
The primary focus of the program is to allow kids to learn to interact with other children through free skiing and various drills with coaches. Additionally there is an introduction to skiing through gates and courses. There is no travel to races at other venues. A helmet is mandatory. The program runs from mid December to mid March. Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA) and United States Ski Association (USSA) licenses are NOT required for this age group.

 

U10 Program (ages 9 and under)
In our most popular program, the emphasis is placed on building strong skiing technique and an introduction to ski racing. Other goals include learning about good sportsmanship and instilling a positive team spirit. Group skiing is done in small groups of 8-10. Participants must be able to ride the lift alone, put on their own equipment, ski parallel, and ski down challenging trails such as Nose Dive (easier black diamond runs). Participants will be grouped by ability and will rotate through the different coaches weekly. VARA establishes a schedule of four or five races throughout Northern Vermont. Attendance at these Giant Slalom (GS) and Slalom (SL) races is completely optional, but highly encouraged. Typical equipment needs for this group includes a helmet (not with soft ears) and one pair of skis; back protection is encouraged. Participation in these races requires VARA & USSA licenses. The program meets Saturdays and Sundays from December to late March.  Additional training is available during the Christmas and February school vacation weeks, and on Friday afternoons from January to mid March.

 

U12 Program (ages 10 - 11)
With the age changes being implement by FIS during the 2012/2013 season, this age category is a blend between what was previously the J4 and J5 groups. This program is designed to continue to improve basic skiing fundamentals through free skiing, drills, and gate training. Prior racing experience is not required to participate with this group, but strong skiing skills are. While there is a substantial amount of free skiing, this is a race-oriented program.  At time of publication, VARA has yet to determine whether the U12’s will have an independent race schedule from the U10 group and whether or not there will be a State Championship event, but it is certain there will be races throughout Northern Vermont. Equipment needs for this age group include a helmet (not with soft ears), SL gate protection, and correctly sized SL and GS skis; back protection is encouraged. VARA and USSA licenses are required. The program meets Saturdays and Sundays from early December to late-March. Additional training is available during the Christmas and February school vacation weeks, and on Friday afternoons from January to mid March.

 

U14 Program (ages 12 - 13)
As the athletes begin to grow and gain confidence, their skills and techniques are further refined and shaped. This program is designed to continue to improve basic skiing fundamentals through free skiing, drills, and gate training. Prior racing experience is not required to participate with this group, but strong skiing skills are. While there is a substantial amount of free skiing, this is a race oriented program. Depending upon snow and weather conditions, athletes are introduced to Super G (SG) racing. VARA estalishes a schedule of five or six interclub races throughout Northern Vermont and athlete results are ranked with the top racers advancing to the Vermont State and other regional competitions. Typical equipment needs for this age group include a helmet, GS suit, SL gate protection and correctly sized SL and GS skis; back protection is encouraged. VARA and USSA licenses are required. The program meets Saturdays and Sundays from late November to late March. Additional training is available during the Christmas and February school vacation weeks and on Friday afternoons from January to mid March. Tutorial and Academy training is also available.

 

U16 Program (ages 14 - 15)
Athletes in the (U16) Program have typically been skiing for many years and by all accounts are expert skiers. Most (but not all) have been racing for a number of years as well. Coaches continue to provide technical freeskiing and an increased focus on gate training, video analysis and technique specific drills is provided. Depending upon snow and weather conditions athletes are introduced to Super G (SG) racing. VARA establishes a schedule of four Northern Vermont District interclub races, and the athletes’ results are ranked with the top racers advancing to the Vermont State and other regional competitions. Other “open” races are often attended. Typical equipment needs for this age group include a helmet, GS suit, gate protection and correctly sized SL and GS skis; back protection is highly encouraged for training and racing. VARA and USSA licenses are required. The program meets Saturdays and Sundays from late November to late March. Additional training is available during the Christmas and February school vacation weeks and on Friday afternoons from January to mid March. Tutorial and Academy training is also available.

 

U18 Program (ages 16 - 17) , U21 Program (ages 18 - 20) 
These are MMSC’s full-time MMWA high school athletes who have been skiing and racing for years. The goals of these athletes range from Olympic and National Team ambitions to skiing collegiately, and all have an underlying desire to improving their rankings. Athletes typically are “on-snow” training and racing six days per week. The program provides high level technical coaching in SL, GS and SG with low athlete to coach ratios. Depending upon desire, Downhill (DH) is introduced. Strength training and video analysis are integral pieces of the program. U18s participate in multi-state USSA and FIS race series. VARA and USSA licenses are required; FIS licenses are required for entry into FIS races. The program runs from mid November to late March/early April. For more information on the Post Grad (PG) Program, please click on the link below. 


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Dryland Strength and Conditioning Training
Our recently developed and implemented individualized Dryland Strength and Conditioning Program utilizes a state of the art web based technology for delivering workout schedules, monitoring progress, and communicating with our conditioning coaches during the summer and fall. Our program seeks to reinforce the foundation with strength, quickness and anaerobic conditioning. The in-house facilities include a state of the art fitness center, easily accessible to all MMSC athletes.
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On Snow Training and Camps
The on snow experience at Stowe Mountain Resort provides some of the best terrain for training and freeskiing. Alpine programs utilize the recently widened Main Street trail with over 1,200 vertical feet and a seven minute high speed quad.

The MMSC Alpine Program sponsors a Summer Training Camp at Les Deux, France and a Fall Training Camp at Vail, Colorado. The camps are designed to reinforce fundamentals, and keep the athlete focused and improving during the off-season. The camps are essential for all serious racers at the elite level.
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Video Analysis
Video of training and competition is regularly taken and reviewed by coaches with the athletes. Additionally, MMSC utilizes the most recent web based technology for storage and review by athletes on a 24/7/365 basis.
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Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy (MMWA)
MMWA provides academic programs  for student athletes in grades 7-12. MMWA is a private, independent school approved by the Vermont Department of Education. Typically athletes train six days per week. The MMWA programs are designed and managed around the student’s individual scheduling needs. MMWA is a separate organization with an academic affiliation to MMSC.
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Tutorial Programs
In addition to the training available during the weekend programs listed, athletes can opt to train during midweek afternoons with their coaches. These tutorial programs are offered for student athletes in grade 6 and above.