Squaw Valley Shooting Stars

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The Shooting Stars program helps young skiers develop strong fundamental skills, learn to be part of a team, gain a joy and passion for skiing in a fun and challenging team environment. Our experienced coaches focus on progressive skill acquisition, knowledge of the skier’s responsibility code and safe skiing, respect for the mountain, and having fun. Each coach is specially trained to provide a safe, fun learning environment for all levels. Each Shooting Star will gain a solid foundation that will enable him or her to continue on to the Mighty Mites program and will be proud of their skill achievements and help attain a life-long love of skiing.

2020/21 Programming 
Shooting Stars ProgramWeekend & HolidayWednesday/Thursday
DatesDec 5, 2020 - Apr 4, 2021Jan 6, 2021 - Mar 25, 2021
Offered TrainingWeekends + HolidaysWednesday & Thursdays (non-holiday)
Program Guidelines
Shooting Stars Expectations 
PassMust purchase Ikon Pass. Ikon Base Pass may conflict with team dates. 
AgeMust be 4 or 5 as of Dec 31, 2020
Skill Prerequisite
  • MUST have previous skiing experience
  • Must be able to stop unassisted
  • Must be able to ski beginner terrain unassisted
  • Must be able to turn on beginner terrain
  • Must be able to glide (semi-parallel across fall-line & on flats)
  • Able to put on & take off skis unassisted
  • Edgie-wedgie, leash & other training aids not permitted
  • Must be able to participate in a full training session without parent interaction
  • Must be able to put on and take off skis with little assistance
  • Must be able to ski without parents
Skis: 1 pair carving-style skis chin high; owned or seasonal lease (no rentals); in good condition
Boots: must be properly fit (size/flex) and in excellent working order
Protection: Helmet & goggles required
ScheduleTeam Calendar via DRIVN: request access through Teams office
Holiday Training
Must be registered for "Weekend & Holiday" team to participate in midweek holiday training
Wednesday/Thursday team is for non-holiday as specified in the team calendar
ParticipationAthletes are expected to participate in 65% or more of the offered training
Annual Training Plan
We ski & get mileage! 
85-95% coached/directed freeskiing
5-10% coached drills
5% intro to training runs (gate training) 
Pick Up / Drop OffBase of Funitel, uphill side near "Big Tree" 
  • Dressed warmer than parents
  • Small healthy snack & $3 in pocket if you wish your child to have a cup of hot chocolate
  • Properly hydrated with a full belly from a healthy breakfast
  • Arrives with a quick smile & ready to ski in all types of weather
Break/SnackWe take a quick snack break
LunchNo lunch provided. Parents pick up before lunch. 
EventsShooting Stars will have at least one race and a "Big" Air scheduled for weekends & holiday team. Subject to change due to weather & condition. 
  • Required to attend parent orientation
  • Required to remain on-site during team
  • This is not a true-beginner/first-timers program. Children must have prior experience & enjoy outdoor sports. 
  • You must dress your child warmer than you dress yourself. 
  • Must complete Team Agreement (Code of Conduct) 
  • Must remain actively engaged with Team communication method(s) and check schedule/updates regularly. 
CommunicationParents must maintain an active account with DRIVN after enrollment is complete; request access through the Teams office. 
Challenging WeatherOur goal is to ski every calendared Team day. Teams are delayed or canceled on occasion due to weather & operations. Team schedule adjustments will be communicated through DRIVN as information is readily available. 
Program Pricing
Shooting Stars PricingWeekend & HolidayWednesday/Thursday
PassPASS NOT INCLUDED. Must purchase an Ikon pass
Ikon Base Pass conflicts with Team dates.
PASS NOT INCLUDED. Must purchase an Ikon Pass.
Team UniformPurchase of Team uniform is required.
Program PlacementParticipants may be required to switch to a more appropriate program, if available, at the discretion of the Team Manager. 

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TierDatesInitial Deposit9/23/202010/21/202011/17/2020
Tier One5/1 - 6/2410%30%30%30%
Tier Two6/25 - 9/2333%-33%34%
Tier Three9/23 - End of Season50%--50%
Payment Plan
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Obtain a FULL REFUND until November 20, 2020, no questions asked. After November 20, 2020, we will continue to offer partial refunds or rollovers in the event the ski/ride season is shortened as a result of Covid-19.  Visit our Worry-Free Guarantee page for complete details. 

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Please Note: 
  • This is a new sales platform for Ski Team products and a new online account will be required if you have not purchased other products with Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows for the 20/21 season.
  • To participate in a payment plan, please select the appropriate program followed by the label (PAYMENT PLAN).
  • Team operations may need to change at any time, and perhaps repeatedly through the season, due to Covid-19.  At this time, we don’t know the scale or scope of these possible changes. We are hopeful any necessary modifications will have only moderate impacts, but it’s possible we will need to amend Team pricing, set maximum participants, or make other program adjustments to ensure safety and legal compliance. We will endeavor to provide as much notice as possible prior to November 3.

Questions? Call 530-452-7270 or email skiteam@squawalpine.com.  DRIVN subscription required for Training and Communication, please contact your Team Manager or the Team Administrative office for access.