Alpine Meadows Big Mountain

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This program is available to skiers ages 9 to 18. When enrolling the athlete has the choice to join either the Sport Team (non-competitive) or the Comp Team (with Head Coach's approval).

The Sport Team is for kids that want to ski hard and hone their skills in order to ski at their highest level. This team is for all the kids who love to ski for the pure fun and challenge inherent to our favorite sport and the winter environment.  Sport Team athletes have the opportunity to compete in our team's Big Mountain Squaw Cup events.

The Comp Team is composed of top-level skiers who want to train hard and compete at the regional and/or national level. These top athletes exhibit an aptitude towards Big Mountain skiing, double-diamond skiing skills, an understanding of the big mountain environment and the ability to assess and discuss ski lines, hazards, and other factors related to safely skiing down the mountain in extremely challenging terrain.  Comp Team athletes will have the opportunity to compete nationally in the IFSA Series and regionally in the Tahoe Jr. Freeride series.  All Comp Team members must join the Full-Time program. 

Athletes will have the opportunity to compete nationally in the IFSA Series, regionally in the Tahoe Jr. Freeride series, as well as the Big Mountain Squaw Cup events. 

Team fees DO NOT include a season pass.  Purchase of the Ikon Pass is required.

As members of the Squaw Alpine Big Mountain Ski Teams, athletes can expect to gain knowledge in many areas including general alpine skiing skills, Squaw Valley legacy and history, equipment care and introduction to tuning, big mountain ski technique and tactics, technical fundamentals, aerial skills, activation and warmup, intro to nutrition, big mountain protocol and etiquette, and all-mountain safety.

AM Big Mountain Sport & CompWeekend & Holiday
DatesDec 5, 2020 - Apr 4, 2021
Offered TrainingWeekends & Holiday
Program Guidelines
PassMust purchase Ikon pass
AgeMust be 9-18 years old as of Dec 31 of the current season
Skill Prerequisite
  • Must have completed Mighty Mites as a Purple Star or above
  • Must be fully parallel
  • Must be able to ski all terrain with confidence
  • Must be able to ski & load/ride the chair unaccompanied
  • Must be independent; able to conduct oneself appropriately when unaccompanied
  • Must be able to participate in a full day of training without parent interaction
  • Skis: 1 pair of all-mountain skis regularly tuned
  • Boots: must be properly fit (size/flex) and in excellent working order 
  • Protection: Helmet (mandatory) and back protector (highly recommended)
ScheduleTeam Calendar
Friday TrainingRequires being registered for Full-Time Team whether pre-competition or supplemental
ParticipationAthletes are expected to participate in 66% - 75% of the offered training
Annual Training Plan
  • 70-90% coached/directed freeskiing
  • 10-30% coached drills
Pick Up / Drop OffCommunicated by Manager through team platform
SupervisionAthletes 9 & Under are supervised the majority of the time, although may be required to ski and/or load chair unaccompanied from time to time
Break/SnackWe take quick snack/water breaks
LunchLunch is not provided. Parents are expected to provide the athlete with a healthy snack & nutritious lunch. 
Licenses/DuesFor Competition Team, must have current Competitor membership to Tahoe Freeride and if competing nationally, with IFSA
CompetitionsFor Sport Team only Squaw Cups. For Competition Team, regionally with Tahoe Junior Freeride Series & nationally on the IFSA National Series. 
  • Required to attend the parent orientation
  • Required to remain on-site during team
  • Must actively communicate the needs of athlete including planned absences and injuries.  
  • Must register for competitions in a timely manner per team communication. 
  • Must complete Team Agreement (Code of Conduct) 
  • Must remain actively engaged with Team communication method(s) and check schedule/updates regularly. 
CommunicationDRIVN subscription required for Training and Communication, please contact your Team Manager or the Team Administrative office for access.
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 Team communication platforms as information is readily available. 
Program PlacementParticipants may be required to switch to a more appropriate program, if available, at the discretion of the Team Manager. 
Program Pricing
PricingWeekend & Holiday
PassPASS NOT INCLUDED. Must purchase an Ikon pass.  Ikon Base Pass conflicts with team dates.

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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 3, 2020, no questions asked. After November 3, 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