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 a Sport (noncompetitive) team or the Comp Team ( with Head Coach approval). All Comp Team members must join the Squaw Valley Full Time program (mid-week training takes places at Squaw Valley.) 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 like to ski for the pure fun and challenge inherent to our favorite sport and the winter environment. The Comp Team is composed of top-level skiers who want to train and compete at the regional and/or national level. They exhibit an aptitude towards Big Mountain skiing, top-level 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 challenging terrain.  Skiers must be strong all-mountain skiers.

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.

Athletes can expect to gain knowledge in many areas including general alpine skiing, Squaw Valley legacy and history, equipment care and introduction to tuning, big mountain ski technique and tactics, technical fundamentals, activation and warmup, intro to nutrition, big mountain protocol and etiquette, and all mountain safety.

AM Big Mountain Sport & CompWeekend & Holiday
DatesDec 7 2019 - Apr 5 2020
Offered TrainingWeekends & Holiday
Program Guidelines
PassMust purchase Ikon pass
AgeMust be 9-18 years old as of Dec 31 of 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 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 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 time, although may be required to ski and/or load chair unaccompanied fromt time to time
Break/SnackWe take quick snack/water breaks
LunchLunch is not provided. Parents are expected to provide athlete with a healthy snack & nutritious lunch. 
Licenses/DuesFor Competition Team, must have current Competitors 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 parent orientation
Required to remain on-site during team
Must actively communicate needs of athlete including planned absences and injuries.  
Must register for competitions in 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. 
CommunicationParents will be registered or directed to register on Team communication platform after enrollment is complete. 
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 Team Manager. 
Program Pricing
PricingWeekend & Holiday
PassPASS NOT INCLUDED. Must purchase an Ikon pass.

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