FIS Prep Team

Ages  14 - 20

Coach: Kurt Nelson

Modeled on the US Ski & Snowboard Alpine Training System, Phase 5

Cost $3,500 if registered and paid 75% on or before 9/30/18. ($3,850 after 9/30/18)

This program is for athletes U16 and older whose goals include competing and excelling at divisional, regional and national ski racing competition. The program goal is to advance each individual's skiing and racing skills to maximize their athletic potential, and to help build the discipline, drive, and determination to succeed in skiing as well as in life. The focus is on all aspects of competitive skiing, developing the technical and tactical skills for Slalom and Giant Slalom, Super G and Downhill.  Competition opportunities include Northern Division Scored US Ski & Snowboard U16 &  older events, Western Region events and occasional travel to events in neighboring  U.S. Ski & Snowboard Divisions and/or Canada. Throughout the season, athletes participate in a combination of technique drills, exercises, free skiing and gate training. Athletes learn to train their body and their mind for highly successful ski racing.

On-snow Training begins with November camp(s) at Panorama (fee not included), then resumes December 8 through March 31 at Whitefish Mountain Resort with sessions conducted on Saturdays, Sundays and up to four weekday afternoons/evenings per week plus a 5-day Holiday Camp in December. Weekend and Holiday training hours are 9:00AM to 3:00PM. Weekday training hours are TBD based on school schedules.

Dryland training and conditioning includes 1-2 days per week during summer break, then 2-3 days per week beginning in  mid-September. Participation in the dryland is strongly encouraged; athletes playing fall sports are excused when practices or games conflict with training. Also included are two physical assessment dates in the spring and late summer.

As with all FVSEF Alpine Competition Programs, the season-long curriculum for the U16-U19 & FIS Training Group includes:

  • Off-Season and Pre-Season dryland training/conditioning: 1 – 2 days per week in July & August, 3-4 days per week from mid-September through November.
  • Training blocks include specific skill development with FVSEF staff members including former US Ski Team Olympians Hilary Lindh (Speed Training and Free Skiing Blocks) and Julie Parisien (Tech Fundamentals Training Block)
  • Opportunity for one-on-one sessions with FVSEF coaching staff to work on specific technical and/or tactical objectives.
  • Opportunity to participate in summer Mt. Hood and fall Panorama training camps ( Camp fees extra)
  • Individual, one-on-one season-long goal setting sessions with each athlete and his/her family to map out a "competition plan" that gives the athlete the best chance of reaching his/her goals for the season and beyond.
  • Periodic in-season reviews/updates.
  • Equipment maintenance seminar for parents and athletes
  • Safety sessions covering avalanche awareness, tree well safety, the Skiers’ Responsibility Code and Personal Best Practices for severe weather skiing & training.
  • US Ski & Snowboard Physical Assessment testing two times per year
  • Daily on-snow video sessions.
  • Mental preparation block structured around Dr. Jim Taylor’s Prime Performance System “Develop the Mind of a Champion”. (On-line course fees not included.)