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U16(2) Team

Born 2004

Coach: Jamin Patten

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

Cost $3,500 if registered and paid 75% on or before 9/30/19. ($3,850 after 9/30/19)

The U16(2) Program is structured for motivated second-year U16 athletes who wish to continue the development of their skiing, racing, and life skills beyond the U14 level, while maintaining a fun environment. The focus is on all aspects of competitive skiing, developing the technical and tactical skills for Slalom, Giant Slalom, and Super G.  Competition opportunities include Northern Division Scored US Ski & Snowboard U16 & Older events and occasional travel to events in neighboring U.S. Ski and Snowboard Divisions and/or Canada. Training time still includes all-mountain skiing and drills, but with increased emphasis on gate training.

On-snow training begins with November camp(s) at Panorama (fee not included), then resumes December 7 through March 29 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 on December 26-30 during Christmas break. Weekend and holiday training hours are 9:30AM 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 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 fall.

As with all FVSEF Alpine Competition Programs the season-long curriculum for the U16 Team includes:

U16 Ski Racer
  • Off-Season and Pre-Season dryland training/conditioning: 1 – 2 days per week in July & August, up to 4 days per week after school resumes. Sessions to include at least 1 session of field drills, indoor climbing session at Rockfish and others as scheduled. (Some additional costs may apply)

  • Enhanced training blocks encompasing specific speed-training skill development with FVSEF coaches including former US Ski Team Olympian and World Champion Hilary Lindh.

  • 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). 2019 Dates: Mt Hood, July 15-23; Panorama, November 23-December 1

  • 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

  • Regular on-snow video sessions.

  • Continuing mental preparation information and support. We follow the philosophy described by Dr. Jim Taylor. For those interested Dry Taylor provides an on-line mental preparation for ski racing labeled: “Prime Ski Racing 101: Train Your Mind like a Champion”. (On-line course, fees not included.) https://www.drjimtaylor.com/4.0/