Upcoming U19 Events


01.26.2019 7:30 am - 3:00 pm


01.30.2019 - 02.03.2019

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The U19 program is for high school aged athletes who want to continue their ski racing in a weekend program. These athletes participate in the US Ski & Snowboard Vermont Cup Series. The stronger athletes may qualify for the Eastern FIS race series. The additional training on varied terrain will give an advantage to this aged athlete as they continue to develop their technical and tactical skills. The U19 group will develop their skiing through technical free skiing, drill courses, increased gate training, and video analysis.

Typical equipment needs include: FIS approved GS Helmet (no ‘soft ears’), a GS suit, slalom protection gear, a back protector, and properly sized SL, GS and SG skis. Athletes must be members of the Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA) as well as US Ski & Snowboard. Athletes hoping to compete at a FIS level will need to purchase a FIS license prior to the season.

Requirements: VARA Membership, US Ski & Snowboard Competition Membership, FIS approved Helmet (no ‘soft ears’)

Times: 8:30am to 3pm (Lunch 11:30am to 12:30pm)

UPDATED U19 PLAN - Stormy Weekend Upcoming?

Everyone was able to make it through the cold last weekend.  At least it was a sunny day on Sunday for the race.  In fact, I wish all race days could be as nice.  Cold, no wind, blue sky, and fast.

This weekend may be interesting.  "IF" the storm comes our way and delivers the forecasted snow we should get some great powder skiing.  So please plan on bringing both race skis and skis to go out and play in the deep snow both days  It may not be safe to try and train with measurable snow.  And never forget how important free skiing is to the development and refinement of skills.  Pole swing, proper athletic stance, and active movement are needed not only in the race course but in free skiing!

Weekend Plan

Friday: GS training.  Dont forget to RSVP by Wednesday on the RSVP form.

Saturday: GS training

Sunday: SL training  

Monday: SL training

Our next race is the VT Cup Slalom at Bromley.  Please sign up on www.adminskiracing.com

See you all this weekend

U19 Coaches....

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U19 Race Weekend 1/12 & 1/13

What another solid weekend of racing and training. We saw improvement in everyone's skiing.  Don't lose sight that ski racing is a cruel sport.  In a slalom course, if there are 55 gates, you have 55 chances to make a mistake, recover, and make a good turn.  Even though there are times your results may not be what you want, remember all the GOOD things you do!  You can check out both Saturdays race video and Sunday training on Sprongo.  

This weekend there is a lot of activity at Stratton.  We not only have our Vermont Cup GS race on Sunday, there also will be some athletes participating in the FIS Development Series Races.  Good luck to all athletes!

For the Sunday VC GS please make sure you are at mid-mountain at 8:35am.  The lifts open at 8:30am with registration beginning at 7:15am.  

Weekend Schedule

Friday:  GS Training (Please RSVP by Wednesday on the RSVP Form!)

Saturday:  GS Training

Sunday: RACE DAY!!

One last reminder.....make sure you equipment is race ready every day.  Training is more effective and fun with properly tuned skis.  

See everyone this weekend

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A few thoughts for all racers...

Bacon’s (Bob) Theory of Relativity:


When it comes to measuring your performance at a ski race everything is relative. Amy Morin* says “Mentally Strong People Don’t Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control”.


How does this apply to your ski racing performance?


You can’t control who shows up at a race and how they perform that day. You (or your parents) have decided that you will be racing in Vermont, one of the most competitive places to ski race in US. In fact, I am 99% sure that some of the people (maybe you) who raced this past weekend will end up skiing for a national team. Vermont has good skiers and how you place at a ski race is relative to who you are racing.


How you did at a ski race is up to you to decide. Was your second run place better than your first? Did you move your race line higher like you have been working on? Did you achieve your personal objectives?


Even though Makaila Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher seem to be winning all the time, there are a lot of really talented people training and working hard to help them win less often. These are World Cup skiers, who aren’t giving up, they are motivated and working harder.


How will you measure yourself when you race?


 *13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin


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Happy 2019

Happy New Year!  I want to thank everyone for a great and productive holiday training session.  We were able to get in a good amount of training, fun, and even some fencing.  Many thanks to those were able to help with the fence on Frank’s.  It’s a very necessary part of maintaining a safe training venue.

This week will be busy.  Some will be racing on Friday at the Vermont Open at Stratton.  Good luck to all.  And then many will be attending the Bromley Slalom on Saturday.  With both races I want all athletes to remember some key takeaways from our recent training.  Remember to maintain elevation in both Slalom and GS.  This will allow you to have pressure above the gate, avoid the low line and inevitable ruts.  Also, don’t forget to move “forward and in the direction of the new turn” with your transition.  Lateral movement is not enough. 

If you plan on training Friday please remember that you must RSVP through the RSVP form before Thursday morning.

Friday: Vermont Open GS at Stratton.  Lift open at 8:30am.  Be ready to load to allow for good course inspection.

Saturday:  Vermont Cup SL at Bromley.  Lifts open at 8:30am.  Be ready to load to allow for good course inspection. 

Sunday:  GS training. 

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Dec. 30th-U19 Schedule Change!

The U19's will train SLALOM on Sunday Dec. 30th!! Please have SL skis, poles, gear!!

See you in the AM!


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