Ski Mountaineering

What is ‘SkiMo’?

Ski Mountaineering, also known as “SkiMo” is backcountry ski racing. A mix of the endurance of a cross-country skier, the skill & strength of an alpine skier & the mountain knowledge or backcountry touring, skiers race up & down a set course on the mountain.

This is a great winter sport for the mountain biker or trail runner who wants to stay fit over the winter! SkiMo skills would also be a great addition to current & former alpine, cross-country, all mountain & free ride skiers.

Join one of the fastest-growing snow sports in the world. Backcountry skiing & SkiMo racing has been trending in Europe for the last 20 years and is now taking off in North America. SkiMo will officially be added as an Olympic sport in the Milan 2026 winter games!

Schedule:

-November 18th to March 15th (17 weeks)

-Open to all ages

Training Sessions:

On snow:

-Tuesdays 3-5 PM @ Nordic Valley Resort (starting time may vary)

-Thursday 4-6 PM @ Nordic Valley Resort (starting time may vary

At home:

-1hr of prescribed strength & conditioning workouts. 

Pricing:

$650

Not included in program fees:

-Utah Ski Mountaineering membership (for racing)

-Race fees & Coach travel fees when applicable

-Skiing gear (team members will have access to heavily discounted industry partners)

-Avalanche Courses

Requirements:

All levels are welcome!

The race team must be able to downhill ski comfortably on black diamond terrain and know how to use avalanche gear.

Required Equipment:

-Lightweight Ski touring skis

-Climbing skins

-Poles (nordic poles work great)

-Ski Mountaineering Boots

-Ski Mountaineering Pack

-Water bottle/drinking system

-Helmet & Headlights

 

Please email us at SkiMo@snowbasinskiteam.org for any additional questions


Devo Programs

Devo Programs

Thank you for your interest in the Devo Programs  with the Snowbasin Ski Team.  The Programs includes Devo Mini, Devo, Devo+, and Devo Weekday Training.

Below, you will find program descriptions and options within the Devo programs, including a name change of “Snow Stars” to “Devo Mini”.  Be sure to fill out the Intent to Participate Form if you plan on registering for the 2022-2023 season.  To ensure we can notify you in advance of open registration, mark rocky@snowbasinskiteam.org as a safe sender.

When you register for a program be sure to Subscribe to Program Communication for the 2022-2023 season.  This will allow us to communicate with you about Devo programs during the season.

If the program descriptions, informational links, equipment recommendations, or answers to Frequently Asked Questions below did not address your concern, please contact:

Andrew “Rocky” Rockenfield
Development Program Director
rocky@snowbasinskiteam.org

Devo

Our Devo Team offers an introduction to all-mountain skiing and Alpine Ski Racing to our youngest athletes.  This 11-week full-day program for skiers emphasizes safety, ski improvement, team building and fun exploring the mountain!  Each athlete is matched to a team based on ability level and assigned a coach for the season.

The curriculum is based on the US Ski Team Alpine Training System and Professional Ski Instructors of America Fundamentals.  Athletes will be challenged with ability-appropriate progressions, tasks, and drills of increasing difficulty throughout the season.

Athlete Age: 7-15

Dates: Saturdays for 11 Sessions from December through March. Dates will be announced  in November 2022 and are contingent upon snow and resort opening.

Times: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Required Athlete Experience:

  • Participants must be comfortable skiing terrain off Wildcat Express before starting the program.
  • Be able to manage their own equipment both on and off the hill.
  • Must be able to load and unload the chairlift independently or ask for assistance from the lift attendant.

Program Includes:

  • 11 Saturday Sessions with a Professional Coach
  • SSEF Team Jacket
  • Devo Team Races and Events Hosted at Snowbasin

Cost: $1495 (includes $50 Work Deposit)

Not included: Resort Lunch. Snowbasin Season Pass. SSEF athletes do receive 20% off the lowest season pass rates for the season.  Youth (ages  5-12) will be $399 less 20% (plus tax)  once tuition is paid in full. Teens (ages 13-18) will be $559 less 20% (plus tax) once tuition is paid in full.

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a team spot and current pricing.  Prices will go up by $100 after August 31st and again after September 31st. Full tuition due by Nov 1st.  A 3% processing fee will be automatically charged to all credit card payments or a $2.50 processing fee for all eChecks.


Devo+ 

Devo+ runs on Sunday, is designed for athletes graduating from the Devo program with the recommendation of their coach and focuses on ADVANCED gate training and big mountain skiing through a combination of progressions, tasks, and directed free skiing.  Athletes will get mileage on more challenging terrain and run exclusive team race courses. Devo+ is best suited for athletes who want additional training, advanced development, or are considering a future transition to the Snowbasin Ski Team Freeride or Alpine Race Programs.

To qualify for Devo+, athletes must be a confident parallel skier on Blue Terrain, have the ability to ride any lift at Snowbasin unassisted, and have the recommendation of their DEVO coach.  For new athletes, please read the “Skills Assessment” segment below.

Devo+ runs Sundays from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm and mirrors the same weekends Devo is in session. Devo + is a stand alone program.  Athletes do not have to be registered to the Devo program to participate in Devo+.  It is preferable that athletes choose either Devo OR Devo+ so that more athletes have the benefit of participating in the Devo Programs.  Once an athlete is ready to commit to two or more days of training, the Alpine or Freeride program should be considered.  Devo+ athletes can race in up to two Devo races.

Athlete Age: 7-15

Dates: Sundays for 11 Sessions from December through March. Dates will be announced  in November 2022 and are contingent upon snow and resort opening.

Times: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Required Athlete Experience:

  • Coach Recommendation.
  • Participants must be confident parallel skiers on Blue Terrain.
  • Be able to manage their own equipment both on and off the hill.
  • Must have the ability to load and unload all chairlifts independently.

Program Includes:

  • 11 Sunday Sessions with a Professional Coach
  • SSEF Team Jacket
  • Devo Team Races and Events Hosted at Snowbasin

Cost: $1495 (includes $50 Work Deposit)

Not included: Resort Lunch. Snowbasin Season Pass. SSEF athletes do receive 20% off the lowest season pass rates for the season.  Youth (ages  5-12) will be $399 less 20% (plus tax)  once tuition is paid in full. Teens (ages 13-18) will be $559 less 20% (plus tax) once tuition is paid in full.

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a team spot and current pricing.  Prices will go up by $100 after August 31st and again after September 31st. Full tuition due by Nov 1st.  A 3% processing fee will be automatically charged to all credit card payments or a $2.50 processing fee for all eChecks.

Devo+ Weekday Training

Devo Weekday Training is an add-on to Devo or Devo+ for those athletes who would like to get additional training during the week.  You can choose to train with the Alpine Race or Freeride Team on Friday afternoons with approval from the Alpine Program Director, Craig Haaser, or Freeride Program Director, Parker Gray.

Craig Haaser can be reached at Craig@snowbasinskiteam.org

Parker Gray at Parker@snowbasinskiteam.org

Athlete Age: 7-15

Dates: Fridays for 11 Sessions from December through March. Dates will be announced  in November 2022 and are contingent upon snow and resort opening.

Times: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Required Athlete Experience:

  • Devo Coach Recommendation or Approval of Program Director.
  • Alpine Participants must be confident & in control parallel skiers on Blue Terrain
  • Freeride Participants need to be able to confidently ski Lone Tree.
  • Be able to manage their own equipment both on and off the hill.
  • Must have the ability to load and unload all chairlifts independently.

Program Includes:

  • 11 Weekday Sessions with a Professional Coach

Cost: $675 (includes $100 Work Deposit)

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a team spot and current pricing.  Prices will go up by $100 after August 31st and again after September 31st. Full tuition due by Nov 1st.  A 3% processing fee will be automatically charged to all credit card payments or a $2.50 processing fee for all eChecks.

Devo Mini 

Devo Mini, formerly known as “Snow Stars” is our Introductory Team Program.  This 11-week half-day program for skiers focuses on Safety, Skill Development, Friendship, and FUN for ages 5-6.  Each participant will be matched to a Team based on ability level and assigned a Team Coach for the season.  If your young athlete is skiing the mountain with confidence, we have a team that will challenge them.  Devo Mini’s love to move, explore and learn by doing.  Our coaches will help your athlete increase proficiency for skiing all mountain with the family and prepare them to ultimately join the Devo Team with confidence!

Athlete Age: 5-6

Dates: Saturdays for 11 Sessions from December through March . Dates will be announced  in November 2022 and are contingent upon snow and resort opening.

Times: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Required Athlete Experience:  Participants must have the ability to ski green terrain accessed from the Becker and Wildcat Chairlifts. Runs like Slow Road, Eas-A-Long, Bear Hollow, and Snow Shoe. NOTE: this is a change from previous years where participants were only required to be capable off the Littlecat Express lift and terrain.

Program Includes:

  • 11 Saturday Sessions with a Professional Coach
  • SSEF Team Jacket
  • Devo Team Races and Events Hosted at Snowbasin
  • Nastar Season Pass
  • 3 to 1 Athlete to Coach Ratio

Cost: $1249 (includes $50 Work Deposit)

Not included: Snowbasin Season Pass. SSEF athletes do receive 20% off the lowest season pass rates for the season.  Youth 5-12 would be $399 less 20% once tuition is paid in full. Once registered and paid in full for the program, information will be provided to receive this discounted price or a refund on a previously purchased season pass for the difference.

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a team spot and current pricing. Full tuition due by Nov 30th.  A 3% processing fee will be automatically charged to all credit card payments or a $2.50 processing fee for all eChecks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Equipment Recommendations

Work Deposit Information

Additional Expenses & Information

Skill Assessment
Skills Assessment for “Recommendation Only” programs can be obtained by contacting our Alpine Development Director, Andrew “Rocky” Rockenfield at rocky@snowbasinskiteam.org

Season Passes
Season passes are NOT included in the price of the program.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard (USSS) Membership

  • Not required for Devo Team Races.
  • USSS Competitor Membership Required for USSS sanctioned races.
  • Register on the US Ski & Snowboard website after July 1, 2022 –  www.ussa.org/membership

Race Expenses 

  • Optional YSL Races & Finals require additional race venue lift tickets, race entry fee, race approved helmet & USS&S Membership.
  • Lift Tickets for race venues are NOT included.
  • Estimated Travel Costs: $100-$500 per race depending on location, staffing, etc.
  • IMD Champs and IMD Finals race fees are NOT included in tuition & will be determined by what the athlete qualifies to attend.
  • Race expenses will be due no later than 2 weeks prior to the event, payable thru ssef.skiclubpro.team.

Work Deposit
Refundable with volunteer days or donated to the SSEF Scholarship Fund.

Optional Add-ons

  • May & June Local Camps.
  • Dryland options for additional days &/or programming options.
  • Devo+ Team: Trains 11 Sundays, with coach recommendation.
  • Devo Weekday: Trains 11 Friday afternoons, with coach permission.
  • Holiday Camp Add-on: 3, 5 or 7 days, with coach permission.

Parent Welcome Night

Parent Welcome Night: Date/Time TBD

Coming Soon

Devo athletes will compete in Snowbasin home races.  Schedule to be released soon.

WE WANT YOU!

The Snowbasin Sport Education Foundation  is committed to a culture of family participation, team building, social gatherings while supporting our youth through winter sport development.

There will be many opportunities for parents to be involved with events and competitions (especially to work off your work deposit obligation).  We need help with races, freeride competitions, club fundraisers and individual team  activities such as coordination of team tents at races etc.

Our Ski & Snowboard Swap will be held end of October and will be the first big event for the team! Sign ups to help are coming soon!

We look forward to meeting all of you and hope you will join our Club!


Freeride

FREERIDE TEAM

Ages 10–18

Cost

FREERIDE NATIONAL TEAM

6 Day National Team – Tuesday- Sunday
$4700 (Includes $400 Work Deposit)

4 Day National Team (Wed/Friday, Sat, Sun)
$4300 (Includes $400 Work Deposit)

2 Day National Team  – Weekend
$3500 (Includes $300 Work Deposit)

FREERIDE REGIONAL TEAM

6 Day Regional Team – Tuesday- Sunday
$4700  (Includes $400 Work Deposit)

4 Day Regional Team (Wed/Friday, Sat, Sun)
$4300 (Includes $400 Work Deposit)

2 Day Regional Team  – Weekend
$3500 (Includes $300 Work Deposit)

FREERIDE DEVELOPMENT TEAM

2 Day Development Team  – Weekend
$3500 (Includes $300 Work Deposit)

1 Day Development Team  – Sat OR Sun
$2450 (Includes $250 Work Deposit)

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a team spot and current pricing. Prices will go up by $100 after August 31st and again after September 31st. Full tuition due by Nov 1st.  A 3% processing fee will be automatically charged to all credit card payments or a $2.50 processing fee for all eChecks.

PROGRAMMING

Snowbasin Freeride Big Mountain Team – Ages 10-18 Athletes will learn to ski all mountain terrain and National/Regional Team Members will have the option to compete in local IFSA events. Athletes need to be intermediate all-mountain skiers.   The SSEF Freeride program is for athletes looking for a structured program that is geared towards exploring Snowbasin’s world-class alpine playground.   Included in the program cost is a SSEF Team Jacket, 8 Weeks of Pre-Season Dryland Training (Sept-Nov) and a 7 day Holiday Camp.  This is a high-energy, creative and fun way for young skiers to ski together and mix it up on the mountain.  For training purposes, athletes will usually be arranged in groups of approximately 5-7 athletes per coach to facilitate a productive learning environment.  Groups are dynamic but are generally based on skill, speed, and social needs.

Development Team

The Development Team is offered to athletes who are looking to progress their skills on all aspects of the mountain.  On the Development Team, athletes will develop or improve on the techniques to ski all upper mountain terrain, tree skiing, mogul skiing, powder skiing, terrain parks and create more air awareness.  This team is a great introduction to big mountain skiing as a whole. The advanced development team will have the option of moving up to the Regional Team with the approval of the Freeride head coach.

Regional Team

The Regional Team option is designed to strengthen fundamental skiing and freeride techniques and expose athletes to competition. This program is an introductory program to the IFSA and its competitions. Participants will gain comfort and confidence around the mountain while developing their air awareness, technical form, and mountain travel skills. Athletes on the Regional Team will participate in at least 2 regional competitions.

National Team

The National Freeride Program is our most elite program geared towards the top-level skiers who have a desire to be the top athletes in the Junior IFSA Big Mountain Competition environment. The athletes on this team will travel to and compete in at least 4 IFSA qualifying events to earn points towards making it to the North American Championships, as well as World Junior Events. In this program, we will heavily focus on developing a deeper understanding of competition strategies, tactics, and judging.

Skill Development Focus

Mountain safety and snow safety awareness will be stressed and reinforced throughout the season. Athletes will work on the fundamentals of proper all-mountain technique, terrain and line assessment, steep-ski skill building.  The emphasis, as always, will be on having fun!  We are excited to provide a structured environment from which athletes can have a great time while nurturing a lifelong love of skiing.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

  • Skis
  • Boots
  • Poles
  • Backprotector
  • Helmet
  • Avalanche Transceiver, shovel, and probe (Gear:30 offers a package to SSEF athletes https://www.gearthirty.com/
  • Backpack 

Interested in joining the team for this 2022-23 season?  

Please fill out this Freeride Skier Ability Questionnaire.

If you have additional questions, please contact:

Parker Gray, Freeride Program Director

Wynter McBride, Head Coach

at  freeride@snowbasinskiteam.org

Planning Ahead: Tryouts for the 2023-2024 Team will be held Saturday, March 18, 2023. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

TRAINING SCHEDULE

Our training schedule is outlined in our Team Handbook with specific training dates communicated in TeamSnap.

COMPETITION SCHEDULE

For the Race Schedule Click Here –  IFSA/FREERIDE SCHEDULE

The Snowbasin Sport Education Foundation  is committed to a culture of family participation, team building, & social gatherings while supporting our youth through winter sport development.

We will be using TeamSnap for all communications (email/text messaging) & schedule updates.  Once you are registered with SSEF, you will receive a Team Snap invitation.  You will have options on how to set up your notifications to suit you and your family.  Check out TeamSnap How-Tos under our Resources Tab.

There will be many opportunities for parents to be involved with events and competitions. We need help with races, freeride competitions, club fundraisers and individual team activities such as the coordination of team tents at events.

Our Volunteer Tab will have links to sign up for activities that match your preferences.  Additional volunteer opportunities will be communicated via TeamSnap.

We look forward to meeting all of you.  If you have any questions, please email Freeride@snowbasinskiteam.org


U16+ IMC Ski Team

U16+ SKI TEAM

The U16+ team consists of motivated 14 – 18 year old athletes who compete in local and regional USSA events. The U16+ is tailored to offer the most dedicated coaching and attention to our skiers through regular conditioning, on-snow training, technical discussion, and video analysis. Participation in autumn dryland conditioning is expected for U16+ athletes. At the U16 level, the emphasis is on the technical and tactical aspects of racing. Groups split their time between all-mountain skiing, technical drills, gate training, speed event skiing (Super-G). Included in the program cost is a SSEF Team Jacket, 8 Weeks of Pre-Season Dryland Training (Sept-Nov) &  a Holiday Camp.

New participants wishing to enter the Club at the U16 level must first speak with the SSEF Program Director, as significant skiing experience is expected for this group.

Athlete Ages 14 – 18 (2004 – 2008)

Program Includes:

  • SSEF Team Jacket
  • Dryland 1x week for 8 weeks Sept – Nov
  • Holiday Camp – tentative Dec 23-Dec 30
  • On-snow training, Resort Opening – March
    • 6 Day Team (Tuesday – Sunday)
    • 4 Day Team (2 Weekdays Tues – Friday, Sat & Sun)
    • 3 Day Team (1 Weekday Tues – Friday,  Sat & Sun)
    • 2 Day Weekend Team  – Weekend Sat & Sun
    • 1 Day Team  – Sat or Sun
    • Training at UOP – Tentatively set for Wednesdays once open to local clubs (additional lane fee expense per athlete)
    • Training at Nordic T, Th & Fri (as conditions permit)
  • Coaching at IMD U14Q, U16Q & Open Series (travel race expenses not included)

Skill Development Focus
Increased focus on competition and racing while continuing to develop a lifelong passion for skiing. Main focus is on developing tactical proficiency in Super G, giant slalom and slalom, while reinforcing all-mountain skiing, hill safety.

Competition Schedule:

Cost (2022-23 Pricing) – EARLY BIRD PRICING THRU 8.31.2022

6 Day Team (Tuesday – Sunday)
$5300 (includes $400 Work Deposit)

4 Day Team (2 Weekdays Tues – Friday, Sat & Sun)
$5125 (includes $400 Work Deposit)

3 Day Team (1 Weekday Tues – Friday,  Sat & Sun)
$4850 (includes $300 Work Deposit)

2 Day Weekend Team  – Weekend Sat & Sun
$4550 (includes $300 Work Deposit)

1 Day Team  – Sat or Sun
$3100 (includes $200 Work Deposit)

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a team spot and current pricing. Prices will go up by $100 after August 31st and again after September 31st. Full tuition due by Nov 1st.  A 3% processing fee will be automatically charged to all credit card payments or a $2.50 processing fee for all eChecks.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Races
U16 athletes will compete in 15-25 races (race days) per winter.

Within the Intermountain Division, the U16 group will compete in Intermountain U16 Qualifier races.

Athletes have the option to travel with parents or as a team to appropriate races.

The U16 race schedule can be tailored to fit individual athletes. There are other race options including U14 Qualifier and Open Races depending on the needs of the athlete and their USSA race point profile. They typical competition schedule options include:

  • IMD Intermountain Cup
  • IMD Open Series
  • WR Projects by invitation

Additional Expenses & Explanations

Ski Passes & UOP Lanes Fees
Athletes need a Snowbasin, Nordic Valley & UOP season pass. Pass prices are not included in program fees and must be purchased directly through the resorts or venue.

Additional Lane Fees at UOP will be assess per athlete as accrued.

USS&S Membership

Race Expenses (not included in tuition)

  • Race Fees: $20-96/start
  • Lift Tickets for race venues are NOT included
  • Estimated Travel Costs: $200-$800 per race depending on location & staffing
  • Race Expenses will be due NLT 2 weeks prior to the event payable thru ssef.skiclubpro.team
  • WR, Tri-Divisional and IMD Finals race fees are NOT included in tuition & will be determined by what the athlete qualifies to attend

Work Deposit
Refundable with volunteer days or donated to the SSEF Scholarship Fund.

Optional Add-ons

  • May & June Camps
  • Beartooth Camp – June 6-10th, if weather permits
  • NACS Mt Hood Summer Camp – at athlete discretion
  • Recommend Keely’s Camp for Girls – https://keelyscamp.com
  • Mountain Biking Camp – Starts June 22 –  Contact Parker@snowbasinskiteam.org
  • Skate Camp – Starts June –  Contact Parker@snowbasinskiteam.org
  • Parisi Speed Camp Punch Pass Special – Contact Craig@snownasinskiteam.org
  • Ice Skating Optional Training @ Ice Sheet – Sept thru Nov
  • Early Nov Camp U14+ = TBD
  • Thanksgiving Camp – #1 Sun Valley or  #2 Colorado Nov 20-23, 2023

Equipment

  • Recommended 3 pairs of race skis (SG/GS/SL)
  • One pair of All Mountain skis
  • Optional: One pair of Powder skis
  • Helmet – required & race approved
  • Poles 2 pairs:  SL with hand guards and 1 GS
  • Goggles: 1 pair with lens for night light; 1 pair with lens for daylight
  • Speed Suit
  • Tuning equipment
  • Back Protector (optional, but highly recommended for SG)
  • Stealth – padded top used for GS
  • SL Shin guards

Mandatory Parent Athlete Orientation
Mandatory Parent – Athlete Orientation Meeting, October 24, 2022.  Location announced in Team Snap

Recommended Summer Skiing
10-20 days

 

Ski Season Training

  • On Snow: Resort Opening- March
  • Saturday and Sunday at Snowbasin 9:00 – 3:00.
  • Tuesday thru Friday at Snowbasin (1pm-4pm); Nordic Valley (1pm-4pm conditions permitting) & UOP Wednesday time TBD in December
  • Holiday Camp – tentative Dec 23-Dec 30
  • UOP Training (2 hour blocks, Wednesdays, start date & times TBA)
  • Early Loads at Snowbasin, days and times TBD
  • raining is NOT required 6 days a week, but is offered.

SSEF Training Program is built around the US Ski & Snowboard Training System, which includes:

  • Development Phases
  • Physical Fitness
  • Technical Domains
  • Tactical Domains
  • Equipment Selection & Preparation
  • Mental Training
  • & Competitive Skill Development

For a complete breakdown of each category, please visit – https://usskiandsnowboard.org/sites/default/files/files-resources/files/2017-11/Alpine%20Training%20Systems%2011-16-17.pdf

 

U16 athletes are encouraged to compete in 10-20 race days per winter.  Athletes, with the assistance of our SSEF Program Director & Coaching Staff, will have the ability to customize their alpine race experience to their individual skill & desired commitment level.

U16 ~ Racing U14 IMD Series Race Plan is designed for 1-2 day/wk participants &/or those athletes with less than 200+ national points.

U16Q IMD Series, Intermountain Cup Race Plan is designed for 3-4 days/wk participants where additional days on snow help prepare for the elevated competition and conditions of the U16 IMD Series.

U16Q IMD Series & IMD Opens Race Plan is designed for our 5-6 days/wk full time participants that have had prior success in the U16Q Series and are looking to qualify for Western Regionals

Notes:

Click here to see the LIVE Intermountain Division Race Schedule

At this age athletes have the choice to travel with the team (as van spots allow) or be accompanied by a parent/guardian in order to travel to races. The choice to travel to races is up to each individual and is not a prerequisite for participation in the program.

Speed events (SG) will be gender split races. Consult your coach for more details to ensure what days each gender will be skiing

All race details will be updated and communicated via TeamSnap.

SSEF Parent/Athlete Handbook

The Snowbasin Sport Education Foundation  is committed to a culture of family participation, team building, social gatherings while supporting our youth through winter sport development.

We will be using TeamSnap for all communications (email/text messaging) & schedule updates.  Once you are registered with SSEF, you will receive a Team Snap invitation.  You will have options on how to set up your notifications to suit you and your family.  Check out TeamSnap How-Tos under our Resources Tab.

There will be many opportunities for parents to be involved with events and competitions. We need help with races, freeride competitions, club fundraisers and individual team activities such as coordination of team tents at races etc.

Our Volunteer Tab will have links to sign up for activities that match your preferences.  Additional volunteer opportunities will be communicated via TeamSnap.

We look forward to meeting all of you.  If you have any questions, please email admin@snowbasinskiteam.org


U14 Team

U14 SKI TEAM

This program emphasizes ski racing technique and tactics while continuing to develop basic skiing skills. Groups split their time between all-mountain skiing, drills, and gate training. Free skiing will continue to be critical for technical development. Athletes will develop the technical and tactical skills for Super G, Giant Slalom, and Slalom. This program includes weekly on-snow video sessions.

Athletes will often be arranged in groups of 5-7 athletes per coach to facilitate a productive learning environment, groups are dynamic but are generally based on skill, speed, and social needs. U14 athletes are encouraged to participate in dryland training and in team summer and fall camps. Included in the program cost is a SSEF Team Jacket, 8 Weeks of Pre-Season Dryland Training (Sept-Nov) &  a day Holiday Camp.

Athlete Age: 12 &13  (2009- 2010)

Program Includes:

  • SSEF Team Jacket
  • Dryland 1x week for 8 weeks Sept – Nov
  • Holiday Camp – tentative Dec 23-Dec 30
  • On-snow training, Resort Opening – March
    • 6 Day Team (Tuesday – Sunday)
    • 4 Day Team (2 Weekdays Tues – Friday, Sat & Sun)
    • 3 Day Team (1 Weekday Tues – Friday,  Sat & Sun)
    • 2 Day Weekend Team  – Weekend Sat & Sun
    • 1 Day Team  – Sat or Sun
    • Training at UOP – Tentatively set for Wednesdays once open to local clubs (additional lane fee expense per athlete)
    • Training at Nordic T, Th & Fri (as conditions permit)
  • Coaching at IMD U14Q & South Series Races (travel race expenses not included)

Skill Development Focus:

Continued development of all around skiing skills and fundamentals, including big mountain skiing and mountain safety, but with an increasing emphasis on racing technique & tactics, drills and gate training. U14 athletes will incorporate the technical and tactical elements of Super G, Giant Slalom, and Slalom. They will race Divisionally in all 3 disciplines.

Competition Schedule:

Cost (2022-23 Pricing)- – EARLY BIRD PRICING THRU 8.31.2022

6 Day Team (Tuesday – Sunday)
$5500 (includes $400 Work Deposit)

4 Day Team (2 Weekdays Tues – Friday, Sat & Sun)
$5425 (includes $400 Work Deposit)

3 Day Team (1 Weekday Tues – Friday,  Sat & Sun)
$5325 (includes $300 Work Deposit)

2 Day Weekend Team  – Weekend Sat & Sun
$4650 (includes $300 Work Deposit)

1 Day Team  – Sat or Sun
$3300 (includes $200 Work Deposit)

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a team spot and current pricing. Prices will go up by $100 after August 31st and again after September 31st. Full tuition due by Nov 1st.  A 3% processing fee will be automatically charged to all credit card payments or a $2.50 processing fee for all eChecks.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Additional Expenses & Explanations

Ski Passes & UOP Lane Fees
Athletes need a Snowbasin, Nordic Valley & UOP season pass. Pass prices are not included in program fees and must be purchased directly through the resorts or venue.

Additional Lane Fees at UOP will be assess per athlete as accrued.

USS&S Membership

Race Expenses (not included in tuition)

  • Race Fees: $20-96/start
  • Lift Tickets for race venues are NOT included
  • Estimated Travel Costs: $200-$800 per race depending on location & staffing
  • Race Expenses will be due NLT 2 weeks prior to the event payable thru ssef.skiclubpro.team
  • WR, Tri-Divisional and IMD Finals race fees are NOT included in tuition & will be determined by what the athlete qualifies to attend

Work Deposit
Refundable with volunteer days or donated to the SSEF Scholarship Fund.

Optional Add-ons

  • May & June Camps
  • Beartooth Camp – June 6-10th, if weather permits
  • NACS Mt Hood Summer Camp – at athlete discretion
  • Recommend Keely’s Camp for Girls – https://keelyscamp.com
  • Mountain Biking Camp – Starts June 22 –  Contact Parker@snowbasinskiteam.org
  • Skate Camp – Starts June –  Contact Parker@snowbasinskiteam.org
  • Parisi Speed Camp Punch Pass Special – Contact Craig@snownasinskiteam.org
  • Ice Skating Optional Training @ Ice Sheet – Sept thru Nov
  • Thanksgiving Camp – #1 Sun Valley or  #2 Colorado Nov 20-23, 2023
  • Early Dec Camp U14+ = TBD

Equipment

  • Recommended 3 pairs of race skis (SG/GS/SL)
  • One pair of All Mountain skis
  • Optional: One pair of Powder skis
  • Helmet – required & race approved
  • Poles 2 pairs:  SL with hand guards and 1 GS
  • Goggles: 1 pair with lens for night light; 1 pair with lens for daylight
  • Speed Suit
  • Tuning equipment
  • Back Protector (optional, but highly recommended for SG)
  • Stealth – padded top used for GS
  • SL Shin guards

Parent – Athlete Orientation
Mandatory Parent – Athlete Orientation Meeting, October 24, 2022.  Location announced in Team Snap

The parent athlete orientation will include training schedules, equipment, race calendar athlete handbook and more.

Recommended Summer Skiing
10 days

Ski Season Training

  • On Snow: Resort Opening- March
  • Saturday and Sunday at Snowbasin 9:00 – 3:00.
  • Tuesday thru Friday at Snowbasin (1pm-4pm); Nordic Valley (1pm-4pm conditions permitting) & UOP Wednesday time TBD in December
  • Holiday Camp – tentative Dec 23-Dec 30
  • UOP Training (2 hour blocks, Wednesdays, start date, times & additional lane fee costs TBA)
  • Early Loads at Snowbasin, days and times TBD
  • Training is NOT required 6 days a week, but is offered.

SSEF Training Program is built around the US Ski & Snowboard Training System, which includes

  • Development Phases
  • Physical Fitness
  • Technical Domains
  • Tactical Domains
  • Equipment Selection & Preparation
  • Mental Training
  • & Competitive Skill Development

For a complete breakdown of each category, please visit – https://usskiandsnowboard.org/sites/default/files/files-resources/files/2017-11/Alpine%20Training%20Systems%2011-16-17.pdf

Races
U14 athletes are encouraged to compete in 10-20 race days per winter.  Athletes, with the assistance of our SSEF Program Director & Coaching Staff, will have the ability to customize their alpine race experience to their individual skill & desired commitment level.

U14 ~ South Series Race Plan is designed for newer to alpine & 1-2 day/wk participants.

U14 ~ Blended South & U14 IMD Series Race Plan is designed for 3-4 days/wk participants where additional days on snow help prepare for IMD Series events.

U14 ~ IMD Series Race Plan is designed for our 5-6 days/wk full time participants that have had prior success in the South Series.

Notes:

Click here to see the LIVE Intermountain Division Race Schedule

At this age athletes have the choice to travel with the team (as van spots allow) or be accompanied by a parent/guardian in order to travel to races. The choice to travel to races is up to each individual and is not a prerequisite for participation in the program.

Second year U14s are eligible to participate in OPEN races.

First year U14s and/or Second year U14s can be selected or eligible to participate in special Regional “Project” events.

For U14s, there is also the possibility of competing in the IMD South Series in addition/or instead of the U14 Qualifiers based on the coaches recommendations and if they have greater than 300+ national points.

Speed events (SG) will be gender split races. Consult your coach for more details to ensure what days each gender will be skiing

All race details will be updated and communicated via TeamSnap.

* Sean Nurse, Wes Barron & Snowcup – Intermountain Cup Open Series – 2nd year U14’s only

** U14 Western Region Championships – must qualify

** Tri-Division Championships – must qualify

*** IMD Finals – for all who don’t qualify for Western Regionals or Tri-Division Champs

**** IMD Spring Fling for 1st year U14s & 2nd year U14s that are not going to Snowcup

SSEF Parent/Athlete Handbook

The Snowbasin Sport Education Foundation  is committed to a culture of family participation, team building, social gatherings while supporting our youth through winter sport development.

We will be using TeamSnap for all communications (email/text messaging) & schedule updates.  Once you are registered with SSEF, you will receive a Team Snap invitation.  You will have options on how to set up your notifications to suit you and your family.  Check out TeamSnap How-Tos under our Resources Tab.

There will be many opportunities for parents to be involved with events and competitions. We need help with races, freeride competitions, club fundraisers and individual team activities such as coordination of team tents at races etc.

Our Volunteer Tab will have links to sign up for activities that match your preferences.  Additional volunteer opportunities will be communicated via TeamSnap.

We look forward to meeting all of you.  If you have any questions, please email admin@snowbasinskiteam.org


U10/U12 Team

U10/U12 SKI TEAM

Comprised of U10 (8-9 year-old) and U12 (10-11 year old) athletes, this program is designed to teach fundamental skiing skills and ski racing techniques to young skiers.  For training purposes, athletes will usually be arranged in groups of approximately 5-7 per coach to facilitate a productive learning environment. Groups are dynamic but are generally based on skill, speed and social needs. Included in the program cost is a SSEF Team Jacket, 8 Weeks of Pre-Season Dryland Training (Sept-Nov), a Holiday Camp & a customized Race Series for each athlete.

Athlete Age: 8–11 (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 with coach recommendation)

Required Athletic Experience:

  • Be a competent skier on all terrain and in variable conditions.
  • Be able to manage their own equipment both on and off the hill. This includes:
    • Be responsible for and keeping track of equipment during practice.
    • Walk/hike with equipment without adult support.
    • Dress appropriately for variable weather.
  • Be a supportive and strong teammate.

Program Includes:

  • SSEF Team Jacket
  • Dryland 1x week for 8 weeks Sept – Nov
  • Holiday Camp – tentative Dec 23-Dec 30
  • On-snow training, Resort Opening – March
    • 4 Day Team: Train Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
    • 2 Day Team: Train Saturday and Sunday
    • 1 Day Team: Train Saturday OR Sunday
    • Training at Nordic T, W, Th & Fri (as conditions permit)
  • Coaching at U10/12 YSL & South Series Races (travel race expenses not included)

Skill Development Focus:

All-Mountain Safety: developing a consistent balanced athletic position on skis, proper weight distribution on skis, a consistent stance while maintaining balanced athletic position on skis. Athletes also learn timing,  upper body discipline and upper-lower body separation, upper body stability through the use of a single pole plant; and tactical elements of a giant slalom & slalom courses.

Competition Schedule Options:

Cost (2022-23 Pricing) – EARLY BIRD PRICING THRU 8.31.2022

4 Day Team (Wed/Friday, Sat & Sun)
$4725 (includes $400 Work Deposit).      

3 Day Team (Wed OR Fri, Sat & Sun)
$4675 (includes $400 Work Deposit).

2 Day Team  (Sat & Sun)
$4000 (includes $300 Work Deposit)       

1 Day Team (Sat or Sun)
$2800 (includes $200 Work Deposit)    

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a team spot and current pricing. Prices will go up by $100 after August 31st and again after September 31st. Full tuition due by Nov 1st.  A 3% processing fee will be automatically charged to all credit card payments or a $2.50 processing fee for all eChecks.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Additional Expenses & Explanations

Ski Passes
Athletes need a Snowbasin and Nordic Valley season pass. Pass prices are not included in program fees and must be purchased directly through both resorts. Snowbasin Season Pass discounts are available to athletes after Nov 1 & when tuition is paid in full.  The resort will refund athletes the difference between what they paid and the eligible discount at the Meadows Ticketing Yurt. Nordic Valley typically has early bird season pass rates & special discounts for certain ages athletes under 12.  Please consult Nordic Valley’s website for their most up-to-date information.

USS&S Membership

  • US Skiing Competitor U12 and below with IMD dues $110.00
  • Register on the US Ski & Snowboard website after July 1 –  www.ussa.org/membership

Race Expenses 

  • Lift Tickets for race venues are NOT included
  • Estimated Travel Costs: $100-$500 per race depending on location, staffing, etc
  • U10/12 South Series race fees are included in tuition, but IMD Champs and IMD Finals race fees are NOT included in tuition & will be determined by what the athlete qualifies to attend.
  • YSL Races are an optional add-on.  Race fees, lift tickets, travel costs are NOT included in the tuition.
  • Race expenses will be due NLT 2 weeks prior to the event, payable thru ssef.skiclubpro.com

Work Deposit
Refundable with volunteer days or donated to the SSEF Scholarship Fund.

Optional Add-ons

  • May & June Camps
  • Beartooth Camp – June 6-10th, if weather permits
  • NACS Mt Hood Summer Camp – at athlete discretion
  • Recommend Keely’s Camp for Girls – https://keelyscamp.com
  • Mountain Biking Camp – Starts June 22 –  Contact Parker@snowbasinskiteam.org
  • Skate Camp – Starts June –  Contact Parker@snowbasinskiteam.org
  • Parisi Speed Camp Punch Pass Special – Contact Craig@snownasinskiteam.org
  • Ice Skating Optional Training @ Ice Sheet – Sept thru Nov
  • Thanksgiving Camp – #1 Sun Valley or  #2 Colorado Nov 20-23, 2023

U10 Equipment

  • Recommended 2 pairs of skis (SL race ski & Powder ski)
  • Properly fitted boots
  • Helmet – required & race approved
  • Poles 2 pairs:  SL with hand guards and 1 GS bent
  • Goggles: 1 pair with lens for night light; 1 pair with lens for daylight
  • Speed Suit
  • Tuning equipment (intro kit)
  • Back Protector (optional, but highly recommended for SG)
  • Soft Goods: gloves/mittens, long underwear, ski socks, ski pants w zipper on side,
  • Day Pack Bag to fit: boots and all soft goods including helmet, goggles, gloves, snack, water, sunscreen, hand warmers, neck warmer & extra layers. Bag should be easily carried by your athlete.
  • Optional GS skis

U12 Equipment – in addition to U10 list above

  • Recommend 3 pairs of skis (SL, GS, All Mountain/Powder) Reminder: National Ruling requires only one pair for each event.”  This will be applicable to U12 and younger, also at South Series events.
  • SL Poles – Full Hand Protectors
  • SL Shin Guards

Notes on Equipment

Helmets: Must have a hard-shell plastic over the ears. For additional safety, make sure there is a chin protector for Slalom. Bar needs to be easily removed for GS and free skiing.

Goggles: chose a goggle that fits into the helmet comfortably (no goggle gap) and protects the eyes from sun, wind, snow and harsh conditions. Please try on helmets and goggles in store to make sure of correct fitting and sizing.

Poles Height: turn pole upside down, hold pole under the basket -arm should be bent 90 degrees.

Ski Height:

For U10 athletes: SL ski height should measure near the bottom of their nose.

For U12 athletes: SL skis: height between chin and mouth GS skis: measured at 5 cm above head for U12’s and 10cm above head for U14’s.

Length of skis increases with more competitive, heavier, and stronger athletes.

Boots:

Try on the shell – Take liner out of boot and step foot into the hard shell. Slide toes to touch the front of the shell, fit 2 fingers between the heel and the shell.

Try on the liner without the shell  – Find the big toe; big toe should not be too tight in the liner. For more competitive athletes, we look for a tighter fit, but skiers should still be comfortable to ski a whole day in boots without taking boots off.  Skiers should be able to buckle their boots, if they cannot the flex of the boot is too stiff or buckles too short.

Flex boot varies depending on weight. It is important for skiers to be able to flex boot when in standing position. 

U10 athletes should look for softer 60-70 flex. 

U12 athletes should look for stiffer boots, but not exceeding 80 flex. Academy Prep should be in a 90-110 flex, please work closely with our coaching staff prior to buying your boots should you have any questions.

Soft goods / clothing:

Gloves / mittens (mittens are warmer)

Pants / Training Pants – Ski pants with zips on sides can also become shorts

Socks – wool ski socks, moisture wicking (cotton is not good).

Long Underwear – thermal top and long underwear, moisture wicking or wool recommended

Mandatory Parent Athlete Orientation
Mandatory Parent – Athlete Orientation Night: Early November @ TBD

Training schedule, equipment, the race calendar, the team Handbook and more will be discussed.

Recommended Summer Skiing
0-5 days

Ski Season Training

  • On Snow: Resort Opening- March
  • Saturday and Sunday at Snowbasin 9:00 – 3:00.
  • Wednesday and Friday, afternoons, 1:00-4:00 at Snowbasin or Nordic Valley (conditions permitting)
  • Holiday Camp – tentative Dec 23-Dec 30
  • U10-12 Optional UOP Training with Coach Approval (2 hour blocks, Wednesdays, start date & times TBA. Additional Lane Fees & UOP Season Pass required.)
  • Early Loads at Snowbasin, days and times TBD
  • Training is NOT required 4 days a week, but is offered.
  • Up to 6 total ski days option is available with the Alpine & Freeski Combo program.

SSEF Training Program is built around the US Ski & Snowboard Training System, which includes

  • Development Phases
  • Physical Fitness
  • Technical Domains
  • Tactical Domains
  • Equipment Selection & Preparation
  • Mental Training
  • & Competitive Skill Development

For a complete breakdown of each category, please visit – https://usskiandsnowboard.org/sites/default/files/files-resources/files/2017-11/Alpine%20Training%20Systems%2011-16-17.pdf

U10 and U12 athletes, with the assistance of our SSEF Program Director & Coaching Staff, will have the ability to customize their alpine race experience to their individual skill & desired commitment level.  Athletes will travel with their parents to the races.  Please consult the individual race plans for which race starts are included in the tuition.  Tuition does not include IMD Champs (qualifying event) or the IMD Finals.  All race details will be updated and communicated via TeamSnap.

U10-12 ~ YSL Primary Series Race Plan is designed for new to alpine & 1 day/wk participants.

U10-12 ~ Blended South & YSL Series Race Plan is designed for 2-3 days/wk participants where additional days on snow help prepare for South Series events.

U10-12 ~ South Series Race Plan is designed for our 4 days/wk full time participants that have had prior success in the YSL Series.

Notes:

Athletes will travel with their parents to the races.  Please consult the individual race plans for which race starts are included in the tuition.  Tuition does not include IMD Champs (qualifying event) or the IMD Finals.  All race details will be updated and communicated via TeamSnap.

  • CLICK HERE FOR THE IMD Race Calendar & Race Announcements
  • IMD Finals is for all athletes that do not qualify for IMD Champs
  • IMD Championships is for qualifying athletes only
  • Athletes MAY attend the YSL Finals AND IMD Finals with Coach Permission & as part of an overall training plan
  • Once an athlete receives a top 5 placement within the U10 or U12 age class in the South Series, they will no longer be eligible to race in the YSL series.
  • Competitors must be at least 6 years of age by December 31st.
  • IMD Spring Fling, Grand Targhee, WY ~ Both Genders ~ March 31-April 2, 2023 ~ U12s by INVITE that qualify at IMD Champs

SSEF Parent/Athlete Handbook

The Snowbasin Sport Education Foundation  is committed to a culture of family participation, team building, social gatherings while supporting our youth through winter sport development.

We will be using TeamSnap for all communications (email/text messaging) & schedule updates.  Once you are registered with SSEF, you will receive a Team Snap invitation.  You will have options on how to set up your notifications to suit you and your family.  Check out TeamSnap How-Tos under our Resources Tab.

There will be many opportunities for parents to be involved with events and competitions. We need help with races, freeride competitions, club fundraisers and individual team activities such as coordination of team tents at races etc.

Our Volunteer Tab will have links to sign up for activities that match your preferences.  Additional volunteer opportunities will be communicated via TeamSnap.

We look forward to meeting all of you.  If you have any questions, please email admin@snowbasinskiteam.org


Overview

Snowbasin Sports Education Foundation (SSEF non-profit) offers a pathway for young athletes to take their skiing skills to the next level.  Young athletes in these programs receive ski & race instruction with professional coaches in the disciplines of Alpine Ski Racing and Freeride.

The Snowbasin Sports Education Foundation (SSEF) is a non-profit organization who offers Development Programs ages 5-15,  Competitive Ski Racing Programs for skiers ages 8 through 20 & Freeride Programs ages 10 through 18. The Alpine Ski Racing programs follows the US Ski & Snowboard pipeline for athlete development. Athletes compete in US Ski & Snowboard events through national, regional and divisional race developmental series.  The Freeride/Big Mountain program competes in IFSA (International’s Freeskiers Association) events.  SSEF is a member of U.S. Ski and Snowboard.

All of our training programs will adhere to the Alpine Training System advocated by US Ski & Snowboard.

Development “Devo” Programs

Devo Mini, Ages 5 – 6

  • 11 half-day Saturday sessions

  • Limited enrollment

Devo, Ages 7 – 15

  • 11 full-day Saturday sessions

  • Focus on all aspects of skiing with an introduction to racing using U.S. Ski Team methods.

  • Limited enrollment.

Devo + Learn to Race, Ages 7 – 15

  • 11 Sunday-only Full Day Program

  • Elevated race-specific training in a more advanced venue than NASTAR

  • Limited enrollment. Invite Only

 

Alpine Competitive Racing Teams

Age Class Ages as of 12/31/22 Birth Year
U8 7 and younger 2015 and later
U10 8 and 9 2013 or 2014
U12 10 and 11 2011 or 2012
U14 12 and 13 2009 or 2010
U16 14 and 15 2007 or 2008
U19 16-18 2006, 2005 or 2004

U10 & U12 Competition Team, Ages 8 – 11

  • Up to 4 training days/week

  • Competes in US Ski & Snowboard Divisonal ski races at other local resorts

  • Holiday Camp in December

  • Weekend-only programs available

 

U14 Competition Team 12 – 13 Years Old

  • Up to 6 training days/week

    • Team members are not required to train all 6 days

  • Competes in US Ski & Snowboard Divisional races at local resorts & out of state in Idaho & Montana

  • Holiday Camp in December

  • Weekend-only programs available

 

U16+ Competition Teams Ages 14 – 18

  • Up to 6 training days/week

    • Team members are not required to train all 6 days

  • Competes in Local & Out-of-state US Ski & Snowboard Regional and Divisional races

  • Holiday Camp

Freeride Teams – National, Regional & Developmental

  • Athletes learn to ski competently and fluidly anywhere on the mountain.

  • Learn the fundamentals of competitive big mountain skiing with professional coaches.

  • Option to compete in regional IFSA competitions.

  • Focus on essential skiing skills, snow safety and mountain awareness.

  • Multi-program options including mid-week and weekend training.

SkiMo Team – NEW for the 2022-23 Season

Ski Mountaineering, also known as “SkiMo” is a mix of the endurance of a cross-country skier, the skill & strength of an alpine skier & the mountain knowledge or backcountry touring.

This is a great winter sport for the mountain biker or trail runner who wants to stay fit over the winter! SkiMo skills would also be a great addition to current & former alpine, cross-country, all mountain & big mountain skiers.

Join one of the fastest-growing snow sports in the world! Ski touring & SkiMo racing has been trending in Europe for the last 20 years and is now taking off in North America. SkiMo will officially be added as an Olympic sport in the Milan 2026 winter games!

This program will be capped at 15 athletes for this first year.