U16 Racing Program

The U16’s will ski from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. The athlete will ski with a team of coaches who will work with each athlete individually at different times. The group will concentrate on refining and expanding their technical skills and abilities as well as their fine motor skills on skis. There will be a greater emphasis on slalom and speed events. During this phase we will work on technical and tactical refinement of skills. The group will follow a ratio of 1 race day to 4 training days. During the competition season they will continue to free ski at least 15% of the time. Early season will focus on ski mileage and technical skiing skills. It is critical for the athletes to attend as much as possible throughout the winter. This allows athletes to take advantage of more race starts, skill development, and accumulate miles on their skis. Mileage on skis is an important part in the improvement of skills.

The U16’s will be entered in all of their races by the coaching staff, except open races. The coaching staff will pick a few open races to compete in. U16 men and women will compete separately in U16 qualifiers throughout the month of February. The qualifier results will be used to determine who will move onto U16 Eastern Finals and U16 Eastern Junior Championships and the NH State Finals.

We encourage athletes to ski as much as possible throughout the winter, during the week and on the weekend before or after their program. All athletes are required to be members of both USSA and NHARA, (our state racing organization.)  Mount Sunapee and USSA require that all athletes wear helmets with hard earflaps that meets the new FIS standards denoted by the official FIS sticker found on the helmets.

Please read carefully the U16 pages of the NHARA Handbook.

Cost: $1,150
After Nov. 1: $1,250
Ages: 14-15 years old (DOB 1/1/02 - 12/31/2003)

November 25, 2017 (snow permitting) – April 8, 2018
Training Weekends, Christmas and February vacation periods.

Time: Saturdays & Sundays; 9:00-2:30pm
Meeting Place: Outside the Gray Race Building
Format: Must be a member of USSA and NHARA. Split into two race teams, the regional and state; each racing in a series of races to qualify for March championship events. NH State Championships, Eastern Regional Championships, J3 Olympics.

Important Information for U16:

Alpine Schedule:

8:45a - Meet at gray race building for announcements

9:00a - Morning Session

11:30-1:00p - Lunch Breaks (50mins)

After lunch-2:30 - Afternoon Session

2:30-2:45p - Athlete Pickup

General Information:

Questions? Please call Jill Firstbrook, Alpine Program Director at 603-763-3500 ext. 3548 or e-mail alpine@mtsunapee.com