Program

The Wildcat Ski Team program takes place at the Wildcat Mountain Ski Resort located in Pinkham Notch, NH.  Although the Club is not affiliated with the Wildcat Mountain Ski Resort, we have a great partnership with the mountain. The Club occupies the “Den” building on the mountain.

The Wildcat Ski Team program is run December through the end of March each year. Training is provided on the weekends (Sat & Sun), and Christmas and February School Vacation Weeks.  The program begins promptly at 9 AM at the “Den” and ends by 3 PM each day.

Training and race eligibility is broken down into age classes as sanctioned by the USSA and NHARA guidelines. The age class that a child is placed in is based on the child’s age as of December 31st of the year. We offer the following program classes:

  • U8 ( 6 & 7 yrs) – half day morning training – athletes do not race
  • U10 (8 & 9 yrs) – racers compete in Open races
  • U12 (10 & 11 yrs) – races compete in Open races and in the BWL qualifier series
  • U14 (12 & 13 yrs) – racers compete in Open races and in the BWL qualifier series
  • U16/U19 (15 – 18 yrs) – racers compete at scored events in the state qualifying series

We also offer a non-competitive training program for U16 and U19 athletes who would like to train with the team but do not race with the team.

Please refer to the Summary of NHARA Age Classes and Programs for further details based on age classes.  Coaches accompany racers on race day.

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Junior Racers will train Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G, with more emphasis on Slalom and Giant Slalom element training.  These two events help young racers develop balance, feel and edge control in big and small radius turns as well as respond to changes in terrain and conditions. The ability to ride a fast ski as a mature racer depends on feel and balance, and it is much easier to develop these basic skills at a young age.  Junior racers are able to perform big and small radius turns in a relaxed manner and develop good muscle memory patterns.

We begin gate training with short, rhythmical, fall line courses and progress over the season to longer, more difficult courses on steeper slopes. We also use a number of basic elements to develop good body position and discipline. Timed runs and video will also be used to help the athletes understand and evaluate their stance, line and tactics.  Free skiing, tree skiing and obstacle courses will be used to challenge balance and agility, and to have fun.
Training focus (SL, GS, etc.) and schedules for each training day is communicated the week prior to the training via the communication email from the President/Head Coach.
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