Team Overview

The primary focus of Alpine U12 Travel Team is to work with motivated developing athletes in the primary under-12 age range, targeting the development of solid technical and tactical fundamentals. The U12 Travel Team is designed and staffed by coaches who are committed to making the training atmosphere fun, challenging, and relevant to the current and future potential of the athlete. Improving, honing and refining basic skills and fundamentals is a key focus as we work to progress athletes to the next competitive level. The U12 Travel Team introduces young athletes to the finer points of traveling to ski races, and we strive to equip our racers with the requisite tools to continue to develop their athletic ability, independence, creativity and social skills.

Fall Conditioning
October 10 – November 10
Five Weeks; three days per week.
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 3:45-5:15 p.m.

On Snow Training Schedule
December 3 – March 26

On Snow Travel Race Schedule
January to March
Six IMD North Series qualifier races (3 Weekends) for the:

  • IMD Championships in mid-March
  • Or IMD Finals last weekend in March for those that did not qualify for the IMD Champs.

Additional non-qualifying race – McCall 4-Way Fun Race.

On Snow Home Race Schedule
January to March
Pastry Cups – 4 Intra-Team Race Series

On Snow, In Season Training
4 days per week:

  • Wednesday 2-4 p.m. at Baldy.
  • Thursday 2 – 4 p.m. at Baldy or 3 – 5 p.m. at Rotarun.
  • Saturday and Sunday – 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Additional Camp Offerings

  • Pre-Thanksgiving Camp at Sun Valley.
  • December Winter Break Camp (extra training time beyond normal programming).
Pass & Membership:
  • Rotarun Pass included with tuition.
  • Must purchase SVSEF/Blaine County Student Season Pass through Sun Valley Company for 22/23 season.
  • Must purchase Alpine U12 Competitors License from US Ski & Snowboard Membership.
Age:

Year of birth 2011-2012

Total Program Hours:

Conditioning season: 22.5 hours.

Regular on-snow season: 279 hours.

Skill Prerequisites:
  • Must have prior racing experience.
  • Must have either completed SVSEF U10 Travel Team or like-program at another ski area or with a recommendation from the Program Director.
  • Must be able to ski all terrain including off-piste, groomed runs, moguls, crud, and powder on Baldy.
Maturity:
  • Must be independent; able to conduct oneself appropriately when unaccompanied.
  • Must be able to care for and maintain all ski equipment.
  • Responsible and accountable for hydration, nutrition, and proper layering for any weather.
  • Respect teammates, coaches, parents, and all mountain employees at all times.
  • Complete knowledge of Mountain Safety Policies.
Equipment:

Skis: one pair of giant slalom (GS) and one pair of slalom race skis. Must maintain equipment in good training/competition condition at all times. Recommended to also have a pair of rock skis or powder skis for free skiing.

Tuning:
beginning stages of taking care of your equipment—bench, vices, iron, guides, brushes, files, stones, waxes.

Boots:
must be properly fit (size/flex) and in excellent working condition.

Protection:
slalom protection (pole, chin, and shin guards), and hard-eared helmet required.

Participation:

Athletes are expected to attend 80% of in-season training sessions (unless arrangements made with Head Coach; example: other activity conflict).

Supervision:

U12 Athletes are NOT supervised for periods of time and may be required to take breaks, eat lunch, ski to race course, and/or load chairs unaccompanied.

Travel & Competitions:
  • Primary race series: North Series
  • Athletes intend to compete in age-appropriate races and series. There is no team travel for this team. Parents are responsible for taking their athletes to the races and paying a fee for the trip—race entries, lifts and coach’s expenses.
Parents:
  • Required to attend parent orientation.
  • Must actively communicate needs of athlete including planned absences and injuries.
  • Must register for competitions in a timely manner per team communication.
  • Must complete Team Agreement (Code of Conduct).
  • Must remain actively engaged with Team communication method(s) and check schedule/updates regularly.
  • Must be supportive of the athletes and coaches and not interfere with the process of your athlete learning the sport.
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Age: Year of birth 2011-2012
Ability Level: Intermediate/Advanced/Expert, able to ski most of Baldy
Enrollment Limit: 40
Price: $4,100
  • Rotarun Season Pass included with tuition.
  • Must purchase SVSEF/Blaine County Student Season Pass through Sun Valley Company for 22/23 Season.
Head Coach: Adele Savaria
Team Jackets & SVSEF Apparel:
  • SVSEF works with Sturtevant’s on ordering Team Jackets. Visit the SVSEF online for further information.
  • Select SVSEF apparel and accessories are available through the online store.
Team Placement:

Participants may be need to switch to a more appropriate program, if available, at the discretion of Head Coaches and Program Director.

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