Team: Mini Xtreme Weekend
Head coach: Ben Schumacher
Grades: Grades 3-5
Group cap: 24 athletes (includes athletes who choose Mini Xtreme option)
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1
Overview (+ location): Bald and Dollar mountains
The Mini Xtreme team is designed as a stepping stone program within the athlete journey for young skiers passionate about freestyle and freesride experiences. The program will cover a broad spectrum of teaching modalities ranging from fundamental skiing technique, freestyle/mogul fundamentals, freeride/terrain and park skills, as well as Big Mountain line selection and technique. The Mini Xtreme team is staffed by coaches who are committed to making the learning and training atmosphere fun, challenging, and relevant to the potential of the athlete. This program serves as a threshold for athletes to then further pursue their passion as future members of either the freestyle/mogul or freeski/park programs.
Mini Xtreme Team Goals
As we introduce our young athletes to the intricacies of park skiing, big mountain, and moguls, we strive to equip them with the tools to continue developing their athletic ability, independence, creativity, judgment, and social skills. A further objective of the program is to introduce athletes and families to competition through an in-house event series called the Mini Xtreme (MiniX) Cup. The MiniX cup will consist of three primary events:
- Freestyle/mogul event
- Freeski/slopestyle event
- Big mountain event
These events serve as an opportunity to highlight the lessons and skills learned throughout the Mini Xtreme curriculum and will be supported by the Freestyle, Freeski, and Big Mountain programs.
Winter schedule: Athletes train on Saturdays and Sundays. Training begins the first weekend in December, and continues until the end of March. Practice will be offered approximately 8-10 days over the holidays. All athletes are eligible for holiday practice days.
Requirements: Previous SVSEF involvement and/or ability to ski all terrain on Bald Mountain
Air Barn training:
Pre-season training begins the second week of October (October 10th) and consists of 2 days per week at the Air Barn (Wed/Fri, 4-5pm) and goes until Friday, November 16th.
During the winter season, Mini X athletes will train at the Air Barn on Fridays, two Fridays per month.
MINI XTREME WEEKEND
Mini Xtreme Head Coach