The U10 program is organized to teach fundamental skiing skills and to introduce competitive ski racing to young athletes. Emphasis is placed on the technical fundamentals of skiing that apply to all types of alpine skiing. This is accomplished through free skiing over the entire Jackson Hole Mountain Resort on Saturdays, two afternoon/evenings of training at Snow King per week, and "extra" training sessions for kids who want more time on snow. Fundamental skills including balance, edging, body position, and more will be taught, as well as the introduction of the tactical fundamentals of racing … and always having fun! For training purposes, athletes will be arranged in groups assigned to a coach to facilitate a productive learning environment. Group assignments vary, are dynamic, and are generally based on skill, speed, and social needs. Participants must be able to put on their own ski equipment, load and ride the lift alone, and ski at an intermediate level. Racing introduction will focus predominantly on modern giant slalom and slalom technique. Athletes will work with a team of coaches dedicated to the U10 group.
This program includes a physical conditioning program in the fall.
Age for 2023-24 Winter Season
Born 2014-2016, ages 6, 7, 8 & 9 by December 31
Skill Development Focus
- All-Mountain Safety;
- Work on balance, coordination, movement, and athletic stance on skis. Goal is that athletes can ski ALL terrains with adequate technique. Athletes should be pretty adequate at carving, usage of upper and lower body separation, and pole plant. They should start working on cross blocking gates, upper body rotation, course inspection, line
- Introduction to the basic tactical elements of racing.
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