U16 - U21

2017-18 PROGRAM

USSA Racing Program for U16, U19 and U21

What to Expect

  •  A season-long program beginning with dryland training in September and October, a 3-day Thanksgiving Camp, a 5-day Holiday Camp, Saturdays and Monday through Thursday evening training throughout the season.
  • Approximately 100+ hours of on-snow training per season.
  • USSA race days consisting of either GS or SL races each day. Some speed elements will also be explored. (lift tickets and entry fees are extra).
  •  A positive, supportive, team environment with input from expert coaches.

Ages: 7 to 20+ (all programs)

Skill Level: Strong intermediate or above skiers able to ski comfortably and in control on all hills at Afton Alps.

Dates/Times: Saturdays (when not racing) starting December 2nd. Monday through Thursday evenings, starting December 4th until mid-March (except certain holidays). For a detailed calendar, check out:Team Afton Calendar

Pricing USSA by Age Group 2017-18:

  • U16/U19/U21*: $2000 BUY NOW
  • additional practice available (formerly "FIS/Advanced") offered twice a week in addition to regular practice. Registering for these additional practices need to be approved by program director.
  • Advanced Practice**: $350 BUY NOW

*Team Afton Club dues and USSA License/Race Fees are additional. Visit www.Teamafton/Club for more info.

**Advanced additional practice is season-long, ages U14 and older, MUST BE APPROVED BY DIRECTOR, see Teamafton.com for more info.

If you have any questions please email aolin@vailresorts.com or call Program Director Tony Olin: 612-819-0186

 

USSA Program Detail U16 - U19 - U21 + FIS

This USSA Program provides U16, U19, and U21 athletes with a higher level of training and racing opportunities. These young men and women learn more strategic ski racing skills, and develop fortitude, confidence, perseverance, all of which contribute to successful youth development, character development that is important both on and off the hill.

This program is for athletes in the following age groups for the 2017-2018 season:

  • U16 – born 2002 – 2003
  • U19 – born 1999 – 2000 – 2001
  • U21 – born 1997 – 1998
  • SR - born 1996 and earlier

Team Afton’s USSA racers compete in Region One, one of 4 regions comprising USSA’s Central Division. While the majority of information about the USSA races is available through Team Afton’s website www.teamafton.com, it is helpful to become familiar with:

In addition, a complete overview of USSA racing is available on USSA website.

At the beginning of each race season, USSA athletes need to register for membership in:

  • USSA - National
  • USSA – Regional: Central Division’s Region One
  • USSA – Local: Team Afton/Afton Alps (on the Team Afton website)

For every race, athletes should bring water, Gatorade or other sports drink, and keep granola bars, energy bars, or other snacks in their jacket pocket for extra energy and protein on the hill.

 

USSA Race Series

USSA races for U16, U18, and U21 athletes are “scored” races, meaning that an athlete’s race results are part of the national point system. U16, U18, and U21 racers aim at reducing their points which are calculated on a national scoring system and can be looked up on the My USSA website. Region One race results are posted on Region One’s website http://www.skifast.com. An excellent description of USSA competitions is on Central Division’s website http://alpine.usskiteam.com/alpine-programs/regions/rockycentral-region/central-division/about-us/handbook.  Racers compete in Region One’s USSA Series which includes all U16, U18, and U21 racers from Team Afton, Buck Hill, Team Duluth, Team Gilboa, Mt. LaCrosse Ski Team, Three Rivers Racing, and Welch Village.

Racers may compete in any Central Division race in Regions One, Two, Three or Four (“in division” races). Racers register for the racers they will attend. Racers do not have to race on both days; they can race on Saturday and/or on Sunday Details about race registration are distributed to Team Afton athletes at the beginning of the ski season. Race registration fees, lift tickets and lodging (as necessary) at each race venue are the responsibility of each athlete.

 

QUALIFYING PROCEEDURES FOR U14 AND U16 CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL BE NEW (again) FOR 2018. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

 

U16 Junior Championships in Colorado

The U16 Junior Championships are held in mid-March. Competition takes place over 7 days, usually beginning with 2 days of Downhill training which is required to ensure the athlete’s safety, followed by a separate day for the Downhill race, the Super G, the Women’s Giant Slalom, the Men’s Giant Slalom and finally the Slalom. Central Division athletes do not need Super G and Downhill skis for the regular USSA season, however they will need skis for the Super G and Downhill events at the U16 Junior Championships. Parents should talk to Tony Olin about borrowing skis for these races.

Racers register on the first day of the Junior Championships and receive a bib, information packet, banquet tickets, racer credentials, prizes, and their Junior Championships jacket. The U16 Junior Championships culminates in a big banquet on Saturday evening for racers, coaches and families that includes a buffet dinner, presentation of the top 10 finishers in each event, highlights of the competition days, and opportunity to win some fun prizes!

Each athlete’s family is responsible for the athlete’s registration fees and travel, lodging, lift tickets, and food expenses for the event. In addition, Team Afton charges every racer attending a Junior Championship competition a flat rate of $400 prior to the event. This covers the cost of coaching time plus the coach’s travel, food, and lodging expenses.

 

FIS Program

Once athletes become a U19 (3 year span - ages 16-17-18), they are eligible to compete in International Ski Federation (FIS) races with results based on an international scoring system. FIS points and information relating to FIS racing is available on the FIS website.  There are very specific rules about ski length for FIS athletes. Racers should talk to Tony Olin well in advance of the beginning of the race season about ski equipment.

Team Afton’s FIS racers compete in Mid-America (MidAm) and Canadian-America (CanAm) race series with other FIS racers from the Central Division, as well as other FIS racers whose points qualify them to compete and are invited to these races. Information about FIS races can be found on the Central Division website at http://alpine.usskiteam.com/alpine-programs/regions/rockycentral-region/central-division/calendar-and-announcements.

There are usually 4 race series that comprise the MidAm Series, each of which are typically 3 day events at venues such as Boyne Mountain, Spirit, Lutsen, or Mt Lacrosse. The MidAm races serve as the qualifying competitions to determine eligibility to compete at the national U19 Junior Championship competition. MidAm standings are posted on the Selections page of the Central Division website. The MidAm season concludes with MidAm Championships, 4 days of racing at Lutsen,

Racers whose points are low enough at the beginning of the season are designated as MidAm automatics, meaning that they automatically qualify for entry into the MidAm races. Other racers will be on a list of alternates and need to indicate their participation in the competition. FIS racers are required to register and pay a registration fee for each race event, in addition to covering the costs of travel, lift tickets, lodging and food. FIS athletes will receive a separate bib for each race series upon check in at the race venue.

U19-U21 National Junior Championships

For the 2017-18 season, the U19-U21 National Junior Championships will be held as part of the US National Championships (this season in the Eastern US). Participation in the U19-U21 National Junior Championships is determined by a racer’s finishing results in the FIS R/C Qualifiers (part of Surefoot/MidAm Series), in addition to the athlete’s points. The National Junior Championships is the only competition for all U19-U21 across the country in all 4 alpine disciplines. They are held over 8 days in March at a selected ski area in the country.

The competition typically begins with 2-3 days of Downhill training which is required for the athletes to ensure their safety, followed by a separate day for the Downhill race, the Super G race, the Women’s Giant Slalom, the Men’s Giant Slalom and the Slalom. Athletes should talk to Tony Olin to about borrowing any necessary skis for this competition. The National Junior Championships culminate with a banquet for racers, parents and coaches, a video of the week’s highlights, a presentation of the podium finishers, and chances to win fun prizes.

Each athlete’s family is responsible for the athlete’s registration fees plus travel, lodging, lift tickets, and food expenses at the event. In addition, Team Afton charges every racer attending a Junior National competition a flat rate of $400 prior to the event. This covers the cost of extra coaching time and the coach’s travel, food, and lodging expenses.

US National Championships

An athlete’s FIS points determine eligibility to compete in the US National Championships, the highest level of domestic ski racing. Held over 9 days in March at a selected ski area in the country, US Nationals opens with 2 days of Downhill training which is required to ensure the athlete’s safety, followed by a separate day for the FIS Downhill race, the Super G race, the Championships Downhill, the Women’s Giant Slalom, the Men’s Giant Slalom and the Slalom. The US National Championships culminate with a banquet for racers, parents and coaches, a video of the week’s highlights, a presentation of the podium finishers.

Each athlete’s family is responsible for the athlete’s registration fees plus travel, lodging, lift tickets, and food expenses at the event. In addition, Team Afton charges every racer attending a US National competition a flat rate of $400 prior to the event. This covers the cost of extra coaching time and the coach’s travel, food, and lodging expenses.

Regional Championship Competitions

Athletes who do not attend the U16 Junior Championships, U19 Junior National Championships, or US National Championships are invited to compete in regional championship races held in early and mid March. Information about these championship series will be posted on Region One’s web site and Central Division’s website. These races require a separate registration and race fee, plus travel, lodging and lift tickets at the race venue.

Out-of-Division Races and Development Projects

U16, U19, and U21 racers in Team Afton’s USSA Program who are seeking opportunities for additional training and race experiences may choose to participate in out-of division races and projects.  Information, calendars, registration forms and liability waivers for Out-of-Division projects and races are listed on:

Tony Olin works with each athlete to create a racer development plan and may suggest participation in NorAms, SYNC races, Colorado Cup (Surefoot) races, Eastern Cup races, FIS-U races, technical development camps, speed development camps, or other Out-of-Division events.

Team Afton athletes attending the same Out-of-Division event will each be responsible for all individual athlete expenses (registration fee, transportation, lift tickets, lodging, food). In addition, the coach’s expenses (transportation, lodging, food, and, if applicable, daily per diem) will be equally divided among the athletes participating in the same event.  Team Afton reserves the right to cover part of these expenses on a case-by-case basis depending on the level of competition as it relates to development advancement.