At SST, we believe that effective coaching is athlete-directed and athlete-centered. Working as a team, with a collective approach based on clear expectations and goals, each athlete is given the opportunities, encouragement and tools to succeed. We offer a strong fundamentals-based curriculum derived from USSA's ski education program, emphasizing positive, progressive and productive feedback. Each day our athletes will be expected to show commitment to improvement and asked to perform to the best of their abilities.
While we recognize that youth today are multi-faceted and multi-talented, during the winter season ski racing is our athletes primary sport.
SST provides support for athlete management including a pre-season dryland training program, a balanced ratio of training to racing and lessons in sports psychology to optimize race day performance.
OFF-SEASON TRAINING CAMPS
Pending snow conditions, SST offers summer training camps in Whistler, BC, Mt Hood, OR, a Thanksgiving camp in BC and mini-camps at Stevens Pass during Christmas and spring break.
FLEXIBLE TRAINING SCHEDULE
SST offers weekend on hill training at Stevens Pass, and weekday evening sessions at Snoqualmie Pass. On hill training consists of directed-free skiing and gate training. Gate training sessions include technical and tactical instruction, timing, and video analysis.
SST incorporates ski cross (SX) into its program. SX helps racers confront the limits of their comfort and skill in a controlled environment, and prepares them for future competition in speed events as they are introduced to speed elements in SX courses. SST travels to a Western Series SX races in BC or AB annually.
SST encourages participation as individuals and as a team in community service initiatives as identified by the team goals and objectives to support Stevens Pass and Skykomish.
SST caps its enrollment to ensure that each individual receives the personalized attention they need to succeed. The team is often referred to as a 'family', and potluck-style team dinners are not uncommon on Saturday nights in Skykomish!