The SST Plus program is built with the Long-Term Athlete Development Model “Learn to Train/Learn to Race” stage as the focus. An athlete in this group choses to make skiing (ski racing and ski cross) their primary activity in the winter months. Mileage is still an integral part of this program, so skiing as much as possible and loving to ski the entire mountain are encouraged, both within the program and with family and friends. Athletes in this group are refining their skiing skills during directed free skiing and gate training (in race training courses). In addition to refining skills, athletes in this group are learning tactical as well as technical skills on the race course. Athletes in this program ski two weekend days each week from Dec 1st to Feb 29th and one day per weekend if not racing in March.
The athletes in this program can race in 4 or 5 races over the winter. Racing is optional and a family choice. Not all children choose to race often in their earlier years of training. There are races scheduled at Stevens Pass and at other resorts in western Washington. There are two ski cross races that we attend annually is at White Pass, WA and Big White in Kelowna, BC.
SST programs are structured to encourage athletes to obtain all the basic skiing skills by age 12, allowing them to move towards skill refinement as they enter middle school. The goal is to provide the athletes the opportunity through ski race training, ski racing, and ski cross competition, to continue their athletic development and to become excellent all mountain skiers who continue to enjoy the mountains for the rest of their active lives.
December: 5/6, 12/13, 19/20
Christmas Camp: 27, 28, 29, 30
Dec 31 - Family Duals race day
January: 2/3, 9/10, 16/17, 23/24 (Apple Cup),30/31
February: 6/7, 13/14, 20/21, 27/28
March: 7, 14, 21, 28
April 3/4 (Easter Races)