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Winter Park Alpine Team

In a fun and supportive coaching environment, your child may begin their journey in Team Discovery, where they become well-rounded skiers/athletes, get a taste of alpine racing, and gain the fundamentals needed for all types of competitive skiing. Your next step, or for some athletes their first step, are the Age Class Teams (U10-U14) where athletes continue to hone their skills in Slalom (SL) and Giant Slalom (GS). As they get older, racers move into the Ability Class Teams (U16-U21) and begin to compete in speed events known as Super G (SG), Downhill (DH), and Alpine Combined (Super G and Slalom).

Aspiring to be an elite ski racer? U14 and older athletes may apply for admission to the Alpine Full-time Academy where they will get 5-6 days of training per week during the winter season, plus year-round training opportunities and sports performance programs.




    • Team Discovery

      Registration is now full and closed for Alpine Team Discovery

      Team Discovery is a one day per week program that provides budding young ski racers the start they need to become great skiers. It is an appropriate stepping stone from All Mountain Development programand Ski + Ride School's multi-week programs into the entry-level U.S. Ski & Snowboard Youth Ski League races.

      Our goal is to develop solid all-around skiing skills by using a variety of drills and progressions taking advantage of all the mountain's terrain. Strong skiers that can ski all of the terrains on the mountain but have never been in a racing or a teaching program can also start here.

      Skiers are grouped by age and their ability during the first weeks of the season and ski with the same professional coaches throughout the season for consistency and individual attention. Those wishing to join a multi-day program should join the age-appropriate Alpine Age Class Team.


      2020-21 Tuition - Save $100! Register By Oct. 15
      Team Discovery Tuition$1975
      Parent Volunteer Deposit$240 Learn More
      Season PassComp Center Winter Park Pass Info
      Ikon Pass Info
      DatesNov. 27, 2020 - Mar. 28, 2021
      Days Offered Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Pick one)
      Times*Fridays 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
      Saturday / Sunday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
      Camps*Holiday Camp - Dec. 27 through 31
      *Training times and camp dates are subject to change as communicated by the program director and/or head coach.

      2020-21 Details
      Ages7-13
      Ski LockerNo
      Team JacketVisit the Team Jackets section on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page for jacket details.
      LunchNot provided
      Competitions*U.S. Ski & Snowboard Youth Ski League (YSL races)
      COVID-19 InformationGeneral Competition Center COVID-19 information can be found on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page. Additional specific COVID-19 protocols and parent/child expectations and competition details will be communicated by each program director and head coach.
      *Competitions listed are only shown as an example. Athletes will work with their coaches to determine competition opportunities. All competition entry fees, registration, licensing, and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.
    • ALPINE AGE CLASS TEAMS (U10-U14)

      The U10 Team is for athletes under the age of 10 and is usually the first step towards "Fun"damental skill building and learning about racing. This group of skiers will learn the skills necessary to navigate all types of mountain terrain.

      Training will focus on fundamental skills, emphasizing fun, basic agility, balance and coordination. Athletes will work towards bringing confidence into a structured gate training and racing environment. Throughout the season, the U10 age group will learn through skills-based progressions, preparing them for gates and drill courses, while setting them up for success as they move through the alpine pipeline. U10 competition opportunities consist of athletically appropriate events such as U.S. Ski & Snowboard sanctioned GS/SL races and divisional championships, or if deemed appropriate by your coach, Youth Ski League (YSL) events. The fundamentals of Giant Slalom and Slalom are the focus throughout the season and a special Holiday Camp is part of the fun for all our Alpine Programs!

      Scientific studies, and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Alpine Training System (ATS), suggest that training 2-3 days per week is ideal for this phase athlete. Optional Friday training and/or our CAP Racing program allows us to follow the ATS suggestion.



      The Age Class U12 Team is for athletes age 10-11 and is usually the first or second step of the development ladder for alpine racers at Winter Park. Following scientific studies and the US Ski & Snowboard Alpine Training System, athletes will work as a team in developing all mountain skiing skills, building tremendous confidence. The Age Class U12 Team may be a first step for your athlete, or it may be the next step from either Team Discovery or the Age Class U10 Team.

      Creativity and fun are the goals of training using directed and undirected free/skills skiing, gate drills, and full length training. U12 competition opportunities consist of U.S. Ski & Snowboard sanctioned divisional GS/SL events, divisional championships and if deemed appropriate by your coach, potential speed elements introduction training. The fundamentals of Giant Slalom and Slalom are the focus throughout the season and a special Holiday Camp is part of the fun for all our Alpine Programs!

      We also encourage these athletes to get involved in our optional programs like our local Wednesday night program, CAP Racing or our Front Range Training opportunities on Tuesday and/or Thursday night at Eldora.


      The Age Class U14 Team is for racers ages 12 and 13. This group of athletes train in a dynamic team environment that continues to use the whole mountain to enhance their fundamentals. These strong skiers will be involved in competitions throughout the Rockies, racing in U.S. Ski & Snowboard Age Class events, U14 Super G events, Championship Qualifiers and Regional (U14 Championships) or Divisional (Council Cup) Championship events.

      A stronger commitment to the sport by the athlete is part of the growth of the U14 Team. This program is offered Friday, Saturday, and Sunday plus a holiday camp. U14 Team members will also be introduced to physical conditioning and sports psychology throughout the season.

      Full-time age class training is available Tuesday through Sunday. View the Alpine Full-time Academy tab to learn more!

      2020-21 Tuition - Save $100! Register By Oct. 15
      Age Class Teams Tuition $2975
      Parent Volunteer Deposit$240 Learn More
      Season PassComp Center Winter Park Pass Info
      Ikon Pass Info
      DatesNov. 13, 2020 - Apr. 4, 2021
      Days OfferedSaturday and Sunday, Fridays optional
      Times*Friday: 10 am - 4 pm
      Saturday/Sunday: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
      Camps*Holiday Camp - Dec. 27 through 31
      *Training times and camp dates are subject to change as communicated by the program director and/or head coach.


      2020-21 Details
      Ages8-13 based on year of birth
      Ski Locker2 slots, pending capacity and availability
      Team JacketVisit the Team Jackets section on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page for jacket details.
      LunchNot provided
      Competitions*U.S. Ski & Snowboard Age Class races
      COVID-19 InformationGeneral Competition Center COVID-19 information can be found on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page. Additional specific COVID-19 protocols and parent/child expectations and competition details will be communicated by each program director and head coach.
      *Competitions listed are only shown as an example. Athletes will work with their coaches to determine competition opportunities. All competition entry fees, registration, licensing, and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.
    • Alpine Ability class Teams (U16, U19, U21)

      Our young athletes are maturing and everyone is getting stronger and faster as they enter the U16 Team (ages 14-15). We will continue to emphasize fundamental work as they mature, utilizing creative drills in and out of the gates to test and teach the athletes how to "be their own best coach!"

      Always a great social group, the team travels to events including SYNC U.S. Ski & Snowboard scored races, U16 Championship Qualifiers, and either the Divisional U16 Championships (Council Cup) or the Regional U16 Championships. To accommodate the commitment of the U16 Team, our program is offered as part-time (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) or as a Full-time Academy (Tuesday through Sunday). As with the Age Class Teams, our Ability Class Teams also benefit from additional training during our Holiday Camps.

      Visit the Full-time Academy tab to learn more about full-time training opportunities!

      The U19 (ages 16-18) and U21 (ages 19-20) Teams are for athletes who ski at a high level, have a great attitude and love to compete. Athletes strive to excel at the SYNC Cup U.S. Ski & Snowboard and FIS races while refining their fundamentals and tactics.

      This program gives access to those who can make it up for a long weekend, spend their holidays and spring breaks at Winter Park, and plan to travel with the team to events all over Colorado. Commitment and sufficient training time is critical for success at the level, so the U19 and U21 Teams are offered as a part-time (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), or as a full-time program (Tuesday through Sunday).

      For more information on our Full-time Academy for high school and post-graduate athletes, visit the Full-time Academy tab!


      2020-21 Tuition - Save $100! Register by Oct. 15
      Ability Class Teams Tuition$3375
      Parent Volunteer Deposit$480 Learn More
      Season PassComp Center Winter Park Pass Info
      Ikon Pass Info

      DatesNov. 13, 2020 - Apr. 4, 2021
      Days OfferedFriday, Saturday, and Sunday
      Times*Friday: 10 am - 4 pm
      Saturday/Sunday: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
      CampsHoliday Camp - Dec. 27 through 31
      *Training times and camp dates are subject to change as communicated by the program director and/or head coach.

      2020-21 Details
      Ages14-20 based on year of birth
      Ski Locker2 slots, pending capacity and availability
      Team JacketVisit the Team Jackets section on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page for jacket details
      LunchNot provided
      Competitions*U.S. Ski & Snowboard and FIS sanctioned races
      COVID-19 InformationGeneral Competition Center COVID-19 information can be found on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page. Additional specific COVID-19 protocols and parent/child expectations and competition details will be communicated by each program director and head coach.
      *Competitions listed are only shown as an example. Athletes will work with their coaches to determine competition opportunities. All competition entry fees, registration, licensing, and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.
    • Full-Time Academy


      The Alpine Full-time Academy offers year-round programming that matches the commitment of the athlete. Our highly experienced coaching staff stay up to speed on the latest Alpine racing techniques and tactics. They work with athletes to build a strong mental, physical, and technical base going into the competitive season.

      We strive to help our athletes qualify for the highest regional and national championships within their respective age groups (U14, U16, and FIS). While we train in a group setting, there is attention to detail and individualized training plans for athlete development offered through our Sports Performance Program. We follow the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and U.S. Ski & Snowboard (USSS) guidelines and best practices. Post-graduate athletes will have the opportunity to train on weekday mornings for more individually focused sessions.

      On-snow training begins in late October off-site and the first weekend of November at Winter Park with the help of our early season snowmaking. Training primarily takes place on our world-class homologated race trails, Lower Hughes and Meadows, but we have access to a variety of venues all over the mountain to simulate other venues' environments.

      General Full-time Academy Info
      The Winter Park Competition Center (WPCC) Full-time Academy is a year-round, highly intensive program dedicated to the serious, motivated and experienced snow sport competitors. Our program offers a place where dedicated athletes can achieve their highest aspirations in the sport; while at the same time achieving our program philosophy to achieve ones’ highest potential as an athlete, person, and competitor.
      Admittance to the WPCC Full-time Academy is through an application process. Commitment and attitude are the most important attributes we're looking for. Applications are due July 1 for middle and high school age applicants (7-12 grade) and are due August 1 for post-graduate applicants. Late applications and registrations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

      Once accepted to the program, registration must be completed in order to finalize your status in the WPCC Full-time Academy. Interested applicants should also directly contact the specific discipline director. Please reference the contact chart below for the appropriate contact.

      For general application or registration questions, contact the Competition Center, office at 970-726-1590 or ccenter@winterparkresort.com.

      New Academy Athlete - Application Checklist

      Returning Academy Athlete - Application Checklist

      Apply now
      Full-time Academy athletes train 5-6 days per week during the ski/snowboard season. During the off-season, they participate in specialized training camps and are expected to consistently participate in the year-round sports performance program. This commitment to athletic excellence ensures that they stay fit and are physically and mentally prepared to achieve peak performance each season.

      Winter
      The information below provides the general winter training schedule for all WPCC Academy athletes. Specific dates and training times vary by discipline and age group. Please refer to the program tuition and details table for more comprehensive and specific training information for your discipline.

      Full-time Academy Middle School
      Tuesday and Thursday: afternoon training
      Friday through Sunday: full day training; times vary by discipline and age.

      Full-time Academy High School and Post-Graduate (PG)
      Tuesday through Thursday: afternoons for high school athletes; PG athletes may full day training.
      Friday through Sunday: full day training; times vary by discipline and age.

      Summer
      Each discipline offers off-season training programs to maximize fitness and progression to maximize competitive edge. Camp offerings and training venues will vary by discipline, and may change year to year. While specific opportunities vary by discipline and by year, some examples of summer training opportunity include:

      ·Participation in our year-round sports performance program, including our spring and fall fitness assessments.
      ·May on-snow camps held at Winter Park Resort.
      ·Sand Dunes Fitness Camp in September.
      ·Based on discipline*, athletes may attend technical progression and on-snow camps held at locations such as Mt. Hood, Mammoth Mountain, Steamboat Springs, and the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah.

      *Camp offerings vary by discipline and camp locations may vary year to year.

      Academic excellence is a core value for members of the Full-time Academy. Most of our middle and high school athletes enroll in the East Grand School District (EGSD). East Grand is on a 4-day school week, so skiers have a full day of training on Friday!

      Schedules are arranged for core classes to take place in the morning, and students/athletes are transported to the ski area at lunch time for afternoon training. Those who do not enroll in EGSD are able to make arrangements for alternative or online education programs. Regardless of schooling choice, grade eligibility is verified weekly throughout the season.



      Our Sports Performance Program provides full-time athletes with year-round conditioning, strength training, fitness assessment, mental skills training, and return-to-sport support to build a strong mental, physical, and technical base going into and throughout the competitive season. Participation is required for full-time athletes and we work with athletes to navigate scheduling conflicts for those who may also participate in other sports.

      2020-21 Tuition - Save $100! - Register by Oct. 15
      Full-time Academy TuitionMiddle School: $5025
      High School and older: $5750
      Parent Volunteer Deposit$480 Learn More
      Season PassComp Center Winter Park Pass Info
      Ikon Pass Info

      DatesNov. 3, 2020 - April 4, 2021
      Days OfferedMiddle School: Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday
      High School and older: Tuesday - Sunday
      Times*Middle School: Tues and Thurs 1 - 4 pm
      High School/PG: Tues-Thurs 1 - 4 pm
      Fri 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
      Sat-Sun 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
      Camps*Holiday Camp - Dec. 27 through 31
      *Training times and camp dates are subject to change as communicated by the program director and/or head coach.

      2020-21 Details
      AgesMiddle School: Grades 7-8
      High School and older: Grades 9+
      Ski Locker2 slots and 1 full locker, pending capacity and availability
      Team JacketVisit the Team Jackets section on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page for jacket details.
      LunchNot provided
      Competitions*U.S. Ski & Snowboard and FIS sanctioned races.
      COVID-19 InformationGeneral Competition Center COVID-19 information can be found on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page. Additional specific COVID-19 protocols and parent/child expectations and competition details will be communicated by each program director and head coach.
      *Competitions listed are only shown as an example. Athletes will work with their coaches to determine competition opportunities. All competition entry fees, registration, licensing, and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.
    • Front Range Training

      Thanks to a continued partnership with Eldora Mountain, the Winter Park Competition Center is pleased to provide night race training on the Front Range for any U.S. Ski & Snowboard or high school racer ages U12 and older. Eldora Mountain has excellent terrain for skill development and great training lanes for slalom and carving drill courses.

      This is an important opportunity for our Front Range skiers to get additional on-snow time! Training takes place on Chute, which has snowmaking for a reliable snow surface. It is set up for fast turnaround and a good length lane for gate training. Best of all, Eldora Mountain is well lit at night and is just minutes from Boulder. The lodge has free wi-fi for waiting parents!

      Registration is through the Member Portal. If you don't have an account and need help setting one up, contact the Competition Center office at 970-726-1590 or email ccenter@winterparkresort.com.


      Program Options & Tuition
      Eldora 1-Night Program – Tuesday or Thursday$600
      Eldora 2-Night Program – Tuesday and Thursday$1200
      5-Day Punch Pass$300
      Drop In$60
      Participants must have a season pass for Eldora Mtn. (Ticket offices not offering a ticket for night training). If you have the IKON or IKON Base pass, it will work.

      Tentative dates & Times
      January 5 - March 11, 2021
      Night Slalom: 4:30-7 PM (approx.)

      NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE 2020-21 SEASON
      There may be an optional van ride from Boulder with Eldora’s Team at 3:30 pm, returns 7:15 pm for night training. Please indicate on the registration form if you would like to take the van.

    • CAP Community Race Program


      Continuing the successful partnership between the Competition Center and Colorado Adventure Park, we are pleased to offer Wednesday night race training on the tubing hill this season! This is a great opportunity for community members and racers to come out and get in the gates with the help of the professional Competition Center coaches! We plan to focus this opportunity around slalom skiing for the younger local athletes, but will also allow older junior athletes and adults the opportunity to give it a try.

      DIRECTIONS
      Take HWY 40 to the stop light by Safeway and Murdoch's. Turn West towards Murdoch's. Continue until
      the road makes a Y and stay right. Parking is at the bottom of the hill.

      PROGRAM TUITION & REGISTRATION
      Participants must sign up in advance with the Winter Park Competition Center. Participants are required to signwaivers from the Competition Center and Colorado Adventure Park. There is no tuition fee required for Full-time Academy athletes.

      Registration is through the Member Portal.If you don't have an account and need help setting one up, contact the Competition Center office at 970-726-1590 or email ccenter@winterparkresort.com.

      Register now

      EQUIPMENT NEEDS
      Goggles with clear lenses for best night skiing vision
      Helmet (Required for all training)
      Warm ski clothes (it can get cold quickly!)
      Ski equipment (SL Skis Preferred)
      *Focusing on SL drills and skills

      COACHING STAFF
      Nick Zigich
      Additional coaching staff - to be announced.

      WAIVERS
      Participants must sign and submit both waivers below prior to training:

      CAP Waiver


      Comp Center Waiver


      Program Options & Tuition
      Unlimited$275
      5-Day Punch Pass$125
      Drop In$25


      Tentative Dates & Times
      Dec. 9, 2020, through Mar. 10, 2021
      No training over the holidays: Dec. 23 and Dec. 30
      Night Session times (SL only): 4:30-7 PM (approx.)

    • Contact Information

      For program questions, contact Mike Bowman, Alpine Program Director, at mbowman@winterparkresort.com.

      For registration questions, contact the Competition Center office at 970-726-1590 or ccenter@winterparkresort.com.

      To view the complete Competition Center Staff Directory, visit the Important Information and FAQ section of our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page.

      Alpine Resources and Policies

      U.S. Ski and Snowboard

      Rocky Mountain Division
      RMD Calendar - coming soon.
      Sports Engine -Alpine team training calendars, news, and more.

      Contact mbowman@winterparkresort.com for assistance in creating your Sports Engine account.


      Key policies such as the Code of Conduct are signed on the Member Portal during registration. Please review our registration details, important resources, and more at the links found below.

      Registration, Resources, and Frequently Asked Questions
      Parent Volunteer Program
      Sports Performance Program
    • The WPCC Full-time Academy program has consistently developed members of the United States Ski Team, Junior World Championships competitors, NCAA All-Americans and numerous Junior Championship medalists.
      • Storm Klomhaus started in the Solden and Killington World Cup races in 2019 and won the Giant Slalom at the NCAA Championships 2020. She was named to the University of Denver Ski Team (2017-2020) and the USCSCA All-Academic Team.
      • Andrea Arnold named to the University of Colorado Ski Team 2016-present, USCSCA All-Academic Team. She raced at the 2016 Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Andrea attended the Junior World Championships in 2015 and was named to the CZE National Team. She also won the Overall Smartwool Series Title in 2014.
      • Noah Bindas wins SG race at 2019 U14 R/C Regional Champs and 6th in the overall standings.
      • Sebastian Wiser 2 in Duals at 2019 R/C U14 Regionals Champs, 8 place in the overall standings.
      • Abby Dembeck 3 in Duals at 2019 R/C U14 Regionals Champs.
      • Nelson Oxley competed in the U.S. and U.S. Jr. Nationals in 2018 in Sun Valley, ID and the National Junior Championships in Sugarloaf, Maine, in 2017. He was named to the St. Lawrence University Ski Team 2019. Oxley also raced at U16 Nationals, earning top 5 in the overall.
      • James Lahrman represented Winter Park and the U.S.A. at the CanAm races in Sugarloaf, Maine.
      • Several U14s and U16s represented Winter Park at their Regional Championships.
      • Taylor Grauer was named to the University of New Mexico NCAA Team and Tori McVicker was named to the University of Alaska NCAA Team.
      • Sean Horner was named to the NCAA All-American Team.
      • Chris Acosta was named to the NCAA All-American Team 5 times.
      • Other alumni include Khyla Burrows (University of Colorado ’10-’13), (Captain of CU ski team in her 2013 senior season) and Clara Hathorne (Williams College ’17-’20), (Captain of the Williams ski team her senior year in 2020).