An entry level USSA program - Ages 7-11 (as of Dec. 31, 2018)
What to Expect
- A season-long program beginning with dryland training in September-November, 3-day Thanksgiving Camp, 5-day Holiday Camp and Saturdays and Wednesday evening training throughout the season.
- Approximately 90 hours of on-snow training per season.
- 4 USSA race days consisting of a GS and SL race most days. (lift tickets and entry fees are extra).
- A positive, supportive, team environment with input from expert coaches..
Ages: 7 to 11 (YOB 2007 and younger)
Skill Level: Strong intermediate or above skiers able to ski comfortably and in control on all hills at Afton Alps.
Disciplines: Ski only
Dates: Saturdays program: Dec. 1st through mid-March. Wednesday evenings: Dec. 5th through mid-March. Some races occur on Sundays.
Times: Saturdays: 9:00am to 1:00pm, Wednesdays: (arrv 5) 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Pricing Rising Stars 2018-19: $1395
*USSA License/Race Fees are additional. Visit www.Teamafton/Club for more info on club functions. Visit https://www.skifast.com/lunarcup for more information on the LUNAR CUP (the race series for our Rising Stars).
Enrollment limited: register early
Registration Deadline: 7 days prior to the start of the program; must be enrolled to participate in Dryland training.
USSA Rising Stars Program Detail
USSA Rising Stars is an advanced alpine race program designed to provide young athletes with a successful transition into USSA* racing. Rising Stars is specifically designed for athletes who are competing in the U8 through U12 age groups.
We have designed a season-long development program. The program will follow the US Ski and Snowboard Association guidelines for developing alpine ski racers with a balance of free skiing, focused drills and training in gates. Over the course of the season and with the assistance of our experienced coaches, these young athletes will build a solid foundation of fundamental skills. As they progress from free-skiing development to a higher percentage of gate training, they will learn appropriate race tactics and skills.
We have intentionally designed this program to limit the amount of racing that the athlete is exposed to. They will participate in four USSA race days during the season as selected by the coaching staff to provide the most effective development for the athlete. The participants will race a mix of SL and GS races. This program delivers a level of training and racing that is consistent with the USSA Athlete Development Model for this age group and is the proper pathway to maximize the athlete’s long-term success in the sport.
Even better for young athletes – and different than most USSA programs for this age group in the area – a substantial portion of the training takes place on weekends.
Parents should note that there have been significant changes to the USSA national and regional fee structure making USSA racing a more affordable option.
*USSA – United States Ski and Snowboard Association is the governing authority for alpine ski racing in the U.S. as recognized by the international federation (FIS). The primary difference between racing in a USSA program and racing in a regional league such as the Midwest Snowsports Development League or MSHSL, is the higher level of challenge and, as skills grow, the ability to compete in regional, national and international races.