Training times and places
The Junior Racing Programs are seasonal programs only, which offers two levels of Clinics.
The Future Star Team (Recreational Program)
Age: Six years to ten years
Cost: $ 450
Morning Session 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Afternoon session 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Ski Racing Team (Competition Program)
Age: eight years & older
Cost: $ 450
Morning session 8:45 am - 11:00 am
All SARA ski races will count as a session
The Future Star and Ski Team Schedule:
See Ski School or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Future Star Program is mainly for children six to ten years with the emphasis on
developing a sound skiing and NASTAR racing technique. The morning and afternoon
clinics will be fun oriented and expose a good camaraderie among the kids. The different
skill level classes will work on all aspects of skiing, mountain cruising and recreational
Ski Team Program is tailored for the skilled and aggressive juniors, starting at age of
nine and older, who desire more extensive gate training, technical skiing drills and
traveling to different ski resorts to compete in SARA slalom and giant slalom races.
SARA ski races will count for a ski team racer as a session. With other words, if a racer
will not participate in a SARA race; there is no ski session available at Bryce Resort at
For more information, please email email@example.com
The standard schedule is 8:45am - 11:00am Saturdays and
Sundays. We also train most
school vacation periods, including Christmas and February vacations. We meet in front of the Ski Lodge on the snow. This is skis
on, ready to go, all dressed up on-time. We always
return to the Lodge at each session’s end. PLEASE MAKE THE EFFORT TO HAVE
YOUR ATHLETE HERE AND READY ON TIME. It shows your encouragement and helps foster responsibility. Also, be sure your athlete is well
rested, well nourished and well dressed for the winter elements. We train in just about all weather
so be prepared. In extreme
conditions we take warm up breaks as needed, but not every run!
Yes, this happens. We
will notify you in advance of this through
The bulletin board is located inside the Members Locker Room. Check it every morning.
Bryce Ski Team website
Constant Contact - FOBST e-mail group
OneCallNow - FOBST phoneblast
Twitter - follow BryceSkiTeam
Facebook - follow BryceSkiTeam
Coaches are generally available before
FOR SAFETY PURPOSES: If your athlete needs to leave
training early let us know in person or provide a note with the
details. Also, a parent or
responsible party must be available during training periods in case of
The coaches are on radios during training
should you have an urgent need to contact an athlete. This is not a message service
please don't misuse.
The staff is well qualified
to assess equipment needs. We
may initiate this or you are welcome to ask. Please, learn about keeping skis
tuned and waxed, either yourself or a shop. It really helps the athletes in
training for skis to be tuned weekly. Wax often, particularly after a
stone grind. Your child is at
a disadvantage in practice as well as in races if their skis are not
properly sharpened. This will
allow them to develop the confidence that their skis will hold.
Additionally, proper boot
fitting is essential for success. The appropriate flex for an athlete’s size, strength and skill is
crucial for allowing the athlete to carve the ski. Please make sure that boots are
buckled appropriately as well, loose buckles may be more comfortable but
they hinder performance.
All kids need them
all the time and they should be hard shelled helmets (no soft ear
flaps). There are USSA
certification requirements for helmets at all USSA races.
Refer to page 136 from Chapter 8 of the USSA Alpine
Competition Guide for additional details at: http://www.ussa.org/magnoliaPublic/ussa/en/sports/alpine/rules/compguide.html.
|Core Clothing Layers
On an “average” day,
every child should have:
- Base layer (long
john top and bottom)
- Turtle neck
- Fleece top
- Fleece bottom or
On a really cold day,
add a second base layer and or a fleece vest.
Socks should be made
for skiing, a medium to heavy knit.
socks, there feet will
socks can be a problem unless the ski boot is to big.
Don’t have them wear
two pairs of socks on a cold day, it is too bulky and cuts down
Kids should have a
good pair of “zip” warm-ups. Make sure the zippers work. If the zipper pull breaks,
use a paper click wrapped in duck tape or a zip tie.
Most kids have
jackets that do the job just fine. A nice warm coat that isn’t
so stiff your child turns into a mummy will be perfect.
Totally optional and
fairly uncommon for a JV. If you get them, make sure you are comfortable your child is
responsible enough to use them correctly and not loose them.
Good gloves make a
difference. They seem
to cost way too much, but your kids hands get cold fast and they
make a difference. Mittens are great on a cold day.
Glove padding is
nice, but not a must have unless they are cross blocking (more later
on cross blocking).
Totally optional, but
they generally make kids feel faster and more confident. For me, it should be the
athlete’s choice. If
they want one and you can afford it, great. If not, they will be
If you get one that
does not look “to baggy” it will stretch for years. My kids had the same GS
suite for all J5 years and first year as a J4.
In general, last year
5’s are the group of athletes most likely to need armor, but only if
they are skiing very aggressively. Any athlete cross blocking needs
shin guards and pole guards.
The pole guards come
as ½, ¾ or full-coverage. For J5’s, ¾ of full coverage is best. A ¾ coverage pole guard
covers the knuckles, but does not go up over the top of the
pole. A full pole guard
goes up over the knuckles and screws into the top of the pole. Pole
guards are often to “big” to fit the shaft of a J5 pole. Use duct tape or any other
space that allows you to get a good tight fit to the pole
Shin guards should be
JR shin guards that cover the knee, but don’t ride up into the
thigh. A shin guard
that rides up the leg is too big.
Chin guards that
mount to the helmet are optional. If used, they can only be
used in SL and have to be removed before training or racing GS.
To see if the pole is
the right length, using the following test:
1) Flip the pole upside down
2) Stand straight
3) Grab the pole under the basket
4) Tuck the elbow to your side with the forearm at a 90
If the forearm is not
at 90 degrees, but slopes up slightly that is fine. If it slopes down, the pole
is too short. If it
slopes up more than a few degrees, it is too long.
J5’s can you use one
pair of poles, but some kids prefer separate pools for GS and
SL. Once you are cross
blocking, you need two pairs because you shouldn’t use pole guards
when running GS.
The GS poles are bent
so they naturally wrap around the body when in a tuck.
make a good race ski 130 CM and longer. Shorter than that, talk to a
You don’t need SL and
GS skis as a J5. Get a
“mid length” SL and you will be fine. However, your athlete will
perform better with two pairs. General guidance is to have 2 pairs for last year J5’s who
have high expectations or when it’s something you can afford and
want to do.
In general ski length
can be tested as follows:
- For an SL ski, the
ski should go to the nose
- For a GS ski, the
ski should go to the top of the head
We can’t over
emphasize how important well tuned ski’s are. Refer to How-To Tune Skis for details.
No way around it,
skiing is an expensive sport. If you need something for your athlete and want help, there
is a good chance someone else in the club has what you need and
would let you borrow or buy cheap. The best way to find
out is to post an inquiry at the Ski School or send an e-mail. If you would prefer one of
the coaching staff can inquire on your behalf.