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New for 2019-2020, we will be using the "Team App" for all program content and information.
Please visit our Team App site here: www.swscalpine.teamapp.com

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Stratton’s ski racing program is designed for progression from first-time racer to seasoned competitor and for ages 6-18 as well as Masters. Fuel a lifetime of passion for mountain sports alongside a fun team of ski racers under the guidance of high level, certified US Ski & Snowboard coaches. The race program is a great way to build skiing fundamentals while learning and developing the skills of ski racing. Athletes develop at their own pace while competing in State, Regional, and National Level US Ski & Snowboard events.

Program Information & Sign Up:

U8 Alpine
Year of Birth 2012 & 2013

This program is designed to introduce young skiers to the Stratton Mountain racing program, all mountain skiing, and skiing fundamentals. The U8 program is a fun approach to free skiing, drills, and skills. Participants must be self-sufficient and should be able to ride the lift alone, put on their own equipment, and ski parallel down intermediate terrain. The emphasis of the U8 age group is learning fundamental skiing skills, lots of skiing, and fun. This group will participate in Stratton’s fun home 'Jr World Cup' race series during the season, but travel to other venues is not required. Participants should have 1-pair for current model skis and properly fitted boots.

Requirements: Helmet

Times: 8:30am to 3pm (Lunch 11:30am to 12:30pm)


U10 Alpine
Year of Birth 2010 & 2011

The emphasis in the U10 program is on building strong free skiing technique with an introduction to ski racing. Basic balance and skiing fundamentals will be promoted as well as an introduction to race training. The goal is to create skiers with sound skiing skills, which will then help them become stronger racers. The various Southern Vermont Council races are scheduled to give the participants the opportunity to experience competition. Participants must be able to ride the lift alone, put on their own equipment and ski more advanced terrain. We encourage race participation, which requires memberships in the Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA) andUS Ski & Snowboard (USSA). Participants should have 1-pair for current model SL-cut or multi-style skis and properly fitted boots.

The U10 Racing program also offers Friday programming for those racers looking for more skiing and training. The Friday program runs from 9:00am-2:30pm on all non-holidays. The program starts on the first Friday following the SWSC opening weekend. This is an independent training program and athletes must be able to 'lap' and ride all chairlifts without a coach. *Parents must be present at drop-off to be a part of the pre-training meeting.

Requirements: VARA Membership, US Ski & Snowboard Competition Membership, Helmet (no ‘soft ears’)

Times: 8:30am to 3pm (Lunch 11:30am to 12:30pm)


U12 Alpine
Year of Birth 2008 & 2009

The U12 program is designed to continue development of the athletes’ basic skiing fundamentals through free skiing, drill work, drill courses, gate training, and an introduction to video analysis. Strong skiing skills are a prerequisite with an emphasis on the ability to carve. At this level, there is an increase in the teaching of race tactics and competition but basic skiing fundamentals and free skiing will continue to be the primary focus. The U12 age class will also be introduced to speed elements training. There are various Southern Vermont Council races scheduled for this age group that the athletes are expected to attend.

The U12 Racing program also offers Friday programming for those racers looking for more skiing and training. The Friday program runs from 9:00am-2:30pm on all non-holidays. The program starts on the first Friday following the SWSC opening weekend.

Typical equipment needs for this group include: Helmet (no ‘soft ears’), slalom protection gear, a GS suit, and properly sized current slalom and giant slalom skis. Athletes must be members of the Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA) and US Ski & Snowboard (USSA).

Requirements: VARA Membership,US Ski & Snowboard Competition Membership, Helmet (no ‘soft ears’)

Times: 8:30am to 3pm (Lunch 11:30am to 12:30pm)



U14 Alpine
Year of Birth 2006 & 2007

The U14 program will focus on skiing skill development through technical free skiing, drill courses, video analysis, and gate training. Athletes must be strong skiers with the ability to ski the entire mountain. Participants will continue to focus on free ski fundamentals with an increase in gate training, competition, and video analysis. The U14 age class will also be introduced to Super-G/speed elements training, and racing. There are multiple Southern Vermont Council races for this group with the top performers advancing to a Vermont State Championship. From State Championships, the top performers will move on to the U14 Eastern Championships and U14 Can/Am's.

The U14 Racing program also offers Friday programming for those racers looking for more skiing and training. The Friday program runs from 9:00am-2:30pm on all non-holidays. The program starts on the first Friday following the SWSC opening weekend.

Typical equipment needs for this age group include: FIS approved GS/SG Helmet (no ‘soft ears’ for GS/SG), a GS suit, slalom protection gear, and properly sized slalom, giant slalom, and Super-G skis. At this age, it is strongly recommend that athletes wear back protection when training GS and Super-G. Athletes must be members of the Vermont Alpine Racing Association, (VARA) as well asUS Ski & Snowboard (USSA).

Requirements: VARA Membership,US Ski & Snowboard Competition Membership, FIS approved GS/SG Helmet, back protection (highly recommended)

Times: 8:30am to 3pm (Lunch 11:30am to 12:30pm)



U16 Alpine
Year of Birth 2004 & 2005

The U16 athletes typically have had a number of years of racing experience and are expert skiers. The U16 program continues to work on technical free skiing with an increased focus on gate training, racing, and video analysis. The U16 athletes will participate in the Vermont Cup race series and the Vermont U16 State Championship. The top performers at the U16 State Championships will move on to the U16 Eastern Championships or Eastern Finals. The athletes will also focus on the development of their US Ski & Snowboard ‘point profile’.

The U16 Racing program also offers Friday programming for those racers looking for more skiing and training. The Friday program runs from 9:00am-2:30pm on all non-holidays. The program starts on the first Friday following the SWSC opening weekend.

Typical equipment needs include: FIS approved GS/SG Helmet (no ‘soft ears’ for GS/SG), GS suit, slalom protection gear, a back protector, and properly sized SL, GS and SG skis. Athletes must be members of the Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA) as well asUS Ski & Snowboard (USSA).

Requirements: VARA Membership,US Ski & Snowboard Competition Membership, FIS approved GS/SG Helmet, back protection (highly recommended)

Times: 8:30am to 3pm (Lunch 11:30am to 12:30pm)


U19 Alpine
Year of Birth 2001-2003

The U19 program is for high school aged athletes who want to continue their ski racing in a weekend program. These athletes participate in the USSA Vermont Cup Series. The stronger athletes may qualify for the Eastern FIS race series. The additional training on varied terrain will give an advantage to this aged athlete as they continue to develop their technical and tactical skills. The U19 group will develop their skiing through technical free skiing, drill courses, increased gate training, and video analysis.

The U19 Racing program also offers Friday programming for those racers looking for more skiing and training. The Friday program runs from 9:00am-2:30pm on all non-holidays. The program starts on the first Friday following the SWSC opening weekend.

Typical equipment needs include: FIS approved GS/SG Helmet (no ‘soft ears’ for GS/SG), a GS suit, slalom protection gear, a back protector, and properly sized SL, GS and SG skis. Athletes must be members of the Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA) as well asUS Ski & Snowboard (USSA). Athletes hoping to compete at a FIS level will need to purchase a FIS license prior to the season.

Requirements: VARA Membership,US Ski & Snowboard Competition Membership, FIS approved Helmet (no ‘soft ears’)

Times: 8:30am to 3pm (Lunch 11:30am to 12:30pm)


Masters Alpine
Adults Ages 19+

The Masters Racing program is for the Master racer who wants to continue their ski training and racing in a weekend adult program. Some of the participants compete in the New England Masters race series, while others just love to ski fast and train lots of gates. The training on varied terrain with dedicated program coaches will give an advantage to the master aged athlete who wants to continue to develop their technical and tactical skills. Typical equipment needs include: FIS approved GS/SG Helmet (no ‘soft ears’ for GS/SG), a GS suit, slalom protection gear, a back protector, and properly sized SL and GS skis. Participants are encouraged to become members ofUS Ski & Snowboard (USSA).

Requirements: USSA Masters Membership for races, FIS Approved GS Helmet (no ‘soft ears’ for GS/SG)
Times: 8:30am to 3:00pm (Lunch Break 11:30am to 12:30pm)

The Master Racing program also offers Friday programming for those racers looking for more skiing and training. The Friday program runs from 9:00am-2:30pm on all non-holidays. The program starts on the first Friday following the SWSC opening weekend.


Masters M1
Adults Ages 19+

The Masters-M1 program is for the newer Master skier or racer who wants to improve their skiing skills, train in entry-level courses, and enjoy skiing Stratton with a like-minded group of adults. Participants will work on their skiing and training skills in a relaxed atmosphere and may join in with the Masters-Racing program once they are ready. Dedicated coaches will teach and guide the group through GS and SL skills, as well as free skiing fundamentals. This is a program for those looking to learn and have a fun time in the process. This is a morning program that runs from 8:30am - 11:30am.

Requirements: Helmet
Times: 8:30am to 11:30am



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General Schedule
Programs run every Saturday & Sunday from December 7, 2019 to March 29, 2020. Except December 24 and 25 & January 1.  SWSC will also run on select holiday dates: December 23, 26, 27, 30 & 31. January 2 and 20. February 17.

Our daily schedule:
8:25am       Meet at Alpine Flag in front of the Mountain Sports School
8:30am       Groups depart for morning instruction/training
11:30am     Break for lunch. Pick up participants at Alpine Flag. Required for parents of U8's & U10's
12:25pm     Meet at Alpine Flag in front of the Mountain Sports School
12:30pm     Groups depart for afternoon instruction/training
3:00pm       End of the Day. Pick up participants at Alpine Flag. Required for parents of U8's & U10's
  
*This schedule is subject to change.
Head Coaches/Program Director
U8:  Nicole Bielak   nbielak@stratton.com
Nicole returns to the SWSC to oversee the U8 Rippers Development Program. Nicole was a Stratton Mountain School athlete and graduate and has a true gift for working with the little ones. Nicole was recognized by her Stratton coaching peers, as the 2013/14 SWSC Coach of the Year and given the coveted 'Steel Wrench' award!
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U10:  Harriet DeVerry hdeverry@stratton.com
Harriet began coaching at Butternut Basin and has coached at all age levels. She moved to the SWSC in 2010 and has worked with all aged athletes. Harriet holds a Level-100 USSA certification and a PSIA level-3 certification, was an All American Division-1 soccer player at UVM, and coached youth soccer. She enjoys working with young athletes developing their skills and sharing her passion. Harriet was recognized by her Stratton coaching peers, as the 2015/16 SWSC Coach of the Year and given the coveted 'Steel Wrench' award!
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U12:  Katie Mallia  kmallia@stratton.com
Katie is well known throughout the Stratton community. Katie grew up racing at Stratton and later attended Stratton Mountain School as her racing progressed. Katie is well known for her creative and innovative coaching and training techniques. Katie's training style has helped hundreds of young athletes to have success. Because of this, Katie was recognized by her coaching peers as the 'VARA Development Coach of the Year' for the 2014/15 season.
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U14:  Bob Bacon
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U16:  Jim Burke  jburke@stratton.com
'Burkie' also comes to SWSC by way of Butternut Basin. He was brought to SWSC to strengthen the SWSC U16 Team. His leadership and vast coaching experience has been a great addition to the SWSC Coaching Team. He's lifted the level of the U16's and changed the face of the training!
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U19:  Kevin Koski  kkoski@stratton.com
Kevin has been a part of the SWSC for the past five years. He has worked with the U14's, U16's, and U19's during his time with the club. As Head U19 coach, Kevin's travels take him all over New England with the group of FIS level athletes. He's a great leader and role model for the older athletes in the program.
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Masters:  John Laserte  jlaserte@stratton.com
John has been at Stratton for ?? (35+) number of years. I think even he's lost count! As the Master's Leader, John has build one of the biggest Masters race groups in the east. The Masters love him and his very dedicated crew.
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Masters M1: Ray DeVerry

Program Manager:  Robbin Gibson  rgibson@stratton.com
Robbin has been the "glue" of the program for many years.  Her dedication to the athletes, families and the rest of the staff is amazing.  She is looking forward to another great season leading SWSC forward in her always positive, conscientious and organized manner.  Feel free to reach out at any time with any questions or comments.
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Race Day Administrators:                     John Daly, Laura Landshof  jdaly@stratton.com