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Competition Programs - 2016/17

Okemo Mountain's Competition Programs are designed with the long-term development of young athletes in mind. We constantly explore new ways of creating excitement. Our goal is to help competitors become the best that they can be. Whether the recreational competition path is chosen or the path to national championships, we strive to instill healthy competitive drive and the love of a lifetime sport. All competitors and participants must be a member of OMARA. Applications must include initial OMARA dues.


RACING PROGRAMS (7-19 YEARS OLD)

  • U18-21

    Cost

    • 1st Child:  $1,800 for 2-day; $2,300 for 3-day
    • 2nd Child:  $1,750 for 2-day; $2,250 for 3-day

    Ages

    • 16-19 years old

    Dates

    • December 10, 2016 - March 25, 2017

    Time

    • Sat. & Sun.; 8am - 10:30am & 11pm - 1:30pm
    • Times may vary after training groups are established.
    • Training daily through all recognized vacation periods.

    Meeting Place

    • Okemo Competition Center

    Format

    • Must hold a USSA Competitors License and VARA License in order to race.
    • Eastern race series requires travel.
    • State Championships, Junior Finals, Eastern Championships.
    • These fees do not include coaching fees for out-of-division travel.
    • Must join OMARA.
  • U16

    Cost

    • 1st Child:  $1,800 for 2-day; $2,300 for 3-day
    • 2nd Child:  $1,750 for 2-day; $2,250 for 3-day

    Ages

    • 14-15 years old

    Dates

    • December 10, 2016 - March 25, 2017

    Time

    • Sat. & Sun.; 8am - 10:30am & 11pm - 1:30pm
    • Times may vary after training groups are established.
    • Training daily through all recognized vacation periods.

    Meeting Place

    • Okemo Competition Center

    Format

    • Must hold a USSA Competitors License and VARA License in order to race.
    • Mid-Vermont and statewide race series requires travel.
    • Introduction to Super G.
    • State Championships. Junior Finals. Junior Olympics.
    • Must join OMARA.
  • U14

    Cost

    • 1st Child:  $1,500 for 2-day; $2,000 for 3-day
    • 2nd Child:  $1,450 for 2-day; $1,950 for 3-day

    Ages

    • 12-13 years old

    Dates

    • December 10, 2016 - March 25, 2017

    Time

    • Sat. & Sun.; 8:30am - 10:30am & 11:30pm - 1:30pm
    • Times may vary after training groups are established.
    • Training daily through all recognized vacation periods.

    Meeting Place

    • Gate Shack

    Format

    • Under the new age classifications, the U14 team is the second level of intermountain racing in Mid-Vermont. At the U14 the intensity of training and racing increases significantly and athletes are introduced to full gate slalom and super G, while continuing work in giant slalom. The training and racing at the U14 level will be similar to that in the Jones Series ("Council") last year; however there will be no invitation or Time Trial process for participation.
    • Interested athletes must be 12 years old by December 31, 2012 and must have come through the Hopefuls program at a minimum, preferably having had experience racing as a U12.
    • Beginning in January, the team competes in a series of Mid-Vermont Council races and many athletes will qualify for the Vermont U14 State Championships in mid-March.
    • Athletes must join USSA, VARA and OMARA.
  • U10-12

    Cost

    • 1st Child:  $1,400 for 2-day; $1,900 for 3-day
    • 2nd Child:  $1,350 for 2-day; $1,850 for 3-day

    Ages

    • 12-13 years old

    Dates

    • December 10, 2016 - March 25, 2017

    Time

    • Sat. & Sun.; 8:30am - 10:30am & 11:30pm - 1:30pm
    • Times may vary after training groups are established.
    • Training daily through all recognized vacation periods.

    Meeting Place

    • Top of South Ridge Quads

    Format

    • Under the new age classifications the U12/U10 team is the first level of intermountain racing in the Mid-Vermont Council. The training and competition will be similar to that in the Ross Series or "Devo" program last year.
    • Interested athletes should have completed at least one year of Hopefuls and a screening in December. Athletes continue to hone their skiing and racing skills through a mix of directed free-skiing, drill work, and gate training.
    • Training and compeition will involve both giant slalom and stubby slalom.
    • Beginning in January, the team travels to races at other mountain in mid-Vermont.
    • Athletes must join USSA, VARA and OMARA.
  • Development PG

    Cost

    • 1st Child:   $950
    • 2nd Child:  $900

    Ages

    • 13-18 years old

    Dates

    • December 10, 2016 - March 25, 2017

    Time

    • 8:30am - 10:30am & 11:30pm - 1:30pm
    • Training daily through all recognized vacation periods.

    Meeting Place

    • Top of South Ridge Quads

    Format

    • Designed for the athlete who seeks continued technical instruction in both free skiing and gate training but does not want to compete.
  • Hopefuls

    Cost

    • 1st Child:   $850
    • 2nd Child:  $800

    Ages

    • 7-12 years old

    Dates

    • December 10, 2016 - March 25, 2017

    Time

    • Saturdays; 9am - 11am & 12pm - 2pm
    • Groups meet two days of recognized vacation periods.

    Meeting Place

    • Sugar House Lodge

    Format

    • This is our entry level program for ALL disciplines. Team concept. No travel.

FREESTYLE PROGRAMS (8-18 YEARS OLD)

  • Fresh Start Freestylers Team

    Cost:

    • First Child: $1,400 for 2-day; $1,900 for 3-day
    • 2nd child: $1,350 for 2-day; $1,850 for 3-day

    Ages: 8-12

    Dates: December 10, 2016 - March 25, 2017

    Times: Saturdays, 9am - 11am & 12pm - 2pm. Groups meet two days of recognized vacation periods.

    Goal:
    To introduce younger skiers to meeting and learning in a weekly, non-competitive team format with friends; to learn the correct body position, turning, edging, absorbing and extending and safe jumping skills necessary to be a successful freestyle competitor; to be confident and prepared enough to, by February, compete in their first mogul competition at Okemo; and to have fun while being part of the team.

    Competition:
    While Fresh Start is a non-competitive program, a successful season will culminate in the athlete entering their first-ever mogul competition in the comfort of the “home court,” the Okemo B Mogul Competition on Presidents’ Weekend.

    Travel:
    There is no travel involved with this program.

    Prerequisites:
    Skiers should have the motivation to get out on the mountain each day, want to have fun, want to learn how to ski a variety of terrain, mainly moguls, with good form and want to jump. A solid all-mountain skiing base, parallel turns and a good attitude! 

  • B Mogul Team

    Cost:

    • First Child: $1,900 for 2-day; $2,400 for 3-day
    • 2nd child: $1,850 for 2-day; $2,350 for 3-day

    Ages: 9-18

    Dates: December 10, 2016 - March 25, 2017

    Times: Saturdays & Sundays; 8am - 10:30am & 12pm - 2:30pm. Times may vary after training groups are established. Training scheduled through all recognized vacation periods.

    Goal:
    To give skiers proficiency at maintaining a line in the moguls, holding a good form, successfully completing two jumps in a mogul course and having fun while being part of the team.

    Competition:
    Skiers compete in USSA Eastern Qualifier Series B level mogul competitions throughout Vermont: Okemo, Killington, Sugarbush. Mt. Snow, etc. (Must hold USSA competitor's license).  Skiers are encouraged to compete in at least 3 comps for the season and to train at Okemo no fewer than 2 weekends per month.

    Travel:
    Day trips to other mountains for competitions – coordinated by the Program Director.  Parents who are free are encouraged to volunteer for driving and to come along and spectate.

    Prerequisites:
    No prior competition experience necessary.  Regarding skiing ability, either a year in the Fresh Start Freestylers Program or a coach screening at the beginning of the season is required.  At this level, skiers should be able to be self-motivated to get out on the mountain every day, want to have fun, want to learn how to ski moguls with good form and want to jump. Also, powder days are spent in the trees and we like to encourage all-mountain skiing for all skiers, with an overarching emphasis on mogul skiing.

  • A Mogul Team

    Cost:  

    • First Child: $1,900 for 2-day; $2,400 for 3-day
    • 2nd child: $1,850 for 2-day; $2,350 for 3-day

    Ages:  14+, though mainly dependent upon ability/experience.

    Dates: December 10, 2016 - March 25, 2017

    Times: Saturdays & Sundays; 8am - 10:30am & 12pm - 2:30pm. Times may vary after training groups are established. Training scheduled through all recognized vacation periods.

    Goal:
    To enter into a more serious level of training and competition in mogul skiing; to refine and perfect the mogul turning, edging, absorbing, extending, body positioning and jumping skills introduced at the B mogul level; to learn and compete with more technical air maneuvers; to accumulate points on the USSA Eastern and National points lists, ultimately qualifying for Invitational Championship events; and to have fun while being part of the team.

    Competition:
    Skiers compete in USSA Eastern Championship Series A level mogul and dual mogul competitions throughout New England, ultimately aimed at qualification for Eastern Championships and Junior Olympics  (must hold USSA competitor's license). 

    Travel:
    Plan on traveling to 8 competitions, all over New England, throughout the season.  Often leaving on a Thursday night and returning on a Sunday.  Travel logistics/supervision handled and coordinated by Head Mogul Coach/Program Director.

    Prerequisites:
    Generally speaking, one is ready for the ‘A’ circuit after a solid top-ten performance at ‘B’ mogul Eastern Championships.  Enrollment at Okemo Mountain School, for at least a 6 week Target Term, is highly recommended.  Athletes should be prepared and excited for a more serious level of training and competing than at the ‘B’ level.

  • B Freeride Team

    Cost:

    • First Child: $1,900 for 2-day; $2,400 for 3-day
    • 2nd child: $1,850 for 2-day; $2,350 for 3-day

    Ages:  9-16

    Dates: December 3, 2016 - March 25, 2017

    Times: Saturdays & Sundays; 8am - 10:30am & 12pm - 2:30pm. Times may vary after training groups are established. Training scheduled through all recognized vacation periods.

    Goal:
    To expand an already solid skill set of skiing and jumping to include safety and competency on all terrain park features, such as jumps, boxes, rails, and halfpipe; focus on takeoff and landing technique; to learn a variety of switch and forward spins; to compete in at least three USSA B level Slopestyle or Big Air events around Southern VT; and to have fun while being part of the team.

    Competition:
    Skiers compete in USSA Eastern Qualifier Series B level Slopestyle and Big Air competitions throughout Vermont: Okemo, Killington, Sugarbush. Mt. Snow, etc. (Must hold USSA competitor's license).  Skiers are encouraged to compete in at least 3 comps for the season and to train at Okemo no fewer than 2 weekends per month.

    Travel:
    Day trips to other mountains for competitions – coordinated by the Program Director.  Parents who are free are encouraged to volunteer for driving and to come along and spectate.

    Prerequisites:
    No prior competition experience necessary.  Skiers should be comfortable straight-airing terrain park jumps up to 30 ft., be able to spin a 360, and be comfortable getting to the lip of the halfpipe.  Sound too advanced?  Try our Fresh Start Freestylers Program!  At this level, skiers should have the motivation to get out on the mountain every day and a desire to have fun on all sorts of terrain.

  • A Freeride Team

    Cost:

    • First Child: $1,900 for 2-day; $2,400 for 3-day
    • 2nd child: $1,850 for 2-day; $2,350 for 3-day

    Ages:  9-16

    Dates: December 3, 2016 - March 25, 2017

    Times: Saturdays & Sundays; 8am - 10:30am & 12pm - 2:30pm. Times may vary after training groups are established. Training scheduled through all recognized vacation periods.

    Goal:
    To safely learn and compete at the highest level of Freeride (park and pipe) skiing; to perfect and polish forward, switch, off-axis, and inverted maneuvers; to compete in USSA as well as Pro and Open competitions; to compile an edited film segment by the season’s end; to move forward with a unique, individual, and personal skiing progression; and to have fun while being part of the team.

    Competition:
    Skiers compete in USSA Eastern Championship Series A level Slopestyle and Halfpipe competitions throughout New England (Must hold USSA competitor's license); depending on ability, skiers travel to CO for the US Freeskiing Open and the Aspen Freeskiing Open, as well as various East Coast Pro level events.

    Travel:
    Plan on traveling to 8 competitions, all over New England, throughout the season.  Often leaving on a Thursday and returning on a Sunday.  Travel logistics/supervision handled and coordinated by Head Freeride Coach/Program Director.

    Prerequisites:
    Either a year in the B FREERIDE Program or a coach screening at the beginning of the season.  Enrollment at Okemo Mountain School, for at least a 6 week Target Term, is highly recommended.  Skiers should have a knowledge of and passion for the sport, translating to a clear vision and goals for what they wish to achieve.


OKEMO MOUNTAIN SNOWBOARD TEAM & GROMS TEAM (6-18 YEARS OLD)

  • Groms Team

    THE OMST Groms Team was developed to provide coaching for young, aspiring snowboarders (ages 6-9) who would like to start competing, but who have not yet reached the level of the older kids on OMST. The Groms Team participates in the OMST training program, but will have a smaller coach to athlete ratio to provide a fun and safe learning environment for the little rippers.

    Cost: 

    • 1st child $1,400 for 2-day; $1,900 for 3-day

    • 2nd child $1,350 for 2-day; $1,850 for 3-day

    Ages: 6-9 years old

    Dates: December 10, 2016 - March 25, 2017

    Times: Weekends and Holidays from 8am to 1:30pm (afternoon meeting times vary after training groups are established).

    Meeting Place: In front of the Sitting Bull Restaurant

    Format: Emphasis on freestyle instruction (halfpipe and slopestyle), alpine training (GS and Slalom) fundamentals and boardercross.

  • Snowboard Team

    The Okemo Mountain Snowboard Team is for any advanced rider (ages 10-18) looking to compete and to take his/her riding ability to a higher level.  Our coaching staff will work on all disciplines with the athlete to ensure that the rider becomes well rounded and well versed on a snowboard.  Being able to ride everything confidently is the foundation that can generate personal and competitive success in snowboarding.  We promote camaraderie within a team environment and strive to enhance the lives of each and every athlete by creating the ultimate on-hill winter experience.

    Cost:

    • 1st child $1,900 for 2-day; $2,400 for 3-day

    • 2nd child $1,850 for 2-day; $2,350 for 3-day

    Ages: 10-18 years old

    Dates: December 3, 2016 - March 25, 2017

    Times: Weekends and Holidays from 8am to 1:30pm (afternoon meeting times vary after training groups are established).

    Meeting Place: In front of the Sitting Bull Restaurant

    Format: Heavy emphasis on freestyle instruction (halfpipe and slopestyle), alpine training (GS and Slalom) and boardercross instruction.

    Prerequisites:

    There will be a mandatory one-hour coach screening at the beginning of the season for each new snowboarder looking to join the OMST. This will allow our coaching staff to determine if the rider is qualified to ride with the team and to designate the group the rider will be snowboarding with.

    Snowboarders looking to ride on the OMST should be able to ride comfortably down the majority of the trails on Okemo..  At this level, snowboarders should be able to be self-motivated to get out on the mountain every day, want to have fun, and want to learn how to kill it on a snowboard!


REGISTRATION

For an application to register your child in one of our Okemo Competition Programs, please send us an email at competitioncenter@okemo.com or call the Okemo Competition Center at 802-228-1483. 


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Travel is not mandatory for any group, however, training at Okemo may not be available on competition days.
  • In our programs that require travel, Okemo Mountain is not responsible for travel arrangements.
  • Equipment in the Training Center must be stored in lockers.  Lockers are not provided for all participants and must be signed up for with the race secretary.
  • 2-day programs run every Saturday and Sunday; 3-day programs run every Friday through Sunday. Training will be scheduled during the following vacation dates: December 26-31, 2014 and February 16-20, 2015.
  • Helmets are required by the United States Ski Association
    (USSA) and the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) for all participants.
  • Helmets are required at all times for OMST and OMST
    Groms teams.

QUALIFICATIONS GUIDELINE

Applicants must be able to master the majority of mountain terrain and ride all lifts. All new applicants must be screened before acceptance. This is to insure the readiness of the athlete and the proper program placement. Screenings are conducted the first two weekends in December. Appointments may be made through the Okemo Competition Center.


PRIVATE TRAINING

Work one-on-one with an Okemo Racing Pro and you'll find one of the fastest ways to take your ability to a higher level. From Racing to Freestyle to Snowboarding, our competition staff can help you advance. Private lessons are available for $100-115 per hour and can be booked through the Okemo Competition Center at 802-228-1483.


OKEMO MOUNTAIN SCHOOL

For Okemo Competition Center athletes who are looking to access more training and take their athletic performance to the next level, we encourage you to explore the options at Okemo Mountain School (OMS).  OMS is a winter term ski and snowboard academy dedicated to delivering a rigorous academic curriculum while providing an intense on-snow training schedule that would not be possible within a traditional school setting.  Our mission is to challenge and support motivated student-athletes to grow into successful individuals.  At OMS, student-athletes are given the opportunity to realize their athletic goals without compromising their academic goals.

The Okemo Mountain School community is close-knit and caring.  We value each of our community member’s aspirations and goals and always encourage the achievement of personal bests in all pursuits.  Leading by example, our faculty and staff teach respect for oneself, others, and one’s surroundings. We believe that our student-athletes leave OMS better prepared for their future with a strong sense of independence and outstanding skills in time management.

Most of all, we are passionate about what we do here at OMS.  Our student-athletes love to learn, train, and compete; our faculty and staff love to teach, coach, and inspire.  We invite you to call, email or visit OMS and learn more about the opportunities here!

Head of School: Mariel Meringolo
Phone: 802-228-1513
Email: info@okemomountainschool.org
website: okemomountainschool.org