Competition Programs - 2017/18

Okemo Mountain’s Competition Programs are designed with the long – term development of young athletes in mind. Our mission is to help competitors reach their full athletic potential, whether that is recreational or competitive racing. Our primary goal is to instill a healthy competitive drive and lifetime love of skiing.

QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES

Applicants must be able to master the majority of mountain terrain and ride all lifts. All new applicants need to be screened before acceptance, in order to ensure readiness for the program. Screenings are conducted during the first two weekends in December. Contact the Okemo Competition Center (802-228-1483) to schedule a screening.

REGISTRATION & INFORMATION

To use our online registration system to register your child for one of our Okemo Competittion Programs, click the REGISTER button in the appropriate program listing below. 

All competitors and athletes must be members of OMARA and the Worker Obligation Program. These fees will be added at checkout. 

For an application to register your child in one of our Okemo Competition Programs, please contact us:

SCHOLARSHIPS

For athletes that need financial assistance, OMARA has some need-based funds to help qualifying athletes. Please see the OMARA website for details.

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RACING PROGRAMS (7-20 YEARS OLD)

The Alpine U16/19 teams aims to bring alpine skills to a higher competitive level. This includes basic skills such as ankle flexion, stance, pole plant, looking ahead, and how to approach a race day. The team then moves onto Slalom, Giant Slalom, and Super Giant Slalom training. Athletic goals and specific training techniques are tailored to each competitor. Athletes will work with a coach early on to set goals for the season.

Requirements

  • USSA, VARA, and OMARA membership required in order to compete
  • Participation in the worker obligation program
  • All programs must be paid in full by the first day of the program. No exceptions.
  • Athletes must come prepared to all practices and races. Being on time and ready to ski is key.

Program Fees

  • 1st Child
    • if purchased on or before Nov 26
      • $1,900 for 2-day; $2,500 for 3-day
    • if purchased on or after Nov 27
      • $2,000 for 2-day; $2,600 for 3-day
  • 2nd Child
    • if purchased on or before Nov 26
      • $1,850 for 2-day; $2,450 for 3-day
    • if purchased on or after Nov 27
      • $1,950 for 2-day; $2,550 for 3-day

Worker Obligation Fee must be paid at checkout
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Training and Equipment Information

This is the first year that The U16s and U19s will be training together. Since the U16 and U19 age classes are now so similar, we believe that we can offer the best experience, both athletically and socially, to our U16 and U19 athletes by having the athletes and their coaches work together in close collaborations across age groups.  We recognize that many of these athletes are not only friends, but can also be strong training partners. 

In the light of this merger, we want to ensure that we continue to carefully monitor the progress of each athlete and meet their individual needs.  This is best accomplished by having specific coaches assigned to specific athletes.  While a particular coach will be responsible for a particular set of athletes, all U16&19 coaches and athletes will wind up working together at some point during the season.  

Recommended Equipment:

  • One pair of Giant Slalom and one pair of Slalom skis. Skis must meet USSA standards for competition.
  • Based on the coach’s suggestion your athlete may need Super G skis.
  • Slalom armor such as, chin, shin, and pole guards. Athletes will not be allowed to train or race without a SL chin guard.
  • GS suit (not mandatory, but highly recommended)
  • Competitors must have a FIS approved helmet as indicated by a FIS sticker on the back of their helmet for GS and SG races. “No sticker, so start”.

Program Dates/Meeting Times/Lunch

  • December 2nd – March 25th
  • On Saturdays & Sundays the group will met at the yurt at 8:15 a.m.
  • Morning session: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Afternoon session: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Lunch break: 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Mid-week training during winter break December 26 – 29 and December 31st

U16 ages 14 – 15

The Alpine U16/19 teams aims to bring alpine skills to a higher competitive level. This includes basic skills such as ankle flexion, stance, pole plant, looking ahead, and how to approach a race day. The team then moves onto Slalom, Giant Slalom, and Super Giant Slalom training. Athletic goals and specific training techniques are tailored to each competitor. Athletes will work with a coach early on to set goals for the season.

Requirements

  • USSA, VARA, and OMARA membership required in order to compete
  • Participation in the worker obligation program
  • All programs must be paid in full by the first day of the program. No exceptions.
  • Athletes must come prepared to all practices and races. Being on time and ready to ski is key.

Program Fees

  • 1st Child
    • if purchased on or before Nov 26
      • $1,900 for 2-day; $2,500 for 3-day
    • if purchased on or after Nov 27
      • $2,000 for 2-day; $2,600 for 3-day
  • 2nd Child
    • if purchased on or before Nov 26
      • $1,850 for 2-day; $2,450 for 3-day
    • if purchased on or after Nov 27
      • $1,950 for 2-day; $2,550 for 3-day

Worker Obligation Fee must be paid at checkout
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Training and Equipment Information

This is the first year that The U16s and U19s will be training together. Since the U16 and U19 age classes are now so similar, we believe that we can offer the best experience, both athletically and socially, to our U16 and U19 athletes by having the athletes and their coaches work together in close collaborations across age groups.  We recognize that many of these athletes are not only friends, but can also be strong training partners. 

In the light of this merger, we want to ensure that we continue to carefully monitor the progress of each athlete and meet their individual needs.  This is best accomplished by having specific coaches assigned to specific athletes.  While a particular coach will be responsible for a particular set of athletes, all U16&19 coaches and athletes will wind up working together at some point during the season.  

Recommended Equipment:

  • One pair of Giant Slalom and one pair of Slalom skis. Skis must meet USSA standards for competition.
  • Based on the coach’s suggestion your athlete may need Super G skis.
  • Slalom armor such as, chin, shin, and pole guards. Athletes will not be allowed to train or race without a SL chin guard.
  • GS suit (not mandatory, but highly recommended)
  • Competitors must have a FIS approved helmet as indicated by a FIS sticker on the back of their helmet for GS and SG races. “No sticker, so start”.

Program Dates/Meeting Times/Lunch

  • December 2nd – March 25th
  • On Saturdays & Sundays the group will met at the yurt at 8:15 a.m.
  • Morning session: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Afternoon session: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Lunch break: 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Mid-week training during winter break December 26 – 29 and December 31st

Ages 12-13

The focus in U14 is on fundamentals and making athletes strong skiers, which will transfer to their ski racing.  Training involves much free skiing and drill work since increasing mileage is the best way to ensure a strong athletic foundation.  As the athletes progress training will also include gate training. Competitions at this age group continue with mid Vermont council races but there is a possibility of athletes advancing to Eastern Championship events.   

Requirements

  • USSA, VARA, and OMARA membership required in order to compete
  • All programs must be paid in full by the first day of the program. No exceptions.
  • Participation in the worker obligation program
  • Must have participated in the U10/12s and recommended by a coach to join the, or must have passed a screening process.

Program Fees

  • 1st Child: $1,750 for 2-day (Sat. & Sun.); $2,350 for 3-day (Fri., Sat., & Sun.)
  • 2nd Child: $1,700 for 2-day; $2,300 for 3-day

Training and Equipment Information

The U14s train as a large group when skiing drill courses and gates. By January we will break out into permanent skill based groups for free skiing and drill work. Splitting into groups allows athletes to ski with peers that are working on similar skills. Coaches will cycle though groups, so athletes can work with each coach. Athletes may switch groups throughout the season based on individual training needs.

            Recommended Equipment

  • One pair of Giant Slalom and one pair of Slalom skis. Skis must meet USSA standards for competition.
  • Based on the coach’s suggestion your athlete may need Super G skis.
  •  Competitors must have a FIS approved helmet as indicated by a FIS sticker on the back of their helmet for GS and SG races. “No sticker, so start”.
  • Shin guards and pole guards for SL are recommended

 

Program Dates/Meeting Times/Lunch

  • December 2nd – March 25th
  • On Saturdays & Sundays the group will met at the gate shack at 8:15 a.m.
  • Morning session: 8:15 – 11 a.m.
  • Afternoon session: 12 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Lunch break: 11 – 12 a.m.
  • Mid-week training during winter break December 26 – 29 and December 31st

Ages 7 – 11

The Alpine U12/10 team focuses on fundamentals and making children strong skiers. This team’s goal is to give athletes a strong ski racing foundation. As athletes progress they will be introduced to gate training. From there forward, training will be adjusted based on an athlete’s group and ability level. This is the first age group in which athletes will be racing against other ski clubs in mid Vermont.

Requirements

  • USSA, VARA, and OMARA membership required in order to compete
  • All programs must be paid in full by the first day of the program. No exceptions.
  • Participation in the worker obligation program
  • Must have participated in Hopefuls and recommended by a coach to join the U12/10, or must have passed a screening process.

Program Fees

  • 1st Child
    • $1,750 for 2-day (Sat. & Sun.); $2,350 for 3-day (Fri., Sat., & Sun.)
  • 2nd Child
    • $1,700 for 2-day; $1, 2,300 for 3-day

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Group Breakdown

By mid-January all athletes are split into permanent morning training groups. Groups are chosen based on an athlete’s current skill set and age class. Each group will have a lead and secondary coach. In the afternoon all of the U12/10s will train together on Wardance; or the children will get to pick their own groups and get a chance to ski with their friends.

Training and Equipment Information

For U10s: The U10s only race and train GS and stubby Slalom. This entails short, soft gates, which require no special armor. U10s can have one pair of skis for both events. One pair of junior slalom skis is the recommendation for a new U10. For a seasoned U10 we recommend one junior GS and one Junior SL ski.

For U12s: The U12s race and train GS and stubby Slalom. They will be exposed to full SL gates during training. It is possible to use one pair of skis for both events, but we recommend a pair of junior GS and junior SL skis. You may want to purchase SL armor for training (chin guard, pole, and shin guards), but this is not mandatory. Ensure that the shin guard is compatible with your child’s helmet. Second year U12s (11 yr. olds) will participate in a SG camp, however they will use their GS skis for this event. No SG skis allowed.

  • Most U12/10s wear a GS suit, but one is not required. If they do wear a GS suit, they will need full side zip pants in order to take them off with their boots still on.
  • All U10s & U12s must have a full shell helmet (ears covered)

Program Dates/Meeting Times/Lunch

  • December 2nd – March 25th
  • On Saturdays & Sundays the group will met at the top of the South Ridge Quads at 8:30 a.m.
  • Morning session: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Afternoon session: 12 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Lunch break: 10:30 – 12 p.m.
  • Mid-week training during winter break December 26 – 29 and December 31st

Ages 7-12 

The Hopefuls Program is Okemo’s introductory race team. With an emphasis on skill development the Hopeful athlete enjoys a variety of drill work, ample free skiing and gate training. Each child is assigned to a team at the beginning of the season and will ski with that team every Saturday. Fun and safety are emphasized. Athletes often make great friends with one another and look forward to skiing with each other every weekend. The children also get to choose their own team names, which are frequently silly and playful. Many Hopefuls move on to other programs including U10/U12, PG and Freestyle.

Requirements

  • The prospective athlete must able to ski all of the mountain; only using a wedge on steeper terrain (this would be the most basic level of hopefuls).
  • All programs must be paid in full by the first day of the program. No exceptions.
  • Participation in the worker obligation program

Program Fees

  • 1st Child
    • $900 for 1-day; $1,500 for 2-day(limited athletes - first-come, first-serve) 
  • 2nd Child
    • $850 for 1-day; $1,450 for 2-day(limited athletes - first-come, first-serve)

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Group Breakdown

In the Hopefuls athletes are broken down into teams based on age bracket and skiing ability. We like to have a few “developing skiers”, “comfortable skiers”, and “strong skiers” in each group, for each age classification. We find that mixing skill levels helps the children learn from each other.

Training and Equipment Information

The Hopefuls focus on the fundamental skills of skiing such as pressure, edging, rotary and balance. The team will progress basic gate training with stubbies and brushes. Essentially, the core of our program is working on fundamentals and providing athletes with an opportunity to gain lots of mileage.

            Recommended Equipment:

  • Helmet
  • Good quality/warm ski jacket, pants, gloves or mittens
  • One pair of all mountain or junior SL skis and ski boots

Program Dates/Meeting Times/Lunch

  • December 9 th – March 25 th
  • On Saturdays the group will met at the Sugar House at 9 a.m.
  • Morning session: 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Afternoon session: 12 – 2 p.m.
  • Lunch break: 11 – 12 p.m.
  • Holiday week training on Dec, 23, 26, 28, and 30
  • February break training on Feb. 18,21,23

Ages 13 – 18

The Devo program uses racing fundamentals to turn our participants into very capable skiers.  Camaraderie, love of the snow and fun are our driving themes.

Some participants have come to us from successful careers in Hopefuls, U10/U12’s, U14, U16’s or Freestyle.  Others have had little, if any experience with formal instruction.  The common bond between all of our athletes is the desire to improve skills, competencies and confidence on all terrain.  We spend approximately 90% of our time on core foundational skills and 10% of our time applying those fundamentals to gates and race training.  We ski all parts of the mountain, good weather and bad.

We are a smaller group, generally offering more opportunity for one-on-one focus than other programs.  All participants are expected to have some baseline ability in skiing – and we’ll take it from there.

Requirements

  • Athletes must able to ski the entire mountain (self identified as an intermediate).
  • A personal desire to improve skills, competencies and confidence on all terrain
  • All programs must be paid in full by the first day of the program. No exceptions.
  • Participation in the worker obligation program.

Program Fees

  • 1st Child
    • $1,000
  • 2nd Child
    • $950

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Training and Equipment Information

Appropriate equipment is critical to executing the drills that we employ every weekend.   While race equipment is not required, skis and poles should be correctly sized and boots should fit and flex appropriately based on the athlete’s age and skill level.  In addition, skis should be tuned on a regular basis.  We will offer guidance here as well.

Program Dates/Meeting Times/Lunch

  • December 9 th – March 25 th
  • On Saturdays the group will met at the top of the A/B Quads at 8:30 a.m.
  • Morning session: 8:30 – 11 a.m.
  • Afternoon session: 12 – 2 p.m.
  • Lunch break: 11 – 12 p.m.
  • In mid/late February we take a road trip to either Mt. Sunapee in NH, or Killington in VT.

FREESTYLE PROGRAMS (8-18 YEARS OLD)

Cost:

  • 1st Child
    • $1,500 for 2-day; $2,100 for 3-day
  • 2nd Child
    • $1,450 for 2-day; $2,050 for 3-day

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Ages: 8-12

Dates: December 9, 2017 - March 25, 2018

Times:  Weekends, 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 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 (or another local event depending on the schedule). 

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!

Training:
A typical training day will include skiing the whole mountain, mixing in moguls, park, trees and groomers with a focus on having fun. A few runs per day will include specific drills to teach and reinforce fundamental concepts such as correct body position, turning, edging, absorbing and extending and safe jumping skills necessary to be a successful freestyle competitor. 

B-level athletes are welcome to participate in both freeride and moguls

Cost:

  • 1st Child
    • if purchased on or before Nov 26
      • $2,000 for 2-day; $2,600 for 3-day
    • if purchased on or after Nov 27
      • $2,100 for 2-day; $2,700 for 3-day
  • 2nd Child
    • if purchased on or before Nov 26
      • $1,950 for 2-day; $2,550 for 3-day
    • if purchased on or after Nov 27
      • $2,050 for 2-day; $2,650 for 3-day

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Ages: 9-16

Dates: December 2, 2017 - March 25, 2018

Times:  Saturdays & Sundays; 9am - 11am & 12pm - 2pm. Times may vary after training groups are established. Training scheduled through all recognized vacation periods.

Goals:

  • 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 USASA Slopestyle and/or halfpipe events around Southern VT; and to have fun while being part of the team.
  • 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.
  • Develop all mountain skiing abilities with a focus on natural terrain, selecting a line and utilizing natural train features for air, in preparation for IFSA freeride events.   

 

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). Slopestyle and halfpipe skier compete in USASA Southern Vermont Series  (USASA license required). Skiers are encouraged to compete in at least 3 comps (more if doing both moguls and freeride) for the season and to train at Okemo no fewer than 2 weekends per month. Both mogul and freeride athletes are encouraged to compete in at least one IFSA all mountain freeski event (Ski The East Freeride Tour Jr Qualifier).

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:

  • Freeride: 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.
  • Moguls: 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.

 

Training:
A typical training day will be specific to the program. Mogul athletes will ski a mix of moguls and groomed trails. While skiing groomers specific drills will be done to improve mogul specific and general skiing skills. Early season training is typically heavy on drills, while in mid to late season more time is spent in the moguls. Athletes will train on mogul jumps at least one training session (if not more) per weekend. Freeride athletes will spend most of their day in the park focusing on rails, jumps and pipe. Occasional skiing specific and park specific drills will be done on runs on groomers. Freeride skiers will also spend some time training on natural train like ungroomed trails or woods to prepare for IFSA freeride events. 

Cost:  

  • 1st Child
    • if purchased on or before Nov 26
      • $2,000 for 2-day; $2,600 for 3-day
    • if purchased on or after Nov 27
      • $2,100 for 2-day; $2,700 for 3-day
  • 2nd Child
    • if purchased on or before Nov 26
      • $1,950 for 2-day; $2,550 for 3-day
    • if purchased on or after Nov 27
      • $2,050 for 2-day; $2,650 for 3-day

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Ages:  14+, dependent upon ability/experience.

Dates: December 2, 2017 - March 25, 2018

Times: Saturdays & Sundays; 9am - 11am & 12pm - 2pm. 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.

Training:
A typical training day will be specific to the program. Mogul athletes will ski a mix of moguls and groomed trails. While skiing groomers specific drills will be done to improve mogul specific and general skiing skills. Early season training is typically heavy on drills, while in mid to late season more time is spent in the moguls. Athletes will train on mogul jumps at least one training session (if not more) per weekend. 

Cost:

  • 1st Child
    • if purchased on or before Nov 26
      • $2,000 for 2-day; $2,600 for 3-day
    • if purchased on or after Nov 27
      • $2,100 for 2-day; $2,700 for 3-day
  • 2nd Child
    • if purchased on or before Nov 26
      • $1,950 for 2-day; $2,550 for 3-day
    • if purchased on or after Nov Nov 27
      • $2,050 for 2-day; $2,650 for 3-day

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Ages:  14+, dependent upon ability/experience.

Dates:  December 2, 2017 - March 25, 2018

Times: Saturdays & Sundays; 9am - 11am & 12pm - 2pm. 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.

Training:
Freeride athletes will spend most of their day in the park focusing on rails, jumps and pipe. Occasional skiing specific and park specific drills will be done on runs on groomers. Freeride skiers will also spend some time training on natural train like ungroomed trails or woods to prepare for IFSA freeride events. 


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

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 $1,500 for 2-day; $2,100 for 3-day

  • 2nd child $1,450 for 2-day; $2,050 for 3-day

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Ages: 6-9 years old

Dates: December 9, 2017 - March 25, 2018

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.

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
    • if purchased on or before Nov 26
      • $2,000 for 2-day; $2,600 for 3-day
    • if purchased on or after Nov 27
      • $2,100 for 2-day; $2,700 for 3-day
  • 2nd Child
    • if purchased on or before Nov 26
      • $1,950 for 2-day; $2,550 for 3-day
    • if purchased on or after Nov 27
      • $2,050 for 2-day; $2,650 for 3-day

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Ages: 10-18 years old

Dates: December 2, 2017 - March 25, 2018

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!


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, 2017 and February 17-25, 2018.
  • Helmets are required at all times for all athletes.

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 $140 per hour and can be booked through the Okemo Competition Center at 802-228-1483.


ATHLETE VIDEO ANALYSIS

Athletes wishing to view their training videos, please log into your Sprongo account (NOTE: Sprongo is $10/month if paid monthly, or $5/month if purchasing a year-long subscription.):

VIEW VIDEOS


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 501(c)3 and separate entity from Okemo Mountain Resort, which administers the Competition Center Programs. 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. Our student athletes gain admission to some of the best colleges and universities in the country where they continue to succeed both academically and athletically. 

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



OMARA

OMARA is a non-profit booster club that was founded to support the athletes, families, and coaches of Okemo Competition Programs and Okemo Mountain School, as well as lend administrative, logistical and financial support to the programs themselves. We raise money through annual member dues, fundraisers and socials, individual donations, and ad space. To learn more visit go2omara.com.