USSA/FIS Race – U14-U18

The U14s,  U16s and U18s will spend more time dedicated to gate training and focus on developing solid racing technique and teaching course tactics . Time spent training each of the disciplines becomes more balanced. New elements are added, such as increased technical training, more detailed goal setting, performance planning, equipment, video analysis, and timed training runs.

The U14s, U16s and U18s train in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G and the athletes are expected to arrive at training in good athletic shape and prepared to work with their equipment in excellent condition. Dry land training is a major component of this program and participation is highly recommended.

Free skiing emphasis is on hard, fast skiing in challenging terrain. Following the USSA model, free skiing will still be a vital part of this program and coaches will utilize our terrain to aid in athletic skill and mental development. While the program still provides a fun, social environment for the athletes, they will learn to work harder to improve and achieve pre-set goals.

The U16s and U18s are very focused and serious about their ski racing. Training sessions will be customized for each athlete and the focus is on refining skills to the highest level. Goal setting and performance planning is crucial in order to design training schedules that fit the needs and commitment of each athlete.  Training for U16s and U18s includes all four disciplines of Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G and Downhill.



All athletes must be comfortable skiing the entire mountain in all snow conditions and need to have prior race experience. Athletes who are not comfortable skiing the entire mountain (including the Bowl) on all snow conditions and do not have sufficient race experience may be mixed with the Regional Race Team. The coaches of both, the U14 Teams and the U16/U18 Teams, work closely together to better evaluate and accommodate different ski and race levels.



MARA offers the following options for the USSA/FIS Race program:

Full season (12 weeks) Saturday and Sunday (2 days)

Full season Sunday only*

Full season (12 weeks) Saturday, Sunday and an additional day (3 days)

Full season (12 weeks) Full Time (5 days)

Thursday night slalom (9weeks) — must be enrolled in one of the programs above

*for athletes with previous sanctioned racing experience or approval of the coach

All USSA/FIS Race athletes will start once Mt. Ashland opens. Saturday, January 6th, 2018. Teams ski from 8.45am – 2.45pm with a one hour unsupervised lunch between 11.30am – 12.30pm.

Thursday Night Training  meets from 6.00pm – 8.00pm. Waiting for mountain to open to schedule dates. Proposed dates are Jan 18th- March 15th (highly recommended)



The proposed dates for Holiday Camp are December 27th – 30th, 2016, from 10.00am – 3.00pm at Mt. Ashland(The Holiday Camp is included in the fees for all full season athletes)



Click here for more information about up coming local and regional races or visit the PNSA and Far West websites for more race information.


Please Enroll by December 15th


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