CRT provides a program that is fun an d enjoyable for all participants while developing strong skiing skills learned through structured training and directed free skiing using the entire mountain. This creates strong racers and excellent skiers with a deep love of the sport. The program is designed to train athletes ages 8 to 13 years (U10 – U14) who are interested in ski racing; our athletes vary in developmental stages. CRT is committed to training all athletes from entry level to elite. Cranmore’s focus is on a long-term development of our athletes following the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the USSA Alpine Training System.
The USSA Alpine Training System (ATS) is the long-term athlete development framework for the alpine coach, athlete and parent to design age-appropriate training and competition plans that allow them to maximize certain critical periods that exist in the development of every skier. Within each developmental phase, the ATS outlines the recommended progression for an athlete in the domains of sport participation, conditioning, technical and tactical skills, equipment, performance psychology and competition. These recommendations are based on current research by sport scientists on child development and its relation to high performance in athletics. A group of veteran club coaches, U.S. national team and USSA sport science staff have applied these principles to the sport of alpine skiing. The philosophy of the U.S. Ski Team is to create good skiers first, then great racers. Alpine ski racing at all levels is measured by the clock, yet the elements that are needed to compete well under the clock are not all objective. The U.S. Ski Team believes that the ski fundamentals are the first step in developing an athlete
To promote and support the development of fundamental skills, USSA has developed a program called Skills Quest. A core component of the Skills Quest program is the skiing skills assessment. This assessment outlines four skiing exercises for each developmental phase of the ATS that skiers can work toward mastery on that will assist them in achieving the broad skill base needed for long-term success on the race course. The USSA Skills Quest program is also used to provide structure to teaching fundamental skiing skills. Skills Quest is a cornerstone program of the Training System designed to assist coaches with and to motivate and reward athletes in working toward and improving abilities in the key areas of emphasis of the Alpine Training System. As its name implies, it represents a quest, or journey toward success in ski and snowboard competition, by focusing on skills, the critical components that make up a high performing ski and snowboard competitor. In its full build-out, it will include activities and competencies for skiing and snowboard skills, technique and tactics, conditioning, equipment preparation, performance psychology and athlete management.
Program Outline - Competition Programs for Ages 8-13:
Cranmore Race Team U10 (ages 8 & 9)
This program is for children who show a strong interest in ski racing and have the skills to match. In this program children will master basic skills needed for race courses along with the understanding or rules and regulations. This is an introduction for both children and parents into the world of ski racing. Participants will spend a limited amount of time gate training; they will participate in skills competitions and a limited number of races appropriate for their age group. NHARA does not recognize or allow 7 year olds to participate in any sanctioned races or events. Most seven year olds will be best serviced at Cranmore Mountain in their Rattlesnake program. Any seven year olds allowed to join CRT must be recommended and posses strong and dynamic skills which will be evaluated by coaching staff prior to acceptance.
Cranmore Race Team U12/U14 (ages 10-13)
These programs continue with the mastery of basic skills and introduce racing tactics. Racers will complete in NHARA U12 & U14 series, locally and regionally throughout the season. The program will also include skill assessment competitions throughout the season.
U16 - For racers ages 14 & up looking for a race program please contact the MWV Ski Team for program options at mwvskiteam.com
Cranmore Race Team is a member of the US Ski Association (USSA) and New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association (NHARA) and is a sanctioned race training program. NHARA is responsible for scheduling, coordinating and monitoring all the races in New Hampshire. USSA provides education and support to its local clubs including a certification process for coaches, judges and officials and the club itself to ensure the best experience possible for athletes and parents.
Weekend program Sat & Sun is $1600, Friday add-on training $500 for the season.
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