Snow Summit Development Team
The purpose of the Development Team program is to teach the basic techniques of skiing to children from 7 to 16 who are low intermediate through advanced skiers and who are not ready for the ski teams (racing/free skiing) because of their skills, maturity, or interest. The program will promote skiing by teaching techniques and format as the skiers become ready. This includes both ski racing and free skiing. Each athlete should learn to ski naturally, developing his/her own style. D-Team members may move up to either the race team or free skiing team by satisfactorily passing a skills test, though move up is not mandatory. The D-Team serves children who wish to become better recreational skiers, those desiring to race and/or those wishing to participate on the free skiing team.
The “Vision” for the athlete who successfully participates in the Development Program is that every athlete has a positive relationship to Alpine Skiing. Even if the athlete does not go on beyond the Development Team, that athlete will be able to ski with confidence in all conditions and in any terrain. We strongly believe that the young athlete who graduates from the Development Team coaching program will possess all the inherent skills of an advanced young skier. Many do posses the necessary objective skills to take and pass the test to make the Race Team/Free Skiing Team. The goal for the D-Team athlete is to become a confidant skier, have excellent basic skills, and be able to ski any terrain and in any condition.
Development Team members will provide their own equipment and storage. They will receive a team jacket for a nominal rental fee. Full-time members are eligible for a discounted Cali4nia Pass. Development Team members are required to have a USSA Alpine General membership for a cost of $25 ($15 to USSA / $10 to Far West). Alpine General Membership can be purchased through USSA.org.