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Alpine Racing U14, ages 12-13

Alpine Racing U14, ages 12-13

This program is for motivated skiers born in 2011 and 2012 who love to ski race and enjoy competition. Athletes begin to spend more time in gates learning tactics and managing speed in the race course. However, plenty of time is still spent skiing the whole mountain to strengthen fundamental skiing skills, challenge the skiers’ balance and to have fun. Skiers participate in U.S. Ski & Snowboard Rocky Mountain Division competitions. Participation in the dryland program is expected to establish a base of fitness to help the skiers minimize injury risk and ski their best, but fall sports are encouraged too, and the dryland plan can be adapted for those in fall sports.

  • Skill requirement: Completed either U12 Alpine, U12 Alpine Race & Jump, U12 Alpine Race Ski Meister program or equivalent of 2-4 years of racing experience recommended. Comfortable on all-mountain terrain.
  • Equipment: Skiers should have and consistently maintain GS and slalom skis, properly fitted junior race ski boots, helmet, goggles with UV lenses, speed suit, back protector, slalom pole guards, and shin guards. Super G skis* and goggles with clear/night lenses recommended. Helmets must have a FIS approved sticker shown.
  • Passes: Must have full IKON pass and Howelsen Hill Pass.
  • Competition information: Skiers participate in the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Rocky Mountain Division (RMD) Age Class Series, selected SYNC Cup races, and Junior Championship events.
  • Memberships: U.S. Ski & Snowboard competitor membership is required. NOTE: The U14 age group is for skiers born in 2011 and 2012, but 2010 year of birth skiers who want fewer days of training than the U16 program and do not wish to compete in the full SYNC Cup competition schedule may also join the alpine U14 program.
  • Age: Born in 2011 and 2012 (AGE GROUP GUIDELINES)

*SSWSC has a limited inventory of Super G skis available to loan to athletes for the season based on availability, inquire with coaches. Athletes responsible for the maintenance of these skis during the season.


Dryland Training:
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 4-5:30 p.m. at Howelsen Hill starting September 10

On-Snow Training: Mid-November through April 13
Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. at Howelsen Hill
Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. at Howelsen Hill
Thursday, 6-8 p.m. at Howelsen Hill
Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Steamboat Resort
Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Steamboat Resort

Bonus training sessions may be offered during Christmas Break, Blues Break and scheduled off days for the Steamboat School District.

2024-2025 Program Fee

2024-2025 Program Fee: $8,100 plus $600 refundable work deposit

  • Payment Plan: SSWSC offers multiple payment options for summer, winter, and year-round program fees. Credit cards, eCheck (ACH bank transfer), cash, and checks are all accepted. We also offer a payment plan option. Find more information HERE.

  • Work Deposit Program: SSWSC requires a work deposit for each family. During the registration process, the program fee listed includes the work deposit. Families can earn back the work deposit by volunteering for SSWSC or opt out of volunteering and donate the work deposit to SSWSC. Find more information on the Work Deposit Program HERE.

  • Ride the SSWSC Bus: SSWSC offers after-school bus transportation from Steamboat Springs public schools to Howelsen Hill for SSWSC elementary and middle school athletes, 1st through 8th grades, on their scheduled training days. Sign up during the registration process. CLICK HERE for more information.

  • Scholarships: SSWSC offers scholarships for program fees through a one-step EZ Scholarship process during registration and enrollment. For more information on additional program fee scholarships and other scholarship opportunities, check out the scholarship pages on our website.

Questions about this program?
Email Tyler Shepherd, Alpine Program Director

Tyler Shepherd


Steamboat Mountain School

Steamboat Mountain School: For decades, numerous SSWSC student-athletes have attended Steamboat Mountain School—an independent college-preparatory school with day and boarding opportunities. SSWSC partners with SMS offering a coordinated and world-class educational and athletic experience.

For more details about Steamboat Mountain School and its collaboration with the SSWSC, visit the SMS website or email Pearson Alspach, Upper School Director of Admissions.