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Alpine Racing U16, ages 14-15

Alpine Racing U16, ages 14-15

This program is designed to help competitors develop their skiing skills to their fullest potential. All aspects of competitive skiing will be covered, including physical conditioning, technical and tactical development and equipment preparation education, etc. Participants will compete in U16 races and the scored SYNC series. On-snow training begins in late October with trips to Loveland or Copper Mountain. Individual goal setting will be used to direct a yearlong training plan to help racers reach their goals. In the summer, athletes participate in directed and supervised summer strength and conditioning as part of a comprehensive year-round alpine program. This program is designed to give ski racers off-season guidance and coaching in off-snow preparation for winter training and establish a strong strength and conditioning base for higher-intensity training in the fall. The U16 age group is for skiers born in 2009 and 2010.

  • High School Schedule requirement: SSHS students should register for the full skier schedule to line up with weekday training times for the fall and winter. Boarding School option available through Steamboat Mountain School.
  • Middle School: Steamboat Springs Middle School and Sleeping Giant School students will need an early release schedule for the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. Please contact the principal or SSWSC’s academic coordinator.
  • Eligibility requirement: We welcome new athletes to the SSWSC through an application process. First apply and contact Alpine Program Director Tyler Shepherd Tyler Shepherd prior to registration. Athletes are expected to participate in pre-season dryland training and/or a fall sport, and participate in RMD and regional races.
  • Equipment requirements: Skiers should have and consistently maintain Super G, GS and slalom skis, properly fitted ski boots, helmet, goggles with UV lenses, speed suit, back protector, slalom pole guards, and shin guards. Helmets must have a FIS-approved sticker. Downhill skis recommended.
  • Season pass information: Must have ski passes to Howelsen Hill and to Steamboat Ski Resort – full Ikon pass recommended.
  • Competition information: Participation in SYNC Series, RMD qualification events, U16 Rocky/Central Junior Championships, U16 Rocky/Central Prater Cup, and spring races.
  • Licensing requirements: U.S. Ski & Snowboard competitor membership required. Renewal deadline is October 15.
Training Schedule

2024-2025 DATES, TIMES, and LOCATIONS:


May 6 - June 4:
Monday: 4-6 p.m. at Steamboat Mountain School
Wednesday, Friday, 4-5:30 p.m. at Howelsen Hill

June 5 - August 8:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30-10 a.m.

FALL/WINTER SESSIONS: Detailed schedule will be updated July 1.

Dryland Training: Starting late August, five days/week.

On Snow Training: Mid-November through mid-April, six days/week.

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

Late April and May weekend training sessions will be offered based on snow conditions at Loveland, Winter Park or other nearby areas at an additional cost.

Program Fee

Scholarships are based on a two-step EZ Competitive Program Scholarship.

  • Resident Requirements: To be eligible for the resident program fee, athletes must be full-time residents of Routt or Moffat County or full-time participants of SSWSC for two years or more. See the Member Handbook for full details on resident fees.
  • Required Work Deposit: Residents and non-residents are required to pay an additional $600 refundable work deposit. For more information on the SSWSC work deposit program CLICK HERE.
  • Scholarships: Check out all SSWSC’s scholarship opportunities, including the two-step EZ Competitive Program Scholarship and Winter Program Fee Scholarship HERE!. Non-residents are not eligible for EZ Scholarships but may apply for the Winter Program Fee Scholarship.

Ben Brown

Email Ben Brown, Alpine Technical Director and U16 Head Coach

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.