This program offers a comprehensive level of training for motivated athletes who love the sport and want to pursue their top potential in cross country ski racing. Each participant works with his/her coach to develop an annual training plan and goals. They should exhibit a high level of dedication to their sport. Skiers compete in local, regional, national, and in some cases, international competitions. SSHS students should sign up for the “0” hour school schedule to line up with weekday training times.
*Note: Under the new annual program fee structure, the full amount paid for spring/summer training will be applied as a deposit toward competitive-level winter programs. Under this pricing structure summer program fees will become eligible for the SSWSC EZ Scholarship, just as all winter program fees have been in the past. This will expand the scholarship opportunities for families that qualify for EZ Scholarship, making SSWSC programs more affordable. Credit for summer program fees will be applied to fall/winter program fees when fall/winter registration is processed, but will not show on the checkout screen.
Minimum skiing requirement: Some XC skiing is desirable, but not mandatory. There have been successful XC athletes who began skiing in high school
Equipment requirements: Cross country ski equipment for classic and skate on snow and complementary roller ski equipment for dryland training
Trail pass information: Purchase a Youth Premier Valley Pass
Competition information: Participants compete in Rocky Mountain Nordic (RMN) Junior National Qualifiers, Junior National championships (by qualification) and other events including Senior National Championships, Super Tour events and Super Tour Finals, if deemed appropriate.
Licensing requirements: Participants will need a U.S. Ski & Snowboard (USSS) Competitor Membership. RMN membership is a required add on to the USSS membership and is automatically added on to USSS Membership Annual Fee. Some athletes will also need a FIS license depending on competition plan, check with the coaches.
2022/23 DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS:Dryland Training: Tuesday-Friday 2:45-5:30pm and Saturday 9:00-12:30 starting August 23 at Howelsen Hill On-Snow Training: Tuesday-Friday, 2:45-5:30pm and Saturday 9:00-12:30 through April 1 at Howelsen Hill. On-snow training typically begins in early November.
2022/23 PROGRAM FEE:
RESIDENT*: $7,700, plus $600 refundable work deposit
NON-RESIDENT: $9,600, plus $600 refundable work deposit
*Full-time residents of Routt or Moffat County, or full-time participants of SSWSC for two years or more (see Member Handbook for full details on resident fees)
See the Scholarships page for information on program fee scholarships, including the one-step EZ Scholarship.
For more information on the SSWSC work deposit program click here.
Email Brian Tate, Cross Country Program Director