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U10 Skiing (3 and 4-day) ages 8-10

U10 Skiing Programs (ages 8-10)

These SSWSC programs help young alpine, mogul and freeride skiers develop a comprehensive set of skiing skills that better prepare them to further their skiing career in whichever discipline they desire. Taking advantage of Steamboat’s unique diversity of training environments, the teams will explore bumps, powder, trees, jumps, gates, steeps and terrain parks. Training venues include the SSWSC Stevens Family Alpine Venue, SSWSC mogul courses, terrain parks, nordic jumps and the SSWSC air bag jump.

While other programs start to narrow their focus into disciplines at this age, the SSWSC continues to develop a broad base of fundamental skiing skills that aligns with the athlete development models of U.S. Ski & Snowboard and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Skiers participate in the Steamboat Cup Series. U.S. Ski & Snowboard Rocky Mountain Division and USASA competitions (racing, moguls or park & pipe) are optional. To maximize training volume, this group does not travel to all available competitions and will only send coaches to select events.

This season we took U10 dryland training out of the regular program to take advantage of the better weather and more daylight in October. This is an add-on program for athletes aged 8-10 years old in any discipline in the club.

 

 

New U10 Dryland Option: October FunFit

U10 fall dryland training will be offered as a separate strength and conditioning program that is another session of our successful summer program called FunFit. FunFit is a program designed around developing sound fundamental skills in body movement, kinesthetic awareness, strength, and improving cardiovascular endurance for aspiring athletes. During these sessions the focus will be to keep the FUN in fundamentals! By providing games that allow athletes to move in multi-planar motions, interact with other athletes, and develop confidence, all while learning the underlying themes of movement patterns, proper form and technique. Better movement quality during childhood prepares young athletes to better manage the growth disruptions during puberty. This can in turn help avoid injuries and keep athletes playing safely.

Mondays OR Fridays

Oct 3 or 7: Trampoline

    Oct 3: time slots: 3:45-5:00pm or 5:00-6:15pm

    Oct 7: time slots: 11:00am-12:15pm, 12:30-1:45pm, 2:00-3:15pm

Oct 10 or 14: Hike - 4:00-5:30pm

Oct 17 or 21: Field games - 4:00-5:30pm

Oct 24 or 28: Field stations - 4:00-5:30pm

 

 

U10 Program Options

 

 

U10 4-Day (U10 4D)

This signature program is for those kids that are passionate about continuing in the sport of skiing and prepares kids for a competitive track after U10 in either Freestyle, Freeskiing or Alpine Racing. It requires dedicated attendance and enthusiasm for skiing. Three days will be focused on alpine skiing fundamentals using a variety of training environments all over the mountain and skills and race courses. On the fourth day, athletes will ski on cross country (XC) skate equipment incorporating games, poma rides, jumps, balance work, skate technique and adventures with the goal of developing a broad range of balance, strength and movement skills that form the foundation of optimal athletic development. This requires athletes to have two sets of equipment; alpine gear and XC skate gear. Skiers will be with a consistent coach and group through the program as they use the different disciplines to become well-rounded, incredibly balanced skiers. Competition opportunities locally are included, and a few travel competitions will be offered, but the focus remains on training at this age.

  • Minimum requirement: Comfortably ski blue runs, no XC ski experience needed.
  • Ski passes to Steamboat Ski Resort and Howelsen Hill All Access Pass


Equipment Rental:

  • Alpine Skis - SSWSC partners with a few ski shops to ensure proper equipment and fit. There will be a U10 Alpine fit night at the beginning of October to size your athlete. Please make sure you clear your equipment with the head coach before purchasing or renting gear.
  • XC Skis - Athletes should rent a set of XC skate skis. Please get your seasonal XC rentals in September! The Steamboat Touring Center will run out.

  • The local Steamboat Cup Series entries are included and do not require any additional memberships
  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard or USASA membership is required for U.S. Ski & Snowboard (alpine and moguls) or USASA (freeskiing) competitions
  • Register by September 1 to ensure a place in this program

2022/23 DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS:

 

Dryland Training: October Fun Fit optional add-on

 

On-Snow Training: December 3-March 18

Monday and Tuesday: Ski (alpine), 4:15-6:00pm at Howelsen Hill

Thursday: XC Ski (cross country): 4:15-5:45pm at Howelsen Hill

Saturday Ski (alpine): 8:30am-2:30pm at Steamboat Resort (exact times may change due to drop-off/pick-up locations)

 

2022/23 PROGRAM FEE: TBD

 

 

U10 3 Day (U10 3D)

The traditional 3-day a week option for skiers interested in alpine racing, mogul skiing, freeskiing and big mountain, this program will train on alpine skis only. The program focused on alpine skiing fundamentals using a variety of training environments all over the mountain and in skills and race courses. It is a good fit for the U10 that has a passion for skiing, but is unable to participate in the U10 4D program. Consistent attendance is important for skiers to keep pace with their group. Local Steamboat Cup competition opportunities are included, and a few travel competitions will be offered, but the focus remains on training at this age.

Equipment Rental: Alpine skis - SSWSC partners with a few ski shops to ensure proper equipment and fit. There will be a U10 Alpine fit night at the beginning of October to size your athlete.

  • Minimum requirement: Comfortably ski blue runs
  • Ski passes to Steamboat Ski Resort and Howelsen Hill
  • Steamboat Cup Series entries are included and do not require any additional memberships
  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard or USASA membership is required for U.S. Ski & Snowboard (alpine and moguls) or USASA (freeskiing) competitions
  • Register by September 1 to ensure a place in this program

 

2022/23 DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS:

 

Dryland Training: October Fun Fit optional add-on

 

On-Snow Training: December 3 - March 18

Monday and Tuesday: Ski (alpine), 4:15-6:00pm at Howelsen Hill

Saturday: Ski (alpine) 8:30am-2:30pm at Steamboat Resort or Howelsen Hill (exact times may change due to drop-off/pick-up locations)

 

2022/23 PROGRAM FEE: TBD

 

 

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