Programs

About the Wintergreen Ski Race Team

Team members are taught to set and reach their own goals as well as to evaluate their own abilities
Training enables each skier to race at his or her own highest level
Each racer will learn good sportsmanship and to represent Wintergreen in a positive manner
Many top place finishes and lots of progress
Training starts in early December, with the first scheduled race the day after Christmas
Weeklong race camp for 5 days followed by traveling to regional races
The Ski Race Team is open to ages 9-18 and new applicants must be approved by the director or coach. Most of our racers have spent at least one year on our Developmental race team before moving up to the race team. If you are interested in the race team or if you have additional questions, please contact the director; Chris Shepard @ 434-325-8282 or cshepard@wintergreenresort.com.

About the Wintergreen Freeride Team

The Wintergreen Freeride program is a competition based team that focuses on individual accomplishment and team togetherness. We focus on fun, proven techniques to help each athlete meet their goals as well as our team goals. As a competition based team, we highly encourage athletes to participate in competitions both locally and regionally. Our program is highly involved in the USASA Appalachian series and Wintergreen Resort Series events. We work closely with Wintergreen and its terrain park staff to be able to provide a unique and customized coaching experience. Disciplines that are offered include boarder/ski-cross, freestyle park and pipe, slalom and giant slalom (snowboard only). There is a minimum skill level required to join our program.

The prerequisites to enter the program are:

  • Membership is open to both skiers and snowboarders.
  • You must be at least seven years old by December 1st.
  • You must be independent on the mountain. This means you can get to any place on our slopes by yourself without an escort.
  • You must be able to ride the lifts without assistance.
  • You must be mature enough to listen to coaches during training times and disciplined enough to give good effort in attempting drills from coaches.
  • You must have after a reasonable time an ability to set goals related to competition.
  • Snowboarders need to be able to link heel and toe side turns to control speed down steeper intermediate terrain and skiers need to be able to ski and stop on any terrain at Wintergreen Resort with your skis in a parallel position (no wedging to ski or stop anywhere).
  • Demonstrate varying turn types and shape on all terrain
  • Know the Responsibility Code and Smart Style and abide by it
  • You should be able to attend the weeklong camp just after Christmas, December 27th – 31st (mandatory if it is your first year) and at least half of the practices for the rest of the season.
  • You must successfully complete a tryout to be accepted onto the Freeride Team.

Registration and team tryouts will be held in December. Time and date will be determined as soon as we know the slopes that will be open. In order to be placed on a list for tryouts, and to receive information on tryout dates as soon as they are announced, send an email to cshepard@wintergreenresort.com with your child’s name and date of birth.

About the Development Team

The D-Team is designed as an entry program for the Wintergreen Ski Race team. It is a requirement for individuals who wish to eventually be on the competitive Ski Race team. With dedicated, certified coaches to help teach the skiing skills and training procedures, this season-long program is offered to ages 7-13.

The prerequisites to enter the program are:

  • You must be at least seven years old by December 1st
  • You must be able to stop on any terrain at Wintergreen resort with your skis in a parallel position (no wedging to stop anywhere).
  • You must be independent on the mountain. This means you can get to any place on our slopes by yourself without an escort.
  • You must be able to ride the lifts without assistance.
  • You must be mature enough to listen to coaches during training times and disciplined enough to give good effort in attempting drills from coaches.
  • You must have after a reasonable time an ability to set goals related to competitive ski racing.
  • Starts the week after Christmas with the week-long race camp and continues every Saturday and Sunday from 8 – 11 am.
  • You should be able to attend the week-long camp just after Christmas (mandatory if it is your first year) and at least half of the practices for the rest of the season.

Schedule – for the D-Team Tryouts will be held on Saturday and/or Sunday afternoons at 1:00 pm in early December and are mandatory for first-year candidates. The exact dates will be determined by slope opening dates and there will be two tryouts if we open early enough.

The first D-Team practices will be held on December 27th-31st from 8:00 am – 11:00 am each morning. This is the Holiday race camp and it is mandatory for first year D-Teamers. These first five days of training set the stage for the whole year with five days of training and a timed race on the last day.

The rest of the season the D-Team will practice from 8:00am-11:00 am every Saturday and Sunday except the two weekends we host races here at Wintergreen. We will also offer practice on the two holiday Mondays. The exact dates of races and a complete schedule will be posted before Christmas.

The D-Team will be limited to 40 participants with priority given to ones that have participated before and who show an interest in improving and are motivated toward competitive ski racing.

Any questions not answered here should be directed to Chris Shepard at 434-325-8282 or cshepard@wintergreenresort.com