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RIPPERS

Race Introduction Program (RIPPERS)

RegistrationRegistration for the 2019/2020 season will open for returning participants and their siblings October 28th.  Registration for new participants will start November 2nd at 10:30am. 
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Program Description:  The Race Introduction Program (RIPPERS) is designed to develop fundamentals and skills in young Athletes through progression and drills to promote good strong skiing on a variety of terrain: groomed runs, bumps, powder, crud, ice, and an introduction to ski racing. There will be an emphasis on ski racing through a use of ski racing drills, brushes, and gates in varied terrain. Athletes will be organized into structured groups that will promote their competitive spirit. 

Criteria: Athlete must be able to ski the entire mountain, on and off piste, with skis maintaining a parallel relationship. Athletes are to only have 1 pair of skis, not a Slalom and a GS ski.  Please NO Twin tip skis. A certain level of ski performance is expected in each Athlete. Again, this Program is to develop the Athletes skills and fundamentals with a ski racing emphasis. Completion of the Mini Mite program is preferred.

Ages: This program is for athletes aged 8-10. They need to be 8 before December 31; and not 11 before this date.

Schedule: 

Sundays 10:00-3:15

December 22

January 5, 12, 19, 26

February 2, 9, 16, 23

March 1, 8, 22, 29

April 5

Wednesday 3:30-5:30 

January 8, 15, 22, 29

February 5, 12, 19, 26

March 4, 18, 25

April 1

Tryout day: December 15th. The tryout day is to confirm an Athlete's level of skiing performance.

Cost:  $750 Sundays and Wednesdays, $650 Sundays only……..not including lift tickets.  Season pass recommended.

Race opportunities: Races opportunities are available a few times throughout the season with the Youth Ski League (YSL).  These YSL races are a great introduction to Ski Racing, in a fun and supportive yet competitive environment.  None of these races will be held at Alyeska Resort, as they are scheduled to take place in the Anchorage area.  Please review the YSL schedule if you are interested:  https://ussaak.org/race-calendar/.

 

Head Coaches:

Bre Donovan

I grew up in Anchorage and coached for the Alyeska Ski Club for six years before the RIPPERS pogram began. Prior to that I was coaching at Mt Bachelor, Schweitzer, Crested Butte and Snowbird. I also spent eleven summers at Mt Hood-hooray for summer skiing! I’m PSIA Level 3 certified and attended the USSA Level 200 academy. I strive to connect with every athlete, help them reach their own goals, and inspire a lifelong love of skiing. Having fun, learning life lessons and of course skill development are my goals for the athletes.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie-Pierre Leclerc

 

I grew up in Québec, Canada and have been involved in ski racing as an athlete and a coach for 30+ years. This will be my 15th year as a ski coach and my third season with MLC. Prior to coaching, I raced for the Québec Ski Team and the UAA Ski Team. I am a USSA level 200 certified coach. I have worked with age groups U10 all the way to FIS college athletes and I have experience coaching in Canada and the USA. Alpine ski racing is a life long passion for me. Besides sharing this passion and keeping it fun, my goal is to develop confident skiers with strong ski fundamentals and provide exposures and opportunities for athletes to build character and gain tools to succeed both as athletes and in their daily life.