Race Introduction Program (RIPPERS)
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 with the birth year of 2009 & 2010. They need to be 8 before December 31; and not 10 before this date.
January 6, 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10, 17, 24
March 3, 10, 24, 31
Wednesday 3:30-5:30 (optional)
January 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 16, 20, 27
March 6, 20, 27
Tryout day: Dec. 16. The tryout day is to confirm an Athletes level of skiing performance.
Cost: $700……..not including lift tickets. Season pass recommended.
Registration: November 11th, 2018 at 10 am. This will be an online registration process.
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/.