Looking to make a breakthrough in your skiing before the season begins? Consider joining a GMVS Junior Development camp. Throughout the year, GMVS offers several camps for aspiring ski racers who want to gain important technical and tactical skills, or experience GMVS first hand. We offer a variety of opportunities throughout the year when you can visit the GMVS campus, train at our amazing facilities, and/or travel with our coaches and racers.
Meet Our Junior Development Program Director
GMVS Ski Club Assistant Director
Sally grew up in the Mad River Valley and was a member of the Sugarbush/GMVS Ski Club as a young racers. Sally graduated from GMVS in 1987, was a member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1985 to 1989 and a four-time first-team All-American and NCAA champion, skiing for the University of Vermont. While at UVM she majored in Secondary Education. After coaching U19 boys at GMVS, Sally spent ten years running the Mad River Ski Club before coming to the Sugarbush/GMVS Ski Club during the 2011 season. Sally lives in Waitsfield with her husband, Steve, and their two daughters, Katie and Hannah.
Thanksgiving Sunday River Race Camp
This camp is for GMVS Ski Club athletes U10 and older and is designed to provide early season on-snow mileage and will focus on technical free skiing. Sally Utter will be the Head Coach for this camp – additional staff will depend on the numbers and ages of participants. The goal of this camp is to get athletes back on-snow and work on fundamental skills including fore/aft balance, carving, pole plants, etc.
GMVS Power Term:
GMVS Power Term is a five day program designed to jumpstart the young ski racer’s season. It is open to U.S. Ski and Snowboard as well as Alpine Canada registered U12 and U14 racers.
Athletes participating in Power Term will see GMVS’ renowned athletic program first hand. They will train alongside GMVS coaches and athletes on the famed Kelly Brush Race Arena, and do dryland training in the world-class Racing Performance Center.
On a typical day, Power Term athletes spend 3.5 – 6 hours on-snow training under the direction of GMVS coaches, incorporating directed free-skiing, drills, and gate training.
Each afternoon, Power Term athletes participate in a regeneration session in the Racing Performance Center. Dryland sessions will focus on improving the athlete’s agility, coordination, balance, stamina and aerobic fitness. Regeneration sessions last anywhere between 1 and 2 hours in length and largely depend on the day’s on-snow training and desired objective.
At Power Term, athletics and academics are in balance. When athletes are not participating in our athletic activities, designated academic blocks allow Power Term athletes to complete lesson plans and homework set up by their home school. GMVS faculty are present to monitor Power Term athletes during academic blocks and address any questions they may have regarding their homework
Campers will lodge with a GMVS staff member at the White Horse Inn at the base of Mount Ellen, GMVS’s primary training site. Breakfast will be served at the Inn, lunch and dinner will be at GMVS.
Holiday Race Camp
GMVS’s Holiday Race Camp is designed for U.S. Ski & Snowboard as well as Alpine Canada registered U12 and U14 ski racers looking for three days of focused on-snow training before the holiday training period. Our focus will be to provide participants with a three day, high-volume training opportunity, focused on technical free skiing, and slalom and giant slalom drills and exercises.
Campers will lodge at the White Horse Inn at the base of Mount Ellen—GMVS’s primary training site. Breakfast will be served at the Inn, lunch at Mount Ellen cafeteria, and dinner at GMVS.
The daily schedule is packed with activities that will jumpstart the young ski racer’s season. Each day will have a technical free ski block, a break for lunch, and a gate training block on the famed Kelly Brush Race Area. After skiing, campers will go to the GMVS campus for physical conditioning and U.S. Ski and Snowboard SkillsQuest – Fitness Screening, video analysis, tuning, and tuning clinics in the Racing Performance Center (GMVS gym and tuning facility). The HRC coaching staff is primarily made up of full time GMVS Academy coaches—many of whom are former national team coaches or athletes. Participants receive a written camp evaluation, focused on technical and tactical strengths and areas in need of improvement, and results of the US Ski and Snowboard SkillsQuest – Fitness Screening.
It is important to apply early as our Holiday Race camp will be capped at forty athletes.
Power Race Camps
These three day camps are designed to be an intense training period focusing on one discipline at a time with a comprehensive progression with video analysis and timing provided for each camp. Camps will run 9:00am-3:00pm each day. These camps are designed for U12/U14’s. U10’s accepted with coaches’ recommendations only.
Eliteam World Cup and Europa Cup Camps
Eliteam camps, coordinated by alumni Doug and Kelly Lewis, utilize the entire GMVS campus, including the Racing Performance Center, dormitories, fields and ropes courses. Eliteam teaches young athletes to challenge themselves, “dig deeper,” and become stronger, faster, healthier and more confident athletes.