The U12 Program introduces the next steps in the progression of ski racing technique and tactics while continuing to develop basic technical skills. Groups split their time between all-mountain skiing, taking advantage of the world class terrain at Sugarbush Resort, technical skill development, as well as gate training. Racing fundamentals will focus predominantly on giant slalom, while also introducing slalom technique and tactics.

Important Information

Ages: 10 & 11 (prior to January 1)

Program Dates: December 7, 2024 – March 29, 2025

Training Hours: 1:30pm – 4:00pm on Fridays (optional) and 8:30am – 2:30pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays

Participant Prerequisite:
Participants must ski at an intermediate to advanced level and confidently enjoy all terrain, as well as, have a strong interest in alpine racing.

Competition Goals & Events

Young racers are transformed during their U12 years. Racing becomes a bit more serious. Racers are strongly encouraged to focus on improving their technique as a foundation for future results instead of focusing on current standings. A goal of the U12 program is to help racers learn to enhance the constructive aspects of competition and to minimize the distracting parts.

Each year, NVC sponsors approximately seven U12 races from January through mid-March. Races are typically scheduled on Sundays and are hosted by any of the seven mountains that make up the Northern Vermont Racing council: Burke, Cochran’s, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Smugglers’ Notch, Stowe, and Sugarbush. The competitions typically have over 100 boy and girl racers, and prizes are awarded at each race. No qualification is necessary for any of the races.

U12 Equipment Requirements


1 Pair of Giant Slalom Race Skis

1 Pair of Slalom Race Skis

1 Pair of “Rock Skis”/or “Trainer skis” for use when condition/terrain are thin

Boots – A proper fit is essential as well as an appropriate flex “ankle flexion”

Poles – 2 pairs, one set of GS poles and one set of SL poles w/ with slalom guards

Helmet – No soft ear helmets allowed for GS

Slalom chin guard (see coach on guards)

Slalom pole guards

Slalom shin guards

Back protector (strongly recommended)