The U14 Program further develops ski racing technique and tactics while continuing to hone basic technical skills. U14 skiers split their time between all-mountain skiing, working on technical drills and exercises outside of gates, and gate training. This primary in-gate focus is on giant slalom and slalom. We also introduce Super-G training at this age level.
Ages: 12 & 13 (prior to January 1)
Program Dates: December 3, 2022 – March 26, 2023
Training Hours: 1:30pm – 4:00pm on Fridays (optional) and 8:30am – 2:30pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays
Competition Goals & Events
Racing becomes a bit more serious at the U14 level. Racing is focused within the Northern Vermont Council, through which they have the opportunity to qualify for the Vermont State Championships. From States, racers can qualify for the Eastern Region Championships.
Although race results can be important markers within any given ski season, 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 U14 program is to help racers learn to enhance the constructive aspects of competition and to minimize the distracting parts.
For race rules, results, seeding, place points, prizes, please visit www.ussa.org and www.vara.org.
In addition, a relatively equal distribution of freeskiing, drills, and gate training, U14 athletes will be introduced to dryland training, video analysis, equipment preparation, and race preparation training.
U14 Equipment Requirements
GS and SL skis
SG skis optional
Boots – A proper fit is essential as well as an appropriate flex “ankle flexion”
Full side zipped snow pants
Poles – 2 pairs, one set of GS pole and one set of SL poles w/ with slalom guards.
FIS approved Helmet (new rule 2016) (No soft ear helmets allowed for GS)
and slalom chin guard.
Slalom shin guards
Back protector (strongly recommended)