Privileges Of Membership
The Deep Creek Winter Sports Team (DCWST) is a parent-run, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the development of young athletes in the winter sports of alpine ski racing, snowboarding and freestyle skiing. Through a group of outstanding coaches in each of the disciplines, and by insisting on small-group, personalized instruction, we focus on developing and honing racing and performance skills that will serve our young athletes well in competition and, just as importantly, nurture a passion for skiing or boarding that will last a lifetime.
Each season we field an impressive Alpine Team that competes at the highest levels in USSS-sanctioned competitions around the region (and, for many of our skiers, around the country). We also support developing racers who, while not competing at other resorts, train intensively each winter weekend with our coaches and their teammates here at our home mountain, Wisp Resort. These skiers seek to improve their fundamental skills, racing ability and acumen before progressing, if they choose, to broader competition. No matter the level, the focus of the entire program is on developing skills in an environment that is challenging, supportive and fun.
Our Snowboard Team is a group of dedicated boarders who train in alpine and freestyle riding, as well as training for USASA events.
First and foremost, our members – children and parents alike – enjoy the camaraderie of a group focused on making the most of each winter season. Nearly as important, all of our athletes can reap the benefits of 50+ scheduled hours (weather permitting) of personalized, on-snow instruction from outstanding coaches.
DCWST training is geared toward youth aged 7 to 18. While no prior racing experience is necessary, all team members must comfortable skiing all terrain at Wisp Resort in a safe and controlled manner and able to make linked, parallel turns. For our youngest members, being able to use the chair lifts without assistance is essential. A "Tryout Day" (see below) is held at the beginning of the season.
Our members come from around the mid-Atlantic region. Many live in beautiful Garrett County, home of Wisp Resort, and many others come from the Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Pittsburgh areas. One of the great joys of our program is making new, lasting friendships with other lovers of winter sports from different areas around our region.
Registration for returning members opens October 14, 2020. Registrations for returning members completed after November 1, 2020 will incur an additional fee of $100.
On-mountain training begins in early December (weather permitting), with weekend gate-training. We have a “Holiday Mini-Camp” scheduled for each of four mornings during the holiday week between Christmas and New Years Day. On the first day of Mini-Camp, returning Comp Team members and all new members will participate in a skills assessment, or "tryout," so that coaches can ensure appropriate group assignments for a safe, enjoyable and productive season. Thereafter, training is scheduled every Saturday and Sunday morning, along with scheduled weekday nights each week, through the end of the season.
While attendance at every training session is not required, many of our members do attend most every scheduled training session. As with any sport, our athletes generally progress in direct proportion to the time and effort they devote to training.
Competitions in which our Alpine Team participates are held at various resorts throughout the season. Three such competitions are held at Wisp Resort each year, including the Wisp Cup Race, held mid-season, and the two-day Governor’s Cup Race, which is held in early March. All of our team members, including those not on the Comp Team, typically participate in these fun-filled and exciting racing events here at our home mountain.