When Does the Season Begin?
Following dry-land training that begins in early November, our Alpine Competition Team typically begins weekly on-snow practices the first weekend in December. For the 2016-2017 season, we expect (weather permitting) that Alpine Competition Team on-snow practices will begin Saturday, December 17, 2016.
For new athletes and those planning to compete with the Competition Team who have not done so before, our season typically begins with a "Tryout Day" held the second weekend in December. Coaches will ski or ride with athletes on various trails and over varied terrain in order to (1) ensure each new member has the minimally necessary skill set to assure a safe, enjoyable and productive season, and (2) assign returning members to the appropriate groups and coaches to begin the season. For the 2016-2017 season, we expect (weather permitting) that Tryout Day will take place on Saturday, December 17, 2016. All members, returning and new, must meet in the Main Lodge at Wisp at 8:45 a.m.
What is the Training Schedule?
Holiday Mini-Camp: Training begins during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day with our intense and immensely enjoyable Holiday Mini-Camp. Skiers and boarders will train each of four mornings, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. For the 2016-2017 season, we have scheduled our Holiday Mini-Camp for December 27-30, 2016.
Weekly Alpine and Snowboard Training: During the season, alpine racing training takes place on Saturday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; Sunday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; and Friday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Friday evening sessions do not include a snowboard coach.) We also offer an optional additional training session for skiers (at additional cost) on Saturday afternoons during the season from 3:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m.
When Does the Season End?
Our seasons end with the Maryland Governor's Cup racing weekend, which is typically the first or second weekend in March.
Where Do Team Members Meet for Training Sessions?
Team members meet for each training session near the Race Shack at the bottom of Squirrel Cage about 15 minutes before the start of the session. Children should be ready to start immediately, with all gear, clothing and lift passes on and ready to go. Coaches and training groups will leave the Race Shack area promptly at the beginning of each training session. At the conclusion of each training session, parents of younger team members can pick up their children at the same location.
What Are the Age Groups for Alpine Racing?
Age groups, established by USSA rules, are determined by ages as of December 31st for the season in question. The groups are as follows:
U8 6-7 yrs.
U10 8-9 yrs.
U12 10-11 yrs.
U14 12-13 yrs.
U16 14-15 yrs.
U18 16-17 yrs.
What Are the Registration Fees?
Membership options and fees for the 2016-2017 season are summarized HERE.
All DCWST members must also join the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), through which DCWST obtains insurance. Snowboard Team members may also join the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA), for purposes of competing in USASA events. Fees associated with these memberships are provided on the organizations' websites.
NOTE: Team membership does not include Wisp season passes or lift tickets, or NASTAR passes.
Does My Child Need a Helmet?
YES, team members must wear a protective helmet specifically made for skiing, at all times they are skiing with the team and in events. Questions about specific helmets should be addressed to the coaching staff.
What Type of Equipment Does My Child Need?
ALPINE RACING: Questions about the proper equipment for team members in the U18 - U12 groups should be directed to the coaching staff. While many our our racers have event-specific skis (Slalom and Grand Slalom), having multiple skis is not absolutely necessary. Your child's coach can give you the best direction here. Younger racers, U8s, need good-quality buckled boots, skis with up-to-date bindings, poles and the like.
SNOWBOARDING: A good quality snowboard with up-to-date bindings, along with good-quality boots, are necessary. Here, too, whether your child will benefit from specific types of boards is best addressed by your child's coach.