The primary focus of this program is continued tactical and skill development of the Giant Slalom (GS) and Slalom (SL) techniques as well as a focus on Phases 1-5 of U.S. Ski & Snowboard SkillsQuest. The Super Giant Slalom (SG) discipline is introduced at this level. This program is open to the public and not limited to members of the Pico Ski Club.
Parent/Guardian Expectations: As parents/guardians of participants in the Pico Ski Club Racing Program, you play a crucial role in the program not only through the support you provide your child/children, but also in supporting the program on race days, as it takes as many as 30 people to staff a race. The Pico Ski Club Race Program has a Race Work Day policy that applies to all families with participants in U10-U21 programs. A Work Day deposit of $375 is assessed per family upon registration, and is refunded in full to those families that complete the required three Work Day credits. Additional information can be found on this page.
There are typically six to seven Council events scheduled to include two Giant Slalom races, two Slalom races, one Super Giant Slalom (SG) camp, one SG race and a U.S. Ski & Snowboard Skills Quest Assessment. These events are competed at and with Council teams from the following areas: Killington, Middlebury, Okemo, Quechee and Suicide Six. Additionally, those participants who qualify will compete in regional and State events. A U.S. Ski & Snowboard Competitor U14 license and an Alpine Youth VARA license are required to participate in all Mid-Vermont Council events.
The 2019 MVC calendar of events can be found at the bottom of the VARA website on the MVC page.
U14 Program Ages:
Years of birth: 2005-2006, ages 12 and 13 years as of 12/31/18.
Program dates: Mid-October 2018* – Mid-March 2019 (weather dependent and subject to change)
Winter training days: Fridays 12:30-4 p.m. (beginning in January), Saturday and Sunday 8:30-11 a.m. and 12-2 p.m.; Training days during Christmas and winter school vacations. Dryland training is also incorporated into the schedules.
Dryland training typically begins in mid-October for a few hours each Sunday morning.
*Early season on-snow training typically occurs at Killington Resort until terrain is available at Pico Mountain. While training at Killington is not required for the athletes, those who do participate will be required to have a Killington Lift Ticket or Killington Beast Pass.
2018-2019 Program Fees
$1,099 if registered on or before December 1, 2018
$1,199 if registered after December 1, 2019
Club Use Fee for race program participants who are not part Pico Ski Club Members: $100 first participant; $40 each additional participant. This allows ONLY the participating child to use the Club ONLY during the Race Program days.
Work Day Fee: The Pico Ski Club Race Program has a Race Work Day policy that applies to all families with participants in U10-U21 programs. A Work Day deposit of $375 is assessed upon registration, and is refunded in full to those families that complete the required three Work Day credits.
RECOMMENDED: One pair SL and one pair GS skis*; comfortable and warm ski boots with flex not to exceed 80 (some participants may require a different flex based on physical size); poles; warm and comfortable ski clothing; shin guards, appropriately sized for participant; Killington Resort lift access.
REQUIRED: Helmet with hard ear coverings with chin guard accessory for helmet; Pico Mountain ski pass or daily lift ticket; U.S. Ski & Snowboard and VARA memberships.
*Participants may require a pair of Super G skis, based on development and progression throughout the season. Please discuss this with the coaching staff prior to any purchase/loan.
U14 Race Program Registration
Please follow these 5 steps for online registration for registration in the Race Program:
- Family Setup: You will only have to do this the first time you register. However, if you are a previous Pico Ski Club Member and have already renewed your 2018-19 membership, most of this information will be pulled from the database when you login. Please use an e-mail address you check regularly. If you forget your password, you will need your correct e-mail address.
- Participant Setup: Again, you will only have to do this once for each participant.
- Registration for the season: This section contains the information for each member/participant for the current season. For all race programs participants, this information will include: program level, health insurance information, emergency contacts, medical information.
- Fees: Each family will be assessed a $375 refundable Work Day Fee if all work day requirements are fulfilled. If your family is not a member of the Pico Ski Club, a $100 Club Use Fee will be assessed for the first participant, and $40 for each additional participant.
- Checkout: You may pay by credit card or check. If you choose to pay by credit card, you can pay in three installments for Race Program Fees. The first installment will be paid at checkout and the second installment will be processed to your credit card on December 1, 2018 and the third installment will be charged to your credit card on January 1, 2019.