This program is designed for alpine racers with a higher level of commitment. Depending on age and level of desire, athletes may participate in NJRS, High School, USSA and FIS races throughout the Upper Midwest.
Training/races include both GS and SL. Up to 3 nights of training per week are offered. Older athletes are encouraged to attend the Team’s Fall Camp at Winter Park, CO.
The Non-Scored Program is designed for young alpine racers who wish to compete at a more intense level. Participants are generally ages 10-13 (U12, & U14). The season begins in September with dryland training and continues through the end of the racing season in late March. The training emphasis is on developing Slalom (SL) and Giant Slalom (GS) technique and tactics. Skill development will increase significantly when athletes choose to train two or more nights per week with Team Duluth. Athletes are placed in peer and skill level-appropriate groups and combined as conditions warrant, including but not limited to focus of training, hill conditions, number of athletes training, etc. Groups are not assigned for the entire season and group makeup is a dynamic process. Athletes considering moving up from D-Team to age class should consult with Head Coach Nick Clingman to determine the best placement option.
The Scored Program is an intense training and race program. Racers compete regionally and may qualify for national competitions. Training at this level will help maximize an athlete’s potential. Participants are generally athletes ages 14 and over (U16, U18 and U21). Athletes at this level work to qualify to compete in FIS races in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Canada in addition to USSA races and high school racing.
Freestyle is a sport that is gaining more and more popularity. It’s way more than just moguls and aerials!
The Duluth Alpine Club Freestyle Ski Team offers programs for intermediate as well as experienced skiers who have a desire and willingness to learn while having fun. The Freestyle Program focuses on developing the team members in multiple freestyle disciplines, promoting camaraderie, and creating an enjoyable atmosphere.
The Progression Freeski Program provides an entry level freestyle program for young athletes that focuses on fun, safety, and basic freestyle skill development. The team meets two nights a week with practices focusing on both freestyle skills and basic skiing techniques. It provides young skiers with a fun and challenging introduction to the fundamental skills of freestyle skiing including mogul skiing, aerials, big air, half-pipe, and slope-style. It also instills an understanding of park etiquette and safety sense needed to go into terrain parks. Coaching will be given at all Spirit Mountain USSA sanctioned events. The Progression Freeski Program provides a solid base for moving up to the competition team while developing good skiing skills.
The Competitive Team Program offers athletes opportunities to train and compete in disciplines of freestyle skiing. The program is geared toward athletes who have a basic background in freestyle skiing. The team meets three nights a week focusing on developing strong skiers and skilled competitors in mogul skiing, aerials, big air, half-pipe, and slope-style. The Competitive Team members have the opportunity to compete in competitions on the weekends through USSA, and work towards competing in the Junior Olympics. USSA coaching will be provided at all USSA sanctioned events. The program emphasizes developing technical skills needed to excel in freestyle skiing. While competition is encouraged, the overall emphasis is on having fun in a team setting while working to meet individual goals.
The Team Duluth Snowboard Program is now in its second year, and we offer both a junior team and an advanced team to meet the needs of riders in all ability levels.
The Snowboard Program will include on-snow training throughout the winter 2-3 times a week. Typical practices will include structured activities aimed at building a rider’s fundamental skills while also focusing more specifically on each rider’s needs. The Snowboard Program will also include coaching at regional USASA events that are run through the Upper Midwest Snow Series for Advanced Team members. Contest coaching will include individual coaching for each rider on the day of the contest at the venue for one discipline.
The Advanced Team is for riders who are beyond the basics park riding level. Whether they are looking to simply step up their ability to the next level or to move into the competition scene, the Advanced Team will be the place they want to be.
Practice will be each Tuesday and Thursday and every Saturday that there is not a USASA competition.
The Junior Snowboard Team is the correct place for either entry level riders to the terrain park or those that are still mastering their first tricks. By maintaining a low athlete to coach ratio, the Junior team will allow all riders to grow in all areas of the terrain park.
Practices will be each Tuesday and Thursday.
Local competition coaching available, media days and team party toward the end of the season.
*Fees subject to change.