23°19° / 26°
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BASE
6 - 48"
SURFACE
Groomed
NEW
1"
MAKING
Yes


The Alpine Racing Team is affiliated with the United States Ski Association (USSA) and is committed to developing young athletes whose success in the race program goes hand-in-hand with their ability to ski in all terrain in all conditions.  Our expert coaches develop individual race training plans for each and every athlete and provide the highest level of personal feedback at every race and every training session.

Welch Village USSA team members receive exclusive access and first-choice privileges to the ski area's outstanding race training terrain. Welch Village offers more vertical and more sought after training terrain and hill space than any other ski area in the Twin Cities region.

Our coaching system, PMTS Race Development, is a modern and proven movement-based system that is still used today on the World Cup to train elite racers in both technical and speed disciplines. Welch coaches use a variety of training methods in order to maximize the speed and technical skills required to be competitive at the USSA level. A combination of free-skiing and gate drills are used aimed at building specific movements based upon bio-mechanics and the individual goals & motivations of each athlete. In addition, full-gate training and timed SL and GS speed trials are used during practice throughout the season on a regular basis.

The Welch USSA coaching staff incorporates the highest level of race training methods with the highest level of technology. Our coaches use video analysis as a main component of all training sessions. Video analysis is used during all free-skiing and gate drills as well as during full-gate training and race day itself.

To participate in a USSA racing program, all athletes must have a membership to USSA. Please visit Central Division's Region One website for information at www.skifast.com. USSA (United States Ski and Snowboard Association) is the governing organization for alpine ski racing in the United States.


Welch Junior Race Academy

An advanced race training program for junior racers age 7-14.  Jr. Race Academy caters to both D-Team and USSA race athletes who desire a more focused andvanced training schedule.  The Jr. Academy features low coach to athlete ratios which increases the amount of personal feedback each athlete receives. Our race coaches use the PMTS Racer Development system,a modern and proven movement-based system that is still used today on the World Cup to train elite racers in both technical and speed disciplines. Jr. Race Academy coaches will use a variety of training methods in order to maximize the speed and technical skills required to be competitive at the USSA level. A combination of free-skiing and gate drills are used aimed at building specific movements based upon bio-mechanics and the individual goals & motivations of each athlete. In addition, full-gate training and timed SL and GS speed trials are used during practice throughout the season on a regular basis. 

Program Fee:  $400 before Nov. 15th; $425 after Nov. 15th.  Deadline to Register: Nov. 20th
This program includes all of the following:
- 2 days of training per week; Sunday mornings 9am-11am & Thursday evenings 6pm-8pm.  Training begins in early Dec and ends in mid-March.
- Sunday morning training sessions dates: Dec 3, 10; Jan. 7, 14, 28; Feb. 11, Feb 18
- New! - Select Tuesday Night Training Sessions:  Dates TBD, coming soon! 
- 2-day Thanksgiving Camp (Nov. 25-26)
- 3-day Holiday Camp (Dec. 28-30)

Questions about the Jr. Race Academy?  Are you wondering if this program could be the right fit for your child? Email Peter Zotalis at peter@welchvillage.com


U16 - U21 USSA Program

This is an advanced race program for athletes who are seeking a higher level of training and competition. Athletes ages 14 and older (as of Dec. 31st) in this program participate in the USSA Region One "scored" series of races. Each individual athlete is responsible for registering on the USSA website for each race that the team will participate in during the season. Detailed information about race registration, USSA membership, the Welch USSA Team race schedule, and practice information will be available for parents and athletes before the start of the season.

Program Fee - $1,400 
This program includes:
- 3 days of training per week. Training sessions are 6-8pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the months of December, February, and March. Training days will be Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in the month of January.
- 2-day Thanksgiving Camp (Nov. 25-26)
- 3-day Holiday Camp (Dec. 29-31)
- Coaching at select USSA Scored Races (When USSA releases the schedule, we can post the races our team will attend)

U16+ USSA Associate Program
Program Includes:
- Fee: $900
- 3 days of training per week. Training sessions are 6-8pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the months of December, February, and March. Training days will be Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in the month of January.
- 2-day Thanksgiving Camp (Nov. 25-26)
- 3-day Holiday Camp (Dec. 28-30)


Welch Village USSA Team Coaching Staff

Brianna Berg - Lunar Cup and U8-U14 Head Coach
Green Level PMTS Race Coach accredited. Brianna is a former USSA and college-level race athlete and has extensive coaching experience with is a former high school alpine head coach. If you have any questions about our Lunar Cup and U8-U14 USSA team , please email Brianna Berg.

Jim Peine - U16-U21 Administrator
Jim has significant experience in coaching elite ski racers through his years as the head coach of the Hastings High School Alpine Team.  He is  a PMTS accredited race coach and part of the race department management team at Welch Village.

Ryan Nordell - U16 - 21 Coach
Ryan is a Blue Accredited PMTS coach and a certified Skier Alignment Center technician. Ryan has coached elite racers in the Midwest as well as coached skiers out west in Aspen Snowmass, Colorado.

Peter Zotalis - Welch Village Ski Area General Manager/ U8 - U14 coach
Not only is Peter the GM of the ski area he is also heavily involved in all race programs as both the director of race training and a coach himself. Peter is a Blue Accredited PMTS coach and is the director of the Welch Village Sunday D-Team program. Peter's 3 daughters are all young junior racers at Welch Village. Having a GM who coaches racing and directs the race program overall ensures that Welch Village will offer excellent race training resources and the highest level of coaching possible.

Monday
3pm to 9pm (Madd Jaxx Closed)
Tuesday
3pm to 9pm (Madd Jaxx Closed)
Wednesday
10am to 9pm
Thursday
10am to 9pm
Friday
10am to 9pm
Saturday
9am to 9pm
Sunday
9am to 9pm

Upcoming Events

  • New Year's Eve Family Festival
    New Year's Eve Family Festival
    Fireworks at 7pm!
    12/31/17 ,
    Station Beginner Lesson Special 4:30-6:30pm; Kids Flashlight Parade 6:45; Torchlight Parade 6:50; Fireworks 7pm; Live Music at Madd Jaxx 9-11pm.