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Welch Junior Race Academy

An advanced race training program for junior racers ages 9-16.  Jr. Race Academy caters to both D-Team and USSA race athletes who desire a more focused advanced 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. 
This program is reserved for current D-Team or USSA athletes only who seek a more advanced schedule of race training. 

*This program does not include Saturday or Sunday D-Team fees. 

Program Fee:  $400 before Nov. 15th; $425 after Nov. 15th.  Deadline to Register: Nov. 20th
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This program includes all of the following:

- 2 days of training per week; Tuesday & Thursday evenings 6pm-8pm.  Training begins in early Dec and ends in mid-March.
- Program also includes some Sunday morning training sessions; dates coming soon! 
- 2-day Pre-Season Race Camp (Dec.1-2)
- 2-day Holiday Camp (Dec. 22-23)

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  Register Now
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 Pre-Season Race Camp (Dec 1-2) 9am-noon each day
- 3-day Holiday Camp (Dec. 22-23) 9am-noon each day
- Coaching at select USSA Scored Races (Welch USSA Team race schedule TBD)

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 Pre-Season Race Camp (Dec 1-2) 9am-noon each day
- 3-day Holiday Camp (Dec. 22-23)
*This program is offered depending on demand. If you are interested in this program, please email peter@welchvillage.com


Welch Village Race Academy/USSA Coaching Staff

Brianna Berg - Lunar Cup and U10-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 -  U10 - 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.

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