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Alpine Ski Racing D-Team Program

The Welch Village D-Team is a ski development program which provides a junior racing venue to develop the skiing skills of each athlete. Welch Village is part of the Midwest Sports Development League (MSDL). The program emphasizes safety, enjoyment, fun, and learning at all times.  Any skier can join the Welch Village D-team as long as they fit the age and ability requirements. Athletes need to be between the ages of 6-17, age is determined by birth date on Sept. 1st.  

D-Team is an 11-week program, there are 7 practice dates and 4 race days.  Three of the four race events take place at other ski areas. D-Team athletes race against only kids in their same age group only and there are separate girls and boys divisions.  Welch Village offers both a Saturday and Sunday program.  Saturday program participants can only practice and race on the designated Saturday program practice and race dates and vice versa.  


Ability  Requirements
Athletes of all ages will be required to ride the chairlift without an adult at certain times in the D-team program.  Kids who are not able to ride the chairlift independently on the first week of practice will be asked to choose a more appropriate program at Welch Village.

Kids should be strong intermediate skiers in order to enroll in the D-Team race program. Strong intermediates should be able to ski most blue runs at Welch Village, controlling their speed by making parallel ski turns most of the time. Newer skiers should consider the Carvers program.  Carvers is a 7-week ski development program with practice sessions taking place at the same time & dates as D-Team practices.   

Equipment Requirements

All athletes are required to wear helmets & goggles at all times during practices and races. For kids racing in the age 10 group and older, helmet chin bars, pole guards, and shin guards are highly recommended for slalom.

Saturday Program

Program Fee: $385 until Nov. 14th; $405 after Nov. 15th
Registration available in our Online Store:  Register Here!
Includes: 11 weeks of coaching, 7 practice days and 4 races.

Practice days are available on the below Saturdays listed only. Saturday athletes cannot practice on Sundays. Coaching fee does not include the costs of a Welch Village season pass or lift tickets for away races.

Saturday Practice Schedule: 9:30am - 2:30pm; break 11:30 - 12:30
Practice Dates: Dec. 14th, 28th; Jan. 4th, 18th; Feb. 1st, 15th, 22nd
Race Schedule: Jan. 11th at Afton Alps; Jan. 25th at Wild Mountain; Feb. 8th at Buck Hill; Feb. 29 at Welch Village 

Questions about the Saturday Alpine D-Team? Please contact the Saturday Head Coach, Lynn Reeves.

Sunday Program
Program Fee: $385 until Nov. 14th; $405 after Nov. 15th
Registration available in our Online Store: Register Here!
Includes: 11 weeks of coaching, 7 practice days and 4 races.

Practice days are available on the listed Sundays below only. Sunday athletes cannot practice in the Saturday program. Coaching fee does not include the costs of a Welch Village season pass or lift tickets for away races.

Sunday Practice Schedule: 12pm - 4pm; break 2-2:30pm
Practice Dates: Dec. 15th, 29th Jan. 5th, 19th; Feb. 2nd, 16th, 23rd
Race Schedule: Jan. 12th at Trollhaugen; Jan. 26 at Wild Mountain; Feb. 9th at Buck Hill; March 1st at Welch Village 

Questions about the Sunday Alpine D-Team? Contact Peter Zotalis


Advanced Race Training Programs

Thursday Night D-Team Extra Training
A 8-week advanced training program for current Saturday or Sunday Welch Village D-Team members.  This is a fast-paced and higher level training program geared towards more experienced race athletes.  Training will include a combination of free-skiing drills, gate section drills, full gate training, video analysis, and ocassional timed trials.  

*All athletes meet in front on the SkiLink Learning Center ready to ski at 6pm each night.  Each training session runs from 6pm to 8pm. 

Program Fee: $175 before Dec. 21; $195 after Dec. 22.  Deadline to Register: Dec. 31st

Registration available in our Online Store: Register Here!


Thursday Night Training dates: 8 consecutive Thursday nights beginning January 9th and ending Feb. 27th. 
If you have a question about Thursday night training, please contact Peter Zotalis


Christmas Race Camp (Dec. 21 - 23) 

3-Day Camp:  Saturday, December 21st, Sunday, December 22nd, Monday, December 23rd
- Training will take place 9:30am-12:30pm each day
-  Free-skiing drills, gate section drills, full gate drills
- Timed GS & slalom training
- Video Analysis of all racers 
- Camp is open to current D-Team & USSA race athletes only
- Fee: $90

Registration available in our Online Store:  Register Here!

***Meeting place for all race camps located in the lower level of the Skilink Building. Please have kids ready to ski at 9:30am each day of the camp.  Meeting place each morning will be directly in front of the Skilink Learning Center building. 




Upcoming Events

  • Job Fairs
    Job Fairs
    Thursday, October 24th and Saturday, October 26th
    One of the best ways to earn a spot on the Welch Village team is to attend one of our Job Fair events.  We are holding a Job Fair on both Thursday, Oct. 24th (4-7pm) and Saturday, Oct. 26th (10am-2pm) in the main chalet at Welch Village.  Meet our department managers, learn about available job positions, and interview on the spot! 
  • Fall Ski & Snowboard Sale
    Fall Ski & Snowboard Sale
    with Wayne's Ski & Cycle and Tyrol Ski Shop
    10/25/19 - 10/26/19 ,
    Email: info@welchvillage.com
    A huge sale with great deals on brand new skis, snowboards, boots, and winter gear.  All items provided by Wayne's Ski & Cycle and Tyrol Ski Shop. Great deals on used gear us well.  All Swap information listed on FB event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/506461376588947/
    Sale hours Friday (10/25) 4-9pm; Saturday (10/26) 10am - 5pm