Junior Alpine Ski Team

Alpine Ski Team

  • Age group: skiers between 7-16 years of age
  • Goal: Skiers gain the important life skills of independence, discipline, work ethic, how to fail, how to succeed, commitment, teamwork, sportsmanship, and goal setting while gaining an understanding of the fundamentals of alpine skiing; can navigate slalom and giant slalom courses, and be able to handle any terrain the mountain may offer. Skiers are also afforded the opportunity to try out the Nordic Ski Jump and learn the skill of ski jumping.
  • Practices: The Junior Alpine Team meets twice weekly (Wednesdays & Fridays, 5:30 - 7:30pm) for 8 weeks, starting in early January.
  • Registration Fee: $100
  • Contact: Meg Zapalowski

All Ski Team members need to have a LWSC season pass.

Practices

Junior Alpine Skiers meet on Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:30-7:30pm. All skiers will meet at the base of the BIG tow at 5:00pm where as a team we will warm up and gather for instructions. Parents are not required to ski with their skier unless the skier is unable to get up the big tow on their own (please see requirements below).

Our schedule is set to compliment the Nordic Ski Program and a large portion of our skiers participate in both programs.

Coaching

Our coaching is parent and volunteer-driven. Fortunately, our little community of Leavenworth has an abundance of talent and enthusiasm. This program includes team coaching and support at the 5 outstanding alpine races throughout Washington, in addition to the Bakke Cup 3-Way Race at Ski Hill. 

    Ability

    • Kids must be avid skiers who can handle a variety of conditions and situations.
    • Ability requirements need to be met by each individual racer to participate in the program.
      • Be able to ride the big rope tow (if a skier needs assistance, a parent or guardian must be present with the skier at all times).
    • Coaches will determine if the child has the general skiing ability and focus to participate safely on the race course during the first week of practice.
    • If it is determined that a skier is not ready for the Junior Alpine Ski Team, a refund will be offered.

    Kids can come a long way in a few weeks of skiing. If your child can make it to the top of the big tow (with poles) unassisted, then they are most likely ready for the team.

    Communication

    Weekly program updates will be available on this webpage under the 'Weekly Updates' tab. The calendar will be updated as well, and links to all of the information will be sent weekly via a Ski Team Newsletter.

    Competition

    Entirely optional but highly encouraged.

    At race events, the LWSC Alpine Racers will compete by age and gender brackets against skiers from all over the Northwest.

    Most of the LWSC Alpine Racers will have several opportunities to compete. Currently, we have the following races:

    January 25th & 26th - Apple Cup, Mission Ridge, Wenatchee, WA

    February 8th & 9th - Wolf Chase, Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Omak, WA

    February 15th & 16th - Wild Katz, Stevens Pass, Leavenworth, WA

    March 7th & 8th - Bantam Cup, White Pass Ski Resort, Naches, WA

    March 27th - 29th - U12 Championship Buddy Werner, Stevens Pass, WA

    These events are well suited for first time and younger racers. Each race offers up a unique experience for newer racers to get a feel for the sport in a fun and enriching environment. LWSC Alpine Coaches are present for each of these races however, parents are responsible for getting their racer to and from the ski hill. Just to note...Parents have a good time, too! Keep an eye out within our Weekly Updates for more information on each race. 

    Parent Commitment

    Parent participation is essential to ensure that the LWSC Alpine Team continues its tradition of fun racing for all involved. All parents are expected to volunteer a minimum of two 2-hour days/evenings per season for each racer in our program. Volunteer help is needed on and off the snow. We will have online signups coming soon!

    The LWSC Alpine Ski Team is almost entirely self-funded, coached, and run by parent volunteers. This has allowed the club to remain accessible to any and all kids that want to ski competitively and we have had great success over the years developing the average kids into great adults, and in a few cases onto national and international skiing success. If you are interested in assisting our coaches throughout the year, on or off hill, please contact us at alpinecoach@skileavenworth.com.

     

    Skiers need to have skis, poles, a helmet, leather gloves (each team member gets a pair this year & extras are for sale in the Ski Hill ticket booth) and goggles (clear lenses recommended).

     

    Registration is not yet open for the 20/21 Season.


     

    The Registration Fees go toward the cost of training materials, Team Apparel and a portion of the Youth Program Director's wages.

     

    All of the Junior Alpine Coaches are volunteers - be sure to let them know how much you appreciate them!

     

     

     

    Race Introduction:

    Races are NOT required however, they are highly encouraged as this is truly how to improve on your race and ski skills. LWSC Coaches will be provided at each of the below races whether there is one or all members of the team present. Parents are responsible for getting your racers to and from the ski hill at all events. 

    How do races work?

    Typically races are both Saturday and Sunday with one day racing slalom and the other giant slalom (GS). Racers are encouraged to race both days however, one day is optional. Each racer will get two opportunities in each course - one run in the morning, and the 2nd run after lunch in the afternoon. It's a long day, so please plan accordingly.

    Please discuss this with your coaches if you can only attend one day. Depending on the race and the director, be prepared for award ceremonies to take place on Sunday only to account for both days of racing. 

    Race Schedule - see full details below:

    January 25th & 26th : Apple Cup Race, Mission Ridge, Wenatchee, WA

    February 8th & 9th: Wolf Chase, Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Omak, WA

    February 15th & 16th: Wild Katz, Stevens Pass, Leavenworth, WA

    March 7th & 8th: Bantum Cup, White Pass Ski Resort, Naches, WA

    March 27th, 28th and 29th, U12 Championship Buddy Werner, Stevens Pass

     

    Apple Cup Race, Mission Ridge - January 25th & 26th

    Events:

    • Giant Slalom (Men/Women) Saturday, 1/25/2020
    • Giant Slalom (Men/Women) Sunday, 1/26/2020

    Race Run – Skookum. Race is accessed by taking Chair 3 or Chair 4.

    Ages: U6, U8, U10, U12, U14

    Registration: 7:30 am to 8:30 am each morning prior to the race. Upper level of the Hampton Lodge.

    Bibs: Issued in team packets to a coach/parent. Bibs will be collected at the finish line after the 2nd run
    each day. Those not taking a 2nd run may leave their bibs at the scoreboard after the 1st run. U6 & U8
    racers receive 1 race run each day and 1 optional training run; U10 & older receive 2 runs each day,
    regardless of their 1st run results. Those who DSQ or DNF the 1st run will not be included in the overall
    results for the day.

    Race Registration: Register 

    Entry Deadline: Friday January 18th (Entries Received). $25.00 late fee for entries received after that
    date. Late entries will run at the end of the field. Absolutely NO phone, FAX, or e-mail entries accepted.

    *NO Day of Race Entries accepted.

    Cost: $45.00 for 1 day, or $65.00 for 2 days. Entries received without payment will be considered late
    entries.

    Lifts: $47.00 for competitors 10 & older; 9 and under $10, purchase at Mission Ridge Ticket Office, open
    at 7:30am for competitors and 8:00am for parents. All competitors must purchase a competitor ticket,
    no other discounts apply. Checks, cash, or credit card accepted.

    Bib Deposit: $50 charge per lost or damaged bib.

    Waivers: All athletes must complete the MRSSA Competition Waiver


    Coaches Meeting: 7:45 am in the upper level of the Hampton Lodge, near fireplace.

    Early Lift for Competitors: Chair 4 opens at 8:15 am for competitors and 9:00 am for parents.

    Race Volunteers: Anyone interested in volunteering to gate keep on race day can check in at registration.
    Volunteers receive a ticket for the day worked, plus one for an additional day of skiing during the 2019-2020 ski
    season. Lunch and beverages provided.

    Gear Bags: The Mission Ridge Lodge is relatively small. Bags left under tables or anywhere on the floor of the
    lodge will be moved to lost and found. Please help us keep our lodge easy to navigate.

    Early Lift for Competitors: 8:15am Chair #4 to get to Skookum each morning for all competitors and coaches.

    Course Inspection: 1st Run: 8:30am to 9:15am. Course closed at 9:15am; 1st forerunner at 9:20am. 1st run
    starts at 9:30am

    Awards: Presented 30 minutes after each day’s race, at the base area podium near the lodge.
    T-Shirts: Pre-registered, paid athletes will receive a souvenir T-shirt. Late registrations will receive a shirt only if
    there are extras available. T-shirts available for order in advance – $15.00 for parents and family members.

     

    Wolf Chase Race, Loup Loup - Feb 7th & 8th

    Dates: February 8 & 9, 2020

    ***this is a VERY fun and family friendly race for both spectators and racers. If there is only ONE race you can make each year, this is the one to shoot for. Since this is a traveling race, we will host a quick 15 min Q&A during week two of practice to discuss race weekends and what to expect for this race. 

    Events: Giant Slalom Saturday - Slalom Sunday

    Ages: U8-U14

    Registration: Saturday and Sunday 7:30 – 8:00am prior to the race in the Administration Building. Bibs/t-shirts will be distributed to coaches at Race Registration. Field size limit 200 racers. Absolutely NO Day of Race, Fax or EMAIL ENTRIES accepted. Please print your registration from here: https://skitheloup.com/ski-clubs/race-teams/

    Wolf Chase Forms

    Deadline: January 27, 2020 - All entries must be mailed with payment and release.

    Late Fee: $10 if postmarked after January 27, 2020

    Race fees: Saturday & Sunday $50 ~ One day $30 ~ Sunday BBQ! Tickets: $30 a day - 2 day ticket also available - purchase at ticket window.

    Coaches Meeting: Saturday and Sunday in front of the lodge. Coaches tickets available at meeting.

    Lift open for competitors at 8:30am. Inspection 8:45 - 9:15am. Race starts at 9:30am.

    Awards: Saturday & Sunday. Traveling trophies for overall fastest men and women racers awarded on Sunday.

    Lodging: LWSC Alpine Team - 15 rooms blocked off at the Peppertree Inn. Please use the below information for our special rate.

    Two ways to sign up for the LWSC Hotel Block - when they are gone, they are gone:
    Text: BW_48169 to 855-999-7923
    Go To: https://sendapp.runtriz.com/?code=bw_48169

    Or Got To: https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.48169.html?groupId=W61QX8L3

    Race Volunteers: Anyone interested in volunteering to gate keep on race day can check in at registration. Volunteers receive a ticket for the day worked, plus one for an additional day of skiing during the 2020 ski season. Lunch and beverage provided. Send Race Entries, release and payment to: The Loup Ski Team - PO Box 246 - Twisp, WA 98856 HELMETS ARE REQUIRED

     

    Wild Katz, Stevens Pass - February 15th & 16th

    Race Dates & Events:
    February 15th, 2020 – L/M GS
    February 16th, 2020 – L/M SL

    Entry Fees:
    $30/day ($50 for both) online by Monday February 10th
    $35/day ($60 for both) late (online closes Thursday, February 13nd)
    $40/day for day of registration
    No bib deposit – $50 charge for each lost bib

    Eligibility:
    Mighty Mites U8, U10, U12, U14

    Location:*
    Saturday SL on I5
    Sunday GS on Skyline

    Registration & Deadline:

    Coming…

    Lift Tickets:
    Pre-registered Racer Lift Tickets $TBD
    Elite Passes honored
    Coaches Tickets provided (must be on PNSA Coaches List &
    provide names to raceadmin@spacracing.com 1 week prior)

    Race Day Schedule:*
    7:00 am Course Crew Load
    7:30-8:30 am Registration & Racer Bib Pickup Upstairs @ Pacific Crest Lodge near Iron Goat
    8:00 am Coaches Meeting @ Pacific Crest Lodge*
    8:15 am Athlete early lift load w/ racer bib
    8:30 am 1st Run Inspection Opens
    9:30 am 1st Run Ladies followed by Men
    12:00 pm 2nd Run Inspection Opens
    1:00 pm 2nd Run Ladies followed by Men
    *All schedules and race location subject to change due to snow and weather conditions; Remainder of schedule to be announced.

    Awards:
    1st-10th by Age Class
    All awards presented Sunday approx. 45 minutes after race

     

    Bantam Cup, White Pass - March 7th & 8th

    TBD - waiting on more information from the race director.

    U12 Championship, Buddy Werner, Stevens Pass March 27th -29th

    Race Dates & Events:
    Friday, March 27th, 2020 – SQ (Skills Quest)
    Saturday, March 28th, 2020 – SL
    Sunday, March 29th, 2020 – GS

    Entry Fees:
    $TBD for online registration by Sunday March 22nd
    $TBD for late online registration by Wednesday March 25nd
    No day of registration!
    No bib deposit – $50 charge for each lost bib

    Eligibility:
    Valid USSA Licensed Racers – U12

    Location:*
    TBD

    Registration & Deadline:
    Coming…

    Lift Tickets:
    Pre-registered Racer Lift Tickets $TBD
    Elite Passes honored
    Coaches Tickets provided (must be on PNSA Coaches List &
    provide names to raceadmin@spacracing.com 1 week prior)

    Typical Race Day Schedule:*
    7:00 am Course Crew Load
    7:30-8:30 am Registration & Racer Bib Pickup Upstairs @ Pacific Crest Lodge near Iron Goat
    8:00 am Coaches Meeting @ Pacific Crest Lodge*
    8:30 am Athlete early load w/ racer bib on Skyline for SG/GS or Kehrs aka “Big Chief” for SL/PSL
    8:45-9:30 am 1st Run Inspection
    10:00 am 1st Run – Ladies followed by Men
    12:15-12:45 pm 2nd Run Inspection
    1:00 pm 2nd Run – Ladies followed by Men
    *All schedules and race location subject to change due to snow and weather conditions; Remainder of schedule to be announced.

    Awards:
    Daily 1st-5th overall + PNSA ability CAT 2-4
    Awards presented Saturday and Sunday approx. 45 minutes after race