Berkshire East Ski Team

The Berkshire East Ski Racing programs are designed to provide a natural progression for kids to develop and master their skiing skills through the exciting sport of ski racing while having fun and building friendships.

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Regardless of how far children take their competitive ski racing career, these programs are designed to help them maximize their enjoyment of skiing with friends and family for a lifetime.

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Development (“Devo”) Program

Description: This program is designed for young kids who have an interest in developing their fundamental skiing skills and want to have a blast ripping around the mountain with other like-minded contemporaries. Kids are grouped together based upon a combination of age (social maturity / compatibility) and skill level considerations. Kids in the Devo Program will focus first and foremost on focused free skiing and drills designed to address balance, agility, edging, and rotary skills. Some devo kids will eventually progress further through the Race Program pipeline, graduating to Interclub or USSA racing as U12 or U14, while others will simply enjoy the Devo experience itself and use it to become better all-round skiers.

 Age: Minimum age: none. Maximum age: none.

Experience: Must be able to load the lift independently and must be able to ski the whole mountain comfortably.

Membership(s): None required.

Competition: Kids will get a taste of racing through occasional time trials in a Giant Slalom course where they can put their skills to the test and experience friendly competition among their peers. All competitions will be on site at Berkshire East during regularly scheduled activity. No race registration is required.

Training: The Devo program takes place exclusively on Saturdays, beginning on December 30 and continuing through a total of 10 sessions. During the first session all kids are evaluated and grouped according to age, skill assessment, free skiing, coachability, and attitude. For the most part kids should expect to remain with the same group and the same coach for the duration of the program. Each day activity begins at 9:30 and ends at 2:30 with a break for lunch at 11:30.

 Race Support: A conditionally refundable deposit of $50 per family is required. If a family supports Berkshire East hosted events at least 2 times during the season, the deposit is returnable. This support may take the form of gatekeeping, back up timing, writing times on the scoreboard, registration support, etc. Berkshire East typically offers incentives to parents who volunteer, such as lift ticket vouchers, mountain coaster tokens, etc.

Parents Association: Devo parent membership in the Parents Association (BESTPA) is optional. The BESTPA mission is to support the events and activities of the Berkshire East Ski Team in ways agreed upon with the director of the racing program. While not required, joining this association as a Devo parent is a wonderful way to plug into our racing community, learn some of the ins and outs of the sport from veteran families and experienced ski racing parents, and help support some of the great events we host here at Berkshire East.

 

Note: In the interest of providing safe, fun, and productive experiences, all training and racing activity is subject to cooperative weather and snow conditions.

 

Pricing: Pay by Aug 31                                       $500

Pay by September 30                            $550

Pay by October 31                                 $600

Pay after October 31                              $650

*All Early Season Discounts will be applied at Check Out 

**Lift passes are not included in the program fee.

Interclub Program for U10s and U12s

Description: This program is designed for young kids who have typically completed at least a season or two (or more) of the Devo program, are ready to step their skills up a notch, and really enjoy the element of competition. The time commitment is greater than that for Devo, and while most activity remains at Berkshire East, families will be expected to bring their children to a handful of races at other mountains where the kids can test themselves against peers from other programs in western Massachusetts. While the Interclub program is by its very nature an exciting introduction for a youngster to the world of ski racing, the heavy emphasis remains on focused free skiing and drills to further develop balance, agility, edging, and rotary skills. Oh yeah. And fun!

Age: Minimum age: none

Maximum age: none

For U10 children – that is children who are 9 or younger as of December 31 at the beginning of the winter in question – Interclub is currently their only potential access to travel competition against peers from other mountains. Western Massachusetts does not currently offer a Tristate / USSA race series for U10s.

Experience: There is no strict time-in-grade type prerequisite. Each child’s eligibility and fit with the Interclub program will be considered on a case by case basis. In general most of these kids have typically completed at least a season or two (or more) of the Devo program. More important is the skill, interest, and attitude of the kid and the commitment of the family.

 

Membership(s): USSA (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

                            TSASRA (“Tristate” or Tri-State Alpine Ski Racing Association)

The appropriate membership(s) need not be purchased before registering for the Berkshire East Program, but they must be purchased before participating in sanctioned events.

Any athlete competing in Interclub races must have a valid (current) USSA membership. When registering with USSA, the athlete must designate Berkshire East Ski Team (BEST) as their program. Tristate Membership will be processed automatically as a part of the USSA registration process.

 

Competition: Interclub kids compete in a handful of races at other mountains where they can test themselves against peers from other programs in western Massachusetts. Most of the races are Giant Slalom.

Families are responsible for registering their athletes for competitions.

Based upon regular season results, the very top performers from the Interclub League may be invited to the Massachusetts Piche Qualifier, an event used to select a team to represent Massachusetts at the Piche Invitational race at Gunstock, New Hampshire in March.

 

Training: Training for this program is primarily on weekends, beginning on December 30. A typical training day begins at 9:00 and ends at 2:30 with a lunch break around 11:30.

Athletes and coaches work together to develop mutual trust and respect. Athletes are expected to ask questions when they don’t understand or need clarification. Athletes are expected to keep coaches informed of any issues that may impact training or racing performance (e.g. homework, injury, lack of sleep, appointments and other obligations, etc.). It is the combined responsibility of coaches and athletes to make the most of each day out on the hill. Training does not necessarily imply gates. For Interclub the majority of training in fact will not be in gates. Training activity may include gates, fitness, video review, focused free skiing, drills, powder skiing, glades, etc. at the discretion of the coaches.

Race Support: A conditionally refundable deposit of $50 per family is required. If a family supports Berkshire East hosted events at least 2 times during the season, the deposit is returnable. This support may take the form of gatekeeping, back up timing, writing times on the scoreboard, registration support, etc. Berkshire East typically offers incentives to parents who volunteer, such as lift ticket vouchers, mountain coaster tokens, etc.

Parents Association: Interclub parent membership in the Parents Association (BESTPA) is required. The BESTPA mission is to support the events and activities of the Berkshire East Ski Team in ways agreed upon with the director of the racing program. Joining this association is a wonderful way to plug into our racing community, learn some of the ins and outs of the sport from veteran families and experienced ski racing parents, and help support some of the great events we host here at Berkshire East.

Note: In the interest of providing safe, fun, and productive experiences, all training and racing activity is subject to cooperative weather and snow conditions.

 

Pricing:  Pay by Aug 31                      $650

Pay by September 30                           $700

Pay by October 31                                $750

Pay after October 31                            $800

*All Early Season Discounts will be applied at Check Out 

**Lift passes are not included in the program fee.

 

USSA Program for U12s and U14s

Description: This program is for kids who are interested and ready to commit to a more intense competitive program. The focus absolutely remains on having fun and developing fundamental skills. However, the level of competition kids will face in this league is decidedly greater than that of Interclub. As participants in this Tristate series, kids are now part of the national talent development pipeline. As U12s and U14s in this program our kids will begin to be eligible for selection for training and racing opportunities at a regional and national level.

While we encourage the drive to compete, to improve, and to win, we discourage premature focus on results and elite performance ambitions. More often than not that approach backfires. If your child shows special promise, we nurture it but stay sober about it. As parents it’s easy to get excited about the Olympic podium potential a fast 12 year old, but at that age (well, at all ages really) it’s critical to keep it fun!

Our coaches focus first and foremost on improving our young athletes’ technique in short and medium radius carved turns. They will also be exposed to a variety of snow conditions and mixed terrain, so that they can further develop an ability to be athletic and dynamic and make tactical adjustments. Training includes free skiing all over the mountain in every possible condition, drills to isolate and improve specific skills, and SL and GS gates. Physical conditioning and mental training are also introduced as ways to become better skiers and faster racers.

Age: Minimum age: 10 as of December 31 at the beginning of the winter in question.

Maximum age: 13 as of December 31 at the beginning of the winter in question.

Experience: While it is not a prerequisite, most of these athletes have participated in our Devo and/or Interclub Programs, or they may have previous experience as a member of another program at another mountain. Ultimately each child’s eligibility and fit with the USSA Program for U12s and U14s will be considered on a case by case basis.

Membership(s): USSA (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

TSASRA (“Tristate” or Tri-State Alpine Ski Racing Association)

The appropriate membership(s) need not be purchased before registering for the Berkshire East Program, but they must be purchased before participating in sanctioned events.

Any athlete wishing to compete in Tristate Series USSA races must have a valid (current) USSA membership. When registering with USSA, the athlete must designate Berkshire East Ski Team (BEST) as their program. Tristate Membership will be processed automatically as a part of the USSA registration process.

Competition: Most athletes in this program compete in regular season USSA races in the Tristate region. Most of these races are slalom (SL) or giant slalom (GS). Please consult the coaching staff when considering participation in speed events or training.

U12 and U14 athletes generally compete in the same series of regular season races in Western Massachusetts against peers from other mountains. While some of these events are here on our home turf, parents should expect to take their children to other mountains for a number of races.

Families are responsible for registering their athletes for competitions.

Athletes have the opportunity to qualify for post season events to represent the Berkshire East Ski Team and Tristate at Eastern Regional and National Championships. More information about these events and the qualification methods is available on the Tristate website and on the USSA Eastern Regional website.

Training: Training for this program is primarily on weekends, typically beginning approximately mid December. During the week between Christmas and New Year’s we typically offer additional training opportunities to team members. We also typically offer additional training opportunities during the Massachusetts public school holiday period in February.

A typical training day begins at 8:30. Athletes are expected to help coaches set up and take down courses (only as directed). Athletes are also expected to perform routine stretching and warm up activities before running a course. Practice usually wraps up at 3:00.

Athletes and coaches work together to develop mutual trust and respect. Athletes are expected to ask questions when they don’t understand or need clarification. Athletes are expected to keep coaches informed of any issues that may impact training or racing performance (e.g. homework, injury, lack of sleep, appointments and other obligations, etc.). It is the combined responsibility of coaches and athletes to make the most of each day out on the hill.

Training does not necessarily imply gates. Training activity may involve gates, fitness, video review, focused free skiing, drills, powder skiing, glades, etc. at the discretion of the coaches.

Race Support: A conditionally refundable deposit of $100 per family is required. If a family supports Berkshire East hosted events at least 3 times during the season, the deposit is returnable. This support may take the form of gatekeeping, back up timing, writing times on the scoreboard, registration support, etc. Berkshire East typically offers incentives to parents who volunteer, such as lift ticket vouchers, mountain coaster tokens, etc.

Parents Association: All U12 & U14 parents are required to join the Parents Association, whose mission is to support the events and activities of the Berkshire East Ski Team in ways agreed upon with the director of the racing program. Active involvement among the parents helps build a strong culture within our community. The participation of parents provides families the opportunity to gain knowledge about our sport and helps parents understand how best to support their child’s ski racing activity.

Note: In the interest of providing safe, fun, and productive experiences, all training and racing activity is subject to cooperative weather and snow conditions.

Pricing: Pay by Aug 31 $700

Pay by September 30 $750

Pay by October 31 $800

Pay after October 31 $850

*All Early Season Discounts will be applied at Check Out 

**Lift passes are not included in the program fee.

USSA / FIS Program for U16s and U19+

Description: This program is designed for kids who, as they mature physically and mentally, have an interest in continuing to develop their skills and competing through their high school years and sometimes into their college years. While there is an emphasis on course tactics and gates, fundamental technique remains the primary focus. Training includes free skiing in variable snow conditions on mixed terrain, drills to isolate and improve specific skills, and SL and GS gates. Physical conditioning and mental training also become increasingly important factors to achieve competitive success.

Age: Minimum age: 14 as of December 31 at the beginning of the winter in question.

Maximum age: none.

Experience: While it is not a prerequisite, most of these athletes have competed in USSA races before, either as younger members of the Berkshire East Ski Team or as members of another program at another mountain.

Membership(s): The following memberships may be appropriate (read more below):

USSA (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

TSASRA (“Tristate” or Tri-State Alpine Ski Racing Association)

FIS (International Ski Federation)

The appropriate membership(s) need not be purchased before registering for the Berkshire East Program, but they must be purchased before participating in sanctioned events.

Any athlete wishing to compete in Tristate Series USSA races must have a valid (current) USSA membership. When registering with USSA, the athlete must designate Berkshire East Ski Team (BEST) as their program. Tristate Membership will be processed automatically as a part of the USSA registration process.

Any athlete wishing to compete in FIS races must have a valid (current) FIS membership. This can be purchased through USSA. Please consult the coaching staff when considering participation in FIS races.

Competition: Most athletes in this program compete in regular season USSA races in the Tristate region. Most of these races are slalom (SL) or giant slalom (GS). Please consult the coaching staff when considering participation in Super G (SG) or Downhill (DH) events or training.

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U19+ athletes will generally compete in the U19+ series races in Tristate during the regular season. There may be a few races outside of Tristate. These should be selected in collaboration with the coaches.

U16 athletes will generally compete in the U16 series races in Tristate during the regular season. There may be some U19+ series races (open to U16s) which the coaches recommend. There may be a few races outside of Tristate. These should be selected in collaboration with the coaches.

Families are responsible for registering their athletes for competitions.

When possible and appropriate, Berkshire East will support athlete participation in FIS events. Berkshire East has a long history of producing elite level ski racers, and our program is designed to make such ski racing career paths possible.

Athletes have the opportunity to qualify for post season events to represent the Berkshire East Ski Team and Tristate at Eastern Regional and National Championships. More information about these events and the qualification methods is available on the Tristate website and on the USSA Eastern Regional website.

Training: Training for this program is primarily on weekends, typically beginning approximately mid December. During the week between Christmas and New Year’s we typically offer additional training opportunities to team members. We also typically offer additional training opportunities during the Massachusetts public school holiday period in February.

A typical training day begins at 8:30. Athletes are expected to help coaches set up and take down courses (only as directed). Athletes are also expected to perform routine stretching and warm up activities before running a course. Practice usually wraps up at 3:00.

Athletes and coaches work together to develop mutual trust and respect. Athletes are expected to ask questions when they don’t understand or need clarification. Athletes are expected to keep coaches informed of any issues that may impact training or racing performance (e.g. homework, injury, lack of sleep, appointments and other obligations, etc.). It is the combined responsibility of coaches and athletes to make the most of each day out on the hill.

Training does not necessarily imply gates. Training activity may involve gates, fitness, video review, focused free skiing, drills, powder skiing, glades, etc. at the discretion of the coaches.

Race Support: A conditionally refundable deposit of $100 per family is required. If a family supports Berkshire East hosted events at least 3 times during the season, the deposit is returnable. This support may take the form of gatekeeping, back up timing, writing times on the scoreboard, registration support, etc. Berkshire East typically offers incentives to parents who volunteer, such as lift ticket vouchers, mountain coaster tokens, etc.

Parents Association: All U16 & U19+ parents are required to join the Parents Association, whose mission is to support the events and activities of the Berkshire East Ski Team in ways agreed upon with the director of the racing program. Active involvement among the parents helps build a strong culture within our community. The participation of veteran parents provides newer families the opportunity to gain knowledge about our sport and helps them learn how best to support their child’s ski racing activity.

Note: In the interest of providing safe, fun, and productive experiences, all training and racing activity is subject to cooperative weather and snow conditions.

Pricing: Pay by Aug 31 $800

Pay by September 30 $850

Pay by October 31 $900

Pay after October 31 $950

*All Early Season Discounts will be applied at Check Out 

**Lift passes are not included in the program fee.

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