Ascent Ski Racing prepares athletes by introducing the technical and tactical fundamentals of alpine ski racing. Ascent training includes directed free skiing and skills acquisition through drills, both in and out of gates. This program follows developmentally appropriate training based on US Ski guidelines and methodology, and prepares racers for the Pinnacle Alpine Racing teams. No prior race experience is needed. Ascent racers will have the opportunity to participate in the Thunderbolt / Ascent race series out of Pine Knob, Mt. Holly, and Alpine Valley along with select JDT races.
Race Schedule for ALL groups
There will not be training on race days
1/14 Sunday Race Series (no race fee, no ticket fee with bittersweet multi-resort season pass)
1/21 Swiss Valley (Race fee and lift)
1/27 Timber Ridge (Race fee and lift)
2/11 Bittersweet (no race fee, no ticket fee with Bittersweet multi-resort season pass)
2/18 Cannonsburg (Race fee and lift)
2/25 Sunday Race Series (no race fee, no ticket fee with Bittersweet multi-resort season pass)
*3/1 - 3/3 JDT Caberfae, we are not recommending this race at this time. If we send a coach, the fee will be approximately $60 per racer + race registration and lift
3/9 Possible race training weekend at Searchmont (small fee) $75
NASTAR Nationals recommendation ($250 + Race Registration and Lift)
This popular race series allows athletes to race in their own age groups and collect season long world cup points. Weekly prizes and medals are awarded to athletes of all ages. This race series runs for seven weeks rotating between Pine Knob, Mt. Holly, and Alpine Valley for seven total races. The format alternates between Giant Slalom and Slalom races through the series. Bittersweet racers are welcome to all Sunday Race Series races with race registration included.
Sample Race Schedule:
Week 1: Giant Slalom
Week 2: Panel Slalom
Week 3: Giant Slalom
Week 4: Open Slalom (Junior Gates/Stubbie)
Week 5: Giant Slalom
Week 6: Slalom
Week 7: Championship (GS & SL)
A holiday camp will be offered at Bittersweet for All Ascent racers from Dec 26 - 29. This camp will offer a great opportunity to get a jump start on the season by adding a high volume of training over 4 days. Camp will focus on improvement of skiing and racing skills, course tactics, and racing technique. More information will follow.
Registration will open in October.
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