The Introductory Team
Introductory Team is a great way for your athlete to be introduced to fun and thrill of ski racing. Athletes will ski and receive fundamental skills training with coaches across various areas of the Hidden Valley Resort. The Introductory Team is not for kids who have never skied before. Athletes should be able to fulfill the basic ability requirements to ensure that they gain the most benefit from the program. Above all, we want Intro team members to develop a passion for skiing. (Sat)
Body position—balance, agility and coordination
Independent leg action
Steering and gliding
What will my Athlete be learning?
Techniques & Tactics
Basic racing terms and situations: open, closed, oblique, hairpins, GS, Slalom, DH, ruts, above/below, through gates, and other items.
Timing and line in racing courses,
Start and finish techniques and tactics,
Slalom, Giant Slalom and an introduction to Downhill, and of course....
Fun and friendly competition.
HVST has produced 15 USSA Junior Champions since 1992! Participation in USSA racing provides the athlete with opportunity to race against the best athletes in the region. It is the gateway to the national point system that measures all athletes on a national basis against each other and against the US SKI Team.
Five to six race events are held throughout the Central Region starting in December, culminating in regional and divisional championship (Junior Olympics) events in Michigan and Colorado. Registration is by event so the athlete can pick which events to participate in throughout the season.
HVST competes regionally in The Wisconsin Illinois Junior Alpine Racing Association (WIJARA) racing circuit throughout the Midwest, which is open to all interested HVST athletes.
The WIJARA races are the perfect venue to test racing skills. HVST athletes, parents and siblings enjoy the team environment on and off the hill at these very family friendly events.
Races are held at the resorts of Chesnut (IL), Cascade (WI), Sundown (IA) and Tyrol Basin (WI) January and February each year.
Please call Glenda Sadl @ 314-973-3509 for more information.
HVST operates NASTAR (National Standardized Race), the largest grass roots ski program in the world each weekend at Hidden Valley. Athletes compete within their age group against the clock to win ranked Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze medals. Top ranked racers qualify for the NASTAR National Championships.
NASTAR at Hidden Valley Resort is free to all HVST athletes and runs most Saturday and Sundays from 1:00pm.