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2017/18 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. All athletes must be at least intermediate skiers and be able to ride the chairlift without the assistance of an adult. Skiers should be able to ski all green runs and most blue runs at Welch Village under control while making turns in order to register for this program.  All athletes are required to wear helmets & goggles at all times. Program consists of 7 training days at Welch Village and 4 races, 3 of which take place at other ski areas in the area.

Saturday Program

Program Fee: $375 until Oct. 31st; $395 after Nov. 1st 
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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. 16, 30; Jan. 6, 13, 27; Feb. 10, 17
Race Schedule: Jan. 20 @ Mt. Kato; Feb. 3 @ Trollhaugen; Feb. 24th @ Buck Hill; Mar. 3rd @ Welch Village

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

Sunday Program

Program Fee: $375 until Oct. 31st; $395 after Nov. 1st
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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. 17, 31; Jan. 7, 14, 28; Feb. 11, 18
Race Schedule: Jan. 21 @ Wild Mountain; Feb. 4 @ Powder Ridge; Feb. 25th @ Buck Hill; March 4th @ Welch Village

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


Advanced Race Training Programs

D-Team Thursday Nights

An 8-week extra training program for current Saturday or Sunday Welch Village D-Team members. Training takes place on 8 Thursday nights from 6-8pm. All athletes meet in front on the SkiLink Learning Center. Thursday night training sessions will include a combination of free ski and gate drills as well as full course training.

Program Fee: $150 before Dec. 21; $175 after Dec. 22.  Deadline to Register: Dec. 31st
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Thursday Night Training dates: Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22
If you have a question about Thursday night training, please contact Peter Zotalis


Welch Junior Race Academy

An advanced race training program for junior racers age 7-14.  Jr. Race Academy caters to both D-Team and USSA race athletes who desire a more focused andvanced training schedule.  The Jr. Academy features low coach to athlete ratios which increases the amount of personal feedback each athlete receives. Our race coaches use the PMTS Racer Development system,a modern and proven movement-based system that is still used today on the World Cup to train elite racers in both technical and speed disciplines. Jr. Race Academy coaches will use a variety of training methods in order to maximize the speed and technical skills required to be competitive at the USSA level. A combination of free-skiing and gate drills are used aimed at building specific movements based upon bio-mechanics and the individual goals & motivations of each athlete. In addition, full-gate training and timed SL and GS speed trials are used during practice throughout the season on a regular basis. 


Program Fee:  $400 before Nov. 15th; $425 after Nov. 15th.  Deadline to Register: Nov. 20th
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This program includes all of the following:

- November dry-land training sessions (Dates coming soon!)
- 2 days of training per week; Sunday mornings 9am-11am & Thursday evenings 6pm-8pm.  Training begins in early Dec and ends in mid-March.
- Sunday morning training sessions dates: Dec 3, 10; Jan. 7, 14, 28; Feb. 1, Feb 18
- New! - Select Tuesday Night Training Sessions:  Dates TBD, coming soon! 
- 2-day Thanksgiving Camp (Nov. 25-26)
- 3-day Holiday Camp (Dec. 28-30)

Questions about the Jr. Race Academy?  Are you wondering if this program could be the right fit for your child? Email Peter Zotalis at peter@welchvillage.com


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Race Camps

Thanksgiving Race Camp
- $75 Fee (2-day Camp)
Training 9am-noon on Saturday, Nov. 25th and Sunday, Nov. 26th
- Training will consist of free-skiing drill and gate drills depending on snow depths & conditions
- Camp is weather dependent. If the ski is open, the camp will take place. If the camp is cancelled, your program fee can be applied to our Holiday Camp or a refund will be issued. 
- Video analysis of all racers included.
- Camp is open to current D-Team, USSA, or Welch Jr. Race Academy athletes only. 

Holiday Race Camp
- $100 Fee (3-day camp)
- Training will take place 9am-noon on Dec. 28, Dec. 29, and Dec. 30
- Training will consist of free-skiing drills, gate section drills, full gate drills
- Timed GS training on Lookout on one day of the camp
- Video Analysis of all racers included 
- Camp is open to current D-Team, USSA, or Welch Jr. Race Academy athletes only. 

***Meeting place for all race camps located in the lower level of the Skilink Building. Please have kids ready to ski at 9am each day.




Monday-Tuesday
3pm to 9pm
Wednesday-Friday
10am to 9pm
Saturday-Sunday
9am to 9pm

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