The Alpine Racing Team is affiliated with the United States Ski Association (USSA) and is committed to developing young athletes whose success in the race program goes hand-in-hand with their ability to ski in all terrain in all conditions. Our approach is based upon a proven system that creates mastery in both technical and speed events. The Alpine Racing Program as exclusive access to Welch Village's outstanding terrain, which offers more vertical than other local ski areas and has a long history of producing elite ski racers.
Staffed by experienced coaches, our program is for alpine athletes 11-18 years old who are active in USSA, D-Team or high school racers motivated to improve and take their skiing to the next level. To ensure low athlete:coach ratios, and the highest quality coaching, the Alpine Racing Program is limited to 15 athletes. Preference is given to returning athletes; exceptionally motivated younger athletes will be considered on an individual basis.
Practice sessions at Welch Village begin in early December and continue through the end of the season.
2013/14 Training Schedule:
Selected Saturdays and Sundays (10 total) 8:30-11:30am.
The Alpine Racing Program provides coaching and support at four weekend USSA races in Region 1, as well as at the Central Division U14/U16 Championships in Marquette, Michigan. These races include:
Dec. 14-15 Wild Mountain
Jan. 11-12 Welch Village
Jan. 25-26 Spirit Mountain
Feb. 8-9 Mount Lacrosse
Feb. 19-22 Central Division U14/16 Championships
Season Pass Not Included
Full Program - $1,395
Includes: All training sessions and all coaching at select races.
Training Only - $895
Includes: All weeknight and weekend training sessions only.
Please contact Bill Sonnega if you are interested in our Alpine Racing Program
Bill Sonnega, Head Coach
Bill has a longstanding relationship with ski racing at Welch Village. Bill has been head coach of the Northfield High School Alpine Team, on the coaching staff of the Welch Village D-Team, active in NASTAR racing and assisted with other ski racing programs and events at the area. Bill is an accomplished on-hill coach, and brings substantial leadership experience to this program from his work at St. Olaf College where he directs the Media and Film Program. At Welch Village, Bill is committed to building a team of talented coaches, competitive athletes and supportative parents in a family-friendly environment.