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 expert coaches develop individual race training plans for each and every athlete and provide the highest level of personal feedback at every race and every training session.
Welch Village USSA team members receive exclusive access and first-choice privileges to the ski area's outstanding race training terrain. Welch Village offers more vertical and more sought after training terrain and hill space than any other ski area in the Twin Cities region.
Our coaching system, PMTS Race Development, is 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. Welch coaches 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.
The Welch USSA coaching staff incorporates the highest level of race training methods with the highest level of technology. Our athletes are given exclusive access to the only PMTS skier alignment facility in the region. All Welch USSA team members will have the opportunity for regular assessments of their boot & alignment setup via both indoor and on-snow assessments. Our coaches also use video analysis as a main component of all training sessions. Video analysis is used during all free-skiing and gate drills as well as during full-gate training and race day itself.
To participate in a USSA racing program, all athletes must have a membership to USSA. Please visit Central Division's Region One website for information at www.skifast.com. USSA (United States Ski and Snowboard Association) is the governing organization for alpine ski racing in the United States.
Welch Village USSA Programs
Lunar Cup Program
This advanced racing program is designed for D-Team or more advanced junior racers who are seeking a higher level of training and race competition. The Lunar Cup program is also the ideal program for younger and successful D-team athletes athletes who wish to transition to racing USSA. Per MSDL guidelines, athletes cannot race in both Lunar Cup races and D-Team races, they must choose one or the other. Athletes ages 7-11 (as of Dec. 31st) in this program participate in the USSA Region One Lunar Cup series of races. Lunar Cup offers a total of 4 races, all of Sundays, during the season. Detailed information about race registration, USSA membership, the Welch USSA Team race schedule, and practice information will be available for parents and athletes before the start of the season.
Program Fee - $700 This program includes: - Oct. and Nov. dryland training sessions (Dates coming soon!) - 2 days of training per week; Saturdays 9am-noon & Thursday evenings 6-8pm. Training begins in early Dec and ends in mid-March. - 2-day Thanksgiving Camp (Nov. 26-27; 9am-3pm each day) - 3-day Holiday Camp (Dec. 29-31; 9am-12pm each day) - Coaching at USSA Lunar Cup Races (Click Here to see Lunar Cup Schedule)
U8 - U14 Program
This advanced racing program is designed for athletes ages 7-13 (as of Dec. 31st) who are junior racers and seek a higher level of race training and a more competitive race environment. Athletes in this program will participate in USSA Region One "non-scored" races. Non-scored USSA races are 2-day race events with competition on both Saturday and Sunday. U14 athletes in this program can choose to race in the Region One Planet Cup series of races. Detailed information about race registration, USSA membership, the Welch USSA Team race schedule, and practice information will be available for parents and athletes before the start of the season.
Program Fee - $900 This program includes: - Oct. and Nov. dryland training sessions (Dates coming soon!) - 2 days of training per week; Saturdays 9am-noon & Thursday evenings 6-8pm. Training begins in early Dec and ends in mid-March. - 2-day Thanksgiving Camp (Nov. 26-27; 9am-3pm each day) - 3-day Holiday Camp (Dec. 29-31; 9am-12pm each day) - Coaching at USSA Non-scored Races (Click Here to see the non-scored race schedule)
U16 - U21 Program
This is an advanced race program for athletes who are seeking a higher level of training and competition. Athletes ages 14 and older (as of Dec. 31st) in this program participate in the USSA Region One "scored" series of races. Each individual athlete is responsible for registering on the USSA website for each race that the team will participate in during the season. Detailed information about race registration, USSA membership, the Welch USSA Team race schedule, and practice information will be available for parents and athletes before the start of the season.
Program Fee - $1400 This program includes: - Oct. and Nov. dryland training sessions (Dates coming soon!) - 3 days of training per week. Training sessions are 6-8pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the months of December, February, and March. Training days will be Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in the month of January. - 2-day Thanksgiving Camp (Nov. 26-27; 9am-3pm each day) - 3-day Holiday Camp (Dec. 29-31; 9am-12pm each day) - Coaching at USSA Scored Races (Click Here to see the scored race schedule)
Welch USSA Associate Program
An advanced race training program designed for athletes ages 16-21 who are seeking a higher level of race training but do not want to compete in USSA races. This program does not include weekend training sessions and race camps. Associate program athletes can still register for Thanksgiving and Holiday Camps but there are additional costs.
Program Fee -$900 This program includes: - 3 days of training per week. Training sessions are 6-8pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in December, February, and March. - In the month of January only, training will take place from 6-8pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday due to the amount of high school races on Thursday nights.
2016/17 Welch USSA Team Race Schedule
Welch Village USSA Team Coaching Staff
Brianna Berg - Lunar Cup and U8-U14 Head Coach
Green Level PMTS Race Coach accredited. Brianna is a former USSA and college-level race athlete and has extensive coaching experience with is a former high school alpine head coach. If you have any questions about our Lunar Cup and U8-U14 USSA team , please email Brianna Berg.
Jim Peine - U16-U21 Head Coach
Jim has significant experience in coaching elite ski racers through his years as the head coach of the Hastings High School Alpine Team. He is a PMTS accredited race coach and part of the race department management team at Welch Village.
Ryan Nordell - U16 - 21 Coach
Ryan is a Blue Accredited PMTS coach and a certified Skier Alignment Center technician. Ryan has coached elite racers in the Midwest as well as coached skiers out west in Aspen Snowmass, Colorado.
Peter Zotalis - Welch Village Ski Area General Manager/ U8 - U14 coach
Not only is Peter the GM of the ski area he is also heavily involved in all race programs as both the director of race training and a coach himself. Peter is a Blue Accredited PMTS coach and is the director of the Welch Village Sunday D-Team program. Peter's 3 daughters are all young junior racers at Welch Village. Having a GM who coaches racing and directs the race program overall ensures that Welch Village will offer excellent race training resources and the highest level of coaching possible.
2nd Annual Bakkelyka Brew - Craft Beer & Music Festival Saturday, Oct. 1st, 2016
Tickets - $25 online special; $35 at the gate; *Music Only $20; *Under 21 - $15 Tickets will be available at welchvillage.com * available onsite only - Includes: 2 hour beer tasting from local breweries (2-4pm); commemorative tasting mug; admission to music festival featuring 3 bands.
- 2016 Bands: Kind Country, Useful Jenkins, The Radio Strike - Music starts at 2pm and ends around 8pm
- Food Trucks - Craft Beer Trailer - Fire Pits - Ski & Snowboard Sale in the Main Chalet (Friday 4-9pm & Saturday 10am - 5pm)
2016 Beer Tasting Lineup: Stagecoach, St. Croix, Summit, Bent Paddle, F-Town, Badger Hill, Excelsior, Lift Bridge, Schells, Laguanitas, Founders, Fargo, Rush River, Great Lakes, Ace Cider, Fulton, Bells, Lake Superior, Victory, New Holland, Surly, Central Waters, 21st Amendment, Boulder.
Ski and Snowboard Swap & Sale Save the Dates: Sept. 30 and Oct. 1st.
Get great deals on discounted new ski & snowboard gear from Wayne's Ski Shop and Tyrol Ski Shop.
Ski Swap Equipment Drop-Off Information
Sell your slightly used skis, ski boots, snowboards, and snowboard boots | $5 charge per item entered into swap and 20% commission on items sold. Equipment Drop-Off Hours: Friday 9/30 8am-12pm Equipment drop off site is the Welch Village Ski Shop in the Main Chalet. Any items not sold can be picked up from 9am-7pm on Oct 4, 5, and 6.