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 coaches 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
U8 - U14 USSA 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.
Athletes ages 7-11 (as of Dec. 31st) in this program can choose to participate in the USSA Region One Lunar Cup series of races. The Lunar Cup program is higher level race program for younger and more 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. Lunar Cup offers a total of 4 races, all on 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.
Athletes can also choose to participate in Non-scored USSA races which 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 - coming soon! This program includes all of the following: - November dry-land training sessions (Dates coming soon!) - 2 days of training per week; Tuesday & Thursday evenings 6-8pm. Training begins in early Dec and ends in mid-March. - Additional Sunday morning training sessions on certain non-race weekend Sundays. (Dates TBD) - 2-day Thanksgiving Camp (Nov. 25-26) - 3-day Holiday Camp (Dec. 29-31) - Coaching at select USSA Non-scored Races or All Lunar Cup Races (2017/17 Schedule will be available when USSA releases the schedule)
U16 - U21 USSA 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. 25-26) - 3-day Holiday Camp (Dec. 29-31) - Coaching at select USSA Scored Races (When USSA releases the schedule, we can post the races our team will attend)
Welch USSA Associate Program An advanced race training program designed for athletes who are seeking a higher level of race training but do not want to compete in USSA races. Associate program athletes practice with our USSA alpine team at all training sessions and race camps. Training begins in early Dec and ends in mid-March, dependent on weather and snow conditions.
U16+ Associate USSA 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. - 2-day Thanksgiving Camp (Nov. 26-27; 9am-3pm each day) - 3-day Holiday Camp (Dec. 29-31; 9am-12pm each day)
U8-U14 Associate USSA Program Fee -coming soon This program includes: - 2 days of training per week; Tuesday & Thursday evenings 6-8pm. - Additional Sunday morning training sessions on certain non-race weekend Sundays. (Dates TBD) - 2-day Thanksgiving Camp (Nov. 25-26) - 3-day Holiday Camp (Dec. 29-31)
2017/18 Welch USSA Team Race Schedule
Coming soon! We are waiting for USSA Central....
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 Administrator 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.