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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 strong intermediate skiers and be able to ride the chairlift without the assistance of an adult to register for this program.  Strong intermediates should be able to ski most blue runs at Welch Village under control while making turns with their skis parallel most of the time.  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: $385until Nov. 15th; $405 after Nov. 15th
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. 14th, 28th; Jan. 4th, 18th; Feb. 1st, 15th, 22nd
Race Schedule: Jan. 11th at Afton Alps; Jan. 25th at Wild Mountain; Feb. 8th at Buck Hill; Feb. 29 at Welch Village 

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

Sunday Program
Program Fee: $385 until Nov. 15th; $405 after Nov. 15th
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. 15th, 29th Jan. 5th, 19th; Feb. 2nd, 16th, 23rd
Race Schedule: Jan. 12th at Trollhaugen; Jan. 26 at Wild Mountain; Feb. 9th at Buck Hill; March 1st at Welch Village 

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

Advanced Race Training Programs

The following programs are extra training programs available to both D-Team and USSA junior race athletes.  

Thursday Night D-Team Extra Training
An 9-week advanced training program for current Saturday or Sunday Welch Village D-Team members.  This is a fast-paced and higher level training program geared towards more experienced D-Team athletes.  Training will include a combination of free-skiing drills, gate section drills, full gate training, video analysis, and ocassional timed trials. 

*All athletes meet in front on the SkiLink Learning Center ready to ski at 6pm each night.  Each training session runs from 6pm to 8pm. 

Program Fee: $175 before Dec. 21; $195 after Dec. 22.  Deadline to Register: Dec. 31st
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Thursday Night Training dates: 9 consecutive Thursday nights beginning January 3rd through Feb. 28th
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 8-14.  Jr. Race Academy caters to both D-Team and USSA race athletes who desire a more focused advanced 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.  This program is reserved for current D-Team or USSA athletes. 

*This program does not include Saturday or Sunday D-Team fees. 

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:

- 2 days of training per week; Tuesday & Thursday evenings 6pm-8pm.  Training begins in early Dec and ends in mid-March.
- Program also includes some Sunday morning training sessions; dates coming soon! 
- 2-day Pre-Season Race Camp (Dec.1-2)
- 2-day Holiday Camp (Dec. 22-23)

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


Race Camps

Pre-Season Race Camp (New!) 
- $75 Fee (2-day Camp)
Saturday Dec. 1st & Sunday Dec. 2nd (9am-noon each day) 
- 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. This camp is not recommended to first year racers. 

Holiday Race Camp
- $75 Fee (2-day camp)
- Training will take place 9am-noon on Dec. 22nd and Dec. 23rd
- 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.

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