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 7-17, age is determined by birth date on Sept. 1st.
Please read the "Skiing Ability Requirements for D-Team" section below to determine if D-Team is an appropriate program for your son/daughter.
D-Team is an 11-week program, there are 7 practice dates and 4 race days. D-Team athletes race against only kids in their same age group only and there are separate girls and boys divisions. Welch Village offers both a Saturday and Sunday program. Saturday program participants can only practice and race on the designated Saturday program practice and race dates and vice versa.
Skiing Experience Requirements for D-Team
D-Team is very much a family-friendly, recreational junior race league, that is meant to develop not only racing skills but an all-mountain skiing technique for all kids. With that being said, the program does require some basic ability pre-requisites before registering.
Participants should be strong intermediate skiers in order to enroll in the D-Team race program. Strong intermediates should be able to ski most blue runs at Welch Village, controlling their speed by making parallel ski turns most of the time. Newer skiers or skiers still using a snow plow should consider our very popular Carvers program. Carvers is a 6 week ski development program that will prepare skiers for the D-Team program.
Athletes of all ages will be required to ride the chairlift without an adult at certain times in the D-Team program and coaches will not always ride the lift with the athletes. Kids who are not able to ride the chairlift independently on the first week of practice will be asked to choose a more appropriate lesson program.
Welch Village offers both a Saturday and a Sunday program. Each program has a separate coaching staff and schedule. Parents are required to register for one program or the other per our MSDL league guidelines.
All athletes are required to wear helmets & goggles at all times during practices and races. For kids racing in the age 10 group and older, helmet chin bars, pole guards, and shin guards are highly recommended for slalom.
Program Fee: $519 (Saturday Program is full for the season) Includes: 11 weeks of coaching, 7 practice days and 4 in-house race days at Welch Village.
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.
2022-22 Saturday D-Team Schedule December 11: Practice 9:30 - 12:30 December 18: Practice 9:30 - 12:30 January 1st: Practice 9:30 - 12:30 January 8th: Practice 9:30 - 12:30 January 15th: Practice 9:30 - 12:30 January 23rd: Sunday Race at Welch Village January 29th: Practice 9:30 - 12:30 February 5th: Saturday Race at Welch Village February 12th: Practice 9:30 - 12:30 February 19th: Practice 9:30 - 12:30 February 27th: Sunday Race at Welch Village
Questions about the Saturday Alpine D-Team? Please contact the Saturday Head Coach, Lynn Reeves.
Program Fee: $519 (Sunday Program is full for the season) Includes: 11 weeks of coaching, 7 practice days and 4 in-house race days at Welch Village.
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.
2021-22 Sunday D-Team Schedule: December 12: Practice 12:30 - 3:30 December 19: Practice 12:30 - 3:30 January 2: Practice 12:30 - 3:30 January 9: Practice 12:30 - 3:30 January 16: Practice 12:30 - 3:30 January 23: Sunday Race at Welch Village January 30: Practice 12:30 - 3:30 February 5: Saturday Race at Welch Village February 13: Practice 12:30 - 3:30 February 20: Practice 12:30 - 3:30 February 27: Sunday Race at Welch Village
A 8-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 race athletes. Training will include a combination of free-skiing drills, gate section drills, full gate training, video analysis, and occasional timed training runs.
*All athletes meet in front on the SkiLink Learning Center ready to ski at 6pm each night.
Program Fee - $175 Register Now - Training Dates: 8 consecutive Thursday nights starting January 6th and ending on February 24th - Training Time: 6-8pm - Space is limited.