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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 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.  Three of the four race events take place at other ski areas. 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.  

D-Team will start the weekend of Jan. 9-10; see updated schedules below in the Saturday and Sunday program descriptions. 

Also because of COVID-19, we will have to make some changes to our D-Team programs. 
Most of these will be highlighted to at the start of the season at a virtual parent meetings.  Here are a few of the key changes so far: 
- See the WV COVID Operations Update HERE
- Coach to athlete ratios will be smaller this year and we will strictly practice all COVID-19 protocols and social distancing. 
- Because of chalet space restrictions, the team will be taking shorter breaks in small groups.  Reserved chalet space for D-Team will not be available this season.  

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 7-week ski development program with practice sessions taking place at the same time & dates as D-Team practices.

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. 

Equipment Requirements

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.

Saturday Program 

Program Fee: $495 - Program is currently 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.

2020-21 Saturday D-Team Schedule (updated 12/17/20)
January 9: Practice: 9:30 - 1:30
January 16: Practice: 9:30 - 1:30
January 23: Practice: 9:30 - 1:30
January 30: Race at Welch Village
February 6: Practice: 9:30 - 1:30
February 13: Practice: 9:30 - 1:30
February 20: Practice: 9:30 - 1:30
SUNDAY, February 21: Race at Welch Village
February 27: Practice: 9:30 - 1:30
March 6: Race at Welch Village 
March 13: Practice: 9:30 - 1:30

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

Sunday Program
Program Fee: $495 - Program is currently 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.

See updated schedule below.  This includes two SATURDAY races at Welch Village.  

Sunday Practice Schedule: Noon - 3:30pm
2020-21 Sunday D-Team Schedule (updated 12/17/20)
January 10: Practice: noon-3:30
January 17: Practice: noon-3:30
January 24: Practice: noon-3:30
SATURDAY, January 30: Race at Welch Village
January 31: Practice noon-3:30
February 7: Practice: noon-3:30
February 14: Canceled due to weather (make up March 14)
February 21: Race at Welch Village
February 28: Practice: noon-3:30
SATURDAY, March 6: Race at Welch Village 
March 7: Practice noon-3:30
March 14: Practice noon-3:30

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

Advanced Race Training Programs

Thursday Night D-Team Extra Training
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; Registration FULL
Training Dates:  Thursday Night Training dates: Every Thursday Night starting January 21st and ending on March 11th
Training Time: 6-8pm

If you have a question about Thursday night training, please contact Peter Zotalis

Christmas Race Camp  

2-Day Camp:  December 26th & December 27th
Training Time: 9:30am - 11:30am each day
Camp Fee: $90

-  Free-skiing drills, gate section drills, full gate drills
- Timed training runs 
- Camp is open to current D-Team & USSA race athletes only

***Meeting place for race camp is on the snow directly in front of the Skilink Learning Center. Please have kids ready to ski at 9:30am each day of the camp.  

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