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Welch Race Academy

An advanced and additional race training program for racers ages 13-18.  Jr. Race Academy is intended for advanced high school,  D-Team and/or USSA race athletes who desire a more focused advanced training schedule. Race 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 designed for advanced race athletes in both slalom and giant slalom disciplines. Training sessions are meant to maximize the speed and technical skills required to be more competitive in both slalom and giant slalom events.  A combination of gate drills, full gate training, video analysis, and regular timed gate training runs are used in this program.  

Because of the small group sizes of this program, athletes will receive a high amount of repetitions in the gates and will have frequent timing via our wireless/RFD Free Lap timing system.

New in 2023-2024...exclusive access to our new Tow Pro rope tow lift!  This lift is fast (and portable!) but will be used primarily on Sweeny or Fowl Play.  There is an age and ability minimum to be in this program not only because of the advanced nature of the training, but also because a use of the rope tow lift. Only older and more advanced athletes will be able to utilize the rope tow lift on the hill pitch of Sweeny. 

If there are athletes who wish to compete in non-scored, scored, and/or FIS races, please contact peter@welchvillage.com to hear about races that Team Welch Village will offer coaching & representation at this season. 

The 2023-2024 Central Division/Region One schedule & information can be found HERE

Training Dates & Times: 
- Race Academy training takes place on 2-3 weeknights each week.
- Practice Schedule most weeks: Tuesday 6-8pm; Wednesday 4:30 - 6:30; Thursday 6-8pm
- Because most of the race academy athletes also race high school, there could be occasional practice schedule adjustments to allow for high school races in January and early February. The program will always aim to offer two training nights per week. 
- 3-day Holiday Race Camp Dec. 26-28 (9:00am-11:00am each day)
- 4 Sunday morning practices (9am-11am):  2023-24 dates coming soon.  
- Race Academy training will begin shortly after Thanksgiving and continue into the first week of March (weather dependent) 
- Race Academy athletes receive first access to our Fall Race Camp in Loveland, Colorado!  Contact peter@welchvillage.com if interested. 

Program Fee:  $800 

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This is an advanced training program for advanced race athletes.  If you are interested in registering for the Race Academy this season and have not been in this program before, please contact Peter Zotalis first via email before registering. Please email Peter Zotalis HERE

- Price does not include the cost of a season pass
- D-Team program fees are not included in the Jr. Race Academy program fee. . 

Questions about the Jr. Race Academy?  Please email Peter Zotalis at peter@welchvillage.com


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