The U19 program is designed to provide a competitive and safe on-snow environment for 17-19 year old athletes in order to prepare them for both USSA and FIS sanctioned events. The U19 program welcomes athletes from all of the Valley’s programs, as well as teams outside of the Valley.
The U19’s will have the choice to pursue USSA races, FIS sanctioned races, or both. Our program is tailored to fit every skier’s needs and we are equipped to support each individuals’ basic fundamentals as well as their specific ski racing goals.
When you register for the U19 program, the ski season starts when Wildcat opens at the beginning of November. Our main focus for the first month of the season is basic fundamental skill sets, being balanced on the skis and general kinesthetic awareness. We accomplish these tasks through extensive drill work and repetitive movement patterns on snow. The next step for U19 skiers, before they start full length gate training, is turn shape drills that bring the fundamentals from freeskiing into dictated direction changes. This portion of the programming is crucial in order for U16s to have the ability to make positive changes to their technique and tactics before the competition season.
The main priority throughout the competition season is for each athlete to compete in early season open races as well as the NHARA Macomber Cup series which begins in January. The goal is to accumulate Mac Cup points at each event as well as providing ample opportunity to improve USSA National points throughout the year. Macomber Cup races are held all over the state of New Hampshire and include Super G, Giant Slalom, and Slalom disciplines. Upon completion of the Macomber Cup events, athletes will be encouraged to pursue the Lafoley Spring Series and other great race opportunities to lower their point profile toward the end of the March into the beginning of April. Races such as the UNH Fundraiser and Sugar Slalom in Stowe, Vermont, are perfect examples of events that can prepare each individual for better start positions the following year. Athletes that are successful within these USSA events will be encouraged to take the next step toward FIS level racing and competing within FIS’s international point based system.
Mount Washington Valley Ski Team has many U19 athletes that are racing for their respective High Schools all over New England and we are proud to support the Eastern High School Championships every March. We encourage our members to prepare for their in-state Meet of Champions with the ultimate goal of qualifying for the four-day championship event. All of the preparation through USSA Open races and series such as the Macomber Cup and Lafoley Series will help them get ready for this unique opportunity.
Note: Please refer to the FIS section of the handbook for more information regarding FIS rules, obligations and other useful tools that will you prepare for the competition season.
High School Program
This program is designed for U16 and U19 skiers who would like to train part-time with MWV and want to participate in limited weekend races. The High School program tailors to individuals who are looking for a commitment of only one day per weekend, whichever day they choose (Saturday or Sunday), on any given week. A lot of our racers in this program are looking for high-quality weekend training to prepare for their midweek races at their respective High Schools.
Athletes are always free to add mid-week training whenever they wish, such as Holiday break, February vacation, or Spring break. We are flexible and able to accommodate many schedules as we are always available for training throughout the winter.
Note: Skiers are eligible to upgrade to the U16/U19 full-time or weekend program prior to the February vacation week at the early season price, resulting in reimbursement of the High School program tuition.