16-20 years old
YOB 1997 & older
The U18-21 program is geared toward the athlete who is serious about their ski racing. Training sessions require focus and motivation to refine skills and create positive changes in technique and tactics. This program is designed for athletes seeking National Team Nomination, NCAA competition, Higher Education and a strong desire to improve every day. The Team trains all four events with early morning speed options and tech training on our 'water prepared' piste throughout the winter season. The conditioning program is fully integrated into our 'year-round' programming with dryland running the entire off season and a focus on recovery, mobility and strength maintenance through the competition season. The training sessions are largely centered on skills, to improve all aspects of your skiing, and gate work for practice in specific events. On-hill and slopeside video analysis, fitness facilities and academic work stations make this an 'all-inclusive' athletic and academic program to maximize your potential.
Dryland conditioning is year-round. We run spring and summer camps here at Mammoth, Mt. Hood and in the Southern Hemisphere, while 'on-snow' training in Mammoth starts November 9th and finishes with our last race in the end of April. Weekly training includes 8:30 to 12:30 weekday mornings with school in the afternoon at our ‘Independent Learning Center’ within the Public High school. We train all day each weekend and through the holidays. Post graduates are taught to customize their programming to suit their needs. Further information is available through the MMSST office. Camps are offered for all athletes during the months of May, June and into July and August.
U16 Team (J3)
14- 15 Years Old
YOB 1998 & 1999
The U16 Team is an intermediate to advanced level racing program. Technique and tactical refinement is the focus of this group. They develop solid racing technique, while learning course tactics in all disciplines and use imagery to help performance. Skiing skills are further developed with a freeskiing emphasis on hard, fast skiing in challenging terrain.
While the program still provides a fun, social environment for the athletes, they will learn to work hard to improve and achieve their personal goals.
All U16s must be comfortable skiing the entire mountain in all snow conditions.
The U16s will ski from 8:30 to 3:00 weekends and holidays and 2-4 pm Monday thru Friday, except Tuesday. The full time athlete will choose to train either a morning midweek or afternoon midweek session. Morning midweek sessions are usually 9am to 11:30am. Schedules will be further defined by both the athlete and the head coach. The program runs from November 9ththrough the Far West Championships scheduled to end on April 25. Athletes may schedule rest periods and breaks as needed with their coaches. Camps are offered for athletes during the months of May, June and into July if conditions allow.
U14 Team (J4)
12 -13 Years Old
YOB 2000 & 2001
The U14 Team serves a wide range of skiing abilities. It is a combined intermediate and advanced racing program for skiers who have limited racing experience but also provides more focused race training for the athletes who have several years of racing behind them. This group strives to be more efficient with movements to achieve the desired turn that matches the race course. Techniques and tactics play an important role. For the serious U14 we offer a full time program that offers training 5 days a week. U14 athletes train in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super Giant Slalom techniques.
Skiers need to be able to ski parallel over the lower 2/3s of the mountain and should be comfortable skiing the main runs off the top. Athletic skiers who are not comfortable on the top may be mixed with the U12s until they gain confidence skiing that part of the mountain. The stronger and more mature U14s will ski and train with the U16s occasionally.
The U14 Team skis from 9-3 on weekends and holidays commencing November 16. Mid-week training will be from 2 - 4 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting the end of November. The season finishes mid April. The full time U14 program skis from 9-3 on weekends, Wed, Thurs and Fridays from 9-11:30am and reserves Mondays as an alternative activity day.
Camps are offered for athletes during the months of May, June and into July if conditions allow.
U12 Team (J5)
10- 11 Years Old
YOB 2002 & 2003
The U12 Team is our intermediate racing program. Athletes will train in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Big Giant Slalom techniques. Athletes will develop sound fundamental skills required for racing and start to understand tactics. The U12s will ski the entire lower mountain, be introduced to ungroomed terrain, trees, moguls, powder, jumps and steeps. A strong U12 will have the ability to train and ski with the U14s on occasions. A competent all mountain skier will emerge from this program.
Skiers must be able to ski comfortably on the lower and mid-mountain (Chair 5 and Face Lift) with parallel skis. They will also be skiing off the top of the mountain (Cornice Bowl).
The U12 Team skis from 9-3 on weekends and holidays commencing November 16. Mid-week training will be from 1-3 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting the end of November. The U12 season finishes mid April. Camps are offered for athletes during the months of May, June and into July if conditions allow.
U10 Team (J6)
8- 9 Year Olds
YOB 2005 & 2004
This program accommodates our 8 and 9 year old athletes. They ski the same times and days as the U12/14s. The focus is on acquiring skiing skills and mileage while developing good technique. They will be introduced to racing Slalom and Giant Slalom. The intent of this program is to provide these children with more time on snow and to challenge them more. They will be monitored closely for fatigue and given time off the snow if applicable. Some of the more accomplished U10 athletes will have the opportunity to ski with the U12’s from time to time.
Skiers must be able to ski comfortably on the lower and mid-mountain (Chair 5 and Face Lift) with parallel skis. Athletes will ski the top of the mountain (Cornice Bowl) by seasons end.
The U10s ski from 9-3 with a lunch break, weekends and holidays, and 1-3 pm Wednesdays and Thursdays. The program starts November 16 and typically finishes mid April. Camps are offered for athletes during the months of May, June and into July if conditions allow.
Mighty Mite Team
6- 8 Years Old
The Mighty Mite Team is our entry-level program for young skiers. The Mighty Mites focus on basic skiing skills and acquiring mileage on skis. An important part of this program is learning how to handle the mountain environment. The coaches will teach the skiers to stand on their skis properly, when and how to transfer weight from ski to ski and develop strong parallel turns. It is a fun, playful environment for the kids to ski, learn and interact with other kids their age.
This is not a "Learn-to-Ski Program".
Athletes must be able to comfortably ride Thunderbound Express by themselves. They must also be able to ski the runs serviced by this lift. This includes making linked turns consistently in both directions and the ability to stop safely. New athletes are required to schedule an assessment prior to the start of the program for group placement.
The Mighty Mite Team will start Saturday, December 7th, with weekend training and locker privileges. This season the program will run from 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays. If you are new to the program please make sure you organize a skills assessment. Local Mighty Mites will have one afternoon session during the week from 2-4pm Tuesday for 1st and 2nd graders and Wednesday for 3rd graders. Mid-week skiing starts in January. Mighty Mites are not supervised during lunch. It is the parent’s responsibility to organize, supervise and provide lunch to their athlete.
Charger All-Mountain Team
9 Years Old
YOB 2004 & older
The Charger All-Mountain Team offers a fun and safe learning environment; one that focuses on the person, skier, and technical skills. This program emphasizes technical skill development, , all-mountain skiing, safety awareness and some competition in the form of Skier Cross and Big Mountain contests. The Charger program is designed to expose your child to all that Mammoth has to offer and improve their all-mountain skiing abilities. They will learn to ski the groomers, steeps, powder, crud, bumps, jumps, Unbound Terrain Parks, skier cross, and any other adventurous terrain we can find.
Skiers must be able to ski comfortably on the lower and mid-mountain (Chair 5 and Face Lift) with parallel skis. They will also be expected to ski off the top of the mountain (Cornice Bowl).
The Charger Team skis from 9-3 on weekends and holidays commencing November 16. Mid-week training will be from 1-3pm or 2-4pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting November 20. The Charger season finishes typically finishes the middle of April.
13- 19 Year Old (or Coach's discretion)
The Cross Country Competition Team provides a year-round program for motivated Nordic junior athletes who want to qualify for and ski to their potential at the Junior Olympic level. This program offers opportunities to make gains in fitness, technique, and mental preparedness. Workouts will include technique training in classic skiing and skating, endurance, strength, speed, interval training, and race tactics. The competition team program is compatible with the high school Nordic team, allowing athletes to compete for Mammoth or Bishop High School and train for Far West and USSA sanctioned races. Some team members have desires to compete beyond the high school level.