16-20 years old
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 prepaired' piste throughout the season. The conditioning program is fully integrated into our 'year-round' programming with 2 sessions a day most of the 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 take your skills to the top levels of ski racing.
Dryland conditioning is run year-round, and we run spring and summer camps here at Mammoth and in the Southern Hemisphere, while 'on-snow' training in Mammoth starts in early November and finishes with our last race in the end of April. Weekly training includes 8:30 to 11:30am weekday mornings and training all day each weekend. Post graduates have oportnities to train even more. Further information is available through the MMSST office.
U16 Team (J3)
14- 15 Years Old
The U16 Team is an intermediate-level racing program. The focus is on developing solid racing technique and learning course tactics. Skiing skills are further developed and the freeskiing emphasis is 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 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 10 through the Far West Championships scheduled to end on April 25. Athletes may schedule rest periods and breaks as needed with their coaches.
U14 Team (J4)
12 -13 Years Old
The U14 Team serves a wide range of skiing abilities. It is an intermediate racing program for skiers who have little or no racing experience but also provides more focused race training for the athletes who have several years of racing behind them and want (and are ready for) advanced training. U14 athletes train in Slalom,Giant Slalom and Big Giant Slalom techiniques.
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 U14s will ski and train with the U16s occasionally.
The U14 Team skis from 9-3 on weekends and holidays commencing November 10th. Mid-week training will be from 2 - 4 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting November 14. The season finishes on April 7.
U12 Team (J5)
10- 11 Years Old
The U12 Team is our introductory racing program. Athletes will train in Slalom and Giant Slalom techniques while developing the skiing skills required for racing and accumulating mileage on skis. The U12s will ski the entire lower mountain, be introduced to ungroomed snow, trees, moguls, powder, jumps and steeps.
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 10. Mid-week training will be from 1-3 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting November 14. The U12 season finishes on April 7.
U10 Team (J6)
8- 9 Year Olds
This program accommodates our 8 and 9 year old athletes. They ski the same times and days as the U12/14s. They have more race training than the Mighty Mites but less than the U12s. The focus is on acquiring skiing skills and mileage with an introduction to Giant Slalom and Slalom tecniques.
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 will have more rest than the U12s.
Skiers must be able to ski comfortably on the lower and mid-mountain (Chair 5 and Face Lift) with parallel skis. Progressing towards skiing off the top of the mountain (Cornice Bowl).
The U10s ski from 9-3 with a lunch break, weekends and holidays, and 1-3 pm Wednesdays and Thursdays starting November 10. Mid-week training will begin November 14. U10 training will finish on Sunday April 7.
Mighty Mite Team
6- 8 Years Old
The Mighty Mite Team is our entry-level program for young skiers. The Mighty Mites focus on the basic skiing skills and acquiring mileage on skis as well as learning how to deal with 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 in both directions at a consistent speed, with the ability to stop safely on these runs.
The Mighty Mite Team will start Saturday, December 1 with weekend training and locker privileges. The full schedule, with mid-week sessions, will commence in January. The Mighty Mites ski for two, 3-hour sessions each weekend, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. They will also have one afternoon session during the week from 2 - 4 pm (Tuesday for 1st and 2nd grade, Wednesday for 3rd grade) beginning January 8. Families may select either Track #1 (Sat 8:45-11:45 am Sun 1-4 pm) or Track #2 (Sat 1-4 pm Sun 8:45-11:45 am) for skiing times. Each track will take athletes on a first come, first served basis. The training season finishes March 31.
Charger All-Mountain Team
9 Years Old
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 safety awareness, technical skill development, all-mountain skiing, and semi-competitive racing. 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 Park, skier cross, and any other adventurous terrain we can find.
New this season is a dedicated day each week to session with the Freeride Tribe; this is for those Chargers that wish to eventually transition to the Freeride Team but are presently not old enough.
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 be able to ski off the top of the mountain (Cornice Bowl).
The Charger Team skis from 9-3 on weekends and holidays commencing November 10. Mid-week training will be from 1-3pm or 2-4pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting November 14. The Charger season finishes on April 7.
Nordic Competition Team
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 year-round training 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. Potential team members must exhibit their desire to compete beyond the high school level.