The Detroit Mountain Alpine Ski Team
Updated 1/3/21: Practice will officially start for Travel Team on Monday, Jan. 4th, Big Blue Thursday's on Jan. 7th, Little Rippers, Rising Stars and Big Blue Sunday's on Sunday, Jan. 10th!
The MSDL League we participate in for our D-Team Race Series will NOT be hosting any races this season.
As of now... The Northland Race series is still planning on hosting races with limited capacity of 100 racers at each event.
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We have shortened some of the practice times to focus on quality instruction with smaller group sizes using a 5:1 coach ratio and offset starting times to help control the flow.
We will find a creative way to give our racers an opportunity to run timed gates to keep that competitive spirit alive throughout the season. Currently we are working on putting together "scrimmage" type races with other teams.
The race program will have a capacity limit this season, therefore all new inquires will be put on a waiting list as we fill spots with past team members.
The Detroit Mountain Ski Team is a program that offers a fun introduction to the world of ski racing competition. We are a development team, and put an emphasis on rounding out the student’s skill sets as all mountain skiers, while helping apply these skills to their speed and control on the race course and competition stage. The Ski Team is for skiers age 6-18.
The Ski Team program is designed as an introduction to the more technical aspects of skiing, and is not a program for first-timers. Skiers must be able to make controlled S-Turns down the mountain and be able to ride the chairlift on their own.
This program is for building teamwork, friendship, self-confidence and skiing FUN!
This is a development race program, rather than a Learn to Ski Program. We expect racers to be independent on the hill (able to snowplow/ski most of the hills at Detroit Mtn) and ride the chairlift with no help.
OUR SKI TEAM IS NOW FULL FOR THE 2020-2021 SEASON
About Our Programs (Things may change for 20-21)
Sunday only program
*see schedule below
Practices will be
This program is designed for new racers as a pre-entry point to our core racing program. Any little rippers that may not be able to ride the lift on their own yet, but are interested in racing and are already strong independent skiers will need a parent to accompany the group and ride the lift with their athletes during these sessions. TBD-Racers may have the opportunity to attend our local home race.
Sunday only Program *see schedule below
Practices will be
This is the entry level to our core racing program. Racers are expected to be independent skiers. They should be starting to progress from a snow-plow stance to skiing with parallel skis. In terms of terrain they should be able to ski runs such as the carpet runs, Mr. O, Long Haul, and Sugar Loaf with confidence. They should also be able to make it down terrain such as Milky Way or Gear Grinder without assistance. They must also be able to ride their chair life without assistance.
Two Program Options:
This is our core club programming and involves training one Day or Evening (Sunday or Thursday*) (*2 separate fees)The focus on this program is on developing fundamental racing skills using freeskiing and technical drills. Athletes will also be introduced to Giant Slalom and Slalom skills while training that included gate training environments. There are 4 race opportunities that can be attended during the race season. (Open to skiers from 6 - 18 yrs old who can ski independently down West).
Program runs: 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Mondays, Thursdays & Possibly *Friday Evenings? *(New for 20-21 season)
Our Travel Team program is designed for athletes that are looking to train on a more regular basis. This program focuses on specific and individualized skills to make athletes better skiers and faster racers. Coaching and additional training are designed for athletes that are committed to traveling to additional races throughout the season. There is a potential of 10 -12 race opportunities that can be attended during the race season.
D-Team practices and races are rarely cancelled for any weather-related circumstances. Detroit Mountain Cold Weather Closure is:
-10 Straight Temp, -25 Wind Chill, or 30mph or greater wind gusts
If Detroit Mountain is able to be open during the hours of a scheduled practice, practice will go on as planned. However, as always, it is each parent’s individual decision whether their child attends and we fully support that decision. You each know your kids best! When it is cold, we will offer frequent warm up breaks, but please use your own discretion. We will email out and post the information to Facebook as soon as possible.