Hunter Mountain’s premier programs for young athletes ages 7 to 20. Our programs are designed for skiers who are looking to excel with a focus on fostering fundamental skills. Our athletes will grow by working through a progression of tasks and drills that are organized into a step-by-step process. This is a proven system designed to develop the skier from the boots up and provides a skill-focused pipeline in a cohesive highly focused program. Skiers are encouraged to participate in races and competitions that are age and skill appropriate, but it is not mandatory. We combine the skill-focused development with Hunter’s formidable terrain to ensure a highly developed skier that can ski anywhere. Support, cooperation, and teamwork are necessary fundamentals that we strive to promote and foster within all of our athletes. By promoting positive sportsmanship, graciousness at away events, and receptiveness at home events we hope to maintain a standard that is highly regarded beyond the slopes.
Training Dates for all Comp Teams (Except Alpine Snowboard Team):
December 8, 2018, through March 24, 2019 on weekends
Christmas Holiday dates: December 26-31; January 21; February 18.
Training from 8:30 am-3:00 pm with a ½-1 hour lunch break.
Program ends Sunday, March 24, 2019.
Our alpine programs are geared to guide athletes to obtain fundamental and advanced skills for competition events. Our training focuses on the two technical events of Slalom, Giant Slalom. We guide our athlete to push their comfort levels so that they can succeed and become comfortable with all aspects of not only ski racing, but the sport of skiing. Our philosophy is that a successful skier is a well-rounded skier.
Alpine Snowboard Team
Our Alpine Snowboard Team is designed for snowboarders at an advanced skill level and is geared to guide athletes to obtain fundamental and advanced skills in Slalom and Giant Slalom. Training will focus on developing strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, balance, speed and endurance. Our race coaches will also emphasize tactics and techniques. Athletes will have the skills to compete in USASA Slalom and Giant Slalom races that are hosted in the Catskill region. Training program does not include coaching at USASA races.
Training dates for Alpine Snowboard Team:
8 training days, every other Sunday beginning on December 2nd through March 24th
Training from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm with a 1/2 - 1 hour lunch break
Program ends, Sunday March 24, 2018
If you prefer bumps and jumps this is the program for you. This program is designed for athletes who are actively working towards competitive mogul skiing. Our philosophy is that a successful skier is a well-rounded skier. To meet this end we incorporate the entire mountain’s terrain to create an exciting fun experience.
This team is part of a progressive ski education program designed for athletes interested in one of the fastest growing disciplines of alpine skiing, freeride. Our philosophy is that a successful skier is a well-rounded skier. To meet this goal this program is geared to guide athletes to obtain fundamental and advanced skills for freeride competition events. Ages 10 and up.
Our Development team is for children who aspire to one day join our freestyle or alpine competition teams but do not possess the skills or unsure about the commitment of the competition programs. The focus is on skill development and building a strong foundation for skiing in any environment. Children will be organized into groups by skill and age. Participants are not eligible for the any NYSSRA racing, including the Kandahar.
Adult Masters Racing
Our Master's program is for those older athletes who want to prove that ski racing isn’t just a young kids sport. In it, you’ll find ex-racers scratching that itch to get back into it and mountain veterans that want to learn how to rip some turns. Who: Skiers 21+ who can ski comfortably on all terrain
Midweek Adult Ski Race Training
Adult mid-week race training is back at Hunter for the 2018-19 season! Adult race training is open to all levels of skiers, from those with a budding interest in racing and those seasoned racers looking to shave seconds off the clock.
Purpose: provide an opportunity for adults to train with USSA certified coaches, in an inclusive, constructive, and private environment. Drills/progressions and timed courses are offered for the racers advancement. The nine training dates are listed below.
Overview: • Training from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM. Meet at 9:50 AM by base of Katskill Flyer (KF) chairlift. • One or two coaches will be provided by the Mountain. • Skiers training will assist with course set-up and teardown. • Focus on GS and SL, alternating week by week. • Primary training slope will be Lower Broadway (NASTAR racing hill).
2018-19 Dates: #1 Monday, December 17, 2018 #2 Wednesday, January 2, 2019 #3 Wednesday, January 9, 2019 #4 Monday, January 14, 2019 #5 Monday, January 28, 2019 #6 Friday, February 8 (day before USSA Mid-Atlantic Masters Race) #7 Wednesday, February 20, 2019 #8 Wednesday, February 27, 2019 #9 Monday, March 11, 2019
Registration: Registration is currently available. Register for the season (all 9 training sessions) by paying $225 in full, prior to the first session on Monday, December 17th or register for any one of the nine sessions as a drop-in for $50 per session. Lift tickets are not included.
Our Drop-In Training program is set up for those athletes who are looking for extra time on snow and quality coaching in alpine ski racing and freestyle mogul skiing. Whether you are a registered Hunter Mountain athlete, an athlete from another area or a high school team athlete, we can help. Reservations are required. The cost is $75.00 per person per day. Lift tickets are not included and sold separately. Reservations are required
If you are interested, please email Kealey Viglielmo, KViglielmo@huntermtn.com or call 800-486-8376 for more information. Additional days are not guaranteed and are subject to our coaches’ availability.
Athletes who are new to the Competition Team Program will undergo a one-week trial period, during which time the coaches will assess the individual's skill and interaction with the other athletes in the group. Recommended pre-requisites are as follows: past experience with another racing or development Program.
2018-19 Program Prices
Note: Program fees do not include season passes or lift tickets, locker, ski/snowboard equipment, transportation, USSA, USASA, NYSSRA memberships and competition entry fees.