SMS Alpine Development Program
The SMS Alpine Development Program is comprised of three sub-programs listed below and are intended for USSA U10-to-U16 alpine ski racers (non-SMS students). All three programs prepare young athletes for a full-time ski academy experience under the leadership of Steve Lathrop, former member of the U.S. Ski Team, FIS World Championship Team and U.S. National Downhill Champion. They offer a wonderful opportunity for young ski racers to take advantage of the vast resources of one the top ski academies in the country and to explore their interest in attending an elite ski academy offering college-prep academic curriculums.
1. SMS Devo Camps
Open to all USSA U10-to-U16 alpine racers (ages 8-16).
The SMS Devo Camps are open to non-SMS students and intended as a season-long progression (from camp to camp), or as stand-alone camp projects, while athletes receive ski academy coaching from the elite SMS alpine coaching staff.
For specific camp information, to register, and to make payments, click on the button below for the full camp listing.
2. SMS Hopeful Squad
Open to USSA U10-to-U16 alpine racers (ages 8-16).
December to March (1 session per month for 4 months)
The SMS Hopeful Squad allows young student-athletes the opportunity to receive ski academy coaching and monthly evaluation on skills, technique and tactics. The program has 21 athletes and trains 2 days each month from December through March. The monthly sessions focus on free-skiing drills and SL and GS gate training. The goal is to give each athlete homework to practice with their home program, and return each month for progress assessment and more training.
For a full description of the Hopeful Squad, to apply, and to make payment, click on the buttons below. When paying, be sure to indicate your payment is for “Hopefuls.”
3. SMS Devo Team
Open to USSA U14 alpine racers.
December to March (Fri-Sun + holidays)
The SMS Devo Team is intended for motivated U14 athletes who desire academy-level race training and are interested in becoming full-time SMS students. The group is limited to 15 athletes with two coaches to provide high-quality alpine race training. The program goes beyond a typical weekend racing program by offering Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday training, along with after-skiing presentations by elite SMS coaches and experts in areas including nutrition, equipment preparation, conditioning, sports psychology, World Cup video analysis and technique talks.
For a full description of the Devo Team, to apply, and to make payments, click the buttons below