Alpine Development Program
The Alpine Development Program at Stratton Mountain School is comprised of three sub-programs: Development Camps, the Hopeful Squad, and Team Stratton. These programs are intended for U10–U16 ski racers who are not current SMS students. Each of these programs prepares athletes for a full-time ski academy experience and allows young racers to take advantage of the vast resources of one of the top ski academies in the country.
Stratton Mountain School’s Development Camps are open to U10–U16 racers and offer young racers the opportunity to fain ski academy coaching and training. Athletes learn a variety of skills at these camps. SMS Development Camps are open to any racer and are scheduled throughout the year from early season through spring, and finally, the summer. These are 3-5 day sessions and longer summer camps at various locations, intended to provide young racers extra training and an introduction to the SMS experience.
The Hopeful Squad provides U10–U16 athletes with the opportunity to focus on foundational drills and gate training similar to the training at SMS. The Hopefuls program is designed to supplement a racer’s regular weekend program and for the racer to take skills to work on back at the home program. The program trains two days each month from December through March with the monthly sessions focusing on free-skiing drills and gate training for giant slalom and slalom. Click here for more information.
Team Stratton is a high-level program which prepares young racers for the rigors and intensity of the ski academy world. Designed as a bridge program, Team Stratton provides a clear pathway to advance from a part-time to a full-time race program for U14 athletes. The program offers training along with informative presentations regarding nutrition, equipment preparation, conditioning, sports psychology, and more. Coaches from Stratton Mountain School and the Stratton Winter Sports Club will share their knowledge, experience, and mentoring with athletes.