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Development Program/Camps

The Alpine Development Program at Stratton Mountain School is comprised of the Stratton Mini-Camp Series and the SMS Development Camps. These programs are intended for U10–U16 ski racers who are seeking to supplement their training. Each of these programs introduces athletes to 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. Please contact Jim Sullivan for additional information.


Development Camps

Stratton Mountain School’s Development Camps are open to U10–U16 racers and offer young racers the opportunity to experience ski academy coaching and training. Athletes engage in extensive SL and GS gate training, skill development through drills, video analysis, and tech talks. 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 with extra training and an introduction to the SMS experience.

SMS Mount Hood Summer Camp

Dates: July 1-July 12, 2019
Age Class: U12-U16
Focus: SL and GS drill courses and training, Free-Skiing drills and foundation work
Cost: $3,200 (Boarding Camper), $2,400 (Day Camper, U12’s Only)
Description: Stratton Mountain School’s Mount Hood Summer Camp will focus on establishing solid basic skiing techniques through numerous drills and freeskiing as well as gate work in both slalom and GS. In the afternoons and evenings, participants will enjoy fun dry-land training, team sports, and adventures through Oregon’s mountains and rivers. Stratton Mountain School coaches and alumni will lead campers, and a low racer/coach ratio of seven to one allows for extensive individual attention while assuring marked improvement for all participants. U12 campers who have never attended summer ski camps are encouraged to register as a day camper.

Campers will arrive for the Mount Hood Camp on July 1, with a chaperoned flight available from Hartford BDL. A typical daily schedule will include:

  • 5:45am Wake Up
  • 6:00am Morning warm up
  • 6:15am Breakfast
  • 7:00am Lift
  • On snow training sessions
  • 12:00n Lunch
  • 1:00pm Demo equipment/Reading/Quiet time
  • 3:00pm Activities/Conditioning
  • 5:00pm Video/Tuning
  • 6:00pm Dinner
  • 7:00pm Tech talk/Video/Tuning
  • 8:30pm Lights Out

Campers will depart on July 12, with a chaperoned flight leaving Oregon that evening (following a full day of training and activities) and arriving back at BDL on July 13. Interested athletes may reach out to Head U14 Coach Naga Kusumi (nkusumi@gosms.org) for more information.

 
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SMS High Performance Adventure Camp

Dates: July 28 to August 2, 2019
Age Class: U10 to U16
Cost: $595 (Day Camper), $895 (Boarding Camper)
Description: The 2019 High Performance Adventure Camp will take place between July 28 and August 2 at the Stratton Mountain School campus, and will provide a fun week of conditioning, education, field games, and adventures in the mountains of Southern Vermont.
 
Mornings will be reserved for circuit training and education at Stratton Mountain School’s US Ski and Snowboard High-Performance Center. This will help athletes develop strength, agility, and endurance in every part of the body. During this time campers will participate in physical testing, the results of which will be utilized to develop an individualized program for each athlete to follow throughout the remainder of the summer and fall.
 
Afternoons will focus on fun, with adventures including hiking, swimming, and mountain biking planned alongside visits to a ropes course and alpine slide. Campers will also enjoy daily games on the Stratton Mountain School’s Luckenbill Field.

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