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U10 Alpine Race Team

Abenaki U10 Program philosophy – Fundamentals (Agility/Balance/Co-ordination)


Athlete development is a long-term process. Abenaki athletes begin a two- to four-year plan to develop properly for the next level of ski racing. Athletes are exposed to all kinds of terrain and snow conditions, including corduroy, bumps, powder, and ice.  Coaches design seasonal programs that promote basic skiing and mental skills in a fun and structured atmosphere. These skills are essential for athletes to succeed at the next level and beyond.

Racing at this level is for fun and experience, not results.

Development Goals USSA Phase 2



  • General Focus - Adventure stage - Skiing all terrain, exploring the mountain.

  • Athletic Stance and Balance - Can balance on the outside ski. Leg rotation is independent of upper body (torso and pelvis) to initiate short radius turns. The body stays perpendicular to terrain changes.

  • Skills (Rotary Edging and Pressure - Skier demonstrates outside ski dominance throughout the turn and becomes aware of the skis orientation on the snow. The skier demonstrates rotary, edging and pressure skills individually and within a ski turn.

  • Turn Strategies - Turn size and shape is dictated by the skier. Activities emphasize a wide variety of turn shapes and sizes. Athletes can make short, fast rhythmical turns.

  • Coordination of Movement - Leg rotation is smooth and may be complimented with leg flexion and extension movements. Lower body rotation starts to show separation from upper body. The upper body shows discipline complimented with an arm carriage that may facilitate contributory pole action.


  • Terrain -Tactics are learned through self discovery by skiing around the mountain and adapting to different terrain. Respects and skis challenging terrain or difficult snow conditions.

  • Tech/GS and Slalom - Continue drill course focus around skill development. Begins to work on tucking in GS turns.

  • Speed/DH and SG - Refining tuck on increasingly steeper terrain. Focus is on body position and balance while in a tucked position. Jumping of any type is considered exciting.

  • Course Sets - Round turns are utilized in GS and slalom. Able to link turns of variable turn size and radius.

  • Competition Strategies -Focus on skill development as a competition. Inter-club events and a possible local state competition. Fun comps such as dual, obstacle and kombi formats.

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