Youth Ski League (YSL) - Ages 7-12
YSL training system will introduce and develop athletes following the US Ski team Alpine Training System curriculum to the extent terrain, athlete skills and schedule allow. This program meets for 13 weeks every Saturday and Sunday.
YSL and YSL jr programs typically differ based on Biological Age (stage of physical development) and Training Age (number year of sport participation). YSL Coaches will be reviewing athlete’s skill set and maturity levels during the first few weeks of training to finalize coach/racer/group alignment.
This exercise is to create efficiency within our coaching staff and assure our young athletes receive safe training that will open-up the most opportunity for them to grow. This also begins the Coach/Parent/Racer relationships and discussions early season.
YSL Jr introduces our youngest participants to Mountain Creek Race Program. YSL Jr training days will incorporate more breaks during training than our YSL racers. Most skiing time will be on intermediate terrain, such that the athlete can learn/practice sound technique, and not learn defensive technique encouraged by steeper terrain. Limited Focus on drill courses & skill/obstacle courses. YSL Jr. athletes’ progress and improvement results in moving to YSL.
YSL is designed for those athletes who seek continued technical instruction in both free skiing and race training, the program is designed to prepare skiers for US Ski & Snowboard Programs. YSL training days will be weekend only following US Ski Team Development Phase 2 and entry into Phase 3. Minimum 50 percent coached free skiing with the remaining time focused on skills specific drills and gate training. Gate training will be primarily on giant slalom, introduction into slalom, focus on drill courses & skill/obstacle courses. SL with stubbies and/or cones and other imaginative type sets are utilized for increasing skillfulness. Limited normal GS courses. YSL focuses on USSS Skills Quest Phase Phase 2 and entry into Phase 3 as conditions and skill level permits.
YSL Athletes compete in 2 races within the NJSRA mountain hosts.
Training Schedule For All YSL Programs:
Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 2pm (1-hour break for lunch)
Price For All YSL Programs:
Program fees do not include a season pass. Racing pass prices for youth and race participants and for parents and guardians are available below.
- Each competition has an additional fee that covers the venue and lift tickets. This varies by competition and will be outlined after program registration on AdminSkiRacing.com
Athletes are expected to provide their own equipment, including helmets which are mandatory for all training and racing events. If you have questions on equipment, please contact your local ski shop or MCRacing@MountainCreek.com
For racing equipment, we recommend McAfee Ski Shop in McAfee, NJ less than 1 mile from the South Lodge. Our race coaches work closely with their race staff.
Participation in all Race Programs requires either a valid lift ticket or season pass. As a frequent visitor to Mountain Creek for training and racing, the All Access Season Pass is by far the best value. If either you or your child is enrolled in a Mountain Creek Race Program, you automatically qualify for a discount on your Season Pass at a special rate.
Racing Pass Rates
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Passes are available when purchasing your racing program.
The purchase of a season pass with your race program must comply with the same regulations as All Access Season Pass members. All pass holders must complete an annual liability waiver and supply a pass photo to process your season pass order.
If you have questions that are not answered here, please email MCRacing@MountainCreek.com to speak with one of our race department staff.