Junior Nordic Program
Snow Mountain Ranch Junior Nordic/Fall-Winter 2016-17
Junior Race Programming
Snow Mountain Ranch is continuing its junior development programming for athletes aged 12-19 this fall and winter! The purpose of this programming is to introduce the young athletes of the Grand Valley to the next level of competitive Nordic racing. Opportunities within the scopes of training, technique, and technical equipment management will be covered in this winter program. Athletes will be assessed for the levels that they are currently skiing at; develop goals and plans to fit a progression; and will develop skills throughout the season to meet those goals. Athletes and families that are interested in discovering the vision and next steps of US Nordic Racing are encouraged to attend an introductory meeting with more information and the option for in-person registration on Wednesday October 12th at 5:30 pm in the Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center.
Projected training times will be Fridays at 9:30 am and Wednesdays at 5:00 pm. Scheduled dates are:
November 2, 4, 5, 8, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 26, 30, 2016
December 2, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, 31, 2016
January 4, 6, 11, 13, 14, 18, 20, 25, 27, 28, 30, 2017
February 1, 3, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 22, 24, 25, 2017
March 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 18, 2017
Membership at the YMCA is not required to participate in this program. The program fee for all athletes is $445.00 for the 2016-17 season. Athletes will be required to have both classic and freestyle equipment. All sessions unless announced will take place at Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center.
Coaching leadership will be given by YMCA coaches and led by Bill Pierce. Bill is a USSA Certified and Licensed Level 200 Nordic Coach and has over 30 years of coaching youth to elite programming.
JNQ Race/Coaching Support
There are four JNQ races in the Rocky Mountain Division. The purpose of these events is to gain racing experience at the highest regional level of junior racing. One of the outcomes of these experiences is the possible ability to qualify and then race at the national level. Technical race support and coaching is available for each weekend. Support with no travel will cost $30/athlete/weekend. Support with travel will cost $60/athlete/weekend. Support will include technical waxing, possible ski selection, and coaching for each race. It is highly recommended that athletes and families start an involvement in this level of racing.
RMD Junior Qualifier Races
Dec. 17-18, 2016; Frisco, CO
Jan. 21-22, 2017; Aspen, CO
Jan. 28-29, 2017; Steamboat, CO
Feb. 18-19, 2017; Durango, CO
Feb. 23-24, 2017; CHSAA State Championships
This is a basic introduction to year round Nordic ski training and how that process is planned and executed. This is a brief and basic explanation of my junior and senior training philosophy. When you are just starting into the processes of training there is much to learn and time and patience are required.
The training processes that we will engage in must have a defined purpose. Individual passion comes from and is fired by the enjoyment of these processes. You also must have a vision and goals for these processes. Your goals, both individual and team, must be measurable and tracked. Each individual is encompassed by a mind, body, and spirit. Being balanced in all three will only enhance your enjoyment and success in this and any process in life.
There are only three ways to progress and get faster in this sport. Physical Training, Perfecting Technic, and Possessing the best Technical equipment are the three major factors. There are many important sub factors in each and the bottom line is; the fittest athlete, with the highest skilled technical efficiency, who is on the best equipment….is the fastest. Time (lots of it), Patience (lots of it), and Commitment (lots of it) is what it takes to learn to be the best.
Our winter training will focus mainly on being ski fit with some technique work. Snow skiing, trail running (with poles), and strength training will be the major components of our ski fitness training, but it’s important to keep in mind that having the correct equipment is important in achieving quality training. Commit, sign up, and come participate in training processes that will change how you approach sport and life!