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www.fis-ski.com International Ski Federation - FIS results, points, rankings 

Program Specifics
FIS Team: 
For Alpine racers 16 and older who have qualified by criteria or been invited by the coaches to ski at the FIS (international) racing level.  They will travel anywhere.  Year-round training and travel program.  Locker room and waxing facilities provided.

U-18 IMD Team:  For Alpine racers 16 to 17 who will race in the Intermountain Division and Western Region, as well as FIS races for which they qualify. Athletes travel in vans with the team and coaches to competitions. Winter training Tuesday through Sunday.  Year-round conditioning program and summer camp training opportunities. Locker room and waxing facilities provided.

U-16 IMD Team:  For 14-15 year old Alpine racers by invitation, who show desire and passion for this sport. The U-16 Team is the first year-round team and the travel/training commitment is significantly greater than the U-14 Team. They will travel within the Intermountain Division (ID, UT, WY), and Western Region when applicable, in vans with the team and coaches, or with parents. Winter training Tuesday through Sunday. Year-round conditioning program and summer camp training opportunities. Locker room and waxing facilities provided.

 

U-14 Team:  For 12-13 year old Alpine racers. Athletes compete in Intermountain Division races (North-South) traveling with parents or with team if they so choose. Winter training Wednesday through Sunday. Dryland training in the fall (October-November). Locker room cubbies provided.

U-12 Travel Team:  For 10-11 year old Alpine skiers who are committed to competing at a higher level. This team provides an introduction to away races and travel. Athletes will travel with parents. Athletes compete in the Northern Region of the Intermountain Division and Mini World Cup Series. Winter training Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Dryland training in the fall (October-November). Locker room cubbies provided.

U-12 Home Team: This team provides an introduction to ski racing. Athletes will compete in local races and U-12s are eligible to travel if they wish. U-10s on this team must qualify for travel through Mini World Cup races. This team is primarily for 10-and-11-year-olds and 9-year-olds by coaches discretion only. Training on Wednesday afternoons and weekends. Dryland training in the fall (October-November). Locker room cubbies provided.

Devo Team: This team is where you learn to love to ski and develop basic ski racing technique. It is primarily for second and third graders who are “Baldy Proof” but U-12 athletes may particpate at coaches discretion. Skiing on weekends only with some school holidays included. New applicants will be evaluated for skiing ability in late November or early December in order to participate with the team. Dryland training in the fall (late October-November). No locker room provided.

Alpine Glossary of Terms and Information
U Class:  Your U (Under) Class is the age group that you compete in. Each U class covers two years (except for U-21s). Your class is determined by the year you were born.  Alpine U classes are as follows:
    U-21 – ages 18-19-20 (born in 1994-1995-1996)
    U-18 – ages 16-17 (born in 1997 and 1998)
    U-16 – ages 14-15 (born in 1999 and 2000)
    U-14 – ages 12-13 (born in 2001 and 2002)
    U-12 – ages 10-11 (born in 2003 and 2004)
    U-10 – ages 7-8-9 (born in 2005-2006-2007)

 

Alpine Disciplines
Slalom (SL): A slalom course is the shortest in distance, but contains the greatest number of turns. Turns are short, quick and continuous. Slalom is considered a technical event, as opposed to a speed event.
Giant Slalom (GS):  The Giant Slalom is the most fundamental alpine event.  Most young racers will start with Giant Slalom races. Gates are placed at a maximum of 28 meters and a minimum of 12 meters apart. GS is also considered a technical event.
Super Giant Slalom (Super G): Super G is the bridge between Giant Slalom and Downhill, and is considered a speed event. Athletes compete in Super G starting at the U-14 level.
Downhill (DH):  Downhill is the fastest of the four alpine disciplines. Athletes compete in Downhill starting at the U-14 level (locally). 

Equipment: All four disciplines require a different set of skis. As athletes get older, the more specific their equipment becomes.  Equipment requirements are as follows:
    Devo Team – 1 pair of giant slalom skis (all-mountain optional).
    U12 Home – 1 to 2 pairs of skis targeting GS and Slalom.

    U12 Travel– 1 to 2 pairs of skis targeting GS and Slalom.
    U-14 – 2 to 3 pairs of skis, specifically Slalom and GS skis. Supr G optional or loaners.  
    U-16 – 2-5 pairs of skis, specifically slalom, GS and Super G (loaners available), one pair for training, one for racing.
    U-18/U-21 – 4+ pairs of skis, two for each discipline, one race, one training.

Equipment Leasing and Pro Nights:  For the younger athlete, most of the local ski shops offer leasing programs for the season. For the older, competitive athlete, it is very beneficial to attend the “Pro Night” specifically for ski team at the shops to be able to order new equipment at discounted prices directly from the company reps.  We will send out announcements as to when these events are coming up, as well as who is eligible to attend.

Equipment Maintenance:  When athletes reach the U-14 level, they learn how to and become responsible for tuning and maintaining all equipment.  For the U-12 and younger, parents should maintain equipment and have skis tuned before every race at a minimum.
   
USSA:
The United States Ski and Snowboard Association. The governing body for the sport of skiing in the U.S.  It comprises three regions (Western, Eastern and Rocky Central).  All SVSEF athletes must be a member of USSA and purchase either a youth or appropriate competitor’s license.

Western Region:  Intermountain is one of five divisions that make up the greater Western Region. These include Pacific Northwest Ski Association (PNSA), Far West (California), Northern Division (Montana) and Alaska.

Intermountain Division (IMD):  We are a part of the Intermountain Division which consists of clubs in the states of Idaho, Utah and Wyoming.

FIS:  FIS is the International Federation of Skiing. FIS represents the international ranking system versus USSA’s national ranking system. FIS races are open to international competitors. Athletes must be 16 and have a FIS license in order to race in a FIS Race. Athletes will be advised when they are eligible and when they need to purchase the license.

Points Lists:  Once you have a competitive USSA license (U-14 and older), you will have access to the Points List, which is broken down by discipline (Slalom, GS, Super G and DH). Your points will be tabulated by USSA and your standing on the points list will both qualify you for certain competitions including Junior Olympics, Junior Nationals, etc. and determine your starting order. It’s like golf – the lower the points the better.

Nastar:  NASTAR stands for National Standard Race. A large recreational ski and snowboard race series offered by many ski resorts. Our younger racers – Devo Team and U-12 Home Team – will have the opportunity to race in NASTAR races.  They must be registered (free) with NASTAR at www.nastar.com.

North/South Series:  The Intermountain Division is divided into two geographical components – North and South. Sun Valley is part of the North region, which includes Bogus Basin, Jackson, WY, McCall, Kelly Canyon, ID, and Soldier Mountain. U-14 athletes compete mostly in North-South Series races. U-12 athetes compete in North Series races only.

Western Junior Championships:  A U-16 Western Region Championship event. Athletes qualify through an Intermountain Division qualification series of races.

U-18 Nationals: A U-18 class national event. Invitations to compete are based on a Western Region U-18 qualification series.

Western Junior Champs: A U-18/U-21 Western Region Championship event in all disciplines. Qualification is based on an Intermountain Division race series.