U12 Team

Age for 2016-17 Winter Season

Born 2005-2006
Comprised of 10-11 year old athletes, the U12 program is organized to teach fundamental skiing skills and ski racing technique to young athletes. Emphasis is placed on free skiing in all variety of snow and terrain at Snow King and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort while practicing balance, edging, body position and other essential technical elements, all while learning mountain safety and always having fun! Racing emphasis will be predominantly on modern giant slalom and slalom technique with an introduction to Super G. Athletes will work with a team of coaches dedicated to the U12 group. For training purposes athletes will often be arranged in groups of 5-7 athletes per coach to facilitate a productive learning environment, groups are dynamic but are generally based on skill, speed, and social needs. Participants must be able to put on their own ski equipment, load and ride the lift alone, and ski at an advanced, intermediate level. This program includes a physical conditioning program in the fall.
Athlete to Coach Ratio: 6:1

Skill Development Focus

All-Mountain Safety; developing a consistent balanced athletic position on skis; proper weight distribution on skis; having a consistent stance while maintaining balanced athletic position on skis; learning timing, balance, upper body discipline and/or upper-lower body separation, and upper body stability through the use of a single pole plant; and tactical elements of a Giant Slalom & Slalom courses. For more information on the Athlete Training System, and program delivery - click here.


U12 athletes will be encouraged to compete in 8-18 races per winter.  The JHSC Club Series is a local race series that serves as a fun introduction to ski racing. The Club Series is designed to provide the opportunity to race locally (day trips), very inexpensively, and is open to all. JHSC will travel with U12 athletes to USSA sanctioned races within the Intermountain Division (North Series).  The U12 and U10 athletes will compete together in one race series, but in their own age groups.  At this age athletes must be accompanied by a parent/guardian in order to travel to races. U12 athletes will be selected based on North Series results for Intermountain Championships. 
The choice to travel to races is up to the individual athlete/family, and is not a pre-requisite for participation in the program.  For a given age group on an ‘away’ race weekend, there will be a group that travels to the race, and a group that remains in Jackson to ski/train.  Athletes will have the opportunity for full-time coaching and training (respective to their program) regardless of whether they choose to travel to races or not.  And while competition is a stated goal of the program, athletic and personal development is the primary focus.

2016/17 Races in Jackson (or nearby area)

Bank of Jackson Hole Club Series (6 races)
U12/10 North Series, Jan. 14-15 (2GS)

Training Session

Pre-Season Dryland:

September 27th until Snow King opens
Tuesday & Thursday, 4:30-6:00pm

On Snow:

Full time option:

November 26th -March 26th
Saturdays, 8:45-3:00 pm @JHMR
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 4pm-6pm @ Snow King.  Learn about the Middle School's early release program here.
Sundays, 8:45am-12pm @ JHMR or 9:45am-1pm @ Snow King

Part Time Option (includes conditioning program):

November 29-March 26
Saturdays, 8:45-3:00 pm @JHMR
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm @ Snow King.  Learn about the Middle School's early release program here.

Early release transportation available from the Jackson Hole Middle School to Snow King $50

Program Fee

Full program $2,500 Register Now
Part time program $1,900 Register Now
Early registration helps our planning! Register by August 15th and receive $50 off after check out. 
Program rates increase $100 on September 21st & November 1st, 2016.
Payment plan: register by September 30th with a minimum $100 deposit.  Balance is divided over October, November & December, paid in full by 12/31/16.


USSA: $50 (required for USSA/IMD events) *None required for Club Series participation.
IMD: $20 (required for USSA/IMD events) *None required for Club Series participation.

November Camp

We will be offering an early season (November) training camp for U12s. This is an additional offering to the regular training season program. This opportunity is weather dependent (snow on Snow King);details & cost dependent on opening date, TBD.

Race Travel Expenses

• Club Series Racing (up to 6 races, minimal fees)
• Optional regional USSA IMD series (up to 10 races, estimated $200 per ‘away' race)

Ski Passes

Athletes need a Snow King Mountain & Jackson Hole Mountain Resort season pass. Pass prices are not included in program fees and must be purchased directly through Snow King and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. 

Work Deposit

There is a 2 day work deposit commitment with this program.  Learn more about the work deposit program here.


Recommended 2 pairs of race skis (GS/SL), 1 pair of freeskis.
  • JHSC internal equipment exchange night (used gear) - September 15, 6:00-8:00 pm @ Snow King Lodge Room
  • Manufacturer’s Equipment Night (new gear) - September 26, 6:00-8:00 pm @ Teton County Fair Building
  • JHSC Ski Swap (used gear) - October 21-22 @ Heritage Arena

Team Meeting

New Parent athlete Orientation Night: October 20, 6:00 pm at the Snow King Lodge Room.
U12 Meeting: November 3, 2016, 6:00 pm at the Snow King Lodge Room. Each Team will meet as a group (Coaches, Parents, & athletes) prior to the ski season to discuss the training schedule, equipment, the race calendar and more.

Recommended Summer Skiing

5-10 days