The Wilmot Mountain Ski Team is a ski race program for children ages 6-19 years of age. The team consists of skiers of various skill levels with some new to racing and others with years of racing experience.
The program focuses on a combination of skill training and gate training. For skills, we focus on a yearlong progression of drills, including the USSA based Skills Quest. Our gate training consists of mainly Slalom and Giant Slalom with some speed training when the conditions permit. Athletes are placed into groups based on a combination of age and skill level.
Our base program cost $689.00 and permits the athlete to attend all weekend practices. Weekend practices are held Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am to 12:30 pm. Every team member must sign up for the Base Program. Attendance is not mandatory, athletes can attend practices as their personal schedule permits. Athletes meet in front of the Lodge at 9:20-9:25.
Additional Weeknight training is held Tuesday and Thursday night from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The cost of weeknight training is $299.00. Weeknight training is open to all team members. Weeknight training consists of mostly gate training. Typically, there are fewer athletes that train on weeknights compared to weekends. Athletes meet at the top of Chair 5 at 5:30.
Team Members that are in their second year, or beyond, with the team are required to participate in at least 2 race weekends with the team. Frist year racers are exempt from this requirement. The team participates in both the WIJARA race series and USSA Region 2 races.
WIJARA race series which consists of 4 race weekends starting in early January and ending in late February. Each weekend consists of 4 races, 2 GS races Saturday and 2 GS races Sunday. The races are held at Chestnut Mountain in Galena IL, sundown Mountain in Dubuque IA, Cascade Mountain in Portage WI and Tyrol Basin in Mt Horeb WI. Most our team participates in this race series and new racers typically start their racing in WIJARA.
The Wilmot fee for a WIJARA athlete is $299.00, and is for the coach’s coverage at the WIJARA races. There is an additional WIJARA race series fee of $32.00 that enters the racer into the WIJARA system. This is necessary for the athlete to get placed in the start order for each WIJARA race. This is a yearly onetime fee done online through Wild Apricot.
Our team also competes in USSA races in Region 2. Region 2 consists of races held in IL, WI and the Upper Peninsula of MI. USSA races start in December and go into March. A smaller percentage of our team participates in this race series. Those that do are typically more experienced and have the drive and desire to compete at a higher level. Athletes that participate in USSA can qualify for Jr Championship teams that compete throughout the US. Wilmot has had many JR Championship Athletes over the years. In addition, those athletes that have the goal to compete at the collegiate level ski USSA FIS to obtain FIS points that rank them nationally.
The Wilmot fee for a USSA athlete is $369.00 and is for coach’s coverage at the USSA races. There are additional USSA fees associated with racing in USSA races that vary depending on the age of the athlete and the races that they attend. Each athlete must be a member of USSA to register to race. Athletes register on a race to race basis. See the USSA website for more information on this.
Program costs listed above EXCLUDE lift tickets, USSA, FIS and Out-of-Region Race Registration Fees.