Junior Development Team (JDT):
Swiss Valley Racing for ages 5-14 years old JDT is open to all skiers ages 5 to 14, of all ability levels. JDT Racers are encouraged to attend scheduled events which include races held at Swiss Valley, Timber Ridge, Bittersweet, Cannonsburg, Mt. Brighton, Alpine Valley, and Caberfae Peaks. JDT Director, Jennifer Perry Ross, leads the coaching team made up of former racers and professional ski instructors. This program is extremely affordable with each team member enjoying up to 35 hours of instruction and coaching for only $200. Lift tickets & additional event fees not included, purchasing a Season Pass at Swiss Valley is almost always the most affordable option. (Each Racer must pay for $30 racing bib in addition to their race fee.)
Program Goals & Training
The JDT program’s primary goal is to give our team members a chance to learn the art of ski racing and improve their overall skiing skills while having fun. Team Participation includes a Holiday JDT Race Camp along with weekly practices scheduled for Tuesday nights and weekend mornings. (Please reserve Thursdays as a weekly make up in the event practice is not held on Tuesday.) Our season ends with an athlete family race on February 26, 2023.
New for 2023 – NASTAR!
Our racers have been asking for NASTAR at Swiss for many years, and we are ready to make NASTAR available to all. By becoming a NASTAR resort, all races will be run through NASTAR software, just like the other resorts we race at. What does that mean for racers? First, they will earn a NASTAR handicap, virtually racing against people across the United States, including members of the US Ski Team. Second, they will get State and National Rankings. Finally, everyone will have a chance to qualify for NASTAR Nationals by racing at Swiss Valley! What is the JDT NASTAR Fee? By purchasing the JDT NASTAR add-on for $50, you will receive unlimited runs on NASTAR races held at Swiss Valley. This includes Wednesday night racing and any weekend races that are open to the general skiing public. You do not have to add on the fee to race in JDT specific races. By adding the additional fee, you are directly enhancing the race program at Swiss and gaining several additional race opportunities for minimal cost. This is a great opportunity for our racers to practice on a timed course, as well as experience some friendly competition with peers, coaches, and family members! REGISTRATION FOR THE JDT PRICE NASTAR MEMBERSHIP CLOSES DEC 15, 2022. After that date, JDT racers may participate but will pay the standard nightly/season rate.
RACE SCHEDULE The full JDT schedule is also posted in our JDT Facebook. The schedule is subject to change all participants should join our JDT COMMUNICATION FACEBOOK GROUP: www.Facebook.com/groups/SwissValleyJDT/
Join the Team!
Membership Deadline December 15th – REGISTER NOW!
Membership must be purchased by December 15, 2022, limited space available. Membership cost is $200.00 for the season. Register Now
Please email Coach Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of your proof of purchase. This will initiate Racer/Coach communication and additional instructions for participation. If purchase is made before November 30th, please email Coach Jen promptly to receive the Meet & Greet Zoom Meeting Invitation/Link.
Please email Coach Jen with any questions regarding JDT and Membership email@example.com
And For Parents!
Parents are encouraged to participate in the complimentary Tuesday Night Parent Ski Clinics, held at the same time as JDT practice. Our Parent Instructor plans a fun lesson each week and also spends time discussing race basics for maximum parent involvement. No additional cost, just show up! Updates for the lessons will be posted on the JDT Facebook group page. Lesson content varies.
JDT REGISTRATION DEADLINE DEC 15, 2022
WEDNESDAY NIGHT RACE LEAGUE
Wednesday Night Racing will take place the first 6 Wednesdays of 2023. Join us for gate bashing fun for just $75 in advance for the whole season or $20/night if paid day of.
Swiss Valley provides an excellent opportunity for any advanced beginner through expert skier, of all ages – male or female, to hit the gates and have some fun! Mom, Dad, Teenager, Neighbor, Friends, Co-Workers are all invited to join our scheduled Wednesday night racing. On our race nights, one or two courses will be set by 6:00PM. Each racer is encouraged to make 4 runs with the best of two being used for the nightly bragging rights.
Enjoy awards, food and drink specials in our Chalet or Fireside Picnic Area to celebrate your victory! Those under the age of 21 will celebrate Fireside after racing while those 21 & Up can tell gate bashing stories while enjoying food and drink specials in the Chalet! We encourage all to participate! Join us for this family friendly competition and night out at Swiss Valley!
NEW FOR 2023 – NASTAR!
You’ve been asking for years, and we finally heard you…we are bringing NASTAR to Swiss Valley!
NASTAR stands for NAtional STAndard Race and is the largest public grassroots ski racing program in the world. Founded in 1968, NASTAR gives recreational racers an opportunity to compete and compare their scores to friends and family regardless of when and where they race using the NASTAR handicap system.
NASTAR was developed by SKI Magazine in 1968 and now boasts more than 100,000 races at over 100 resorts around the country. Racers are scored by earning a handicap that represents their ability. The handicap provides participants with a tangible number, or handicap, that is the percentage they are behind the time of the National Standard or the National Pacesetter.
Today, NASTAR is owned and operated by Outside Inc. NASTAR is bringing greater awareness to the sport and value to the industry while motivating participants of all ages to get involved in alpine racing.
Courses will be set to the NASTAR standard and will be accomodating to all skills of racers.
- Scoring will be NASTAR handicap system
League SPONSORS FOR 2023
Pricing and Registration
6 Nights of Racing for only $75.00 if paid in advance for the whole season, or $20/night paid night of racing.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT RACE LEAGUE
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