Arctic Valley Ski Team

The Arctic Valley Ski Team is the ski racing and ski education arm of the Anchorage Ski Club. We provide a variety of youth programs for participants ranging from ages 6 to adults & commitment levels ranging from multi-day full competition to weekly recreational ski programs.

Registration for the 2022-23 season opens August 15th! See the updated program options and descriptions below.

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Questions about our programs?

Contact Michael Radford, program director at michael.radford@arcticvalley.org

Freeride, Learn to Ski, and Racing Programs

 

Saturdays @ Arctic Valley 11:00am to 4:00pm
Program Cost: $500 2022/23 Season

  • Saturdays
  • Winter Break and Spring Break camps available
  • Designed for ages 9-15
  • Staffed with experienced paid and volunteer coaches
  • Program operates from 2nd weekend of December to 1st weekend of April (snow conditions permitting)
  • Designed for athletes who have developed their skills in our Flying Ptarmigan program and/or are not interested in ski racing.
  • Focus is on fundamentals of skiing development, rooted in freeskiing. This program is 90% freeskiing, 10% gate training.
  • Courses and drills are occasionally set to help athletes become better skiers and build fundamentals
  • It is highly recommended that athletes can ride the T-bar independently before the program begins.
  • Lift passes and Anchorage Ski Club Membership not included. $75 late fee applied November 1st

Saturdays @ Arctic Valley
Program cost: $400 2022/23 Season

  • Designed for ages 4-8
  • Winter Break and Spring Break camps available
  • Athletes have not skied before
  • The goal is to introduce kids to skiing, build confidence, and teach basic ski skills
  • Focus is on having fun, and learning to ski
  • After a season with this group, athletes will be ready to progress to the Flying Ptarmigan program
  • Staffed with experienced Paid and Volunteer Coaches
  • Program operates from 3rd weekend of December to 1st weekend of April (snow conditions permitting)

Saturdays @ Arctic Valley 10:30am to 3:30pm
Program Cost: $450 (1 day) / $675 (2 days) 2022/23 Season

  • 1 day (Saturday) or 2 day (Saturday/Sunday) program
  • Winter Break and Spring Break camps available
  • Designed for ages 5-11 (Must be able to ride to tower 3 of the T-BAR)
  • Athletes will have had little to no experience with skiing generally.
  • The goal is to incorporate the family into the program and introduce athletes to the sport of ski racing, while building confidence and the ability to ski all terrain.
  • Staffed with experienced Paid and Volunteer Coaches
  • Program operates from 2nd weekend of December to 1st weekend of April (snow conditions permitting)
  • Focus is on fundamentals of skiing development, rooted in ski racing - 50% gate training, 50% free-skiing
  • It is highly recommended that athletes practice riding the T-Bar before the program begins
  • Anchorage Youth Ski League (YSL) race participation is highly encouraged - staff will be fully allocated to YSL race days, and there will not be practice at Arctic Valley on these YSL race days
  • YSL race fees included. Lift passes and Anchorage Ski Club Membership not included. Late fee applied November 1st.

Saturdays @ Arctic Valley
Program Cost: See below

Our premier race training program, for kids who want to compete in races at the USSA level. Coached by experienced former racers.

  • Gate Training at Arctic Valley Saturday & Sunday 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM & 12:30 PM - 3:30PM, respectively
  • Fall (travel), Winter Break and Spring Break camps available
  • Late spring camp available (pending snow conditions)
  • An experienced, Full-Time Development Coach is dedicated to the Fighting Ptarmigan group
  • Experienced Paid and Volunteer Coaches assigned to assist Full-time Development Coach
  • Video upload and analysis
  • Personalized race equipment sourcing, fitting and tuning education assistance
  • On snow as early as possible, to 2nd weekend of April
  • Focus on Elite level racing technical development - 90% gate training, 10% freeskiing
  • Dryland commences first weekend of October, 2x per week, until on snow
  • USSA race license, lift passes and Anchorage Ski Club Membership not included. Late fee applied November 1st.

Programs

  • 1 Day (Saturdays) $1000
    • For athletes who enjoy skiing and want to participate in the sport, but have other commitments they prioritize above ski racing. These athletes are likely to be involved with the club for more social reasons than for competition.
    • USSS Competitor's License encouraged
  • U12 2-Day (Sat/Sun) $1500
    • For athletes aged 10 and 11 who have a high commitment to the sport.
    • USSS Competitor's License recommended
  • U14+ 2-Day (Sat/Sun) $2000
    • For athletes 12 and older who are highly committed to the sport.
    • At this point in their athletic and physical maturity, they are prepared to commit more time towards ski racing.
    • While athletes should still compete in other sports, ski racing is one of their primary focuses
    • USSS Competitor's License recommended
  • Midweek Training (Thu/Fri) 
    • For athletes in any program to gain additional time in gates
    • Drop in session: $40
    • 1 day per week for full season: $250
    • 2 days per week for full season: $500

Sundays @ Arctic Valley
Program cost: $1000 (full season) / $750 (spring season) / $30 (drop in rate)

  • For athletes who may (or may not) be over the hill but still want to enjoy the pursuit of sport and maintain or develop their skills in alpine skiing.
  • This program will consist of training once weekly (Sundays) until spring operations start in March, at which point training will be available Thu/Fri/Sun
  • Program starts January 7th, 2023
  • Fall (travel), Winter Break, and Spring Break camps available

Volunteer

We are a volunteer-based program. Interested in helping?

We need the following:

  • Paid Coaches (with ski racing experience) 2-4 days per week
  • Volunteer Coaches (with or without ski racing experience) 1-2 days per week
  • Parent Coaches (no racing experience needed, just a love to ski) 1-2 days per week
  • Volunteers In General (Lodge Moms/Dads, Admin, Parent liaisons) 1-2 days per week

Please let us know if you have any questions!

Michael Radford

Arctic Valley Ski Team Program Director
michael.radford@arcticvalley.org