Grand Traverse Ski Club

Middle School Race Team

Hickory Hills:   Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays; 3:30 – 5:00 pm  (Starting Wednesday  1/2/19)

Crystal Mountain: Wednesdays; 4:00 -6:00 pm  (Trains at Hickory until start date at Crystal is announced) 

GTSC Middle School Races:

1/8 –  Middle School Invitational at Nubs Nob, 4pm start – GS Only

1/24 – Middle School Invitational at Hickory Hills – (GTSC  volunteers will be needed)  4pm start – Dual Slalom

1/30 – Middle School Invitational at Mt Holiday, 4pm start – Slalom Only

2/8 – Middle School Invitational at Boyne Mtn, 4pm start – GS Only

2/13 – Crystal Community Ski Club Middle School Race at Crystal Mountain – 4pm – GS and Salom

Cost: $425 

Includes MSRT weekday training and MSRT races/coaching

Sunday Race not included

Other:  Mandatory parent/athlete meeting will take place with head coach prior to the season beginning.  Date, time, location TBD.  An e-mail will be sent out in advance with these details.

This program is for skiers in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, and has the same focus as the Ski Club’s Instructional Ski Clinics.  MSRT is intended for athletes with ski experience looking to increase confidence, ability and have a great time!


  • Must be in 6th, 7th or 8th grade, or age/grade appropriate as allowed by coaches
  • Athlete must have baseline experience in downhill skiing – understands how to put on all equipment independently, use tow ropes/chair lifts, and get down hill safely.
    • Tuesday, December 4, 2018; 6:30pm West YMCA Silver Lake Road
  • Complete programming forms located at bottom of this page


  • Ski all terrain independently, safely navigate race courses – perhaps race on High School Team

CoachesIan Sterling, Nicole Schroeder, Zach Mikowski

MSRT Program Details

  • Includes all weekday training as shown on schedule above
  • Includes approximately 5 middle school races per year
  • Includes bussing from EMS, SEAS and/or WMS
    • To Hickory Hills training Mon, Tues, Thursday (parent pickup after)
    • To/from Crystal Mtn training on Wednesday
    • To/from all away MSRT races (Nubs, Boyne Mtn)
  • Races typically held on Tues or Thursday – will have detailed schedule at Dec Meeting
  • Will have MSRT races at Nubs Nob and Boyne Mtn –
    • All races optional but highly encouraged and FUN!
    • Miss some school for these
    • Transportation included for away races
    • Pass included
  • Remaining races at Hickory or Holiday
    • After school hours
    • Need parent volunteers
    • Parent transportation for local races
    • Pass included (Holiday)

Passes – Required and NOT included in sign up fee

  • Hickory Hills
  • Crystal Mountain
    • 1 day/week pass
    • Cost ~$80 – information will be sent in late Nov/early Dec to sign up
    • Pass only valid for Wednesday nights during training

Gear – Race gear needed – required for safety – recreational gear is not appropriate

  • Will race GS and Slalom – please talk to coaches if need guidance – they are happy to help!
  • Need race capable gear:
    • Skis – can have separate GS and Slalom – or one pair that work for both
    • Boots – VERY important to have the right fit – please ask coaches/shops to assess
    • Helmet – safety first –
      • Chin bar – Slalom requires
      • GS – No chin bar – so needs to be removable
    • Gloves/shin guards/poles/goggles/arm guards/back pad/speed suit/ski socks
  • Good place to get help: Coaches, Don Orr, Ski Swap (Nov 10), Parent Meeting (Dec 5)

Optional GTSC Add-Ons, Fees Not Included:

  • Winter Break Race Camp
    • New opportunity this year, held over Christmas Break at Hickory Hills; $200
    • Weather dependent
  • GTSC Sunday Races
    • Skiers are encouraged to participate in Sunday Races at Hickory, as this allows them to qualify for various regional ski invitationals against other clubs.

Please contact Tonya Lewandowski (, the GTSC Middle School Program Coordinator with any questions about the programs. Registration questions can be directed to Heather VanStratt,

Below are the forms that you must fill out and return to GTSC in order for your registration to be considered complete.  Please email to Tonya Lewandowski ( by December 1, 2018 or bring to the mandatory parent meeting:

Thanks and looking forward to a great season!!

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