Grand Traverse Ski Club

Middle School Race Team

Hickory Hills:     Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays; 3:30 – 5:00pm
Crystal Mtn:       Wednesdays; 4:00 – 6:00pm

Cost: $375 ($400 on 11/1, $425 on 11/15, $475 on 12/1)

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 runs Monday through Thursday from January 2 to February 23 with Mondays at Hickory Hills, Tuesdays at Hickory Hills, Wednesdays at Crystal Mt. and Thursdays at Hickory Hills. Hickory Hills training is from 3:30pm to 5:00pm, and Crystal Mt. training is from 4:00pm to 6:00pm (back to Traverse City by 7:00pm). The kids take a bus directly from East or West Middle School, or SEAS to the ski hills. One race per week may be in lieu of training.

The only other costs for this program are: school program pass application for Crystal Mt. (see form below) and a pass for Hickory Hills.

Currently the race schedule for this season is the following:

  • TBD | Nubs Nob (will leave early and ski 1/2 day and have taco lunch)
  • TBD | Mt. Holiday Invitational
  • TBD | MS Invitational at Hickory Hills
  • TBD | Boyne Mt. (will leave early for some free skiing.  Lunch on your own)

*Bussing will be provided from school to and from Boyne and Nubs races, and to Holiday race.

Skiers must have their own helmet, skis, poles, boots, pole guards and face guard. Once a skier is 80 pounds they will also need shin guards. This is for safety reasons when training or racing Slalom (not needed for Giant Slalom, but all skiers will train and race for both). Athletes should have a helmet with hard, covered ears (not soft), as a mouth guard will only fit on this type of helmet and is safer anyway. All of these items can be purchased at local ski shops or online. Some skiers use different skis for Slalom and Giant Slalom, but this is optional.

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 note that this year Sunday Races are included with USSA registration.

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

Here are the forms that you must fill out and return to GTSC in order for your registration to be considered complete:

Crystal – 2016/17 Pass Application
Crystal – 2016/17 Waiver (Minor)
• Crystal – 2016/17 Waiver (ADULT COACH/CHAPERONE)
Emergency Contacts
Nubs Nob Release Form
Athlete Code of Conduct
Parent Code of Conduct
GTSC Waiver

Mail these forms to:

GTSC Middle School Program
PO Box 5157
Traverse City, MI 49685

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Grand Traverse Ski Club

GTSC is a volunteer run non-profit club dedicated to offering quality instructional ski and ski racing programs for kids aged 4-14 at an economical price. Developing good skiers and ski racers with a focus on fun and sportsmanship.

Hickory Hills Ski Area is owned and operated by the City of Traverse City, Hickory Hills began operations in the winter of 1950 -51 on 12 City owned acres. Traverse City now owns approximately 125 acres.

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