Grand Traverse Ski Club

USSA Weekend Race/Training Coaching Only

USSA Weekend Race/Training Coaching is meant for athletes who wish to race in weekend USSA Region 3 races and need coaching representation.  This program fee also includes GTSC USSA weekend training days – these will be offered when there is not a USSA Region 3 race.

Cost:   $200

NOTE:  IF YOUR ATHLETE IS SIGNED UP FOR GTSC USSA Race Team ($800) DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS – all included in USSA Race Team fees


  • Race Day Coaching at all Region 3 USSA Races
  • GTSC weekend USSA training (when no Region 3 races – will be announced)



  • Racer has previous race experience and meets all USSA member/safesport criteria.
  • Racer must register and pay separately for all USSA national dues.  Learn more HERE.
  • Racer must register and pay separately for all USSA Region 3 dues and must have all equipment necessary to meet USSA race regulations . Learn more HERE.
  • Complete necessary programming forms (see bottom of this page for more info)

Coaches – Austin Johnson, Libby Shutler, Evan Culp, Eric Shutler

Program Details – This does not include any weekday training – weekends as detailed below

  • USSA Region 3 Race weekend coaching –
    • Coaching at Region 3 USSA race weekends included
    • USSA Race Schedule –
    • All USSA race sign up is done separately by families for each race – through myUSSA account – NOT INCLUDED
    • Race fees are extra and paid per race for racer (~$25/race)
    • Races typically Saturday and Sunday – can sign up to do one or both
    • Passes at race mountains not included
    • Parent transportation
    • To be eligible for any USSA events/racing – NEED TO REGISTER with USSA and REGION 3 to participate – make account per racer/online (see above)
    • USSA & Region 3 registration Costs ~$135/racer EACH (so $270) – not included
    • MUST COMPLETED ONLINE BY October 15th or assessed late fee!!

Program Does NOT Include – Below are available at an additional fee – NOT included in $200 programming fee.

  • USSA Region 3 Race fees –
    • See above sign up and race fee information
  • USSA Qualifying race weekends – Shelly Glover & Hosking Junior Championship Qualifiers – races held at Marquette Mountain in Marquette, MI
    • These races are optional for all USSA racers – but if your racer wants to try qualifying for the Junior Championships in CO, have to participate and qualify at Hosking race
    • Coaching not included – fee based on how many participants through GTSC; ~$125-160/racer
    • Parent transportation necessary
    • Lodging not included – family responsible for arrangements
    • Race sign up is done individually by families for each race – myUSSA account
    • Race fee dependent on how many days/race – approx. $50/day
    • Schedule is out –
    • Races ~Fri-Sunday, usually additional training available on Thursday.
  • USSA Junior Championships – have to qualify at above races, held in Colorado in March, all additional and TBD.
  • GTSC USSA Race Team – additional sign up and fee through GTSC
  • GTSC Sunday Races – additional sign up and fee through GTSC

Passes – Required and NOT included in signup fee

  • For weekend Region 3 USSA races – all passes will need to be purchased separately for each race by families the day of race – NOT included.
  • For weekend USSA training at Hickory – pass will be needed at Hickory Hills – NOT included.

USSA Gear – Quality race gear needed – required for safety – recreational gear is not appropriate

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


The athletes will work closely with the GTSC coaches who will coach the athletes at weekend USSA races and/or weekend USSA training (TBD). Our head USSA coach is Austin Johnson (, a Traverse City native and former member of the USSA Development Program who competed on the Nor-Am circuit and in Europe. Austin’s unique racing experience has shown him the ski skills that are necessary to build a foundation for successful racing at the highest levels of the sport.

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

Each athlete will need to complete the following forms and return to Tonya Lewandowski no later than December 1, 2018.  Please email

We look forward to a great season of fun ski racing!

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