Grand Traverse Ski Club

USSA Training & Race Coaching

Hickory: Mondays, Thursdays; 3:30 – 5:00pm
Crystal Mtn: Tuesdays; 4:00 – 6:00pm (possibly 5-7pm)
Crystal Mtn: Wednesdays; 4:00 – 6:00pm

Cost:   $700
(add $25 on 11/1, $50 on 11/15, $100 on 12/1)

The Grand Traverse Ski Club is offering a USSA Training & Race Coaching program for the 2015-2016 season. This program is meant for athletes in grades 6, 7 and 8 who wish to compete in USSA weekend races and are looking to add extra intensity to their training sessions during the week. This season, the USSA training program price includes all Region3 weekend USSA race coaching.

Includes:  Race Coaching, Weekday Training, Weekend Training

Includes:  Bussing (Mon/Tues/Wed/Thur)

Includes:  Sunday Races

Extra Fees (TBD): USSA Xmas Camp, Shelly Glover Coaching, Jr. Champ. Marquette, Jr. Champ. Colorado

Athletes will train at Hickory Hills on Mondays from 3:30-5:00, at Crystal Mt. on Tuesday afternoons from 5:00-7:00 p.m. (subject to training lane availability), at Crystal Mt. on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 and at Hickory Hills (3:30-5:00) on Thursdays.

We believe that one must develop great ski skills before one can be a great ski racer. In accordance with this philosophy, we will perform many drills, especially those emphasizing pressure, edging, rotary, and balance, in order to refine our fundamental ski skills. We will limit our time training in race courses as we believe in quality rather than quantity. We want to train and build proper ski mechanics so that our athletes become fundamentally strong skiers with a lifelong passion for the sport.

The athletes will work closely with the GTSC coaches who will coach the athletes at weekend USSA races. 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 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 School 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:

PO Box 5157
Traverse City, MI 49685

Registration for USSA

The Grand Traverse Ski Club will offer coaching support at select USSA races for the 2016-2017 season.  The $700 racer fee, or $250 weekend race coaching fee (for non MS aged racers) includes 6 region three races.  See schedule below.

First, athletes who will participate in USSA will need to register for the GTSC’s USSA program.

The $700 option is for Middle School aged racers and will include:

  • Dryland training in December
  • Coaching M-TH
  • Some weekend race training TBD
  • Weekend race coaching at the 6 region 3 races listed below 
  • Transportation to Hick Mondays and Thursdays
  • Transportation to and from Crystal on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Sunday Races at Hick
  • Four MS races
    • Nubs Nob
    • Mt. Holiday
    • Hickory Hills
    • Boyne Mountain

The $250 option is for non Middle School aged racers and will include:

  • Weekend race coaching at the 6 region3 races listed below:


Next, athletes must be registered with USSA. Go to  to create an account with USSA, or log in to your existing account, to begin the registration process. Once an online account has been created, register as a “USSA Youth” ($110 fee) for those racers thirteen years old and under by the end of the 2015 calendar year. Racers over twelve register as a “USSA Competitor” ($200  fee). Once the registration has been submitted, print the competitor’s registration card. Please note that those U14s who wish to participate in USSA scored events should register as “USSA Competitor”, which will also include scoring on national ranking lists.

Once registered with USSA, the next step is to register with Region III of Central Division of USSA at Along the top right side of the homepage, click on “2015-2016 Registration Form – Birth Years 2001 and later”. Print this form, complete, and mail with your check to the address listed on the form ($100 if paid by Oct. 30). For athletes fourteen and older, please click on and print “U16 and older racers – 2000 and earlier”.  U10 and below age groups must register with Region III, but will not owe dues to Region III for the season. Print this form, complete, and mail with your check to the address listed on the form ($150 if paid by Oct. 30.  

NOTE: racers must register and pay for each race day on the website.  This is very important. You will not be able to race if you have not pre-registered and paid for each race day by the deadline. You will be able to register and pay for races beginning in November. Each race day will cost $25 for U16 and older. Each race day will cost $20 for U14, U12, U10, U8, and below.

The schedule of races we will attend is as follows: 

  • Dec 17 – Nubs Nob – GS 
  • Dec 18 – Nubs Nob – SL
  • Jan 7 – Boyne Highlands – GS 
  • Jan 8 – Boyne Highlands – GS 
  •  Jan 28 – Boyne Mountain – SL
  •  Jan 29 – Boyne Mountain – GS
  •  Feb 11 –  Boyne Mountain – SL + Skills Quest
  •  Feb 12 – Boyne Mountain – GS
  •  Feb 24, 25, 26 – Junior Championship Qualifier @ Marquette (extra fees apply, TBD)
  •  March 4 – Nubs Nob – Dual SL
  •  March 5 – Nubs Nob – Dual SL
  • Jan 13-15 – Marquette Mountain – Shelley Glover Memorial Race
  • Feb 24-26 – Marquette Mountain – Central Division Qualifier for Junior Championships
  • March 11th to 20th – Central Division Junior Championship


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



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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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