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No cancellations or program changes today.

USSA Race Team


Hickory: Mondays, Thursdays; 3:30 – 5:00 pm, January 6 - March 5, 2020
Crystal Mountain: Tuesdays, Wednesdays; 4:00 – 6:00 pm, January 7 - March 4, 2020

Includes USSA training, Region 3 USSA weekend race coaching and all MSRT races/coaching

Sunday Race not included

Confirmed USSA Races (races where GTSC USSA coaches present):

12/14/19  –  at Nubs Nob - Slalom

12/15/19 – at Nubs Nob - GS

12/21/19  –  at Nubs Nob - Slalom

12/22/19 – at Nubs Nob - GS

1/4/20 – at Boyne Highlands - Slalom

1/5/20 – at Boyne Highlands - GS

1/17/20 - 1/19/20 – Shelly Glover Memorial Race  at Marquette Mountain

1/25/20 –  at Nubs Nob – Slalom

1/26/20 - at Nubs Nob - GS

1/31/20 -2/2/20 - at Indianhead Mountain, Wakefield, MI - Speed Camp

2/8/20 – at Nubs Nob,  Dual Slalom

2/21/20 - 2/23/20 – Hosking Central Qualifier Race at Marquette Mountain

3/2/20 -3/8/20 - U16 Rocky/Central Championships at Winter Park Resort, Winter Park ,CO

3/9/20 -3/14/20 – U14 Rocky/Central Championships at Steamboat Ski Resort, Steamboat Springs, CO

Cost:   $800

Registration for 2020 clinics opens Nov. 15th at 6:00 am on our home page.  Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.


This program is meant for athletes in grades 6, 7 and 8 who are looking to add extra intensity to their training sessions during the week and wish to compete in United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) weekend Region 3 races. USSA athletes intend to race in high school, and perhaps beyond.

Program Fee Includes:
  • USSA Weekday Training
  • USSA Region 3 Weekend Race Coaching
  • MSRT Races – Fees and Coaching
  • Bussing from EMS, WMS or SEAS to Hickory Training (Mon/Thur)
  • Bussing from EMS, WMS or SEAS to Crystal Mtn Training (Tues/Wed)

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be in 6th, 7th, 8th grade, or age/grade appropriate as approved by the head coaches.
  • 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 have had all equipment necessary to meet USSA race regulations. Learn more HERE.
  • MANDATORY PARENT-RACER MEETING:
    • Wednesday, November 6, 2019; 6:30 pm West YMCA Silver Lake Road
  • Complete necessary programming forms (see bottom of this page for more info)

Coaches – Austin Johnson, Evan Culp

Training – Monday through Thursday – will begin on snow ASAP – weather dependent TBD

  • Transportation included from EMS, SEAS, and WMS
  • Monday – Hickory Hills; 3:30-5pm
  • Tuesday – Crystal Mtn; 4:00-6pm
  • Wednesday – Crystal Mtn; 4:00-6pm
  • Thursday – Hickory Hills; 3:30-5pm

Program Details - USSA training and racing is a bigger commitment than MSRT – additional race opportunities on weekends.

  • USSA weekday training and bussing – see above schedule
  • Middle School Races – Included - see MSRT programming link for details
  • USSA Region 3 Race weekend coaching – https://www.region3cussa.org/
    • All races optional – but really the benefit to being in USSA
    • Coaching at Region 3 USSA race weekends included
    • USSA Race Schedule – https://www.region3cussa.org/page/show/1963408-region-3-calendar
    • 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 a 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 info above)
    • USSA & Region 3 registration Costs ~$135/racer EACH (so $270) – not included in GTSC fee!!
    • th or assessed late fee!!

Program Does NOT Include – Below are available at an additional fee – NOT included in $800 USSA programming fee.

  • USSA Region 3 Race fees – https://www.region3cussa.org/
    • 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 – https://www.region3cussa.org/page/show/1963408-region-3-calendar
    • 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 Sunday Races – additional sign up and fee through GTSC

Passes – Required and NOT included in signup fee

  • Hickory Hills
  • Crystal Mountain
    • Season racer pass required
    • Cost ~$249 – call Crystal Mtn to purchase on your own by December 1
  • 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.

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

Optional GTSC Add-Ons, Fees Not Included:

  • 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.

    NOTE: USSA Programming sign up INCLUDES USSA Weekend Race/Training sign up – DO NOT sign up separately for that GTSC option!

    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 racecourses 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 (ski@eurocustom.net), 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 (tlewandowski@ectinc.com), the GTSC Middle School Program Coordinator with any questions about the program timing, and transportation. Registration questions can be directed to Heather VanStratt, info@gtskiclub.org.

    Each athlete will need to complete the following forms and return to Tonya Lewandowski no later than December 1, 2019.  Please email to tlewandowski@ectinc.com.

          - Season Pass Waiver for Minors (Ski Racers)  and/or Adults (Coaches and Chaperones)

          -  Snow Sports Waiver for all Participants 

     Nubs Nob Release Form  for Minor Ski Races and  Adult Coaches and Volunteers

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

    Grand Traverse Ski Club

    PO Box 5157
    Traverse City, MI   49685