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Full Time and Weekends & Holidays, Friday Add-On
Palisades Tahoe Big Mountain Competition Team
This Competition Team program is available to top-level junior big-mountain skiers ages 12 to 18. This program registration is open to all returning Palisades Tahoe Comp Team members and, with Head Coach approval only, to top level junior skiers who can commit to full attendance, commit to pre-season and in-season training schedule, will train and ski hard, have fun, and plan to compete at the regional or national level.

These top athletes possess elite skiing skills, must exhibit an aptitude towards Big Mountain skiing, an understanding of the big mountain environment and the ability to assess and discuss ski lines, hazards, and other factors related to safely skiing in extreme, challenging terrain. Comp Team athletes will compete regionally in the Tahoe Jr. Freeride series and nationally in the IFSA Series.

New for this 2021-2022 season and beyond, we be training and competing as one team: The Palisades Tahoe Big Mountain Team. We will be one unified team with the goal of providing top-level, individualized coaching for our all our athletes. Athletes can expect to train regularly at both mountains. Each mountain offers unique terrain and challenges that, together, provide a true world-class training experience.

The Full-Time Team, in addition to all weekends and holidays as defined in the schedule, will train in-season on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and all day on Fridays. The Weekend/Holiday Part-Time Team will train all weekends and holidays as defined in the schedule and also have the benefit to ski all Fridays (optional).

All Comp Team members will have the benefit of pre-season dryland training, Woodward training, other training opportunities like goal-setting workshops and mental training workshops, and additional days of inspection/skiing on days preceding scheduled competitions throughout the season

Team fees DO NOT include a season pass. Purchase of the Ikon Pass is required.

As members of the Palisades Tahoe Big Mountain Ski Teams, athletes can expect to gain knowledge in many areas including general alpine skiing skills, our legacy and history, equipment care and introduction to tuning, big mountain ski technique and tactics, technical fundamentals, aerial skills, activation and warmup, intro to nutrition, big mountain protocol and etiquette, and all-mountain safety.

Call 530-452-7270 or email skiteam@palisadestahoe.com.
21/22 Programming

Palisades Tahoe Big Mountain Comp*
Full-TimePart Time Weekend & Holiday; Fridays
Dates4 December 2021 - 3 April 20224 December 2021 - 3 April 2022
ScheduleSee Teams Communication8:40am-2:30pm
Offered Training5 days per weekWeekends & Holidays; Optional Fridays

*All Comp Team Members must purchase Comp Team Upgrade or join Full-time Team.

Program Guidelines

PassMust purchase Ikon Pass.
AgeMust be 12 as of Dec 31, 2021
Skill Prerequisite
  • Must be able to ski all terrain with confidence
  • Must possess elite skiing skills for age group
  • Must be able to ski & load/ride the chair unaccompanied
  • Must be independent; able to conduct oneself appropriately when unaccompanied
  • Must be able to participate in a full day of training without parent interaction
EquipmentSkis: 1 pair of all-mountain skis regularly tuned
Boots: must be properly fit (size/flex) and in excellent working order
Protection: Helmet (mandatory) and back protector (highly recommended)

ScheduleTeam Calendar
ParticipationComp Team Athletes are expected to participate in 90% - 100% of the offered in-season and pre-season training.
Must compete at the Regional or National level
Annual Training Plan70-90% coached/directed freeskiing
10-30% coached drills

Pick Up / Drop OffCommunicated by Manager through team platform
SupervisionAthletes 12 & older are NOT supervised for periods of time and may be required to take breaks, eat lunch, to ride and/or load chairs unaccompanied.
Break/SnackWe take quick snack/water breaks
LunchLunch is not provided. Parents are expected to provide the athlete with a healthy snack & nutritious lunch.
Licenses/DuesFor Competition Team, must have current Competitor membership to Tahoe Freeride and if competing nationally, with IFSA.
CompetitionsFor Competition Team, regionally with Tahoe Junior Freeride Series & nationally on the IFSA National Series.
  • Required to attend parent orientation.
  • Required to remain on-site during team.
  • Must actively communicate the needs of athlete including planned absences and injuries.
  • Must register for competitions in a timely manner per team communication.
  • Must complete Team Agreement (Code of Conduct)
  • Must remain actively engaged with Team communication method(s) and check schedule/updates regularly.
CommunicationDRIVN subscription required for Training and Communication, please contact your Team Manager or the Team Administrative office for access.
Challenging WeatherOur goal is to ski every calendared Team day. Teams are delayed or canceled on occasion due to weather & operations. Team schedule adjustments will be communicated through Team communication platforms as information is readily available.

PricingFull TimeWeekend & Holiday
PassPASS NOT INCLUDED. Must purchase an Ikon Pass. Ikon Base pass conflicts with team dates.
Team UniformPurchase of Team Uniform is optional. After registration review the confirmation email for directions to purchase.
Program PlacementParticipants may be required to switch to a more appropriate program, if available, at the discretion of the Team Manager.

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