Ability Level:
Advanced/Expert
Sport:
Alpine Racing
Alpine Skiing
Ski
Age Range:
10-20
Offered:
Full Time
U12-U21 Far West to FIS is a competitive alpine racing program at Olympic Valley for skiers ages 10 to 20.

Our Mission is to provide the best development opportunities for personal and athletic achievement while instilling a passion for alpine snow sports and appreciation for our Olympic history, legacy, and legendary mountains.

Our Vision is to be the number one supplier of world-class athletes to the US Ski Team.

The OV U12-U21 teams make up the competitive alpine racing continuum for athletes age 10 to 20. The teams focus on advanced to elite alpine racing skill development as well as athletic and personal growth. Athletes must have a coach recommendation and meet the commitment, athletic skill, and psychological maturity requirements to participate in this program. Our highly credentialed and experienced coaches use world-class venues, diverse and appropriate training environments, and the latest methodologies to provide the best development opportunities for our athletes. Based on ability and qualification, athletes compete at the divisional, regional and national levels in US Ski & Snowboard and FIS events. Team fees DO NOT include a season pass. The purchase of the Ikon Pass is required.

Questions?
Call 530-452-7270 or email skiteam@palisadestahoe.com. DRIVN subscription required for Training and Communication, please contact your Team Manager or the Team Administrative office for access.


    • OV U12 Far West
      The OV Alpine Racing Team goal is to help youth skiers develop strong fundamental skills in a fun and challenging team environment. Our experienced and credentialed coaching staff focus on skill acquisition, knowledge of the skier’s responsibility code and mountain safety, respect for the mountain, and instilling a life-long love of sport.

      We embrace the legacy of our world-class Olympic heritage. Athletes and parents are expected to meet the expectations as described below. Participants may be required to switch to a more appropriate program, if available, at the discretion of the Team Manager.


      Details
      • Ability Level: Advanced/Expert
      • Sport: Ski
      • Age Range: 10-11
      • Offered: Full Time

      21/22 Programming


      Dates
      Dec 2021 - April 3, 2022
      Schedule
      See Teams' Communications
      Offered Training
      5 Days Per Week

      Program Guidelines

      OV U12
      Program Guide and Athlete/Parent Expectations
      PassMust purchase Ikon Pass. Ikon Base Pass may conflict with team dates.
      AgeMust be U12 per US Ski & Snowboard Competition Guide
      Skill Prerequisite
      • Must have completed U10 Jr Development in "Far West" Group, or with recommendation of Development Manager.
      • Fully parallel & fully carving
      • Executes regular proficient pole plant
      • Can one-ski with speed control on two edges (both feet)
      • Outside ski dominant & can deliberately control inside/outside ski pressure
      • Manipulates turn shape in variety of terrain
      • Confident in all terrain & conditions
      Maturity
      • Must be able to ski and load/ride chair unaccompanied
      • Must be independent; able to conduct oneself appropriately when unaccompanied
      • Must be able to care for & keep track of all equipment from the parking lot, through training, & back to the car.
      • Responsible & accountable for hydration, nutrition, & proper layering.
      EquipmentSkis:US Ski & Snowboard legal equipment for GS & Slalom (Must maintain equipment in good training/competition condition at all times)
      Tuning: Bench, vices, iron, guides, brushes, files, stones, waxes.
      Boots: Must be properly fit (size/flex) and in excellent working order
      Protection: Slalom protection & hard-eared helmet required
      ScheduleTeam Calendar via DRIVN: request access through Teams office
      SupervisionAthletes 10 & older are NOT supervised for periods of time and may be required to take breaks, eat lunch, to ski and/or load chairs unaccompanied.
      BreaksMeals are not provided; parents are expected to provide the athlete with a healthy snack & nutritious lunch. Athlete will be required to carry a backpack with necessary daily supplies/equipment.
      Licenses/DuesMust have current competitors membership to Far West division of US Ski & Snowboard. Apply here.
      CompetitionsFar West US Ski & Snowboard
      TravelSome travel is required.
      Parents
      • Required to attend parent orientation
      • Required to remain on-site during Team
      • Must actively communicate needs of athlete including planned absences & 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) & check schedule/updates regularly.
      CommunicationParents must maintain an active account with DRIVN after enrollment is complete. After registration review the confirmation email for directions to access. Returning Team members maintain access via prior season’s account contact(s).
      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 DRIVN as information is readily available.


      Program Pricing
      OV U12pricing
      Price$4,720
      PassPass not included. Must purchase Ikon Pass. Ikon Base Pass conflicts with Team dates.
      Team UniformPurchase of Team Uniform is required. 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.

    • OV U14 Far West

      The OV Alpine Racing Team goal is to help youth skiers develop strong fundamental skills in a fun and challenging team environment. Our experienced and credentialed coaching staff focus on skill acquisition, knowledge of the skier’s responsibility code and mountain safety, respect for the mountain, and instilling a life-long love of sport.

      We embrace the legacy of our world-class Olympic heritage. Athletes and parents are expected to meet the expectations as described below. Participants may be required to switch to a more appropriate program, if available, at the discretion of the Team Manager.


      Details:
      • Ability Level: Advanced/Expert
      • Sport: Ski
      • Age Range: 12-13
      • Offered: Full Time

      21/22 Programming


      Dates
      Thanksgiving Weekend 2021 - April 17, 2022
      Schedule
      As communicated by Head Coach
      Offered Training
      5 days per week

      Program Guidelines

      OV U14
      Program Guide and Athlete/Parent Expectations
      AgeMust be U14 per US Ski & Snowboard Competition Guide
      ParticipationAthletes are expected to participate in 85% or more of offered training
      Skill Prerequisite
      • Must have completed U12 Far West, or with recommendation of Development Manager and approval of U14 Manager.
      • Fully parallel and fully carving
      • Links carved turns in a variety of terrain
      • Proper gate clearing skills
      • Proper tuck
      • Pole plant is innate
      • Variety of turn shape in all terrain
      • Confident in expert terrain
      Maturity
      • Must be independent; able to conduct oneself appropriately when unaccompanied
      • Must be able to care for & maintain equipment at all times.
      • Must be comfortable tuning equipment with supervision.
      • Responsible & accountable for hydration, nutrition, & proper layering.
      • Complete knowledge of Mountain Safety Policies
      EquipmentSkis: US Ski & Snowboard legal equipment required for GS and Slalom; Super G may be required; Must maintain equipment in good training/competition condition at all times)
      Tuning: Bench, vices, iron, guides, brushes, files, stones, waxes
      Boots: must be properly fit (size/flex) and in excellent working order
      Protection: slalom protection and hard-eared helmet required; back protection may be recommended
      ScheduleTeam Calendar via DRVN; request access through Teams office
      ParticipationAthletes are expected to participate in 85% or more of the offered training
      Pick Up / Drop OffAthletes meet as directed by Head Coach.
      SupervisionAthletes 10 & older are NOT supervised for periods of time and may be required to take breaks, eat lunch, to ski and/or load chairs unaccompanied.
      BreaksMeals are not provided; parents are expected to provide the athlete with a healthy snack & nutritious lunch. Athlete will be required to carry a backpack with necessary daily supplies/equipment.
      Licenses/DuesMust have current competitors membership to the Far West division of US Ski & Snowboard. Apply here.
      Travel/CompetitionsAthletes intend to compete in regional events by qualifying through the appropriate divisional events, some athletes may compete in national events if qualified. Team Travel participants accountable for the share cost of athlete & coach travel.
      Parents
      • Required to attend parent orientation
      • Required to remain on-site during Team
      • Must actively communicate needs of athlete including planned absences & 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) & check schedule/updates regularly.
      CommunicationParents must maintain an active account with DRVN after enrollment is complete. After registration review the confirmation email for directions to access. Returning Team members maintain access via prior season’s account contact(s).
      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 DRIVN as information is readily available.

      Program Pricing
      OV U14Pricing
      Price$4,860
      PassPass not included. Must purchase Ikon Pass. Ikon Base Pass conflicts with Team dates.
      Team UniformPurchase of Team Uniform is required. 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.

    • OV U16-U21 Far West Weekend

      The OV Alpine Racing Team goal is to help youth skiers develop strong fundamental skills in a fun and challenging team environment. Our experienced and credentialed coaching staff focus on skill acquisition, knowledge of the skier’s responsibility code and mountain safety, respect for the mountain, and instilling a life-long love of sport.

      We embrace the legacy of our world-class Olympic heritage. Athletes and parents are expected to meet the expectations as described below. Participants may be required to switch to a more appropriate program, if available, at the discretion of the Team Manager.

      Registration is FULL for the 21-22 Season for the OV U16-U21 Far West Weekend program.


      Details
      • Ability Level: Advanced/Expert
      • Sport: Ski
      • Age Range: 14-18
      • Offered: Weekends & Holidays

      21/22 Programming

      OV Far West U16-U21 Program
      Weekends & Holidays
      Dates
      Dec 2021 - April 2022
      Schedule
      8:45am-2:30pm
      Offered Training
      Weekends + Holidays
      Annual Training Plan
      • 30-50% coached/directed freeskiing
      • 15-20% coached drills
      • 20-40% training gates (gate training)
      ConditioningMandatory activation/warm-up
      ParticipationAthletes are expected to participate in 75% or more of offered full training.

      Program Guidelines

      OV U16-U21 Far West Weekend
      Program Guide and Athlete/Parent Expectations
      AgeMust be U16, U18, or U21 per US Ski & Snowboard Competition Guide
      Equipment RequiredSkis: US Ski & Snowboard legal equipment for 4 primary disciplines. Must maintain equipment in good training/competition condition at all times)
      Tuning: Bench, vices, iron, guides, brushes, files, stones, waxes.
      Boots: Must be properly fit (size/flex) and in excellent working order
      Protection: Slalom protection & hard-eared helmet. Back protector recommended for speed.
      Skill Prerequisite
      • Skill Quest Phase 3: Bronze average or better
      • Links carved turns in a variety of terrain
      • Proper gate clearing skills
      • Refining edge & carving skills
      • Pole plant is innate
      • Variety of turn shape in freeskiing & drill
      Maturity
      • Must be independent; able to conduct oneself appropriately when unaccompanied
      • Must be able to care for & maintain equipment at all times.
      • Can largely be responsible for tuning equipment with little supervision
      • Responsible & accountable for hydration, nutrition, & proper layering.
      • Must actively communicate needs including planned absences & injuries, social & academic pressures.
      • Must complete Team Agreement (Code of Conduct)
      • Complete knowledge of Mountain Safety Policies
      SupervisionAthletes 10 & older are NOT supervised for periods of time and are often required to take breaks, eat lunch, to ski and/or load chair unaccompanied.
      BreaksMeals are not provided; parents are expected to provide the athlete with a healthy snack & nutritious lunch. Athlete will be required to carry a backpack with necessary daily supplies/equipment.
      Licenses/DuesMust have current competitors membership to the Far West division of US Ski & Snowboard. Apply here.
      Travel/CompetitionsAthletes compete exclusively in the Far West division of US Ski & Snowboard.
      NOTE: Athletes must be registered for Full-Time program to compete in Regions events, midweek races, and/or races outside of the Tahoe Basin requiring an overnight stay.
      Parents
      • Must actively communicate needs of athlete including planned absences & 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) & check schedule/updates regularly.
      CommunicationParents must maintain an active account with DRIVN after enrollment is complete. After registration, review the confirmation email for directions to access. Returning Team members maintain access via prior season’s account
      Pick-Up/Drop-OffAthletes meet as directed by Head Coach.
      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 DRIVN as information is readily available.


      Program Pricing

      OV U16 - U21 WeekendWeekend Team Pricing
      Price$3,835
      PassPass not included. Must purchase Ikon Pass. Ikon Base Pass conflicts with Team dates.
      Team UniformPurchase of Team Uniform is required.
      Program PlacementParticipants may be required to switch to a more appropriate program, if available, at the discretion of the Team Manager.

    • OV U16 Alpine Racing

      The OV Alpine Racing Team goal is to help youth skiers develop strong fundamental skills in a fun and challenging team environment. Our experienced and credentialed coaching staff focus on skill acquisition, knowledge of the skier’s responsibility code and mountain safety, respect for the mountain, and instilling a life-long love of sport.

      We embrace the legacy of our world-class Olympic heritage. Athletes and parents are expected to meet the expectations as described below. Participants may be required to switch to a more appropriate program, if available, at the discretion of Team Manager.


      Details
      • Ability Level: Advanced/Expert
      • Sport: Ski
      • Age Range: 14-15
      • Offered: Full Time

      21/22 Programming


      OV U16
      Full Time Programming
      Dates
      Nov 2021 - May 2022 (As operations allow)
      Schedule
      See Teams Communications
      Offered Training
      5-6 days per week, plus conditioning, less scheduled rest days
      On-Snow Training PlanAthletes meet as directed by Head Coach: Training groups will be established based upon performance, skill, commitment, and/or behaviors.
      Conditioning Plan2-3 days per week on-site or remotely
      2 annual Skills Quest Fitness Tests
      Mandatory Daily Activation/Warm-Up
      ParticipationAthletes are expected to participate in 90% or more of offered full training.

      Program Guidelines

      OV U16Program guide and athlete/Parent Expectations
      AgeMust be U16 per US Ski & Snowboard Competition Guide
      Equipment RequiredSkis: US Ski & Snowboard legal equipment for 4 primary disciplines: Slalom, GS, Super G, and Downhill. Must maintain equipment in good training/competition condition at all times)
      Tuning: Bench, vices, iron, guides, brushes, files, stones, waxes.
      Boots: Must be properly fit (size/flex) and in excellent working order
      Protection: Slalom protection & hard-eared helmet. Back protector recommended for speed.
      Skill PrerequisiteFirst Year U16 athletes MUST have graduated from Full-time U14 program OR enter with a US Ski & Snowboard Tech (average Slalom & GS) point profile of 450 or lower; AND
      • Linked carved turns over sustained period in a variety of terrain and snow conditions;
      • Using proper gate clearing skills for slalom without disrupting carving or turn shape;
      • Lower body movements are independent of upper body;
      • Carved one-ski turns (both feet)
      • Basic Speed elements: Press and Advanced Terrain Management
      • Must have know technical and tactical terms
      • Must be able to apply technical and tactical feedback/analysis
      Maturity
      • Responsible & accountable for hydration, nutrition, & proper layering.
      • Self sufficient and will carry/care for all equipment and gear daily including skis, gear and mandatory backpack.
      • Must actively communicate needs including planned absences & injuries, social & academic pressures.
      • Can largely be responsible for tuning equipment with little supervision
      • Must be independent; able to conduct oneself appropriately when unaccompanied
      • Must be able to care for & maintain equipment at all times.
      • Must complete Team Agreement (Code of Conduct)
      • Complete knowledge of Mountain Safety Policies
      SupervisionAthletes 10 & older are NOT supervised for periods of time and are often required to take breaks, eat lunch, to ski and/or load chair unaccompanied.
      BreaksMeals are not provided; parents are expected to provide the athlete with a healthy snack & nutritious lunch. Athlete will be required to carry a backpack with necessary daily supplies/equipment.
      Licenses/DuesMust have current competitor's membership to the Far West division of US Ski & Snowboard. Apply here.
      Travel/CompetitionsAthletes intend to compete in regional events by qualifying through the appropriate divisional events, some athletes may compete in national events if qualified. Team travel participants accountable for the share cost of athlete & coach travel. Non-Team travel participants accountable for share cost of coach travel. Non-Team travel participants accountable for share cost of coach travel.
      Parents
      • Must actively communicate needs of athlete including planned absences & 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) & check schedule/updates regularly.
      CommunicationParents must maintain an active account with DRIVN after enrollment is complete. After registration, review the confirmation email for directions to access. Returning Team members maintain access via prior season’s account contact(s).
      Pick-Up/Drop-OffAthletes meet as directed by Head Coach.
      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 DRIVN as information is readily available.

      Program Pricing
      OV U16Full Time Pricing
      Price$5,220
      PassPass not included. Must purchase Ikon Pass. Ikon Base Pass conflicts with Team dates.
      Team UniformPurchase of Team Uniform is required. 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.

    • OV U18|U21 FIS Alpine Racing

      The OV Alpine Racing Team goal is to help youth skiers develop strong fundamental skills in a fun and challenging team environment. Our experienced and credentialed coaching staff focus on skill acquisition, knowledge of the skier’s responsibility code and mountain safety, respect for the mountain, and instilling a life-long love of sport. We embrace the legacy of our world-class Olympic heritage. Athletes and parents are expected to meet the expectations as described below. Participants may be required to switch to a more appropriate program, if available, at the discretion of the Team Manager.

      Details
      • Ability Level: Expert
      • Sport: Ski
      • Age Range: 16-20
      • Offered: Full Time

      21/22 Programming


      Dates
      As communicated by the Head Coach
      Offered Training5-6 days per week with scheduled rest periods.
      Conditioning Plan
      • 2-3 days per week on-site during on-snow season
      • 3-5 days per week remotely prep period
      • 2 annual Skills Quest Fitness Tests
      • Mandatory Daily Activation/Warm-Up
      ParticipationAthletes are expected to participate in 90% or more of offered full training.

      Program Guidelines

      OV U18-U21 FIS
      Program guide and athlete/parent expectations
      AgeMust be U21 or U18 per FIS & US Ski & Snowboard Competition Guide
      Equipment RequiredSkis:FIS legal equipment for 4 primary disciplines. Must maintain equipment in good training/competition condition at all times)
      Tuning: Bench, vices, iron, guides, brushes, files, stones, waxes.
      Boots: Must be properly fit (size/flex) and in excellent working order
      Protection: Slalom protection & hard-eared helmet. Back protector recommended for speed.
      Skill PrerequisiteProgram Entry: MUST have graduated from Full-Time U16 Team entering with a US Ski & Snowboard Tech (Slalom or GS) point profile of 250 or lower, 2nd year athletes must have 180 points or lower in at least one discipline.
      Maturity
      • Must be independent; able to conduct oneself appropriately when unaccompanied
      • Must be able to care for & maintain equipment at all times.
      • Can largely be responsible for tuning equipment with little supervision
      • Responsible & accountable for hydration, nutrition, & proper layering.
      • Must actively communicate needs including planned absences & injuries, social & academic pressures.
      • Must complete Team Agreement (Code of Conduct)
      • Complete knowledge of Mountain Safety Policies
      Licenses/DuesMust have current FIS eligible competitors membership to the Far West division of US Ski & Snowboard. Apply here.
      Travel/CompetitionsAthletes will compete in FIS regional & national competitions when qualified/selected. Team Travel participants accountable for the share cost of athlete & coach travel. Non-Team Travel participants accountable for the share cost of coach travel. Athletes who do not compete or qualify (are not selected) for FIS events may be moved to another program if one is available.
      Parents
      • Required to participate in goal setting. Must empower athletes to actively communicate needs including planned absences & injuries, social & academic pressures.
      • 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) & check schedule/updates regularly.
      CommunicationParents (and Athletes with parent permission) must maintain an active account with DRIVN after enrollment is complete; after registration review the confirmation email for directions to access. Returning Team members maintain access via prior season’s account contact(s).
      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 DRIVN as information is readily available.

      Program Pricing
      OV U18-U21Full Time Pricing
      Price$7,195
      PassPass not included. Must purchase Ikon Pass. Ikon Base Pass conflicts with Team dates.
      Team UniformPurchase of Team Uniform is required. 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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