Alpine Racing

Alpine Race Program 2021/22

The 2021/22 season will mark the 3rd season for the Alpine “Renegade” Race Program at Plattekill.  This program is geared for kids ages 7 & up and is designed to give children who love to ski an opportunity to improve their technical and general skiing skills with an emphasis on having fun!  The philosophy that children can only become great ski racers by first becoming great skiers is at the core of the program.

Season Long Race Program – U14, U12, U10
This program runs consecutive weekends January 1 – March 6 (
every Saturday and Sunday)
 4-Week “Junior Intro to Racing” Development Program
This program is offered to skiers who need improvement in dynamic stance and balance and parallel turning with aspirations of entering the race program.  Children can join at anytime during this program.
* 5-day CHRISTMAS WEEK CAMP (Dec 27-31, 2021)

See below for our “typical” daily schedule and age/experience requirements.


Parent/Athlete Education and Inherent Risk packet must be completed along with Emergency Contact Sheet (emailed upon receipt of sign-up).

Program cost does NOT include a season pass or daily lift tickets.  Tickets must be purchased separately.
Helmet with chin guard and pole/hand guards required to participate.

2021/22Before 11/15/21After 11/15/21
Season Long Race Program
(U14, U12, U10)
4-Week Jr Intro to Racing $760$760
Xmas Camp
(Added to Season Program)
Xmas Camp (Dec 27-31)




The program is aligned with the United States Ski and Snowboard training matrix.  This allows for training athletes according to their developmental age groups and skill potential.  While utilizing the “Skills Quest Guidelines” for on hill drills and skills development, we will train athletes for future competition and all around better skiing skills.  As well as adhere to the appropriate coach/student ratios as recommended by USSS and PSIA. 

Video from Coach Bill of Plattekill Racing


On hill training begins with an assigned coach for that specific age group.
8:30 – Meet at designated location for warm up stretches and team development and instructions for the day
8:45 – Warm up and skills development to retain muscle memory
10:30 – 15 min. Bathroom and Hydration Break.
10:45 – Training in Skills Quests Environments or Snow Features
12:30 – 1:30  LUNCH
1:30 – Meet Coach at designated area for afternoon designated discipline (Stubbies SL, Tall Pole SL, GS, Duels and so on).
3:30 – Wrap up and any directions needed for next training day.  (inside/outside depending on the age of the group/weather)


Children ages 7-16 are welcome to join our Alpine Racing Program.  A few prerequisites are:

  • Must demonstrate parallel dynamic stance in a race environment.
  • Must Ski Intermediate (blue square) terrain and ride a chairlift independently. 
  • Must be able to put on their own equipment.
  • Must Ski parallel down intermediate terrain.
  • Must have skis and boots appropriate for race environment, pole/hand guards and a hard helmet with chin guard to participate.

The key to learning is to insure a positive first experience that is fun. When first learning a skill, a relaxed, low-anxiety climate encourages the child to try new things. Framing attainable goals are set within the athletes reach.  Our program will train utilizing the NYSSRA Sportsmanship Code of Conduct while emphasizing support and development of emotional and athletic skills.

By clearly identifying goals for each individual, by educating parents on how to support their athlete, they can attain their goal by end of season.  Skills execution being at the core of all good skiing, our coaches will develop this by using creative environments and drills developed by U.S. Ski and Snowboard.

Elements during Training:
Turn Shape
Edge Angles
Speed and Distance Acuity
Agility and Adaptability
Good Sportsmanship behavior


TBA — This year’s schedule includes Rip Van Winkle Council Competitions and The Mud Sweat N Gears Cup Races as the focus.  


An educational meet and greet with coaches, organizers and other parents will be announced soon.  Assistance is always needed to help with gate judging, race day volunteers and more needed at all races.  Help with set-up and take downs of training environments with the coaches as well as organizing of race day potlucks.


For more info, contact: Bill Pammer, Race Director (845) 701-2306

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