USSA Alpine Ski Race Team

Our 2018-19 season will have training and racing for USSA U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U19 age groups.  Whether your child is on the Development Team or the Competition Team, he or she will have eight hours of on the snow training each weekend during the ski season as well as participating in a week long training camp the last week of December.

Throughout the season, athletes in each USSA age group will have the opportunity to compete in SARA races in West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina, where, depending on age group they will have the opportunity to qualify and participate in championship events at both the Divisional and National levels. Team dues cover the cost for coaching at one SARA race to be identified at the beginning of the season and at the SARA Championship race.

Our ski racers are members of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and race in the Southern Alpine Racing Association (SARA) of the Eastern Region. Every racer, regardless of program, must register as a competitive Alpine skier on the USSA web site.


Our coaches are USSA-certified and each has an impressive background in both ski racing and coaching experience. They specialize in the PMTS (Primary Movements Teaching System) training method. This system was developed by Harold Harb in the 1990s and is propelling several U.S. Ski Team racers to world championship levels.  For more information visit:  https://harbskisystems.com

One Team: Two Levels

Timberline Race Team offers two levels of training for our racers. More advanced skiers join our Competition Team, while younger or more inexperienced skiers join our Development Team. Our programs include

  • On snow sessions every weekend January 5th - March 3rd, 2019, 8 AM - 12 PM, plus holidays (Presidents' Day and Martin Luther King Day)
  • Slalom and GS Gate Training
  • Holiday training camp. Dec 23-24, 26-31
  • Coaching at selected SARA USSA races
  • Coaching at SARA Championships
  • A professional, experienced USSA certified coaching staff
  • Monthly video feedback
  • Use of the TRT Race Hut

TRT Development Team - $650

The Development Team provides younger children and children who are less experienced a great introduction to ski racing. We offer small group training sessions focusing on fun, skill development, speed acquisition, and how to ski safe and smart all while developing a love for the sport. Children on the Development Team are matched with a coach and fellow skiers with similar abilities.  In order to join the Development Team children must be:

  • 7 years old by Dec. 1
  • independent on the mountain
  • accompanied by a parent/responsible adult during practices if under the age of 8
  • able to ski parallel turns on all blue slopes at Timberline
  • members of USSA (for liability purposes)
  • properly equipped with skis, boots, poles, helmet, goggles, warm clothes, and gloves
  • in possession of a Timberline season pass - the mountain has historically granted us reduced rates

TRT Competition Team - $825

The Competition Team is designed to inspire and challenge athletes to perform at the next level. It offers skill development and speed acquisition, all while having fun. This group races at SARA USSA races in order to have fun, go fast, and gain experience. Athletes in this group, age 10 and up, also have the opportunity to qualify for the Piche Invitational Race in Gunstock, NH. Participants of the Competition Team are nominated by the TRT Head Coach. It is not a requirement to be on the Development Team before joining the Competition Team.

Additional costs for races include race registration fees, lift passes for the resort hosting the race, and any associated travel costs (mileage, hotel, meals, etc.). Races are held at any of the SARA host mountains, including Timberline, Snowshoe, and Winterplace in WV; Bryce, Massanutten, and Wintergreen in VA,; and Appalachian, Beech, and Sugar in NC. Races are not mandatory, but most racers on the competition team want to compete. The minimum number of race events attended is usually two - one to qualify for championships where kids will race both GS and Slalom and then Championships at the end of the season.

Typical Costs

Below is an estimate of the costs associated with a season with TRT, not including lift passes, equipment, and travel costs.

  Estimated Cost Development Competition
 TRT Race Hut Fees 325RequiredRequired 
 Development Team Dues 650Required N/A
 Competition Team Dues 825 N/ARequired
 USSA Alpine Competitor Registration
 Click here for a description of the membership types
 Ages are as of December 31, 2018
 U10 (aged 7 - 9) $25 
 U12 (aged 10 & 11)
 U14 (aged 12 & 13) $80 
 U16 and up (aged 14+) $150
 SARA Registration
 (early registration by Dec 18: $35 each, maximum $70 per family)
45 Optional  Required
 SARA Qualification Race (estimate)40 Optional Optional 
 SARA Championship Race (estimate - includes registration, lift pass, and banquet)180 Optional Optional 

Timberline Race Team is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

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