Competition Team

Contact: Ryan Zaczek
Ability Level: Advanced
Age Range: 7-17

Sierra-at-Tahoe offers a ladder of programs with expert coaching along each progressive team. It all starts with the Rippers Program then onto the Development and Competition Teams. From there, Sierra has produced and coached all the way to the X Games, US Ski Team and collegiate level athletes.

Whether your child has a goal of skiing in college, getting on the podium in the X Games or simply developing skills for a full life skiing and riding in the mountains, the Sierra-at-Tahoe family of coaches and athletes are here to support your goals.

Our competition teams are tailored to advanced skiers and riders in Alpine, Freeride disciplines. Looking to compete in events or races put on by Tahoe Race League, Far West Race League, USASA; Halfpipe, Slopestyle, Rail Jams, Boarder / Skier Cross, GS and Slalom. TJFS and IFSA Big Mtn events. Additional fees and memberships may apply (feel free to contact us for further info.). Athletes are not required to, but may compete in any discipline they have been cleared to enter and compete in safely.

Sierra Education Foundation Website

Sierra Foundation Scholarship Application

Freeride Ski :
The Freeride Team is for advanced skiers who have mastered the basics of the park and are looking for expert coaching to compete at their highest level. From USASA to the X Games, our comprehensive training program is consistently getting athletes on the podium.

Alpine Race Team :  
The Alpine Race Team is for advanced skiers who are ready to enter into the competitive ski world in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Athletes will compete in The Tahoe League Race Series, travel to competitions, and develop expert skiing technique training in the gates and alongside coaches certified at the highest level. Our staff has decades of racing experience and coaching at the US Ski Team level.

Far West Ski Team :
Far West Skiing is for dedicated Alpine racers who are ready to enter into high level ski competitions. These athletes train alongside our Alpine Race Team, but Far West Ski Team athletes will endure a more rigorous training regime and travel schedule. The Far West program is $300 additional.

Snowboard Team :
Sierra-at-Tahoe combines great parks with expert snowboard instruction to offer world-class training for our snowboard team members. Sierra-at-Tahoe champions like Jamie Anderson got her start in the teams program under Brady Gunsch, and we have other coaches who work world wide in other camps and resorts as part of our coaching team.

Team Skills/Abilities

Not sure what team to choose? Take a look below to help guide you in choosing which team best fits your skiing/riding goals. Each table below, lists each Sierra team's corresponding skills or abilities.

  • Ski Competition Teams
    (Alpine, Freeride)
  • Desire to learn and compete
  • Aggressive athletic posture on all terrain
  • Pivot slips on all terrian
  • Hips and knees over toes
  • Dynamic feet and hands
  • Swivel hips
  • Pricing + More Details
  • Snowboard Competition Teams
  • Desire to learn and compete
  • Aggressive athletic posture on all terrain
  • Symmetrical turns in intermediate bumps
  • Comfortable riding switch
  • Straight air jumps
  • Perform a 360 anyway you choose
  • Pricing + More Details
  • Ski Development Teams
    (Alpine, Freeride, All Mtn)
  • Attitude to Learn and Grow
  • Flex your Boot to Engage the Ski Tip
  • Functional Pole Plant
  • Symmetrical Turns on Intermediate terrain
  • Controlled Hockey stops (L+R)
  • Effective use of Blending Skills E/P/R
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  • Snowboard Development Teams
  • Attitude to Learn and Grow
  • Twist the Board
  • Pivot Slip
  • Symmetrical Turns on Intermediate Terrain
  • Flat Base Run
  • Blending Skidded & Carved Turns as Conditions dictate
  • Learn More
  • Rippers Ski Teams
  • Desire to Learn
  • Linked Turns on Beginner Terrain
  • Learn More
  • Rippers Snowboard Teams
  • Desire to Learn
  • Linked Turns on Beginner Terrain
  • Learn More

 

2019/20 Rates

Mid-Week Competitive Program
Age Range 7-17
Rate $1,470
Weekend Competitive Program
Age Range 7-17
Rate $2,330
Full Competitive Program
Age Range 7-17
Rate $2,840

*The Full Time Competition (Comp) Team trains five days a week; Wednesday afternoon from 1-4pm, Thursday and Friday from 10 – 4pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 – 2:30pm. The mid-week Comp Team meets on those same Wednesday, Thursday and Friday time slots. The Competitive Teams are designed for upper intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders ages 7-17 who are interested in training and competing against their peers.

2019/20 Competition Team Calendar

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Good to Know

  • Teams will be on-snow between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the weekends each day with a break for lunch. We strongly recommend planning to check-in prior to 8:30 a.m. as the teams will head up the mountain for their warm up run.
  • Coach Consistency: Each team will benefit from the dedicated coaching team both on Saturdays and Sundays for improved consistency and long-term skill development.
  • Lunch is not included. Please remember to pack a lunch and snacks or provide lunch money.
  • Drop-off and pick-up will take place on the snow in front of the Plaza next to the Easy Rider Charlift.
  • Participation in competitions is not mandatory
  • All teams are coached by PSIA, USSA or USASA certified instructors (or international equivalent) who are trained to coach competitive skiers and riders
  • Each program is approximately 16 weeks long
  • A 10% discount will be given to each participant within the same family after the first participant is registered. Must be purchased through the Call Center; please call 530.659.7453 ext 500.
  • • Tuition does not include membership in Far West/USSA/USASA, race fees, travel coaching fees, travel costs or lift tickets at other resorts.
  • Coaches travel to events when 5+ athletes are participating

Helpful websites

How to Join

Registration for Sierra Teams is now closed. You can fill out the Rippers/Mini Rippers Registration Form here. However, all new sign-ups must be approved by Ryan Zaczek, the Competition Services Manager.

Contact Us

Questions can be directed to 530.543.3180 or rzaczek@sierraattahoe.com .

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