Competition Team

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

Competition Team registration is closed for the season.

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. Memberships, competition entries, travel costs, and travel coaching fees are not included in the price of our teams (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 by their coach.

Sierra Education Foundation Website

Sierra Foundation Scholarship Application

FreeSki :
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.

The minimum skill requirement for the Competition FreeSki Team is the ability to comfortably ski any terrain at Sierra at Tahoe (on and off piste). They must also be comfortable sliding boxes, skiing switch on green terrain, and landing small to medium jumps.

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.

The minimum skill requirement for the Competition Alpine Team is the ability to comfortably ski any terrain at Sierra at Tahoe (on and off piste), and the desire to spend time training in a race environment.

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.

The minimum skill requirement for the Competition Snowboard Team is the ability to comfortably ride any terrain at Sierra at Tahoe (on and off piste). They must also be comfortable sliding boxes, riding switch on blue terrain, and landing small to medium jumps.

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 terrain
  • 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

 

2020/21 Competition Team Calendar

Full Competition Team

The Full Time Competition Teams train five days a week; Wednesday afternoon from 1-4pm, Thursday and Friday from 10 – 4pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 – 2:30pm. Athletes must be all geared up and on the snow 15 minutes before their meet time as teams will be leaving at the time they are scheduled to.

Weekend Competition Team

The Weekend Competition Teams train 2 days a week; Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Athletes must be all geared up and on the snow 15 minutes before their meet time as teams will be leaving at the time they are scheduled to.

Mid-Week Competition Team

The Mid-Week Competition Teams train three days a week; Wednesday afternoons from 1 p.m. – 4 pm, and Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Athletes must be all geared up and on the snow 15 minutes before their meet time as teams will be leaving at the time they are scheduled to.

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Download Comp Team Calendar .

*Make up days or prorated prices will not be available for athletes who miss dates due to weather, injury or other commitments.

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. Athletes must be geared up and on snow prior to 8:30 a.m. check-in as the teams will head up the mountain for their warmup 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 nutritious lunch and snacks or provide lunch money for your athlete.
  • Coaches will not be available to eat lunch with your athletes. Please talk to your coach in the morning to see when to meet your athlete to take them for lunch
  • If you would like your athlete to be responsible for finding their own lunch and returning to their team after the lunch period, then please sign our “Lunch Waiver”
  • 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 17 weeks long
  • A 10% discount will be given to each participant within the same family after the first participant is registered. Once you have purchased your teams program online for multiple family members, please call our call center to receive your 10% refund; Call Center: 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

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Contact Us

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

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