Development Team

Contact: Ryan Zaczek
Ability Level: Intermediate,Advanced
Age Range: 5-17

The Development Teams program is designed for upper-intermediate/advanced skiers and snowboarders ages 5-17 who are honing their skills and have an interest in competing, but aren't necessarily ready for the Competition Teams program. Our specialized and certified Development Team coaches have many years of experience coaching Alpine racing and Freeride skiing/snowboarding. At this level, our coaches’ goal is to mentor athlete’s first steps into the competition world as they have the opportunity to compete in Sierra-hosted alpine races and park competitions.

Alpine Racing Development Team :
Athletes will be introduced to skiing gates and develop excellent technique at the hands of expert coaches with 20+ years Alpine racing experience. The program feeds into our Alpine Race Team, as well as our Freeride programs. Many of the world's best park riders, including Maddie Bowman, honed world champion technique in Alpine racing before moving to the park. We recommend our park-hungry skiers to spend at least one season in the gates!

Freeride Ski Development Team :
Our Freeride Ski Team is for advanced skiers who are looking to move beyond the basics and gain experience in skiercross, slopestyle and half pipe skiing. Our coaches are currently competing athletes, bringing up-and-coming tricks and fresh coaching to Sierra. A large focus is put on teaching safety in the park as young athletes begin to build their list of tricks.

Snowboard Development Team :
For snowboarders who are looking to move beyond the basics and gain experience in bordercross, slopestyle and half pipe riding. Our expert coaches model the curriculum after world-class Sierra-at-Tahoe athletes, like Jaime Anderson, by exposing athletes to riding gates and all aspects of park competitions.

All Mountain Team :
For advanced skiers and riders who want to explore off-piste terrain and begin training for Big Air or Big Mountain events like the TJFS or IFSA sanctioned events.

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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Pricing + More Details
  • 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
  • Pricing + More Details
  • 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
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  • Snowboard Competition Teams
  • Desire to learn and compete
  • Aggressive athletic posture on all terrain
  • Symetrical turns in intermediate bumps
  • Comfortable riding switch
  • Straight air jumps
  • Perform a 360 anyway you choose
  • Learn More

 

2018/19 Rates

Development Program
Age Range 5-17
Benefits Progressive + technical coaching. Focused on specific disciplines. Optional competition participation. Includes an Unlimited Season Pass.
Rate $1,249
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*All program costs include the $60 assessment day fee (when purchased on or before Oct. 15th) and a complimentary Sierra-at-Tahoe Unlimited season pass. My Sierra Rewards Plus membership is available for an additional fee.

Refer a friend to Sierra Teams and receive a $50 Gift Card. Click here to learn more .

2018/19 D-Team Calendar

Saturday & Sunday 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. *Please note the new program start time. We strongly encourage Sierra Teams members are on the snow by 8:15 a.m.*

  • December
    2018
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • 1 - Tryout/Information Day
  • -
  • 8
  • 9
  • 15
  • 16
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • January
    2019
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • -
  • -
  • 12
  • 13
  • -
  • -
  • 26
  • 27
  • February
    2019
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • 2
  • 3
  • 9
  • 10
  • -
  • -
  • 23
  • 24
  • March
    2019
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • 2
  • 3
  • 9
  • 10
  • 16
  • 17
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -

*Make up days or prorated prices will not be available for children who miss dates due to weather, injury or other commitments. Make up dates will only be offered if the resort opens after the scheduled program start.

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 outside Ski Patrol next to the Grandview Express Chairlift.
  • 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 10 weeks long
  • A 10% discount will be give to each participant within the same family after the first participant is registered. Must be purchased through the Season Pass Office; please call 530.543.3108.
  • Tuition does not include membership in Far West/USSA/USASA, race fees, travel costs or lift tickets at other resorts
  • Coaches travel to events when 5+ athletes are participating

Helpful websites

How to Join

  1. Purchase your Development Teams Program Season Pass here .
  2. Fill out the Development Teams Registration Form here .
  3. Read and sign the Sierra Teams Program Release Waiver here .
  4. If you are new to our teams program, please upload a photo for your season pass here .
  5. If applicable, complete the Sierra Team Referral Form here .

Contact Us

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

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