Rippers

Contact: Ryan Zaczek
Ability Level: Beginner,Intermediate
Age Range: 3-4 or 5-12

The Rippers program is the first step into Sierra Teams, and is perfect for young skiers/snowboarders (ages 5-12 or 3-4 with Mini Rippers) who are mastering the fundamentals and are ready for consistent support. With the same coach, Rippers will enjoy hours of dedicated coaching in a fun, team environment. We provide parents with an outline of training goals each week, as well as a slew of fun Rippers-only competitions and activities, like Ski With Maddie Bowman Day, to encourage love for the sport and exposure to aspects of upper level skiing/snowboarding including alpine racing, park skiing/riding and moguls. We believe competition is an excellent means for progression and motivator for ski development.

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
  • Rippers Snowboard Teams
  • 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
  • Learn More
  • 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
  • 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
  • Learn More
  • 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
  • Learn More

 

2019/20 Rates

  Age Range Rate
Mini Rippers
(Sat + Sun)
3-4 $1,160
Rippers
(Sat + Sun)
5-12 $1,260
12 Week Rippers
(Thurs Only)
5-12 $1,100
Benefits Same coach, same team each week. Master fundamentals of skiing/riding. Team building + confidence. Includes an Unlimited Season Pass.

2019/20 Rippers Calendar

Saturday & Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. We strongly encourage you to be on the snow by 8:45 a.m. as we generally head to the lifts at 9:00 a.m. which means you may not get connected to your respective team until they break for lunch should you arrive late.

Mini Rippers: Saturday & Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Participants should be comfortable in a cold weather environment, be toilet trained, and be able to stop on skis or a board. We assume they will need help getting on and off the chair lift, but they should have at least done it once.

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*Remember, you can come Saturday and/or Sunday each weekend a Rippers session is offered. Make up days or prorated prices will not be available for children who miss dates due to weather, injury, or other commitments.

Good to Know

  • Start Time: teams will be on-snow between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm each day with a break for lunch. We strongly recommend planning to check-in at 8:45 am as we generally head up the Grandview lift at 9 am.
  • Groups are generally broken up by ability though we attempt some stratification of ages to facilitate lift loading policies - age is determined by age as of 11/1/2019.
  • 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 Chairlift.
  • Rippers is a non-competitive program with an emphasis on skills development
  • The program is staffed by Sierra coaches who are specifically trained under our senior coaching staff to implement a specifically designed curriculum and Sierra Team philosophy.
  • 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.
  • Participants must be able to get on and off the chairlift without help and be able to make controlled turns down all green runs.
  • Participation in competitions is not mandatory.

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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