Adult Masters

 

The Killington Ski Club (KSC) Masters Program is a group of passionate skiers who ski in a structured environment with goals of improving ski technique and racing skills using a combination of technical drills and gate training sessions.  The foundation of the group is a social and supportive environment where encouragement and active participation rule. Some members compete in various race competitions designed for or open to Masters Athletes.  

The club has become well known throughout Vermont for not only the skiing ability of the members but the culture of friendship and camaraderie both on and off the hill.  We are focused on providing adults with an outlet for skiing gates and an opportunity for continual ski improvement. We are a big family and encourage families to ski together.  To make that happen, younger athletes are able to join with their parents.  

Our training takes place on weekends at Killington Ski area. Training sessions run for three hours and are a mix of specific ski improvement drills and various gate training combinations.  

Everyone skis at their own skill level, but all share a passion for the sport.  Our coaching team is comprised of athletes in the club and local veteran coaches who mix their love of the sport with their passion for coaching others.  

Adult ski racing generally describes any adult alpine ski race; whether it’s a fun corporate event, a weekly “beer league” series or a national sanctioned event. The common element is gates. The level of competition and preparation varies enormously. Our Masters group always puts fun and safety first and has a strong emphasis on improving skills through USSA styled Slalom and Giant Slalom courses. Our athletes are comfortable in NASTAR and “beer league” type courses as well as in USSA National Masters courses.  (USSA is US Ski and Snowboard Association, the National governing body of competitive snow sports in the US).  If you are 18 or older, you’re qualified for our program and for USSA Masters racing.

USSA Masters Alpine racing is a formal series of alpine competitions structured by gender and age class throughout the country.  The age classes start with Class 1 (18-29) and are thereafter in five year increments up to Class 14 (90+).   Our training schedule is designed to facilitate participation in USSA Masters races and some of our athletes compete occasionally or regularly.

Helmets are mandatory for all training and racing and a full helmet (i.e. one that covers the ears, no “soft ears”) is required for any discipline other than Slalom.  But anyone can ski a race course without any special equipment. Once you’re comfortable, however, you’ll probably want to start going faster and yes, we do have to gear up a bit if we are going to challenge the clock. Fortunately the clock isn’t always that important. Your speed is relative, but the fun is absolute!

 

Training and Racing:

We train throughout the winter, starting the season with a couple of sessions devoted to basic race skills and race technique specific drills, and then progress to gates for the remainder of the season.  We focus on Slalom and Giant Slalom, often gearing up for different local races in which some of our members might choose to compete.

This program is for you if: 

The Masters Program is an instructional program geared towards ski racing skills development with gate training. As a participant in the KSC Masters Program you will have the following benefits:

• Meet other racers and have fun in a competitive and social setting
• Improve your race technique and tactics
• Develop your overall skiing skills, ski more efficiently and safely under all conditions 
• Maybe even win a race or two!

 

I have been racing over 50 years and coaching for more than 30 years. 
My experience has ranged from U8 through Masters levels including
establishments such as Killington Mountain School, Green Mountain Valley
school, Okemo Mountain school, Bromfield Academy, Harvard University,
Wachusett Mountain and numerous camps throughout the world including Europe
and South America. I spent 7 years racing on the World Pro Ski tour as well
as the Peugeot Grand Prix Pro Tour. I have been Masters National Champion 9
times and I plan to joining your ranks again this upcoming winter 2015/2016.
I am truly passionate about the sport and I look forward to working with all
of you in the near future.


Doug Tucker

                                        

 

Guest Coaches: 
Experienced and successful Masters racers and coaches provide added insights and skills.

Participant Requirements: 

• Killington Ski Club (KSC) member for Full Program participation at $ 350 
• Single session participation at $ 50 per session.  Advanced permission required
• Completed Masters Enrollment Form & Killington Liability Form (Bring to first session)
• Appropriate Helmet is required for all runs in the gates
• A HUGE SMILE at the end of each session!!!

Additional Information & Links:

• Click HERE for the tentative schedule.  Each session will be confirmed by e-mail to registered participants. 
• USSA New England Masters
• American Ski Racing Alliance (ASRA)