Team Sports & Racing
Team Sports & Racing
2019 - 2020 Ski and Snowboard Team sign-up deadline is Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by 4 pm.
The Massanutten Ski and Snowboard Team (MSST) is made up of two teams: the Alpine Ski Team and the Freeride Team. It is our mission to work with junior snow sports athletes to promote multiple and varied training opportunities that will improve skills and promote respect and understanding of the safety factors inherent in the sport. Through training we encourage friendships, sportsmanship, and a greater enjoyment of skiing, riding, racing, and Snowsports competition. Our team consists of ski and snowboard athletes that have achieved a minimum of an advanced intermediate level of skill development and who exhibit a desire to continue to achieve and progress to higher skill levels. Athletes at this level are expected to demonstrate the highest levels of coach-ability and sportsmanship.
Alpine Ski Team
The Alpine Ski Team consists exclusively of skiers whose focus is on alpine ski racing; Giant Slalom (GS) and Slalom (SL). Our Alpine competitive athletes are actively training to race in US Ski and Snowboard (USS&S) competitions. These events are governed in our region by the Southern Alpine Racing Association (SARA). All of our Alpine Ski athletes are actively developing their skills to become competitive USS&S and SARA athletes.
Alpine Ski Development Team
Is open to skiers ages 7-16 who can navigate safely on intermediate and advanced terrain. Coaches promote development of technical and competitive ski racing skills through a team-oriented approach. Our coaches seek to develop life-long enjoyment for the sport of skiing and for ski racing.
As an introduction to competitive ski racing, participation in NASTAR is available weekly for all MSST athletes.
Alpine Ski Competition Team
Is open to skiers ages 7-19 who can ski in control on ALL slopes. Junior racers in a team environment will seek to improve racing abilities and progress to expert skilled and competitive levels. These athletes must also join US Ski and Snowboard, our national organization, as well as SARA, our regional association. This enables them to race competitively in sanctioned events in Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia. If they qualify they are invited to attend Regional and National level events as SARA Champions. Continued participation in NASTAR is available to promote their competitive racing skills. If/when they qualify, they will be invited to attend Regional and National NASTAR events as well.
The Freeride Team is made up of both skiers and snowboarders. Freeride team athletes focus on the following events: Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Rail Jam, Bordercross, and Skiercross. The Freeride athletes who snowboard may also compete in Slalom and Giant Slalom races. This team is broken into two training groups: Competition Team (Comp) and Development Team (Dev). Comp athletes are actively competing in one or more of the events listed above. These events are hosted by the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA). MSST athletes compete in USASA's Appalachian Series. Our Freeride Dev Team members are actively developing their skills to become competitive USASA athletes.
Freeride Development Team
Is open to competitive skiers and snowboarders ages 7-16 who can navigate safely on intermediate and advanced terrain. Coaches promote development of technical ski and snowboarding skills through a team oriented approach. Our coaches seek to develop life-long enjoyment for snow sports. Additionally as an athlete progresses, coaches provide an introduction to Freestyle and to Race Competition training. Our goal is to develop these athletes into members of our Freeride Comp Team.
Freeride Competition Team
Is open to competitive skiers and snowboarders ages 7-19 who would like a Freestyle and/or Bordercross/Skiercross training focus, as well as to snowbarders that would like to focus on GS and SL training. Freeride Comp Team members must be able to safely negotiate ALL slopes including terrain parks. Coaches help athletes to develop proper technique in a team oriented program. Additionally, coaches promote understanding and respect for safety factors inherent in the sport. Freeride Comp Team athletes must become member of USASA and compete in Appalachian Series events. Comp Team members strive to qualify for USASA Nationals held at Copper Mountain in April each year.
Parents, our coaching staff seeks to communicate fully with you and your athlete regarding their progress in setting and achieveing appropriate goals for their skill levels. We are thrilled with their progress and can't wait to share it with you.
Thursday 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Saturday/Sunday 9 am - 12 pm
Saturday/Sunday 12 - 2 pm
Wednesday nights: MSST Club and Families NASTAR 5:30 - 7:30 pm runs concurrently with our Massanutten Race League Series.
Additional MSST Requirements
We require an average of one practice per week. All athletes regardless of team or skills MUST be independent lift riders. This requires the ability to independently load and unload, raise and lower the bar, and to safely ride a lift with other team members.
All athletes are required to wear helmets and appropriate MSST attire at practices and competitions/team events. Any athlete that is not wearing a helmet or approved team outerwear (MSSTeam Jacket, Official Team Hoodie, or Pullover) will not be permitted to practice or be coached at a team event.
For families and athletes that travel to sanctioned USS&S and USASA events in which an MSST coach is present to coach, the event will count as a practice IF/WHEN the athlete participates with the team for all inspections and coaching communications. Events in which the team has not sent a certified and MSST approved coach to represent the athlete(s) will not be credible to meet the weekly practice requirement.
Only trained and sanctioned "parent coaches" are permitted to ski or ride with athletes during practice. This includes riding lifts with athletes. The athletes should be interacting with fellow athlete and coaching staff during team practices and events.
$620 per athlete includes a season pass (unlimited skiing/snowboarding) and coaching fees. Additional fees for US Ski and Snowboard, SARA, and/or USASA memberships. For the athletes that are just beginning to compete, short-term USS&S and USASA memberships are available.
2019-20 Race team sign-up deadline is Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 4 pm.
Forms & Documents
Send Forms & Payments to:
P.O. Box 1227
Harrisonburg, VA 22803-1227
ATTN: Lydia May