Alpine Programs

Alpine National Coaches Academies

National Coaches Academies logoThe USSA National Coaches Academies are intensive, full-day coaches education events to enhance the professional development of coaches beyond the USSA on-snow clinics.  The academies include interaction with U.S. Ski Team staff and athletes, and other experts from the USSA, PSIA, USOC (U.S. Olympic Committee), and others.  Content includes skiing as well as classroom sessions on the topics of sport science, sport medicine, pedagogy, management, and leadership.

The Fall Academy is a continuing education event that takes place alongside the U.S. Ski Team's early season training at Copper Mountain and Vail. It's a great opportunity for club coaches to bring back ideas from the national team to kick off their seasons.  The Spring Academy is the ultimate Level 300 clinic and more, with all three on-snow clinics and additional learning requirements for Level 300 certification offered at one time and led by U.S. Ski Team coaches.  It also is the perfect continuing education event for coaches who attended the national academies in the 1990's or early 2000's and want to get the latest from the U.S. Ski Team.

2014 Spring Alpine National Coaches Academy

The 2014 Alpine National Coaches Academy will take place May 3-10 at Mammoth Mountain, CA. It will include the full curriculum for coaches seeking Level 300 certification. This coaches education event is unique in its weeklong integration of the U.S. Ski Team coaching staff, USSA High Performance staff, PSIA National Team members and top ski coaches from clubs across the country.

Schedule at a glance:
May 3: Arrival, optional SkillsQuest Evaluator Accreditation training (all day), academy check-in 7:00pm followed by welcome address
May 4-9: On-snow and classroom curriculum - full day program with on-snow in the morning and classroom sessions in the afternoon/early evening
May 10: Level 300 examination - SkillsQuest skiing assessment, movement analysis evaluation, and written exam

2014 Spring Alpine Coaches Academy Fact Sheet

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2013 Fall Alpine National Coaches Academy

The 2013 Fall Alpine National Coaches Academy was held at Copper Mountain, CO, from November 1-5, 2013. Conditions were outstanding and the presentations rose to a new level, capped by U.S. Ski Team head coach Sasha Rearick's dazzling "Zen and the Swing" look at generating speed from the turn (look for a snippet on Center of Excellence TV). Next year's event will take place in early November, 2014.

2013 Fall Alpine National Coaches Academy Fact Sheet

2013 Fall Alpine National Coaches Academy Full Schedule


Level 300 Sport Science Academy

The Sport Science Level 300 Academy will be held annually in the Eastern Region in the fall to allow Eastern Region coaches the opportunity to complete the Level 300 more locally. It is paired with the Level 300 on-snow clinics and on-snow exam, which will be held April 7-13, 2014, at Sunday River, ME. Look for details on the on-snow clinics here and check back this summer for the 2014 Sport Science Academy dates.


Past Spring Academies

The spring Alpine National Coaches Academies were first held in the 1980's, and quickly earned the reputation for being the premier ski coach education event in the United States. After a hiatus in the 2000's, the spring academy returned to Mammoth in May of 2011. Mammoth is unparalleled for its spring skiing possibilities, with every kind of terrain available, making it the hub for U.S. Ski Team late spring training. This, along with its slopeside lodging and classroom facilities make it the perfect site for this annual event. The spring academy is a week-long event that brings together the top coaches and ski professionals in the country for the ultimate learning experience.

2013 Alpine National Coaches Academy group

Alpine National Coaches Academy attendees at Mammoth Mountain on May 3, 2013


Past Fall Academies

The Fall Alpine National Coach Academies debuted in November of 2010 and based on its initial success will be an annual event.  This academy takes advantage of the early season snow and the convergence of coaches and program on Colorado for an educational event that brings together the U.S. Ski Team coaches and High Performance staff with club coaches for a perfect season kick-off. Based at the new U.S. Ski Team training center at Copper Mountain, the event gives coaches the chance to watch the U.S. Ski Team in action close up and talk technique and tactics with the U.S. Ski Team coaches. Skiing sessions take the ideas to the club level and are followed by more discussions in the afternoons through classroom sessions.

U.S. Ski Team women's head speed coach Chip White presents Advanced Speed Technique and Tactics to the participants.

U.S. Ski Team men's head coach Sasha Rearick talks slalom technique on the hill with the Fall Academy participants.




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