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 Symposium 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 back to their club and share with their coaching staff to kick off the season.  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.

2017 Spring Alpine National Coaches Academy

2017 Spring National Coaches Academy 

Level 300 and 400  Alpine Certification Event 

May 15-21, 2017

Mammoth, CA

SkillsQuest - May 14th 

Alpine 300 Registration - Schedule *subject to change 

Alpine 400 Registration & Application  please send your application to  - Schedule *subject to change 

Coaching Topics:

On-snow discipline specific days- Fundamentals, Slalom, Giant Slalom, Speed

*Theoretical and practical application specific to alpine ski racing will be covered, ability to shadow U.S Ski team coaches 

  •  Advanced technique & tactics
  •  Physiology and Anatomy
  •  Movement analysis
  •  Physical Literacy
  •  Motor learning
  •  Performance psychology
  •  Advanced pedagogy
  •  Equipment modification

On-snow skills evaluation, movement analysis evaluation, and exam to complete certification

Detailed Schedule Coming Soon! 

Class of 2016

Congratulations to the following coaches who have passed the Level Alpine 300 exam and evaluations at the Spring Alpine National Coaches Academy:

Tyson HenrieSue KramerChristian ShackletonSimon Marsh
Kris ShampneyJacob OlsenChandler BrillWilliam Hadden
Peter LewisMichael DrakeConor LynchDan Bell
Ben BrownChristian HerzogJ.T WilliamsTorey Greenwood






Alpine National Coaches Academy Honor Roll

These coaches were head of the class at the academy with the top overall score across the skiing assessment, movement analysis evaluation and written exam.

2016- Jacob Olsen

2015 - Justin Rackley
2014 - Pat Callahan
2013 - Ian Garner
2012 - Martin Bell
2011 - Amber McHugh


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 Symposiums

The Fall Alpine National Coach Symposium debuted in November of 2010 and based on its initial success will be an annual event.  This Symposium 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 Symposium participants.



2017 Fall Events

The Fall Alpine Coaches Symposium is open to all USSA certified coaches, and was a great sucess this year. We encourage clubs to send a lead coach or program director to bring back the information to their coaching staff.  To get the most out of the material presented at the Symposium, coaches should be working towards or have completed the Level 200 certification.  The Fall Symposium counts towards continuing education credits, but does not count towards certification. In prior years we have had presentations from USSA Sport Education Staff and National Team Coaches on Slalom, GS, and Speed trends.

Comments from prior year participants:

What an amazing experience!  Programs like this are exactly what we as coaches need to feel more integrated with the U.S. Team.  Getting to engage the Team coaches was so inspiring and beneficial.  I feel very excited to bring this experience back home to help keep my kids stoked on racing and striving to be on the U.S. Team.  Very appreciative of all the hard work put in by Jon, Ron, Brewster and all the other coaches I got to meet.  The classroom discussions were poignant and influential, the subjects exceedingly relevant.  I am glad I got to attend this program and I look forward to the next opportunity to participate in one!  Please keep these programs going! 


Thank you for organizing this opportunity and for bringing the amazing presenters together for us!  You far exceeded any expectations I had.  It was like being in the right place at the right time!!!  It's good when everything comes together!




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