The Alpine Training System describes the long-term athlete development of a ski racer from their introduction to the sport through the pinnacle of their racing career. It is built on a fundamental principle:
Before an athlete can become a truly great ski racer, they must become a great skier.
That is, the development should first focus on a skier's athletic skills and their skiing foundation, before focusing extensively on ski racing. These core skills are developed to a large degree outside of traditional race courses.
But there's more to it than just skiing skills. Kids are in it to have fun and be with friends as well. The Alpine Training System is designed to take all these factors into account and provide a blueprint for successful programming for clubs, coaches and athletes.
The Alpine Training System matrix describes the sport participation, conditioning emphasis, technical and tactical emphasis, equipment selection and preparation recommendations, performance psychology emphasis and competition emphasis for ski racers in each of the training phases.