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NASTAR & Racing

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Wintergreen Resort is proud to offer a number of ski, snowboard, and racing programs and teams that fit different interests and abilities.

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NASTAR

NASTAR is the acronym for the National Standard Race and is the largest public grassroots ski race program in the world. More than 95,000 NASTAR participants compete throughout the season to win platinum, gold, silver and bronze medals in their age and gender groups. In addition, participants are ranked in their ability group and the top ranked racers qualify to compete in the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships.

Wintergreen is proud to offer NASTAR racing to the general public. The NASTAR race course will be open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12-2 pm weather permitting and is open to skiers. Registration is open from 11 am at the NASTAR Start Shack on Eagles Swoop. The cost for daily racing is $7 for two timed runs or $15 for as many runs as you want to take. The race is a modified Giant Slalom format and racers are timed by electronic timing and posted real time on the internet so results can be viewed. Medals are awarded to all participants who qualify as compared to the pacesetters time of the day.

This is a great way to try racing and is open to all ages and a wide range of abilities.

Wintergreen Ski Race Team

The Wintergreen Ski Race Team is a longstanding program at Wintergreen Resort. The team is very strong with a lot of dedicated racers pursuing top place finishes in our region. Ski racing in the south is an opportunity for dedicated youth athletes to participate in a very unique and challenging sport. Wintergreen plans to continue to promote ski racing by offering the best coaching and training conditions in the region. The program is designed to help young skiers set goals, learn to be self-disciplined in preparation for events and be competitive while supporting teammates and competitors. The social setting is very positive as families get to know each other by traveling to races and working together in volunteering to help with events and training. Parents needing more information about being a race parent should read the Parents Guide.The Ski Race Team is open to ages 9-18 and new applicants must be approved by the director or a coach. Most of our racers have spent at least one year on our Developmental Race Team before moving up to the Race Team. If you are interested in the Race Team or if you have additional questions, please contact the director, Chris Shepard at 434-325-8282 or cshepard@wintergreenresort.com.

Please click here to view the Ski Race Team Parent's Guide (pdf)

Training Schedule

We will start training in December and go through the first weekend in March. The early weekends will be on snow if we have slopes open. If we do not have snow, we will be doing dry land activities that include hiking, instructional clinics, ski tuning clinics, video analysis and other. We will also be doing physical fitness testing on the first weekend. As soon as we have snow, we will be training on our basic ski drills focusing on fundamentals. We will also be doing equipment checks to make sure everyone is using proper equipment. Gate training will happen as soon as possible to make sure there is adequate practice before the first race.

The cost of the program is $625. This price does not include lift passes. Please contact Chris Shepard at 434-325-8282 or cshepard@wintergreenresort.com for more information.

The Developmental Ski Race Team

The D-Team is designed as an entry program for the Wintergreen Ski Race Team. It is a requirement for individuals with no prior race experience who wish to eventually be on the competitive Ski Race Team. With dedicated, certified coaches to help teach the skiing skills and training procedures, this season-long program is offered to ages 7-13.

The prerequisites to enter the program are:

  • You must be at least seven years old by December 1st.
  • You must be able to stop on any terrain at Wintergreen resort with your skis in a parallel position (no wedging to stop anywhere).
  • You must be independent on the mountain. This means you can get to any place on our slopes by yourself without an escort.
  • You must be able to ride the lifts without assistance.
  • You must be mature enough to listen to coaches during training times and disciplined enough to give good effort in attempting drills from coaches.
  • You must have after a reasonable time an ability to set goals related to competitive ski racing.
  • Starts the week after Christmas with the weeklong race camp and continues every Saturday and Sunday from 8 - 11 am.
  • You should be able to attend the week-long camp just after Christmas, December 27th - 31st (mandatory if it is your first year) and at least half of the practices for the rest of the season.
  • You must successfully complete a tryout to be accepted onto the Developmental Ski Race Team.

Schedule

D-Team Tryouts will be held on Saturday and/or Sunday afternoons at 1 pm in mid December and are mandatory for first year candidates. The exact dates will be determined by slope opening dates and there will be two tryouts if we open early enough. To be placed on a list for tryouts and to receive information on tryout dates as soon as they are announced, send an email to cshepard@wintergreenresort.com with your child's name and date of birth.

The first D-Team practices will be held on December 27-31 from 8-11 am each morning. This is the Holiday Race Camp and it is mandatory for first year D-Teamers. These first five days of training set the stage for the whole year with five days of training and a timed race on the last day.

The rest of the season the D-Team will practice from 8-11 am every Saturday and Sunday except for weekends we host races here at Wintergreen. These race dates will be posted on the training schedule each year. We will also offer practice on the two holiday Mondays.

Any questions not answered here should be directed to Chris Shepard at434-325-8282 or cshepard@wintergreenresort.com.

The cost of the program is $625. This does not include lift passes. Please contact Chris Shepard at 434-325-8282 or cshepard@wintergreenresort.com for more information.

About the Freeride Team

The Freeride Team is Wintergreen Resort's snowboard and twin tip ski division of winter teams program. A high energy program with coaching and competitions that focus on flatland tricks, switch riding, rails, big air jumps, and carving turns. Our coaches are advanced certified instructors who love to ride just as much as you do.

  • Membership is open to both skiers and snowboarders.
  • The Freeride team is open to ages 8-18.
  • You must be independent on the mountain. This means you can get to any place on our slopes by yourself without an escort.
  • You must be able to ride the lifts without assistance.
  • You must be mature enough to listen to coaches during training times and disciplined enough to give good effort in attempting drills from coaches.

Registration and team tryouts will be held in December. Time and date will be determined as soon as we know the slopes will be open. To be placed on a list for tryouts and to receive information on tryout dates as soon as they are announced, send an email to cshepard@wintergreenresort.comwith your child's name and date of birth.

Holiday Camp is December 27-31 from 8-11 am

Weekly team training is held on Saturdays and Sundays from 8-11 am

There is a minimum skill level required:

Snowboarders need to be able to link heel and toe side turns to control speed down steeper intermediate terrain and skiers need to be able to ski and stop on any terrain at Wintergreen Resort with your skis in a parallel position (no wedging to ski or stop anywhere). If you are looking for a "Learn to Ski or Snowboard" program, please refer to the Learning Programs section of our website or call the Snowsports School at 434-325-8065.

Members of the team will be encouraged to participate in local events and competitions. A list of competitions will be provided before the season starts and coaches will help team members decide which events you should focus on.

The cost of the program is $625. Please contact Chris Shepard at 434-325-8282 or cshepard@wintergreenresort.com for more information.

Team Camp at Copper Mountain, Colorado

Each year in early December the Ski Race and Freeride Team members are encouraged to participate in the "Camp at Copper". The camp is three or six days (your choice) of skiing or snowboarding with Wintergreen coaches at Copper Mountain in Colorado. Copper offers great early season terrain and our team members can get a great start to the season.

Race coaches focus on fundamental drills as well as courses set in private training lanes.

Freeride coaches focus on fundamental drills and the camp includes on snow terrain park sessions as well as indoor sessions at Woodward at Copper. Woodward in an indoor facility with trampolines and foam pits that athletes can jump into with their equipment on. Athletes learn to focus on tircks without the concern of landing perfectly each time.

At camp the following is provided; lodging, meals, lift passes, coaching/instruction, private training area, transportation to and from airport, after ski activities and supervision if needed. Parents and families are welcome and are offered the group rates. It has become a popular family trip with programs for kids and parents both training to ski and race.

The camp is always held the first full week in December starting on Sunday. There are three options to choose from.

  • Team members can travel on Saturday the and ski/ride Sunday through Tuesday and travel back on Wednesday
  • or they can travel out on Wednesday ski/ride Thursday through Saturday and travel back on Sunday
  • or they can travel out on Saturday and ski/ride the Sunday through Saturday and travel back on Sunday (seven days on snow).

This camp is very popular and we start accepting registrations before the end of August. For more information and pricing email; cshepard@wintergreenresort.com.

Teams Camp at Mount Hood, Oregon

Wintergreen coaches have always seen dramatic improvement in our racers that participate in summer ski camps. Wintergreen teams hosts our own Summer Ski Camp at Mount Hood Oregon.

A day at race camp at Mount Hood starts with

  • 5:30 am Wake up, breakfast
  • 7 am Load vans to the mountain.
  • 7:30 am Load lift to the top of the Palmer Glacier (takes about 20 minutes).
  • 8-11:30 am On snow training. We will have a dedicated run for our team and we will ski laps through our lane. We will have combinations of drills, gates, timing and free ski with video on all aspects. The sun starts to soften the snow and there is no skiing on the glacier in the afternoon.
  • We will take the vans back to the town of Government Camp at Noon and eat lunch. Afternoon activities will include hiking, swimming, fishing, windsurfing, rafting and other. Government Camp is the name of a very small town that sits on the south side of Mount Hood just below the tree line about half way up the mountain. There are lots of outdoor recreation opportunities just outside the door.
  • Evenings will be spent relaxing after dinner and most people find an early bedtime makes the early morning much easier.

The camp is open to ages 8 and above; D-Team, Race Team. (D-Team members who have not attended camp will need to be approved by Chris Shepard)

Registration fee for the trip includes transportation to and from airport, lodging, meals, lift tickets, training lane, coaching, supervision. Windsurfing and rafting will require a nominal extra fee. This will be announced prior to the trip.

Air fare is a separate cost. We will recommend flights with arrival times that allow for transport vans to be used*. Anyone who wishes to arrive at a different time will be responsible for their own transport to Mount Hood.

Parents are encouraged to participate and will pay the same group rate as racers unless they choose not to ski. If they do not ski, the price of lift tickets can be prorated out. Parents will train with coaches on the same terrain and courses as the kids. Any special lodging requests will be accommodated with an appropriate charge.

For more information on the Summer Camp at Mount Hood email; cshepard@wintergreenresort.com.

UVA Ski & Snowboard Race Team

Wintergreen is proud to be the home venue for the UVA Ski & Snowboard Race Team. The team practices Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 pm, and competes against a wide range of Colleges and Universities at numerous mountain resorts throughout the region. The team travels as a group and provides an opportunity for student athletes to reach the highest levels of racing and compete at the regional and national levels. You can also support the team through their fundraiser.

You can visit the UVA Ski & Snowboard Race Team's website @ skivirginia.org.

Youth Ski Patrol

The YSP wants you to join the Wintergreen Youth Patrol program this winter, Saturdays, 12:30-3 pm, starting Saturday, January 3 through February 7, to train, learn, enjoy and have fun!

The Youth Patrol Program is designed to introduce the fundamentals of ski patrolling, ski safety and basic first aid skills (for basic knowledge and practice only, under NO circumstances will a Youth Patroller administer treatment to a patient at Wintergreen Resort). The Youth Patrol will learn basic operations of the Wintergreen Ski Patrol and Wintergreen Resort. We will focus on basic first aid (like bandaging and splinting), the history of the National Ski Patrol, lift and snowmaking operations, and CPR.

The seasonal charge is $100 per child. Attendance is not mandatory, but of course the more you attend the more you learn and gain from the course. For sign-up and more information, please email catharinepballard@hotmail.com with name, age, parents’ name, email address, phone numbers and mailing address.