U12 and under athletes are the core of NYSSRA development

U12 and under athletes are the core of NYSSRA development

The age where exploration and acquisition for skill is a primary goal. The journey starts here for the foundational skills that will support all growth to build on: all mountain skiing, directed all mountain skiing, skill challenges, terrain based teaching, duals, skier X, and sectional environments, are all part of the palette that combine to create a fun, progressive, educational platform.

U10 / U12/U14 athletes develop and compete in six councils throughout most of the season.

Council and Club Affiliation

U10 /U12/some U14 athletes develop and compete in six councils throughout the season. Council and club affiliation can be found on the Club tab on the header of the NYSSRA website. Councils will schedule skill development projects with an appropriate blend of competition. There will be additional projects and post-season skiing opportunities. NYSSRA also coordinates a Kandahar  Festival U10/U12 series that will take place in 3 geographic locations: East, Central, West. These are scheduled for March and will be two-day events featuring a series of skill development and racing in a fun festival like atmosphere.


Only U12 athletes will have a Kandahar Championships event after Kandahar Festivals. This event is open to all U12's (both first and second year). This will be a two-day event with race and additional skills.


The last project for the U12 age group is the Performance series. This is a SL focused event with progressions in and out of tall pole SL. Athletes experience environments that take a sharp aim on short radius turn shape, athleticism, adaptation, pole usage, clearing technique.


NYSSRA will also be running projects during the season including early fundamental projects and mid-season projects within each council, focusing on skill development and athleticism, adaptability, and attitude.


U8 - Giant Slalom Int. Kids Trophy Zauchensee

U12 Challenges

Team Documents

NYSSRA Waiver and Release

U12 Yearly Plan

Athleticism, adaptation, and attitude

Athleticism, adaptation, and attitude are the blueprint for alpine success. US Ski and Snowboard has a statement on development, which is linked/posted (Alpine Training System) to the youth development tab on this site.

Alpine Training Systems

Please take time to look at this; it will help with the understanding of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD).

Simple goals for athletes moving up to U14

(Key Performance Markers-KPM):

Basic position

Basic position

  • Boots that fit properly and flex for athletes weight
  • Solid dynamic stance- Flexed ankle, knee, hip, a rounded spine, hands and elbows in front of torso, eyes up and forward
  • Lower leg activation, fore-aft, laterally, extension/ flexion, rotational.
  • Long leg short leg
  • Pole usage
Pole usage

Pole usage

These are just some simple skills that we can challenge the athletes to attain. Development in all areas of the sport is still a priority and a few performance markers can help with overall picture.