ACCOMPLISHING OUR MISSION
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Age Groups
What is Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)?
Long Term Athlete Development is a framework to help design age-appropriate training and competition plans through a progression of skill acquisition that allows athletes to maximize certain critical periods of growth that exist in the development of every skier.
Considerations for a successful LTAD program:
- Periodized planning - doing the right thing at the right time
- Always consider physical, mental and emotional maturity of an athlete
- Always be athlete centric and meet the goals and expectations of an athlete
- Patience - “excellence” takes time - control the controllable variables
- Importance of Fundamental Movement Literacy: Run, Jump, Throw, Catch, Kick, Skip, Rhythmical creative movements all help to create balanced athletes that have the ability to adapt
- Be mindful of other key factors in an athlete’s life: importance of education, family, travel time
- Research, data collect and be willing to evolve
WHAT IS SKILLSQUEST?
This season we will be adopting U.S. Ski and Snowboard’s SkillsQuest program to support our LTAD plans of fostering age appropriate skill acquisition through a progression of thoughtful exercises and environments. The four key components of SkillsQuest are Pressure, Edging, Rotary and Balance.
THE SKILLSQUEST WAY
Focus on age appropriate skills that will set skiers up for future success
For ski racers to achieve long-term success and enjoyment, they must develop into great skiers first, and only then they can become great ski racers. By doing SkillsQuest, athletes can be rewarded for working on those things that will bring out their full potential in the long run. Coaches can track their progress and parents can see how their children are growing in all aspects of their sport.
SkillsQuest is a cornerstone program of the Alpine Training System (ATS) designed to motivate and reward athletes in working toward and improving abilities in the key areas of emphasis of the ATS.
ALPINE TRAINING SYSTEM PHASES
SKILLSQUEST ASSESSMENT TABLE
What is Terrain Based Learning?
While the concept of Terrain Based Learning may be nothing new to ski racing, we are excited that this season Windham Mountain has partnered with Snow Operating Inc. to be the first resort in the Catskills to bring a Terrain Based Learning Program to our guests. Snow groomers will work with Snow Operating to build out rollers, mini-pipe, banked turns and more. While this build out will start on our beginner slopes, we know this training will help our snow grooming team enhance these core features throughout the mountain.
These features are intended to be intuitive and allow skiers to experience learning in a more active way. As coaches, this will allow us to be more creative with our build out of SkillsQuest activities and let the terrain do all most of the talking.
By using Terrain Based Learning we will be able to help athletes improve their stance, balance; feel the pressure sequence in turning, understand fore/aft pressure; play with speed control and more.