D SQUAD RACE PROGRAM
A RACE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR SKIERS AGES 7 -13
The Mohawk Mountain Development Squad is a race program designed to give skiers aged 7-13 (birth years 2009 – 2015) the opportunity to build on the fundamental skills of skiing. Participants will choose either the Saturday or Sunday option and the season will culminate with a race at the finish of the regular program.
Skiers will learn the fundamentals of racing while continuing to build on strong skiing skills. Most days will be spent free skiing, with time spent focused on race specific drills. Athletes will also spend time in brush, stubbie and gate courses as well as practicing US Ski & Snowboard (USSS) Skills Quest Stations. For those athletes who would like to commit to an increased number of training days and races please consider the Interclub program.
Whether hoping to join the Alpine Race Team, or just looking for an opportunity to race with a lower commitment level, the Development Squad is a perfect place to hone any athlete’s skills while having fun in the winter outdoors.
D SQUAD PROGRAM SCHEDULE & PRICING
||7 WEEKS / 3 HR SESSIONS
||9 AM – 12 PM
||JAN 7TH – MARCH 4TH
||7 WEEKS/ 3 HR SESSIONS
||9 AM – 12 PM
||JAN 8TH – MARCH 5TH
D SQUAD ELIGIBILITY
Participants must be 7 years old by December 31, 2022 (Birth years 2009 through 2015) in order to be eligible for D-Squad. All registrants must be able to ski the entire mountain with confidence and use the chairlifts without assistance (including pulling the bar down) in order to be eligible for a spot on D-Squad. Participants must be skiing parallel, with poles, and be ready to try racing gates on Arrowhead and Timber. skill levels 6-8 to participate.
2023 Registration for Children’s Development Programs will be done through a LOTTERY SYSTEM (lottery system infographic and lottery faq).
Lottery registration will open at 7:00 AM September 1st and close at 11:59 PM on September 15th.
Please call us at (860)672-6100 if you have any questions.
CHAIRLIFT ROOKIE TRAINING
At Mohawk Mountain we take chairlift safety very seriously. All new DSquad participants must pass chair lift rookie training prior to program commencement by taking the Arrowhead chair and pull down the bar independently. Training is provided at no charge by a snowsports professional between opening day and Friday January 6th, 2023. Early season the Arrowhead lift is not always operating so be sure to check on the lift status before you travel. Training is provided at no charge by a snowsports professional between opening day and Friday January 6th, 2023. Call the Snowsports Discovery Center desk on 860 672 6100 Ext 136 to schedule your 30 minute Chairlift Rooke Training Session. If Chairlift Rookie Training has not been completed by Saturday January 7th, 2023 your child will not be able to participate. If you are unable to commit to your child participating in Chairlift Rookie Training before the program starts please do not sign them up.
7 SESSIONS: SATURDAY OR SUNDAY MORNINGS FROM JANUARY 7TH – MARCH 4TH OR JANUARY 8TH – MARCH 5TH, RESPECTIVELY.
Registration IS through A lottery system.
excluding January 14th and February 18th FOR MLK WEEKEND & PRESIDENT’S WEEKEND.
Program runs for 3 hrs from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Program fees include a Junior Anytime Season Pass, for the exclusive use of the participant.
No scheduled make up days, unless D SQUAD is cancelled by Mohawk Mountain due to extreme weather. In this case you would be notified in advanced via email of both the cancellation and the extreme weather make up date. Extreme weather make up dates scheduled for March 11th/12th.
Parents or guardians must be no more than 20 minutes away from Mohawk Mountain and be able to drop what they are doing when the program is in session.