Age Class Prep | YOB 2012-2017

Age Class Prep will provide a confidence-building environment for your child in which they will be working on the appropriate skill development progression to best support their short and long term development. Age Class Prep is the program to strengthen fundamental skiing skills while giving children a feel for Alpine racing in the Youth Ski League competitions. The SSCV Alpine ski racing pipeline allows athletes to develop a strong technical foundation by means of directed freeski environments and diverse drill courses that both challenge and entertain. These building blocks equip every individual skier to realize their potential in the sport if they so choose. Click here for details on SSCV’s Alpine Program pipeline.

Coaches strive to build a passion for the sport by skiing a lot of mileage through freeskiing on Vail Mountain with a focus on fun, friends and a love of skiing with an opportunity to hone skills.

The program spans the ages of U8 to U12 (2012-2017), emphasizing fundamental skill development through freeski drills, all-mountain freeskiing, drill courses and gate training.

Requirements for our youngest athletes (ages 6+) coming into Age Class Prep: strong skiing skills including the ability to comfortably ski blue+ terrain with parallel skis, independently ride a chair lift and/or T-bar, carrying their own equipment and putting on and taking off skis. Approval and/or recommendation from the previous season in the Future Stars program or approval from Head Coaches.

A USSA membership is required to race in YSL.

Ages: U8-U12 (6-11)*

*skiing ability must also match program requirements (see above)

Program Dates: December 2, 2023, to March 30, 2024

Training Days: three times per week; please see calendar for more specific training and racing information.

  • Friday afternoons
  • Saturday and Sunday

Note: Daily training times are dependent on training space availability.

Athletic Calendar: available here

Video: Video is provided at varying times throughout the season.


  • individual end-of-season evaluations are sent out by email to parents

Technical Services Support: There is a tune shop as part of the SSCV Clubhouse, with a menu of options available as an add-ons (not included in program fees); click here to learn more.

Program Fees:

Non-Resident Fee: $6,900, plus $100 Club Membership

Colorado Resident Fee: $5,750, plus $100 Club Membership

**SSCV Program Fees include only regular season on-snow training at Vail and Beaver Creek (and for snowboard, freeski park & pipe and freeride athletes at SSCV Summit County training areas and for Nordic athletes within the Vail Valley) and regular season strength and conditioning in the Vail Valley. SSCV Program Fees exclude all other fees and charges, such as but not limited to the following: early season and late season training and transportation fees and charges, all camps, all ski passes and lift tickets at all mountains, all competition entry fees, all travel, room and board charges, all governing body and association fees, all coach expenses during travel, all van fees (other than in-state van fees back and forth to training or competition) and all team jackets and apparel. Please see Terms & Conditions for more information on the SSCV financial policy and pricing. To inquire about available financial aid, click here.

Volunteer Point Requirement: You are required to complete the following volunteer points: 100 points

**You are required to volunteer each season to earn the stated number of points. If your family has more than one athlete, your points will be that of the athlete with the higher balance. Please see Terms & Conditions for additional details related to the volunteer requirement.

Uniform program: Part-time athletes are strongly encouraged to take part in our uniform program. If you have an Alpine uniform from the past four seasons, in lieu of opting to purchase a new Alpine uniform you may want to continue to wear the uniform you purchased in one of these prior seasons. To purchase an Alpine uniform, click here and navigate to Ski & Snowboard Club Vail in the Find Your Team Store dropdown at the top of the page.