The Solitude Race Team is a comprehensive race training program for skiers ages 6 through 16+. Our skilled roster of professional coaches are certified under U.S. Ski & Snowboard and PSIA, and each is dedicated to fostering well-rounded athletes. Race Team staff emphasize skill development and gate training to enhance the fundamentals and skills of high-performance skiing while helping athletes understand and display sportsmanship, teamwork, and mountain etiquette. Teams are organized in age-based groups, U8 to U16+, and participate in races from Youth Ski League up to U16 Championships. The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Training System and SkillsQuest are key parts of our coaching regimen.

All participants must be able to ski intermediate (blue) terrain with skidded parallel turns and pole plants. Skills will be assessed in early December.

Participants are expected to compete in U.S. Ski & Snowboard competitions in the region and are required to provide their own travel to competitions. On competition days, Solitude coaches will meet athletes and parents at the race venue. Some competitions will require additional fees, which will be billed separately. A U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership is also required and is available for purchase on their website.

A minimum of two training sessions per week is recommended (one weekend day, plus an additional weekend day, weekday, or weeknight). Need help choosing the best sessions for your skier? Email us at smrskischool@solitudemountain.com.

Expectations, Program details, Minimum training commitment and age groups, Age as of December 31, 2024:
U-16-U-18 expectations and program description:

Pass RequirementsAll Participants must purchase an Ikon Pass or Full Solitude Season Pass (No passes with blackout dates like the Ikon Base Pass).
Age RequirementsMust be 14-17 years years old as of December 31, 2024.
Skill Prerequisite
  • Links carved turns on a variety of terrain.
  • Proper gate clearing skills.
  • Confident and controlled skiing in a variety of terrain.
  • Manipulates turn shape in a variety of terrain.
  • Pressuring skis independently.
Equipment Requirements
  • US Ski & Snowboard legal equipment for Slalom & Giant Slalom (maintained in good training/competition condition).
  • Properly fitted boots with appropriate flex and in excellent working order.
  • Hard-eared race helmet with slalom protection.
  • Back protector recommended for speed events/ training.
  • Tuning bench, vices, iron, guides, brushes, files, stone and waxes.
ScheduleEarly December – mid-April. Practices are held regardless of weather, road conditions, holidays, or business levels.
Training Participation & Competitions
  • Athletes are expected to participate in 4-5 days of the training offerings at 85% or more attendance.
  • Athletes will compete in the IMD competition series.
  • Make up days are not offered for any missed training.
  • Competition info can be found here.
Training Plan
  • 20-40% coached/directed freeskiing.
  • 15-20% coached drills.
  • 30-50% gate training.
License RequirementsMust have current competitors membership to the Intermountain Division of US Ski & Snowboard. Apply here.
Pick up/Drop OffDrop off and pick up at the Ski and Ride Corral at the base of Easy street Run. Drop off 15 minutes prior to scheduled lift opening time.
Preparedness
  • Dress athletes warmer than you would.
  • Keep small, healthy snacks in pocket.
  • Arrive properly fueled and hydrated.
  • Arrive with a positive attitude and ready to ski in all weather conditions.
LunchLunches are included in Team Solitude tuition.
Parent Requirements
  • Attend parent orientation.
  • Remain on-site during practices and available by phone.
  • Dress athletes appropriately.
  • Complete team agreement (code of conduct).
  • Remain actively engaged with the team communication platform and check schedules and updates frequently.
  • Actively communicate the needs of athletes, including planned absences, illness, and injuries.
TravelSome travel is required. Travel expenses for coaches will be billed out to participants of events that require travel.
CommunicationParents are required to maintain an active account with our chosen communication platform. Instructions and invites will be sent to parent(s) after registration and tuition payment.

U-14 expectations and program description:

Pass RequirementsAll Participants must purchase an Ikon Pass or Full Solitude Season Pass (No passes with blackout dates like the Ikon Base Pass).
Age RequirementsMust be 12-13 years old as of December 31, 2024.
Skill Prerequisite
  • Must be fully parallel in all terrain and mostly carving.
  • Regular proficient pole plant.
  • Confident and controlled skiing in a variety of terrain.
  • Manipulates turn shape in a variety of terrain.
  • Pressuring skis independently.
Equipment Requirements
  • US Ski & Snowboard legal equipment for Slalom & Giant Slalom (maintained in good training/competition condition).
  • Properly fitted boots with appropriate flex and in excellent working order.
  • Hard-eared race helmet with slalom protection.
  • Tuning bench, vices, iron, guides, brushes, files, stone and waxes.
ScheduleEarly December – mid-April. Practices are held regardless of weather, road conditions, holidays, or business levels.
Training Participation & Competitions
  • Athletes are expected to participate in 4-5 days of the training offerings at 85% or more attendance.
  • Athletes will compete in the IMD South Series and age group qualifiers.
  • Make up days are not offered for any missed training.
  • Competition info can be found here.
Training Plan
  • 20-40% coached/directed freeskiing.
  • 15-20% coached drills.
  • 30-50% gate training.
License RequirementsMust have current competitors membership to the Intermountain Division of US Ski & Snowboard. Apply here.
Pick up/Drop OffDrop off and pick up at the Ski and Ride Corral at the base of Easy Street Run. Drop off 15 minutes prior to scheduled lift opening time.
Preparedness
  • Dress athletes warmer than you would.
  • Keep small, healthy snacks in pocket.
  • Arrive properly fueled and hydrated.
  • Arrive with a positive attitude and ready to ski in all weather conditions.
LunchLunches are included in Team Solitude tuition.
Parent Requirements
  • Attend parent pre-season orientation.
  • Remain on-site during practices and available by phone.
  • Dress athletes appropriately for conditions.
  • Complete team consent forms with your athlete.
  • Remain actively engaged with the team communication platform and check schedules and updates frequently.
  • Actively communicate the needs of athletes, including planned absences, illness, and injuries.
TravelSome travel is required. Travel expenses for coaches will be billed out to participants of events that require travel.
CommunicationParents are required to maintain an active account with our chosen communication platform. Instructions and invites will be sent to parent(s) after registration and tuition payment.

U-12 expectations and program description:

Pass RequirementsAll Participants must purchase an Ikon Pass or Full Solitude Season Pass (No passes with blackout dates like the Ikon Base Pass).
Age RequirementsMust be 10-11 years old as of December 31, 2024 *younger athletes allowed per Head Coach discretion.
Skill Prerequisite
  • Must be fully parallel in all terrain and mostly carving.
  • Regular proficient pole plant.
  • Confident and controlled skiing in a variety of terrain.
  • Manipulates turn shape in a variety of terrain.
  • Pressuring skis independently.
Equipment Requirements
  • US Ski & Snowboard legal equipment for Slalom & Giant Slalom (maintained in good training/competition condition).
  • Properly fitted boots with appropriate flex and in excellent working order.
  • Hard-eared race helmet with slalom protection.
  • Tuning bench, vices, iron, guides, brushes, files, stone and waxes.
ScheduleEarly December – mid-April. Practices are held regardless of weather, road conditions, holidays, or business levels.
Training Participation & Competitions
  • Athletes are expected to participate in one or two weekend days plus either Tuesday night or Friday at 85% or more attendance.
  • Athletes will compete in the IMD YSL , South Series, and age group qualifiers.
  • Make up days are not offered for any missed training.
  • Competition info can be found here.
Training Plan
  • 50-70% coached/directed freeskiing.
  • 15-20% coached drills.
  • 10-30% gate training.
License RequirementsMust have current competitors membership to the Intermountain Division of US Ski & Snowboard. Apply here.
Pick up/Drop OffDrop off and pick up at the Ski and Ride Corral at the base of Easy street Run. Drop off 15 minutes prior to scheduled lift opening time.
Preparedness
  • Dress athletes appropriately for conditions.
  • Keep small, healthy snacks in pocket.
  • Arrive properly fueled and hydrated.
  • Arrive with a positive attitude and ready to ski in all weather conditions.
LunchLunches are included in Team Solitude tuition.
Parent Requirements
  • Attend parent pre-season orientation.
  • Remain on-site during practices and available by phone.
  • Dress athletes appropriately for conditions.
  • Complete team consent forms with your athlete.
  • Remain actively engaged with the team communication platform and check schedules and updates frequently.
  • Actively communicate the needs of athletes, including planned absences, illness, and injuries.
TravelSome travel is required. Travel expenses for coaches will be billed out to participants of events that require travel.
CommunicationParents are required to maintain an active account with our chosen communication platform. Instructions and invites will be sent to parent(s) after registration and tuition payment.

U-10 expectations and program description:

Pass RequirementsAll Participants must purchase an Ikon Pass or Full Solitude Season Pass (No passes with blackout dates like the Ikon Base Pass)
Age RequirementsMust be 6 – 9 years old as of December 31, 2024
Skill Prerequisite
  • Must be fully parallel in all terrain and have approval of Team Head Coach.
  • Must be able to ski all terrain with confidence.
Equipment Requirements
  • Slalom & GS Skis OR one pair of multi-discipline race skis, regularly tuned.
  • Properly fitted boots with appropriate flex and in excellent working order.
  • Hard-eared race helmet (slalom helmet may be recommended for 9-year-olds).
  • Speed suit.
ScheduleEarly December – mid-April. Practices are held regardless of weather, road conditions, holidays, or business levels.
Training Participation & Competitions
  • Athletes are encouraged to participate in two weekend training days.
  • Athletes will compete in the IMD Youth Ski League (YSL) series.
  • Make up days are not offered for any missed training.
  • Competition info can be found here.
Training Plan
  • 70-75% coached/directed freeskiing.
  • 10-20% coached drills.
  • 10-20% gate training.
License RequirementsMust have current competitors' membership to the Intermountain Division of US Ski & Snowboard. Apply here.
Pick up/Drop OffDrop off and pick up at the Ski and Ride Corral at the base of Easy street Run. Drop off 15 minutes prior to scheduled lift opening time.
Preparedness
  • Dress athletes appropriately for conditions.
  • Keep small, healthy snacks in pocket.
  • Arrive properly fueled and hydrated.
  • Arrive with a positive attitude and ready to ski in all weather conditions.
LunchLunches are included with Team Solitude tuition.
Parent Requirements
  • Attend parent pre-season orientation.
  • Remain on-site during practices and available by phone.
  • Dress athletes appropriately.
  • Complete team consent forms with your athlete.
  • Remain actively engaged with the team communication platform and check schedules and updates frequently.
  • Actively communicate the needs of athletes, including planned absences, illness, and injuries.
TravelSome travel is required. Travel expenses for coaches will be billed out to participants of events that require travel.
CommunicationParents are required to maintain an active account with our chosen communication platform. Instructions and invites will be sent to parent(s) after registration and tuition payment.

Weekend Training 24/25
Program* Dates and Training Schedule** Training Time*** Early Pricing
May 1 - Oct 15
*** Regular Pricing
After Oct 15
Saturday OnlyEarly December to mid-AprilEarly and late season
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Mid-season
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
TBDTBD
Sunday OnlyEarly December to mid-AprilEarly and late season
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Mid-season
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
TBDTBD
Saturday and SundayEarly December to mid-AprilEarly and late season
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Mid-season
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
TBDTBD
* Specific program dates determined by conditions and winter season open and close dates. These will be communicated to participants prior to opening day.
** Specific times determined by conditions and lift operating hours. These will be communicated to participants as conditions allow.
*** Tuition includes lunch but does not include a season pass. Team members are required to have an Ikon Pass or Solitude Season pass. Athletes who are Ikon Base Pass holders will need to purchase day passes for Ikon Base Pass blackout dates.
Solitude race team trains at the Utah Olympic Park (UOP) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to enhance our training offerings. This offering runs from early January to mid-March.
Friday full-day training is available between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Friday afternoon training is available between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Private race coaching is available upon request; please call for pricing and availability.
NEED ASSISTANCE?
Contact Solitude Ski & Ride School with any questions and to register by calling 385.282.7155 or by emailing snowsports@solitudemountain.com. Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.