Alpine Racing Program
The Franconia Ski Club is an alpine racing club competing in NHARA and USSA sanctioned events. Our long history of open membership spans nearly 75 years.
Our youngest group starts at ages six and seven in the non-racing J6 program. The group spends mornings (8:30 to 1130) skiing around Cannon Mountain with a highly enthusiastic instructor whose primary goal is to create fun mornings, teach fundamental ski techniques and keep the children safe and active. The coach meets the children at the same time and place as the older racers and it’s not unusual to see them first in the lift line waiting for the first chair!
Our youngest racing group is our energetic JV program. Serving the ages of eight to ten year olds, our JV coaches have the good fortune of skiing with a hearty group of strong Cannon Mountain skiers. Fundamental ski racing technique is taught by an experienced and passionate group of coaches, each with a unique background and love for skiing. While gate training is a part of the JV curriculum, structured free skiing is the primary teaching tool. We agree with, and follow, the philosophy espoused by the US Ski Team regarding the importance of developing strong skiers before you can build strong racers.
Our weekend days start at 8:30 and end at 3:00 with an hour for lunch (parent supervised).
Things start to heat up with this group of 11 and 12 year olds. Weekend training is a healthy mix of structured free skiing and gate training. Fundamental technique is still the focus and this is best taught through free skiing. Increased time in the gates allow these athletes to build good habits based on proper stance and balance. It’s not all work and no play; powder days and glade skiing round out their training.
Our weekend days start at 8:30 and end at 3:00 with an hour for lunch (parent supervised). Full day Friday training is available (either full season or on a day-by-day basis).
Increased competition for our JIII athletes drives them forward to achieve their own level of success. Some of these 13 and 14 year old athletes have been ski racing for as many as six years at this point and they are really lighting it up on the slopes. Others are new to FSC and new to ski racing. We have been pleased to work with some of these first timers and remark at the great personal growth they achieve over the course of their first season. So, if you are a first time racer or an accomplished athlete shooting for the Junior Olympics, FSC can help each racer achieve their personal goals.
Our weekend days start at 8:30 and end at 3:00 with an hour break for lunch. Weekday training is available from 1:00 to 3:30 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and full day on Friday.
Our most seasoned group of athletes, all pushed to train and race by their absolute love of the sport. At ages 15 through 18 these athletes start their season as soon as there is snow on the ground and end their season in early April. Our JI/JII program is run by a group of highly experienced coaches that have been on the hill for decades either as racers, coaches or both. These coaches have developed a unique talent to keep all of the athletes motivated and at their best throughout the competitive season. It’s not all hard work and toil for our JI/JII ranks; these athletes get plenty of time to free ski, enjoy powder days and explore Cannon Mountain’s backcountry.
Our weekend days start at 8:30 and end at 3:00 with an hour break for lunch. Weekday training is available from 1:00 to 3:30 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and full day on Friday.
Summer Training Opportunities
Each summer FSC coaches organize and staff optional trips to Mount Hood and Europe. These trips are generally appropriate for our older racers at the J4-J1 levels. Details for Summer Training Trips will be available in the spring timeframe.