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Program Descriptions and Fees

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 more than 80 years.

All our programs start the weekend after Thanksgiving (pending snow) and continue through the last weekend of March.  Training during the Christmas and February school vacation weeks are included.

U8+ Mtn Rippers Program

Our youngest group starts at ages 6 and 7 in the non-racing U8 program.  Plus, the group can accommodate 8 and 9 year olds who are first-time racers and who have not participated in FSC before.  The group spends mornings (8:30 to 11:30) 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!

Note:  U8 candidates should be able to ski down Gary's trail to Ernie's Haus (FSC Headquarters) independently.

2018-19 Program cost:  $1,140

U10 Program

Our youngest racing group is our energetic U10 program. Serving the ages of 8 and 9 year olds, our U10 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 U10 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).

2018-19 Program cost:  $1,650

U12 Program

The U12 program follows the philosophy of the U10 group but with more introductions to racing. The same fundamental path is followed through skill acquisition and development. All mountain skiing, trees, moguls, groomed and non-groomed terrain will be the playground for this age group. The basics will still be a major focus- pole plant, fore/aft balance, carving and turn shape will be the goals for the athletes.  Course time will be spent in the disciplines of SL and GS, starting with brushes then building up to “full” gates. This is still a very important time in the child’s development to enhance proper technique.  Competition at this level, athletes are introduced to the Buddy Werner League of racing and open races. The BWL consist of a qualifying series, building up to the Finals or Championships within NHARA. Fun filled days are always key to this age class!

A  USSA Youth membership and NHARA membership is required.  Our weekend days start at 8:30 and end at 3:00 with an hour for lunch (parent supervised).

2018-19 Program cost:  $1,650

U14 Program

Things start to heat up with this group of 12 and 13 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).

2018-19 Program cost:  $1,650

U16 Program

Increased competition for our U16 athletes drives them forward to achieve their own level of success. Some of these 14 and 15 year old athletes have been ski racing for as many as seven 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 on Fridays.

2018-19 Program cost:  $1,750

U21-19 Program

Our most seasoned group of athletes, all pushed to train and race by their absolute love of the sport. At ages 16 through 21 these athletes start their season as soon as there is snow on the ground and end their season in early April. Our U21-19 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 U21-19 ranks; these athletes get plenty of time to free ski, enjoy powder days and explore Cannon Mountain’s back country.

Our weekend days start at 8:30 and end at 3:00 with an hour break for lunch. Weekday training is available on Fridays.

2018-19 Program cost:  $1,855

U19 LITE Program

This program is designed for U19  athletes that want to train part-time and want to participate in limited weekend races.  It can also provide additional training for his/her High School ski races.

  • Eligible to train one weekend day per week, either Saturday or Sunday at their choice
  • Able to train mid-week vacation training, Christmas week, and February School break week 
  • Eligible for discounted race fee when racing at FSC hosted races
  • Athletes may upgrade to the full-time weekend program prior to the February school vacation week, and will be credited the LITE program tuition

Program Dates:  Weekends November 24th - March 25th

2018-19 Program cost $1,400


U19/U21 FIS Program

This program is for any FSC athletes who are following FIS track and would like to train during the mid-week in addition to the weekend and vacation programs.

  • Athletes can ski mid-week Tuesday and Thursday mornings 9-12 a.m., Wednesday and Friday afternoons, 12-4 p.m.
  • Coaching will be provided by FSC / Holderness Coaches
  • Travel, accommodations and race entries by Athlete
  • Races - per schedule
  • Schooling by individual athletes/families

Program Dates:  mid-week, weekends, holidays and school vacations November 24th - April 8th, weather permitting.

Program Size Limit - 5-6

2018-19 Program cost:  $9,355

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 U14 - U21 levels.  Details for Summer Training Trips will be available in the spring timeframe.