We are open to racers 8 years and older as long as the racer is able to handle themselves in an independent and responsible manner on the slopes and on the chair lifts without any assistance. We do require them to recognize symptoms of cold and fatigue. Racers are permitted and encouraged to take breaks as needed, but they will be unescorted if they choose to rest or eat at different times. Typically the club will practice at least once during the weekend; meeting at 9:00 AM, slope time from 9:15 - 12:00. All racers are solely responsible for participation in practices. We recommend that those racing in USSA sanctioned events attend as much practice as possible.
Open Cup Series
Open Cup Series consists of 5 races throughout the season held at Hidden Valley on Imperial slope. These races are included in the Club Membership. The Open Cup Races are also open to the public. Awards are given by gender and age groups. A great fun family event for all ability levels! For race dates see the Event Calendar.
Regional USSA Sanctioned Races
Regional USSA Sanctioned Races sanctioned USSA Events typical held in Western Pennsylvania Ski resorts, such as Seven Springs and Wisp Mountain. Racers are classified by age groups U8—U21(e.g. 8 yrs. old through under 21 yrs. old) depending on the racer’s age so the racer will be competing against other racers that are no more than a year older. Athletes come from all over Western Pennsylvania to compete in technical events such as Slalom and Giant Slalom. Athletes that perform well will have the ability to qualify for State Championships know as a Derby. These races are optional; club membership is not dependent on them. About 35% of club members participate in these Events. For race dates see Event Calendar.
As with any club, we expect parents to participate. There are a number of ways to do this; including assisting with Open Cup Races, Special Olympics, Ski Swap, course set-up and tear-down, course monitor, etc. Generally, a typical practice session involves coaches and 3-5 others that assist or handle these tasks. Most of the work occurs at the beginning and end; usually 30-45 minutes for each so there is plenty of time for parents to enjoy Hidden Valley while the racers practice.