Originally Posted by parkmonkey
Question about ski programs back east?
My daughter has been skiing Far West for Squaw Valley, and we are now relocating to New England, any recommendations on ski programs?
Will be a U12 this year.
We want to keep up with the competitive league, so league and team recommendations are welcome.
What part of New England will you be living in, and how far do you want to travel each weekend?
You stated your daughter is a U12, so I'm guessing you are interested in racing programs.
In general, you will find the most competitive programs/racers in northern NE (NH, VT, ME), while in southern NE (MA, CT, RI) many of the kids will look at ski racing as a more recreational winter activity. However, there are kids from southern NE that have made it all the way to the World Cup, but many of them either finished up in a northern program or went the academy route in high school.
In NH, I would say Waterville Valley and Franconia Ski Club (Cannon Mt.) are generally considered the top programs year after year. Other well known programs are Sunapee, Gunstock, Ford Sayer (Dartmouth Skiway) and Mount Washington Valley areas. However, over the past few seasons, Crotched Mountain, located in southern NH, has been making waves producing some really good racers. In reality, you will find good racers/coaching at just about any of the club programs in NH. The ones I mentioned seem to be the most consistent season after season or more recently in the Crotched case.
Most of the larger areas in northern NE don't have night skiing, so often racers from those areas will go to smaller mountains that have night skiing for mid-week training. Crotched has night skiing, so their kids get midweek training as part of the package cost, which results in a lot of on snow time over the length season. In programs that don't have night skiing, it will be extra cost for mid week training at an another area. It is pretty common to see kids that race for WV, FSC, or Sunapee to midweek train at other areas.
If your daughter really has caught the racing bug, it is really hard to top the academies where being on the snow 7 days a week is integrated into the academics, but the academies still can be big $$$$ even after financial aid and scholarships.