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Anyone have experience with Squaw Valley ski team, Freeride or Big Mountain?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Looking at potentially signing up my 11 year old daughter. She's a strong all-mountain skier interested in bumps, freestyle, skiing around, not gates. She needs ski buddies.
It looks like Squaw has the "Freeride Team," which is a seperate entity from their regular race team, and the team has a "Big Mountain" option, more for all-terrain skiing than competition.
Any experiences would be appreciated.
Thanks!
post #2 of 7
No experience, but when you look at the people that have come out of Squaw, it's kind of a no-brainer.
post #3 of 7
Go out there and talk to the coaches to get a feel for what they are all about.
post #4 of 7
 The program there is one of the best anywhere in the world. They recognize the social advantages by making experiences fun and interactive.

The programs is growing because of this. Another result is success they show in racing from kids to world cup.  

Making it fun and responding to kid s passions is central.
post #5 of 7
Ahhhh.... thanks for the little flashback to when I was a member of the race team in 67/68.  Those drives up from Marin were a pain (but I'd be asleep in the back seat while my dad drove).  Crap... I'm getting old.
post #6 of 7
I would talk with some parents that have kids in the programs before signing her up at 11. I know some local parents who have burnt their kids out by enrolling them in these program, I'm talking no longer care to ski type of burn out. These programs are kind of hardcore and may not be right for some kids. If you live in the bay area you should know someone, that knows someone that has kids in these programs.  

Now all of that being said, I ski with guys/gals who were in these programs when they were younger, they know the mountain like the back of their hand and are beautiful skiers. The big mountain program wasn't an option when they were in the program, they were on the freestyle team. If she gets into it, she will probably form long time friendships, a lot of the guys I know still ski with their old team pals. They also truly love to ski and be out in the mountains doing most anything, they all loved the experience. It isn't cheap, but what is these days. BTW, they all rip. 
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Looking at potentially signing up my 11 year old daughter. She's a strong all-mountain skier interested in bumps, freestyle, skiing around, not gates. She needs ski buddies.
It looks like Squaw has the "Freeride Team," which is a seperate entity from their regular race team, and the team has a "Big Mountain" option, more for all-terrain skiing than competition.
Any experiences would be appreciated.
Thanks!
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for your comments. After some hard thought, we're not going to do it.
It would just be too much, as we come up from the Bay Area. The other thing is, my girl already rips. She can ski any run at Squaw well and she's my best ski buddy. I'd miss her! The problem is it's almost impossible for her to ski with other kids, unless they're at a similar level, which rules out all of her friends. What prompted our serious consideration of this is we ran into another 10 year old and skied with her and her dad and had a great time. She had done a couple of years of Mighty Mites, etc and was going to join the Sugar Bowl team just to ski with her friends. We had a great time and now she and my girls are friends. The weird thing was she was not a very good skier, but she went fast and could do advanced terrain just because of her mileage.
Thanks again everyone!
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