What is Gate Training?
Gates are thin poles or squat stubs on ski slopes through which skiers pass (if set in pairs) or turn around (if set singly). They are used to produce a course for skiers and offer a variety of challenges. Gates are used for timed races. Coaches train their students to learn how to proficiently navigate the gates on a race course.
Welcome to our New Sponsor:
Join one of our popular Holiday Race Camps in late December. Choose the Thunderbolt Race Camp designed to give both competitive and recreational ski racers early season gate training and coaching.
Race camp takes place December 27, 2021 - December 31, 2021 and the cost is $500.00.
Mt Holly: For students K - 12
Pine Knob: For Students K - 8
Drop in for one day at either camp: $120
Register by mail with the Thunderbolt Racing brochure.
For Mt. Holly - email MHskischool@gmail.com to register for the camp. Spaces are filling up quickly.
What is Junior Development? This is a term commonly used in the racing industry to describe youth programs that are designed to take developing skiers to greater levels. Participants receive instruction on racing, moguls, and working on steeper terrain according to their individual skill level. Some programs travel but we do not. We keep it affordable and fun by keeping things close to home. Students demonstrate their skills by competing in the Sunday Race Series.
This six-week racing program will begin between January 5 and 8, 2022. This is our base level of commitment for skiers of all abilities and race experience. It is for grades K - 8. This program is offered at both Mt. Holly and Pine Knob.
Our successful and most popular program will remain the same plus all Sunday Morning Race Series are included in the price along with a Thunderbolt T-shirt.
Racers will be grouped by age, ski ability and race experience. We will work on free skiing drills each week for 45 minutes and then be in the gates using gate drills and full courses. We will start with Giant Slalom (larger turns) on week one and alternate between slalom (short turns) and giant slalom.
Participants MUST be able to load and unload from a chairlift independently, have at least one year of experience with skiing, and be able to turn and stop in a wedge position.
This program begins on January 5, January 6,
or January 8 depending on your registration preferences:
MT. HOLLY OPTIONS: SOLD OUT
6 sessions / once per week $400
12 sessions / twice per week $500
PINE KNOB OPTIONS: SOLD OUT
6 sessions / once per week $400 - SOLD OUT
12 sessions / twice per week $500 - SOLD OUT
18 sessions / three times week $600 - SOLD OUT
Register by mail with the Thunderbolt Brochure or with the online links near the top of this page.
Founded in 2008, Pinnacle Racing is a non-profit educational alpine ski racing program dedicated to providing elite levels of coaching and training in a competitive environment. We are dedicated to giving each athlete the optimal training experience by providing both on and off snow guidance, one- on- one or small group coaching, and state of the art facilities. Pinnacle is an USSA Central Region III club.
Pinnacle Race Program Calendar