The USSA Cross Country Training System provides an optimal developmental blueprint for cross country ski racers. It has been designed to ensure that all athlete, coach, and parent members of the USSA have the best possible opportunity to fulfill their athletic dreams and talent. It is based on a long-term athlete development model (LTAD) for skiers that emphasizes age-appropriate training and competition. The Cross Country Training System is a vital tool to help parents, coaches, and athletes focus on the right things at the right time to maximize their improvement, long-term potential and enjoyment in skiing.
So, what is LTAD? At its most basic level, LTAD is about doing the right things to prepare athletes for long-term success and enjoyment. In many cases, traditional training and competition programs are designed around short-term success to the detriment of long-term potential. The development of cross country skiers is a long-term process, with the average age for peak performance in the late 20's. It is common for parents, athletes and coaches to be impatient for results when young, but we know that a narrow focus on results and training specifically for short-term success will leave skiers with deficiencies that are difficult to overcome later in their development. By building training loads progressively and with consideration of the skier's biological development and previous training experience, they will have the best chance for continued success and enjoyment.
To take full advantage of the Cross Country Training System, there are some fundamental underlying concepts that you should know. Check the tabs above to learn more.
Cross Country Training System
The Cross Country Training System aims to set skiers up for sustainable success and enjoyment in skiing.
Center of Excellence
The Center of Excellence in Park City, UT, is a national training and education center providing world-class facilities and educational resources for the USSA's athletes, coaches, clubs and others.