Periodically the USSA's elite athletes training at the Center of Excellence schedule time to speak with their support staffs, to tell them their story and to share with them their programs and goals for the coming year. These "athlete socials" are always a great way to connect the athletes with their support staffs and vice-versa. And they're a great way to remind the staff, many of whom never go into the field with the teams, what their work is all about.
Last winter the USSA surveyed its clubs and coaches to determine actual on-snow training levels of our alpine athletes at the youth and junior levels compared to the recommendations set forth by our National Training Systems.
This survey indicated the following:
· On average, U10s ski close to the number of target days of skiing per year (40-60 days). But a significant number ski 31-40 days (or in some cases less). And a minority ski more (60-100 days).