Level 200 Alpine Clinics

The Level 200 Alpine Technique and Tactics course is a 3-day course designed to build on the Alpine Ski Fundamentals introduced in the Level 100 clinic and on basic course setting principles.  We will introduce racing tactics, and discuss its relationship with a racer's ability, the course and technical skills.  Progressions will be presented that span all of our training modalities, from freeskiing through drills in gates and outside of gates and into race simulation training.  Coaches will learn new gate drills to accomplish technical and tactical goals and will gain experience in setting these.  Classroom discussion following the on-hill sessions will cover a more in depth discussion of tactics, course setting, course inspection, course reports, and race day planning.  At the end of the clinic, coaches will have a strong understanding of the relationship between technique and tactics and will have a broad range of drills and exercises they can use to teach these skills.  In addition, coaches will learn how to be more effective on race day to help their athletes perform with confidence and consistency.

At the conclusion of this course, participants will

  • Understand the relationship between technique and tactics
  • Understand how several environmental variables impact tactics
  • Be able to prescribe appropriate drills to teach athletes technical and tactical skills in both freeski and gate environments
  • Gain hands on experience in setting gate drills
  • Apply the USSA planning principles to set up training that can achieve the desired training or competition outcome
  • Help athletes put together a race day plan and set strategies for more consistent race performances

PRICE: $270 (USSA MEMBERS), $320 (PSIA LEVEL 3). Includes on-snow and indoor clinic, clinic participant materials, and on-line exam. Lift tickets additional (most resorts offer discounted lift tickets to participants).  Does not include the other requirements for Level 200 certification.

The registration closing date is firm, NO registration will be taken after this date.  Registration closes at 5pm EASTERN time on the date listed.

2016-17 Level 200 Clinics

The 2016/17 Clinic Schedule will be Posted in August. For inquiries/ serious request please contact 

More clinics will be added as they are confirmed.

The registration closing date is firm, NO registration will be taken after this date.  

Registration closes at 5pm EASTERN time on the date listed.

DatesLocationRegionInstructorRegistrationSeats Remaining (out of 10)
10/21/1610/23/16Mt. Hood, ORWESTAaron RuddickxxxCANCELLED
11/19/1611/21/16Mammoth, CAWESTDarryl Whitaker {closes 11/12/16}


12/05/1612/07/16Okemo, VTEASTGar Trayner {closes 11/28/16}COMPLETE
12/09/1612/11/16Windham, NYEASTSteve Mergenthaler xxxCANCELLED
12/11/1612/13/16Alpine Valley, WICENTRALBrewster McVicker{closes 12/4/16}COMPLETE
12/13/1612/15/16Steamboat, COROCKYJon Nolting {closes 12/06/16}COMPLETE
12/14/1612/16/16Purgatory, COROCKYAndrew Cesati{closes 12/07/16}COMPLETE
12/16/1612/18/16Snowbird, UTWESTxxxxxxCANCELLED
12/16/1612/18/16China Peak, CAWESTDarryl WhitakerxxxCANCELLED

Appalachian Ski Mountain, NC

01/09/1701/11/17Sundance, UTWESTDarryl Whitaker{closes 01/02/17}COMPLETE
01/10/1701/12/17Sunapee, NHEASTCindy Brown {closes 01/03/17}COMPLETE
01/12/1701/13/17Cannon, NHEASTRich Smith{closes 01/05/17}COMPLETE
02/06/1702/08/17Northstar, CAWESTAaron Atkins and TBD{closes 01/30/17} COMPLETE
04/01/1704/03/16Waterville Valley, NHEASTPete Stokloza {closes 03/25/17}COMPLETE
04/07/1704/09/17Burke, VTEASTTomas Karlsson and Darrell Gray{closes 04/01/17}CLOSED
04/11/1704/13/17Big Sky, MTWESTPaul Mannelin{closes 04/04/17CLOSED
05/12/1705/13/17Mammoth, CAWESTDarryl WhitakerHERE {closes 05/05/17}1



About the Level 200 Alpine Techniques and Tactics Clinic


  • Must have completed Level 100 certification (on-snow clinic, online exam, First Aid and CPR on file), or have a current PSIA Level 3 certification and have completed the Level 100 Alpine Ski Fundamentals Exam, and
  • Have attended the Introduction to Course Setting clinic, or
  • Submit a course setting recommendation form signed by a Level 300 or higher coach or Level 2 or higher referee or chief of race




Need to renew your membership, get coaching tips or work on your technique? Want to check rankings or results? Find all that and more on your My USSA page. 


Ready to become a member of USSA? Whether you're an athlete who wants to compete, a fan who wants to follow the action, or part of the support team, the USSA has a program for you.

Get Involved

The USSA's athletes get no government funding. Their success is dependent on passionate fans, like you! See how you can help athletes achieve their dreams.

Child Protection

Help raise awareness about misconduct in sport and promote open dialogue. Together we can build a game plan to make sport safe—for everyone.