Alpine Programs

Alpine National Coaches Academies

National Coaches Academies logoThe USSA National Coaches Academies are intensive, full-day coaches education events to enhance the professional development of coaches beyond the USSA on-snow clinics.  The academies include interaction with U.S. Ski Team staff and athletes, and other experts from the USSA, PSIA, USOC (U.S. Olympic Committee), and others.  Content includes skiing as well as classroom sessions on the topics of sport science, sport medicine, pedagogy, management, and leadership.

The Fall Symposium is a continuing education event that takes place alongside the U.S. Ski Team's early season training at Copper Mountain and Vail. It's a great opportunity for club coaches to bring back ideas from the national team back to their club and share with their coaching staff to kick off the season.  The Spring Academy is the ultimate Level 300 clinic and more, with all three on-snow clinics and additional learning requirements for Level 300 certification offered at one time and led by U.S. Ski Team coaches.  It also is the perfect continuing education event for coaches who attended the national academies in the 1990's or early 2000's and want to get the latest from the U.S. Ski Team.

Level 300 Eastern School

Fall USSA Level 300 Sport Science School

Due to high attendance the previous two years there was not a fall sport science school in 2015. We will resume the fall program in 2016. 

What:  Covers the full Level 300 sport science curriculum whose four core topics include kinesiology, physiology, motor control and motor learning, performance psychology and pedagogy all related to alpine ski racing. Includes classroom presentations, discussion and hands-on learning. This event, paired with a planned Level 300 on-snow clinic block in the East following Spring Series will cover the requirements for a Level 300 coach giving the Eastern coach a quality Level 300 experience close to home if they are unable to travel in the spring to the National Coaches Academy.

For who: Alpine coaches aspiring for Level 300 certification, or Level 300 and higher coaches looking for continuing education.


2016 Spring Alpine National Coaches Academy

2016 Spring National Coaches Academy 

Level 300 and 400  Alpine Certification Event 

April 30- May 8th, 2016

Mammoth, CA

SkillsQuest - April 30th 


Class of 2016

Congratulations to the following coaches who have passed the Level Alpine 300 exam and evaluations at the Spring Alpine National Coaches Academy:

Tyson HenrieSue KramerChristian ShackletonSimon Marsh
Kris ShampneyJacob OlsenChandler BrillWilliam Hadden
Peter LewisMichael DrakeConor LynchDan Bell
Ben BrownChristian HerzogJ.T WilliamsTorey Greenwood




Alpine National Coaches Academy Honor Roll

These coaches were head of the class at the academy with the top overall score across the skiing assessment, movement analysis evaluation and written exam.


2016- Jacob Olsen

2015 - Justin Rackley
2014 - Pat Callahan
2013 - Ian Garner
2012 - Martin Bell
2011 - Amber McHugh


Past Spring Academies

The spring Alpine National Coaches Academies were first held in the 1980's, and quickly earned the reputation for being the premier ski coach education event in the United States. After a hiatus in the 2000's, the spring academy returned to Mammoth in May of 2011. Mammoth is unparalleled for its spring skiing possibilities, with every kind of terrain available, making it the hub for U.S. Ski Team late spring training. This, along with its slopeside lodging and classroom facilities make it the perfect site for this annual event. The spring academy is a week-long event that brings together the top coaches and ski professionals in the country for the ultimate learning experience.

2013 Alpine National Coaches Academy group

Alpine National Coaches Academy attendees at Mammoth Mountain on May 3, 2013


Past Fall Symposiums

The Fall Alpine National Coach Symposium debuted in November of 2010 and based on its initial success will be an annual event.  This Symposium takes advantage of the early season snow and the convergence of coaches and program on Colorado for an educational event that brings together the U.S. Ski Team coaches and High Performance staff with club coaches for a perfect season kick-off. Based at the new U.S. Ski Team training center at Copper Mountain, the event gives coaches the chance to watch the U.S. Ski Team in action close up and talk technique and tactics with the U.S. Ski Team coaches. Skiing sessions take the ideas to the club level and are followed by more discussions in the afternoons through classroom sessions.

U.S. Ski Team women's head speed coach Chip White presents Advanced Speed Technique and Tactics to the participants.

U.S. Ski Team men's head coach Sasha Rearick talks slalom technique on the hill with the Fall Symposium participants.

2015 Fall Alpine National Coaches Symposium

2015 Fall Alpine National Coaches Symposium

November 6-8, 2015

SkillsQuest Accredited Evaluator Training - November 5, 2015

Copper Mountain, Colorado


The Fall Alpine Coaches Symposium is open to all USSA certified coaches. We encouarge clubs to send a lead coach or program director to bring back the information to their coaching staff.  To get the most out of the material presented at the Symposium, coaches should be working towards or have completed the Level 200 certification.  The Fall Symposium counts towards continuing education credits, but does not count towards certification. In prior years we have had presentations from USSA Sport Education Staff and National Team Coaches on Slalom, GS, and Speed trends.

Comments from prior year participants:

What an amazing experience!  Programs like this are exactly what we as coaches need to feel more integrated with the U.S. Team.  Getting to engage the Team coaches was so inspiring and beneficial.  I feel very excited to bring this experience back home to help keep my kids stoked on racing and striving to be on the U.S. Team.  Very appreciative of all the hard work put in by Jon, Ron, Brewster and all the other coaches I got to meet.  The classroom discussions were poignant and influential, the subjects exceedingly relevant.  I am glad I got to attend this program and I look forward to the next opportunity to participate in one!  Please keep these programs going! 


Thank you for organizing this opportunity and for bringing the amazing presenters together for us!  You far exceeded any expectations I had.  It was like being in the right place at the right time!!!  It's good when everything comes together!



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