U16 Born 2008 and 2009
The U16 Program is for alpine skiers ages 14 and 15 as of 12/31/23. This is the first year the athletes compete as “scored” competitors. Athletes are able to earn USSS seed points based on race results and are seeded in start lists based on points rankings.
U16 athletes new to our program must have a USSS race profile with one or more seasons of racing history or training with a structured racing program.
Athletes must be evaluated by Blue Mountain coaching staff to enroll.
Athletes are responsible for maintaining an active USSS membership and away race costs including race fees, lift tickets, travel, and lodging. A Season Pass is required to participate in the program. These athletes compete on challenging race courses on difficult terrain.
Athletes in this age class race at a high level of competition in a series of 7 races across the State of Pennsylvania. The U16 will participate in a Race Series. Races will be held at Tussey, Elk Mountain and Blue Mountain.
Some athletes may qualify to race at regional and national events.
Seeding and Scoring
Athletes will be seeded based on their US Ski and Snowboard points. Athletes will be scored in the same manner as U18 Cup scoring with the World Cup 100 point system for each race (no race run scores). Each athlete may earn up to 7 scores. Highest totals will determine PARA State Champion and PARA State Team for each gender.
Ten male and ten females will make up the U16 State Team. The number of athletes attending post season will be determined by number of PARA spots given to PARA for U16 Eastern Championships and U16 Eastern Finals.
Program is scheduled to start Dec 16, 2023* and run every Saturday and Sunday through March 4, 2024. Participants must attend both weekend sessions.
*Program start on-snow is dependent on Mountain having adequate terrain open.
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Race days start earlier and can run all day
Cost: 2023-2024 program TBA
DATE RACE LOCATION DISCIPLINE
7-Jan Early Season Scored Blue Mountain SL
27-Jan Series 1 Tussey Mountain SL
28-Jan Series 2 Tussey Mountain SL
10-Feb Series 3 Elk Mountain GS
11-Feb Series 4 Elk Mountain GS
1-Mar Series 5 Blue Mountain SG
2-Mar Series 6 Blue Mountain GS
3-Mar Series 7 Blue Mountain SL
Races are in a State Series Format