Welcome to the 2018/2019 Loon Race Team Season! The Rut Rider Program is designed to introduce young alpine athletes, ages 6 and 7 (U8), to the Loon Race Team. The program provides a safe and fun opportunity to explore alpine ski racing at Loon Mountain.
Emphasis is placed on having fun and developing a lasting love of the sport through the focus of core fundamentals of ski racing, enjoying a variety of drill/skill work, gate training and free skiing, as well as some bumps and tree skiing. We believe an athlete that is well rounded and having fun will become a lifelong skier.
Along with learning ski-racing fundamentals, athletes also develop independence and responsibility for themselves, their fellow LRT teammates and the mountain. Good sportsmanship skills, teamwork and a healthy competitive nature are also established through the Rut Rider program, as well the entire Loon Race Team program.
Equipment can be a challenge for our youngest athletes – if you have any questions or would like a coach’s input, please feel free to reach out to our Rut Rider Coaching Staff. Our team of coaches knows what is best for our athletes based on their height, weight, strength and ability. Having the proper equipment is essential to having a fun and successful season.
We’re looking forward to a season full of snow, fun and skiing fast!
1. The athlete is 6 years old by December 31st, 2019.
2. The athlete has 2 years of skiing experience, one of those years in a program.
If the athlete does not meet either these two requirements but it is still felt they would be a good fit for Rut Riders, they can come try out the program on the first day of Rut Riders with a parent riding along.
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