Alpine/Freeride Skiing
Programs & Fees

Snow Tigers- Ages 6 - 8 years
This program is a great way to keep young skiers excited about skiing. With fun skiing games and drills coaches will help students continue to build on the basic skills- from balance and stance, pressure, edging and carving. The goal is to create well rounded and responsible skiers. Tigers are expected to already know how to ski in control at an intermediate level. The intent is to then enhance those skills through an all-day program for those skiers who need more time on snow and are ready for more of a challenge. Athletes will experience all aspects of skiing from basic skills to moguls, tree skiing, park and pipe as well as training on slalom and giant slalom race courses. Much of the day will be spent skiing various terrain with a focus on skill development and refinement. RACING IS NOT REQUIRED but there are race options available through the local race series for those interested. The focus of this program is developing skiers, not necessarily racers. This is a feeder program for the alpine race, freeride and freestyle programs.
Tuition Includes:
  • 10 Saturdays at Purgatory to develop fundamental skills in a team atmosphere while learning to explore and ski
  • comfortably on the entire mountain
  • 6 Skills & Drills Nights at Chapman Hill Jan-Feb (day of the week TBD)
  • Dedicated training access to NASTAR Race Course
  • Ski tuning discounts at Second Avenue Sports
  • Ski Tuning Support and Clinics (parents welcome)
  • Total coaching time approx. 70 hours
Tuition does NOT include:
  • Purgatory Resort Ski Pass
  • Chapman Hill Ski Pass
  • Seasonal Ski Rental/other equipment
  • Travel Fees (only if travelling to races)
  • Purg Cup/special events entry fees
Snow Tigers Program Fee:
(payment plans available after Oct. 31)
Early Bird (in full by Oct 31) = $499
Regular Registration (by Dec 1) = $599
Scholarships Available = Yes
Equipment Guidelines:
  • Front entry 3 or 4 buckle boot
  • Good junior all mountain carving ski. Ideally not a twin tip.
  • Appropriate Length Poles
  • Proper Fitted Helmet – Hard Eared Race preferred but not required for Demons.
  • Well-fitting goggles and gloves. Appropriate jackets and pants for various weather conditions.
Freeride Development Program: Ages 10-18
The freeride development program is designed for athletes, ages 10-18, interested in freeride technique and tactics. Athletes must be comfortable on groomed expert terrain and ski in a parallel stance. Athletes will ski the whole mountain with a central focus on technique and developing good decision making skills. Athletes will ski within similar age groups with experienced and qualified freeride coaches.
Tuition Includes:
  • 15 Saturdays at Purgatory
  • Select Hesperus field trips
  • Ski tuning discounts at Second Avenue Sports
  • Ski Tuning Support and Clinics (parents welcome)
  • Preseason fall hikes (Saturdays- parents welcome)
  • Total coaching time approx. 90 hours
Tuition does NOT include:
  • Purgatory Resort Ski Pass
  • Chapman Hill Ski Pass
  • Hesperus Ski Pass
  • Seasonal Ski Rental/other equipment
  • Travel Fees (only if travelling to races)
  • Purg Cup/special events entry fees
Freeride Development Program Fee:
(payment plans available after Oct. 31)
Early Bird (in full by Oct 31) = $769
Regular Registration (by Dec 1) = $899
Scholarships Available = Yes
Equipment Guidelines:
  • Front entry 4 buckle boot
  • Mid-fat ski (75-95cm waist, size dependent)
  • Appropriate Length Poles
  • Proper Fitted Helmet – Hard Eared Race preferred
  • Well-fitting goggles and gloves. Appropriate jackets and pants for various weather conditions.
(Center mounting of skis strongly NOT recommended for freeride)
U10 Alpine Race- Ages 8 and 9 years
U12 Alpine Race- Ages 10 and 11 years
This program is designed as an introduction to racing. With a strong focus on skill building in all types of terrain, coaches will also develop the athlete’s introductory knowledge of racing skills, techniques and tactics. Athletes are required to ski at a strong intermediate level- this is parallel turns on any blue or easy black while maintaining speed and control and have a basic understanding of how to use their ski poles. The focus is to introduce athletes to the race arena so the athlete can determine if they want to pursue racing more seriously in the future or explore other avenues of skiing. Gate training is about 30% of the training. Racing is not required and coaching will be provided on weekends that some of the team is travelling. Opportunities for local and club races are available as well as participation in USSA sanctioned races for higher competition. For those choosing to participate in USSA races, we recommend the Southern Series races which consists of events located at Purgatory, Flagstaff and Taos. Racers do not have to attend all events to participate in the Southern Series.
Tuition Includes:
  • Saturdays Only or Saturdays and Sundays at Purgatory to enhance fundamental skills in a team atmosphere while learning to explore the race course and challenging terrain.
  • 1 or 2 Nights per week at Chapman Hill Jan-Mar (day of the week TBD)
  • Dedicated training access to NASTAR Race Course and additional PST training space
  • Race equipment purchasing and ski tuning discounts at Second Avenue Sports
  • Video Feedback 2/month
  • Ski Tuning Support and Clinics (parents welcome)
  • Preseason fall hikes (Saturdays- parents welcome)
  • Total coaching time approx. 120 hours
Tuition does NOT include:
  • Purgatory Resort Ski Pass
  • Chapman Hill Ski Pass
  • Hesperus Ski Pass
  • Seasonal Ski Rental/other equipment
  • Travel Fees (only if travelling to races)
  • Purg Cup/special events entry fees
Alpine U10/U12 Program Fee:
(payment plans available after Oct. 31)
Early Bird (in full by Oct 31) = $949 Sat Only or $1599/$1699 Part Time
Regular Registration (by Dec 1) = $1129 Sat Only or $1879/$1989 Part Time
Scholarships Available = Yes
Equipment Guidelines:
  • Front entry 3 or 4 buckle boot
  • 1 pair junior race ski appropriate for SL/GS. Depending on skier level, 2 pairs may be suggested
  • Appropriate Length Poles
  • Hard ear race helmet. FIS approved if racing in USSA
  • Well-fitting goggles and gloves. Appropriate jackets and pants for various weather conditions.
U14 Part time or full time - Ages 13 and 12 years
U16 Part time or full time – Ages 15 and 14 years
U18 Part time or full time - Ages 17 and 16 years
Purg Cup Option ages 12 and up
This is an age when things either start to pick up for a ski racer who has had years of racing experience or can also be an age where athletes might decide they want to start racing. Our programs provide coaching for multiple skill levels at this age. Although this program is designed for the serious ski racer who is dedicated to learning technical and tactical skills, it is not limited to those who want to start racing at age 12 or up. The Purg Cup option for this particular age group is thus the solution for both keeping those involved that maybe can't commit to full time travel schedules and for those who want to start racing at a later age. The part time/full time tuition will reflect more training time for those that are committed to more competition. Athletes compete in USSA sanctioned events within the Rocky Mountain Division (RMD) with opportunities to advance to competitions at the regional and national level. Depending on age group, the team trains about 40-60% of the time in gates to focus on tactic and techniques important to ski racing. However, an emphasis on free skiing is also incorporated into training, keeping in mind that to build a strong racer, you must first have a strong skier. There are multiple levels of commitment for this age group including additional mid-week training opportunities at Purg for those whose academic schedules are flexible. The part-time program focuses on weekend training, Saturdays & most Sundays plus 1 or 2 days a week of mid-week training at Chapman Hill. This schedule allows for increased skill retention, more time on snow, appropriate gate training in slalom, giant slalom and entry level speed elements. Most of the Saturday training will focus on GS/SL sessions and drills, Sunday’s will focus on drills, free skiing or video/feedback. Chapman will focus primarily on SL sessions. The goal is to increase the fundamental mileage necessary for upper level skiing, competition and future development. Part Time U10-14 athletes will participate in the USSA Age Class Opens, as well as special USSA events. Speed elements for U14 available and U12 with coach approval. Part Time U16-U18 will participate in the USSA Ability Class events, special events and speed element opportunities. U14/16 will have the opportunity to qualify for the Rocky/Central Junior Championships.
Alpine Part-Time Tuition Includes:
  • 18 Saturdays include training at Purgatory and Race Days depending on Age Class.
  • 14-16 Sundays include training at Purgatory and Race Days depending on Age Class.
  • 7 or 14 Gates & Drills Nights at Chapman Hill Jan-Mar (days of the week TBD)
  • Dedicated training access to NASTAR Race Course and additional PST training space
  • Video feedback 3/month
  • Goal Setting and assessment with coaches
  • Mid-season and end-of-season reviews (written and meeting with coaches/parents/athlete)
  • Sports Psych: General mental training provided by coaches and special guests
  • Race equipment fitting and team purchasing specials at Second Avenue Sports
  • Ski tuning discounts at Second Avenue Sports
  • Ski Tuning Support and Clinics (parents welcome)
  • Preseason strength and conditioning training 1/week
  • Preseason fall hikes (Saturdays- parents welcome)
  • Total coaching time approx. 215 or 230 hours (depending on fee A or fee B)
Tuition does NOT include:
  • Purgatory Resort Ski Pass
  • Chapman Hill Ski Pass
  • Hesperus Ski Pass
  • Seasonal Ski Rental/other equipment
  • Travel Fees (only if travelling to races)
  • Purg Cup/special events entry fees
Part-Time Program Fee:
Includes 1 or 2 nights per week at Chapman (payment plans available after Oct. 31)
Early Bird (in full by Oct 31) = $1599/$1699
Regular Registration (by Dec 1) = $1979/$1989
Scholarships Available = Yes

The full-time program focuses on weekend training, Saturdays and Sundays plus 3 days a week of mid-week training at Chapman Hill. Racers will be expected to participate in early season conditioning and early season skiing opportunities leading up to the season. In-season strength and conditioning will also take place every other week. Full-time athletes will focus on individual goal setting, training/competition objectives and health and wellness practices. This will help determine the individual’s strengths, areas of improvement, skill set and overall goals for the program. Full-time athletes must commit to mid-week training (some exceptions may apply). Full-time athletes also must maintain a B/3.0 average in school by properly managing their training, travel, competition and academics. Most gate training will be shared with part-time athletes where schedules overlap. Most of the Saturday training will focus on GS/Kombi sessions and drills, Sunday’s will focus on drills, free skiing or video/feedback. Chapman will focus primarily on SL sessions and video feedback. The goal is to increase the commitment and intensity for upper level skiing, competition and development to create the necessary foundation for future success in FIS or collegiate level skiing. Full Time athletes will participate in the USSA Southern Series or Sync Series, as well as special USSA events including speed elements. Athletes will have the opportunity to qualify for the Rocky/Central Junior Championships.
Full-Time Tuition Includes:
  • 20 Saturdays include training at Purgatory and Race Days depending on Age Class and preseason skiing.
  • 18 Sundays include training at Purgatory and Race Days depending on Age Class and preseason skiing.
  • 22 Gates & Drills Nights at Chapman Hill Jan-Mar (days of the week TBD)
  • Dedicated training access to NASTAR Race Course and additional PST training space
  • Video feedback 1/week
  • Goal Setting and assessment with coaches
  • Mid-season and end-of-season reviews (written and meeting with coaches/parents/athlete)
  • Sports Psych: General mental training provided by coaches and special guests
  • Race equipment fitting and team purchasing specials at Second Avenue Sports
  • Ski tuning discounts at Second Avenue Sports
  • Ski Tuning Support and Clinics (parents welcome)
  • In-season strength and conditioning training 2-3/month
  • Preseason fall hikes (Saturdays- parents welcome)
  • Total coaching time approx. 270 hours
Tuition does NOT include:
  • Purgatory Resort Ski Pass
  • Chapman Hill Ski Pass
  • Preseason lift tickets to A-Basin, Wolf Creek, etc.
  • Race Equipment
  • Travel Fees
  • Preseason strength and conditioning training 2/week
  • USSA Membership
  • Purg Cup/ special events entry fees
Full-Time Program Fee:
(payment plans available after Oct. 31)
Early Bird (in full by Oct 31) = $2149
Regular Registration (by Dec 1) = $2499
Scholarships Available = Yes
Equipment Guidelines:
  • Front entry 4 buckle boot
  • 2 pair junior race ski appropriate for SL/GS. 1 pair freeski/powder ski recommended.
  • Appropriate Length Poles
  • FIS approved race helmet
  • Speed suit, pole guards, mouth guards, shin guards, etc. (optional depending on level)
  • Well-fitting goggles and gloves. Appropriate jackets and pants for various weather conditions

The U14/U16 Purg Cup program focuses on Saturday only training plus 1 night of mid-week training at Chapman Hill. This program is designed for both the racer who is unable to commit to travel but wants to enhance their race performance and compete against local racers and fellow team members and those new to the sport who want to race. Athletes, ages 12 and up only, will be required to ski at a strong-intermediate level with good fundamentals. Athletes will train with part-time and full-time racers where schedules overlap. Athletes will compete at the local Purg Cup series and the Purg Southern Series events with the purchase of a short term athlete USSA membership $15-25/per day depending on age. Additional nights at Chapman may be added with an increase in tuition.
Tuition Includes:
  • 14 Saturdays at Purgatory includes Purg Cup Race days
  • 14 Gates & Drills Nights at Chapman Hill Jan-Mar (day of the week TBD)
  • Dedicated training access to NASTAR Race Course and additional PST training space
  • Race equipment purchasing and ski tuning discounts at Second Avenue Sports
  • Video Feedback 1-2/month includes Chapman
  • Ski Tuning Support and Clinics (parents welcome)
  • Preseason fall hikes (Saturdays- parents welcome)
  • Total coaching time approx. 105 hours
Tuition does NOT include:
  • Purgatory Resort Ski Pass
  • Chapman Hill Ski Pass
  • Seasonal ski rental/other equipment
  • Travel Fees (only if travelling to races)
  • USSA Membership
  • Preseason strength and conditioning training
  • Early Season Sessions
  • Purg Cup/special events entry fees
Purg Cup Program Fee:
(payment plans available after Oct. 31)
Early Bird (in full by Oct 31) = $949
Regular Registration (by Dec 1) = $1129
Scholarships Available = Yes
Equipment Guidelines:
  • Front entry 4 buckle boot
  • 1 pair junior race ski appropriate for SL/GS. Depending on skier level, 2 pairs may be suggested
  • Appropriate Length Poles
  • Hard ear race helmet. FIS approved if racing in USSA
  • Well-fitting goggles and gloves. Appropriate jackets and pants for various weather conditions.
Four Corners Freeride Comp Team: Ages 10-18
The Four Corners Freeride Comp team is designed for accomplished freeride athletes ages 10 to 18. Participants must be comfortable on steep variable terrain and be able to ski almost all snow conditions. This program is designed to further skill / tactics acquisition using International Freeskiing and Snowboarding Association (IFSA) Judging Criteria. Athletes can expect to train in all disciplines of skiing including steeps, trees, moguls, park and pipe and alpine racing. Each day will include specific drills that focus on technique improvement and interspersed free runs. Most athletes in this program will be competing on the IFSA Junior tour, however, non-competitive members are encourage to join as well. Athletes will ski within similar age groups with experienced and qualified coaches.
Tuition Includes:
  • 15 Saturdays at Purgatory
  • 15 Sundays at Wolf Creek
  • Select Silverton Mtn. field trips
  • Ski tuning discounts at Second Avenue Sports
  • Ski Tuning Support and Clinics (parents welcome)
  • Preseason fall hikes (Saturdays- parents welcome)
  • Total coaching time approx. 180 hours
Tuition does NOT include:
  • Purgatory Resort Ski Pass
  • Chapman Hill Ski Pass
  • Wolf Creek Pass (athlete season pass avail for $350 or $25 per day *prices may vary per season)
  • Hesperus Ski Pass
  • Travel Fees (only if travelling to races)
  • IFSA License
  • Purg Cup/special events entry fees
Freeride Comp Program Fee:
(payment plans available after Oct. 31)
Early Bird (in full by Oct 20) = $1429
Regular Registration (by Nov 20) = $1689
Scholarships Available = Yes
Equipment Guidelines:
  • Front entry 4 buckle boot
  • Athletes should have two pairs of skis a mid-fat ski (75-90cm waist, size dependent) for hard snow and a Fat ski (95-110+ waist, size dependent) for soft conditions.
  • Appropriate Length Poles
  • Properly fitting helmet
  • Well-fitting goggles and gloves. Appropriate jackets and pants for various weather conditions.
(Center mounting of skis is strongly NOT recommended for Freeride.)