Frequently Asked Questions
My child is a young/inexperienced skier. What are the prerequisites for them to ski with the club?
Participants must be 6 years old, be able to ski down the Allen and ride the lift independently (without being lifted up.) Kids are on their own during lunch, so they must either be able to get lunch on their own or meet a parent/friend in the lodge during lunchtime.
My child is thinking about racing this season, but isn't sure. How should we register?
The athletes will all receive similar, age appropriate, training during the season regardless of their interest in racing or recreational skiing.
There is an option to "add-on" a Race Travel fee during the registration process. This covers the extra coaching costs associated with sending a coach to races. The Race Travel add-on can be purchased at any point prior to the first race that the athlete intends to attend.
In addition to the Race Travel fee, athletes intending to race will require US Ski and Snowboard (USSA) and Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA) competitor licenses. The early-bird rates for these licenses expire on October 15th.
When can we register for February Break Camp?
Registration for February Break Camp will open in December. We have found that many families don't have their Feb. Break plans made yet in the fall, so this will allow us to get a more accurate participant count.
Is there a deadline to Register for Ski Club?
Yes. The deadline for registration is November 30th, 2021 for the winter 2021-'22 season. Registering by the deadline guarantees you a spot and helps us hire the right number of coaches for the winter. Space is not guaranteed after November 30th.
There is a $50 early Registration Discount for athletes registering prior to November 15th that applies to our program fees.
Please help us and secure your spot by signing up early!
What is included in my program fee?
Your program fee covers coaching during the season, from dryland training in the fall right straight through to the end of your program in March.
Here are the additional items that you are responsible for:
- Middlebury Ski Club Family Membership (this is included in the program registration process)
- Middlebury College Snow Bowl Season Pass
- USSA Membership
- VARA Membership (for athletes intending to travel to races only)
Please note that all skiers need proper equipment. Please see our Equipment Page for information on skis, boots, poles, helmets and clothing.
Why do we need to register for USSA?
The US Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) is the national governing body for our sport and our club. Every child and coach is required to have a USSA membership to participate in our club activities to meet our insurance requirements.
Which USSA Membership Level Should I Choose?
The USSA registration process can be a bit cumbersome and confusing. Membership with USSA is compulsory for all members, regardless of whether you plan to compete in races. This is a club insurance requirement. You can sign up for your USSA membership online at http://ussa.org/.
Alpine Program athletes can join USSA at the General Membership Level for $30, regardless of age.
Racing Team athletes must join USSA based on their age-based competition category. Rates vary by age and range from $90 - $185.
Note: 'You may upgrade your child to a competitor membership for his/her age class by calling Member Services on 435.647.2666. The $30 paid for the general membership and any applicable division dues will be applied to the upgrade.'
What is your Refund Policy?
You can see our Refund Policy on this page. This policy reflects the fact that our coaches are hired for the entire season based on the number of registered participants.
The Middlebury Ski Club
The mission of the Middlebury Ski Club is to promote alpine skiing and to support the development of ski racers of all ages and abilities.
The Middlebury Ski Club is a non-profit organization based in Middlebury, Vermont, USA.