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 joining the racing program but isn't sure. How should we register?
We encourage kids who are thinking about joining Racing program to go ahead and sign up. The Racing program begins skiing together as soon as the Snow Bowl opens and the extra days of skiing in December are critical for skill development before the racing season begins. If your child decides that racing is not for them, we can transfer them to Alpine program.
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 15th, 2020 for the winter 2020-'21 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 15th and there is a $30 late fee 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 College Snow Bowl Season Pass
- USSA Membership
- VARA Membership (for Race Team 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.