Junior Racing


Timber Ridge Junior Development Race Team

The Timber Ridge Junior Development Team is a program for athletes between 5 and 14 years old. The program is designed to introduce young skiers to ski racing and to provide goals and encouragement as they progress.  We focus on the fundamentals of skiing, which are valuable both on and off a race course. Our program will help to improve the skills of a young skier for participation in Junior racing, Nastar racing, High School racing, CUSSA racing, and especially recreational free skiing.


  • Racers age 6 and under is $45 per athlete.
  • Racers age 7 to 14  the 2014/15 season it is $99 per athlete, $89 for siblings.
  • First time racers age 7 to 14 that join with a friend will receive the sibling discount price of $89 each.

Program Includes:
Supervised coaching every weekend in January and February for gate training sessions and off course drills.  Traveling races and our Invitational Race.

Does not Include:
Lift tickets at Timber Ridge Ski Area or any other area.  Race entry fees at the Invitational races include racing, lift ticket, the athlete and awards.  Discounted lift tickets will be available for parents and siblings at the races.


What are the requirements?
In order to be in the J.D.T. program you need the following :

  • Between the ages of 5 and 14.
  • The 5 thru 8 years olds practice on the NASTAR course under the triple chair.  These athletes need to  be able to turn, stop, ski independently, and ski in control.
  • The coaches will be unable to ride the lifts with the children.  If your child is unable to ride independently, a parent will need to be there to ride along.
  • The 9 thru 14 year olds practice on Oak.  These athletes must be able to ski blue terrain comfortably. If they cannot they will have difficulty with the gate training sessions.  If your child needs to be assessed this can be scheduled before the first training date.
  • All racers are required to wear helmets at JDT practices and Invitational Races.
  • Parents must ski with athletes that are unable to ride lifts independently.


When are Practices and Races?
Practices: We practice every Saturday and Sunday in January and February when there is not a race.
Saturdays:   9:30 - 11:00
Sundays:     1:00 -   2:30

    We will have three regular season races
    JDT Parent & Racers Meeting, Swap Sat. Nov.2nd at 1PM, Upper Lodge......
  • Swiss Valley       January 11, 2015  - Reschedule to February 1st
  • Timber Ridge     January  25, 2015
  • Cannonsburg     February  7, 2015
  • Bittersweet         February  8, 2015
  • Mt Brighton        February  14, 2015
  • Alpine                 February  15, 2015
  • Caberfae Peaks February 22, 2015
  • Banquet             March 1, 2015


Here's Where to Get Information:

The TimberRidgeSki.com website in the Junior Racing section: Here you will find an overview of the Timber Ridge JDT program includeing practice and race schedules.

The J.D.T. Bulletin Board is located next to the cafeteria entrance: Here you will find updated information regarding current and upcoming events. If something changes we will post it here.

Email:  Make sure you sign up on the website for the JDT newsletter.  Sign up here.  We regularly use this to keep you informed throughout the season.  My email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need to get in touch with me

J.D.T. Race Director's Office Hours: After practice on Saturday and Sunday I will be in the race office warming up and available to you... stop by if you want to discuss something. I will be at Timber Ridge for at an hour or so after practice and I'm at the ski area on Tuesday and Thursday evenings too.

To Sign-Up:
Print out the registration form on the website and mail it in with payment to:
Timber Ridge Ski Area
07500 23 1/2 Street
Gobles, MI  49055