Junior Racing

 

An Overview of Our Junior Racing Program:

The Timber Ridge Junior Development Team is a competitive and fun program for athletes between 5 and 14 years old.  We’ve designed our program to introduce young skiers to ski racing and to provide goals and encouragement as they progress.  We offer well over 25 hours of on hill training/instruction as we focus on the fundamentals of skiing and ski racing. Our program will help to improve the skills of a young skier for participation in High School racing, Nastar® racing and recreational free skiing.

What are the requirements for Junior Racing?

  • Athletes must be between 5 and 14 years old as of January 1st.  No race experience is necessary. 
  • 5 thru 8 year olds practice on Lumberjack and Sycamore.  These athletes just need to be able to turn, stop and ski independently.
  • The 9 thru 14 year olds practice on Oak. No race experience is necessary.  These athletes must be able to ski blue terrain comfortably. An assessment can be arranged if desired.
  • If your child is unable to ride the lift independently, a parent will need to be there to ride along.
  • All racers are required to wear helmets at all JDT practices and Invitational Races.
  • Yes, ski racing can be a High School sport. Our coaches will teach your future HS racer the finer points of the Slalom and Giant Slalom events.  The Timber Ridge Junior Development Team is a fun and excellent way to prepare for High School Racing.
  • Races and most practices are on the weekend.  We practice every Saturday and Sunday in January and February when there is not a race and weather conditions permit.  We encourage you to take advantage of every race and practice opportunity, but we know that you are busy so we are flexible in this regard. 
  • Saturdays: 9:30 am – 11:00 am andSundays: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm unless there’s a race
  • We host Nastar® and Invitational races right at Timber Ridge
  • We also compete at several other regional ski areas
  • Visit : in the Junior Racing section is an overview of the Timber Ridge JDT program and the registration form download.
  • We post practice and race information on the JDT Bulletin Board located next to the cafeteria entrance.
  • We regularly use email for schedule updates and useful information throughout the season.  Please include email addresses with your registration form. 
  • My email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  If you have any questions about the program please send me an email.  

How much does Junior Racing Cost?

$45 for racers 6 years old and under

$105 for 7 and 8 year old racers * 

$115 for 9 to 14 year old racers *

* A discount of $10 applies to each sibling racer 7-14 years old.

JDT Registration does not include Lift tickets [TimberRidgeSki.com]  or race entry fees [$25-$30 typically].

 

High School Racing Preparation:

When are Practices and Races?

Practices:

 

Races:

Here’s Where You Can Get Information:

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.

The cost for the 2015/16 Season:

  • $45 for racers age 6 and under.
  • $105 for 7 & 8 year old racers.
  • $115 for 9 to 14 year old racers.
  • **A discount of $10 applies to each sibling racer 7-14 years old.

 

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

Races:
    We will have three regular season races
    JDT Parent & Racers Meeting, Swap Sat. Nov.2nd at 1PM, Upper Lodge......
  • JDT Mega-Nastar January 17, 2016
  • Timber Ridge        January  24, 2016
    JDT Mega-Nastar January 31, 2016
  • Cannonsburg       February  6, 2016
  • Bittersweet         February  7, 2016
  • Portage Invite    February 17, 2016
  • Swiss Valley       February 20, 2016
  • Timber Ridge Winterfest, February 26, 27 & 28 (not a JDT event...just FYI)
  • JDT Mega-Nastar  February 28
  • Caberfae Peaks March 6, 2016
  • JDT Banquet      March 13, 2016 at 3pm

      

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