A racing program for kids ages 5-14. The focus is on developing racing skills through a fun, team oriented environment that includes parent involvement. Weekend training with four invitational races are held at local ski areas.
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.
- 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.
$45 for racers 6 years old and under
$110 for 7 and 8 year old racers *
$150 for 9 to 14 year old racers *
*All ages per January 1st of the ski season.
*A discount of $10 applies to each sibling racer 7-14 years old. Please deduct from your payment.
*A discount of $25 applies to returning 9-14 year old racers. Please deduct from your payment.
*JDT Registration does not include Lift tickets [TimberRidgeSki.com] or race entry fees [~$30 typically/race].
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 and Sundays: 1:30 pm - 3:00 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
Supervised coaching every weekend in January and February for gate training sessions and off course drills. Traveling races and our Invitational Race.
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 some of the races.
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 to include your email address with your racer registration so JDT racing newsletters will come to your email. My email address is JDT@TimberRidgeSki.com. If you have any questions about the program please send me and email.
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
Several area schools have Varsity programs and hold training with Slalom and GS races on a weekly basis. This program is open to schools with teams. Individuals compete in independent categories.
This Race the Gates style of racing is open to individuals or teams for a 7 week co-ed series on Thursday nights. There are four divisions, door prizes, and team awards.
SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS 11AM - 1PM
Race the Gates Races will be held from 11AM - 1PM on Saturday and Sunday. Race theGates is a public race open to any skier or snowboarder of any age. You will ski thru the course and you will be given a time and a handicap. Handicaps are figured on your age and sex. Medals are awarded after each run.
- Saturday Lumberjack
- Sunday Oak
- Snow conditions may change this schedule.
- Cost: 2 runs for $5
- Unlimited runs that day for $10
FOR QUESTIONS OR MORE INFO PLEASE EMAIL
Schedule and Times - Racing lasts 7 weeks starting January 5th with a "fun night" at the end of the season, weather permitting. The first start time for each night is 7pm. Racing for the night on average is done by 8:15pm-8:30pm.
Running Order - Teams will be given a start time to complete their first and second runs. Start times are rotated throughout the season to give each team a chance to be first in the running order. A complete running order for the season will be available on the second night of racing.
League Scoring - Each racer scores points for their team (1-10) based on their total time for both runs. A racer must finish both runs to be able to score points for their team. Total team points are based off the top 4 racers with two participation points available for teams that have 6 or more racers complete both runs for the night.
Points are calculated using the Race the Gates handicapping system. Each racer receives a handicap based off of their times against the pacesetter factoring in age and gender. For more information on the Race the Gates handicapping system visit:
Teams will be split into divisions (A,B, or C) after 3 weeks of racing based on their cumulative point totals. Division winners for the year are determined by total points with one throw out week.
Results, Awards and Prizes - Individual and team race results will be announced in the Snowshoe Bar after every night of racing. Enjoy beer and food specials with your team while results are calculated (generally takes 20-30 minutes after the last racer is finished).
Door prizes will be raffled off each night after the races. Racers must be present to win, so make sure to stick around after the race. Each team is responsible to contribute a door prize, (typically $50 value). Door prizes have included: gift certificates to restaurants or ski shops and crowd favorite.. cold hard cash!
Pricing and Signup - Racing costs $280 per team or $35 per person. That's $5 a night per person plus an end of the year fun night. Teams can sign up anytime online or at Timber Ridge. Each racer must complete a registration form prior to racing. Please have Teams sign up at the Same Time.
Not on a team??? - No problem. Sign up to race, indicate you need a team and we will put you on a team.