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JETS: Junior Expedition Team

2016-2017 Kirkwood JETS Program

Kirkwood JETS continues to be recognized as one of the top ski and snowboard team programs in California. During the 2015-16 winter season, we had the most Kirkwood team athletes ever participating in National competitions, and every child demonstrated dramatic improvement in their skiing and riding throughout the season.

Athletes can achieve their full potential on the mountain as a result of a season long program in a team environment. Skiing/riding week after week, parents will see their athletes achieve new goals on the mountain and before you know it, kids are surpassing parents with their abilities.

Programs, pricing and details for the 2016-17 winter season are now available below.  JETS athlete spots SELL OUT every year and new athletes are subject to a successful tryout to qualify for a team and proper placement.

Season passes are sold separately and are not included in the program.  Families have the flexibility to determine which season pass product is right for them, depending on what options they may require. There are many pass options available, please make sure to do the research and find the pass product that is right for you and your child, and keep in mind black-out dates do apply regardless of Jets affiliation.


REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!!


Returning Families: Registration begins for returning families September 1st. There are no guarantees your child will end up in the same group as the previous year or with the same coach. Groups will be built primarily on skill levels. If you have children (friends) who want to ski together we will defer to the lower level group.


JETS Registration Form Returning Family

New Families: Registration for new families is September 1st.  MANDATORY tryouts will take place on December 10 & 11, 2016.  For families in the regular JETS program, evaluations will take place from 10:00am - 12:30pm both days.  Mini-JETS evaluations will take place on Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 10:00am - 3:00pm in the JETS format.


You MUST attend one day of these tryouts to participate in the JETS program.  Should your child not be ready for the program $75 will be deducted from your program refund.


JETS Registration Form New Family


*Program Ending Dates are firm and are set to include potential weather days.


Participation in the first day of every program is mandatory, it is essential to insure proper grouping and a successful season for every child in the program.

 
For more information or questions on the JETS program please email kwjets@vailresorts.com

MINI JETS

Age Group: 5 & 6 years


Tuition:

Returning Families New Families
$659 $759


Pass Recommendation: Kirkwood Only Pass, Tahoe Local Pass or Tahoe Value Pass


Program Description:

Mini Jets will focus on tactics designed to develop proficient all mountain skiers from an early age. Coaches will provide a fun and safe learning environment which is key for this age group. Mini Jets will meet on Sundays on the plaza and start at 9:30am. It is required for ALL Mini JETS to be able to load chairlifts independently. Mini Jets will not be outfitted in a Jets jacket. With the safety of the children in mind a vest will be mandatory. All sessions will meet in the Village unless otherwise notified.


Program Schedule: 

  • Sunday 9.30am - 2.30pm
  • 1/8, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12


Attendance:

The first day of the program is mandatory and athletes are required to maintain 80% attendance throughout the season. We reserve the rights to move an athlete should their lack of attendance inhibit their ability to keep up with their original team.

JETS TEAMS

Age Group: 7 & Up


Tuition:

Returning Families New Families

  • Saturday/Sunday $1599 $1699
  • Saturday ONLY $799 $899
  • Sunday ONLY $799 $899


Pass Recommendation: Kirkwood Only Pass


Program Description:

The Jets Program offers skiers and riders ages 7 and up a hip atmosphere with an opportunity to explore and progress on Kirkwood's legendary terrain. Kids will develop in a team environment working with the same coaches throughout the season. Programs are for intermediate through expert skiers and riders. Saturday and Sunday, Saturday only, or Sunday only programs are available.

The JETS Coaches work with each skill level to provide a safe, fun, and nurturing environment for kids. Training focuses on the "fundamentals" of skiing and riding, etiquette on mountain, camaraderie with teammates, and much more. Teams will learn to take on the whole mountain including: cornices, chutes, open bowls, trees, hike to terrain, powder, gates, and park. All sessions met in the Village Plaza.


Program Schedule:

  • Saturday Dec 31 - March 11 10.00am - 3.00pm
  • Sunday Jan 1 - March 12 9.00am - 2.00pm


Attendance: 

The first day of the program is mandatory and athletes are required to maintain 80% attendance throughout the season. We reserve the rights to move an athlete should their lack of attendance inhibit their ability to keep up with their original team.

JETS Freeride TEAM

Age Group: 9 & Up


Tuition: $2099


Pass Recommendation: Kirkwood Only Pass or Epic Pass


Program Description:

This team will be focusing on the athlete who is starting to show interest into the competition scene. This is the perfect first step to the competition team. Athletes will compete in ALL the In-house JETS Games and a minimum of one IFSA/TJFS or USASA event. Registration for IFSA/TJFS or USASA is required and not included in the program. Coaches will recommend athletes to specific events as appropriate.


Program Schedule:

  • December 3rd and 4th Pre Season Training at Woodward- Boreal
  • December 10th - April 2nd 9.00am - 3.00 pm Saturday's, Sunday's and holidays (12/26 - 12/29, 1/16 & 2/20).

***43 total days of coaching through competitions and training***


Attendance:

Athletes are required to maintain 80% attendance throughout the season. We reserve the rights to move an athlete should their lack of attendance inhibit their ability to keep up with their original team.

JETS Competition Freeride

Age Group: 11 & Up


Tuition: $2599  JETS Big Mountain/Freestyle Competition Team (Ski/SB)

Scholarships are available for the 2016/17 JETS Competition Freeride Team.  Submit a written document with your registration answering the following questions:
  1. Why should you receive a scholarship? 
  2. How will this scholarship benefit you?  
  3. What your child can do to be an ideal role model who represents Kirkwood Mountain Resort and the JETS Program?

 Pass Recommendation: Kirkwood Only Pass or Epic Pass



Program Description: 

These teams will train upper level athletes and prepare them for IFSA/TJFS and/or USASA events on a regional and national level. Competing is MANDATORY and therefore geared towards the athlete who is committed to improving their skills through practice every weekend and in the competition arena. IFSA/TJFS and/or USASA registration/competition fees as well as travel to/from events are NOT included. Athletes will be required to choose a focus at the beginning of the season.

Big Mountain athletes will focus on competitive freeskiing through the IFSA/TJFS and have the option for USASA Skier/Boarder-X events, if they choose.

Freestyle athletes will focus on the disciplines of Slopestyle, Rail Jam, Half Pipe and Skier/Boarder-X and have the option for some IFSA/TJFS events, if they choose.


Program Schedule: 

  • December 3rd and 4th Pre Season Training at Woodward- Boreal
  • December 10th – April 2nd 9.00am – 3.00 pm Saturday’s, Sunday’s and holidays (12/26 – 12/29, 1/16 & 2/20). 

***50 total days of coaching including local & national USASA events;  TJFS inspection & competition days***


Attendance:

Athletes are required to maintain 80% attendance throughout the season. We reserve the right to move an athlete should their lack of attendance inhibits their ability to keep up with their original team.


Additional information:

Coaches train and travel to ALL local and regional events with the team. This team will receive a schedule of events at the start of the season and athletes will be expected to attend ALL events.
A travel fee will be applied to cover coaching for any athlete travelling to an out of state IFSA event. The maximum is $300, however families will only be charged the actual cost should it be less.
There are two (2) JETS Social Events scheduled for 2016/17.  The first will be a Kick-Off BBQ on Saturday, December 10 @12:30pm at Expedition: Kirkwood.  The second event is a Pot Luck social that will also be held at Expedition: Kirkwood on Saturday, March 11 from 4:30 - 6:00.  Mark your calendars now!

The in-house JETS Games for 2016/17 will consist of three events.  There will be a Rail Jam, Banked Slalom and Big Mountain.  These events are a great way for our JETS athletes to get their feet wet in a relaxed competitive format and they really showcase how far each athlete can progress in a season.  

***All events are TBD and weather/conditions dependent. Athlete participation is at the discretion of the coaches for each event.***

JETS PROGRAM CONTACTS:


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