No, not at all! We just ask that you have experience skiing, but we have no requirement for prior racing experience. Most students who join the team have never skied in gates before. Our coaches will take your experience level and build upon it.
Practice usually begins the end of November or first week in December. The season usually finishes around the end of February / early March. Check the team calendar for actual dates.
Dryland Practice: Weekdays from 2:45 to 4:30pm. Dryland ends once the mountain opens and all racers have completed a minimum of 6 dry-land practices.
Mountain Practice: The bus leaves after school and returns around 7:00pm.
Weekday Race Events: The bus leaves after school and usually returns between 7:30 and 8:30pm.
Dryland Practice: Sparta High School.
On Snow Mountain Practice: NWAC, MT Peter, possibly Mountain Creek and a couple of nearby ski mountains in PA.
Most Races: NWAC and Mt Peter
We strive to move practice to the mountain as soon as possible. Pray to the snow gods.
Yes, all racers will need to purchase a season pass and purchase day tickets for alternate mountain training. Mountain for season pass purchase is to be determined.
Bus service is provided from Sparta High School to the mountain and back, for all practices and team races. Note: All racers must ride the bus with the team.
All racers will need to have: race skis, ski boots, helmet with hard ear coverage, chin guard for slalom races (or mouth guard), googles, gloves, ski pants and ski jacket.
For a more in depth listing of equipment recommendations, Sparta Ski Team racers should login to the racer portal on this website.
No, for skiers who only want one pair of race skis a good pair of hybrid racing skis will do the trick. Hybrid skis are usually a little softer and are often designated with "RC" in the model name. A hybrid style ski typically features a turning radius close to that of a slalom ski with a length closer to that of a GS ski. This gives you the best of both worlds, better stability at speeds and easier turning initiation.
Ideally a set of Slalom and a set of Giant Slalom race skis will improve performance in each event.
For those new to the team, we often suggest starting with a pair of Slalom Race Skis and using them for both events. This will give you a better advantage in slalom. Then, when it becomes feasible, you can purchase a set of GS race skis and use each ski for its respective discipline.
For more information, please refer to the recommended ski equipment guide within the racer portal of this website, or speak with a member of the coaching staff.
No, all racers will be outfitted with a Sparta Ski Team race suit.
STORAGE AT SPARTA HIGH SCHOOL
Yes, racers may store their ski equipment at the Sparta High School in a team dedicated locker room. Ski equipment must be dropped off before homeroom class, as the storage room will be locked after homeroom and remain locked during school hours. Skiers will be able to access the locker room when school ends, before we depart for the mountain. Racers are encouraged to bring a lock to secure their locker at the high school.
While students may leave their equipment in the locker room over the weekend, we prefer you take home your ski equipment and practice on the slopes as often as you can. The Sparta High School locker room will NOT be accessible on weekends and holidays!
STORAGE AT MOUNTAIN CREEK
Lockers are available to rent for the season at Mountain Creek South and can hold up to three pairs of skis. For more information contact Mountain Creek directly.
The Sparta Ski Team will be transporting their skis and equipment to and from the mountain on a daily basis and storing their equipment in the ski team locker room at the Sparta High School.
State Championships: Each season, every ski team competes in six scheduled conference races, three giant slalom and three slalom. These six races determine which teams will move on to compete at the NJ State Championships at the end of the season. To qualify for States, a team must be above .500 mark at the end of the season. To qualify as a team, a team must have a minimum of 3 racers.
Scoring: Each team receives 1 point for each team it beats and 1 point for each team it loses to in a race. The first and second Giant Slalom and Slalom races are competed only against teams in the opposing conference. Points are not awarded against the teams within the same conference as Sparta. Only at the third race of each discipline will points be awarded against all teams competing including those within the same conference as Sparta. The third race is based on chronological order and will be the last race for each discipline.
Petro Qualifier: Operates as a GS tune up for those teams who have already qualified for the State Team Championship and also as a wild card qualifier for those trying to make it to the “Big Dance”. The girls and boys team who finishes first out of all teams that have not been admitted to states by their record will be granted admittance to states. Each team that is granted the wild card must have raced as a team in 3 out of the 6 league races.
Skiers who have raced in three or more Varsity Races, will receive their varsity letter at the Annual Banquet Dinner.
The Coach will analyze many factors when strategizing the seeding order for a race. It's NOT just as simple as looking at the racers last race time! To learn more about Seeding click here.
Ski racing is a team sport. Do NOT worry about your individual seed order. Being a team sport, what is important is for each racer to learn how to compete as a team, to have fun and for each of our racers to perform their best.
At NO time is it acceptable for a racer or parent to question a coach about the seed order. What we do encourage is all racers and parents stay in touch with the coaching staff and request periodic progress updates. We are always happy to discuss a racers development and prospective.
Contact the coaching staff by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you as soon as possible.