U10/U12 Team - Far West Racing and Tahoe Race Series (Development Team)

For 8-11 years old (as of DecEMBER 31, 2020) 

U10: 9 Years Old and under by December 31, 2020
U12: 10–11 Years Old by December 31, 2020


This program is the next step moving forward from Mighty Mites or Shredders in the direction of racing and development of skills. This program has been designed to encourage athletes who desire to learn to race recreationally or want to progress to a more competitive level. Strengthening the skills and techniques of ski racing and freeskiing in varied terrain and conditions as well as gate training will be offered daily.  The program is offered with three options: 2-Day Weekends & Holidays, 3-Day Weekends & Thursday, and Full-Time 5-Day Wednesday through Sunday). 

U10 and U12 athletes will train together on all designated dates. Opportunities to train specific courses, disciplines, and drills will be offered for FarWest and Tahoe Race Series specific training groups. 

The Tahoe League Race Series is a local ski racing series that provides the athlete with an introduction to ski racing and is a platform to build and develop ski racing skills.  The Far West Racing team is for the athletes who are looking for a more aggressive and competitive racing program and for those that have the strength and skill to train gates and free ski varied terrain with stamina.

All athletes interested in racing must register and maintain a US Ski and Snowboard membership for the season. (Not included with DPSEF registration). Note: All athletes under the age of 12 must register in the U12 membership category. There is no specific U10 membership for this season. We encourage all first-time racers to join the Tahoe League Race Series. Athletes wishing to move to FarWest as a U10 should speak with coaches prior to race registration.


December 10 – April 12 

Wednesday – Friday: 1-4PM / Saturday & Sunday: 9AM-3PM 

We ski during school breaks, including Holiday Break and New Year’s, MLK and President’s weekend and February Break. During these periods, schedules are often adjusted to "early load" 7:30AM – 1:00PM.

Equipment Required

Race skis (NO POWDER/FREE SKIS), poles, hard ear helmet, race suit (recommended), boots, proper clothing for winter.

All equipment should be approved by coaches prior to on-snow training.

Athletes and families should consult coaches about equipment questions anytime before they purchase to be sure the gear is correctly sized for their athlete. 

Skis: U10 athletes should have 1 pair of skis for all training and racing. U12 athletes should begin to have 2 pairs of skis - 1 for Slalom events and 1 for GS events. 

Helmet-hard ear-no soft ear, free ski helmets. 

Boots should fit like a firm handshake. Athletes should not have "extra room to grow into".

Poles height to athletes bent 90-degree arm.

Proper winter clothing.

U12 athletes should have shin guards, pole guards, and a chin guard for the helmet. 

Speed suits are optional for racing. FarWest competition tends to have all athletes in suits. The Tahoe Race Series is a mix of both. We recommend buying race suits from ski swaps, families with older athletes outgrowing them, or the thrift shops.

Training Plan 

Drills and Gates / Free skiing / Learning Center & Dryland Training 


Monthly races, (internal & external), team celebrations, race volunteer staff.

Meet the U10/U12 Coaches

U10/U12 Team 2020-2021 Season Pricing Early Bird (thru Aug. 31) Regular Pricing (begins Sept. 1)
2-Day (Weekends & Holiday) $2250 $2500
3-Day (Weekends & Thursday) $3000 $3300
Full Time 5-Day (Wednesday - Sunday) $2650 $2950