As the athletes begin to grow and gain confidence, their skills and techniques are further refined and shaped. This program is designed to continue to improve basic skiing fundamentals through free skiing, drills, and gate training. Prior racing experience is not required to participate with this group, but strong skiing skills are. While there is a substantial amount of free skiing, this is a race oriented program. Depending upon snow and weather conditions, athletes are introduced to Super G (SG) racing. VARA establishes a schedule of five or six inter-club races throughout Northern Vermont and athlete results are ranked with the top racers advancing to the Vermont State and other regional competitions. Typical equipment needs for this age group include a helmet, GS suit, SL gate protection and correctly sized SL and GS skis; back protection is encouraged. VARA and USSA licenses are required. The program meets Saturdays and Sundays from late November to late March. Additional training is available during the Christmas and February school vacation weeks and on Friday afternoons from January to mid March. Tutorial and Academy training is also available.