Athletes in the (U16) Program have typically been skiing for many years and by all accounts are expert skiers. Most (but not all) have been racing for a number of years as well. Coaches continue to provide technical freeskiing and an increased focus on gate training, video analysis and technique specific drills is provided. Depending upon snow and weather conditions athletes are introduced to Super G (SG) racing. VARA establishes a schedule of four Northern Vermont District interclub races, and the athletes’ results are ranked with the top racers advancing to the Vermont State and other regional competitions. Other “open” races are often attended. Typical equipment needs for this age group include a helmet, GS suit, gate protection and correctly sized SL and GS skis; back protection is highly encouraged for training and racing. 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.