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Junior Racers

Bittersweet Junior Racers Program

Junior Racers, every Saturday and Sunday, January 11th – February 16th (come out both days or just one, whichever works with your schedule).

For ages 6 – 16 ; $200 per skier

When kids reach the intermediate level, meaning that they know the basics, can ride the chairlift and can ski most of the runs at Bittersweet, they can progress to our Junior Racers program. This is the level at which kids show their greatest improvement because they are skiing regularly. Junior Racers also get great discounts on their lift tickets as well as special buys on equipment through our ski shop.

Junior Racers is intended to be a fun and educational improvement program for skiers 6 -16 years of age and intermediate skiing ability. The program is designed to educate the skier on the “hows and whys” of racing. But most of all, the program allows Juniors to have fun and meet other skiers.

There is a party at the end of the season that moms and dads won’t want to miss.

 You can save some time by Download a Junior Racer application here, filling it out, and bringing it with you to the Bittersweet Ski School.

Please call 269-694-2820, ext. 4 or email the ski school if you have any questions.


Bittersweet Junior Development Team ( JDT )

$100 per skier. This fee is in addition to the base Junior racer fee of $200
JDT Practice runs from 12 pm – 1pm on Saturday and Sunday   (practice both days or just one, whichever works with your schedule).

This program is the next step in racing for the Juniors. It is designed to improve your race skills as well as preparing you to become a serious racer. The program includes balance development, gate drills, course tactics, starts and finishes, slalom and giant slalom training plus individual and video analysis. Immediately after the base junior race program from 10 am – 12 pm, JDT skiers practice from 12 pm -1 pm Saturday and Sunday with the Junior Coaches. They will work exclusively on their racing skills.

JDT members should be familiar with a race course and ski all hills at Bittersweet with confidence. Skiers will be evaluated and Coaches must approve skiers for participation in this part of the program.

You can save some time by Downloading a form here, fill it out, and bringing it with you to the Bittersweet Ski School.

Please call 269-694-2820, ext. 4 or email the ski school if you have any questions.


Race Camp

Sunday, January 5th
Time – 10am -3pm (racer is responsible for their own lunch)
Cost – $60 per racer- limited to first 50 racers
Lift – $25
Meet at the ski school desk at 9:45.
Reservations – must have signed form by day of camp, call 694-2032 ext 4

Our race camp is for ages 8 – 18. We focus on the fundamentals of current race technique as well as teaching the fastest line through a
slalom and GS course. We have access to early race training terrain. During your session, our coaches will help you to improve your ski
racing skills by teaching you the fundamentals and correct technique required for success on a race course. Your goals will be assessed and a safe and successful progression will be planned for you to achieve the best results. All of our coaches have strong coaching and skiing
backgrounds and are passionate about their sport. Our coaches are here to teach you and enable you to achieve your goal. The day includes skiing/drills, skiing/racing technique, course tactics (fastest line) and race course training.

Coaches – Jeff Gregory, Craig Terza, Jon McCrary, Paul Sebastian, Bud Snyder, Ed McMullin, and others.

Download a Race Camp application here for January 5, 2020


Adult Racing Signup

Come out and RACE with us!

Sign up and practice night : Jan 7th Final sign-up is the first night of racing.

First night of racing: Jan 14th Download the adult race league registration form
There are always teams looking for additional racers and we’ll get you on a team.

Teams will be formed for people who do not have a sponsor. Each team should consist of six racers. Each night, the top four of the six times will count towards team score. Open to all skiers 21 years and older. Cost is only $60 (cheap!) per person. Discounted lift tickets may be purchased one hour prior to the race for only $15. Just show your race bib to the friendly person at the ticket window to receive your discount.

Bittersweet Ski School will set the race courses for intermediate skiing abilities. One course will be a slalom course and the other a modified open slalom. The course will be open for inspection 15 minutes before start time on race night. Racers may side-slip the course, but not ski through any gates prior to the race. All racers must have their first run completed within 45 minutes of start time, and both runs completed within 90 minutes.

The running order will be random. Each racer is allowed two runs. You may run under your own bib number only.

Scoring will be based on the handicap system with a Bittersweet Ski Instructor as the “0” time or pacesetter. Each skier receives a Handicap based on their age and sex. Each racer receives points as follows:

  • 4 for gold
  • 3 for silver
  • 2 for bronze
  • 1 for participation

The total of the top four individual points will be the team score for the night. Team scores will be placed on this website under

“Raing Results” (www.bittersweetskischool.com) and posted in our lounge.

Disqualification will result if:

  • Racer does not run
  • Racer skis through course incorrectly
  • Racer pre-runs the course
  • Racer does not have lift ticket
  • Other infractions of FIS rules

Questions? Contact the Bittersweet Ski School. Please call 269-694-2820, ext. 4 or contact us.

Protests should be taken to race officials immediately and settled late in the bar over several beers. Remember, this is for fun!