Junior Program


In the MMA Junior Program, our mission is SAFETY, FUN, and FUNDAMENTALS. We strive to educate the athletes on how to be safe on the hill, on the lifts, socially, emotionally, and of course, physically.

Junior Program | U12 |

Coaching Staff
Junior Program Director: Micheline Lemay | mlemay@mmsca.org
U12 Head Coach: Taylor Mikell | tmikell@mmsca.org
Junior Program Philosophy
In the MMA junior program our missions are: SAFETY, FUN, and FUNDAMENTALS. We strive to educate  athletes on how to be safe on the hill, on the lifts, socially, emotionally, and of course physically. Next we strive to keep it fun - if they aren’t having fun they won’t want to do it. Learning by doing and keeping it fun will help instill the passion for the sport. Once these other two pillars are in place,  the learning takes place. Everything we do from freeskiing the mountain, directed freeskiing, structured venue training, to gate training are all integral pieces of the puzzle. We strive to follow the US Ski Team training matrix. We will follow a monthly progression of directed drills and gate training to reiterate the fundamental skills of the sport.  We take those skills, put them into structured training and build confidence, strength and skills to apply to their races.  As we know it is not all about what happens on snow, we also look at each child with a holistic lens to help them grow in all aspects including strong character development. This is a program where children will grow in many ways with weekly discussions on nutrition, sportsmanship, what it takes to be a good teammate and friend, confidence, mental training, goal setting, competition prep, respect, equipment, etc.
Daily Schedule, Week Schedule, and Season long Schedule
You can find all the dates, times, races, updates on each specific Junior Program calendar at www.mmsca.org.
General Training Schedule
Monday:          Off
Tuesday:          1 - 4 p.m. on-snow; Academy, Tutorial 1 day, Tutorial 2 day
Wednesday:     1 - 4 p.m. on-snow; Academy
Thursday:         1 - 4 p.m. on-snow; Academy, Tutorial 1 day
Friday:              1 - 4 p.m. on-snow, Academy, Weekend Program
Saturday:          8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Academy, Weekend Program
Sunday:            8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Academy, Weekend Program

Tutorial and Friday training begins Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Weekend training begins Saturday, December 3, 2022
Dryland Schedule
TBA via email for Academy students.
Communication Channels
The best way to communicate with the Junior Program is to email Micheline Lemay at mlemay@mmsca.org. She will be sure to pass along any necessary information. There will also be time for meetings between 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Please communicate by email to schedule and confirm.
We encourage the multi-sport approach throughout the year. 

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  • Development Phase

    The U12 age group encompasses Phases 3 and 4 of the Alpine Training Systems as seen through USSA. Athletes are between 10-12 years of age, and have been competing in the sport for an average of 2-6 years.
  • Lifelong Skier Mission

    Exploring the mountain, having fun, learning by doing, and exposure to gate training and competition as well as character development are pillars of the U12 program. Both directed and undirected free skiing and drills are also a big focus with the age group. We believe that learning to go as fast as possible and instilling a lifelong passion for the sport go hand-in-hand.