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Alpine Sports

Today, 9,785 athletes from 71 programs around the world compete in alpine skiing.  Nine Minnesota delegations currently offer the sport, the South Region Stars being one of them.  There are events from novice to advanced levels.  And, there is a glide event for lower ability level athletes to train and compete in basic alpine skiing skills. As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender.

Practice begins on December 17 at Afton Alps Ski Area in Hastings, Minnesota.  We ski on Sundays (weather permitting) from 9 am to 11 am through to the State Competition. Athletes and their chaperones will receive a free lift ticket for the day and ski equipment rental if needed.

If you have not done so already, please be sure to contact Rick Vance, head coach prior to hitting the slopes so that he can make arrangements with Afton Alps so that you can participate.  Rick can be reached at 952 210-8743 or rick.vance@wdpi.com.

Meet on the upper level of the Afton Alps Chalet at the bottom of hill between 8:45 and 9 am to get your lift tickets and ski rental vouchers for the day.  Contact Rick by TEXT at 952 210-8743 to let him know if you will be arriving after 9 AM to arrange a place and time to meet to get your lift tickets.

You are welcome to remain on the slopes after practice is completed.

Alpine Sports hosts two competitions: a Qualifier and a State Meet.  Athletes must participate in the Qualifier to advance to the State Competition.

Qualifier
Feb. 11, 2018
Afton Alps Ski Area
State Competition
March 4, 2018
Afton Alps Ski Area

Afton Alps
6600 Peller Ave S
Hastings, MN 55033
map and directions

It is important for athletes to register for participation, whether competing or not.  As part of registration, you’ll need to identify the ability level for the athletes.  You may find this guide helpful.

Return registration and fee if competing at state at practice or send to:

Reine Shiffman, Coach
1595 Diane Road
Mendota Heights, MN  55118

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Rick Vance, Head of Delegation
Alpine Ski and Snowboard Team Coach
Direct: 763-4521370  Mobile: 952-210-8743
E-Mail: rick.vance@wdpi.com