PROGRAM INFORMATION | ATTENDANCE & GROUPS

ATTENDANCE

There are many ways to achieve success in Mighty Mites. Winning races is one way. Skiing with your group every Sunday, rain or shine, is another way. Skiers demonstrating a full season of dedication by skiing morning and afternoon, each and every training or race day, will earn a plaque at the end of the season for perfect attendance.

Also, overall season trophies are awarded based on race results together with attendance points. Skiers can receive one attendance point for the morning and one attendance point for the afternoon. Here’s how to make sure that skiers receive their points:

  1. Mighty Mites should meet their group on time in the morning and afternoon

  2. If a Mighty Mite loses his/her group on the mountain, there are two ways to keep your attendance points:
    1. If he/she knows which chair his group is skiing on, wait at the bottom of the lift to rejoin the group, otherwise go to the RTC.
    2. Find another group to ski with and tell his/her coach who he/she skied with.

  3. Always ski where the group is heading. Never ski off by him/herself and hope the group will follow.

  4. Review Master attendance online and provide feedback online on any potential errors.
    Mighty Mites Attendance Records - Season 2016/17 [click here for PDF]

NOTE: The only deviation for attendance is participation in another non-Mighty Mite Race or Alyeska Ski Club Event with pre-approval and confirmation of participation. Attendance will be awarded as if the athlete attended the Mighty Mite session. 

CHECK-IN PROCEDURES:
Skiers should be ready to ski at 10:45 am each Sunday. We ski in rain, snow or shine if at least the lower mountain lifts are in operation. Skiers MUST check in with their coach in the morning and the afternoon to obtain one attendance point for each session (for a total of two points per day).

DISMISSAL:
Generally, Mighty Mites is over for the day at 3:00 p.m. Coaches will release their Mighty Mites at the RTC. We ask that you meet the skiers at this time to make sure that they have come off the mountain safely.

ANIMAL GROUPS

Might Mite TigersSkiers will be placed in ability groups for free skiing, training and races. Placement will be commensurate with ability, which will be determined by initial free skiing, training sessions, grouping races, and age. These groups allow children to compete more equitably with those of similar skills instead of competing only within age groups. The ability groups, ranked in ascending order of ability, are as follows:

Ages 7–9: Chipmunks, Otters, Beavers, Lynx, Tigers
Ages 10–13: Cougars, Wildcats, Jr. Hopefuls

Children will race throughout the season in the ability group to which they are assigned following the grouping race. Adjustments in ability groups will only be made with coaches input up to the first pointed race. After this, all races count toward Season Awards and children have to remain in their ability groups to compete for the end-of-year awards.

MOVING UP GROUPS:
1. Coach observes mastery of fundamentals and free skiing ability.
2. Skier finishes a race with a time in the midrange of the next highest group.
3. At age 10 by December 31 of the ski season, unless already a Jr. Hopeful, the racer becomes a Cougar.

Note: Ability Groups may be adjusted to ensure appropriate numbers within each group to allow for appropriate coaching levels.

Upward mobility in Mighty Mite ability groups is based on the mastery of ski fundamentals in free skiing, gate training and race results. The first race of the season is a combination GS and slalom grouping race. After this race, movement of Mighty Mites into new groups will be done conservatively. The following Sunday coaches will assess free skiing ability and make recommendations on final grouping movements. If a child misses the grouping race, then group placement will be based on coach’s recommendation. Parents with concerns on grouping can discuss this with their child’s coach prior to the first Pointed Race. Once Pointed Races begin, no movements between ability groups will be done as this will render the child ineligible for Season Awards.