2021-22 Program Info
Overview of Groups:
For the 2021-22 season, we will have 3 groups. Each group will have approximately 5-6 athletes with one designated coach. ISRA owners Chris and Jeff will not be assigned to a specific group but will float among the teams to make sure the ISRA methods, in regards to technical and tactical views, are being met. They both travel to all of the WC races with Alice Robinson, a World Cup athlete from New Zealand who is part of the academy. The group descriptions and qualifications are as follows, although we look at all athletes on skiing skills first, not just FIS points.
Qualification: Athletes with FIS points below 55 (according to the 18th FIS point list 2019-20) who are YOB 1999 and older (athletes who are no longer juniors).
FIS team athletes will compete in European FIS races. Athletes who are qualified will have the opportunity to race Europa Cups and other Continental Cups. Depending on the individual athlete’s progression, she may have the opportunity to race during our camps in New Zealand and Colorado.
NJR athletes will compete in National Junior Races in Italy and other nearby countries such as Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, and France. In the 2018-19 season there were over 60 NJR races scheduled just in Italy, so there are plenty of opportunities to compete in NJR races throughout Europe.
Qualification: U16 athletes (YOB 2004-05) who have had success at their respective national level.
The primary focus of our junior program is to develop solid fundamentals through freeskiing, drills and gate training. Junior team athletes will race in local Italian races, as well as International Children’s Races (Polka Loka, Topolino, Whistler Cup, etc.). Athletes may have the opportunity to forerun FIS level races.
Our main training venue is Pozza di Fassa which is a 5-minute drive from the athlete’s apartments. We also train at other resorts such as Passo San Pellegrino, Carezza, and Pampeago, all within a 30-minute drive. It’s important to train on as many different training venues as possible to prevent stagnant skiing. The Dolomites offer a wide variety of free skiing and training venues. Having the ability to choose a venue based on the snow, slope, and how it’s going to affect our desired goals for the day is a luxury that most academies and teams do not have.
We race primarily in Italy, but also travel to nearby countries such as Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Switzerland, and France.
ISRA is based in Europe from approximately December 1st through April 7th. Athletes have about a 10-day break at the end of December and are given the opportunity to travel home. There is also a weeklong break in February, which is necessary for peaking strategies and season-long success.
Our summer camp schedule is not finalized yet but it will most likely include a GS/SG camp in Mammoth California in May, a SL camp in Europe in June, NZ in August and September, and then Colorado for our last camp in November. Our primary focus for the summer is to develop fundamentals. We are not targeting races, however, if it makes sense for the athlete, there will be opportunities to race.
Coaches will organize daily workouts, recovery or games. For the offseason, athletes will be given individualized conditioning programs designed by Alex Bunt. The past several years, Alex Bunt was Lindsey Vonn’s conditioning coach and currently works for Redbull North America.
Athletes live in Soraga, a small town at the base of the Dolomites. Apartments are fully equipped and within walking distance of local amenities and coaches’ apartments. Athletes are responsible for preparing their own meals, or they can eat out at local restaurants. Apartments are shared by 2-5 athletes.
Coaches will tune athlete’s skis on a daily basis. Athletes are responsible for waxing and scraping. The tuning room is located in one of the athlete apartment buildings.
Athlete apartments are located within walking distance of a supermarket, bakery, butcher, coffee shops, as well as a few restaurants. A gym and physical therapy facility are within a 5 minute drive. Various medical facilities are also located nearby.
ISRA has partnered with US Performance Academy to allow our athletes to continue their education while skiing with our team. Their online curriculum allows for a flexible school schedule and academic calendar. If you plan on attending USPA there is an additional fee. For more information please visit their website: https://gouspa.org/
Full time athletes: $25,000 EUROS
This includes: coaching fees, seasons pass in Italy, lodging in Italy, team uniforms, and individualized conditioning programs.
This does NOT include: camp fees, food, travel to and from races, race entries, lodging during races outside of the region, gym memberships, and physical therapy needs.
Please let us know if you would like to set up a call or have any further questions.
Jeff and Chris (ISRA Owners & Coaches)