"The mission of the [R407R, Snowshoe Mountain] Ski and Snowboard Race and Developmental Programs is to provide the most safe, professional and fun competitive experiences again and again," resort officials say.

The resort's Race Department offers two different junior programs, one for ski racing and one for terrain park development. Register at (304) 572-5958. 

"The Snowshoe Freeride Team is all about building the futures of competitive athletes in the areas of both ski and snowboard park and pipe competition. A relatively new program for Snowshoe, this program will focus on direct coaching with aspiring junior athletes in the many disciplines held in today's terrain park competitions. Coaches will work with your junior athlete to help him or her reach future potential and goals. This program also provides great opportunities to learn how to utilize terrain park facilities safely, develop personal skill, connect with industry icons, and create relationships with many peers all while pursuing like goals," they say.

"The Snowshoe Junior Alpine Race Team is all about building the future of competitive athletes in skiing.  Through intense coaching, gate training and movement analysis, Snowshoe racers develop into some of the most competitive skiers in the Southeast.  Many of our athletes go on to compete in numerous post season events such as Eastern Finals and Junior Olympics; some graduating to collegiate, FIS and Master's competition," the resort says.