ABOUT RIDGE SKI TEAM
JOINING THE TEAM
On the Ridge Ski Team, we encourage Ridge students to come out and join not only our team but our family. No racing experience is needed! No matter a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, all are welcome. If you have an interest in joining, please attend our informational meeting. The date will be announced shortly. If you miss the informational meeting or can't make it? Click on "Contact Us" above. In order to actually register for the team, please complete the online consent form, physical form, and IMPACT testing if you are a freshman or junior. You can do this at http://ridgehigh.bernardsboe.com/sports/athletic_registration
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE
Although we are are a highly competitive team that works incredibly hard, we also have lots of fun on the ski team. We put in our best effort and commit ourselves to the team. We race not individually, but as a team, and thus have a strong sense of belonging, team, and family spirit. Ridge Ski Team is famous on the mountain for a high sense of cheerfulness, sportsmanship, and support for one another. At races, we are the first on the mountain and the last off. Not only do we belong to a team on the mountain, but also off the mountain. Many of our members can attest to this; ski team creates lifelong friendships and you will learn a lot from your team members. We also organize one annual trip to Killington, Vermont at the beginning of the season, and one to Gore Mountain, New York, towards the end of the season for varsity skiers and top JV.
STILL WANT MORE INFORMATION?
Click on the attachments for our goals & considerations and equipment details for the team.
Still not sure about joining? See what our members have to say.
Sara Tabacco, 2019-2020 Senior
“This team is truly a family. Through every person's ups and downs we all
come together to support one another”
"Senior through freshman, everyone is friends on this team and is welcomed. No matter your experience level, people come here to make friends and learn to ski at a high level"
Ethan Konicek, 2018-2019 Captain
“Joining this team was a very last-minute decision of mine and I’m incredibly happy that I did so. I've made lifelong friends and never had so much fun on a team"
Liz Ingraham, 2019-2020 Captain
WHEN AND WHERE ARE PRACTICES?
Dryland practices are after school at Ridge starting the week after Thanksgiving which run for a couple of hours. Once the mountains open, Coach Fico schedules practices based on weather and mountain availability at places like Blue Mountain or Mountain Creek. There are no set days for practices and they're fluid. Practices are typically 3 days/week and (usually) include one weekend day.
HOW WILL WE KNOW WHAT DAYS PRACTICES ARE?
Once Coach Fico schedules skiing practices, he will communicate the details to the team captains who deliver the information to the team members via GroupMe. Communication on practices goes through the skiers only, and they have the most up to date details.
WHEN DOES THE SEASON START AND HOW LONG IS IT?
Dryland practices start after Thanksgiving, usually early December, with the actual skiing starting later in December. The regular season ends at the end of February.
WHAT TIME DO THE SKIERS GET BACK TO RIDGE?
Typically around 8-9 PM. Our charter bus is equipped with WiFi, outlets, and overhead lights so the skiers do their homework and study on the bus. Many of our skiers are enrolled in Honors and AP classes, so there is no need to worry about not getting work done. We’ve had many ski team alumni attend high ranking colleges, such as University of California-Berkeley, Northeastern, New York University, Boston College, Colgate, Lehigh, and others. If anything, getting home late allows the skiers to develop excellent time management skills.
HOW DO RACES WORK?
Races are typically once a week starting in mid-January. The season starts with 3 GS races then 3 slalom races. 6 skiers will race varsity followed by 6 JV then X-Men. Coach Fico will post the lineup on https://hsskireg.org/0/StartLists.aspx which has other race details. Ridge is conference "F" for the 2019-2020 season.
DOES THE TEAM LEAVE SCHOOL EARLY?
Yes, but only on race days. For GS and slalom races, the team leaves right after 8th period and the student will receive an excused absence.
HOW DOES THE TEAM GET TO PRACTICES AND RACES?
The team travels together on a charter bus which leaves and returns to Ridge High School.
CAN I WATCH MY SKIIER RACE?
Of course! Please join us as we cheer on our team! Races are held at Mountain Creek, Southside. Varsity races first at 4 pm followed by JV then X-Men. Girls race first, then boys. Each skier has two runs.
WILL MY SKIER RACE IF HE/SHE IS NEW?
Every skier races in the six regular season races. Three GS races and three slalom races. There are two runs per race.