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Alpine Development Programs (ADP) Devo l ADP Devo YSL l  Snowbasin Transition Team | Snow Stars 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  I’ve registered for ADP.  How will I receive program information?

A: We use the e‐mail address you subscribed with to send weekly program communication starting in December. Please verify your address is correct when subscribing. Check junk/spam folders and/or mark rocky@snowbasinskiteam.org as a safe sender.

Q: I am new to the program and have a lot of questions. How can I get additional information?

A: Times and dates for ADP Orientation will be announced in late November. This is a chance for you to attend an informational session about the ADP, with a Question and Answer session to follow. We try to coincide ADP Orientation with Team Jacket pickup for convenience.

Q: If I register for an ADP, will I be refunded for my athlete’s season pass already purchased?

A: Yes. Register for your ADP of choice, then contact us and we will refund the cost of your athlete’s season pass if you register for an ADP. ADP registration must occur prior to refund.

Q: What are the dates, times, and breaks for ADP?

A: The dates, times, and breaks for each program are listed on the website at the bottom of the Program description. You will also receive a Season Schedule via program communication in early December.

Q: Where do I pick up and drop off my athlete?

A: The Meeting Area is located at Wildflower Meadows, which is the large area in front of the Learning Center. Only adults authorized by parents are allowed to pick up an athlete.

Q: What if I need to pick up my Athlete early?

A: You can arrange early pickup with your Team Coach.

Q: What if I am late to dropoff?

A: If you are late, please arrange a meeting time and location with your Team Coach.

Q: What gear do you recommend for my athlete?

A: We have included “Athlete Gear Recommendations” at the bottom of this FAQ. These are general gear guidelines for most athletes most of the time.

Q: What type of Team Jacket will my athlete receive?

A: All athletes will receive a new 20,000+ mm insulated jacket. We work with different manufacturers and colorways may vary. An announcement will be sent in late November providing dates and times for Team Jacket pickup.

Q: When can I pick up my athlete’s Team Jacket?

A: An announcement will be sent in late November providing dates and times for Team Jacket pickup.

Q: Is it Ok if my athlete cannot make all program sessions?

A: Our programs are like a season pass, come as often as you can, but it is OK if you cannot make every session.

Q: What Team will my athlete be on?

A: All athletes are assessed on the first day of the program and placed in the most appropriate group based on skiing ability and age. At times team placement may only be possible based on skiing ability.

Q: Do you make Team changes?

A: Sometimes it will be necessary to move athletes to a different Team in order to enhance their experience.

Q: When and where will my athlete eat lunch?

A: Coaches and their Teams will decide when and where to eat lunch. Teams can eat at any of our Lodges, any time they choose. Most teams eat before the lunch rush.

Q: What can my athlete eat for lunch?

A: We offer a very wide variety of lunch choices at any of our lodges, which should meet every athlete’s taste and need. Lunch also includes a fountain drink of choice, hot chocolate or water.

Q: Are home lunches Ok?

A: No. At this time home lunches are not allowed.

Q: My athlete is a beginner, can they join one of the Ski Teams?

A: Yes. We have specific teams for beginners in our Snow Stars and Devo Programs. Beginner athletes will be assigned to a Team with other beginners. Devo+ is for experienced athletes only. 

Q: What if I still have questions?

A: Prior to the season, please contact Rocky at rocky@snowbasinskiteam.org. During the season, you will be assigned a Team Coach, who can answer your questions. 

Athlete Gear Recommendations

Here are some GENERAL gear guidelines for most athletes most of the time. Please understand we are not addressing specific needs for all athletes in all situations, it can vary widely.

Boots

The most important piece of gear is COMFORTABLE boots, which are snug like a firm handshake, but not too tight. Toes should lightly brush the front of the boot when standing straight up, but not touch the front of the boot when the ankle is flexed. Toes should freely wiggle up/down and the heel should sit firmly in place in the back of the boot when flexing and extending. Most children can wear a boot without modification. Sometimes it will be necessary to get your athlete a custom fit by a master boot fitter. Again, the most important thing is to make sure the boots are comfortable and will stay dry inside. Discern between a truly uncomfortable boot and a snug new pair of boots your athlete may not be used to wearing.

Skis

All‐Mountain Skis on the narrower side or Frontside Carvers work best for most athletes most of the time to develop new skills. GENERAL ski height for beginners is typically from sternum to collarbone. For skiers with some experience, height can be from collarbone to the nose and more advanced skiers between the chin and lower forehead. This can highly vary based on the type of ski, the ability level of the athlete, conditions, and intent. We recommend against rockered skis, twin tips, wide skis, or park-specific skis. These skis while fun are not the most conducive for learning new skills.

Poles

We recommend against using poles for any new skier under the age of 10. Your coach will recommend when it is time for your athlete to start using them. If your athlete is a confident skier, it is typically good to use poles with proper instruction.

Other Gear

The team jacket you will receive is 20,000 mm rated, the highest in the industry for youth jackets. This means the jacket is highly weather resistant. A pair of 10,000 to 20,000 mm rated snow pants is recommended. Insulated, weather-resistant mittens or gloves are advised. A helmet and goggles are REQUIRED. We recommend using layers of clothing for the upper and lower body, such as a base layer and a fleece or down mid-layer as one example. Use more layers on colder days and fewer on warmer days. We highly recommend against wearing two pairs of socks.

For more specific recommendations, please visit your local ski shop where gear experts can address your athlete's specific needs. Local shops many of our participants use are Alpine Sports and Amer Sports in Ogden and Diamond Peak in Eden.