For the past 20 years, the Ford Sayre Alpine Racing Development Program (DEVO) has given enthusiastic young skiers the ability reach the next level in the sport by emulating the technique of the best skiers on the hill. All DEVO skiers become proficient enough to have a lifetime of fun in the sport, whether or not they choose to move on to competition as they grow older and stronger.
DEVO is designed for self-motivated young skiers who love to ski, have a solid foundation of skills (turning, stopping, controlling speed) and are eager to do more. Because this is not a learn-to-ski program, participants are required to have at least one full season of skiing experience and should be eager to ski the full variety of terrain at the Dartmouth Skiway. Participants should be ready to use ski poles and must be able to ride the chair lift with minimal assistance. The DEVO ski season includes miles and miles of skiing with coaches, age appropriate free-skiing drills, 1-2 big mountain days and introduction to ski racing elements to promote solid technical fundamentals.
The primary goal of the program is to instill a love of the skiing in our participants so they will continue skiing in whatever capacity that excites them. In addition, since this program is the entry level of the Alpine Racing Program, we hope that many children will move on from DEVO and give competitive racing a try. DEVO is designed for skiers born in 2010, 2009, and 2008.
DEVO is administered and staffed as part of the Ford Sayre Alpine Racing Program. For details and requirements, click here.