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Cranmore Training Center:

The training center is home to CRT. Groups are assigned to specific rooms, athletes drop off lunches and bags at the training center before heading out to line up with their group. You will also find the coaches’ locker room, video viewing area, and bathrooms on the same level. Daily cleaning at the end of each day is the responsibility of the assigned group and their coaches. It should be minimal if each group does their share after lunch. We ask that the building be clean and presentable at all times. Athletes are expected to be out on the hill skiing and not hanging out in the building.

On the lower level of the training center you will find a seasonal locker room with locker storage for your convenience. Lockers may be purchased through the season pass office. Availability is limited so contact the season pass office at 603-356-5544 ext 242.

Lunch Schedules:  

Athletes will have a specific time for lunch. This will allow for a smaller group size, better organization and management of each group during lunch time. Keeping the noise down and eliminating the rough housing will allow lunch time to actually be a break and rest period. Coaches will be responsible for their own athletes during lunch time. 

U 10: 11:00am-11:45am

U12: 11:45am-12:30pm

U14: 12:30pm-1:15pm

The Lunchroom should be left clean after each group. There is not foodservice available in the building or on this side of the resort so it is essential that you pack your child a healthy lunch each day.

Training Venues: 

The Cranmore Race Program makes maximum use of training venues. Cranmore provides an excellent site as the training facility for the Cranmore Race Program by offering a wide variety of terrain and having USSA homologated SL, GS and SG hills. The Skimobile Express, a high-speed quad provides quick and easy access for training and race events. In addition, once the mountain is covered with snow and fully opened our race program has two designated trails for daily training. Canon/Comp Hill, our original race hill and the Hurricane/Zips trail which received state recognition when it opened for the Schneider Cup Race in 2014. Depending on early snow conditions you may find our athletes training in different locations or night training in order to get some gate training done.  Our dedicated race training hills provides season-long access for skill and race training development. Other venues outside of Cranmore will be used on an as-needed basis to provide the appropriate experience for athletes training for specific events.


Just a reminder the parking in front of the Arlberg Children’s Center is a drop off zone ONLY. You are welcome to park and run your athlete up to the training center for drop off or at pick up. This parking area is designated a drop off zone for the safety and convenience of all guests, please follow the attendant’s directions.  

First Day of Program - First Saturday in December

On Snow – regular program, 9:00am-3:00pm, meet at the CRT Training Center

No Snow – if we’re not open for skiing, athletes will have dry land training 9:00am-12:00pm. Please come dressed appropriately for outside non-skiing activities – good footwear, layers, bring water and snacks. We will use this time to build team dynamics and start goal setting, not to mention have some fun.

Typical Day in CRT:

Program meets Saturdays, Sundays, and vacations (Christmas week and President’s week) starting the first Saturday in December through mid-March, 9:00AM to 3:00PM  

Communication is the key to success. Training is updated and confirmed weekly by email. The training schedule is set for each group during the early season but is finalized and balanced out once the coaches determine the specific needs of different groups based on race schedule.   Training plans for weekends are emailed weekly by Wednesday for the upcoming weekend. Weather and conditions can always change the current training plans but despite whatever Mother Nature tosses our way we will have training, so dress appropriately.     

8:45 AM: Arrive ready to ski and check in with your coach. Ready to ski means wearing appropriate clothing for the day, having the proper ski equipment tuned and waxed, and wearing your personal protective equipment, and of course your season pass.

AM Session: 9:00 off to the Quad – Lunch see above lunch schedule (45 minutes)

PM Session: After lunch - 3:00

Early Morning Training/Video Analysis/Timed Runs:

Early Morning Training

The coaching staff utilizes 100 % of this training facility by moving free-skiing or tactical drills to terrain that best supports the athlete's progression. Early morning training is a critical part of the Cranmore Race program to allow athletes to train on additional vertical drop while getting multiple runs in a safe, protected environment before any lifts are open for daily operation.  Early morning training is assigned to designated groups only and athletes need to be ready to ski at 7:15AM and load the Quad at 7:30 AM wearing your training bib and season pass; athletes must only ski on the designated route until the mountain is officially opened. Once early morning training has ended usually by 9:30 or 10:00 athletes will have a short break and resume training until 1PM. 

Video Analysis/Timed Runs

Race simulation occurs in multiple areas from full-length training courses to simulated starts and finishes with timing. It is the intent of this simulation to prepare the athlete so that they are “comfortable” with the event during race day and provide every opportunity to reach their maximum potential.

To simulate and train for an actual race, our athletes are divided into 4 teams of equal abilities (unknown too many of them) and compete against each team in at least four timed races. Our teams are named after Cranmore trails: Hurricane, Koessler, Ledges and Middle.  This tactic is used to work on team focus and performing the best you can, not just winning.  The results are so close and the teams seem to have tons of fun. The results are announced at the end of season BBQ or awards dinner; the winning team has bragging rights with their team name and year engraved on the Ian Meserve Trophy.  Our dear friend, Ian, passed away after a courageous battle with Metastatic Melanoma in the spring of 2013. Ian meant so much to so many in the valley and coaching was his life be it skiing, football or on the golf course. He spent most of his summers at the North Conway Country Club and during the winter he was a ski coach and dedicated Mountain Meister at Cranmore Mountain.

Video Analysis is a great teaching tool.  Being able to watch yourself is a great learning tool especially for all athletes. Coaches have the ability to video and view with our athlete in the training center. At times our coaches are looking for a parent to assist them with running the camera for training or at a race.

Additional Training Opportunities:

Fall/Spring/Summer Camps - For more the details see: these are great opportunities to get more time on snow or focus on fine tuning skills.

Mini Training Camps - These are additional training days at Cranmore during January and February with a specific focus and the ability to get many run per session. Dates will be determined at a later time.