ELITEAM Conditioning Camps
271 Moulton Road Waitsfield, Vermont 05673
Overview: ELITEAM Conditioning camps are specifically designed for young athletes (ages 8 to 14). ELITEAM’s unique approach teaches these young athletes the importance of sports physiology, sports psychology and sports nutrition. In its 23rd year, ELITEAM is high energy with non-stop action and is all about pushing limits, learning new skills and having fun. ELITEAM ‘s goal is simple: to develop healthy, confident and complete athletes.
Through its hands-on approach, ELITEAM involves the athlete in the education process. Activities such as rock climbing, ropes courses and race situations will be used to teach focus, mental imagery skills and stress management. Running, agility workouts and ski-specific exercises will be used to understand the body’s physiological functions. And by baking bread, muffins and other healthy snacks; and nutritionally evaluating a variety of foods, the athletes discover how diet can affect their health and performance.
Ultimately, ELITEAM is more than a set of conditioning camps. It is a philosophy. It is a way of life where the focus is on fun, healthy living, learning, growing, setting goals and pushing your limits, both mentally and physically.
ELITEAM is for high-energy kids who love the outdoors and are involved in competitive sports. Many of the campers who attend are young ski racers, but any young athlete is welcome. No matter what sport your child participates in, he/she can benefit from the ELITEAM program. Overall, ELITEAM is ideal for kids who are active, outdoorsy, and love a challenge.
Approximately 45 campers attend each session. A ratio of campers to coaches of 4:1 ensures personal attention for every camper.
Olympian Doug Lewis, creator of ELITEAM camps, is a two-time U.S. Olympian and World Championship medalist. Doug has been extensively involved in World Class athletics as a ski racer, coach, broadcaster, motivational speaker and spokesperson for over 30 years. He has dedicated himself to passing on his winning knowledge of sports and competition to young athletes.
Locations: Waitsfield, Vt.: ELITEAM’s roots run deep in Vermont. The camps began there in 1991 with a tiny group of enthusiastic campers, and have been growing ever since. ELITEAM’s Vermont camps are held at one of the East’s premier ski academies, the Green Mountain Valley School. All campers and staff stay overnight in the dorms. ELITEAM utilizes the academy’s new world-class “Race Performance Center” gymnasium, soccer fields, and ropes courses, along with the Mad River Valley’s extensive trails, fields and mountains for training and activities.
Park City, Utah: ELITEAM is not offering any camps in Park City this year, but will return in 2016. As with the 2013 and 2014 Park City camps, ELITEAM will again partner with the U.S. Ski Team to provide exclusive access to the Team’s Center of Excellence facility and World Class Trainers. ELITEAM will use the Center’s gym, testing equipment, workout rooms, kitchen and classroom. Every afternoon, the athletes will hear directly from a U.S. Ski Team guest speaker to learn about a variety of topics, covering the target areas of Sports Physiology, Sports Psychology and Sports Nutrition. ELITEAM will also utilize the many recreational fields and trails in and around Park City.
Activities: A wide variety of cross-training activities to improve each athlete’s power, strength, balance, agility & coordination. Including dryland slalom, ropes courses, rock wall climbing, slack lining, ski-specific exercises, obstacle courses, sand pits, hiking, soccer, yoga, cooking, funky dance, circuits, leg routines, USST exercises, and more
Dates/Cost: Europa Cup 1, July 8-11, $725; Europa Cup 2, July 15-18, $725(ages 8-11); World Cup 1, July 20-25, $1150; World Cup 2, July 27-Aug 1, $1150, (ages 11-14)
Contact: Director Kelley Lewis