Freestyle, FreeRide and Development Ski & Ride Programs for ages 5 and up.
Affordable season long fun!
The Core Team is a Freestyle, FreeRide and All-Mountain youth development and competition ski and snowboard program operated by the Whaleback Mountain Club, separately from UVSSF. Whaleback Mountain Club is a registered non-profit organization that is comprised of local families who embody the spirit and values of the Core Team and love for snow sports. We operate with the support of Whaleback Mountain to offer affordable, season long programs. Our goal is to develop athletes in a fun and nurturing environment and inspire enthusiasm for winter sports. We ski and ride as teams encouraging each individual to progress to the best of their ability, whether as a recreational skier/snowboarder or as a competitor.
Affordable Seasonal Programs for youth ages 5 thru 17, novice to competition levels
Competition teams include: Freestyle, Freeride and Snowboard
Development teams include: MiniCore, MiniCore Plus, DEVO and Jr. Freestyle/Freeride
Multiple Child Discount and Flex program allows you to build a program and schedule to suit your athlete and family’s schedule and budget.
FNL - Cancelled
Due to lack of available terrain we must cancel our Friday Night Lights event for tonight. Sorry for the late notice, we are all disappointed. The mountain has told us it is their top priority to spend today preparing for top to bottom skiing for tomorrow via the chairlift!!! Lift will spin at 9am tomorrow!
Weekend Details - FNL/Master of the Mtn/Training Schedule
The Board of Directors met last night to discuss our weekend plans and after a lengthy discussion we made the difficult decision to postpone hosting our Master of the Mountain event. The new date will be Saturday February 8th. Please read on regarding other important club details:
Friday Night Lights Rail Jam: we will be hosting our Friday Night Lights Rail Jam this Friday, January 17th. This event is open to our Devo level and up athletes as well as community athletes.
Registration at the Customer Service Desk 5pm-6pm, athlete meeting at 6pm on the deck. Competition to start immediately following meeting. Grom/Am/Pro classes for Skiers and Riders
Cost $10 for passholders/$20 for non passholders
Awards following competition end in the lodge. (Dont forget about Friday Family Dinner available in the lodge)
Master of the Mountain: Postponed to Saturday February 8th.
Registration will remain open. If you have already registered, there is no need to register again.
Volunteers: if you have registered to volunteer and will be able to volunteer on 2/8, there is no need to re-register. If you can no longer volunteer due to a conflict please email Kristen @ email@example.com
We will still host our previously scheduled training Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30p for all programs for those that want to attend.
We will host regular training on Saturday from 9am to 12pm for all programs. Due to the damage to the snow cover and warm temps there will likely not be top to bottom skiing this weekend....so we will continue training off the T-Bar and in the Jib Park and Blubber park. We will also challenge younger athletes with skiing on the Face. Many coaches have expressed that if athletes are enthusiastic and want to keep skiing until the normal 2pm dismissal they will keep going. Please check in with your coach at dropoff to confirm pick up time.
Additionally, the mountain has informed us that the state will be load testing the chairlift on Friday and with the snow on the way everyone is anticipating that we will be top to bottom skiing and riding next week. Thank you team for your patience during a challenging start to the season. We are hopful the snow will start to fall and mechanical issues are behind us! Most importantly, we are committed to making sure our athletes are having fun on snow!
As you may have seen by now Whaleback Mountain will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. The Mountain Club/Core Team board of directors has made the following arrangements in an effort to get athletes enough time on snow to prepare for the upcoming events.
MiniCore, MiniCore Plus and DEVO:
Saturday 1/11 Training Cancelled
Tuesday 1/14 5-7 PM for ALL PROGRAMS including MiniCore
Thursday 1/16 4:30 to 6:30 PM for ALL PROGRAMS including MiniCore
Saturday 1/18: Master of the Mountain event at Whaleback. Pre-registration required at www.whalebackcoreteam.com. Click on the purpe MoM button.
Core Freestyle, Freeride, Snowboard AND DEVO Freestyle/Freeride
Saturday 1/11 Training moved to Waterville Valley. Waterville Valley will be providing us discounted training tickets to train at Waterville with our Coaching Staff. Athletes will have the opportunity to ski/ride in the park and moguls.
RSVP required: email
with the name of any person who will need a ticket. We are required to purchase tickets in bulk as one transaction ahead of time.
We will meet in the comp center behind the WVBBTS building at 8:30 am, ready to be on snow by 9. Look for the following Core Team coaching staff: Freestyle and DEVO Freestyle: Coach Doug (Jessica will also be available to help coordinate); Freeride: Coach TIm; Snowboard: Coach Joel
Please feel free to carpool amongst families, but note that coaches may not transport athletes without express written permission from parents or guardians.
Tuesday 1/14 5-7 PM for ALL PROGRAMS
Thursday 1/16 4:30 to 6:30 for ALL PROGRAMS including DEVO Freestyle/Freeride
Registration is now open for our Master of the Mountain event Saturday 1/18. Athletes can register by visiting our website at www.whalebackcoreteam.com and selecting the purple button labeled MOM Registration. Pre-registration is required. It will surely be an awesome day at the Whale. Below are some bullet point details for the day:
Open to U6-U14 athletes in our Mini Core, Mini Core Plus and All Devo programs, including Devo Freestyle/Freeride
Cost is $36 and if families could pay online as part of registration that would be great. We will still accept cash or check (payable to Whaleback Mountain Club) on the day of the event
Pre-registration required. Registration will close Thursday 1/16 at midnight.
Paneled Slalom event on TBD and a Slopestyle event in our TBD park.
Parent tickets will be available from Whaleback Mountain ($25)
7:30-8:30: Registration (upstairs in the lodge).
9:00: Lifts open
9:00-9:55 : Course inspection of paneled slalom run.
10:00 : Paneled Slalom run beginning with snowboarders, followed by U6 girls then U6 boys and continuing in age order.
10:00-12pm: Slopestyle event training
12:30 (or 1/2 hour after last paneled slalom run if later) : Slopestyle event - same age/gender order
Awards approximately 3pm or minimally 45 minutes after the last slope run. We will allow our volunteers to break for lunch and will likely not run this event straight thru.