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What is Alpine Ski Racing?

Alpine ski racing is an action-packed sport that mixes speed, agility, balance, coordination and tactics. The sport consists of four primary events: downhill, super G, giant slalom and slalom.  Youth alpine ski racing has the following age categories and events:

  • U10 - Giant Slalom and Slalom
  • U12 - Giant Slalom and Slalom
  • U14 - Giant Slalom, Super G, and Slalom
  • U16 - Giant Slalom, Super G, and Slalom
  • FIS - Downhill, Giant Slalom, Super G, and Slalom

We offer both part time and full time alpine programs to meet ability needs of all athletes.   New athletes to any program are subject to a ski assessment prior to registration.

Our Purpose

Athletic participation helps our students grow, learn, and enjoy themselves while they use and develop their personal, physical, and intellectual skills.  We value the lessons that are being taught by athletic participation: the pursuit of excellence through personal development and teamwork, ethical and responsible behavior on and off the hill, adherence to rules, leadership and strength of character, and sportsmanship – respect for one’s opponents, acceptance of victory with humility, and acknowledgement of defeat with grace.  The athletic goals of the program are measured by winning at every level of the USSA divisional, national and international alpine pipeline.  In addition to providing all of Park City’s youth with appropriate alpine sport opportunities.

Alpine Ski Programs

Alpine STAFF

John Buchar


John was born and raised in Sweden. He grew up ski racing in a small ski town close to the Norwegian border. John was a named member of the Swedish National Alpine Ski Team for five years and studied Sports Science at Mid Sweden University. In 2005, he moved to Denver, Colorado to study business and race for the Denver Pioneers NCAA Division I Ski Team. During his time at University of Denver, John won two National Championship Team Titles as well as two individual NCAA Championship titles.

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In 2008, he was awarded Colorado Sports Hall of Fame 'College Male Athlete of the Year'. Joining the Park City Ski Team in 2010, John assisted, then led the FIS Men's program for seven years prior to being named Alpine Program Director for Park City Ski and Snowboard. John is married to Jenny Lathrop Buchar and has a son, Oden Buchar.

Jason Lance

Alpine JR Director

Jason grew up in Montana where he started his ski endeavors at Red Lodge Mountain. From there he attended the University of Montana; it was at Montana Snowbowl that his coaching career started. In 1995 relocation to Park City stared his Intermountain career with the Park City Ski Education Foundation.

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Jason’s additional coaching positions over the years have included USST Development assistant coach; as well Jason worked on hill safety and preparations for the US Nor Am circuit. Jason was a contracted coach for The Small European Nations, supporting athletes at the Europa Cup and World Cup level in 1999/2000. He continues to serve at various levels for Western Region and is involved in the Athlete Development Committee for IMD. Jason believes that if you are humble and accountable that you can always learn something from those you surround yourself with, as well as being able support to them in return.

Gail Barber

Alpine Manager

Gail Barber brings incredible experience and knowledge to the club with her vast background in sports administration. Gail is a graduate of Castleton University, Castleton Vermont - BA Criminal Justice / Psychology. She is highly respected in the local community as a conscientious communicator and organizer. Gail has served on numerous study groups and national committees with US Ski and Snowboard providing leadership and consultation regarding best practices for ski and snowboard clubs.