It's a big challenge to jump from regional competitions to the World Cup, and the U.S. Ski Team is offering the Young Gun camp this summer as part of an effort to bridge that gap for up and coming skiers. BSF's Dane Alexander was one of three male U17 skiers invited to the camp, based on his standout performance at Junior Nationals this year. U.S. Ski & Snowboard is only taking the top three U13-U19 per gender, based on Junior National results, plus the highest-ranked athlete on the Freestyle Points List in those age groups (if they haven't already earned an invite via Junior Nationals).
Dane, who is 17 and will enter his senior year next fall, will have the opportunity to spend four days training on the water ramps in Park City, followed by four more days skiing at Mt. Hood. The skiers will interact with the U.S. Team staff and train at the Center for Excellence. It provides a great chance for athletes to improve their skills, and U.S. Ski & Snowboard will also invite a number of home program coaches to attend, so that it can also serve as a learning opportunity for those coaches.