Tail Gunners

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As part of the Alyeska Ski Club’s goal to provide exciting, challenging, and character building experiences we are offering a new way for athletes 14 years and older to participate in the club.

Athletes and families have asked for an option for skiers who have graduated from our Recreational Programs like Mighty Mites or Devos. The Tail Gunner Program offers an opportunity for athletes to stay involved, learn about coaching and build experience for volunteer/paid positions in the ski world. This Program provides an option when the Juniors or Freeskiing Programs may not be the right fit.

Last year was the inaugural season with four Tail Gunners supporting the Mighty Mites Program. The Tail Gunners were a great support to that program and enjoyed their experience.  Therefore, we will continue this season, offering a limited number of 4-5 spots for each Mighty Mites and Devos program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Tail Gunner Program?
This program is for athletes who are interested in learning more about ski coaching. Athletes will work with different mentor coaches throughout the season and assist with practice. Tail Gunners may be asked to help with demonstrations, ride the chair lift with younger athletes, assist kids that may need a little extra help, and much more.

Who can be a Tail Gunner Assistant Coach?
Alyeska Ski Club Program athletes aged 14 and older.

Which programs will have Tail Gunner coaches?
Mighty Mites and Devos

Will there be program fees or is this a paid position?
Tail Gunners will not pay program fees, however they will be responsible for their own season pass.  Tail Gunner Assistant Coaches are volunteers and will be provided a jacket that identifies them as part of this program.

What is the commitment?
The entire Mighty Mites or DEVOS season with a 12 day minimum.

What about additional education?
Coaching clinics take place throughout the season. Tail Gunners will be invited to these clinics and are strongly encouraged to attend.

When does the program start?
The first weekend this season is 12/8 & 12/9. A Tail Gunners meeting will be scheduled along with a Coaches Clinic for all coaches in each program. Once applicants are accepted as Tail Gunner Assistant Coaches they will be provided a finalized schedule for the weekend.  Please refer to the Mighty Mites Schedule and DEVOS Schedule.

Who can I contact with questions?
Roberta Carney
Mighty Mites & Devos Program Director

Tail Gunner Online Application

Send an email to alyeskamightymites@gmail.com with the subject line “Tail Gunner Application”. Include in the email the following information:

  • Applicant’s full name
    • Phone Contact Information
    • Email Contact Information
  • Parent/Guardian’s full names
    • Phone Contact Information
    • Email Contact Information
  • Applicant’s Background
    • Date of Birth
    • Alyeska Ski Club Program Experience
      • List Program (s) and Seasons Involved
      • List a past coach that can provide a recommendation for your application
    • How Many Years Skiing Experience
    • List any other volunteer coaching type experience in any sport/event
  • Provide a short explanation (no more than a paragraph) of why you’d be a great Tail Gunner and for which program.