Reminder: Meet Alex Krebs – VARA’s Youth Coordinator

Hello Okemo Alpine Ski Racing Families and Coaches,
Just a reminder that Alex Krebs, VARA’s new Youth Coordinator, will be at Okemo Mountain School (53 Main St in Ludlow) on Saturday, February 1 at 4:30 pm.  She will be giving a presentation that will be informative and helpful for parents and coaches of any age group – Hopefuls through U18 – and will also answer any questions you might have about youth development in ski racing.
Alex will be explaining VARA’s (Vermont Alpine Racing Association) philosophy on skill development and will explain Long Term Athlete Development through the age classes.  Alex will highlight the importance of fundamentals work in training.  She will explain how free skiing and proper train to race ratios for each age group help to develop better skiers, which in turn develops faster ski racers.  She will also demonstrate the importance of keeping FUN in ski racing so that we can promote a live long love of the sport.
Coaches, Alex’s presentation will help reinforce why our commitment to fundamentals is so important and will help you come up with new ideas to keep training fun and skill centered.
Parents, Alex will have helpful tips on what you can do to best support your athletes and help you understand the philosophy and methodology behind our training.
This is a great opportunity and I highly encourage everyone to attend!
Alex is excited to be at Okemo meeting with coaches and families, as she herself began ski racing here as a child with Marc Stuart and Wendy Neal.  She later spent 5 years on the US Ski Team and attended UVM, racing NCAA there for 3 years.  She spent two year as the Smugglers’ Notch Ski Club Program Director and then 8 years as the USSA Eastern Regional Youth Manager and Coordinator before being hired this summer as the VARA Youth Coordinator.
Alex has a wealth of knowledge and experience in ski racing and particularly in working with young ski racers – do not miss this opportunity to meet her and hear her speak!
Please send me a quick email ([email protected]) to say YES if you will attend, so I can plan for numbers.  I have received many RSVPs so far, so thank you!  I hope to see you all on Saturday, February 1 at 4:30 pm at OMS!

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