U12 and U10 Weekend of 3/1 and 3/2 and more

Hello U12 and U10 Families,
It is hard to believe how quickly the season is coming to a close!  March begins this weekend!  This post has info to get you all the way to the end of the season, as I know many of you are trying to plan ahead through the end of ski season.  Please read carefully!
Training/Racing Schedule through the end of the season:
Saturday 3/1: U10s GS skis; U12 SL skis (no chin bars – stubbies only)
Sunday 3/2: U10s GS skis; U12s Stubby SL and One Ski Skills Assessment at Middlebury (see details below)
Saturday 3/8: U10s – MVC U10 Festival (GS camp format AM; timed Dual with awards in PM) – details to come next week;  U12s GS skis at Okemo
Sunday 3/9: U10s fun day at home on twin tips; U12s – MVC U12 Festival at Killington (AM Dual GS with a PM pro tour style run-off) – details next week
Saturday 3/15: Race Demo Day – we will follow the usual training schedule.  This will be the last day of regular weekend training.
Sunday 3/16: Parent-Athlete Race and End of the Year Awards – we will not follow the usual training schedule – time details TBD.
Saturday and Sunday 3/22 and 3/23:  Mid-Vermont has been invited to bring 20 girls and 20 boys to Southern Vermont Council’s U12 “World Championships” end of the year races.  They are at Magic and Williard, one each day.  MVC will determine the 20 girls and 20 boys based on the results from the AM dual at the MVC U12 Festival on 3/9.  If your athlete finishes in the top 20 for either gender, you will receive more details for the day at that point.
Sunday 3/30: Matt Hartnett Memorial Race at Killington – this is an open race for U10 – U14 racers. There will be a few coaches there, but you would have to sign your athletes up for this yourself as this is not a regular MVC race.  It is a fun day for anyone who wants to join!  The link for online entry can be found here: http://www.vara.org/race/matt-harnett-memorial-open-u14-u8/307/
Details for U12 Stubby SL at Middlebury on Sunday 3/2:
The U12s are racing their second stubby SL race this Sunday at Middlebury.  This race will have combinations (hairpins, flush, delays), which they have been preparing for in training.  They will also complete their skills assessment for one ski skiing on both the left and right skis.
Registration is in the main base lodge beginning at 7:30 am.  Entry fee is $30. Please bring a check made payable to Middlebury Ski Club or cash.  You can also pre-pay online through adminskiracing.com.  The base lodge doesn’t even open until 7:00 am and they don’t like people to arrive early, so aim for a 7:15/7:30 am arrival.
  Have the kids put their bibs on immediately and attach lift tickets to their goggles! They will not be able to ride the lift without their lift ticket, so do not put it on jacket or pants.
Middlebury is a very strict place about a few things….NO ALCOHOL, no dogs on the hill or in lodge (can be on premises but must be leashed), NO CARRYING SKIS UP THE LIFT – this includes parents.  Athletes must put their race skis on at the bottom and ride up the lift to the start.  Please respect ALL of these rules :)!
We will meet the kids outside of the base lodge to go for free runs and course inspection at 8:00 am.  The first run start start time is 9:30 AM.  The second run inspection is scheduled for 11:45 am and the second run start time for 12:30 pm.  Athletes should pay attention to coaches’ instructions in case of any changes.  Immediately following their second run athletes should proceed to the start of the skills assessment.  They should put their jackets back on if it is cold.  The Skills area will be accessed by going skier’s left of the start house and it will be just downhill of the start house.  Awards will be after the skills – each athlete must complete their skills assessment in order for their race result to count for awards.

Driving directions:  Take 100 North like you are going to Killington.  Watch for cops in Plymouth. Take a left at RT 4. Watch for cops on the flats just past the Skyeship gondola.  Just past the access road to Killington Rt. 100 splits off to the right.  Take this right to stay on Rt. 100.  You will go through the town of Pittsfield and after another 5 miles or so you will come to a fork in the road.  Stay to the Left (almost actually a left hand turn) to stay on Rt. 100.  Follow this for another 10-12 miles or so and you will come to the town of Hancock.  Take a left onto Rt 125.  This will take you all of the way to the Middlebury Snowbowl.  It will be on your left after climbing up a big hill on a windy road.  The trip takes about 1 hour to 1 hour and fifteen minutes from Ludlow.  Keep in mind that the Snow Bowl is technically in Hancock, not in Middlebury and so you don’t go there like you would go to the town of Middlebury or the college.

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