U12 and U10 Weekend Update 1/13-1/15

Hello U12 and U10 Families,
 
I hope this email finds you well!  Busy weekend ahead, so please read carefully.  Also be on the lookout for some more info from me later in the week regarding some special camp opportunities, including the OMS Valentine Victory Camp taking place Feb 12-16.
 
Training plan this weekend:
Saturday 1/13U12 and U10s train GS
Sunday 1/14: U12 and U10s train Skills and Dual Panel SL
Monday 1/15: U10s are OFF, U12s @ Pico for Skills/Dual Panel SL (NO ARMOR needed + more details below)
Looking ahead:
Saturday 1/20: U12s race GS at Killington; U10s train GS at Home
Sunday 1/21: U12s train stubby and tall gate SL at home (armor – chin, shin, pole guards – should be worn); U10s race GS at Killington
Details for Pico and the U12 Skills Day/Team Dual Panel SL:
You must pre-register your U12 athlete online at if you want them to participate.  Entry fee is $30 (plus processing fees), which is paid online includes your athlete’s lift ticket. Link Here: https://adminskiracing.com/node/122248
 
Day of Race Registration: 7:30-8:30 am in the upstairs of the Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge, which is in between the Pico Ski Club and The Ski Shop/Main Lodge (same as last year).  Have your athlete register themselves please!  They will get their bib and lift ticket at registration.  Please remind athletes to put their bibs on immediately and do not lose them!  We still have to leave our bags and get ready downstairs in the Main Base Lodge (park on the right hand side of the main parking lot and go straight through the condos – base lodge is on the right), not in the Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge.
 
We will have an athlete meeting at 8:45 am in front of ski club which is at the at the base of the B-slope lift/bottom of the race trail (go out of the base lodge and go left if you are facing the mountain) and then athletes will go with their assigned groups for the Skills portion of the day.
 
The U12s will be contesting both the “outside ski turns” and “pole jumpers” skills, for which they will receive scores.  They will do the other two skills as training stations, but will only receive scores on the aforementioned.  There will be medals to the top ten boys and girls based on their cumulative score.
 
Here are links again for your athlete to check out videos of each skill.  They have already trained these skillsand will again Sunday, but a visual is helpful:
They will be racing Dual Panel SL in the afternoon in mixed mountain teams (same groups that they rotate to skills stations with).  Awards will be to the top 3 teams.  They will be co-ed teams.  The first run will run in bib order with all girls on one course and all boys on the other.  The second will run in reverse order with boys and girls switching courses.
 
The plan is to have the Skills portion run from 9 – 11 am, then lunch.  Athletes meet their group leader coaches at 12:15 for inspection of the Dual Panel SL, which begins at 1 pm.  Subject to change, of course, and athletes should listen to their group leaders for any changes.
 
Awards will take place in front of the ski club, which is basically at the finish area about 20-30 minutes after the race.  Listen for announcements.
 
Please note: Parent lift tickets are available for $45 but only two per racer are allowed. They must be purchased at the main ticket office between the parking lot and the base lodge – NOT at registration. In the past they have only been sold until 9:00 AM and you had to know your child’s bib number – be prepared! As many of you know, the race can be viewed on foot without lift access.
 
Driving directions to get to Pico: Head north on Rt. 100 – make a right to stay on Rt. 100 just before Jackson Gore. Turn left on Rt. 4 and go past the Bear Mtn. gondola for Killington and past the Killington access road. About 2 miles past that, you will see The Inn at Long Trail on your right – Pico will be on your left just down the hill. It takes about 35-45 minutes to get there. Beware of cops in Plymouth on Rt 100 when the speed limit drops!!
 
Remember that most everyone you will come into contact on a race day is a volunteer and they are volunteering their time so that your child can have a fantastic race day.  Please treat them with respect – if you have an issue with a race volunteer being disrespectful to you or your child, let Mike or me know so that we can handle it through the proper channels.
 
That is all for now.  Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
Thanks,
Mariel

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