Welcome to the U10 and U12 2017-18 Season

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

To those of you who are receiving an email from me for the first time – WELCOME TO U12 and U10s!  To the rest, welcome back :)!   Closer to Thanksgiving you can expect to begin hearing from me weekly.  For now, I am reaching out to you all with some preliminary information on the season.  I will re-send this when I have more emails of new families as well.

Please read U12.10 101 2017.18 Edition for LOTS of information about the program including training and race schedules (always subject to change) – this is helpful for new and returning families. There have been several updates for this season each of which is in bold and italics in the packet!   So even if you are an old pro, PLEASE read :)! If you have any questions after reading, don’t hesitate to be in touch.

We are scheduled to begin training on Saturday, December 2nd at 8:30 am.  Please note though that we do need a reasonable amount of open terrain in order to train on snow, so I will be in touch again as that date draws closer to confirm plans.  In the event that we are not able to train on snow, I will organize a dryland activity for all of the U12/10s.

Please read this entire email (and all emails that I send) and the attachment, as there is a lot of info that will be helpful for everyone – particularly, parents of first years.

Reminder! You can find this and every email I send on the OMARA blog – go2omara.com.

U12/10 announcements are at this link specifically:

http://go2omara.com/category/announcements/u10u12-announcements/

Also check out the U12/10 FAQs:

http://go2omara.com/alpine-racing/u10u12/devo-program-faqs/

You can also access the U10 and U12 training and racing schedule (with very basic info) here: http://go2omara.com/alpine-racing/schedules/u10u12-weekend-training-racing/

Important Reminder on USSA and VARA memberships:  In order to race, every U12 or U10 must be a current USSA and VARA member.  If you have not registered your child for these memberships, please do so ASAP.  Both can be done online at ussa.org and vara.org, respectively.  More info on these memberships is found in the attachment.  IMPORTANT: For USSA choose, Alpine Competitor U12 or Apline Competitor U10 (depending on your child’s age group), NOT General Member – this is not valid for competition.  Also your athlete’s club should be Okemo Mountain Ski Club or Competition Center….not Okemo Mountain School, unless they are enrolled for 2017-2018.

Competition Center Registration:  New this year Competition Center registration can be done online here: https://www.okemo.com/mountain-info/competition-programs/  Or by calling the Call Center 802-228-1600 or Kim in the Competition Center 802-228-1483.

Other important items:

The Annual Okemo Mountain School Ski Swap, one of OMS’ biggest fundraisers, is coming up!  To sell items in the swap, they must be dropped off November 11, 12, 15th from 10 am – 3 pm at the Sitting Bull.  The swap opens for business the following weekend, Nov 17-19 with the following hours: Nov 17 3-7 pm; Nov 18 9am – 5 pm; Nov 19 9 am – 1 pm.  I could still use some volunteers to help with the event – athletes or parents – please let me know if you are willing to help!  It would be greatly appreciated!

VARA World Cup Parade: November 25th – Those who have signed up to participate will receive more information closer to the event regarding details of the day.

The OMARA 2017-2018 Season Kick-Off Party and Annual Meeting: December 2nd from 5-7 pm at Siena (upstairs in the Round House at Jackson Gore).  More info to come.

The OMS Board of Directors’ Reception: December 9th at OMS in our NEW Fitness Facility (53 Main St in Ludlow) from 7 – 9 pm – a fun evening of seeing what’s new at OMS and mingling with fellow families – past, present, and future – while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and wine and beer!  A great way to learn about the opportunities that exist for your athlete at OMS!

Volkswagen presents Warren Miller’s Line of Descent Movie Premier: December 16th at OMS in the new Fitness Facility at 7 pm.  Tickets will go on sale via OMS’ new website when that is launched very soon….will send out more info soon!

Okemo Mountain School Holiday Hammer Camp: The Annual OMS Holiday Hammer Camp, which this year is from December 11th-15th, is open to any athlete who was in the U12 or U10 program last winter, no first year participants.  This is a great opportunity for some extra training and a taste of ski academy life!  Registration form and more info later, but just wanted you to have the dates.  You cannot yet reserve space in the camp. Please note that the camp is a very long day for younger athletes and it may not be the best idea for them. The camp will also be staffed by other U12/10 coaches, as well as OMS coaches.  Please note: THIS IS ONLY A DAY CAMP – no housing is provided.

That’s all for now!  I will continue to send more info as I gather more emails of new parents.  Both new and old parents are reminded to read all communication carefully.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me.  I look forward to seeing you all soon, as do all of the other coaches!!

Thanks and Think SNOW!!

Mariel

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