Welcome to U12 and U10s – 2014-2015 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 the “U12 and U10 101” attachment for LOTS of information including training and race schedules – this is helpful for new and returning families.  It includes information about a few changes – particularly with respect to the U12s – and the schedules, which I know some .  So even if you are an old pro, PLEASE read :)! If you have any questions after reading, don’t hesitate to be in touch.

It was exciting to see Okemo blowing snow this past weekend – colder temps are coming back tonight, so we should be skiing in no time!  We are scheduled to begin training on Saturday, December 6th 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 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:


Also check out the U12/10 FAQs:


FIRST Chair Raffle!!  Just a reminder that tomorrow (November 7th) is the last day to enter for eternal bragging rights of being the first family up the new SUNBURST SIX Chairlift.  Click here for more info and to make a tax deductible donation to OMS, which qualifies you for entry!   Don’t miss your chance!!

Important Reminder on USSA and VARA memberships:  In order to race, every U12/10 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 this is found in the attachment.

Other important items:

The Annual OMARA Informational Meeting at the Sitting Bull at 7 pm on Saturday, December 6th.

Okemo Mountain School Holiday Hammer Camp: The Annual OMS Holiday Hammer Camp, which this year is from December 15th-19th, is open to any interested second year (+) U12 or U10s.  This is a great opportunity for some extra training and a taste of ski academy life!  I will send a 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.  I will be on the hill (hopefully!) with the kids and definitely at school, so if they are nervous at all, I will be around!  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,


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