Hopefuls 1/6 and 1/7

Hello Everyone,

Happy New Year! The weather forecast for Saturday is sub zero temps and lots of wind. Believe it or not, even colder than last week. In the interest of safety for our athletes and coaches we are canceling the race and training for Saturday, 1/6.

We will have training for all Hopefuls on Sunday, 1/7, from 8:30-12:30. This is the usual Sunday program but it will be open this weekend to all Hopefuls. We’ll probably take a couple short breaks in the session so please send the kids with some hot chocolate money and warm clothes.

Don’t forget Mario the Magician on Saturday night, tickets are still available.

Upcoming races are scheduled for 1/20, 2/10, 2/20 (tentative), 3/10, and 3/24.

Thanks for your patience in this crazy weather!

Pam, Jim and the Hopeful Coaches

u12 and U10 Weekend Update 1/6 and 1/7 + Skills Info

Hello U12 and U10 Families,
Happy New Year!  Hope 2018 is treating you all well!
First piece of business – Sunday’s U12 Skills Day and Dual Race at Pico has been postponed due to some snowmaking issues from the extreme cold that have impacted their ability to open their race trail.  I will let you know ASAP once I know a reschedule date!
 
Training info for this weekend (should we decide to alter training at all due to weather, I will let you know):
Saturday 1/6: Both U10 and U12s will be on SL skis for skills training, dual panel SL, and stubby SL work.  Athletes can wear shin guards if they have them (not necessary if they don’t).
Sunday 1/7: Both U10 and U12s will be on GS skis for some drill course work and GS training courses.
Looking ahead: The plan is for GS both days next weekend for both U10 and U12s but this could change depending on reschedule date for the U12 skills day.
MARIO THE MAGICIAN: This Saturday 1/6 is the Mario the Magician show hosted by OMARA!!  Don’t miss your chance to see this great show.  It is geared towards children, but parents will enjoy as well!  Click HERE to get your tickets!
 
Skills Quest:
Below are links to information (including video) of each of the four Phase 2 skills that are the focus of U12 training when we are training “Skills”.  U10s will be doing Phase 1 skills at their skills day, but in training will be challenged by the skills below as well.  I have also included the Phase 1 skills below.  Please take a look at these links, but more importantly show your athletes the video.  Many have seen these already with coaches, but more reinforcement at home (or on the car ride up :)!) is great too!  Click on the skill titles for the links!
Phase 2:

Outside Ski Turns

Pole Jumpers

Phase 1:
Race Registration Info: As I have mentioned a few times before, new this year all registration is done through https://adminskiracing.com/. Log in (or create a log-in if you don’t already have one – I think this is the same as you use to pay for VARA) and then filter races by VARA to see all races in Vermont (https://adminskiracing.com/racereg/event_listing/viewevents).  Use the schedule in the U12.10 101 document to find the races for which you need to register your child.  Each week we have a race I will send reminders, but if you want to get going with registering, go ahead.
Just a 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/ Also you can access the U10 and U12 training and racing schedule (with very basic info) here: http://go2omara.com/alpine-racing/schedules/u10u12-weekend-training-racing/
And please refer to U12.10 101 2017.18 Edition for race schedule and other info!
Thanks!
Mariel

OMST 1.6_1.7 and USASA Killington and Bromley GS and Slalom info

OMST Parents and Athletes,

This weekend we have our USASA Southern Vermont Series racing events at Killington (GS/SL) and Bromley  (GSx2, SLx2) on Saturday and Sunday.  For those of you who will be competing, please make sure to meet your coaches at registration at 7:30am both days. Registration and bib pickup at Killington on 1/6 will be in the Johnny O. Room in the Killington Ski Club located next to the K-1 Lodge. The Ski Club is for registration only and parents and athletes should use the K-1 Lodge as their home base. Sunday, 1/7 race registration at Bromley will be in the upstairs of the Bromley Base Lodge.
Please make sure that your child’s board is tuned with an edge sharpen and weather appropriate hot iron wax. The Totem Pole in Ludlow offers excellent tuning services. The temps look to be pretty cold again this weekend so please make sure your child is layered up for the weekend of racing.

There will also be am race training on Friday at Okemo with OMS for any weekend athletes that would like extra training. Athletes should meet OMS coaches in front of the Sitting Bull at 8:30am on Friday and training will conclude at 11:30am. Lastly, please make sure that your child is a member of USASA and preregistered for this weekends events. To do so, follow the link: https://usasa.org/regions/new-england/southern-vermont

 
OMST athletes who will not be racing will follow our regular weekend program schedule with training from 8am-1:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

Hopefuls Training CANCELED 12/23

Due to the weather forecast for Saturday, 12/23, there will be no Hopefuls training. See you all on Tuesday, 12/26!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

U12 and U10 Training Cancelled 12/23

Due to the heavy snowfall on Friday (as much as 10″ predicted for the mountain – yay!!) and wintry mix/freezing “r-word” on Saturday (boo!), all Okemo Competition Center Programs are being cancelled for 12/23.  The rest of the schedule I sent will remain in effect for 12/26-12/31.  The good news is that once all that snow and moisture mix and get groomed out, we will have a fantastic base!!
Happy Holidays to you all!
Thanks,
Mariel

U12 and U10 Update 12/23-12/31

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

 
Hopefully everyone was able to get out and enjoy the AMAZING skiing this past weekend!!  Please read on for important information regarding training this weekend and during the holiday week.  Please also read the attachment if you haven’t done so yet, which includes the U12 and U10‘s race schedules, as well as important info on daily schedule and more.
 
And I can’t remind you enough – make sure your child is current with VARA and USSA (see below for more info)!!  Even if you are returning and think you did it over the summer, please double check!!  I am seeing many still not registered.  Please don’t make me chase you down personally :)!
 
Training will be according to our normal daily schedule each day with our normal meeting place unless otherwise noted.  Please remember if you child cannot attend all days, that is OK:
Friday 12/22: This day is part of the 3-day program. Email me by end of day Tuesday to sign up if you child wants to train this day.  Must email me to participate and pay drop-in fee to Kim in the Comp Center. Training times and info will be sent separately.

Saturday 12/23: GS skis freeskiing and drills CONDENSED SCHEDULE 8:30 am – 12 pm – we will stop for a mid-morning snack and break in our groups.
12/24 & 12/25: No training
Tuesday 12/26GS skis freeskiing and drills – advancing the focus to turn initiation for those groups that are doing well with stance and balance.  Drill course gate training for those athletes who are fundamentally ready for it and/or racing in the End of the Year Open.
Wednesday 12/27GS skis freeskiing and drills – stance, balance, and turn initiation. Drill course gate training for those athletes who are fundamentally ready for it and/or racing in the End of the Year Open.
Thursday 12/28: GS skis freeskiing and drills – stance, balance, and turn initiation.
Friday 12/29GS skis.  Full gate training for those athletes who are fundamentally ready for it and/or racing in the End of the Year Open.
Saturday 12/30: End of the Year Open – details to come next week for those who are racing (See below on how to register!!).  SL skis for those not racing. Skills Quest focused training.
Sunday 12/31SL skis (no armor) – freeskiing, drills, and Skills Quest/Dual Panel SL training.
Monday 1/1: No Training
 
A few reminders and important info:
1) 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 the program, some of which has been updated for this year, as well as race schedule info.  So even if you are an old pro, PLEASE read :)! If you have any questions after reading, don’t hesitate to be in touch.
2) 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/ Also you can access the U10 and U12 training and racing schedule (with very basic info) here: http://go2omara.com/alpine-racing/schedules/u10u12-weekend-training-racing/
3) 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.   If you think you have done both PLEASE double check!!  Every year I have to chase families down to get this done – let’s break that streak!!   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, Competitor U12 or Competitor U10 (depending on your child’s age group), NOT General Member – this is not valid for competition.
4) End of the Year Open: There is an open GS race for U14 and U12s at Okemo on December 30th. You must enter your child yourself unlike the rest of the normal season races. Registration is NOW OPEN here: https://adminskiracing.com/node/121487  This race fills fast – sign up NOW!   Your child must be current with USSA and VARA to enter. Please be aware that if your child is still a U10 (7, 8, or 9 years old by Dec 31) they are not eligible. I also ask that you do not register your child if they are new to U12s (as in just moving up from Hopefuls or joining the program) – this race will be very intimidating for them and not a good intro to the year!  Racers who aren’t current with VARA will be kicked out of the race at the deadline – so get current!  This race fills up fast, but there is plenty of room for now.  PLEASE NOTE: As Okemo athletes, your children are entitled to a discount though you must initially pay the full price.  In order to get the discount, you will need to let Kim know on the day of the race at registration when your child picks up their bib.  She will then credit your payment method via adminskiracing.  
5) Registering for regular season races:  I will remind everyone of the specific races to sign your child up for each week as we go along this season.  Although you have to register online yourself unlike in the past, there is no rush to get it done now.  I will send the specific links you need the week before each race.
Let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks,
Mariel

Hopefuls 12/16-12/17

Hope everyone is having a great week. It’s a winter wonderland here in VT now, we got over a foot of snow yesterday and the skiing is fantastic. We’re looking forward to skiing with the Hopefuls this weekend.

Our plan, as usual, is to meet at the Sugar House at 9 am ski with our teams until 11 am, returning to the Sugar House. We’ll re-group at noon and ski until 2 pm, again returning to the Sugar House.

It looks to be a cold weekend so please have your children dress warmly in layers. We try to stay out for the 2 hour session, but will go in if kids are cold. It might be a good idea for your child to have some money for a hot chocolate if we go in.

Our upcoming training schedule is as follows:

12/16, 12/17 (Sunday program), 12/23, 12/26, 12/28, 12/30, 12/31 (Sunday program). The first race is 1/6/18.

We’re looking forward to a great season skiing with your children. As always, if you have questions please email Pam or Jim at [email protected] or [email protected]

 

 

 

 

U12 and U10 Weekend Update 12/16 and 12/17

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

Greetings from snowy Ludlow!  Close to six inches on the ground and still snowing! Thank you to all who came out Saturday for The OMS Board of Directors’ Reception at OMS in our NEW Fitness Facility!  It was great to see so many U10/12 Comp Center Families! If you couldn’t make it to this event and still want to support OMS with a “holiday gift,” check out our Wish List online!

Weekend Training Info: Saturday and Sunday we will be on SL skis (no armor needed, but if your child has shin guards they can wear them – NO chin bars) for freeskiing, drill work, and some drill course training according to our normal schedule. Looking ahead we are on GS skis 12/23 and 12/26-29 also.

PLEASE see my note below on USSA and VARA memberships and double check that you have registered your child for both – even if you think you did earlier in the summer, check again!  It’s a lot of extra work for me when families don’t have this done.

***Friday training: Anyone who has signed their children up for Friday training (the “3 day” option with the Comp Center) is receiving separate communication on this each week.  If you haven’t actually signed up yet, I won’t know you are doing Fridays and you won’t receive emails on this.  If you want your child to drop in for a Friday here or there, that is fine, but you must email me by Tuesday of that week to ensure we can accommodate your athlete staffing-wise and then you must pay a drop in fee to Kim in the Comp Center.***

A few reminders and important info:

1) Please read U12.10 101 2017.18 Edition for LOTS of information including training and race schedules – this is helpful for new and returning families.  It includes information about the program, some of which has been updated for this year, as well as race schedule info.  So even if you are an old pro, PLEASE read :)! If you have any questions after reading, don’t hesitate to be in touch.

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

3) 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.   If you think you have done both PLEASE double check!!  Every year I have to chase families down to get this done – let’s break that streak!!   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, Competitor U12 or Competitor U10 (depending on your child’s age group), NOT General Member – this is not valid for competition.

4) Volkswagen presents Warren Miller’s Line of Descent Movie Premier is now SOLD OUT!! Please keep it in mind for next year.  Okemo is doing a screening on 12/26 if you missed out on the OMS screening: https://www.okemo.com/event/warren-miller/

5) Winter Break Schedule: We will train during winter break, but there is no training on December 24 or 25. The days for winter break training are December 26-31. We are not training on January 1 or 2.  We will hold training on December 30th for those not in the End of the Year Open (see next item).  We will train according to our normal daily schedule during this time, unless I tell you otherwise. If your child can’t make it every day, it is not a big deal – I know many of you work and can’t be here the whole time, that school breaks differ, and that you have holiday obligations.  Please note, there will be training on Saturday, December 23rd, but we will do a condensed day with training from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. Training on Friday 12/22 is part of the 3-day program, so your child would need to be registered for that or sign up in advance (email me by next Tuesday) and pay a drop in fee to Kim in the comp center (see note above).

6) End of the Year Open: There is an open GS race for U14 and U12s at Okemo on December 30th. You must enter your child yourself unlike the rest of the normal season races. Registration is NOW OPEN here: https://adminskiracing.com/node/121487  This race fills fast – sign up NOW!   Your child must be current with USSA and VARA to enter. Please be aware that if your child is still a U10 (7, 8, or 9 years old by Dec 31) they are not eligible. I also ask that you do not register your child if they are new to U12s (as in just moving up from Hopefuls or joining the program) – this race will be very intimidating for them and not a good intro to the year!  Racers who aren’t current with VARA will be kicked out of the race at the deadline – so get current!  This race fills up fast, but there is plenty of room for now.  PLEASE NOTE: As Okemo athletes, your children are entitled to a discount though you must initially pay the full price.  In order to get the discount, you will need to let Kim know on the day of the race at registration when your child picks up their bib.  She will then credit your payment method via adminskiracing.

That’s all for now!  Keep thinking snow!

Mariel

Greetings Team Devo !

Greetings Team Devo !

Welcome back to our returnees — and welcome aboard to our first-time attendees.   We’ll be meeting up for the first time this Saturday, 12/9 (details below).    Our roster will take final form as we add a few more faces over coming weeks.   We’re assured of a solid squad; large enough for all to make new friends, small enough to maintain our group’s personal feel.

And as the season starts, a quick note on a few items ….

* Logistics

Look for us (the two most dashing senior ski bums clad in matching red jackets) at the top of the A/B, off to the far side of the trail on skiers’ right at 8.25 am.  Departure will be near 8.30.

 

Our group will ski the morning and break around 11 am, shed the goggles and facemarks, re-test name and face recognition and in the spirit of camaraderie, have the group eat together.   We will generally break at Sugar House — but might opt for Jackson Gore on those days we’re hucking cliff jumps and cornices in the back country.  (OK, maybe not.)

Near high noon, we’ll jump back on snow for another two hours.  Around 2 pm we’ll set the group free — ready for you to serve up much-deserved hot chocolate. Please make sure your daughters/sons have lunch money and means to connect with you at the end of the day.

No de-merits if your son/daughter can’t participate on any given day — but for planning purposes, please drop me a note if he/she will be absent.

* Holiday Week Schedule

We will meet on Saturday, 12/23, Tuesday, 12/26, Thursday, 12/28 and Saturday, 12/30.  Thereafter, Saturdays until the next holiday break.  We’ll be checking everyone’s availability and update info on other holiday/school vacations as those dates draw closer.

* Early Season Routine

Back to basics, yes.  Balance, body position, fore and aft pressure are front and center for these early weeks.  Nothing glamorous, but critically important  even for the most experienced skiers during early season.  Maybe you’ll get a laugh, maybe a yawn, or maybe a groan about feeling uncomfortable, but each of these skills builds for real improvements as the season progresses.   We’ll keep you posted on progress in the time ahead.

* Equipment

Mike and I will talk with you if any equipment modifications are necessary. We like to keep it simple, but the proper tools are critical for safety — and executing on the skills we’re looking to build.  In the past we’ve sometimes recommended stiffer, longer skis, better fitting poles or most importantly, appropriate boots.  (We’ve also politely consulted in those rare instances of extreme goggle gap.) But seriously, in all cases, keeping skis sharp and tuned is vital.  We’ll gladly do an instructional tuning session a few weeks into the season.

 

* Terrain

Last year offered significant opportunity to ski the entire mountain — hence our group honed stylish turns in the glades on many weekends.  Let’s hope for similar conditions this season and we’ll quickly progress from groomers to the Nastar course, moguls and glades.

* Homework

For this week’s assignment, please have your daughter or son prepped with enthusiasm, willingness to make some new friends and a big smile.

Stay tuned, the fun is about to begin.

As always, feel free to reach out with thoughts or questions.

See you on the snow,

Bill and Mike

973-809-5804

U16/U19 Weekend Training 12/9 – 12/10

Hello Again Everyone,

Saturday: So as you know from my previous email, many of you will be racing SL on Saturday. For those racing, you know the routine. Get here early, and meet coaches on the hill for inspection. Those who are not racing will be meeting at the yurt at 8:15 and working on SL drillwork and focused freeski in group with coaches. Lunch from 11:30 – 12:30. End at 2pm.

Sunday: GS mode. Same routine as last weekend. Early lift at solitude. Meet at the Solitude quad at 7:25. Please respect the early lift and ski slowly outside of the lower sapphire venue and be mindful of machine operators on the hill. Bring a snack and a drink we will only take a quick break after our gate session then freeski/drill through lunch time and end a 1pm.

Any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. If plans change, I will update you. Thanks.

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