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OMST 1/27-1/28 and Mount Snow Slopestyle

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

OMST parents and athletes,

This weekend we will have our first USASA slopestyle events at Mount Snow on Saturday 1/27 and Sunday 1/28. If you have not signed your child up for the weekend events, registration is full. Athletes who will be competing will need to meet coaches at registration in the Carinthia Base Lodge at 7:30am. Mount Snow is an hour and ten minutes from Ludlow. Also, please make sure that your child’s board has a weather appropriate hot wax. These are long days so if you could also make sure that your child is equipped with snacks and water that would be great.
Friday Training at Mount Snow: OMS will also be training at Mount Snow on Friday from 9am-1:30pm and if you would like for your child to train with OMS, please let me know asap. Mount Snow does not offer training tickets so please make sure to purchase your child’s ticket for Friday training online as it is the cheapest way to go.
For athletes who will not be competing this weekend, training will be as normal and from 8am-1:30pm on both days. If anyone has any questions on anything, please let me know.

Hopefuls Race Day 1/20

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

The weather looks great for this weekend! Our first race is Saturday. We’ll meet in front of the Sugarhouse at 9 am. Kids and coaches will proceed to the NASTAR arena for course inspection. The race will start at 10 am. Format is a dual course and the kids will take a run in each course. Results will be based on combined time.

Please come out and cheer on the kids, we always have a great turnout for our races. Once the kids are done with both runs they are free to go to lunch. You can pick them up at the bottom of the race course.

We’ll meet at noon at the Sugar House for our afternoon session, returning there at 2 for results and awards.

Also, the Blount girls are hosting a skiathon this weekend benefiting cancer research. If you’d like to join the team and ski runs for research or donate to this great cause here is the link to do so. There is an apres ski party with prizes and fun times at Willie Dunns from 4-6 pm. Hope you can join in on this worthy fundraiser.

See you on Saturday!

Pam, Jim and the Hopeful coaches

U12 and U10 Weekend Update 1/20-1/21

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

Hope all is well!   We had a fun day yesterday at Pico with the U12s for the Skills and Dual Panel SL. Congrats to Maisie Kostuchenko (3rd), Riley Keane (5th) for bringing home Skills medals for girls!  Bridget Waters, Samantha Mecane and Abby Kelleher were just outside the medals in the top 15.  Congrats to Graham Stein, Keiran Shea, and Henry Roe for making the top 15 as well in the Skills.  Though the dual was awarded as a team event, we had some standouts: Tad D’Andrea posted the fastest time of the day and Abby Kelleher, Maisie Kostuchenko, and Bridget Waters would have been top 5 if there were individual awards.  Results are posted here:  Please note that the dual results are posted as regular results, not in the team fashion that awards were given.  Also ties in the skills were not necessarily broken beyond top 10.
Request for parent volunteers:
1) We are looking for 1-2 parents per U12 race to video the race, both runs all Okemo athletes.  Please contact Mike Cronin [email protected]org if you are willing.  No experience needed.
2) Please get involved with bringing down jackets/pants at races.  We coaches are there to coach your athletes and our time is not best spent shuttling clothes.  It is, however, important that they get their clothes for warmth.  If you are willing to help, just plan to ski at races and show up at the start offering to help.
Plan for the weekend:
Saturday 1/20: U12s race GS at Killington (details below); U10s train GS at home
Sunday 1/21: U10s race GS at Killington (details below); U12s train stubby AND FULL GATE SL at home (SL armor needed)
***If you (parents) are looking for a fun night out on Saturday 1/20 check out Cocktails for Scholarships featuring the Myra Flynn Band to benefit the OMS Scholarship Fund.  Tickets can be purchased at the previous link.  If you need a babysitter check out the attachment!***
Looking ahead:
Saturday 1/27: U12s train GS at home; U10s train SL at home
Sunday 1/28: U12s race GS at Pico (all details to come next week); U10s train stubby SL at home
Killington Race Details – applies to both U10 and U12 race:
Once again, you MUST pre-pay for the race at  Please do this by Friday 1/19 at 5 pm, but please do so ASAP!
Saturday’s U12 race is here:
Sunday’s U10 race is here:
Registration will begin at 7:30 AM and end at 8:30 am.  Registration will be in the Killington Ski Club Building which is just up the hill to the right from the K1 Lodge, which is the lodge that is at the very end of the access road by the K1 gondola.  When you are looking at the ski club, instead of going in the front door, walk around to the right in the back of the building and head up the stairs and in the back door. Then go down stairs to the Johnny O Multi-Purpose room.  Bibs and lift tickets will be handed out at registration – remind your athlete to put the bib on right away and not to remove it. Killington requests (and so do I) that you have your athlete go to the registration table on their own – it’s a great way to get our athletes more involved in the process of race day!  I recommend getting there early! Killington is a busier place than everywhere else we go!    Note that you MUST keep your stuff in the K1 Lodge – not in the Ski Club.
Parent tickets are available for $60 at Registration only – cash or check to KMS only.  They are for parents only and only 2 per family.  They will stop selling them at the end of registration. There were issues in past years surrounding parent tickets – if you happen to hold a pass that is good at a sister mountain of Killington‘s, which would entitle you to a day ticket you must go to K1 GUEST Services to redeem this ticket.  They will not give you a free parent ticket at registration – KSC/KMS actually has to purchase these from the mountain and it isn’t their place to give them out for free.  You cannot see the race on foot without going for a decent length hike.
The coaches will meet the kids outside of the K1 base lodge at 8:00 AM to head to the course for inspection and a free run.  Please be sure that they are on time – the race trail is not right outside of the lodge so it is imperative they are on time to go for inspection. The race will be on Bunny Buster, which is most directly accessed by the Snowdon Quad or Snowdon Triple lift (whichever is running – quad at 8 am and triple at 9 am) which you will get to by going under the K1 gondola and continuing straight until you come to either one (the triple is first and the quad a bit further). Once over there, the best way to lap on the course will be to ride the t-bar.
The race is scheduled to begin at 9:30 am.
For U12s: Athletes should listen to their coaches for directions on where to be when for second run inspection and start time. Second run will be in reverse bib order within gender.  So last girl to go first run goes first in second run. Same with the boys.  Awards are based on best combined time.  Medals for the top ten in each gender.
For U10s: The second run will begin shortly after the conclusion of the second run.  Second run will be in reverse bib order within gender.  So last girl to go first run goes first in second run. Same with the boys.  Awards are based on best single run of the first two runs.  Medals for the top ten in each gender.  The U10s will also take a 3rd run which will be gender mixed and “for fun.” Times will be announced, but not published as formal results, and the top 3 regardless of gender will get a small prize.
For both U10 and U12s awards will be 45 minutes after the completion of the race outside of the Killington Ski Club.  Encourage your children to go skiing after their second run – freeskiing on new and varied terrain is a great way to improve racing skills!!
Directions to Killington:
From Ludlow, take a right onto Rt 100 North by Harry’s. Follow this until it intersects with Rt. 4 (watch out for cops in Plymouth when the speed limit drops!). Take a left onto Rt. 4. Go past the gondola on the side of the road and keep going until you go up a big hill. The access road will be on your left. Turn left onto access road and follow it all the way to the top to the K1 Lodge.  It takes about 35-40 minutes to get there.
I look forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

OMST 1/20-1/21 and USASA Stratton BX

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

OMST parents and athletes,

Due to the rain followed by another arctic blast, MLK weekend had it’s challenges with conditions BUT we are receiving a bit of snow today into tonight (calling for 3-5″) and the mountain is working hard on getting the slopes back in shape quickly. Conditions should be great for the weekend!
Our boardercross athletes will have their first USASA BX competitions this weekend at Stratton on Saturday, 1/20 and Sunday, 1/21. If your child is competing, please make sure you pre-register your child for both events asap via Athletes should plan on meeting coaches in the West Wing of the Stratton Base Lodge at 7:30am. Stratton is about a 40 minute drive from Okemo and give yourself another 5-10 minutes for parking. Also, please make sure that your child’s board receives an edge sharpen and weather appropriate hot wax prior to the events. The Totem Pole in Ludlow offers excellent tuning services.
Friday BX training with OMS will also an option for our weekend athletes at Stratton. This is a great opportunity for your child to receive some extra training prior to the event. If the course is open (I will know on Thurs) training will be at Stratton, if not training will be at Okemo. Training will be from 8:30am-12pm and I will let you know the training plan on Thursday evening. Training is $75 through the Competition Center.
For OMST athletes who will not be competing, training will be as usual at Okemo from 8am-1:30pm. A heavy dose of park and pipe training will be our focus for the weekend.

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

Friday, January 12th, 2018
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:
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.

U12 and U10 Weekend of 1/6 and 1/7 Take 3

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

Sorry to do this, but there is going to be another alteration in the schedule this weekend.  Those of you who know me well know how much I hate to deviate from a plan, but this weather is unrelenting, and I have to be reasonable!
Plan still stands for tomorrow Saturday 1/6:
The U12‘s dryland session will be from 11:30 am -12:30 pm
The U10‘s dryland session will be from 12:30 – 1:30 pm
At the OMS gym – if you haven’t yet RSVPed for your child, please do so we can plan accordingly.
Unfortunately, the arctic air that has settled on us plans to hang around well into Sunday morning.  The hourly forecast for the town of Ludlow (never mind on the mtn) show air temps of -11 at 9 am on Sunday. We won’t even talk about wind chill.  Luckily the temps will sharply rise from there, hitting a balmy 2 by noon :)!!!  Therefore, we will have an altered time schedule and meeting place as follows:
On Sunday 1/7 athletes should meet coaches at the yurt at the bottom of Wardance at 11 am on GS skis.  We will train on Wardance from 11 am – 1 pm and then go as groups for a break in the Sugar House and/or Summit Lodge to warm up and have a snack (about 30 min only).  Then we will freeski for the rest of the afternoon until 3 pm.  You should plan on your child being with coaches from 11 am – 3 pm and not meeting them for the break like you normally might.
Let me know if you have any questions, and, again, apologies for all of the changes.

Hopefuls 1/6 and 1/7

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

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

Thursday, January 4th, 2018
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 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 (  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 –  U12/10 announcements are at this link specifically: Also check out the U12/10 FAQs: Also you can access the U10 and U12 training and racing schedule (with very basic info) here:
And please refer to U12.10 101 2017.18 Edition for race schedule and other info!

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

Monday, January 1st, 2018

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:

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

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

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!


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