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U12 and U10 Weekend of 3/11 and 3/12 Update

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

Just a quick update on a few things.
The Bromley GS on Saturday has filled up as I said it might.  No worries though, there is still Suicide Six for some Stubby SL racing OR training at home.  ***U12s will train full gate SL on Saturday 3/11, so please be prepared with armor.***
 
Details for Sunday’s U10 Skills Day and Team Dual Panel SL at Pico:
Registration: 7:30 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!  As with any MVC “regular” season race for U10 or U12s, you do not need to register your athlete beforehand.  Entry fee is $30 (payable in cash or check payable to Pico Ski Club only), which includes your athlete’s lift ticket.  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.  Skills will go from 9-11 am, Lunch from 11-12 and athletes will meet their groups again at 12 pm in front of the ski club. The Dual SL will start at 12:45 pm and athletes will run once on each course.  Second run is reverse bib order.  Awards about 30 minutes after the completion of the dual.  The awards are based on the best team (team being the group that the athletes trained with in the morning).
 
All other details remain the same as I emailed on Tuesday.
 
Final Meisterschaft list be sent to you tomorrow for those still waiting on that info.
 
Thanks!
Mariel

U12 and U10 Weekend of 3/11 and 3/12 + Post Season

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Hello U12 and U10 Families,
First of all, a big congrats to the U12s for winning back the BOOT and bringing it home for the summer!  Way to battle it out in dual GS at Middlebury!  So many medal winners: Nina Garbarino 1st, Kate Goodrich 7th, Hayden Nelson 8th. Michael Amato 1st, Kieran Shea 3rd, Gabe Dawkins 4th, Michael Caruso 8th, Chase Poodiack 10th.
 
Check out some awesome pictures taken Sunday by Isabelle Vagell’s dad, Mike.  Thanks Mike for the pics!

https://www.flickr.com/gp/1525[email protected]/045324

 
So much info here, so please read carefully.
 
U12 Post Season Qualification Update – attached is a spreadsheet with boys and girls on separate tabs showing who is going to which event. Please check this out.  Please note that a few more in the “alternates” range may make Meisterschaft, but we are working through the alternates still.  Of note, Meisterschaft will be held both days at Magic since Willard is closed.  Details to come next week.  Also, the SL Project will be moving to West Mountain, in Queensbury, NY.  Updated details to come, but project will still include lodging, meals, etc.
 
This Weekend…
Please note you must be logged into adminskiracing for a payment/registration option to appear at any of the links below!  Please sign up by Thursday if you are intending to sign up for any of those so I can plan staffing-wise.  Also, races may fill up, so the sooner the better! Unlike normal MVC races you must register your child yourself for these races – I will not enter them. No need to email me to let me know where your child is going this weekend – I will look up the entries on adminskiracing.com.

 
Saturday, March 11th options: 
1) Slush Cup at Suicide Six.  This race is open to U10s and U12s and is a fun day.  We will meet athletes at 8:10 am in front of the lodge.  Registration is in the Ski Club building (to right of lift) at 7:30 am.  This is a Stubby SL race.  Enter online here: https://www.adminskiracing.com/node/96731  
 
2) Sun Mountain Showdown at Bromley GS Race.  This race is open to U12 and U14s.  We will meet athletes at 8:30 am at the bottom of the Alpine Chairlift.  Attached is an info sheet – please read for more details AND a waiver they require.  Enter online here: https://www.adminskiracing.com/node/65486
 
3) Training at home: U10s and U12s freeski SL.  
 
Sunday, March 12th options: 
1) Sun Mountain Showdown at Bromley SL Race.  This race is open to U12 and U14s and is FULL gate SL. We will meet athletes at 8:30 am at the bottom of the Alpine Chairlift.  Attached is an info sheet – please read for more details AND a waiver they require. Enter online here: https://www.adminskiracing.com/node/65487
 
2) U10 Skills Day and Team Dual Panel SL at Pico. This IS a regular MVC event – I am entering all U10s (please let me know if I should NOT enter your child). I am waiting on some details from the organizers, but plan on a 7:30 am registration (same drill as the last few times we have gone to Pico).  Athlete meeting likely at 8:30 am.  Will confirm details!
 
3) Training at home: Full gate SL for U12s
 
Looking ahead:
Saturday 3/18: Piche’s, Meisterschaft, or “Devo Olympics”/GS at Home
Sunday, March 19th: Piche’s, Meisterschaft, “Devo Olympics”, or Okemo GS open to U12s and U14s. Register here: https://www.adminskiracing.com/node/64965 Last day of regular training.
 
Saturday, March 25th: End of the Season Awards with Parent vs Athlete Race and an On-Snow Demo of next year’s race equipment!
Sunday, March 26th: Matt Harnett Memorial Race at Killington.  This race is also open to U10s and U12s, as well as U14s.  It is a Dual Panel SL, but GS skis will likely be best for most of our kids…we will decide later.  Again you must register your own child for this race https://www.adminskiracing.com/node/65099. This is another fun race – lots of prizes and fun racing!  
 
Ok that’s all for now…again I will send more details for the U10 Skills Day, but everything else is set.
 
Thanks!
Mariel

U12 and U10 Weekend Update 3/4 and 3/5

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
Hello U12 and U10 Families,
 
Great weekend of racing at Suicide Six and Pico.  Lots of great skiing showing a season’s worth of improvement!  We are proud of all of our U12 and U10 athletes for all of their accomplishments this season. 
 
To check out results for the U10s click here: http://www.vara.org/results/mvc-u10-stubby-slalom/1047/ (currently they are posted incorrectly – with combined times, rather than single best run.  I will get them to repost)
U12 results are not yet posted, but should be on VARA soon!
 
Another busy weekend ahead.  Please read carefully below.  
 
Remember the U12 post-season events standings and request for preferences will come in a separate email (be prepared to respond quickly though!) – I expect to be able to send those tomorrow.  
 
Saturday 3/4:
U10 Festival at Quechee (GS Skis) – details below
U12s train dual at home (GS skis)
 
Sunday 3/5:
U10s Skills and Dual SL at home (SL skis)
U12 Festival at Middlebury (GS skis) – details below
 
Quechee Details:
Registration is in the basement of the Lodge from 7:30 – 8:30 am.  Entry fee is $30 cash or check.  We will meet the kids at 8:40 am outside of the Base Lodge to do the “Opening Ceremonies and Parade of Mountains” and then go for warm up runs and inspection.  Due to the recent weather we have had to change to format of this event to 4 runs in Dual GS and then a fun obstacle course set (no timing on obstacle course).  The dual race will start at 9:30.  Each athlete will take two runs on each course back to back and their best time will count for awards.  Athletes can then proceed to running the obstacle course on the T-Bar until awards.  Listen for announcements on timing for awards.
 
DRIVING DIRECTIONS to Quechee:
Take 100 North (the right hand turn before Jackson Gore). In Plymouth, take a right onto 100A. When this dead ends at Rt 4, take a right. This will go through Bridgewater and Woodstock – watch for cops in both towns! The speed limit goes down to 25 twice – obey the speed limit. Continue through Woodstock and after a few miles as you come to the town of Taftsville (don’t blink) you will see a big red covered bridge with a green roof on the left.  Take a left to get to the bridge.  Go across it and head straight up the hill.  Follow this road for a mile or two until you see Quechee on your left.  You can either park before the white building (base lodge) or after it.   It takes about 50 minutes to get to Quechee.
 
Middlebury Details:
The race is a dual GS (despite the fact that some listings say parallel SL) and the plan is to set 18-20 m which lines up best with U12’s GS skis, so GS skis for Sunday.
 
Registration is in the main base lodge beginning at 7:30 am.  Entry fee is $35. Please bring a check made payable to Middlebury Ski Club or cash (no ATM at Midd).  You can also pre-pay online here: https://www.adminskiracing.com/node/108116.  The base lodge doesn’t even open until 7:30 am and they don’t like people to arrive early, so aim for a 7:30 am arrival.

Have the kids put their bibs on immediately and attach lift tickets to their goggles! They will not be able to ride the lift without their lift ticket, so do not put it on jacket or pants.
Middlebury is a very strict place about a few things….NO ALCOHOL, no dogs on the hill or in lodge (can be on premises but must be leashed), NO ONE CAN CARRY SKIS UP THE LIFT – this includes parents.  Athletes must put their race skis on at the bottom and ride up the lift to the start.  Please respect ALL of these rules :)! 
 
Coaches will meet the kids outside of the base lodge to go for free runs and course inspection at 8:05 am.  The first run start start time is 9:30 AM.  Odd # bibs start on Blue and even # bibs on Red.  They will run their second run immediately after their first on the opposite course.  We are going to try for 4 runs total if the courses are holding up.  Awards will then be best on the combined time of each athletes’ best Red and Blue course runs.  If we cannot do 4 runs it will just be combined time of their only red and blue course runs.  Awards will be about 30 minutes after the end of the race.

Driving directions to Middlebury:  Take 100 North like you are going to Killington.  Watch for cops in Plymouth. Take a left at RT 4. Watch for cops on the flats just past the Skyeship gondola.  Just past the access road to Killington Rt. 100 splits off to the right.  Take this right to stay on Rt. 100.  You will go through the town of Pittsfield and after another 5 miles or so you will come to a fork in the road.  Stay to the Left (almost actually a left hand turn) to stay on Rt. 100.  Follow this for another 10-12 miles or so and you will come to the town of Hancock.  Take a left onto Rt 125.  This will take you all of the way to the Middlebury Snowbowl.  It will be on your left after climbing up a big hill on a windy road.  The trip takes about 1 hour to 1 hour and fifteen minutes from Ludlow.  Keep in mind that the Snow Bowl is technically in Hancock, not in Middlebury and so you don’t go there like you would go to the town of Middlebury or the college.
 
Thanks,
Mariel

U12 and U10 Training 2/18-2/26

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

Hello from snowy Ludlow!  Sunday’s storm dumped almost a foot on us and we just picked up another inch or two in a little snow squall midday.  The skiing is incredible!  I hope you are all excited to get up here this weekend.  Unless of course you are already here for Valentine Camp!  The OMS Valentine campers are having a great week and learning a ton!
Plan for the next week:
Saturday 2/18: U12 and U10 train dual GS 
Sunday 2/19: U12 and U10 train SL at home (U12s will do some full gate so should wear full armor if they have it)
 
President’s Week – SUBJECT TO CHANGE based on weather.  But go with this unless you hear otherwise.  We will train according to normal schedule with normal meeting place.
Monday 2/20: U12 and U10 GS 
Tuesday 2/21: U12 and U10 GS
Wednesday 2/22: OFF
Thursday 2/23: U12 and U10 SL
Friday 2/24: U12 and U10 SL
Saturday 2/25: U12 and U10 SL
Sunday 2/26: U10s race Stubby SL at Pico; U12s race Stubby SL at Suicide Six (details to come on both).
 
Don’t forget that Saturday night is the Okemo Mountain School Winter Festival celebrating 25 years of educating Okemo’s student-athletes!  Join us at Willie Dunn’s at the Okemo Valley Golf Course from 7-10 pm on Saturday, 2/18!  For those of you that don’t know Okemo Mountain School is the winter sports academy here in Ludlow of which I am Head of School.  My position at OMS allows me to be so involved with U10 and U12 racing, not only at the Okemo Competition Center, but in all of Mid-Vermont, with my position as U10/12 Racing Chair.  OMS also creates opportunities for your athletes such as the Valentine Camp!  Please consider attending the event.  Not only will it be a fun evening with wine, beer, and cider tasting and an amazing Silent Auction, but you will support OMS, which would mean a great deal to me personally!  Click HERE to purchase tickets in advance (they are available at the door as well) or click HERE to donate if you wish to support the school further!  You can also bid early on the Silent Auction online by clicking HERE
 
Also related to OMS – our online pop-up shop for clothing and apparel is open right now until Thursday 2/24.  If you are interested in purchasing anything, check it out HERE.
 
That’s all for now!  See you all Saturday or sooner!
 
Mariel

U12 and U10 Weekend of 2/11 and 2/12

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

First of all, congrats to all of the U12s on a great day at Quechee!  SL is a challenging discipline and there definitely were some learning experiences for all of the athletes, but overall it was a great day.  Congrats to Merina Visnic 6th, Hayden Nelson 7th, Tia Spenlinhauer 8th, Kiera Laurion 9th, Kate Goodrich 10th, Cole Firstbrook 1st, Mike Amato 2nd, and Gabe Dawkins 4th.  The results are now available on the VARA website here: http://www.vara.org/results/mvc-u12-stubby-sl/1088/

Saturday 2/11: U12 and U10 train dual GS at home; U10 social at the Sitting Bull at 3:30 (see below)
Sunday 2/12: U12 (YOB 2005 only) SG Camp (see info below); U12s (YOB 2006 and those not in SG camp) and U10s SL
 
OMS Valentine Camp Info will go out directly to campers by Friday. There is no room left in the camp.
 
U10 Après-Ski Social: Several of the U10s and their families are meeting up at the Sitting Bull after skiing on Saturday, February 11 (starting around 3:30) for some snacks and beverages and the opportunity to get to know one another better.  All U10s, families and coaches are invited to grab some tables and hang out for a little while.   Look for a concentration of Okemo Alpine Racing jackets in size 12 and smaller.
 
Looking ahead:
Saturday 2/18: U12 and U10 train dual GS 
Sunday 2/19: U12 and U10 train SL at home (U12s will do some full gate so should wear full armor if they have it)
President’s Week – SUBJECT TO CHANGE based on weather etc.
Monday 2/20: U12 and U10 GS (OMS U12s OFF)
Tuesday 2/21: U12 and U10 GS
Wednesday 2/22: OFF
Thursday 2/23: U12 and U10 SL
Friday 2/24: U12 and U10 SL
Saturday 2/25: U12 and U10 SL
Sunday 2/26: U10s race Stubby SL at Pico; U12s race Stubby SL at Suicide Six (details to come).
 
U12 Super G Camp at Okemo Sunday 2/12:
***Remember that you had to sign your child up for this with me and your child has to be born in 2005 to participate.*** Athletes should wear their GS suits like a race day (but have warm clothing over it – pants and jacket!) and be on their GS skis for this event. Just like race day, there will be a registration in the upstairs of the Okemo Competition Center.   Registration is from 7:30-8:15 am.  Entry fee for the camp is $40, but will be discounted for Okemo athletes – I apologize, but I have not yet been told the amount of discount.  Athletes should register and get their bib (they have bibs even though it isn’t a race) and then meet in the basement of the Summit Lodge for the camp meeting at 9 am sharp – be early. They will be with the camp all morning, have lunch from about 11:45-12:30 (we are encouraging everyone to eat in the summit lodge because we will meet back there at 12:30 pm for the afternoon) and then be back with the camp until 3 pm.  Much easier logistically than a typical race day.
That’s all for now!  
 
Thanks,
Mariel

U12 and U10 Weekend Update 2/3-2/5

Monday, January 30th, 2017
Hello U12 and U10 Families,
 
First of all, congrats to the U12s for winning the Boot on Saturday at Killington!  All U12s skied very well and made the coaches proud!   There were many big improvements for many athletes and we also brought home a lot of hardware in addition to the BOOT!  Congrats to Merina Visnic 1st, Nina Garbarino 2nd, Jillian Ludl 9th, Charlie Tavolato 2nd, Michael Amato 3rd, Gabe Dawkins 4th, Rhys Marschke 9th, Graham Stein 10th!
 
We are heading into another busy weekend!  Please read this email carefully!
 
OMS Valentine Camp still has a few open spots – please let me know ASAP if your child is interested.
 
Friday 2/3: U12 and U10 Quechee SL camp – for those of you whose athletes are signed up to attend the Quechee SL camp, please see the attachment for lots of info.  The basics of the day are registration for the camp (which will proceed similarly to registration for a race) is in the downstairs of the base lodge from 7:30 – 8:15 AM. Entry is $30 and includes a lift ticket. The athletes should be ready to ski and meet at the base of the lift at 8:45 am.  Mike, Dale, Al, Barrett and I will be there, but our athletes will likely be skiing with other coaches from other mountains. They will be with the camp for the remainder of the day until it is over at 2:30 pm.  Parents can either ski (parent tix $22), enjoy the parent presentations, or leave for the day. Athletes need to bring a lunch or buy one from the cafeteria.  See driving directions below. 
 
Saturday 2/4: U10s and U12s are home training Stubby SL – regular schedule.
 
Sunday 2/5: U10s home training at Okemo on SL skis – regular schedule.  U12s race stubby SL at Quechee (details below).
 
Looking ahead:
Saturday 2/11 – U12 and U10 train dual GS at home
Sunday 2/12 – U12 (YOB 2005 only) SG Camp – will send separate info email; U12s (YOB 2006) and U10s SL
This weekend’s race info —
Details for U12 Stubby SL at Quechee on Sunday, February 5:
Registration is in the basement of the Quechee base lodge from 7:30-8:30 am. The entry fee for the race is $30 – cash or check only. Your athlete will get his or her lift ticket and bib here – please have them register themselves but keep the reminders coming about not losing bibs! Parent tickets are $22 and sibling tickets are $17 and available at the ticket booth at the bottom of the chair.  You do not need to ski to be able to view the race.
 
Coaches will meet the athletes at 8:25 am at the base of the lift to go for free runs and inspection.
 
The first run starts at 9:30 am and the second run will start about an hour after the first run ends.  Keep in mind that the athletes will meet their coaches again for second run inspection.  Athletes should listen to coaches and announcements for a time for second run inspection and start times.  Second run is in reverse order within gender and awards are combined time about one hour after the completion of the race.
 
PLEASE NOTE: There is no “tailgating” allowed at Quechee.  Please do not bring large amounts of outside food or beverages to set up either in the parking lot or on the deck.  Quechee is a private golf/country club and the ski club is lucky to be able to operate and host races there.  NO DOGS are allowed either.
 
DRIVING DIRECTIONS to Quechee: 
Take 100 North (the right hand turn before Jackson Gore). In Plymouth, take a right onto 100A. When this dead ends at Rt 4, take a right. This will go through Bridgewater and Woodstock – watch for cops in both towns! The speed limit goes down to 25 twice – obey the speed limit. Continue through Woodstock and after a few miles as you come to the town of Taftsville (don’t blink) you will see a big red covered bridge with a green roof on the left.  Take a left to get to the bridge.  Go across it and head straight up the hill.  Follow this road for a mile or two until you see Quechee on your left.  You can either park before the white building (base lodge) or after it.   It takes about 50-60 minutes to get to Quechee.
 
That’s all for now!
 
Thanks,
Mariel

U12 and U10 Weekend Update 1/28 + 1/29

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Hello U12 and U10 Families,
Great weekend of racing at Killington for both the U10 and U12s this past weekend.  All of the athletes worked hard and performed well – all of the season’s training so far really paid off!  A big congrats to the following on bringing home some hardware!!
U12 Girls: Merina Visnic 1st, Nina Garbarino 2nd, Jillian Ludl 7th, Keira Laurion 8th, Abby Kelleher 10th
U12 Boys: Gabe Dawkins 4th, Charlie Tavolato 6th, Mike Amato 9th, Tad D’Andrea 10th
U10 Girls: Emma Van Heyst 3rd, Riley Keane 4th, Bridget Waters 6th, Maisie Kostuchenko 9th
U10 Boys: Andrew Visco 5th, Blake Nelson 8th
Plan for the weekend:
Saturday 1/28: U12s and U10s train GS at home.
***On Saturday all U12 and 10s are invited to have cupcakes on the Yurt Deck at the end of our afternoon session to celebrate Nina and Jillian’s birthdays!!***
Sunday 1/29: U12s race GS at Pico (all details to come next week); U10s train SL freeskiing and drills at home
 
Looking ahead:
Friday 2/3: Quechee SL Camp (I will inform everyone of who made it into the camp on Friday and more details will come next week)
Saturday 2/4: U12 and U10s train stubby SL at home
Sunday 2/5: U12s race Stubby SL at Quechee; U10s train SL freeskiing and drills at home
 
Other Info:
Don’t forget that Monday 2/6 is the deadline for OMS Valentine Victory Camp Sign Up!
 
President’s Week Training: We will train mid-week during President’s week (week of 2/20).  We will train 4 out of the 5 days (weather dependent) – hopefully Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday, but we will choose the day off based on the weather if necessary.  Training this week is included in your Competition Center fees.
Details for U12 GS at Pico on Sunday 1/29: (Similar routine to the Skills Day and Dual!)
Registration: 7:30 am in the upstairs of the Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge, which is in between the Pico Ski Club and The Ski Shop/Main Lodge.  Have your athlete register themselves please!  As with any MVC “regular” season race for U10 or U12s, you do not need to register your athlete beforehand – I take care of all of the entries.  Entry fee is $30 (payable in cash or check payable to Pico Ski Club only), which includes your athlete’s lift ticket.  Please remind athletes to put their bibs on immediately and do not lose them!
 
We 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.
 
Coaches will meet athletes at 8:25 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) to go for inspection and free runs.  First run will start at 9:30 am.  There will likely be a re-set for second run, so athletes should listen to coaches and announcements to figure out when to meet for second run inspection.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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!!
 
That’s all for now!  Thanks!

Mariel

U12 and U10 Training Weekend of 1/21 and 1/22

Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Hello U12 and U10 Families,
Hope all is well!  We just picked up another 6-8″ inches here so we are looking good and ready to rock for this weekend!  It is a busy one, so read carefully for details.
Plan for the weekend:
Saturday 1/21: U12s race GS at Killington (details below); U10s train GS at home
Sunday 1/22: U10s race GS at Killington (details below); U12s train stubby SL at home
Looking ahead:
Saturday 1/28: U12s and U10s train GS at home.
Sunday 1/29: 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:
 
Entry fee is $30 cash or check payable to KMS OR if you want to pay by credit card you need to pre-pay for the race at adminskiracing.com.  
 
Saturday’s U12 race is here: https://www.adminskiracing.com/node/65096
Sunday’s U10 race is here: https://www.adminskiracing.com/node/65096
 
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 $50 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.  Medals for the top ten in each gender.
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!!
I look forward to seeing everyone this weekend!
Thanks!
Mariel

U12 and U10 Weekend Update 1/14 and 1/15

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
Hello U12 and U10 Families!
 
Last weekend was a ton of fun getting the competition season kicked off for the U12s!  
 
Team Wardance, made up of several Okemo athletes in addition to others from our neighboring MVC clubs, was victorious in the team dual race!
 
Please note that there were apparently a few errors in the Skills Results for girls – corrected results have been posted.  The correction resulted in a few of our athletes placing in the top 10!  Merina Visnic actually placed 6th just past Nina Garbarino in 5th and Keira Laurion and Olivia Weeple actually tied for 10th with Abby Kelleher.  Pico will be getting these girls medals and awarding them on the next race day.  They will also be getting medals for any boys who received the wrong place medal due to a tie.
 
Results are posted here:
http://www.vara.org/results/mvc-u12-skills-dual/1045/
http://www.vara.org/back/clubs_races/results4_1045.pdf
http://www.vara.org/back/clubs_races/results3_1045.pdf
Skills are in bib order – not rank order.
Plan for the weekend:
Saturday 1/14: GS skis for both U10 and U12.  We are focusing on turn initiation and releasing the turn in GS.  
Sunday 1/15: GS skis for both U10 and U12
We do not train on MLK Monday (1/16) – if you are able to stick around that day, enjoy it freeskiing with your athlete!
 
Looking ahead:
Saturday 1/21: U12s race GS at Killington (all details to come next week); U10s train GS at home
Sunday 1/22: U10s race GS at Killington (all details to come next week); U12s train stubby SL at home
Some Save the Dates:
U10 and U12 SL Camp, Friday, February 3rd: This event is at Quechee and is open to all U10s and U12s; however, since space is limited we do a lottery of interested athletes to decide who can attend – sometimes it works out that everyone can.  The day proceeds much like a race day in that you must drive your athlete to Quechee, go through registration, and drive them home.  However, instead of racing, athletes are broken into groups with athletes and coaches from other mountains and they proceed through a variety of gate and drill stations that train SL fundamentals. In the afternoon there is a dual stubby SL set for the athletes to go head to head with one another (no timing).  The event is $30.  I will send much more info on this later including info on how to sign up for the lottery.  It is a very fun event, but please note it is in no way mandatory.
 
Second Year U12 Super G Camp, February 12th: I will also send details on this as we draw closer to the date, but please note that this is for second year U12s only, as in athletes born in 2005.  The event is at Okemo and will be an all day event that requires an entry fee.  Athletes are broken up into groups with athletes from other mountains and they cycle through various stations that work on SG skills.  There is no race contested.  Athletes do not need SG skis and in fact must use their regular GS skis.
OMS Valentine Victory Camp, February 13-17th: This camp is similar in format to the Holiday Hammer Camp and includes 5 days of on-snow training with 3 days of study hall and dryland.  It is a great way to get a taste of life at OMS and get some additional training in! Keep in mind that this is an OMS program, unlike the President’s Week training the following week which is included in your weekend program fees.  I will send all of the information, including how to sign up, via separate email later this week.
OMS 25th Anniversary Celebration Winter Festival, February 18th from 7-10 pm at Willie Dunn’s: Save the date for OMS’ biggest fundraiser of the season!  Join us for an evening of wine and cheese tasting, Vermont beer and hard cider tasting, and hor d’ourves from local restaurants.  We have an amazing silent auction every year where you can pick up useful, unique, and one-of-a-kind gifts!  Stay tuned for more information on the event and the accompanying fundraising drive!
That is all for now!  Enjoy the rest of your weeks!
Thanks,
Mariel

U10 and U12 Sunday 1/8 Pico Details

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

Hello U12 and U10 Families!

Details for Pico and the U12 Skills Day:
The U12s will be contesting both the “freeski with pole usage” and “straight run to side slip with edge set” skills, for which they will receive scores.  There will be medals to the top ten boys and girls based on their cummulative score.
You can check out info on each skill here.  There are videos on each page – share these with your child.  They have already trained these skills, and will again Saturday, 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 revers order with boys and girls switching courses.
Registration: 7:30 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!  As with any MVC “regular” season race for U10 or U12s, you do not need to register your athlete beforehand – I take care of all of the entries.
 
Entry fee is $30 (payable in cash or check payable to Pico Ski Club only), which includes your athlete’s lift ticket.  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.
 
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.
 
The Dual Panel SL race will begin 1-1.5 hours after the conclusion of the Skills, but all athletes should meet their Skills Groups 30 minutes after the conclusion of the skills for an inspection of the Dual.  Athletes should get confirmation from their group leaders.
 
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.
 
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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