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

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

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

U10 and U12 Weekend Update 12/9 and 12/10 + Last Call for Hammer Camp

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

I hope this email finds you well and looking forward to the weekend!

Weekend Training Info: Saturday and Sunday we will be on SL skis (no armor needed) for freeskiing and drill work training according to our normal schedule. Looking ahead we are on SL skis 12/16 and 12/17 also.

I hope to see you all Saturday night 12/9 at The OMS Board of Directors’ Reception 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 parents – past, present, and future – while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and new this year – a signature cocktail!  A great way to learn about the opportunities that exist for your athlete at OMS and support OMS’ Wish List through the Giving Tree! If you can’t make it to this event, check out our Wish List onlineThis event is most appropriate for adults only.

Tomorrow is the last chance to sign up for OMS Holiday Hammer Camp, so if you haven’t had the chance to yet, but are intending to, do so right away! If you have signed up, details on the week will come later this week.

***Friday training: Anyone who has signed their children up for Friday training (you must sign up for the “3 day” option with the Comp Center), training for Friday U10/12s will start this Friday.  You will receive 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.

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.  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: December 16th at OMS in the new Fitness Facility at 7 pm.  Tickets are on sale here: https://www.okemomountainschool.org/purchase-tickets-volkswagen-presents-warren-millers-line-of-descent  There are only a few tickets left!  If we sell out online, we won’t sell tickets at the door.  Get yours before they sell out!

That’s all for now!  Both new and old parents are reminded to read all communication carefully.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me.

Think snow,

Mariel

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

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, this is the first weekly update email of the season!  Please read the 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.

In this email you will find a helpful review of beginning of the season info and important save the dates below the weekend specific info.

Weekend of 12/2 and 12/3:

We are scheduled to begin training THIS Saturday, December 2nd at 8:30 am.  Your child must be registered with the comp center to train (see below). We will meet at the top of the AB quads (by the trees on skiers right of both lifts) at 8:30 am, ski until 10:30 am and then the kids are dismissed for lunch from wherever they are at the time.  We meet again for the afternoon training session at 12 pm (same place), ski until 2 pm.  We will be on SL skis both Saturday and Sunday.  Looking ahead we will also be on SL skis 12/9 and 12/10.

Also don’t forget that the OMARA 2017-2018 Season Kick-Off Party and Annual Meeting is Saturday, December 2nd from 5-7:30 pm at Siena (upstairs in the Round House at Jackson Gore).  Coaches will host informal break out info sessions from 5:30 – 6 pm to give an overview of programs and answer questions. Then OMARA will conduct some quick business at 6 pm.  Then the socializing will continue!  I will be there, as will other U10 and U12 coaches, and will be available to answer any questions you might have.  I look forward to seeing you all!

***Friday training: Anyone who has signed their children up for Friday training (you must sign up for the “3 day” option with the Comp Center), training for Friday U10/12s will start on Friday, December 8th.  You will receive separate communication on this each week if you have completed registration for this.

Other Important Info:

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/

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.  YOU MUST REGISTER YOUR CHILD BEFORE THEY TRAIN!!!

Save the Dates:

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 andmingling 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 are on sale here: https://www.okemomountainschool.org/purchase-tickets-volkswagen-presents-warren-millers-line-of-descent  Get yours before they sell out!!!

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!  I will send registration info in a separate email a little later today.  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!   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

Welcome to the U10 and U12 2017-18 Season

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

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

2017 VARA World Cup Parade – Response needed by 10/13

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Hello Okemo Competition Center Alpine Families plus a few recent alpine alumni!),

It is hard to believe it is already October!  I hope all is well!  Many of you are probably wondering about registration for the Okemo Competition Center programs this winter.  You should be hearing from Peter Cornish, Director of the Okemo Competition Center, very soon regarding sign-ups for this winter.  I know that you are able to call the Okemo Call Center (802-228-1600) right now to register (see info on programs and rates HERE), but soon you may also be able to register online as well. Peter has been working with IT on making this convenience available.   However, I am contacting you right now regarding the VARA Parade of Athletes at the World Cup in November.
As many of you know, Killington will again host the Women’s World Cup the weekend of November 25th and 26th.  It was amazing to see World Cup racing back in the East last winter and we are all very excited to have it back again!
On Saturday 11/25 VARA clubs are again being invited to participate in a Parade of Clubs prior to the start of the GS race.  We hope to have a strong contingent of Okemo participants like we did last year!  We had over 100 march in the parade, which was the most of any club!
Read on for details, but be sure to complete this SURVEY if your athlete wants to get a spot in the parade.
Details are still being finalized by VARA and the WC Organizing Committee, but here is what we know as of now:
1) We will be able to have a certain number of athletes march in the parade.  Hopefully, this number will accommodate all that wish to march, but our number could wind up being somewhat limited.  Your response now will help ensure all can march!
2) Okemo is going to generously provide busing again this year and our buses will be able to drive all the way to the K1 Lodge for drop-off/pick-up.  HOWEVER, every athlete will need to be accompanied by an adult to ride the bus and this adult will be responsible for this/these athlete(s) during the course of the day at Killington.  Coaches will serve as chaperones only during the staging of and marching in the actual parade and will be watching the race from the VARA viewing area where the parade will end.  Your athletes are encouraged to watch the race with their coaches so that they can ask questions, etc, BUT coaches will not be responsible for supervising athletes during the race or making sure they they get back on the bus at the end of the day.  Last year proved too logistically difficult with so many different families having different plans for their athletes and last minute changes to those plans.  With such large crowds present at the event, we feel the best way to ensure athlete safety is to have each family responsible.  Depending on response for taking the bus we may need to limit athletes to one parent on the bus with them.
3) Any athlete who wants to march in the parade but NOT ride the bus is welcome to march.  The athlete will need to meet the group at the staging area near the K1 lodge.
4) Approximate timeline for Saturday 11/25. Note this may change prior to the event and details regarding meeting places will come!
6 AM – meet at Okemo for bus transport (athletes must have an adult!)
7:30 AM – meet at the staging area for the parade.  Athletes are left with coach chaperones.
8:30/8:45 AM – Parade begins
9 AM – Parade ends at VARA viewing area.  Athletes reconnect with their parents/adult chaperone in/just outside the VARA viewing area.
9:30/10 AM – race starts
2 PM – approx. race end
3:30 PM – approx time for bus departure back to Okemo.
Since we need to provide a number of athlete parade participants to VARA this weekend, I am asking that you click this link (https://goo.gl/forms/DkiBJqRN1Kq4UOgU2) to fill out a survey to indicate your athletes’ participation BY FRIDAY 10/13.  Please consider this a firm RSVP.  We also will need to work with Okemo to try and meet the demand for bus rides, so please reply accurately there too.  Both transportation and parade participation may be limited, and I may need to collect another set of responses later.  If you are interested in learning more about the parade, please make sure to fill out the survey, even if your response is NO.
Thanks!
Mariel

Okemo Fit Day: Sunday, September 17th

Monday, August 14th, 2017
Dear U12 and U10 Families,
I hope this email finds you well and ready for FALL!  September is right around the corner, so I just wanted to send a quick reminder about the Upcoming Fit Day, plus a few other fun OMS items!
2017 Okemo Fit Day: Mark your calendars for this year’s Okemo Fit Day on Sunday, September 17th from 9 am – 1 pm on the Okemo Mountain School Front Lawn at 53 Main St in Ludlow (rain location: Jackson Gore Ice House).  Though the event goes until 1 pm, please plan to arrive no later than 12 pm so that you have adequate time to browse equipment – the vendors will be packed up by 1 pm.
All of the latest alpine race equipment will be there for you and your athlete to take a look at for the upcoming winter.  Skis will be there in all sizes to determine the right length and boots will be available in a range of sizes to try on.  Remember to bring ski socks for your athlete!  There also will be some poles, goggles, and helmets as well. Please note that you will not place orders directly with the race reps for each brand, but with a local shop that carries the brand you want.  Local shops will be at Fit Day to process orders should you wish to place them at that time.  Remember that our local Ludlow shops will honor race pricing for all Okemo athletes who are USSA members.  Race pricing represents a significant savings over regular retail.
While there will be largely alpine ski equipment at Fit Day, Freestyle Ski athletes will want to check out boots and can also take the opportunity to talk with shops about freestyle or freeride skis for this season.
 
And don’t forget to take part in the other OMS fun going on this summer and fall:
2017 OMS Benefit Golf Tournament at Tater Hill: Hopefully you all have received the invitation to this year’s tournament on Saturday, September 16th from Kate Foster and plan to join in the fun…or sponsor if you can’t make it.  It is always a great day and a nice chance to connect with winter friends in the off season! Check out info here…REGISTER here or SPONSOR here!
2017 Summer Online Auction to benefit the OMS Annual Fund:  Given the success of using the online auction platform Bidding for Good this winter in conjunction with the Winter Festival, we have decided to host a Summer Online Auction.  This is a great opportunity to support OMS from afar.  Wherever you are enjoying the summer, you can still support OMS by simply CLICKING HERE to check out the awesome items we have available!  The auction ends on Friday!
See you all soon and don’t forget to think SNOW!
Mariel

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

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