U12 and U10 Training Weekend of 1/23 and 1/24

Hello U12 and U10 Families,
I hope you are all having great weeks, but looking forward to the weekend!  We definitely are here with the first U12 race coming up!  Please read carefully – lots of info here!  And please note that some separate emails will be coming this week with regard to the upcoming U12 SG Camp, OMS Valentine Camp, and SL Camp at Quechee.
Plan for the weekend:
Saturday 1/23: Both U10s and U12s on GS skis.
Sunday 1/24: U10s are home training on GS skis.  The U12s race GS at Pico.  See details below!
Looking ahead:
Saturday 1/30: U10s train GS at home. U12s race GS at Killington – details to come next week.
Sunday 1/31: U10s race GS at Killington. Second year U12s SG camp at Okemo.  Details on both to come.
Pico U12 GS Race on Saturday, January 24th Details:
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!  
Entry fee is $30 (payable in cash or check payable to Pico Ski Club only), which includes your athlete’s lift ticket.  Again, 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).
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.
We will meet the athletes 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) at 8:20 am to go for a free run and inspect the course.
The race is scheduled to begin at 9:30 am and will take place on B-Slope – to the left of the base lodge if you are looking up at the mountain. The jury will determine whether or not there will be a re-set and a second run inspection time and start time will be announced.  Athletes should stay aware of how the race is proceeding and listen to announcements and their coaches.
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.
Helpful Race Day Info to Know or Review:
1U10 Races are run in bib order for the first run. New this year they run the second run in reverse bib order within gender. U10 girls will go first, then U10 boys.   Please help your child plan accordingly to make it to the start in plenty of time for their run (about 40-50 bib numbers ahead of time is good). First and second runs usually run pretty much back to back since we don’t re-set for the second run. Awards are by best single run time.
2) U12 races are also run in bib order for first run, but the second run is run in reverse bib order within gender.  U12 girls go first, then U12 boys.  Again, they need to plan ahead to be on time for their run.  Courses may be re-set for U12s so they need to listen for directions on second run inspection.  Awards will be by combined time, but even DNFs and DSQs from first run will get a second run.
3) Parents are not allowed on course during inspection or near the starting gate, but are welcome up at the top of the course anywhere outside of the designated “line-up” area. Any parents who are skiing are asked to help in the portage of clothing to the bottom.
5) We often have fun events just after the race is over to keep the kids out skiing and enjoying the mountain – these may be fun duals, scavenger hunts, or freeskiing in groups.  We ask that all racers return to the finish area at the end of the second run (there will be reminder announcements) – they should have their jackets and pants back on over GS suits at the point. The activity will last for about 45 minutes to an hour. Awards may happen before the activity or just after depending on the venue. Your child is then free to go! It is going to be a really fun way to make sure that kids don’t lose that precious free-skiing time on race days and to meet new friends.
6) Skis should always be tuned and race ready!
7) Put your child’s name in EVERYTHING! Pants, jackets, sweatshirts, helmets – everything! Also having some kind of identifying thing on pants (since most are all black!) is a great idea. I  have seen colorful ribbon tied on to the pants, which is great at helping to identify them.
8) On a cold day, I suggest bringing some extra clothes to have at the bottom of the course with you in case their clothes don’t make it down from the top right away.
9) You can also always usually find race info on the VARA website by accessing the individual race through the calendar and downloading the fact sheet or race announcement!
That’s all for now!

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