U12 and U1o Weekend Update 1/30 and 1/31

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

Hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to the weekend!  This past one was a great one!  The U12s had their first race of the season and successfully defended THE BOOT – the MVC U12 Team Award!  All of the athletes skied very well and results can be viewed here: http://www.vara.org/results/mvc-u12-gs/702/
BUSY weekend coming up, so please read carefully.  Pay special attention to the new payment protocol for Killington explained below.
Plan for the weekend:
Saturday 1/30: U12s will race GS at Killington (details below) and U10s will train GS at home.
Sunday 1/31: U10s will race GS at Killington (details below).  Second year U12s who signed up for it will be doing the U12 SG camp at Okemo (details below), others will freeski SL according to regular schedule.
Looking ahead:
Friday 2/5: Quechee SL camp stay tuned for info on lottery.
Saturday 2/6: U12 and U10s will train Stubby SL at home.
Sunday 2/7: U12s race Stubby SL at Quechee. U10s freeski SL at home.
Killington Race Details – applies to both U10 and U12 race:
***NEW THIS YEAR***: You must pre-pay for the race at adminskiracing.com.  If you don’t, your child will be removed from the entry list that I sent in.
U12s must pay by 12PM on Friday 1/29 here: https://adminskiracing.com/node/37574  
U10s must pay by 5PM on Friday 1/29 here: https://adminskiracing.com/node/37573
Registration will begin at 7:00 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 will be handed out at registration – remind your athlete to put it 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 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.  New this yearSecond 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!!
U12 Super G Camp at Okemo Sunday 1/31:
***Remember that you had to sign your child up for this with me and your child has to be born in 2004 to participate.*** Athletes should wear their GS suits like a race day (but have warm clothing over it!) 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 7:15-8:15 am.  Entry fee for the camp will be $20 for Okemo racers ($40 for others).  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 and then be back with the camp until 3 pm.  Much easier logistically than a typical race day.
Lastly….Helpful Race Day Info to Know or Review:
1) U10 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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