U12 and U10 Weekend Update 1/24 and 1/25

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

We are heading into a busy weekend with the first GS race for each age group – very exciting!  But please read carefully for all info and 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 1/24: U10s will race GS at Killington (details below) and U12s will train GS at home – the afternoon gate session will be a race simulation, so please make sure your athletes have their GS suits on and are ready to strip for their training runs.

Sunday 1/25: U12s will race GS at Killington (details below) and U10s will freeski SL at home.

Looking ahead:

Saturday 1/31: U12s race GS at Pico (details to come next week); U10s will train Stubby SL at home.

Sunday 2/1: Second year U12 Super G Camp (sign-up and details coming later this week) at Okemo; First year U12s and U10s freeski SL.

Killington Race Details – applies to both U10 and U12 race:

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.  Entry fee is $30 – CASH or CHECK (pay to KMS) ONLY!!  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 last year 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 9am) 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: We are aiming for a 12 pm second run inspection time and a 1 pm start time.  Athletes should listen to their coaches for directions on where to be when! 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.  Both runs are in the same order – bib order. 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!!

Driving Directions:

From Ludlow, take a right onto Rt 100 North by old Bella Luna (new 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.

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 me know so that I can handle it through the proper channels.

Read below for a re-cap of helpful race day info I have already shared, but otherwise see you this weekend!!

Thanks,

Mariel

Helpful Race Day Info to Know or Review:

1) U10 Races are run in bib order for both runs. There is no change to the running order for second run. 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.

4) MOST PANTS UN-ZIP FROM THE BOTTOM UP! : )

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!

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