U12 and U10 Weekend Update 2/1 and 2/2

Hello U12 and U10 Families!
Awesome racing and training this past weekend!  The U12s skied very well at Killington on Saturday in their first GS race of the year!  Despite the fact that we had 6 medal winning athletes – including Emma Austin who won for girls! – we were in second place for the Boot, which went to Suicide Six.  Oh well, that is what Pico is for – winning the Boot :)!!
The second year U12s also had a special opportunity to participate in the MVC Super G camp at Okemo.  We were very pleased with how well our athletes skied and how much they enjoyed the day!
Details for this weekend:
Saturday 2/1: U10s will be training on SL skis and U12s will be training on GS skis.  *** Don’t forget also the parent presentation on Saturday 2/1 by Alex Krebs at OMS (53 Main St.) at 4:30 pm***
Sunday 2/2: U10s will be training on SL skis at Okemo.  U12s will be racing GS at Pico (see below for details).
Looking ahead to next weekend:
Saturday 2/8: U12s will race Stubby SL and do a pole plant skills assessment at Suicide Six.  U10s will race stubby SL at Quechee.  Details on both of these events to come next week.  Since both U12s and U10s will be racing away there will be no training at Okemo.
Sunday 2/9: Both U12s and U10s will be on SL skis.

Pico U12 GS Race on Sunday, February 2 Details:

Registration will begin at 7:30 am in the upstairs of the NEW Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge, which is in between the Pico Ski Club and The Ski Shop/Main Lodge (new location for registration than in the past!).
Have your athlete register themselves – the more we involve them with the entire race day process, the better!!  Entry fee is $30 (payable in cash or check payable to Pico Ski Club only), which includes your athlete’s lift ticket.  The fact sheet says that if your athlete has a Killington or Pico pass (must be valid on the weekends) the entry fee will be $20.  This does not apply to passes to other “Powder” Resorts.  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 the proce listen to announcements and their coaches.
Awards will take place in front of the ski club, which is basically at the finish area.  Depending on conditions and what time the race ends, we may try to get in a Freeski before awards.  Just listen for announcements – we are aware that it is Super Bowl Sunday :)!
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!!!
And once again….
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.
5) We will attempt to continue the MVC U12/10 post-race free-skiing program again this year when possible – to promote more time free-sking (the key to ALL your children’s success!), a love of free-skiing, and getting to know other kids and coaches from other mountains.  This will happen at all of our GS races.  We ask that all racers return to the finish area at the end of the second run (there will be reminder announcements) to be divided up into groups to go free-ski for an hour – they should have their jackets and pants back on over GS suits at the point.  The groups will ski for about 45 minutes to an hour. Awards may happen before the free-ski 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!


Thanks, Mariel

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