U12 and U10 Weekend Update 2/7-2/9

Hello U12 and U10 families,
First of all, congrats to the U12s for winning back the Boot on Sunday at Pico!  All U12s skied very well and made the coaches proud!
We are heading into a busy weekend!  Please read this email carefully!
OMS Valentine Camp is now closed for registration – if you have signed your athlete up you will receive detailed info later this week on what to expect next week.
Friday 2/7: U12 and U10 Quechee SL campfor those of you whose athletes are signed up to attend the Quechee SL camp (NO more openings – had to sign up through lottery), please see the attachment for lots of info.  The basics of the day are registration for the camp (which will proceed similarly to registration for a race) is in the downstairs of the base lodge from 7:30 – 8:15 AM.  Entry is $30 and includes a lift ticket.  The athletes should be ready to ski and meet outside of the base lodge at 8:40 am.  Mike, James, Barrett, and I will be there, but they will likely be skiing with other coaches from other mountains.  They will be with the camp for the remainder of the day.  They need to bring a lunch or buy one from the cafeteria.  See driving directions below.
Saturday 2/8:
U12s race stubby SL and have their pole plant skill assessment at Suicide Six.  U10s race Stubby SL at Quechee.  See details and driving directions for each below.
Sunday 2/9:
Both U12 and U10s home training at Okemo.  We will be freeskiing on SL skis.
Looking ahead:
Saturday 2/15 – GS training
Sunday 2/16 – SL training
During President’s Week, we will train 4 out of 5 days from 2/17-2/21.  It will likely be Wednesday we take off, but will be weather dependent. Specific training info will be sent next week.
This weekend’s race info —
Details for  U12 Stubby SL/pole plant at Suicide Six:
Registration is in the Ski Runner’s Building (to the right of the lift) from 7:30 -8:30 am.  We must use the regular base lodge for getting ready and storing items. Entry is $30 – cash or check only (made payable to WSR).  Please have your athlete register him or herself.   I believe parent tickets are available, but you do not need to ski to view the whole race and skill assessment.
Coaches will meet athletes at 8:10 am outside of the base lodge/at the base of the lift – it is a small place.
The first run will start at 9:30 am.  The second run will be one hour after the completion of the first.  Remember that the course will be re-set for the U12s and we will do a second run inspection prior to the start of the second run.  Athletes should stay tuned to coaches instructions in case of changes in timing.  Second run is in reverse bib order within gender.
At the end of each athlete’s second run, they are to report IMMEDIATELY to the start of the pole plant assessment.  This will most likely be very close to the start of the race course, but they will get final instructions that day.  They will do two runs of pole plant assessment and then be done for the day.  Awards for the race will be following the conclusion of the boys’ pole plant assessment.  In order to have their results count in the Stubby SL race, each athlete MUST participate in the pole plant assessment. Awards will be given at the MVC U12 festival for the skills portion.
Details for U10 Stubby SL at Quechee:
Registration is in the basement of the Quechee base lodge from 7:30-8:30 am.  The entry fee for the race is $30.  Your athlete will get his or her lift ticket and bib here – keep the reminders coming about not losing bibs!  Parent tickets are $22 and sibling tickets are $18 and available at registration also.  You do not need to ski to be able to view the race.
Coaches will meet the athletes at 8:25 am at the base of the lift to go for free runs and inspection.
The first run starts at 9:45 am and the second run will start about 5 minutes after the completion of the first.  Same order for both runs for U10s.  This is a small venue and the race trail is visible from the lodge so planning to be at the top for first and second run should be easier for the kids – still give them some guidance though! 
Awards by best single run time about one hour after the completion of the race.
Directions to Suicide Six: From Ludlow, head towards Jackson Gore, but just before it turn right onto RT 100 N.  When you enter Plymouth, turn right onto Rt. 100A.  When this dead ends at RT 4, take a right. Watch for cops when the speed limit drops in Bridgewater!  Continue until you enter Woodstock.  Just past the green, take a left onto RT 12.  You will go over a little bridge and then bear right.  After a mile or so, you will come to a fork in the road.  Go right at the fork.  (there are signs for Suicide Six at this point)  Go another few miles and you will come to Suicide Six on the left hand side.  OBEY SPEED LIMITS EVERYWHERE – the cops are bad along this whole route, esp. in and around Woodstock.  It takes about 45 -50 minutes to get to Suicide Six.
Directions to Quechee: The Tafsville Bridge has re-opened so it is now easier to get 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 45-50 minutes to get to Quechee.
That’s all for now!

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