U12 and U10 Weekend Update 3/4 and 3/5

Hello U12 and U10 Families,
Great weekend of racing at Suicide Six and Pico.  Lots of great skiing showing a season’s worth of improvement!  We are proud of all of our U12 and U10 athletes for all of their accomplishments this season. 
To check out results for the U10s click here: http://www.vara.org/results/mvc-u10-stubby-slalom/1047/ (currently they are posted incorrectly – with combined times, rather than single best run.  I will get them to repost)
U12 results are not yet posted, but should be on VARA soon!
Another busy weekend ahead.  Please read carefully below.  
Remember the U12 post-season events standings and request for preferences will come in a separate email (be prepared to respond quickly though!) – I expect to be able to send those tomorrow.  
Saturday 3/4:
U10 Festival at Quechee (GS Skis) – details below
U12s train dual at home (GS skis)
Sunday 3/5:
U10s Skills and Dual SL at home (SL skis)
U12 Festival at Middlebury (GS skis) – details below
Quechee Details:
Registration is in the basement of the Lodge from 7:30 – 8:30 am.  Entry fee is $30 cash or check.  We will meet the kids at 8:40 am outside of the Base Lodge to do the “Opening Ceremonies and Parade of Mountains” and then go for warm up runs and inspection.  Due to the recent weather we have had to change to format of this event to 4 runs in Dual GS and then a fun obstacle course set (no timing on obstacle course).  The dual race will start at 9:30.  Each athlete will take two runs on each course back to back and their best time will count for awards.  Athletes can then proceed to running the obstacle course on the T-Bar until awards.  Listen for announcements on timing for awards.
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 50 minutes to get to Quechee.
Middlebury Details:
The race is a dual GS (despite the fact that some listings say parallel SL) and the plan is to set 18-20 m which lines up best with U12’s GS skis, so GS skis for Sunday.
Registration is in the main base lodge beginning at 7:30 am.  Entry fee is $35. Please bring a check made payable to Middlebury Ski Club or cash (no ATM at Midd).  You can also pre-pay online here: https://www.adminskiracing.com/node/108116.  The base lodge doesn’t even open until 7:30 am and they don’t like people to arrive early, so aim for a 7:30 am arrival.

Have the kids put their bibs on immediately and attach lift tickets to their goggles! They will not be able to ride the lift without their lift ticket, so do not put it on jacket or pants.
Middlebury is a very strict place about a few things….NO ALCOHOL, no dogs on the hill or in lodge (can be on premises but must be leashed), NO ONE CAN CARRY SKIS UP THE LIFT – this includes parents.  Athletes must put their race skis on at the bottom and ride up the lift to the start.  Please respect ALL of these rules :)! 
Coaches will meet the kids outside of the base lodge to go for free runs and course inspection at 8:05 am.  The first run start start time is 9:30 AM.  Odd # bibs start on Blue and even # bibs on Red.  They will run their second run immediately after their first on the opposite course.  We are going to try for 4 runs total if the courses are holding up.  Awards will then be best on the combined time of each athletes’ best Red and Blue course runs.  If we cannot do 4 runs it will just be combined time of their only red and blue course runs.  Awards will be about 30 minutes after the end of the race.

Driving directions to Middlebury:  Take 100 North like you are going to Killington.  Watch for cops in Plymouth. Take a left at RT 4. Watch for cops on the flats just past the Skyeship gondola.  Just past the access road to Killington Rt. 100 splits off to the right.  Take this right to stay on Rt. 100.  You will go through the town of Pittsfield and after another 5 miles or so you will come to a fork in the road.  Stay to the Left (almost actually a left hand turn) to stay on Rt. 100.  Follow this for another 10-12 miles or so and you will come to the town of Hancock.  Take a left onto Rt 125.  This will take you all of the way to the Middlebury Snowbowl.  It will be on your left after climbing up a big hill on a windy road.  The trip takes about 1 hour to 1 hour and fifteen minutes from Ludlow.  Keep in mind that the Snow Bowl is technically in Hancock, not in Middlebury and so you don’t go there like you would go to the town of Middlebury or the college.

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