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U12 and U10 Update 2/22-2/25

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Hello U10 and U12 Families,

 
Warning – this email is chock full of info, so please read carefully!! 
 
Thursday 2/22: U12 and U10 train stubby SL
Friday 2/23: U12 and U10 train stubby SL 
Saturday 2/24: U10s race Stubby SL at Pico (details below); U12s train Stubby SL at home
Sunday 2/25: U10s train GS at home; U12s race Stubby SL at Suicide Six (details below).
 
Looking ahead:
For fear of info overload, I will get out a separate communication at the beginning of next week regarding the postseason events for the U12s that require “qualification” (refer to U12.10 101 attached again here for qualifying info) and other March open (no qualifying necessary) race opportunities for U12 and U10s mentioned below, but this is the basic schedule.  Please hold questions on post-season races until I send that info email.
 
Saturday 3/3: U12s train tall gate SL at home; U10 Festival at Quechee (details to come)
Sunday 3/4: U12s race dual tall gate SL at U12 Festival at Okemo (details to come); U10s train SL at home 
 
Saturday 3/10: Train home SL or Open U12 Bromley GS Race OR Open SL race for U10 and U12s at Suicide Six  
Sunday 3/11: Open U12 Magic GS Race or U10 and U12 Train GS at home
 
Saturday 3/17: Piche’s OR SVC Meisterschaft for qualifying U12s – Willard Stubby SL OR U12 and U10 “Devo” Olympics at home
Sunday 3/18: Piche’s OR SVC Meisterschaft for qualifying U12s – Magic Mountain Dual GS OU12 and U10 “Devo” Olympics at home
 
Saturday 3/24: The Great Parent-Athlete Race, the end of season awards, and an on-snow race demo!! Stay tuned for more details.
 
March 30- April 1: VT/NY SL Camp for qualifying U12s (second year only)
 
Details for U10 Stubby SL at Pico on Saturday 2/24:
You must register your child online by Friday 2/23 at 9 am.  Link here: https://adminskiracing.com/node/122253
Registration: 7:30 am in the upstairs of the Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge, which is in between the Pico Ski Club and The Ski Shop/Main Lodge.  Have your athlete register themselves please!  Please remind athletes to put their bibs on immediately and do not lose them! We 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), not in the Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge.
 
Coaches will meet athletes at 8:25 am in front of ski club which is at the 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) to go for inspection and free runs.  First run will start at 9:30 am.  Second run will begin shortly after the first, but will hold until athletes can return to the top for reverse bib order.  Then there will be a 3rd fun run where times will be announced but no official results published.  \ Awards will take place in front of the ski club, which is basically at the finish area about 20-30 minutes after the race.  Listen for announcements.  Awards will be given top ten for each gender for each athlete’s best single run of the first two runs, plus the top 3 athletes from the 3rd run (gender mixed) will get an award.
 
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.  If you are skiing, please help with bringing jackets down.
 
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!!
 
Details for the U12 Stubby SL on Sunday, 2/25 at Suicide Six:
You must register online by Saturday 2/24 at 4:30 pm.  Link here: https://adminskiracing.com/node/141060
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. Please have your athlete register him or herself.   Parent tickets are available at the Main Lodge for $25, but you do not need to ski to view the whole race.  If you are skiing, please help carry jackets.  We could use a volunteer to video too!
 
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.  NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO CARRY SKIS UP THE LIFT.
 
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.
 
That’s all for now…
 
Thanks,
Mariel

U12 and U10 Weekend of 2/10 and 2/11

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
Hello U12 and U10 Families,
Great weekend of SL last weekend!  Hope everyone had fun at the camp and/or race at Quechee!  We had some great results!!  Congrats to the following U12s for bringing home a medal:
Girls: Abby Kelleher 1st, Bridget Waters 5th, Samantha Mecane 7th, Ella Breitenbach 10th (note that the 4th place finisher according to the reults Clare Willard was from out of Council, so per MVC rules she got a duplicate award and awards were given as if she wasn’t there….hence going to 11th place for the 10th place medal)
Boys: Tad D’Andrea 4th, Logan Marra 6th, Carter Robinson 8th
We have a busy weekend coming up, so please read carefully!
Saturday 2/10: U10s Skills Day and Dual Panel SL at Pico (see details below); U12s train GS at home
Sunday 2/11: 2006 YOB U12s at the U12 SG Camp (see details below); 2007 YOB U12s and U10s train Stubby SL at home
If you have signed your athlete up for OMS Valentine Camp, you will get lots of details on that by the end of the week.  The camp is now FULL.
Looking ahead: 
Saturday 2/17: U12s train Full Gate and Stubby SL; U10s train Stubby SL
Sunday 2/18: U12s train Full Gate and Stubby SL; U10s train Stubby SL
President’s week: We are planning to train Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, but this may change if weather is an issue. Training details to come next week.
 
Saturday 2/17 is the 8th Annual Okemo Mountain School Winter Festival!  A great chance to meet other parents in the program and support OMS!  I hope you all received my initial invite – would love to see you all there!  Learn more about the event and buy tickets HERE.  Also please consider supporting our accompanying Winter Festival Fundraising Campaign!
 
U10 Skills and Dual Panel SL at Pico on Saturday:
Be sure to pre-register and pay for your child at this link by Friday at noon! https://adminskiracing.com/node/122250
Registration is 7:30 am in the upstairs of the Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge, which is in between the Pico Ski Club and The Ski Shop/Main Lodge.  Have your athlete register themselves please!  Athletes pick up bibs and lift ticket at registration.  Please remind athletes to put their bibs on immediately and do not lose them!  We 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), not in the Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge.
 
We will have an athlete meeting at 8:45 am in front of ski club which is at the 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) and then athletes will go with their assigned groups for the Skills portion of the day.  Skills will go from 9-10:30 am, break from 10:30-11:15 and athletes will meet their groups again at 11:20 pm in front of the ski club. The Dual SL will start at 12:15 pm and athletes will run once on each course.   Awards about 30 minutes after the completion of the dual.  The awards are only for the dual and are based on the best team (team being the group that the athletes trained with in the morning).  The skills portion is not scored.
U12 Second Year Super G Camp at Okemo on Sunday:
Be sure to pre-register and pay for your child at this link by Thursday at 11:59 pm! https://adminskiracing.com/node/121493

Athletes should wear their GS suits like a race day (but have warm clothing over it – pants and jacket!) and be on their GS skis for this event.  Registration is from 7:30-8:30 am in the upstairs of the Okemo Competition Center.   Athletes will get their bibs (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 (they should plan to eat in the Summit Lodge because we will meet back there at 12:30 pm for the afternoon) and then be back with the camp until 3 pm.  Much easier logistically than a typical race day.

That’s all for now!
Thanks,
Mariel

U12 and U10 Weekend Update 1/20-1/21

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

 
Hope all is well!   We had a fun day yesterday at Pico with the U12s for the Skills and Dual Panel SL. Congrats to Maisie Kostuchenko (3rd), Riley Keane (5th) for bringing home Skills medals for girls!  Bridget Waters, Samantha Mecane and Abby Kelleher were just outside the medals in the top 15.  Congrats to Graham Stein, Keiran Shea, and Henry Roe for making the top 15 as well in the Skills.  Though the dual was awarded as a team event, we had some standouts: Tad D’Andrea posted the fastest time of the day and Abby Kelleher, Maisie Kostuchenko, and Bridget Waters would have been top 5 if there were individual awards.  Results are posted here: http://www.vara.org/results/u12-mvc-skills-dual/1235/.  Please note that the dual results are posted as regular results, not in the team fashion that awards were given.  Also ties in the skills were not necessarily broken beyond top 10.
Request for parent volunteers:
1) We are looking for 1-2 parents per U12 race to video the race, both runs all Okemo athletes.  Please contact Mike Cronin mcronin@okemomountainschool.org if you are willing.  No experience needed.
2) Please get involved with bringing down jackets/pants at races.  We coaches are there to coach your athletes and our time is not best spent shuttling clothes.  It is, however, important that they get their clothes for warmth.  If you are willing to help, just plan to ski at races and show up at the start offering to help.
Plan for the weekend:
Saturday 1/20: U12s race GS at Killington (details below); U10s train GS at home
Sunday 1/21: U10s race GS at Killington (details below); U12s train stubby AND FULL GATE SL at home (SL armor needed)
***If you (parents) are looking for a fun night out on Saturday 1/20 check out Cocktails for Scholarships featuring the Myra Flynn Band to benefit the OMS Scholarship Fund.  Tickets can be purchased at the previous link.  If you need a babysitter check out the attachment!***
 
Looking ahead:
Saturday 1/27: U12s train GS at home; U10s train SL at home
Sunday 1/28: U12s race GS at Pico (all details to come next week); U10s train stubby SL at home
 
Killington Race Details – applies to both U10 and U12 race:
 
Once again, you MUST pre-pay for the race at adminskiracing.com.  Please do this by Friday 1/19 at 5 pm, but please do so ASAP!
 
Saturday’s U12 race is here: https://adminskiracing.com/node/123827
Sunday’s U10 race is here: https://adminskiracing.com/node/123831
 
Registration will begin at 7:30 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 and lift tickets will be handed out at registration – remind your athlete to put the bib 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 $60 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 K1 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.  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 single run of the first two runs.  Medals for the top ten in each gender.  The U10s will also take a 3rd run which will be gender mixed and “for fun.” Times will be announced, but not published as formal results, and the top 3 regardless of gender will get a small prize.
 
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!!
 
Directions to Killington:
From Ludlow, take a right onto Rt 100 North by 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.
I look forward to seeing everyone this weekend!
 
Thanks!
Mariel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

U12 and U10 Weekend Update 1/13-1/15

Friday, January 12th, 2018
Hello U12 and U10 Families,
 
I hope this email finds you well!  Busy weekend ahead, so please read carefully.  Also be on the lookout for some more info from me later in the week regarding some special camp opportunities, including the OMS Valentine Victory Camp taking place Feb 12-16.
 
Training plan this weekend:
Saturday 1/13U12 and U10s train GS
Sunday 1/14: U12 and U10s train Skills and Dual Panel SL
Monday 1/15: U10s are OFF, U12s @ Pico for Skills/Dual Panel SL (NO ARMOR needed + more details below)
Looking ahead:
Saturday 1/20: U12s race GS at Killington; U10s train GS at Home
Sunday 1/21: U12s train stubby and tall gate SL at home (armor – chin, shin, pole guards – should be worn); U10s race GS at Killington
Details for Pico and the U12 Skills Day/Team Dual Panel SL:
You must pre-register your U12 athlete online at if you want them to participate.  Entry fee is $30 (plus processing fees), which is paid online includes your athlete’s lift ticket. Link Here: https://adminskiracing.com/node/122248
 
Day of Race Registration: 7:30-8:30 am in the upstairs of the Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge, which is in between the Pico Ski Club and The Ski Shop/Main Lodge (same as last year).  Have your athlete register themselves please!  They will get their bib and lift ticket at registration.  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), not in the Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge.
 
We will have an athlete meeting at 8:45 am in front of ski club which is at the 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) and then athletes will go with their assigned groups for the Skills portion of the day.
 
The U12s will be contesting both the “outside ski turns” and “pole jumpers” skills, for which they will receive scores.  They will do the other two skills as training stations, but will only receive scores on the aforementioned.  There will be medals to the top ten boys and girls based on their cumulative score.
 
Here are links again for your athlete to check out videos of each skill.  They have already trained these skillsand will again Sunday, but a visual is helpful:
They will be racing Dual Panel SL in the afternoon in mixed mountain teams (same groups that they rotate to skills stations with).  Awards will be to the top 3 teams.  They will be co-ed teams.  The first run will run in bib order with all girls on one course and all boys on the other.  The second will run in reverse order with boys and girls switching courses.
 
The plan is to have the Skills portion run from 9 – 11 am, then lunch.  Athletes meet their group leader coaches at 12:15 for inspection of the Dual Panel SL, which begins at 1 pm.  Subject to change, of course, and athletes should listen to their group leaders for any changes.
 
Awards will take place in front of the ski club, which is basically at the finish area about 20-30 minutes after the race.  Listen for announcements.
 
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.
 
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!!
 
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 Mike or me know so that we can handle it through the proper channels.
 
That is all for now.  Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
Thanks,
Mariel

U12 and U10 Weekend of 1/6 and 1/7 Take 3

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

Sorry to do this, but there is going to be another alteration in the schedule this weekend.  Those of you who know me well know how much I hate to deviate from a plan, but this weather is unrelenting, and I have to be reasonable!
Plan still stands for tomorrow Saturday 1/6:
The U12‘s dryland session will be from 11:30 am -12:30 pm
The U10‘s dryland session will be from 12:30 – 1:30 pm
At the OMS gym – if you haven’t yet RSVPed for your child, please do so we can plan accordingly.
Unfortunately, the arctic air that has settled on us plans to hang around well into Sunday morning.  The hourly forecast for the town of Ludlow (never mind on the mtn) show air temps of -11 at 9 am on Sunday. We won’t even talk about wind chill.  Luckily the temps will sharply rise from there, hitting a balmy 2 by noon :)!!!  Therefore, we will have an altered time schedule and meeting place as follows:
On Sunday 1/7 athletes should meet coaches at the yurt at the bottom of Wardance at 11 am on GS skis.  We will train on Wardance from 11 am – 1 pm and then go as groups for a break in the Sugar House and/or Summit Lodge to warm up and have a snack (about 30 min only).  Then we will freeski for the rest of the afternoon until 3 pm.  You should plan on your child being with coaches from 11 am – 3 pm and not meeting them for the break like you normally might.
Let me know if you have any questions, and, again, apologies for all of the changes.
Thanks,
Mariel

u12 and U10 Weekend Update 1/6 and 1/7 + Skills Info

Thursday, January 4th, 2018
Hello U12 and U10 Families,
Happy New Year!  Hope 2018 is treating you all well!
First piece of business – Sunday’s U12 Skills Day and Dual Race at Pico has been postponed due to some snowmaking issues from the extreme cold that have impacted their ability to open their race trail.  I will let you know ASAP once I know a reschedule date!
 
Training info for this weekend (should we decide to alter training at all due to weather, I will let you know):
Saturday 1/6: Both U10 and U12s will be on SL skis for skills training, dual panel SL, and stubby SL work.  Athletes can wear shin guards if they have them (not necessary if they don’t).
Sunday 1/7: Both U10 and U12s will be on GS skis for some drill course work and GS training courses.
Looking ahead: The plan is for GS both days next weekend for both U10 and U12s but this could change depending on reschedule date for the U12 skills day.
MARIO THE MAGICIAN: This Saturday 1/6 is the Mario the Magician show hosted by OMARA!!  Don’t miss your chance to see this great show.  It is geared towards children, but parents will enjoy as well!  Click HERE to get your tickets!
 
Skills Quest:
Below are links to information (including video) of each of the four Phase 2 skills that are the focus of U12 training when we are training “Skills”.  U10s will be doing Phase 1 skills at their skills day, but in training will be challenged by the skills below as well.  I have also included the Phase 1 skills below.  Please take a look at these links, but more importantly show your athletes the video.  Many have seen these already with coaches, but more reinforcement at home (or on the car ride up :)!) is great too!  Click on the skill titles for the links!
Phase 2:

Outside Ski Turns

Pole Jumpers

Phase 1:
Race Registration Info: As I have mentioned a few times before, new this year all registration is done through https://adminskiracing.com/. Log in (or create a log-in if you don’t already have one – I think this is the same as you use to pay for VARA) and then filter races by VARA to see all races in Vermont (https://adminskiracing.com/racereg/event_listing/viewevents).  Use the schedule in the U12.10 101 document to find the races for which you need to register your child.  Each week we have a race I will send reminders, but if you want to get going with registering, go ahead.
Just a reminder, you can find this and every email I send on the OMARA blog – go2omara.com.  U12/10 announcements are at this link specifically: http://go2omara.com/category/announcements/u10u12-announcements/ Also check out the U12/10 FAQs: http://go2omara.com/alpine-racing/u10u12/devo-program-faqs/ Also you can access the U10 and U12 training and racing schedule (with very basic info) here: https://go2omara.com/alpine-racing/schedules/u10u12-weekend-training-racing/
And please refer to U12.10 101 2017.18 Edition for race schedule and other info!
Thanks!
Mariel

U12 and U10 Training Cancelled 12/23

Thursday, December 21st, 2017
Due to the heavy snowfall on Friday (as much as 10″ predicted for the mountain – yay!!) and wintry mix/freezing “r-word” on Saturday (boo!), all Okemo Competition Center Programs are being cancelled for 12/23.  The rest of the schedule I sent will remain in effect for 12/26-12/31.  The good news is that once all that snow and moisture mix and get groomed out, we will have a fantastic base!!
Happy Holidays to you all!
Thanks,
Mariel

U12 and U10 Update 12/23-12/31

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

 
Hopefully everyone was able to get out and enjoy the AMAZING skiing this past weekend!!  Please read on for important information regarding training this weekend and during the holiday week.  Please also read the attachment if you haven’t done so yet, which includes the U12 and U10‘s race schedules, as well as important info on daily schedule and more.
 
And I can’t remind you enough – make sure your child is current with VARA and USSA (see below for more info)!!  Even if you are returning and think you did it over the summer, please double check!!  I am seeing many still not registered.  Please don’t make me chase you down personally :)!
 
Training will be according to our normal daily schedule each day with our normal meeting place unless otherwise noted.  Please remember if you child cannot attend all days, that is OK:
Friday 12/22: This day is part of the 3-day program. Email me by end of day Tuesday to sign up if you child wants to train this day.  Must email me to participate and pay drop-in fee to Kim in the Comp Center. Training times and info will be sent separately.

Saturday 12/23: GS skis freeskiing and drills CONDENSED SCHEDULE 8:30 am – 12 pm – we will stop for a mid-morning snack and break in our groups.
12/24 & 12/25: No training
Tuesday 12/26GS skis freeskiing and drills – advancing the focus to turn initiation for those groups that are doing well with stance and balance.  Drill course gate training for those athletes who are fundamentally ready for it and/or racing in the End of the Year Open.
Wednesday 12/27GS skis freeskiing and drills – stance, balance, and turn initiation. Drill course gate training for those athletes who are fundamentally ready for it and/or racing in the End of the Year Open.
Thursday 12/28: GS skis freeskiing and drills – stance, balance, and turn initiation.
Friday 12/29GS skis.  Full gate training for those athletes who are fundamentally ready for it and/or racing in the End of the Year Open.
Saturday 12/30: End of the Year Open – details to come next week for those who are racing (See below on how to register!!).  SL skis for those not racing. Skills Quest focused training.
Sunday 12/31SL skis (no armor) – freeskiing, drills, and Skills Quest/Dual Panel SL training.
Monday 1/1: No Training
 
A few reminders and important info:
1) Please read the “U12 and U10 101″ attachment for LOTS of information including training and race schedules – this is helpful for new and returning families.  It includes information about the program, some of which has been updated for this year, as well as race schedule info.  So even if you are an old pro, PLEASE read :)! If you have any questions after reading, don’t hesitate to be in touch.
2) You can find this and every email I send on the OMARA blog – go2omara.com.  U12/10 announcements are at this link specifically: http://go2omara.com/category/announcements/u10u12-announcements/ Also check out the U12/10 FAQs: http://go2omara.com/alpine-racing/u10u12/devo-program-faqs/ Also you can access the U10 and U12 training and racing schedule (with very basic info) here: https://go2omara.com/alpine-racing/schedules/u10u12-weekend-training-racing/
3) USSA and VARA memberships:  In order to race, every U12/10 must be a current USSA and VARA member.  If you have not registered your child for these memberships, please do so ASAP.   If you think you have done both PLEASE double check!!  Every year I have to chase families down to get this done – let’s break that streak!!   Both can be done online at ussa.org and vara.org, respectively.  More info on these memberships is found in the attachment.  IMPORTANT: For USSA choose, Competitor U12 or Competitor U10 (depending on your child’s age group), NOT General Member – this is not valid for competition.
4) End of the Year Open: There is an open GS race for U14 and U12s at Okemo on December 30th. You must enter your child yourself unlike the rest of the normal season races. Registration is NOW OPEN here: https://adminskiracing.com/node/121487  This race fills fast – sign up NOW!   Your child must be current with USSA and VARA to enter. Please be aware that if your child is still a U10 (7, 8, or 9 years old by Dec 31) they are not eligible. I also ask that you do not register your child if they are new to U12s (as in just moving up from Hopefuls or joining the program) – this race will be very intimidating for them and not a good intro to the year!  Racers who aren’t current with VARA will be kicked out of the race at the deadline – so get current!  This race fills up fast, but there is plenty of room for now.  PLEASE NOTE: As Okemo athletes, your children are entitled to a discount though you must initially pay the full price.  In order to get the discount, you will need to let Kim know on the day of the race at registration when your child picks up their bib.  She will then credit your payment method via adminskiracing.  
5) Registering for regular season races:  I will remind everyone of the specific races to sign your child up for each week as we go along this season.  Although you have to register online yourself unlike in the past, there is no rush to get it done now.  I will send the specific links you need the week before each race.
Let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks,
Mariel

U12 and U10 Weekend Update 12/16 and 12/17

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

Greetings from snowy Ludlow!  Close to six inches on the ground and still snowing! Thank you to all who came out Saturday for The OMS Board of Directors’ Reception at OMS in our NEW Fitness Facility!  It was great to see so many U10/12 Comp Center Families! If you couldn’t make it to this event and still want to support OMS with a “holiday gift,” check out our Wish List online!

Weekend Training Info: Saturday and Sunday we will be on SL skis (no armor needed, but if your child has shin guards they can wear them – NO chin bars) for freeskiing, drill work, and some drill course training according to our normal schedule. Looking ahead we are on GS skis 12/23 and 12/26-29 also.

PLEASE see my note below on USSA and VARA memberships and double check that you have registered your child for both – even if you think you did earlier in the summer, check again!  It’s a lot of extra work for me when families don’t have this done.

***Friday training: Anyone who has signed their children up for Friday training (the “3 day” option with the Comp Center) is receiving separate communication on this each week.  If you haven’t actually signed up yet, I won’t know you are doing Fridays and you won’t receive emails on this.  If you want your child to drop in for a Friday here or there, that is fine, but you must email me by Tuesday of that week to ensure we can accommodate your athlete staffing-wise and then you must pay a drop in fee to Kim in the Comp Center.***

A few reminders and important info:

1) Please read U12.10 101 2017.18 Edition for LOTS of information including training and race schedules – this is helpful for new and returning families.  It includes information about the program, some of which has been updated for this year, as well as race schedule info.  So even if you are an old pro, PLEASE read :)! If you have any questions after reading, don’t hesitate to be in touch.

2) You can find this and every email I send on the OMARA blog – go2omara.com.  U12/10 announcements are at this link specifically: https://go2omara.com/category/announcements/u10u12-announcements/ Also check out the U12/10 FAQs: https://go2omara.com/alpine-racing/u10u12/devo-program-faqs/ Also you can access the U10 and U12 training and racing schedule (with very basic info) here: https://go2omara.com/alpine-racing/schedules/u10u12-weekend-training-racing/

3) USSA and VARA memberships:  In order to race, every U12/10 must be a current USSA and VARA member.  If you have not registered your child for these memberships, please do so ASAP.   If you think you have done both PLEASE double check!!  Every year I have to chase families down to get this done – let’s break that streak!!   Both can be done online at ussa.org and vara.org, respectively.  More info on these memberships is found in the attachment.  IMPORTANT: For USSA choose, Competitor U12 or Competitor U10 (depending on your child’s age group), NOT General Member – this is not valid for competition.

4) Volkswagen presents Warren Miller’s Line of Descent Movie Premier is now SOLD OUT!! Please keep it in mind for next year.  Okemo is doing a screening on 12/26 if you missed out on the OMS screening: https://www.okemo.com/event/warren-miller/

5) Winter Break Schedule: We will train during winter break, but there is no training on December 24 or 25. The days for winter break training are December 26-31. We are not training on January 1 or 2.  We will hold training on December 30th for those not in the End of the Year Open (see next item).  We will train according to our normal daily schedule during this time, unless I tell you otherwise. If your child can’t make it every day, it is not a big deal – I know many of you work and can’t be here the whole time, that school breaks differ, and that you have holiday obligations.  Please note, there will be training on Saturday, December 23rd, but we will do a condensed day with training from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. Training on Friday 12/22 is part of the 3-day program, so your child would need to be registered for that or sign up in advance (email me by next Tuesday) and pay a drop in fee to Kim in the comp center (see note above).

6) End of the Year Open: There is an open GS race for U14 and U12s at Okemo on December 30th. You must enter your child yourself unlike the rest of the normal season races. Registration is NOW OPEN here: https://adminskiracing.com/node/121487  This race fills fast – sign up NOW!   Your child must be current with USSA and VARA to enter. Please be aware that if your child is still a U10 (7, 8, or 9 years old by Dec 31) they are not eligible. I also ask that you do not register your child if they are new to U12s (as in just moving up from Hopefuls or joining the program) – this race will be very intimidating for them and not a good intro to the year!  Racers who aren’t current with VARA will be kicked out of the race at the deadline – so get current!  This race fills up fast, but there is plenty of room for now.  PLEASE NOTE: As Okemo athletes, your children are entitled to a discount though you must initially pay the full price.  In order to get the discount, you will need to let Kim know on the day of the race at registration when your child picks up their bib.  She will then credit your payment method via adminskiracing.

That’s all for now!  Keep thinking snow!

Mariel

U10 and U12 Weekend Update 12/9 and 12/10 + Last Call for Hammer Camp

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

I hope this email finds you well and looking forward to the weekend!

Weekend Training Info: Saturday and Sunday we will be on SL skis (no armor needed) for freeskiing and drill work training according to our normal schedule. Looking ahead we are on SL skis 12/16 and 12/17 also.

I hope to see you all Saturday night 12/9 at The OMS Board of Directors’ Reception at OMS in our NEW Fitness Facility (53 Main St in Ludlow) from 7 – 9 pm – a fun evening of seeing what’s new at OMS and mingling with fellow parents – past, present, and future – while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and new this year – a signature cocktail!  A great way to learn about the opportunities that exist for your athlete at OMS and support OMS’ Wish List through the Giving Tree! If you can’t make it to this event, check out our Wish List onlineThis event is most appropriate for adults only.

Tomorrow is the last chance to sign up for OMS Holiday Hammer Camp, so if you haven’t had the chance to yet, but are intending to, do so right away! If you have signed up, details on the week will come later this week.

***Friday training: Anyone who has signed their children up for Friday training (you must sign up for the “3 day” option with the Comp Center), training for Friday U10/12s will start this Friday.  You will receive separate communication on this each week.  If you haven’t actually signed up yet, I won’t know you are doing Fridays and you won’t receive emails on this.

A few reminders and important info:

1) Please read U12.10 101 2017.18 Edition for LOTS of information including training and race schedules – this is helpful for new and returning families.  It includes information about the program, some of which has been updated for this year, as well as race schedule info.  So even if you are an old pro, PLEASE read :)! If you have any questions after reading, don’t hesitate to be in touch.

2) You can find this and every email I send on the OMARA blog – go2omara.com.  U12/10 announcements are at this link specifically: https://go2omara.com/category/announcements/u10u12-announcements/ Also check out the U12/10 FAQs: https://go2omara.com/alpine-racing/u10u12/devo-program-faqs/ Also you can access the U10 and U12 training and racing schedule (with very basic info) here: https://go2omara.com/alpine-racing/schedules/u10u12-weekend-training-racing/

3) USSA and VARA memberships:  In order to race, every U12/10 must be a current USSA and VARA member.  If you have not registered your child for these memberships, please do so ASAP.  Both can be done online at ussa.org and vara.org, respectively.  More info on these memberships is found in the attachment.  IMPORTANT: For USSA choose, Competitor U12 or Competitor U10 (depending on your child’s age group), NOT General Member – this is not valid for competition.

4) Volkswagen presents Warren Miller’s Line of Descent Movie Premier: December 16th at OMS in the new Fitness Facility at 7 pm.  Tickets are on sale here: https://www.okemomountainschool.org/purchase-tickets-volkswagen-presents-warren-millers-line-of-descent  There are only a few tickets left!  If we sell out online, we won’t sell tickets at the door.  Get yours before they sell out!

That’s all for now!  Both new and old parents are reminded to read all communication carefully.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me.

Think snow,

Mariel

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