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2017 VARA World Cup Parade – Response needed by 10/13

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Hello Okemo Competition Center Alpine Families plus a few recent alpine alumni!),

It is hard to believe it is already October!  I hope all is well!  Many of you are probably wondering about registration for the Okemo Competition Center programs this winter.  You should be hearing from Peter Cornish, Director of the Okemo Competition Center, very soon regarding sign-ups for this winter.  I know that you are able to call the Okemo Call Center (802-228-1600) right now to register (see info on programs and rates HERE), but soon you may also be able to register online as well. Peter has been working with IT on making this convenience available.   However, I am contacting you right now regarding the VARA Parade of Athletes at the World Cup in November.
As many of you know, Killington will again host the Women’s World Cup the weekend of November 25th and 26th.  It was amazing to see World Cup racing back in the East last winter and we are all very excited to have it back again!
On Saturday 11/25 VARA clubs are again being invited to participate in a Parade of Clubs prior to the start of the GS race.  We hope to have a strong contingent of Okemo participants like we did last year!  We had over 100 march in the parade, which was the most of any club!
Read on for details, but be sure to complete this SURVEY if your athlete wants to get a spot in the parade.
Details are still being finalized by VARA and the WC Organizing Committee, but here is what we know as of now:
1) We will be able to have a certain number of athletes march in the parade.  Hopefully, this number will accommodate all that wish to march, but our number could wind up being somewhat limited.  Your response now will help ensure all can march!
2) Okemo is going to generously provide busing again this year and our buses will be able to drive all the way to the K1 Lodge for drop-off/pick-up.  HOWEVER, every athlete will need to be accompanied by an adult to ride the bus and this adult will be responsible for this/these athlete(s) during the course of the day at Killington.  Coaches will serve as chaperones only during the staging of and marching in the actual parade and will be watching the race from the VARA viewing area where the parade will end.  Your athletes are encouraged to watch the race with their coaches so that they can ask questions, etc, BUT coaches will not be responsible for supervising athletes during the race or making sure they they get back on the bus at the end of the day.  Last year proved too logistically difficult with so many different families having different plans for their athletes and last minute changes to those plans.  With such large crowds present at the event, we feel the best way to ensure athlete safety is to have each family responsible.  Depending on response for taking the bus we may need to limit athletes to one parent on the bus with them.
3) Any athlete who wants to march in the parade but NOT ride the bus is welcome to march.  The athlete will need to meet the group at the staging area near the K1 lodge.
4) Approximate timeline for Saturday 11/25. Note this may change prior to the event and details regarding meeting places will come!
6 AM – meet at Okemo for bus transport (athletes must have an adult!)
7:30 AM – meet at the staging area for the parade.  Athletes are left with coach chaperones.
8:30/8:45 AM – Parade begins
9 AM – Parade ends at VARA viewing area.  Athletes reconnect with their parents/adult chaperone in/just outside the VARA viewing area.
9:30/10 AM – race starts
2 PM – approx. race end
3:30 PM – approx time for bus departure back to Okemo.
Since we need to provide a number of athlete parade participants to VARA this weekend, I am asking that you click this link ( to fill out a survey to indicate your athletes’ participation BY FRIDAY 10/13.  Please consider this a firm RSVP.  We also will need to work with Okemo to try and meet the demand for bus rides, so please reply accurately there too.  Both transportation and parade participation may be limited, and I may need to collect another set of responses later.  If you are interested in learning more about the parade, please make sure to fill out the survey, even if your response is NO.

U14 Weekend Races 3/11 & 3/12

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
We will be racing at Bromley both Saturday and Sunday this weekend, please go to ( to register if your son or daughter would like to race. Registration closes 9th, and 10th at noon, and both races need to be registered for separately. We will not have any training at Okemo this weekend.

Please let me know if you have any questions

Okemo U14 Weekend Training/Race Plan 2/11 & 2/12

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Hello Okemo U14 Families,

We had a great weekend of racing this past week. Having two races in a row while tiring, is great practice for our Vermont State Championship which last 3 days (SG, SL, GS). I am waiting on VARA for the final MVC State quota numbers, but will get that out to everyone as soon as I get that information.

Just an important reminder about equipment. Athletes must have a FIS legal helmet for GS and SG. Athletes will not be allowed to ski unless they have a helmet with a FIS sticker on it when they leave the starting gate. GS/SG skis must also have a 17 meter radius or greater in order to be legal. Skis will be checked at State championships and athletes will not be allowed to compete unless they have the correct skis.


Saturday 2/11: SL Gate training 8:15-11 on Wardance, lunch 11-12, afternoon free ski and drills 12-1:30.

Sunday 2/12: Pico MVC SL Race- the race announcement is not available yet, but I will send that out when it becomes available.

*If your son or daughter will not be racing at Pico please let me know, so I can have them removed from the start list. We are going off of council standings, so everyone who has races will be on the race list.

Please let me know if anyone has questions, have a great week!

Okemo U14 Weekend Plan 2/4 & 2/5

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
Hello Okemo U14 Families,
We have a big weekend coming up. The start list will be based off of the overall council standings. If your son our daughter will be attending one or both of the races this weekend, and have not raced this season in an MVC event please let me know so I can have them added to the start list. To check the current standings please visit (, select mid-Vermont Council- U14 and gender to view.
*Any Friday skiers please let me know if you will be here this week and I will give you the plan.
Saturday 2/4 Killington MVC GS Race (race announcement attached)

Sunday 2/5 Middlebury MVC GS Race (race announcement attached)

Let me know if you have any questions, have a great week!

U14 Training/ Race plan 1/28, 1/29, 1/30 (response needed)

Monday, January 23rd, 2017
Hello Okemo U14 Families,

We had a great weekend of racing this past week. S6 went well for most and hopeful everyone is feeling a little more confident in their skiing. If you are looking for results they can be found here ( for the Girl’s, and here for the Boy’s (

Saturday 1/28: SG gate training. Meet on Wardance at 8:15, ski until 11, lunch 11-12, afternoon free ski 12-1:30 (athlete should bring GS skis to free ski on in the afternoon)

Sunday 1/29: MVC SG Camp (must participate to do race on Monday). 7:30-8:30 registration, 9 meet coaches in the basement of the Summit Lodge to break into groups and go over the plan for the day. Please let me know if your son or daughter plans on attending this camp before the end of the day on 1/26. I need a count of all athletes attending, so I can break everyone into groups.

Monday 1/30: MVC SG Race. I will send out a fact sheet on this day later in the week when a few loose ends are finalized. This race will be seeded by the current standings, that were generated by the Suicide 6 race. If you did not race last weekend and plan to race on Monday please let me know, so I can have you added to the start list.

Let me know if anyone has questions. Have a great week!

Okemo U14 Training/Race Plan for 1/21 &1/22 (Response Needed for Race List)

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
Hello Okemo U14 Families,

Our first MVC race counting toward Vermont State Championships is coming up this weekend. I need everyone to let me know if their son or daughter will be attending this race, so I can get an accurate race list to suicide 6. After this weekend the start list will be determined by place points and I will not have to send in a list. I have to submit the list on the 18th, so please let me know if your son or daughter is attending by Wednesday at 4pm at the latest.

If any of our Friday skiers are planing to train Friday, please let me know and I will send you our plan for the day.

Saturday 1/21: Meet at the Wardance yurt at 8:15am. Ski SL gates until 11. Lunch 11-12pm. Afternoon free ski 12-2pm (we may end earlier, so athletes can rest before race day).

Sunday 1/22: Suicide 6 MVC SL Race. I will send out the fact sheet when that become available.

Let me know if anyone has any questions. Have a good week!

U14 Training Plan 1/14 & 1/15

Thursday, January 12th, 2017
Hello Okemo U14 Families,

Hope everyone is having a good week. Here is the training plan for the weekend. If you are a Friday skier and will be here, please let me know and I will send you the training plan for Friday.

Saturday we will have a tuning clinic with Ryan Cornish in the afternoon. He is a former world cup ski technician and has a ton of knowledge about how to make skis fast and sharp! We will split into two groups and one will ski while the other is at a 1 hour tuning clinic. There will also be a parents clinic in the morning, the time is TBD. I will let everyone know when that is happening as soon as I get a time confirmed

Saturday 1/14: Meet at the Wardance yurt at 8:15am. We will ski SL gates until 11am. Lunch will be 11-12. Tuning clinic 12-1pm for one group, 1-2pm for the other.

Sunday 1/15: Meet at the Wardance yurt at 8:15am. We will ski SL gates until 11am. Lunch will be 11-12. We will free ski 12-2pm.

For those looking for results from this past weekends Skills and Dual Panel SL event here is the link (

Let me know if anyone has questions and we will see you this weekend!

Okemo U14 Training/Race Plan for 1/7 & 1/8 (Response Needed By 1/3 by 6pm)

Monday, January 2nd, 2017
Hello Okemo U14 Athletes and Parents,

Happy New Year, I hope everyone has had a great Holiday. We have a big competition weekend coming up.

1/7: Queechee Skills Quest and Panel SL. I have attached a list with all of our athletes names. Please let me know if your child will be participating. I need to get a list of all of our athletes into Quechee by 6pm Tuesday Night. If I do not hear anything from you I will assume your son or daughter is not participating in this event. We will be doing two skills, one ski skiing (one ski), and free ski with lane change (lane change). Check out the links for the specific criteria of these skills. After the morning we will be doing a panel SL.

1/8: Killington Open SL. I have attached the fact sheet for this event. Please sign up for this race on If your son or daughter does not want to race, please let me know and we can get a group of U14’s free skiing at Okemo.

Remember all athletes must be members of USSA and Vara to participate in competitions.

Thank you and enjoy the New Year!

Okemo U14 Holiday Training Plan 12/26-12/30

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
Hello Okemo U14 Families,

Below you will find the U14 training plan for the Holiday break. Make sure to sign up for the End of the Year Open if you have not already done so ( We will be meeting at the Wardance yurt/gate shack every day at 8:15 am. It is important to note that we will be changing up the schedule slightly on Tuesday and will be training on Wardance during the afternoon session.

Monday 12/26- SL drill Brushes. Add in full gates randomly, and in sections 8:15-11 Wardance. Afternoon directed free ski and drills.

Tuesday 12/27: Meet at the yurt 8:15 directed free ski and drills until 10:30. Lunch 10:30-11:30. GS gates Wardance 11:30-2.

Wednesday 12/28- SL Gates 8:15 (meet at Wardance)-10:30 Sel’s Choice (trail may chance). Afternoon directed free ski and drills.

Thursday 12/29- GS Gates Wardance 8:15-11. Afternoon directed free ski and drills.

Friday 12/30- End of the Year Open GS Race Okemo (load lifts at 8am and meet at Wardance yurt/gate shack)

Saturday 12/31- Skills Quest Phase 4 8:15-11. Afternoon directed free ski and drills.

Sunday 1/1- Off Happy New Year!

Let me know if anyone has questions or needs help with anything, have a great Holiday!

Okemo U14 Weekend Training Plan 12/17 &12/18 and End of the Year Open Race Registration

Thursday, December 15th, 2016
Hello Okemo U14 Athletes and Parents,

Conditions are continuing to improve here at Okemo and we are headed into a few cold days that will make for some great snow making temperatures! From now on all U14’s should plan on meeting at the gate shack/yurt at the bottom of Wardance at 8:15.

Saturday 17th- GS Drills: we will be skiing brushes on GS skis. We will do an apex course, and progress to a regular brush course using the same track as the apex course. Afternoon directed free ski and drills.

Sunday 18th- SL Skills Quest Drills: Free ski with lane change, pivot Slips, one skis, and pole jumper (standing first and then in a low tuck). If space permits we will also do a panel SL course with full gates. Afternoon directed free skiing and Drills.

As always you can check the calendar at, for a quick reference of the training/race plan. This is subject to change, but will be updated if and when adjustments need to be made.

Our first race of the season the End of the Year Open 12/30, is approaching! Make sure to go to to register. You will have an option to register as an Okemo athlete, which will give you a discounted registration fee since all of our athletes already have passes.

Let me know if anyone has questions, enjoy the rest of the week!

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