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The U12 program is designed to continue development of the athletes’ basic skiing fundamentals through free skiing, drill work, drill courses, gate training, and an introduction to video analysis. Strong skiing skills are a prerequisite with an emphasis on the ability to carve. At this level, there is an increase in the teaching of race tactics and competition but basic skiing fundamentals and free skiing will continue to be the primary focus. The U12 age class will also be introduced to speed elements training. There are various Southern Vermont Council races scheduled for this age group that the athletes are expected to attend.

Typical equipment needs for this group include: Helmet (no ‘soft ears’), slalom protection gear, a GS suit, and properly sized current slalom and giant slalom skis. Athletes must be members of the Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA) and US Ski & Snowboard.

Requirements: VARA Membership, US Ski & Snowboard, Helmet (no ‘soft ears’)

Times: 8:30am to 3pm (Lunch 11:30am to 12:30pm)

U12 Plan 2/22-2/24 2019

Hi Team,

We had a great four day session last Friday through Monday with two days of each event.  Nice work!

One thing I noticed was a need to work on adapting to terrain change, and in particular revising your tactics when the terrain gets steeper.  Last Sunday we moved from lower Frank's to upper Frank's where the terrain was much more challenging.  As a result many of us were far less successful in the afternoon.  When the terrain gets steeper we need to be more extreme with the angles we make with our lower body (knees and hips).  We cannot ski the same style on the steeps as we do on the flats.  Many of you did so and did not realize much success because you did not adjust your tactics.  On top of that, there were a lot of long faces as a result of the lack of success, and frankly a lot of quitting in the middle of the course.

Instead of getting frustrated and quitting, let's adapt and fight!  We need to ski a higher line, which means that we need to hit the rise line higher, and we need to push harder on the ski and flex the knees and ankles more. So, let's keep in mind that when the going gets tougher, we need to get tougher and smarter.  We can't ski the same line as we do on the flats, and as importantly we can't complain about how difficult it is.  Instead, we need to rise to the occasion, accept the challenge, and fight to succeed.

On a more positive note, we had an amazing slalom day on Monday, and I was proud of everyone' effort.

This weekend we have another training block.  In an effort to maintain balance between GS and slalom, we will train GS on Friday and follow that with slalom on Saturday and Sunday in preparation for our next race on Saturday March 2 which is a stubbie slalom at Willard.  So, here's the schedule:

Friday 2/22, GS skis, and GS training

Saturday 2/23, Slalom skis and slalom training

Sunday 2/24, Slalom skis and slalom training

On a final note, Coach Eric made an observation which he suggested that I share with you.  Many racers do not buckle their boots tight enough and some not at all!  In addition, some people's power strap is not fastened tightly.  It is important to buckle your boots tightly and to fasten your power strap because the boot is the tool that translates to the movement of your lower body to the skis.  Loose boots means a less direct and less quick translation of your movements and results in less effective turning power. Keep that in mind.

That's it for now.  Email us with any questions.  Looking forward to a great weekend!

U12 coaches


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SWSC Presidents Week Training Schedule-All Groups!

Don't forget to register for the SWSC Excel Mini Camp next week! Don't miss it. Great training over the next few days!!  The registration link is below!!
Presidents Week Training Days:
Tue- 2/19     OFF- No SWSC Training
Wed- 2/20    SWSC Excel Mini Camp*
Thu- 2/21     SWSC Excel Mini Camp*
*The Excel Camp Mini Camp is additional to normal training days. 
*Please fill out this REGISTRATION FORM to participate!

Fri- 2/22       SWSC Training Day
Sat- 2/23      SWSC Training Day
Sun- 2/24     SWSC Training Day
The SWSC Excel Mini Camp can not accept U8's. U10's and older are permitted.

Check your age class blogs for training plans!
Come train with SWSC if you're here!! 
See you soon!!


David A. Edry

SWSC Program Director

Stratton Mountain Resort

5 Village Lodge Road

Stratton Mountain, VT 05155

802.297.4075 (office)

978.505.8443 (cell)

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U12 Plan 2/15-2/18 2019

Hi Team 12:

Great race for many this weekend on the home hill! If you feel that you did not have a successful day, do not worry about it.  Ski racers fall and make mistakes all the time.  Whether good or bad, race results should be left behind and you should re-focus every week to try to get better.

I think we made some good headway in our effort to race hard and not be intimidated by the moment on race day.  We still have some work to do in that department, and in actuality, race day performance is something that you will be trying to master throughout your ski racing career.  In general, many of you were able to ratchet up the intensity and "go for it" more than in the past.  Now, let's get everyone involved and have SWSC known across the board as kids who are always trying to go fast!  The best way to do that is to go hard in training.  Going hard will mean different things to different people depending on your experience, but as a bottom line, let's focus on exaggerating the recommended moves and creating bigger angles and bigger pressure.

We do not have races the next two weekends, so it gives us an opportunity to get a good training block in especially since we have a four day weekend coming up.  Take advantage of this mid-season racing lull and try to make some significant changes in your skiing. We will primarily focus on GS this weekend and primarily focus on slalom next weekend.  However for variety sake, we'll train some slalom this Friday and then move to two days of GS and then back to slalom on Monday.


Here's the schedule:

Friday 2/15, slalom skis and slalom training.

Saturday 2/16, GS skis and GS training and drills

Sunday 2/17, GS skis and GS training and drills

Monday 2/18, slalom skis and slalom training and drills

Reminder: Sharp skis are critical, so make sure that you arrive every day with tuned skis. Given the rain we have had this winter, there is a thick layer of ice beneath the surface, even with the new snow we just received.  That ice will likely be there for the remainder of the season and the only way to attack it is with sharp skis.

That's it for now.  Email us with any question.  Looking forward to a great long weekend.

U12 Coaches

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U12 Plan 2/8-2/10 2019

Hi Everyone:

We are sticking with GS again this weekend as we have a race on Sunday 2/10 on our home hill.  Last weekend  we had some nice results at Mt. Snow, and as importantly I think we all learned a little more about this complex sport of ski racing.

A couple of notes based upon observations at the race.  Everyone has made a significant amount of progress with their skiing this season so far, and most have been able to translate that progress into the gates when training.  The next step, and make no mistake this is another step, is to translate the gains we have made in training to race day.  There is something about race day that is different which causes many of us to seize up, both physically and mentally, and not ski as well as we do in training.  This is common and practically universal.  Let's all commit to working on our race day focus with particular attention to our line on race day, as many of us had line related problems.  Let's also continue to work on technical focus on race day.  By that I mean let's hang on to our primary technical focus from the previous day of training and remind ourselves of a singular technical item as we approach the start.  Of course we are trying to go as fast as we can, but if we completely disregard all of the technical items we have worked on when we get to the race, the all too common result is that our skiing on race day regresses and as a result we do not ski as well as we do in training.

Secondly, we all need to try to be a little more organized with our equipment and clothing.  First, make sure that your name is on all of your equipment and clothing, and when you go to put on a pair of skis, make sure they are yours.  With respect to clothing, give yourself plenty of time to take off your outer layers at the start, and make sure to stay warmed up after you take off your jackets.  Push ups, jogging, lunges etc. Also, given the large number of kids in our group, it is impossible for the coaches at the top to bring down clothing.  Plan on going back to the start to retrieve your clothes every run.  We had some kids who simply left their clothing at the top after their second run last weekend.  If it is cold out, bring an extra jacket and leave it at the finish line in a back pack so you can wear it on the way back up.

Here's the training plan:

Friday, 2/8, GS skis, WEATHER WARNING: It looks rainy which may limit our ability to run gates. We will be out there, but we may be free-skiing all or part of the day.  We will set gates if it is possible.

Saturday, 2/9GS skis, GS training

Sunday, 2/10, GS Race at Stratton, Register in west wing of base lodge between 7:30 and 7:45 AM.  Meet coaches in usual spot outside snow sports building at 8:20 ready to go.  It is recommended that you bring lunch and backpacks up to mid mountain lodge and plan on not going all the way to the base between runs.



MINI-CAMP 2/11-2/12, Sign up at www.gosms.org/smsdevocamps

That's it for now.  Email us with any questions.  Shout out to Roman Okie who had an injury last Sunday.  We are all wishing you a speedy recovery Roman!

U12 Coaches



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U12 Plan Feb. 1-3, 2019

Hi Team 12,

Great showing last weekend at Bromley! I was impressed by how attentive everyone was during inspection and all of the good questions which were posed. It showed the coaches that you all are progressing well on your race day preparation.  Establishing a plan of attack is a very important part of the race, so nice job to all.  My main suggestion now is that we need to focus on our concentration during the actual race runs and implementing the plan that you make during inspection.  You all will make errors in almost every race course, but minimizing those errors and staying disciplined in your skiing while in the race should be your next goal. A major part of being ready to race is the warm up run.  Make sure to get a good warm up in where you practice the type of turns that you will be making during the race, and when doing so, ski with "action" and make sure to pressure the skis enough so that you are controlling them.  It starts in training and focusing while training, so let's make that our goal this weekend, really focused training on Friday and Saturday before Sunday's race.

We move back to GS this weekend with a race at Mt. Snow on Sunday. Before that on Saturday at 5 PM there will be a pizza party and tuning clinic at the ski club room.  Here is the announcement from Christine Anderson who has been kind enough to organize that event:

Saturday, February 2nd will be the 1st U12 social event! Join us in the SWSC Club room (upstairs in the base lodge, above ticket windows) from 5-6:30 pm.  Please RSVP by FRIDAY, February 1st .   There will be pizza for all and non-alcoholic beverages. The club room has a strict no alcohol policy, so please be respectful of this. Grizzly’s will be open, so feel free to stop by there for a cocktail after our event!  There will also be an edge and base maintenance clinic for all parents and kids. Come to learn the basics of how to keep the kids skis sharp and fast!   Payment of $15 per family will cover it...please pay Christine Anderson (Ava’s mom), with cash that evening or you can use Venmo.com to pay direct at Christine-Anderson-81.
Please email a response to Christine Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following info:
Childs name
Parent name
How many will attend?
Here is this weekend's schedule:
Friday 2/1 GS skis and GS sectional training. Please RSVP
Saturday 2/2 GS skis, GS training
Sunday 2/3 GS race at Mt. Snow.  Arrive at Mt. Snow at 7:15 AM and register on the second floor of the base lodge. $35 entry fee.  Meet the coaches after registration on the second floor of the lodge, and we will inform you of the schedule for the day.  We will do inspection by station again, as it has been working well.
That's it for now.  Friday appears like it might be quite cold, so make sure to wear enough layers and bring hand warmers.  As always, tuned skis are very important, so make sure to take care of that for training and races.
Looking forward to seeing everyone either Friday or Saturday! Email us with any questions.
U 12 Coaches
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