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U14 SL at Magic-POSTPONED & other race info.

Magic has just decided to POSTPONE the U14 SL event for Sunday (2/24) due to weather and safety. The new date is now March 2nd (Saturday), and will take place at Bromley.

 

This will be the final SVC qualifying event and the results will determine the SVC Standings and the SVC State Team and SVC Shootout team will be announced at the Bromley awards on 3/2. 

 

The VARA Shootout event will take place on Sunday 3/3 at Pico. The Shootout will select the final group that will attend the VARA State Champs. The Pico Shootout is 1 run of GS and 1 run of SL. 

 

ALL athletes will be asked to confirm or deny their participation in the VARA State Champs and Shootout at the awards ceremony at Bromley on 3/2. If you are NOT at the awards to confirm or deny your participation, you'll be pulled from the list. 

 

ALL SWSC MUST ATTEND AWARDS AT BROMLEY on 3/2!!

 

If you make the Shootout on Sunday, you're expected to attend!! It's a event that you qualify for and is a fun event!!

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**Athletes that do not make it to the Shootout or to States from the Shootout, there is still a lot of racing to go!! 

 

Upcoming races for those NOT attending the U14 State Champs:

 

March 9-   Sun Mountain Showdown SL- Bromley*        ENTRY:  www.adminskiracing.com
March 10- Spring Series Open GS- Magic *                      
ENTRY:  www.adminskiracing.com

March 17- Nathan Carreira Dual Panel SL- Stratton *     ENTRY:  www.adminskiracing.com 

                    ~All SWSC U14 athletes should plan on racing this amazing race! 

 

*Parents MUST log on and pay for these races online in advance. These races WILL sell out, so please enter by March 26th. 

 

See you this weekend!

 

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U14 Plan- Feb 22-24, 2019

Wow!

The Magic Slalom on Talisman was a great one for SWSC!! Congrats to Sky, Hilary, Sophie C, Sophie D, Aidan, Harry, and Josh for scoring impressive Top-10 Results on a very tough hill!! The hard work is paying off!! Keep pushing and don't let up. The final SVC event is this Sunday at Magic on the lower slalom hill. . At the final SVC race, the SVC U14 States Team (Stratton) will be announced, as will the U14 Shootout Team (Pico). This is an exciting weekend and we need to be ready to rip on Sunday!

I'd recommend Friday training this week, as there is a slight possibility the race moves to Saturday due to the forecasted weather. 

Friday 2/22:        SL
Saturday 2/24:   SL
Sunday 2/24:      SVC SLALOM AT MAGIC! Please arrive by 7:30am and meet in the main floor of the lodge. Be ready to go outside of the base lodge for a Team Meeting at 8:15am. This race hill is on the lower half of the mountain. Easy viewing for parents!

Get fired up and come train on Friday!!

Edry

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SWSC Presidents Week Training Schedule-All Groups!

SWSC,
 
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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U14 Plan-Feb 15-18, 2019

SWSC U14's!

We had ANOTHER amazing weekend of training! The SG work is paying off and even though the SG for this Friday has been cancelled, all the hard work is making your GS better! You're all progressing and showing that you want to go faster! Keep up the intensity and keep working on your skills. There's still lots of racing to go!!

There's a lot happening over the next few weeks, so please pay close attention to the blog!

This coming weekend/week:

2/15 Fri:     ~SVC SG RACE CANCELLED!! It is supposed to rain most of the day, so Friday's training will be questionable.
                      SL if we can train. It may be a good day to take a rest!
2/16 Sat:    ~SL Training
2/17 Sun:   ~SL Training
2/18 Mon:  ~RACE DAY!! Magic SVC Slalom. Please arrive at Magic by 7:15am. We will load the lifts at 8am. Please be on time! This race will be on the 'Talisman' trail. Parents can walk to the finish line for viewing. There is NO start area access for parents. Please do not come down the race trail, as there is no access or exit. Thanks!

Reminders:
* We will meet at the gate shack at 8:40a & 12:40p each day. 
* Get the skis SHARP!

Looking Ahead
* Presidents week training training days: 2/18 & 2/22. We are hoping to have additional training on 2/20 & 2/21. This is staffing dependent. 
* The Willard SL make up is scheduled for 2/24 (Sun) at Magic. 

 

See you all this weekend!!

Edry

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U14 Plan-Feb 8-11, 2019

U14's!!

Congrats to the SWSC U14's for a great race at Stratton this past weekend! We had some great skiing and there is some noticeable changes in your skiing! Congrats to the crew that went up to Middlebury for the U14 MVC SG and had a fun race on a new and challenging hill. Lauren cracked the Top 10 with a 7th place finish! We still have a lot to do and more to learn and with just a SG and 2 slaloms left in the council season, productive time on snow will be critical. If you're not showing up with tuned and waxed skis, then you're not showing up ready. 

The SVC SG Camp for this coming Friday (8th) has been CANCELLED due to weather. The forecasted rain and warm temps led us to cancel the event. 

The Plan:

Please remember, we are meeting for each session at the GATE SHACK in the AM at 8:40am and 12:40pm. Please be on time! 

Friday 2/8:     GS. FYI: There is no guarantee that we will have training. With the rain and super warm temps, free skiing may be the plan. 
Saturday 2/9:  SG-AM, GS-PM
Sunday 2/10:  SG-AM, GS-PM 
*The SVC U12 GS is taking place on Sunday at Stratton. 3 Forerunners are needed for each run. This is a good training opportunity. IF you want to forerun, email me. The first 6 people to email me will get to forerun (3 for 1st run & 3 for 2nd run). This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking ahead:

Friday 2/15:   SVC SG RACE at Stratton. Please pre-register for this council race. www.adminskiracing.com

SG TRAINING ON Feb. 14th
With the SVC SG Race happening on a Friday, I'd like to offer a SG Session on Thursday 2/14. I need to know who wants to attend. **Please go to the Google Doc link to RSVP for the Thursday SG Training session. SG TRAINING 2/14

Monday 2/18:   SVC SL RACE at Magic. 
Sunday 2/24:    SVC SL RACE at Magic. The Final SVC Series Race!

Get the skis sharp for the weekend!!

Edry

 

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U14 Plan-Feb 1-3, 2019

U14's

Last weekend was absolutely amazing! The coaches were all impressed with the progress, focus, and hard work the group put in. Well done!

A few things the came together to help make this happen....
1) The skis were sharp! Well done!! Keep them sharp and even with the new snow, the surface underneath is VERY hard. Tune EVERY day.
2) Repetition. The number of runs the group had over the weekend was very high. 5-6 SG skills runs on Saturday AM. 5-6 GS runs in the PM on Upper Standard. 12 runs on Upper Franks on Sunday. Volume matters!! 
3) Focus. It was remarkable to see the focus from the majority! Working on your skiing in and out of the course WILL change your skiing.

A few items we can improve on:
1) A few of you did a some lodge sitting. We had to go and get you out of the Sunbowl lodge. We won't be doing that anymore. A few rules on lodge 'warm ups'. You only need 5min to warm up. There's no need for breakfast and hot chocolate. Come out and train and no more lodge sitting. 
2) GS Suits. We need to train in GS suits more. Wear a tight light jacket if needed, but train in the suit. It's MUCH faster in a course and you need to be prepared for the additional speed. 

The Plan:

  • We will now meet at the Gate Shack every Saturday and Sunday morning and after lunch (except this Sunday due to the race). Please be there by 8:45am and 12:45pm

2/1 (Fri):    AM GS, PM SG
2/2 (Sat):   AM SG, PM GS
2/3 (Sun):  RACE DAY!  Stratton U14 GS
                  Please register in the West Wing of the base lodge by 8am. 
                  Meet the coaches at the Start (top of Franks Fall Line) at 8:45am for inspection
                  1st run inspection-    8:45-9:15am
                  1st run race-              9:30am 
                  2nd run inspection-  11:45-12:15pm
                  2nd run race-            12:30pm
                 Awards-                     2:45pm*
                  *All SWSC U14's MUST attend the awards ceremony following the event. 
                           Yes, I understand it's Super-Bowl Sunday (Go Pats!), but awards are mandatory.


Get fired up for another great weekend!!

Edry

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U14 Plan: Jan 25-27, 2019

U14's!!

What a crazy MLK weekend! We had an incredible 2 days of Slalom training on Friday and Saturday! The group worked very hard and made a lot of great progress. We are making big steps!! Sunday was a fun day of powder skiing all over Stratton in 20" of freshies!! I hope everyone had a blast! Monday..... -28 degrees.  :(    I guess this is the way the weather is in New England. Always be prepared for crazy weather!

This weekend we move into a SG/GS block of skiing and training. We will be doing some SG work mixed in with the GS training. For SG, U14's should be on a longer GS ski (10-15cm longer than their GS Skis). The longer ski adds stability at higher speeds and will run cleaner and faster and is better for their learning. If you haven't arranged a SG ski, you should call a few shops to see what they have for loaners/rentals/used.....I know some shops do this. For SG (and GS), athletes should be wearing back protectors (not mandatory, but highly recommended). 

We have a SG camp on Friday Feb. 8th and then the SVC SG race at Stratton on Friday Feb. 15th. I HIGHLY recommend the SG Camp on the 8th for ALL SWSC. More time on the SG skis will mean more progress. We will work on high speed turns, terrain, and jumping. It will be a great opportunity for learning and fun!

The Plan:

Jan. 25 Friday-      GS 
Jan. 26 Saturday-  AM-SG, PM-GS
Jan. 27 Sunday-    GS

Let me know if you have any questions regarding SG Skis!!

Edry

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Willard Race on MLK is -POSTPONED

In case you missed the emails, the Willard SL on Monday is POSTPONED.

A new date will be announced soon.

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Connor is Headed to the Para World Champs!

We are all excited to wish SWSC Athlete Connor Hogan good luck at the upcoming Para World Champs!!

Connor is headed to Kranjska Gora, Slovenia and Selle Nevea, Italy for this amazing Championships! The event runs from Jan 21-Feb 1, 2019. Connor represented the USA at the PyeongChang Paralympic Games in 2018 and is hoping to be a regular on the Para World Cup circuit. Connor has trained with SWSC for the past 6 years and is a well know member of the SWSC Team. 

To read the World Championship Team announcement, go to: US Para Worlds

Good luck Connor!

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U14 Plan-Jan 18-21, 2019

What an amazing weekend! Congrats to those that raced at Mt Snow and hopefully everyone is pleased with their progress. There is still A LOT of work to do and we need everyone ready to work hard to change their movements. We are racing SL on Monday at Willard and this race will be a fun one. We plan on training some difficult terrain over the weekend in preparation for the Willard SL. 

They are forecasting LOTS of snow over the weekend, so I highly recommend that everyone ski on Saturday, as Saturday afternoon through Sunday may be some Powder skiing sessions! 

I hope everyone has ready Coach Bob's blog 'We have a tuning problem'. If you haven't, please read it right away and get on the ski-tuning plan. Many of your skis are not adequate for training or racing, as they are not sharp or waxed. You can not make progress on dull skis and just adds to athlete frustration. TUNE your skis after EVER day of skiing. Tune=Wax & sharpen. 

The Plan:

Friday 1/18-     SL Training-RSVP Required: RSVP FORM
Saturday 1/19- SL Training- Bring Powder skis for the PM in case we can't train due to heavy snow. 
                                        We will decide the PM plan at the end of the morning session.
Sunday 1/20-   SL Training- Bring Powder skis for the PM in case we can't train due to heavy snow.
                                     We will decide the plan in the morning.
Monday 1/21-  RACE DAY!  Willard SVC SL. This does count for SVC Standings and all athlete must attend.
                                        Arrive at Willard Mtn by 7:30am. Registration is in the lodge.
                                        Meet at the lift at 8:15 for inspection. 
                                        *Willard is 1:20 from Stratton resort. Please give extra time for the drive, as it can 
                                               be hard to find.
                                        **Monday's weather forecast is super COLD! Please plan accordingly. 

See everyone this weekend!!

Edry

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We have a Ski Tuning Problem

Dull is not an option!

 

Parents/Athletes, we have a problem.

We need to talk, or at least come up with a plan, as we have a tuning problem! The courses we ski are very hard. Hard snow is considered to be the fairest surface to race on. All competitors get to race on essentially the same surface. The problem is racers with well-tuned skis will have a enormous advantage. Athletes who’s skis were tuned last week are a serious disadvantage.

 

Think I’m exaggerating? How many pairs of skis do you think Mikaela Shiffrin brought to the Olympics?  NY Times-Shiffrin.  35 pairs so she could have sharp skis for every run! Normally she travels with more. Everything is relative right, but it should illustrate how important proper equipment is.

 

After watching our runs the last couple of races it appears that several of our racers are training and racing on dull or improperly tuned skis. We will work with you to help figure out if your skis are tuned and if not, a path forward to get them that way. 

 

Here are the basics:

Skis need to be touched up and waxed after every training day. The edges should be race sharpened weekly and the bases should be ground two or three times a season. It is just as important train on sharp skis as it is to race on them. Sharp skis develop confidence in your equipment and help racers understand what they are capable of doing. 

 

My personal preference is to have my skis base ground and structured at a shop. I then set my base bevel to .5 degrees and grind my edge bevel to 3.0 degrees. Once this done I can generally keep it up with a stone and edge guide and waxing iron for a few days.

If you (parents or athletes) don't know how to tune, don't try to teach yourself. Tuning takes a lot of practice and needs to be taught by an experience ski tuner. If you aren't tuning your own skis, bring to a shop after EVERY training session! It sounds excessive, but sharp skis matter and will facilitate learning. 

Athletes at a U14 age class should be at the very least, waxing their own skis daily and using a guide and stones to touch up the edges. Don't start using a file on skis unless you're fully trained! U16's should be doing full-tunes them selves (wax, file, stone). 

 

Please don’t hesitate to ask for help. Let’s work together and come up with plan to keep our skis racer ready! The SWSC U14 coaches will put together a parent/athlete tuning clinic to help with this process so we can have more productive training sessions and race days. Keep an eye out for the details.

Coach Bob

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A few thoughts for all racers...

Bacon’s (Bob) Theory of Relativity:

 

When it comes to measuring your performance at a ski race everything is relative. Amy Morin* says “Mentally Strong People Don’t Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control”.

 

How does this apply to your ski racing performance?

 

You can’t control who shows up at a race and how they perform that day. You (or your parents) have decided that you will be racing in Vermont, one of the most competitive places to ski race in US. In fact, I am 99% sure that some of the people (maybe you) who raced this past weekend will end up skiing for a national team. Vermont has good skiers and how you place at a ski race is relative to who you are racing.

 

How you did at a ski race is up to you to decide. Was your second run place better than your first? Did you move your race line higher like you have been working on? Did you achieve your personal objectives?

 

Even though Makaila Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher seem to be winning all the time, there are a lot of really talented people training and working hard to help them win less often. These are World Cup skiers, who aren’t giving up, they are motivated and working harder.

 

How will you measure yourself when you race?

 

 *13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin

https://amymorinlcsw.com/mentally-strong-people/

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U14 Plan- Jan 11-13, 2019

Congratulations to all of you a your first SVC event of the 2019 season! We had a lot of great skiing and results even with the super challenging snow/ice/ruts! Let's keep working hard and focus on your skiing every run you take. It was great to see Skye G, Sophie D, and Lauren J get into the Top-10 for awards. Congrats!!

A few notes from the weekend:

  • LEARNING: Look at the run in front of you. If you dwell on the previous run (if you think it was 'bad'), then we won't be able to have success on the next run. This is true in training and in racing. Learn from a run and then adjust and focus on the next run. No need to dwell!!
  • TUNING: Your skis need to be sharper!! We are skiing a lot of skis that are not sharp or waxed. This snow is VERY harsh and the skis will dull in just a half of day of training and the bases will get beat up from the hard ice. SKIS MUST BE SHARPENED AND WAXED AFTER EVERY TRAINING DAY OR RACE DAY. Training on skis that haven't been tuned in over a week is unacceptable and unproductive.
  • AWARDS: Awards are part of the race day. I was happy to see a big crew of athletes at the awards to congratulate their teammates that made it into the top 10! But, many athlete had left prior to awards and were not their to support the successes of their team.
    • Awards are part of the race day and ALL SWSC U14's are expected to stay until the end of the awards ceremony. 
    • Parents: This is part of your job! Please plan on staying with your son/daughter until the end of awards at all events.

The Plan:

Fri 1/11:    GS Training (Please RSVP by Wednesday on the RSVP Form!)
Sat 1/12:   GS Training
Sun 1/13:  RACE DAY! Mt Snow SVC Race #2
                  Please arrive at Mt Snow for 7:15am for registration. The registration is upstairs in the base lodge.
                  Athletes are entered but will still need to pay on the morning of the event. 
                  For more details on the event, go to VARA.org for the event information sheet.

See you soon!!

Edry

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The U14 Plan Jan 4-6, 2019

Happy New Year U14's! 

I hope you're having a good rest and enjoyed your Holiday! Congratulations to all the U14's that raced at Okemo! A big high-5 to Sophie D and Skye G for their top-10 results!! It was a great first race and hopefully everyone got through the 1st race nerves!!

January signals the start of the Southern Vermont Council (SVC) race season. The races over the next 2 months are part of the SVC U14 series. The series will then determine which athletes move on to race in the Vermont Shootout (Pico) or the Vermont State Championships (Stratton). The series has SL, GS, & SG races and the rests from each race score points for the athletes towards the series. Points can be scored from the results of the 1st run, the 2nd run, and the overall of each race. In duals and SG's, only the overall placings will be used for scoring. It's a season long series with lots of scoring opportunities, so it's important to race hard each and every run. Get excited SWSC and get ready for a fun race season!!

The Plan:

Friday 1/4-      Slalom. Panel SL and Tall Gate. Bring all guards. RSVP Required! RSVP FORM
Saturday 1/5-  Slalom. Panel SL and Tall Gate. Bring all guards
Sunday 1/6-    RACE DAY- SVC Race #1: Bromley Dual SL. 2 Duals (AM/PM). 4 runs.
                     Arrive at Bromley at 7:15am. Registration is upstairs in the base lodge. $45 entry
                     You can pay in advance on www.adminskiracing.com, or pay on the morning of the race. 
                     Cash or check only.

You've all been working hard and I hope everyone is excited about the first SVC event!

See you this soon!!

Edry

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U14 Schedule Change! Dec. 31st

The U14's will train SLALOM on Monday Dec. 31st!! Please have SL skis, poles, gear!!

See you in the AM!

Edry

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Dec. 30th U14 Race day! Okemo SL

U14's!!

 

Tomorrow is Race Day! I hope everyone is excited for a fun day at Okemo.

 

This is the first race of our season and it will be a great race to start the season and to get the race-day jitters out of the way. The coaches are excited to work with everyone tomorrow! If you have not entered the race and are not racing, there will be no training at Stratton on Sunday.

 

A few race day notes for the athletes:

 

  • Get your skis sharp!
  • Use a cold wax for about 22 degrees.
  • Bring a 2nd pair of skis to use for inspection so your race skis stay sharp!
  • After your run, please lap around to pick your jackets after each run. Coaches will not be bringing clothing down for athletes. This is the athletes responsibility. 


A few race day notes for the Parents:

 

 

  • The race hill is partway up Okemo. You can walk there. I'd recommend snowshoes for traction. There is a mid-lodge just below the race hill.
  • Please arrive at the mountain by 7:15am. 
  • Go to registration FIRST, then go to the base lodge to change. We use the 2nd floor of the lodge for SWSC. 
  • Parents, please let the athletes come around to pick up their clothing. This the athletes responsibility. 
  • All parent viewing is from the finish area. Parents are not allowed on the race hill or at the start area of the race. 
  • The race is over when awards are over. All SWSC athletes are expected to attend all awards ceremonies! Please support this!! Thanks!


Schedule:

 

 

  • 7:50am-  Meet at the chair outside the main base lodge
  • 8:00am-  Load lift to go to course
  • 8:20am-  Inspection-Meet at Start
  • 9:30am-  U12 race
  • 10:30am-U14 Women
  • 11:30am-U14 Men
  • 12:30pm-2nd run Inspection (approx). Meet at the start
  • 1:00pm-  U12 2nd run (approx)
  • 2:00pm-  U14 2nd run (approx)
  • 3:00pm-  Awards at finish area *Mandatory for all SWSC athletes!
 

See you in the AM!!

 
Edry, Steve, Bob, Vito, Ashley, Brendan

 

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U14 Holiday Plan-Dec. 26-31, 2018

U14's!!

Congrats on a great weekend of training and skiing. We had our challenges with the weather and the snow, but everyone is working hard each day. We have a lot of skiing this week coming up and with the first race just around the corner, quality training and lots of volume will be important!

Notes:

Tune!!
The snow has ver incredibly hard each day and the skis are getting dull very quickly. Your skis need to be touched up after EVERY training day. Sharp skis are necessary if you want training to be productive. The snow is also very harsh on the bases, so daily waxing is needed in order to ensure the bases stay fast!

Video!!  
We've been shooting some video. Please get into the habit of watching your video each night. This is an important part of 'self-coaching'. Take the time to watch your clips and watch for the movements or positions that you were working on that day. Self evaluate and note what needs to change. 

Video can be viewed on the SWSC Sprongo U14 Page. If you don't have an account, you'll have to go to www.sprongo.com and set up an account. Then you can search for Stratton Winter Sports Club-U14 or follow the U14 link.

Racing!!
The Okemo 'End of the Year Open' Slalom is on Dec. 30th. Please arrive at Okemo by 7:15am. Meet the SWSC coaches after registering in the top floor of the Okemo Base lodge. We will meet at the lift, ready to ski at 8am (subject to change). Please be on time...or early, as it's a very busy day at Okemo, so parking can be a challenge. Email me with any questions on the race day plan. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Please note, ALL athletes must stay for awards following the race. This is a requirement for SWSC U14's. Awards will take place at the finish building of the race hill. Support for your teammates and competitors is part of being on a team and part of good sportsmanship. 

If you have not registered for the race as of yet, the race is full. There will be no U14 training at Stratton on December 30th. 

Training!! 
If you're around on January 2 & 3, or January 7 & 8 the SWSC/SMS Mini-Camps are taking place. These are 2-day sessions run cooperatively by SWSC and SMS with coaches from both programs. Registration details can be found on: STRATTON MINI CAMP SERIES

Upcoming events!!
Dec. 28th- Annual SWSC Skating Party! Riley Rink in Manchester. 5:30-7:30pm. Skating, Pizza, Drinks, Fun!
Dec. 29th- SWSC Performance Education Series #2. 4-5pm in the Wentworth Room in the Black Bear Lodge. 'Nutrition & Performance' is the topic. This would be great to attend!

Training Plan 12/26-12/31
Wednesday 12/26  SL skis. Full guards, Facebar, GS Suit
Thursday 12/27     SL skis. Full guards, Facebar, GS Suit
Friday 12/28          SL skis. Full guards, Facebar, GS Suit
Saturday 12/29      SL skis. Full guards, Facebar, GS Suit
Sunday  12/30       RACE DAY! Okemo 'End of the Year Open' (details above)
Monday 12/31       GS skis. GS Suit
Tuesday 1/1          Off, No training
Wednesday 1/2 
     Off, No training (Stratton Mini Camp Option)
Thursday 1/3     
    Off, No training (Stratton Mini Camp Option)
Friday 1/4  
           GS skis. GS Suit

Get excited for a great week of training and racing! 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Edry & the U14 staff

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U10 Plan-Dec 22-31, 2018

Late night at work 😞

U10 December 21 – 25th

Happy Holidays,

We had another productive weekend, working on stance, balance and turn shape. The upper mountain has been firm so it is very important for the athletes to have sharp skis! The local shops have seasonal sharpening at reasonable pricing, if you are not comfortable tuning their skis. If your U10 does not have sharp skis they lose confidence and inhibits their ability to progress. Feel free to ask our coaching staff if you have any questions regarding tuning. A typical racer sharpens their skis after 3-4 uses.

Training Schedule:

Friday Dec. 21- GS Training . Please remember that you must RSVP through the RSVP form<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__docs.google.com_forms_d_e_1FAIpQLScTkRSz9CY5f5Yqm-2DdU-5FkuuV7SHAzt5wAzVAlcDOHGca2Y3-2DA_viewform&d=DwMFaQ&c=d-cmF97CsPp2DCyLDwktLIEbZ0S3HElGOrguwqovoIE&r=Rk97VIoJdkcabTKufasVpd2xUF_-0HDw7IrQl770OPQ&m=nzEfWT5cWbD0NyzSFhf4ira885ffPYMp1hjYAiWkBB4&s=UuxAZEVjc4Guf657NIsZfTbJoSVoggkpTxx8pXty7XI&e=> before Thursday morning.

Saturday Dec. 22- Will continue to work on skills and turn shape with brush gates

Sunday Dec. 23- More training and fun

Dec. 24- Training may be combined with other age groups due to coaching availability

Dec. 25- Merry Christmas everyone! No training, but if you are in the neighborhood feel free to get a few runs in with the family 😊!!

Dec. 26 – First day of the Holiday Camp. Lots of training and fun@

Important Dates:

Dec. 28th- SWSC Skating/Pizza party!! Riley Rink in Manchester 5:30pm-7:30pm

Holiday Camp 12/26/18 – 12/31/18.

Jan 1st – Happy New Year! No training. Enjoy the day with your family and 10 points if you get a few ski runs in.

A Few Notes:

• Please ensure that your athlete is dressed warmly and have hand warmers, (if necessary). Dressing in layers is the best way to keep the athletes warm. Also, if we the forecast is for “clear snow” (rain), please dress appropriately. It is usually warm; however, having rain gear is very helpful.

• In order for your son/ daughter to participate in the Southern Vermont Council (SVC) events, they must have:

1. a USSS membership (Link: www.usskiandsnowboard.org)

2. a VARA Membership (Link: www.vara.org)

• It takes at least a week to process a USSA membership, so please do not wait until the day before a race to register. Our first Southern Vermont Council (SVC) competition is at Mount Snow on Sunday, January 6th.

See you at the mountain,

Harriet

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U16 Plan-Dec. 21-24, 2018

We adjusted our plan from GS to PSL based on the forecast of warmer temperatures and rain. The weather man seems to be wrong 50% of the time, why should we expect last weekend to be any different, as the weather was quite good. The DPSL created an excellent training opportunity for our athletes to refine their focus and remain concentrated on executing their own tactical plan for attacking the course. It was great! We reviewed some terminology and video concerning tactics:

       Rise Line

       Take it deep/er

       Get elevation

       Angle of attack

       More Direction

DPSL Video - https://sprongo.com/playlists/153317/66707/t

We explained that tactics are a learnt (trial-and-error) skill while running different sets on various terrain, snow conditions, vertical and offset distances.  Athletes need to be patient, as the learning process is lengthy. Timing and video review are important tools that we will utilize to help them improve.  It is also important that they ski the line that they have the technical skills for and always be pushing themselves in training.

The conditions were a little more challenging than our previous training days and gave us a good test of remaining centered, and balanced. The athletes welcomed the challenged and made the commitment to make the best turns they could in sometimes intimidating visibility / snow conditions. As they become more comfortable and confident they made some real improvements. Some athletes needed to prepare their skis better (sharpen) for the training session.

If the weather holds true, the forecast is for a chance of some precipitation into Saturday morning, Sunday looks good but will be firm. Sharpen your skis.

Dec. 22 – SL skis, shin guards, face bar, pole guards on SL poles – one course will be w/video and timing.

Dec. 23 – GS skis, GS poles, GS helmet. Back Protector - w/video and timing.

Dec. 24-  GS skis, GS poles, GS helmet. Back Protector -

Please sign up for Dec 28 - DPSL race at Okemo https://adminskiracing.com/node/181742

Holiday time is family time. A shared passion for skiing brings families together more than any other holiday I/we know! Hopefully your family will join ours (SWSC) over this the holiday break. On behalf of the coaching staff, we wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas.

Looking forward to another great weekend!!

U16 Coaches

 

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Best
Todd
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U14 Plan-Dec. 21-24, 2018

U14's!!

Great job this past weekend! A lot of hard work and a lot of great skiing. Keep it up! 

A few notes:

  • Tune your skis! The snow is rock solid and the dull skis won't make for a very productive day.
  • GS suits everyday!
  • It may rain on Friday/Saturday, so please dress appropriately! We will ski in the rain.

Dec. 21- GS skis. Please remember that you must RSVP through the RSVP form before Thursday morning.
Dec. 22- SL skis. Please bring your shin guards, pole guards, and facebar for the PM session.
Dec. 23SL skis. Please bring your shin guards, pole guards, and facebar
Dec. 24
SL skis. Please bring your shin guards, pole guards, and facebar
Dec. 25- Merry Christmas everyone! No skiing!!

If you're not registered for the Okemo SL on the 30th, please do it ASAP!

Important Dates:
Dec. 28th- SWSC Skating/Pizza party!! Riley Rink in Manchester 5:30pm-7:30pm

See you all on Friday!!

Edry

 

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