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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!!


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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


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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!!


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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!!


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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!


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Dec. 30th U14 Race day! Okemo SL



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!




  • 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


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!


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!

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.

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. 

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,


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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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U14 Plan-Dec. 21-24, 2018


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!!



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U10 Plan-Dec. 14-16, 2018

Hello Everyone,

We had a productive weekend working on skill development through technical free skiing while having fun.  We will continue to do the same this weekend by exploring various turn shapes.  We will also begin to move the athletes into groups for the season.

Friday GS Training: 8:55 - 11:30am and 12:25 - 2:30pm. Please RSVP for Friday training through the RSVP FORM by Wednesday. U10 parents must check in with the coaches by 8:55am for the training plan. The Friday program is an independent offering and athletes participating must be able to ride the chairlift without a coach and may lap on their own.

Saturday and Sunday Training:  The athletes should meet in front of the Mountain Sports School by 8:25am and we will return to the same spot by 11:30am.  We will resume at 12:25pm and end at 3:00pm.

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.

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

1.    a US Ski & Snowboard Competition membership. US Ski & Snowboard

2.    a VARA Membership. VARA

•       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.
*If your looking for more training opportunities, the Stratton Holiday GS Camp is a great option! 3 full days of GS on Dec. 19-21. This is the best camp for the kids to get ready for the first races and SWSC gets a discount! SWSC coaches will be working the camp. For information and registration, go to: www.uselitecamps.com 

See you at the mountain!


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U14 Plan-Dec. 14-16, 2018


What a great weekend. The group is starting to come together and it's clear that we have a hard working and focused team! We are all impressed with the level of the group so far. There is a lot of hard work to do between now and our first race, but this group is clearly ready.  

Also, if you didn't hear, Maddie Goetz had a crash on Sunday. Get better soon Maddie!! 

Here is the plan for the weekend: 

Friday:       GS Skis. 8:55-2:30pm. Please RSVP for Friday training through the RSVP FORM by Wednesday. 
Saturday:   GS Skis. 
Sunday:     GS Skis. 

A few notes:

1) I hope everyone has entered the first race on Dec. 30th at Okemo. This SL will be the first race for the team and all athletes are expected to attend. To register, go to: www.adminskiracing.com 

2) All athletes must be US Ski & Snowboard Competition members and VARA members to be in the program and to race.

3) If you want more training opportunities, don't forget about the great Holiday GS camp! Dec. 19-21. 3 great days of GS on Franks Fall Line and SWSC members get a discount! To find out more information and to register, go to: www.uselitecamps.com

There is also the Stratton Mini Camp series. The 2-day mini camps are another way to get in more ski time with SWSC & SMS coaches! Register Here

4) Here's something to think about. A note from Coach Bob Bacon. This is something you should all read!!

Minimizing Crashes, The importance of Patterns and Routines


Imagine what it would be like to be a passenger on an airplane flown by a pilot who insisted on landing it differently every time! It would likely result in a different and potentially exciting ride.  Thankfully for us as passengers, well trained pilots insist on focused routines that rely on patterns and check lists that deliver us safely to our destinations without excitement.


As ski coaches we want to help you develop good patterns and routines as a skiers and ski racers. SWSC hopes that we can help you to: be prepared to participate, develop your skiing skills, put effort into your training, and enjoy it.


This weekend we had another strong turnout of U14s; I had a great time coaching a group of 1st year girls. Our goal was 2 things: begin to develop a warm up routine and continuing our work on stance and balance. Each of you should begin to have a warmup routine that helps you ski at your best. I suggested skating, slow carved turns, linked hockey stops, jumps between turns and finally linked hop turns.


Being well prepared and believing in your warmup routine will give you confidence!


All of us U14 coaches are really stoked about the effort and progress you are making in your skiing. Keep it up!


The Wall Street Journal Reported in 2015:


Mikaela Shiffrin, the 19-year-old American skiing prodigy, swears by the same routine every time she races.’


‘Shiffrin barely raced as a junior skier, choosing to spend full days practicing on her home mountain rather than countless hours driving to other slopes, where she might get two or three runs all day. U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association chief executive Tiger Shaw now preaches the value of practice over chasing racing ribbons. The national skiing body has been trying to convey the effectiveness of Shiffrin’s upbringing to ski coaches and parents across the country, he said.


See you all this weekend!


U14 Coaches

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U10 Plan-Dec 7-9, 2018

Hello everyone,

It was a great to see the returning U10 athletes and welcome the new U10 athletes that joined us. We spent the first weekend acquainting the athletes to their equipment and back to skiing.

Friday Training:  8:55am-11:30am and 12:25pm - 2:30pm. If your son/daughter is planning on attending, you must RSVP through the RSVP FORM. A parent must with meet with the coaches when dropping off their athlete, to review the plan for the day. This is required for every Friday training session for U10s. Depending on the number of coaches, the athletes may or may not be supervised on the lifts. 

Saturday and Sunday Training:  The athletes should meet in front of the Mountain Sports School by 8:25am and we will return to the same spot by 11:30am.  We will resume at 12:25pm and end at 3:00pm. This weekend we will be continuing our focus on getting back into the ski mode and having a fun time

A Few Notes:

·         All SWSC Athletes must be US Ski & Snowboard competition members, as well as VARA members:

1.      US Ski & Snowboard membership (Link: US Ski & Snowboard)

2.      VARA Membership (Link: VARA).

·         It takes at least a week to process a US Ski & Snowboard 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.

A Few Expectations:

·         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.

.    U10's need 1 pair of tuned/sharp junior race skis and a hard ear racing helmet (no soft ears). Skis should be tuned weekly so the kids can learn and perform.


·         We have 3 World Cup races at Stratton and the athletes may wear a GS suit.  At SVC events athletes may NOT wear GS suits, but may where them underneath their clothes as an extra layer (a warm layer).

·         We usually stop at the mid-mountain lodge for a cup of hot chocolate (free for SWSC) and some athletes purchase snacks or bring them. We prefer that they do not purchase or bring candy.

We have great veteran coaching staff that are ready for a fun and productive season,

Harriet DeVerry
Mike Singer
Bob Jacobs
Alex Anvari
Jackie Bielak
Kirstin Schmidt
Hilary Quisenberry

See you at the Mountain,


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U12 Plan-Dec. 7-9, 2018

Greetings SWSC U12s and parents!
This is the first of our weekly blogs in which we outline the plan for the plan for the upcoming weekend and also put for the reminders about items which need attention and also perhaps an occasional comment about goals and technique. Please make it a point to read the blog every week.
We had a great first weekend, and it was wonderful to see so many of you on opening day.  We were also in full operation on Sunday despite the rain, so just a reminder, we train in practically any weather conditions, so make sure to obtain the necessary rain gear and join in the fun the next time we encounter a few drops from the sky.
Reminders about mandatory memberships and upcoming events on our calendar:
1)  All racers must be members of USSA.  If you have not done so already, please join or renew your membership to US Ski & Snowboard at www.usskiandsnowboard.org. You must have a ‘competition membership’.
2)  All racers must be a member of VARA.  Again if you have not joined VARA or renewed your membership, please do so at www.vara.org.
If there are questions about either of these memberships, let us know.


3)  Our first race of the year for the U12s will be the ‘End of the Year Open' slalom race on 12/30 at Okemo. It is a great race to get the season started before the council season starts. Since it is an OPEN race, parents must enter their kids. Go to www.adminskiracing.com and sign-up. This race fills up quickly, and if it fills before you register, we will not be able to do anything to get your kids into the race. 
4)  This Saturday 12/8 at 2:00PM, there will be a parent Q&A, and we welcome any and all of you who might have questions about U12 racing to come and further educate yourselves. Either Katie or Jim will be there to answer any and all of your questions. This will take place in the Ski & Board Club room. (Upstairs above Guest Services).
5)  We have Friday training all day, every Friday. If you plan on attending, please RSVP through the RSVP FORM. It is a great opportunity to get additional miles and hasten one's improvement, so if you have the opportunity, please join us. Friday training starts at 8:55am and ends at 2:30pm. Athletes are with their parents for lunch (11:30a-12:30p). 
The schedule for 12/7 through 12/9:
Friday 12/7 Slalom skis. Technical free skiing.
Saturday, 12/8  Slalom skis. Technical free skiing.
Sunday 12/9          GS skis. Technical free-skiing.
We look forward to seeing everyone this coming weekend. We will be breaking our large group into 3 PODS with specific coaches assigned to each POD.  Remember, it does not matter which Pod you are assigned to or who is in your POD. The most important component of your ski racing development is your commitment and effort. Every racer in every POD will have the opportunity to learn extensively and become a better skier and racer.
Jim & Katie
U12 Coaching Staff:
Katie Mallia
Jim Sullivan
Brian Whatley
Ray DeVerry
Eric Erthein
Greg Hardy
Karolis Krulis
Britt Hall
Jackson Bell
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U16 Plan-Dec. 7-9, 2018

What a great first weekend! 

It was a real pleasure to see the veteran athletes welcoming the new athletes. We had a great time and I do hope that your kids enjoyed themselves. Groups will continue to be fluid as the staff gets to know each athlete and try to understand the individual needs of our athletes. By working together, the coaching staff will build specific well-planned training, and competition schedule that will ensure optimum development for all our athletes.

Recap of last weekend:

  • Where to meet – Outside in front of Mid Mountain lodge 8:35AM and 12:30PM ready to ski
  • Athletes must come to training prepared with tuned/sharp skis and wearing their GS suite every day
  • Mental preparation - The link between training day and race day.
  • Our focus was on good fundamentals (Athletic stance, and balance) beginning the development of great skiing.

This Weekend plan for those Racing Saturday:

Dec. 7 (Fri)-    GS Training for those racing Saturday. Athletes must sign up on  RSVP FORM 
                         GS skis, GS poles, GS helmet, Back Protector

Dec. 8 (Sat)-   Rebecca McGill GS Race at Stratton. Athletes/parents must register TODAY!! 
                        To sign up, go to: https://adminskiracing.com/node/179444.
                        GS skis, GS poles, GS helmet, Back Protector

Dec. 9 (Sun)- All Athletes: SL skis, shin guards, face bar, pole guards on SL poles

For Athletes NOT RACING in the Rebecca McGill GS:

Dec. 7 (Fri)-   SL skis, GS poles, GS helmet. No facebar 

Dec. 8 (Sat)-  SL skis, GS poles, GS helmet. No facebar 

We will continue with fundamental exercises on stance, balance and edging.
   Session 1 (AM) - Technical Free Skiing (TFS)
   Session 2 (PM) - Technical Free Skiing (TFS)

Rebecca McGill Race Day Plan - Dec. 8

7:15AM    Registration opens West wing of the Base Lodge
8:35AM    Meet all athletes in front of Mid Mountain lodge – Leaving promptly 8:45AM *
9:00AM    Course inspection
9:50AM    First Run
12:00PM  Meet Coaches in front of Mid Mountain lodge *
12:15PM  Course inspection *
1:00 PM   2nd Run 

Please support all our athletes and attend the awards ceremony one-half hour after the race completion in Village by the fire pit. This is a big part of the race day. All the athletes that raced are expected to attend awards ceremonies.

*  If you miss the group meet any SWSC U16 coach at the Start of the race
*  Approximate times are an estimate and most likely are going to adjusted, please check with your/any SWSC U16 coach

Sunday's Plan:
Dec. 9 – All Athletes: SL skis, shin guards, face bar, pole guards on SL poles

We will add more advanced fundamental exercises to support our training focus on Athletic stance, balance and edging.

Session 1 (AM) -  Technical Free Skiing (TFS)
Session 2 (PM) -  Stubbies / Brush Gates for directed turn shape on Lower Franks Fall Line.

Looking forward to another great weekend

Best Regards,


U16 Coaches

Todd Whitney
Jim Burke
Andrew Nault
John Nault
Paul Foley

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Masters Plan-Dec. 7-9, 2018

Congrats on a great start to the 2018-19 SWSC Season! It was great seeing everyone and we are all excited about the 20th Anniversary Season for the Masters team!

Friday Saturday and Sunday please bring sharp SL skis. We will be doing free skiing drills as well as Brush Gate drills all 3 days. The video that Steve shot should be up on Sprongo shortly so please take a look we thought this would be a good early season baseline for you!

We know as a group you are very knowledgeable regarding your equipment however should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our Masters staff has a lot of equipment experience including World Cup level experience (coach Tom Parks)!  

Masters Coach Team:


John Laserte
Tom Parks
Steve Crimmin
Art Devoe-M1

See you on the hill!



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U14 Plan-Dec. 7-9, 2018

Welcome to the U14 Season!!

We are very excited about the U14 team and are looking forward to lots of hard work and training in December! There is a great group of athletes and coaches and we have a lot of big goals for this group!

A few notes:

  1. ALL U14's must be US Ski & Snowboard Competition Members. If you haven't done this yet, please do this prior to the weekend.
  2. ALL U14's must be VARA members. If you haven't done this yet, please do this prior to the weekend.
  3. The U14's will be race at Okemo on Dec. 30th. This will be our first race of the season. ALL U14's should attend. We will not have training on the 30th if you decided not to race. Parents must enter their son/daughter in this event. To enter, go to: www.adminskiracing.com **This race WILL fill up. Please enter ASAP!!

A few Training Expectations:

  1. Arrive on time. All athletes should be ready to ski at 8:25am in front of the Mountain Sports School building.
  2. Athletes must come to training prepared with tuned/sharp skis. Skis should be touched up, tuned, and waxed after every use! If you have dull skis, training is ineffective.
  3. Athletes must wear their GS suit every day. Whether we are free skiing, training, or racing, the GS suit must be on. You can wear pants/training shorts and jacket over it, but we require the suit at all times.
  4. All U14 athletes must have a FIS approved GS/SG helmet. Skiing and training is not allowed without the approved helmet. FIS approved hard ear helmet must be worn for GS/SG free skiing, training, and racing. 

The Plan- Dec. 7-9

Dec. 7 (Fri)   SL skis, GS poles, GS helmet. No facebar  *Please fill out the RSVP FORM so we know who's coming
Dec. 8 (Sat)  SL skis, GS poles, GS helmet. No facebar
Dec. 9 (Sun) 
SL skis, GS poles, GS helmet. No facebar **

** We do have a few athletes that have been selected for the VARA U14 SL Fundamentals Project at Stratton on Sunday Dec. 9th!! Congrats to Mary Helen McCooey, Hilary Cyr, Lauren Jacobs, and Harry Weinreich!! These athletes should be prepared for full slalom training (shin guards, face bar, pole guards, etc) on Sunday and follow the Project schedule that was sent to the parents. 

The Coaches:

We have a great crew of coaches that are ready for a fun and productive season!! 

David Edry
Bob Bacon
Steve Coltman
Dmitri Nikiforov
Brendan Hickey
Ashley Whitney
Vito Scarola



The season is off to a great start. We had two days of great snow to train on this weekend. Granted the weather Saturday was significantly better than Sunday’s rain. While many people took advantage of these conditions on Saturday, far fewer took advantage of both sessions on Sunday.


Our free ski focus right now is on stance and balance. The USSA recommends that we spend 50% of our training time race training and 50% on directed ski training . Here is what their recent study revealed: Training at the U14 level comes closer to recommendation, where athletes are using 55% of their on-snow time for competition training, competition rehearsal and competition, vs the recommended 50%.  But due to lower than recommended volumes, freeskiing and structured freeskiing are being sacrificed.


As coaches we are ALWAYS willing to work with athletes who want to train whatever the weather. We are well equipped with the tactics and gear  to coach with a smile whatever the weather. Sundays was no exception and the athletes that participated got some valuable directed free skiing work behind them. You can think of it as one session of freeskiing earns you one session of gate training! BTW we had fun and we had the hill almost to ourselves.


Why is freeskiing so important? Freeskiing is when we can coach technique and you can focus developing your skiing skills. Once we start gate training our focus becomes race tactics and competitive rehearsal. The sooner you can refine skiing technique and the more you can develop you stance and balance the more fun you will a have and the more likely you will reach you racing potential. There is no short cutting it I afraid. (I’m still working on it too!)


Coach Bob


See you all this weekend!!


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SWSC Opening Day! Saturday Dec. 1


SWSC will be opening the 2018/19 season at 8:20am on Saturday in front of the Mountain Sports School (MSS) Building. Get excited for the start of the race season!!

Schedules for all groups:

Dec. 1st

8:20am Meet Coaches
8:30am-11:30am AM Ski Session
11:30am-12:30pm Lunch w/parents*
*U8/U10 parents much pick up kids in front of the MSS building
12:30pm-3:00pm PM Ski Session*
*U8/U10 parents much pick up kids in front of the MSS building
4:00pm Parent Social and Coach presentation at Table 43.1. Black Bear Lodge
All parents should plan on attending

U8/U10/U12/U14: SL Skis, no guards, GS poles
U16/U19: GS Skis, GS poles*
*if you have not skied yet this winter, please check with your coach as to what skis to bring!
Masters/M1: SK Skis, no guards, GS poles

Dec. 2nd

8:20am Meet Coaches
8:30am-11:30am AM Ski Session
11:30am-12:30pm Lunch w/parents*
*U8/U10 parents much pick up kids in front of the MSS building
12:30pm-3:00pm PM Ski Session*
*U8/U10 parents much pick up kids in front of the MSS building

U8/U10/U12/U14: SL Skis, no guards, GS poles
U16/U19: GS Skis, GS poles*
*if you have not skied yet this winter, please check with your coach as to what skis to bring!
Masters/M1: SL Skis, no guards, GS poles

See you all on Saturday!


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