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Program Director for Freestyle/Freeskiing at Stratton. Tim has an extensive background in Freestyle skiing having spent many years as a Stratton weekend program athlete, moving on to compete in the NorAm Grand Prix series, FIS Freestyle World Cup series and Olympic Trials in Aerials while being a member of the U.S. Ski Team. Drawing from this experience certainly allows for Tim to be well suited to orchestrate our program, developing and implementing training curriculums that are critical to the success of the weekend and full-time competitive freestyle skier. Tim maintains a level 400 US Ski & Snowboard Aerial Certification. Tim also has degrees in Accounting and Financial Services from Westminster College. When not on snow, Tim enjoys cycling on dirt with drop bars and waterskiing.

SWSC Allegro: Presidents Week and Beyond

Hello Allegro!

I would like to thank everyone for their patience during our busy event schedule we had this winter. I am very happy to say, the events our Freestyle/Freeskiing program are responsible to host, have been completed. We did a fantastic job and if you volunteered, I would like to thank you for your support, hosting World Class events here at Stratton.

If you find yourselves around Stratton this week, please join us for our "mini camp" that we are hosting. Cost to attend our mini camp is $175. We will meet Tuesday thru Thursday that mirrors our normal program schedule. If you are interested in signing up for the mini camp, the event is listed on our website calendar and can be found here: http://www.strattonwintersportsclub.com/freestyle-events-calendar/377 We will have both Freeskiing and Freestyle covered during the camp.

I look forward to finishing the season strong and be sure to make your calendars for our annual Freedogger Open (get your costumes ready!) and end of season party, Saturday, March 23rd. Again, thank you for your support and dedication to our program and making our community a fun an exciting place to be.

All the Best,

Tim Massucco

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SWSC Freestyle B: Sugarbush Moguls is Cancelled.

Sugarbush Moguls is Cancelled. See the whole B Team at Stratton this weekend.

-Tim

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SWSC Freestyle B: Sugar Slide Cancelled and Rod Baird Mogul Challenge

Hello B Team Families!
 
We have another action packed weekend ahead, some are heading to Sugarbush, and a few will give the ECS A competition a try, home at Stratton. (More on how thats possible below)
 
Before we look ahead, I wanted to discuss last weekend's 2019 Stratton FIS Freestyle NorAm Cup. What an incredible opportunity for our young athletes to watch some of the world's best athletes! Our athletes do drills and work on perfecting their mogul skiing skills constantly. It's important for them to see and understand what is possible, and what better way to show them than by having some of the best skiers in the world right here on our home hill. Our athletes got a very up close look on what they will need to do as they progress through the sport. Many parents were delighted for this opportunity, and many volunteered for the event, thank you for your help in defining Stratton as World Class!
 
This weekend our B Team will be at Stratton, The Sugar Slide at Sugarbush has been cancelled.
 
There is a rule at the A level that we made mention of at the Parent Presentation at the beginning of the season, and we are going to use it this weekend. ECS Rule 4.1.7 & ECS Rule 4.1.5 can be found in the Eastern Rules Addendum and allow for our B athletes to take part in our home A event. PLEASE NOTE, IF DOING SO YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO REGISTER ONLINE, YOU ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO REGISTER DAY OF THE EVENT STARTING AT 7:46AM.
 
The following athletes are invited to compete at the Stratton A event under ECS Rule 4.1.7: Carmen Dipietro, Nora Scheid, Ava Chiappinelli, Lexi Kruger, Charlie Henne, Finn O'Hanlon, Zane Rosenberg, Tyler Grodsky. Congratulations, you are guaranteed a spot at the Rod Baird Mogul Challenge. Your selection is strictly based off the Eastern Points List after the Killington Event.
 
Athletes that wish to compete under ECS Rule 4.1.5. I recommend you brush up on the rules and see you at Registration at 7:46am Saturday Morning.
 
Please note, the A event will be on World Cup, the course that the NorAm athletes skied last weekend, only it will be slightly more challenging with the freeze thaw cycles that happened this week. This course is not for the faint at heart.
 
Now, Sugarbush... The event is cancelled.
 
Looking ahead we are offering our President's Week Mini Camp Tuesday, February 19th - Thursday, February 21st. The cost for SWSC athletes is $175 for the camp. To sign up please see our website calendar here: http://www.strattonwintersportsclub.com/freestyle-events-calendar/377. Program will run as scheduled Monday AND Friday of Presidents week.
 
If you have not volunteered for an event this winter, we would like to ask to you pick up a shift at the Rod Baird Mogul Challenge. Click the links here for Saturday or Sunday. This is your last chance to fulfill your parent volunteer requirement.
 
If you like going to the gym, we have a fantastic sunrise work out that gets you up the lift first and is a blend of cardio, upper body and balance. This fitness class is completely free and you will feel invigorated once you complete it. Please join the coaching staff outside the Mountain Sports School at 7:15am ready to ski and come get one of the best workouts available Saturday & Sunday morning!
 
Sam will see those of you at Sugarbush and I hope the rest of the B team has a great weekend at Stratton!
 
All the Best,
 
Tim Massucco
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Allegro Program on MLK Weekend: Powdah and COLD!

Allegro Program on MLK Weekend: Powdah and COLD!

Hello Allegro!

I hope everyone is all rested up after a fantastic Stevek Mogul Challenge weekend, and those Allegro athletes that had their first taste of competition, we hope you truly enjoyed it. I would like to thank the parents for volunteering their time, making the weekend's events the best anywhere.

This weekend looks to be very interesting, we will have Beeline open to all athletes on Saturday for some fun mogul skiing, Tyro Terrain park got a refresh this week. Sunday morning we are going to wake up to about 2 FEET of snow +/- 6" and its a POWDAH DAY! Monday looks to be EXTREMELY COLD and highs look to be around -10ºF If you are not prepared to ski on Monday, please stay inside, minutes of exposure can cause severe frostbite. Please be very careful with younger athletes. Those that wish to brave the elements, be prepared and coaches will be on the look out for Frostbite every run.

We have a new terrain park manager, Zach, who stopped by our office this week to share his exciting vision, taking Stratton Parks into a new chapter. His plans included a greater focus on safe progressions, being athlete focused, and creating fun venues that EVERYONE can have a GREAT time on. He tells us Old Smoothie will be refreshed in the coming week or two as well. Welcome back to the Stratton Team and we look forward to your creations!

I wanted to let everyone know that our club is hosting a Freestyle NorAm on February 2-3 and we are hosting athletes from around the world! If anyone would like a front row seat to the biggest skiing event Stratton is hosting this year, even just for a few hours of time, please volunteer here: https://www.timetosignup.com/smwsc/folder/1065 we thank you very much for your time and effort in doing so.

I hope everyone has a safe drive and bring your snorkels and powder straps!

Best,

Tim Massucco

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Stratton NYE & Stevek Mogul Challenge

Good Morning!

As we close out this year I wanted to reach out about two things, the athlete showcase during the Stratton NYE Fireworks that highlights our program and the Stevek Mogul Challenge.

Athlete Showcase - 21 Jump Salute

This is a tradition that started 15 years ago to honor Steven G Kenney otherwise known as "Stevek". He was a pioneer of our strong seasonal programs at Stratton and was the leader of the Allegro/Freestyle program at Stratton for over 30 years. We build a jump at the base of Suntanner and have athletes jump and showcase their talent during the torchlight and fireworks. We are asking the Freeski Comp Team, B Team & A Team to take part because it's advanced nature. Training at 7:00pm for one hour, please stage at ski school and DO NOT approach the jump without coaches supervision. The show will start at 8:30 with torchlight, jumping then fireworks.

Stevek Mogul Challenge

As a member of the B Team & Allegro program, we invite everyone to take part in the Stevek Mogul Challenge. This is an event not to miss. This is a competition and while Allegro is not a competitive program, we highly encourage all Allegro athletes to try this great event! This event is a US Ski & Snowboard sanctioned event, hosted by Stratton Winter Sports Club.
 
To get signed up...
 
Step 1: (Deadline December 31st prior to 6:00pm) Athletes must have a short term US Ski & Snowboard membership or a competitor license that corresponds to the athlete's age. (Please note General Memberships are NOT valid for this event) Membership fees and more info can be found hereTo get a US Ski & Snowboard Membership please click here.
 
Step 2: (December 31st at 6:00pm) Register for the Stevek Mogul Challenge on Monday December 31 at 6:00pm. To register, have the USSS membership number handy and please click here: http://www.easternfreestyle.org/schedule?FILTER=EQSC&SEASON=2019 (You are looking to click on the green blinking light next to the Stevek Mogul Challenge event. You have the option of doing one or two events. Friday is both girls AND Boys, Saturday is Girls ONLY and Sunday is Boys ONLY. Be sure you understand this when registering, it will help everyone. If you are interested in only doing one day, we encourage you to sign up for Saturday (Girls) or Sunday (Boys). Cost is $65 per day.
 
Step 3: Attend the event Please  click here for the official schedule. You must be very punctual on event mornings and encourage athletes to show up early so they feel relaxed and comfortable. This event is very big deal to the Athletes and we make every effort to make sure this event is a fun, memorable event that participants will talk about for decades.
 
Here is a summarized schedule:
January 10th Extra practice
January 11th Boys & Girls Competition
January 12th Girls ONLY Competition
January 13th: Boys ONLY Competition
 
Thanks for a great week, despite the challenging weather conditions!
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Allegro Program: Holiday Week & Stevek Mogul Challenge

Hello Allegro!

After a fantastic start to our ski season, athletes have had excellent venues and coaching and we are seeing the results. We are just about to start our busy ad exciting Holiday week at Stratton and we have lots to discuss. Since we are all running around getting ready for a week off at Stratton I will get right to it with upcoming events...

Next week the program is running: December 22-24 & 26-31, SWSC does not run on December 25th or January 1st.
 
Holiday Events - Please view our website calendar for all details.
12/22 4:00-5:00pm: SWSC Performance EDU Series: The Parent Pathway to Athlete Success (Part 1 of 3)
12/27 3:30-5:30pm & 5:30-7:30pm: Trampoline at the Air Awareness Center (RSVP Here) 50 Athletes Max
12/28 5:30-7:30pm: SWSC Skating Party at Riley Rink - Manchester
12/29 4:00-5:00pm: SWSC Performance EDU Series: The Parent Guide to Nutrition & Performance
 (Part 2 of 3)
12/29 6:00-7:30pm: SWSC Freestyle & Freeskiing Mother-Daughter Wine, Chocolate, Yoga (RSVP Here)
12/31 7:30-9:30pm: Stevek's 21 Jump Salute & Fireworks (A, B Team & Freeskiing Comp encouraged to take part)
1/2-4: SWSC Mini Camp (RSVP Here - additional fee)
 
As a member of the Allegro program, we invite everyone to take part in the Stevek Mogul Challenge. This is an event not to miss. This is a competition and while Allegro is not a competitive program, we highly encourage all Allegro athletes to try this great event! This event is a US Ski & Snowboard sanctioned event, hosted by Stratton Winter Sports Club.
 
To get signed up...
 
Step 1: (Deadline December 30th) Athletes must have a short term US Ski & Snowboard membership or a competitor license that corresponds to the athlete's age. (Please note General Memberships are NOT valid for this event) Membership fees and more info can be found here. To get a US Ski & Snowboard Membership please click here.
 
Step 2: (December 31st at 6:00pm) Register for the Stevek Mogul Challenge on Monday December 31 at 6:00pm. To register, have the USSS membership number handy and please click here: http://www.easternfreestyle.org/schedule?FILTER=EQSC&SEASON=2019 (You are looking to click on the green blinking light next to the Stevek Mogul Challenge event. You have the option of doing one or two events. Friday is both girls AND Boys, Saturday is Girls ONLY and Sunday is Boys ONLY. Be sure you understand this when registering, it will help everyone. If you are interested in only doing one day, we encourage you to sign up for Saturday (Girls) or Sunday (Boys). Cost is $65 per day.
 
Step 3: Attend the event Please  click here for the official schedule. You must be very punctual on event mornings and encourage athletes to show up early so they feel relaxed and comfortable. This event is very big deal to the Athletes and we make every effort to make sure this event is a fun, memorable event that participants will talk about for decades.
 
Here is a summarized schedule:
January 10th Extra practice
January 11th Boys & Girls Competition
January 12th Girls ONLY Competition
January 13th: Boys ONLY Competition
 
 
Safety Notes: Please try to avoid skiing in a pack and be sure to watch your speed on green and blue terrain. Go with the flow, not faster.
 
Thank you all for a great weekend and continue to: #beSWSCawesome
 
-Tim Massucco
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Allegro Program Week 3 Update

Allegro Program Week 3 Update

Hello Allegro!

It has been a busy week up at Stratton, preparing for another awesome weekend. Beeline is open for everyone to try their luck at moguls. The terrain park is skiing well and might be getting a complete redesign in the coming days, most likely after this weekend to make it even better. Our jump site, Detour, is looking like it will be ready for Saturday as well. 

WinterWonderGrass Music Festival is happening this weekend! Look for an excellent line up of bands playing through out the resort and on the main stage in Parking Lot 1. (Parking Lot 1 closed for the event this weekend) More information can be found on Stratton.com. The Sun Bowl opens this weekend taking the trail count over 60 and considerable progress has been made on the new Snow Bowl Express lift this week, it wont be long before our new lift gets running!

Athletes have been focusing on getting balanced in their boots and flexing their ankles, working on Stance and Posture. This weekend we will begin to incorporate Turns and Line into the mix and we will be looking for smooth, consistent edge manipulation to make nice round turns, both long radius and short. Out on the jumps athletes will work on a strong and balanced takeoff.

Travel safe and see you this weekend!

-Tim

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SWSC Allegro: One Amazing Weekend Down, Many To Go!

SWSC Allegro: One Amazing Weekend Down, Many To Go!

Greetings from Stratton!

If you weren't at Stratton on Saturday, you missed one of the best days of the season. Three feet of new snow, abundant sunshine and low clouds made it feel like Stratton was in the Swiss Alps. Skiing was unreal! I wanted to thank everyone for their patience on Saturday morning as we got the groups together, while it may have looked a little hectic, the coaches know the drill and did a great job getting everyone into the appropriate groups quickly. We spent the weekend working on getting everyone in an athletic stance over their skis as this is the basis for everything we do in Freestyle & Freeskiing.

Those of you that made it to the Apres Ski & Parent Presentation on Saturday afternoon, I hope you had an excellent time! If you missed it, I put the presentation on the Freestyle home page, one of the white buttons.

If you happened to miss last weekend, not to worry, we will continue to work on our Stance & Posture for several weeks and focus on being in an athletic stance on all types of variable terrain. We will utilize steeper trails, terrain parks, and moguls to reinforce the importance of keeping the body dynamic while standing balanced over the skis.

Travel safe and see you this weekend for another great weekend at Stratton!

All the Best,

Tim

(Photo by: Dillon Lovell)

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SWSC Allegro: Snovember to Remember!

SWSC Allegro: Snovember to Remember!

Greeting Allegro Families,

The time has come to kick off out awesome program and look forward to seeing you this Saturday, December 1st. Our daily schedule begins with 8:25am line up at the Allegro Flag on snow between the Base Lodge and Mountain Sports School. Groups depart at 8:30 and ski until 11:30ish and take a one hour break for lunch. We regroup at the Allegro Flag at 12:25pm and depart for the afternoon instruction at 12:30pm. We wrap up the day at 3:00pm. If you trust your athlete they may find their way to the club, or family condo, etc. If you are not comfortable with this, our coaches stay with the athletes until they are picked up at the Allegro Flag by a parent or guardian.

We do our absolute best keeping the groups together, but do realize athletes can get separated, as such please remind them, if this happens, to ski to the Allegro Flag to regroup ASAP. The coach will always return to the flag if someone gets separated.

We will start the first few weekends focusing on getting the athlete into the correct, balanced position. We call it Stance & Posture and this is the basis of everything we teach in the Allegro program. You will hear Stance & Posture often from coaches and they will really be driving these points home for at least the first month.

We are having an Apes Ski Cocktail Party and Parent Presentation on Saturday, December 1st from 4:00-6:00pm in the Black Bear Lodge. 4:00-5:00pm will be the cocktail party with apps and cash bar at Table 43.1 restaurant. From 5:00-6:00pm we move upstairs to the Wentworth Room for the Parent Presentation where we discuss how our programs operate, changes that have been made, coaching philosophy, etc. this is also is a time for questions and to meet the coaches, off the hill.

Travel safe and see you this weekend for excellent early season conditions!

-Tim Massucco

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Welcome to 2018-2019 Season!

Welcome to 2018-2019 Season!

Parents & Athletes,

November is here! We are one month out and the coaching staff would like to welcome everyone to the 2018-2019 season! I have spent a lifetime at Stratton and I have never been more proud of our mountain, the sport we love and the team WE have created around a genuine community. We have many exciting changes coming this season that all happened because you LOVE our mountain, our sport, and our community!

The biggest addition is hosting the Stratton FIS Freestyle NorAm Cup, this event is the second most important Freestyle event in the Eastern United States this winter, only behind the FIS Freestyle World Cup. We are bringing the world to Stratton the first weekend in February where some of the best Freestyle skiers will test their luck against the challenging World Cup Trail. We anticipate about 8 athletes from the Stratton community will be competing!

We have completely changed the Stevek Mogul Challenge format to accommodate most everyone on the Freestyle & Allegro Teams. Last year many got shut out of the thrill of experiencing competition, an important stepping stone in our program. With that in mind we went to the Spring Eastern Freestyle meeting, got the necessary approvals and will host three full days of competition January 11-13. Friday will be an open event for any gender. Saturday will be restricted to Girls only and Sunday will be Boys only. This will allow us to get over 200 athletes through the event.

We have some staffing changes this year as Sam Johnston will be taking over the B Team Head Coach position. Sam has been in our Freestyle community for 13 years and spends her professional life in the Boston area as Elementary School teacher. Sam is very organized, detail oriented, and will add tremendous value to our world class program. Jameson has moved out to Utah to pursue other opportunities with-in the ski industry, and we wish him well.

Dillon Lovell moves up the ranks from Allegro Freeskiing program to the Freeskiing Comp Team Supervisor. Stratton Junior School instructors Timothy Velsor and Jackson Stein will get promoted this season and help Dillon facilitate the Freeskiing component in Allegro. I will add Freeskiing Program Director to my title as well. The experience our Freeskiing coaches have runs deep and we are excited to see continued growth in Freeskiing at Stratton. We wish Brian Knowles well on his new position as the Freeskiing/Freestyle Program Director at Mount Snow's weekend program.

Many have asked for sweatshirts and other logo wear, and we are happy to announce that SWSC sweatshirts, t-shirts, Big Truck hats, pint glasses, coffee mugs, stickers, etc. can all be found at the Stratton Clothing Store in the village right now! We are also working on a team Black Strap neck tube that should be available by the holiday break.

The retail department also wanted us to pass along a note that team uniforms are on schedule for distribution at the beginning of the season (December 1 at the Parent Presentation) and you should have recently seen a charge from Stratton your credit card, if you purchased a uniform. The US Ski Team Freestyle squad is all decked out in Spyder gear this season, and so are we! If you missed the uniform order window back in March, I do have a wait list running, it will be first come first serve for the VERY FEW uniform pieces left over after distribution happens. If you are new to the program, we order uniforms in March for delivery in November. This is done so all embroidery happens pre-production to maintain water repellency, warmth and overall integrity.

All athletes with prior year US Ski & Snowboard/USASA memberships should have received about 3 emails to renew their memberships over the off season from US Ski & Snowboard or USASA, if you have not done so, please handle it now. NEW members, I will put out a post early December on how to go about getting signed up for the appropriate membership if taking part in competitions.

Other program enhancements include a new office upstairs in the Mountain Sports School building; the purchase of 25 new radios so our coaching staff will be able to better communicate around the mountain and maintain safer training venues; a new mobile timing trailer roof and interior for the Stevek Mogul Challenge; and 600 meters of fence will round out our wish list this year to make our venues the sharpest looking venues on tour!

Once again, welcome back your winter home! We are really excited to get this program rolling this winter and mark your calendars for our Parent Apres-ski and Presentation at the Black Bear Lodge on December 1st starting at 4:00pm!

All The Best,

Tim Massucco

SWSC Freestyle/Freeskiing Program Director

 

 

 

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Fall Fitness Days Are Coming!

Fall Fitness Days Are Coming!

Hello Team!!

Things are beginning to cool off up here at Stratton, and that means Winter will be right around the corner! Preparations are underway with Fall Fitness Days coming up quickly. This year there will be three preseason fitness days on September 22nd, October 13th & 27th. Equipment Fit Day will be held on September 22 in the afternoon and there will be great pricing on equipment.

For those that may be new to our wonderful SWSC community we host Fall Fitness Days which consist of a morning trampoline session at Stratton Mountain School's Air Awareness Center, a break for lunch on you own, then we regroup for afternoon hikes.

Please sign up here for the Trampoline Sessions Here: https://goo.gl/forms/eaKibRerDU74T6HH3

*Please note: Athletes MUST be enrolled in the 2018-2019 SWSC Action Sport Programs (Allegro, Freestyle, Freeskiing Comp Team, Mountain Riders & Snowboarding Comp Team) to attend the morning Trampoline activities, no exceptions. Anyone may join us for the afternoon hikes and pups are encouraged, just make sure they are on a leash in the base area. Equipment day is open to all.

September 22nd:

8:00-11:45am - Trampolines & Gym at SMS Air Awareness Center

1:00-4:00pm - Equipment Fit Day - In front of Junior School

 

October 13th:

8:00-11:45am - Trampolines & Gym at SMS Air Awareness Center

1:00-4:30pm - Hike to Summit Fire Tower - Meet in front of Main Lodge

 

October 27th:

8:00-11:45am Trampolines & Gym at SMS Air Awareness Center

1:00-4:30pm Hike to Stratton Pond - Meet in front of Main Lodge 

 

We look forward to seeing everyone very soon, and stay tuned for program updates!

All The Best,

Tim Massucco

SWSC Freestyle Program Director

P.S. There are a few spots open for the Water Ramp Camp in Lake Placid next weekend with our preferred camp partners All Out Freestyle. For more info please visit alloutfreestyle.com

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