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Ages 13+ | A-Elite Competition Team
Times: 8:30am to 3pm (Lunch Break 11:30am to 12:30pm)

This program is open to athletes who have qualified for the Eastern Championship Series (ECS) from the Freestyle Development Team (B-Team) and will travel regionally to ECS events in the USSA Eastern Division. This is a highly structured program with an elite level coaching staff. Each participating athlete is provided a personalized performance plan that includes extended on and off snow training opportunities, Friday through Sunday during the season, with additional and select training and competition days both early and late season. Additional training plan components will address nutrition and fitness while away from Stratton midweek and/or off season. Goal setting and performance assessment will be ongoing throughout the year, and athletes will be active and accountable in this process. USSA Competitor License is mandatory. Additional FIS License may apply. Event registration fees are not included. Additional travel fees may be required.

Mogul Skis Required

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SWSC Freestyle A: Rosemary Bowl, and Presidents Week(end)

SWSC Freestyle A: Rosemary Bowl, and Presidents Week(end)

Hey A Team!

Our competition season is whizzing by and we are all learning the many learning levels of A team events! 
This past weekend we had our annual Rod Baird Mogul Challenge. Having three SWSC mogul skiers in the top six singles placings was really a statement about what we are trying to accomplish on the mogul hill. Well done, we had many of our skiers make the final round (top 12 & 20) in singles and did great in duals too!😊  
 
Photos of the event by Hank Kosinski: (Pictured above) https://hankkosinski.smugmug.com/Skiing/SKIING-2018-2019/SWSC-2018-2019-SEASON/SWSC-Rod-Baird-Stratton/
 
As I have stated before it’s not always about results- it’s about taking it to the next level, learning from our mistakes, dealing with our emotions in the starting gate. In short- yes it’s about getting from the top of the course to the bottom. But in order to make that happen every week we learn how to deal many factors. Sometimes we don’t get the results we would like, sometimes we don’t hit the tricks we’ve been training-Yes- A level competition is a crazy and all encompassing event. We as coaches try to help you guys through it to keep you psyched when you’re happy and get you back in the game when you’re not so excited. In summation everyone is learning every week and as a team you guys are doing great and we are there for you on good and difficult weekends. Remember in the end it’s all about the fun and camaraderie, that is what makes this sport cool and our Stratton team so unique!
 
This coming weekend it is on to the Rosemary Bowl at Waterville Valley. We will be meeting Friday for our training session at 10:30 on the main floor of the Waterville base lodge. Training will start at 11:00- 2:30 on a trail called Bobby’s Run. Training tickets are $40 CASH and available at Waterville Valley’s training center. We will be doing our video review in the Waterville base lodge after training approximately at approximately 3:00. We do video review in the base lodge in order to make it easier for everyone to watch their training at an easy centralized location-rather than meeting later.
 
Saturday registration will be at Waterville Valley lodge from 7:15 until 8:30. Course inspection is from 8:15 until 8:45, training runs will go from 8:45 to 9:45. All information pertaining to the Waterville event can be found out: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CshkhkOKRFqiYOpNlaUPGfUPpdPNJHiUbAut9NIx_uI
 
Waterville Valley will be our last regular season event. Eastern championships will be held at Killington in two weeks. Please keep your eyes peeled for invitations, once posted you will have limited time to register. 48 hours in the first round of invites and 24 hours as alternates get called. Registraion should open on Monday, February 18th.
 
We will have an official SWSC program ski day on Monday and Friday next week at Stratton and will make available a mini camp for athletes who have school time off and want extra training for $175 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). In the past we have had unreliable attendance numbers- this is why we run our midweek mini camp this way.
 
Continue the great work team and I hope to see you this weekend at Waterville Valley!

Happy trails,

Bogue
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SWSC Freestyle A: Rod Baird Mogul Challenge

SWSC Freestyle A: Rod Baird Mogul Challenge

Hey Guys,

Hope everyone had a great time watching and/or being involved with last weekends NorAm event! I’d like to congratulate some great skiing from Jamie, Maddie and Blake, skiing against some of the best skiers in the world you guys killed it! 

That being said now it’s back onto our Eastern tour and after a week off- I hope everyone is super excited and ready for their chance to ski on our own World Cup run at Stratton. The weather this week looks kind of crazy… We will have a training day on Friday and it looks to be warm and possibly moist so be prepared for whatever weather comes our way.

I believe the course is one of the finest we have ever delivered on World Cup (thanks Tim and our team)! The top turns going into the first air are a nice medium grade with a smooth jump transition and a big landing pad. In the middle section of the course we have a big section of turns that steepens about halfway down and goes into a good-sized second air with a fast 4 turn finish. As I said, we will be dealing with the weather but I think you guys will really like the course.
 
Our training on Friday will be from 11 AM- 3 PM. You can meet the coaches on the course, Bogue will be at the top of World Cup anytime between 10:30 and 11. Early registration on Friday is from 3PM- 5. Saturday morning registration is from 7:30 to 8:30-course inspection at 8:45 and training begins at 9:00- 10:00. Same schedule for duals on Sunday. More specific comp information at:
 
Lots of things going on in the next three or four weeks. We would like to have an A Team meeting when we do our video review at the ski club room approximately 3:30 on Friday afternoon after training. We can talk about all the things we have coming up for the weekend and the coming events in the next month.
 
Happy Trails,

Bogue
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SWSC Freestyle A: NorAm & Rod Baird Mogul Challenge

SWSC Freestyle A: NorAm & Rod Baird Mogul Challenge

Hey A Team,

Here we are rolling along on our competition season. The Sunday River Mogul Maine-ia event was another test from mother nature and our talent pool.
 
After a course build early Saturday morning we got underway on a competition run that didn’t turn out too badly all things considered with the weather. 
 
As I said to many of our team skiers- weather challenges and course idiosyncrasies will always be something we have to deal with. I think in the end it will make us stronger, better skiers and more versatile as we go forward. With this being said I love the way everyone stepped up to the 3-D course challenge this weekend. We had a winner winner chicken dinner- from Jamie L. (#3 in a row, yahoo!) and some good skiing put together by all! Many of us have some bumps and bruises that we will have to deal with in our own way, but I think we are working through everyone’s various issues and you guys are doing great stepping it up.
 
So now we come back home to Stratton for 2 weekends- up next our NorAm event...Jamie, Maddy and Blake will be competing in this event and our crew will be building our World Cup run, the biggest we have seen it in years. This in preparation for the some of the top mogul skiers in the world competing at Stratton-with the Saturday singles event and  Sunday duals.
 
I would like to remind all the parents and our friends of freestyle to sign up for volunteer work for the Rod Baird event🤔...We also need your help for the NorAm if it all possible at: https://www.timetosignup.com/smwsc/folder/1065.
 
Team- you guys are doing great, keep up the training and your hard work. Everyone is super excited about our remaining events that will lead us into Eastern Championships!

Happy Trails!
 
Bogue
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SWSC Freestyle A: Sunday River Up Next

SWSC Freestyle A: Sunday River Up Next
Hey A team,

Hope everyone has thawed out a little bit after a rather chilly weekend at Lake Placid/Whiteface! There are many ways to describe our weekend at Whiteface. For me the team always has fun… But it's also a great learning experience on a FIS World Cup course. What comes with skiing a World Cup course is challenges, learning experiences and reworking of our terrain technique. Our training day Saturday was a great opportunity for this. Many of us had to reconfigure our aerial jumps in order to be realistic with the challenge of the course. And also how to control our speed on a super cold and fast track. With all these variations required I thought you guys did a great job of handling yourselves and was very proud of the team. I’d like to thank the coaching staff for working in a particularly challenging weather environment! Sorry we were unable to run the dual event… It might be possible to have it rescheduled for some ski area in the future.
 
 
As far as the coming weekend- some of you have decided to stay at Stratton and to train since we have competed for three weekends in a row! I do not object to this- but I would like all skiers who are staying at Stratton to text and tell me if you’re staying to train (we will have a coach at Stratton but it is required to tell us) otherwise I will assume you are going to Sunday River!
 
This weekend it is on to Sunday River for the Mogul- Maine-ia event. Training will be on Friday from 11 AM to 2 PM… Training tickets will be available at the Barker Lodge ($45) and then it is  best to head over to the South Ridge lodge and our training will
be on a trail above thats called 3-D at North Peak.
 Coaches will meet everyone at the upstairs part of the South Ridge lodge at 10:30… Remember lift tickets must be picked up at the Barker Lodge which is before the South Ridge lodge as you are heading up the access road.
Registration will be on Saturday at the South Ridge Lodge next to the ticket window between 7:00-8:15. Course inspection at 8:15 until 8:45. Training will be from 8:45-9:45, competition starts at 10:15 both Saturday and Sunday. More for information available at:
 
I would like to thank all the parents who have been exceptional to work with so far this year. If you have any suggestions or comments feel free to reach out to me. I thought our weekend at Lake Placid (except for the weather) was a lot of fun and a great experience for our athletes!
 
Happy Trails,
 
Bogue
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SWSC Freestyle A: On to Whiteface

SWSC Freestyle A: On to Whiteface

Hey A Team,

We always have an interesting and different experience at our Killington A Klassic event! I would like to congratulate Jamie L. for her awesome win at the duals on Sunday and for that matter the dual win at Bristol the week before👏🏻. These titles are huge and show Jamie’s incredible ability to charge and get it done in a super aggressive dual format!

That being said Killington is notoriously a super challenging course and with that comes the mental anguish/needs for regrouping and readjusting our technique for these courses. For any of you who are upset about their results/training we have to remember that being in the A program is much more than a title, it is truly an earned honor via a great amount of work! Meaning new A team athletes are learning to walk, not run at the events we compete at each week. With each event comes its own challenges. I would like to encourage everybody to realize these challenges and we as a team will work together with athletes and coaches to make the next week better and more productive. We learn from challenges, we learn from the sport and in the end it’s about strategizing, sometimes reassessing, moving ahead, having fun and taking something away from freestyle.

Pics from Hank Kosinski at Killington for personal use: https://hankkosinski.smugmug.com/Skiing/SKIING-2018-2019/SWSC-2018-2019-SEASON/SWSC-Killington/

This coming Sunday & Monday (training Saturday) we have the Lake Placid/Whiteface Bumps & Jumps event. This event will be directly following the World Cup competition they are hosting on Friday. So another challenging course- but always well designed and many of our skiers over the years have enjoyed it.

We will have a training day on Saturday. You can meet the coaches in the upstairs of the Whiteface base lodge at 10:30, training tickets are available at the comp center- just 100 feet from the base lodge for $50. On hill training will go from 11 to 2 Saturday afternoon.

Singles competition is Sunday morning you can get to the Wilderness comp run via the Gondola-which opens at 8:30...training starting at 8:50-10:20 which is a long training session. The same schedule goes for duals on Monday. Here is the link to the official schedule: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10OS3xyQfc7ziAs-3qOf0P0Cq5oGEW7TuSX4cUHhblkg.
 
Again you guys are doing awesome- I am super proud of our team and look forward to seeing everybody this weekend. Sorry I was unable to be there at Killington- I was sick and truly missed all the action and missed you guys! I’d like to thank Adam, Megan and Grace for coaching- you guys did a great job!
 
See everybody at Lake Placid/Whiteface!
 
Happy Trails,

Bogue
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