Tristate U12/U14 GS training tomorrow – Monday, January16!!!

Hey Racers!

Just letting you know our plan for tomorrow.

We will be training on Lower Alley Cat and Lower Catamount from 8:30am – 12noon.  Be prepared to have your GS skis, forearm guards (optional) and remember to remove your chin bar from your helmet.  Please meet your coaches at the bottom of the Quad at 8:25am to warm up. Then from 1 – 2pm, we will be skiing GS specific drills to help prepare for our 1st GS race at Bousquet.

Parents we can really use your help in putting up fencing. Due to safety issues, no one can practice on the GS training course until proper fencing is set.   Please be ready to board the Quad at 8:20am sharp (you do not need poles) and come to the pumphouse on Lower Alley Cat where you will be directed on how to help put up fencing! The quicker we get the fencing up, the quicker your racers can get on the practice course!

Then at 12:15pm, can you please come back to the top of the training course on Lower Alley Cat to help break down, roll up and carry/drag the fencing to the finish shack at the bottom of Lower Alley Cat. This season, the mountain has asked all Tristate coaching on Alley Cat to end by 12:30pm so that they may groom and open up the terrain back up to the public.

We’re excited to see you all tomorrow!

Ski you later!

Coach Pat

“Ski fast…Take chances…”

Tristate U12/U14 Butternut SL video & indoor session tomorrow! No on snow training!

Hey everyone!

Just a reminder that Coach Doug has video of each racer from the Butternut SL (Thanks Coach Doug!) and will share it tomorrow in the Taconic Lodge from 12noon-2pm along with Coach Greg (Thanks Coach Greg!) and Coach Sonia’s presentation on SL & GS turns, terminology and how skills apply to each discipline (Thanks Coach Sonia!).

Please feel free to free ski (on your GS skis!) tomorrow but meet at the TV in the Taconic Lodge for the video/presentation.


Coach Pat

“Ski fast…Take chances…”

Calling U12 & U14 parents to help set netting for GS training!!!

Hi everyone!

We are calling for parents to volunteer early on Saturday morning to help the U19 coaches set up safety netting on Lower Alley Cat in order to train for GS. The higher speeds and relatively narrow trails require “B” netting to be set up before racers can train. Once the netting is set up on Saturday, it can be kept up until Monday when the U12/U14/U16’s take the hill to also train for GS.

Please be ready to board the Quad at 8:20am without your poles. A coach should be there to direct parents to locate and carry/drag bundles of netting from skier’s left at the flat before the Pumphouse to the practice course on Lower Alley Cat.

Mark Colman, Ken Tingley and Ken Tingley, Jr are the U19 coaches and they will help direct you with the netting.

Then on Monday at 12 Noon, please come help break down the safety netting (no poles please!). The netting has to be tied into bundles and brought to the finish shack located at the bottom of Lower Alley Cat.

Please email me at: to let me know if you’re available to help out!

Thanks so much in advance!


Coach Pat

“Many hands…light load!!!”

Tristate U12 & U14 GS training this weekend

Hi everyone! Here are the plans for this weekend’s GS training in preparation for our race at Bousquet on Sunday, January 22.

    Saturday 1/14

AM – Race Slope
8:30am – 11am

Flat – Apex drill with GS rhythm course
Flat to Dropoff – GS rhythm course with turning brush above and below the gate

PM – Race Slope
12pm – 2pm

Flat – Delay gates in GS
Flat to Dropoff – GS rhythm course with brushes marking the transition.

Sunday 1/15

    Taconic Lodge TV
    12pm – 2pm

    Video analysis of Butternut SL
    Presentation and video of path of CM and skis in SL turn. Angulation and Upper Body/Lower Body Separation. How the path and skills adjust to GS turn

    Monday 1/16

AM – Lower Alley Cat (with the U16’s)
8:30am – 12pm

GS training

PM – Drills on Race Slope and/or Catamount
1pm – 2pm

Make sure to remove your racer’s SL chin guard from their helmet!

Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

Coach Pat

“Ski fast…Take chances…”

U16 Update

Dear U16 parents,

Last weekend we had a good GS race at Berkshire East. The conditions were excellent, the set was very appropriate for a first race of the season and our skiers looked strong. The U16s were split up on Sunday with some racers at a U19 SL race and some training GS at Catamount.

This weekend is a three day weekend. As with other holidays, the mountain is expecting a lot of visitors on Sunday therefor the two training days will be Saturday and Monday. The current plan is:

Saturday 1/14/2017 8:30a – 12:20p – GS Training on Lower Alley Cat (with the U19s). Help with b-netting may be needed to speed-up the setup process.

Sunday 1/15/2017 – No formal on snow training, free-ski in your GS skis, practice your favorite drills.

Monday 1/16/2017 – 8:30a – 12:20p – GS Training on Lower Alley Cat (with the U12/14). Help with b-netting may be needed if anyone is available.

See you all Saturday!

Tri-State Party Pot Luck

Dear Tri-State families,

You have all been invited to join the Cashen clan at their home/farm this Sunday (1/15) in the evening for a Tri-State party pot luck! Sorry for the last minute heads up, this weekend was the only weekend without a race that worked for their schedule. We’ll host the paper plate awards later in the season in the Taconic lodge like IC!

5:00-6:30pm: skating on the pond and a bonfire (come dressed warm, kids in snow suits with skates if they have)
6:30-9:30pm: Food, drinks and good company

The Cashens will be cooking burgers and sausages. We need a few people to bring buns and toppings. If someone can bring chicken (marinated), it can be thrown on the BBQ, otherwise cooked chicken is fine too. We can also use items for the pot luck: side dish, apps, desserts, drinks.

Let me know at if you plan to attend so the Cashen’s can cook enough meat for everyone and also what dish you intend to bring so I can moderate the situation so we do not get too many sweets etc.

The Cashen’s are looking forward to seeing all of you this Sunday, Coach Sonia

LOCATION (about 20 minutes from Catamount just off Rte 23):
81 Roxbury Road | Hudson, NY 12513 | ph: (518) 851-2331

Interclub Pizza Social Update

On Saturday, January 14th at 3PM after practice we will have our annual Interclub Pizza Social at Four Brothers in Hillsdale, 2.5 miles from Catamount on route 23. This is a great opportunity to meet teammates and parents. $20 per family $10 per person.  The kids have a blast and staff at Four Brothers is very accommodating to us.

Important;  As we our coming up to our first race please ensure that any child that is racing has a hard eared race helmet.  This is a USSA insurance requirement.  If in doubt check with your coach.  Ensure they are registered with USSA and register for the race through

We made it through a cold weekend with some great snow conditions.  A couple of items to keep in mind.  Boots get wet inside and wet boots are cold boots.  When there are multiple days of skiing, it is helpful to dry boots by using a boot dryer, or by taking out the inserts overnight.  Don’t leave boots in cold mud rooms or cars overnight as they will never dry out and it is like putting your feet into a refrigerator.  In cold weather mittens are alway appropriate and much warmer.  A good breakfast provides the energy to stay warm in the morning.  Cold dry air also requires good hydration.  Dehydrated kids are lethargic and sometimes constipated.  Staying focused and having fun for two long days of practice on the weekend is our number one goal of athletic development.  That requires all out effort on the physical preparation of rest, nutrition, hydration, proper clothing and equipment.   Part of the burden of ski racing Mom’s and Dad’s but it is worth it.

Peter Chudy,  Catamount Ski Racing Parents Association



TriState/NJ Speed Camp

2017 Tri-State/NJ Speed Elements Camp

Date: Monday, February 6, 2017     Age: U16 & U19 Athletes         

Date : Tuesday, February 7, 2017    Age: U14 Athletes

Time: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Stratton Mountain
Registration: Registration on AlpineReg (click on “State – TriState” and “Club – TSASRA”)
Fee: $85 per athlete (includes lift ticket)
Limit: Open to Tri-State and NJ athletes (number of participants will be limited)
Coaching: Experienced coaches supplemented with development coaches
Goals: Introduce athletes to speed through coaching, short sections of courses and elements that teach proper movements; provide educational opportunity for less experienced coaches by working side-by- side with experienced coaches
Equipment: SG or GS skis only
Stations (tentative):
(1) Glide Track
Description: This is a relatively straight section of the trail where the athletes run in a tuck position Objective: Learn aerodynamic position; develop feel under foot, ankles and legs; build confidence
(2) Phantom jump (dyed)
Description: This is a moderately sloped section which has dyed lines simulating the preparation, take- off and landing of a jump
Objective: Learn the phases and movements of jumping
(3) Pole jumpers
Description: This is a section of poles set across the snow on a moderate to gentle slope; the athletes jump the poles in a medium to high tuck position
Objective: Pressure management and balance; learning to clear the snow with both tip and tail
(4) Wave track
Description: This is a section of rolls groomed into moderate to gentle terrain; athlete skis in a straight run maintaining a consistent high tuck position such that they can absorb the “waves” through flexion and extension of the lower body
Objective: Using flexion and extension of the lower body to manage pressure against the snow over undulating terrain in an aerodynamic position
(5) Short course sections
Description: This is a short section of course that is set on moderate terrain (25-40 meter distance between gates)
Objective: Learning to run gates set at a SG distance; build confidence
(6) Introductory jump
Description: This is a section of the trail with a small jump and landing drop-off that will enable the athlete a low level of flight at a moderate speed
Objective: Learn the phases and movements of jumping; build confidence
Time: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Tristate U12/U14 Holiday Race Camp and Butternut Slalom this Sunday!

Hey everyone!

    Race Camp

Great work last week from focusing on fundamentals the first two days to introducing slalom racing to our newest Tristate racers. From getting back in the groove for our returning Tristate racers to our full course and head-to-head race on Saturday, we saw so much improvement from everyone! Big thanks to our coaches: Sonia Tatlock-Gagnon; Chris Cashen; Alex Jacobsen; Doug Mann; Greg Smith and Kytek Ciecierski. Their tireless efforts in coming early to set our practice courses, giving excellent feedback for our racers and overall positive team spirit made the camp a success!

Saturday Training

Just a reminder to everyone that our first race is held at Butternut (SL) this coming Sunday. We will be training on the “new” Race Slope on Saturday in preparation for the race so make sure to bring your slalom gear. Lunch time on Saturday will depend on training time. Also make sure that your skis are tuned/sharpened and waxed for the race. Coach Stan Soja, a TOKO rep, often gives us a “tuning report” to help guide our prep work.

Race Registration

    If you haven’t registered for the race, you must do so on the Tristate Schedule for the Western MA Series. Registration is online at Adminskiracing. The deadline to register is 6pm, Saturday, January 7th. Avoid the $10 late fee by registering before Friday, January 6th at 7pm!

    Race Day

      Check in at Butternut occurs between 7:30am-9am at the Upper Lodge located at the top of the beginner chair. Course inspection begins at 9am and the race begins at 9:30am. Make sure to get there early so your racer can get a proper inspection of the course. Racers will be assigned a bib and number at check in. They are responsible for making their way to the start BEFORE their bib # is called. If a racer misses their start, they will automatically be placed at the end of their age/gender group. The order of every race is as follows: U12 Girls; U12 Boys; U14 Girls; U14 Boys. Each racer will be assigned a “flight” of A, B, C or D for the duration of the regular season. The 1st race at Butternut goes in bib # order from A-D. The 2nd race at Bousquet will follow the order B, C, D, A and so on. This order rotation ensures that every racer will experience a preferable start time throughout the season. At the end of the 1st run, the course is reset and then opened for inspection. The 2nd run usually begins about an hour after the last racer finishes from the 1st run.

      Please feel free to ask if you have any questions regarding the race!

      Go Catamount!

      Coach Pat

      “Ski fast…Take chances…)