Hello Interclubers =-)
Blandford has decided to postpone their interclub race which was to be held on January 22nd. The New date will be February 12th.
The First Interclub Race will now be the GS event scheduled at Butternut on 1/29. I have attached an updated Interclub Race Calendar
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!
“Ski fast…Take chances…”
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.
“Ski fast…Take chances…”
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: email@example.com to let me know if you’re available to help out!
Thanks so much in advance!
“Many hands…light load!!!”
Hi everyone! Here are the plans for this weekend’s GS training in preparation for our race at Bousquet on Sunday, January 22.
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.
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
AM – Lower Alley Cat (with the U16’s)
8:30am – 12pm
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!
“Ski fast…Take chances…”
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 adminskiracing.com
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
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
(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
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!
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.