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Race Team Update

GREETINGS CATAMOUNT RACE FAMILIES AND COACHES:

It is finally starting to feel like SKI SEASON as we fast approach opening day. We wanted to give you a heads up of what to expect in the coming weeks.  We want to remind all of you again that, due to evolving COVID-19 concerns and changing weather,   plans at this time remain TENTATIVE  and are subject to change at a moment’s notice.  FLEXIBILITY remains our mantra this season.

 With over 260 athletes in our program, there are tons of  variables and things to manage, and we will get changing information out to you as soon as we have it. Please refrain from calling or emailing us with questions looking for additional information, or asking us to change things.

Plans are still moving forward with a Catamount Mountain opening day of December 19. Please note that while the mountain will be open for free-skiing  to the race team, season pass holders and the general public, on December 19,  RaceTeam Training will not take place untilDecember 26-27  –  at the earliest. As we get closer, we may have to push that dates back.  Many programs in the Northeast have  pushed their  start dates back several  weeks, and in some cases, cancelled their programs for the year. We are fortunate to have owners  and management that understand and are so passionate about ski racing, and are committed to having a season!!

Right now, the mountain does not plan to require advance reservations for season  pass holders, including the race Team and their families. We hope to be able to maintain the no reservation policy, but that may change, and we will tell you if it does.

  At the present time, we still are planning to host the Christmas camp starting on December 26.   The management   is considering moving Christmas Camp training for  some or all groups  (Devo, Interclub, and Tri-State) to 3:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.  This schedule has not been definitively set  just yet and is dependent on a number of factors, including snow conditions, and anticipated crowds, so again,  be prepared for anything.  Please keep an eye out for emails  from Catamount and the Race Team with more and changing information. Although training during the Christmas camp may take place between 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., we anticipate that racers and their families with seasons passes will be able to arrive and free-ski on their own during regular mountain operational hours.

 We ask for full cooperation from everyone in following our rules and procedures this season. Please note that we reserve the right to send anyone home who does not follow our rules. Among our Race Team  rules are the following:

  • All  racers and coaches who come to the mountain must  register for the day  on Team Sideline before arriving at the mountain and  fill out a Covid form. Please note that management is currently working on Covid protocols and may add requirements  in addition to  registering on Sideline for the day
  • Booting up in the lodge will not be permitted. Please do so in your car. 
  • No bags will be permitted in any of the lodges

-Lodges may be accessed for brief time periods (10-15 minutes) to order food, use restrooms and to warm up

  • Eating should be outside or at your cars
  • Masks will be required at all times except for when skiing down the hill at a minimum of 14 feet away from the nearest person 
  • Maintain social distancing all times, including while on the hill and on lifts

We anticipate sending out a more comprehensive list of rules and procedures in the next few days.

Thank you all for your patience as we navigate through these challenging times.

We are beyond stoked to be  getting so close to getting back on the snow with you all. 

Thank you.

 Bruce & Colin

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20/21 Race Season Updates

GREETINGS CATAMOUNT RACERS AND FAMILIES,
As the season continues to draw closer, we wanted to reach out to update you on what’s new at Catamount.
REGISTRATION. For starters, registration for the upcoming season is up and running. You can log on and register at https://catamountski.com/winter/racing Please note that discounted rates are in effect until October 31. You can pay 50% of program fees now and 50% any time before December 1.
MILES HUMBAUGH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. Those who are experiencing financial issues and may need help to continue ski racing, can apply for a scholarship from the Miles Humbaugh Memorial Fund to help offset the cost of program fees. You will find a link on the Catamount Race Team page above to download the application. Please note that the deadline to submit confidential applications is October 15. Those who wish to donate to this wonderful cause may do so when they register for the season. Look for the link on the website. Thank you to Erin and Matt Humbaugh and their family for establishing this fund in loving memory of their son Miles, a beloved member of the Catamount family, who passed away this summer. Thank you also to the many people who have donated money and raised funds for the memorial fund. We are deeply grateful for the bottomless generosity of our Catamount Family.
NEW START HOUSE. We continue to plan for the upcoming season. These are ever-changing but exciting times at Catamount. Last week, the mountain broke ground on the Miles Humbaugh Memorial Start House near the top of the Catamount Slope. The start house will be a thing of wonder. It is being built on graded, elevated earth, with a rear entrance on the uphill side, into which the athletes will enter prior to firing down the hill and onto the course. Our racers will be sheltered from the elements while they wait in the start house for their turn to rip it. In addition to the interior, tunnel-like start, it will also have two exterior start ramps, and room inside for storage and an office. It will be unlike anything else in the Tri-State Alpine Ski Racing area. This jewel was made possible by the generous donations to the Miles Humbaugh Memorial Fund, the Schaefer Family, architect and race dad Mark Maljanian, Rich Herrington and Herrington’s Lumber, Race Crew member and builder John Mueller, and the efforts of the incomparable Karin Tanenbaum. Thank you all.
UPGRADES. Other notable improvements for this season are the expansion of the Glade Chairlift, and the clearing of trees to widen the slopes and improve traffic flow. If you stop by the mountain you may catch a glimpse of Colin out on the hill on a bulldozer or excavator, moving earth and removing trees.
FOOD AND DAY LODGING. We are pleased to announce that management and Mountain Ops are busy planning the construction of 50 heated bungalows throughout the base area , each capable of holding 6-8 people comfortably. The bungalows will be available for daily rental for a modest fee, in an amount to be determined as we get closer to ski season. A forward thinking solution to the anticipated COVID restrictions on lodge usage this season. We are also planning on having food trucks on hand in the parking and/or base area to feed the masses.
We will continue to update you as things change and we know more. We cannot wait to get back on the hill with all of you!
Stay safe and be well. See you on the slopes!

Bruce and Colin

Catamount Race Team Update

12/2/2020 from Directors Bruce and Colin

Greetings Catamount Race Families,

We hope that you all had a safe and happy Thanksgiving. 

It certainly does not feel like ski season is right around the corner as we continue to experience record high temperatures, but in fact we are only a few weeks away. We know that you are anxious to begin the season and want to update you on what’s going on at the mountain. We continue to work hard to bring you a terrific season, but the reality is that despite our best efforts, there are still a lot of unknowns, as we have never been through anything like this pandemic. We all just have to be flexible as we ride through this dynamic process together.

We had hoped to open in early December, but given the long term weather forecast, that may not be possible. While we had planned  to start Interclub and Tri-State programs on the weekend of December 12-13, it is increasingly looking like the target date is now December 19-20. Devos will start sometime shortly  after Christmas. Of course, if the temperatures plummet and mountain ops can make enough  snow, that’s  all subject to change. Mountain ops continue to work hard on building cabanas around the base area, and many of you have already signed up to rent one for the season.  The Miles Humbaugh start palace has been completed , and it’s beautiful. It really is a fitting tribute to Miles and his passion for the sport.

Given restrictions forced upon us by the current Covid pandemic, we expect there will be far fewer competitions this year, which means we can shift the focus this year to training, which is a good thing for many reasons. While the kids love to race, we coaches have long felt that there was too much emphasis on racing and not enough on training, so this year provides a good opportunity for us to step up our game with more skill development.

As previously noted, this season there is a great deal of uncertainty due to the pandemic and things can change rapidly. We continue to monitor developments, including  Massachusetts/NY   travel and  other restrictions that will affect our season. Catamount is unique in that it straddles the state  border, which both complicates things, and presents opportunities. The good news is that skiing is still considered to be a low risk sport in terms of the likelihood of becoming infected  with Covid. It is  important that we all do our part to keep it that way. Before we hit the snow we will prepare and forward to all of you  a list of Covid compliance procedures that we will be following this season.

 We are continuing to stay positive as we work through these challenges with the goal of providing you with the best skiing and ski racing experience possible. We appreciate your patience as we continue to plan for what is sure to be a most unusual season.

We will continue to update you as things develop.

Let’s all think snow and get ready to rip.

Bruce & Colin

Order Team Jackets Online!

SYNC Team Jacket Orders 2020-21

Hi Everyone!,

Don’t miss out on our 3rd round of online team jacket orders.  Click the button below  to our team store with SYNC Performance.  Select Catamount Racing from the “teams & clubs” drop down menu tab.  Then enter our password: catamount2020. Shop around, Additional gear available too!

Interclub Team Jacket

Tristate Team Jacket

Upcoming Registration Deadlines

Hello Catamount Race Families-This is a reminder for 2 important upcoming deadlines. The early bird prices for registration go up on October 31st. 

You will be able to either pay in full, or pay 50% now, and the remainder by December 1st for all race programs. 


For those who are experiencing financial issues and may need help to continue ski racing, can apply for a scholarship from the Miles Humbaugh Memorial Fund to help offset the cost of program fees.  You will find a link on the Catamount Race Team page to download the application. Please note that the deadline to submit confidential applications is by the end of today- October 15. 

The link for both can be found here: https://catamountski.com/winter/racing

Ski Haus Columbus Day Sale

Ski Haus in New Milford, Connecticut  is having their annual Columbus Day Weekend Race Day this Saturday, October 10, from  4:00-7:00 p.m. Ski and boot manufacturers won’t have reps on site but  are sending samples which the athletes can check out and be fit for proper sizing. Rossignol, Atomic, and Lange  will have products there, at specially discounted USSSA racer pricing. They also stock   race suits, jackets, warm up pants, race poles, helmets, gloves, armor, goggles, and tuning equipment.   Come check it out.  Call Gary at Ski Haus 860-355-2001 with any  questions.

SYNC Team Orders 2020-21

We understand everyone still has many questions regarding the coming racing season. The federal and state authorities, the US Ski and Snowboard, the Tri-State Alpine Ski Racing Association (TSASRA), and Catamount’s management are all working to provide answers soon. Since orders take time, we have decided to open the Catamount Racing SYNC Store in preparation for the 2020-21 season.

SYNC Performance - Custom

We will place three (3) bulk orders: early September, mid-October and early November. The November order may not arrive until early January. Plan accordingly, and please note that embroidered items cannot be returned or exchanged.

Catamount Racing SYNC Store is OPEN! Visit the link, use the dropdown menu, select “Catamount Racing“, and enter password catamount2020.

See you all very soon!

Doug Lewis Elite Training Online

Hi Gang,

I hope that everyone is doing ok as we all cope with the challenges of getting through this pandemic. It seems like forever since we have seen you.

Although Ski Seasons light years in the future, it really will be here before we know it. It is never too early to prepare to hit the ground in top physical and mental shape. We know that it can be challenging to stay motivated and focused, especially for those of you who are used to going to Mt. Hood or elsewhere to train on snow in the summer. Fortunately for us, our friends Doug and Kelley Lewis from Eliteam have put together a fantastic summer program to help you work hard this summer so that you can achieve your goals come this winter. I don’t know anybody who can a better job of motivating young athletes than Doug – he is simply legendary. And they are making it possible for the coaches to follow your summer training!  This is also a good way to bond through the magic of the internet with your teammates.

Please take a look at the flyer attached and if it looks worthwhile to you sing up to join Doug and Kelley this summer to achieve for optimum level of fitness. Please note the 30% discount if you sign up before May 15.  If you do decide to sign up, please let Colin and I and your other coaches know so that we will be sure to follow you.

Safe safe, be well and have a great summer.

Bruce and Colin

Doug Lewis Elite Training Online

Tristate U19’s – A mixed ending to a great season

Hey U19’s!

It’s with mixed feelings that I write our season wrap up. On one hand, we had numerous racers qualify for U19 Eastern Finals @ Gore only to have the season abruptly end and the event cancelled suddenly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On the other hand, we had great highlights as recently as our speed training on Upper & Lower Alley Cat & End of the Season Party. As we hunker down with closed schools, long lines/limited supplies at the grocery stores and the isolation “social distancing” creates, I’d like to highlight some of the great things that happened this past season with our amazing U19 Race Family.

U19 Eastern Finals @ Gore

Congratulations to the following on qualifying for U19 Eastern Finals this year! It was the result of all of your dedication and hard work this season!

Girls Emily Chudy, Clare Howard, Delphine Cohen, Winnie Mann, Frannie Mann, Ava Amuso & Chloe Gagnon (alt)

BoysDax Roy, Hayden Claussen, Ethan Leifer, Henry DiVecchio, & Oliver Thompson

Tristate End of the Year Party hosted by Colleen & John Manning

Big thanks to the Mannings for hosting the End of the Season Party, taking over the tradition from the Cashens, as Chris and his family deal with his torn ACL/lmeniscus. Thanks to Coach Troy, Coach Doug & Coach Mark for their input with the paper plate awards. If you weren’t able to come to the party just let me know and I’ll send you your paper plate award and Catamount Racing swag courtesy of the Parent Association. Thank you Winnie and Frannie for your awesome video! Perhaps you could upload it on Sprongo on our team page?

End of the Season Racer Evaluations

Your coaches have completed your evaluations for the 19-20 season. Please contact me through Remind to give me the email you would like to be shared the document otherwise it will be shared with your parents’ registered email. I’ve changed the format this year back to include coach feedback with an additional space to give your own. Your feedback will help to improve our training next season!

Congratulations on your hard work this season!

On behalf of all the U19 coaches, I’d like to extend a hearty congrats to everyone for their hard work this past season.  We’ve seen some great improvement in every racer on the team.  Some of you really worked on your “mental game”, while others were working on their carve on steeper terrain.  Some racers really improved your commitment of weight to the outside ski, while others worked on earlier pressure before the fall line and earlier release just after the fall line.  Some of you really improved your SL clearing technique while others really improved your pole plants which also helped your timing.  It was great to see is how motivated you all were and with such positive attitudes that you brought to the mountain every day of training.  It inspired us to work that much harder for you.

Thanks so much to Ski Patrol, Steve and the race crew for all of their help and organizing; bringing gates and B-netting up to the top of Upper & Lower Alley Cat and Race Slope as well as their help in setting up and breaking down fencing and courses. I know that we all appreciate how much the safety factor for all of our racers has improved this season.

Thanks so much to our volunteer photographer & videographer, Raphael Kummer-Landau. Not only did he video many of our practices to be posted on Sprongo.com, but he set up an account on Smugmug (password: “catamount”) and uploaded close to 5,000 photos from the entire season. If you haven’t already, please consider contributing $10 or more for his work. Look for his account name: “@raphaelkl

Big thanks to Coach Colin & Coach Bruce for their leadership and “make things happen” attitude that’s enabled us to have a such a great season.

And finally a special thanks to the parents of our team.  You took care of registrations, drove to the mountain early in the morning and late at night, made sure that equipment was taken care of and ready for training and races, video’d our races, volunteered to set up and break down B-netting and courses (even in the rain!).  It is your support and help that makes our program possible!

Cheers to a great season and to the next! Take care of one another and be safe.

Coach Pat : )

Catamount and Berkshire East Closed for the Season

Catamount has officially announced this morning that the decision has been made to close for the season. This decision has been made by John Schaefer, and is in direct relation to recently confirmed cases of  COVID19 in our region.  In corporation with recommendations from the CDC. Catamount and Berkshire East will be closing to prevent further spread of illness.  John notes that as his father lies in the high risk demographic and would advise him against visiting either location.  As the GM of both Catamount and Berkshire East John cannot, in good conscious, recommend others visit at the risk of possible exposure.  In order to do his part the decision to close for the season has been made final.  A reopen date for summer activities will be made is the near future.

Unfortunately that does mean that the tristate training at catamount this weekend has been canceled. There will be no additional training held at Berkshire East.  We apologize for the inconvenience for those still planning to attend away events.  As this is related to the COVID19 pandemic we recommend that all of our racers and racer families stay tuned to our webpage and those of post season event mountains for any changes regarding these events that may arise.

Thank you,

Catamount Racing