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 until– December 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.
Bruce & Colin