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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!

U16 Jackets and Hoodies & Champs

Racers and parents, attached are flying for those interested in jackets and/or hoodies for the season. The ordering information is on the flyers.

If you have not registered yet for U16 Champs next weekend, please do so soon so we have a clear headcount for the race. It’s always a great weekend. Please visit Admin Ski Racing. Registration closes Wednesday night and Jiminy Peak will NOT accept late registration.

See you there!

U16 Race Update & Weekend Plans

Dear U16 parents and athletes,

We had a great turn out for our Tuning Clinic and Pizza party on January 30th. Thank you to Coach Charles and Coach Pat for leading the clinic. If you missed it and have any questions about tuning or equipment, please don’t hesitate to ask your coaches.

Catamount’s very own tuning shop can do race tunes and is offering a discount to all racers: $200 for the season, for one race tune per week! Races tunes (wax and side edges) are $40.

U16/U19 Schaefer Cup SL recap:

U16s had a great start at the SL Schaefer Cup Race on Tuesday. Conditions were difficult, especially the 1st run for our boys (which saw ruts as large as we had in training over the camp) however our U16s stuck it out and finished! If you were not following along live timing this Tuesday, you can see the results posted here:

Friday, January 3rd, bonus training day. Both GS and SL gear (including armor)

Racers will meet at 9:30am for warm-up, then meet the coaches on Race Slope in SL gates for 2 hours. After the SL gate training, we will be in GS skis for directed free skiing with coaches. All U16 and U19 racers available are welcome.

U16 GS Qualifier Race @Berkshire East – January 4th

Our next U16 race is a GS at Berkshire East this Saturday, January 4th. Please make sure you have registered! Thank you to Tara Mann for looking into a race fee discount at Berkshire East, all Cat racers will get a 10$ club discount. However, make sure to bring your season pass on race day, you won’t be issued a ticket.

Race Day Info:

Registration at the Beast is from 7:00-7:45 am on the 2nd floor of the main lodge. Load the lift at 7:45a for inspection beginning at 8:00 am. The race is scheduled to begin at the end of inspection around 9 am. Make sure to get there early so your racer can get a proper inspection of the course. 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 the run. The order of this race is as follows:  Women first, then Men. Seeding will be based upon current USSA points by discipline. Random Seed Draw for the 15 athletes with the lowest points. 990s will be randomly seeded after racers with points. At the end of the 1st run, the course is reset and then re-opened for inspection. The 2nd run should begin about an hour after the last racer finishes their 1st run. The second run start order will be flip 30 based upon first run finish time. DSQ/DNF, if allowed to run, will run bib order. 

U16/19 GS Race at Berkshire East – January 5th (originally Dec 31st)

If you are planning to attend, please register right away so coaches know how many racers plan to stay back at Catamount for training. Those staying back will train SL for the upcoming January 11th SL race at Bousquet.

We wish everyone a happy and healthy new year!

You U16 Coaches: Sonia, Charles and Greg.

U16s Welcome Info

Dear U16 Parents and Athletes,

Your coaches, Sonia, Charles, Greg are revving up for an exciting new season and looking forward to working with you. 

We’ll be using email posts and the Remind app to keep you updated. At this level, we encourage all athletes to also be on Remind as this is where we’ll be sending reminders about equipment or last-minute changes and updates. Athletes are responsible to make sure they have what they need every day and that their skis are sharp.

  • Visit from your smartphone to receive push notifications (sign-in and app required)
  • or text @b97kd to the number 81010 to receive text messages

USSA Points System: 

If you missed the meeting on Sunday, here are some highlights. Starting at U16s, we no longer use “place finish” but rather a National USSS points systems for ranking. All first-year U16 racers start with a 999 for GS and SL. After two race finishes (a full finish, with two runs), the points get recalculated for each discipline and lowered. These points are used to determine year-end Eastern Finals and Championships selections. Race starts are also seeded using the same points. Please note that the Jiminy Peak races are not really championships as they do not determine year-end selections for Easterns, they are simply the last two races. If you don’t have any experience with this system or would like clarification on how it works, we would be happy to meet with athletes and parents to answer any questions. Please let us know!

Ski Tuning: 

We hope to have a tuning clinic during the camp, so stay tuned (no pun intended)! Meanwhile, please check out this information that Coach Charles put together to help athletes and parents understand some of the concepts and tools required. Please note that ski tuning takes time to learn, there is no easy solution!! To learn, you must start somewhere and practice, just like anything else.

GS Skis: 1 on the base, 3 on side bevel
SL Skis: 0.5 or 0.75 on the base, 3 on side bevel

Professional shops: Please always make sure to specify your needs as racers. Give them the angles you want and indicate you want skis tuned “tip to tail”. Some shops will detune skis at the tips and tails.

We recommend Black Diamond or Steiner’s locally.
In Westchester, Hickory and Tweed and Pedigree ski shop.

Video Analysis:

We will be taking video of your racers on a regular basis and giving them feedback either during lunch or after practice. When possible, we’ll upload on Sprongo.

Race Registrations:

Please register for all races well in advance, do NOT WAIT for the deadline!! It is logistically very difficult for venues to prepare for a race and the dates given are meant to be respected. Some venues will charge a late fee, others are very strict and will not allow, under any circumstances, late registrations. Best to avoid any issues and register early. All registrations are done on

Coming upDecember 26th to December 30th – Race Camp

  • 26th: Full SL gear needed. U16s coaches away. Please have U16 athletes meet U19 coaches outside of Taconic lodge for warm-up at 8:30.
  • 27th: Full SL gear needed. U16s/U19 coaches will set SL full course.
  • 28th: GS skis. U16/U19 coaches will set GS drills.
  • 29th: GS skis. U16/U19 coaches will set full GS course.
  • 30th: GS skis. U19s away, Coach Charles away with some U16s. Coach Greg/Sonia will be there to work on GS.

December 30th (GS) and 31st (SL) – Schaefer Cup for U16/U19s at Berkshire East. Speak to your coaches if you have any questions as to whether or not your racer would benefit from attending these races. They will not count towards season standings but are a great experience and can help reduce their points. If interested, REGISTER NOW – Deadline for registration is December 28 at 11:59pm.

January 4th – GS Berkshire East, please register here
January 5th – SL Bousquet, please register here:
January 25th – Southington SL, please register here:
January 26th – Wachusetts GS, please register here:

February 3 and/or 4th – Speed Camp at Killington. The speed camp at Killington, hosted by KMS and organized by Ed Bassett (also known as Animal), is a fantastic opportunity for our athletes to train SG. Please note that as U16s there are USSA equipment requirements. Racers must have 183, 30m skis to be compliant and wear back protectors and FIS approved helmets. You can rent or borrow skis (if you do, make sure a professional checks the DIN setting on the bindings and makes proper adjustments). For details, please refer to the attachment. To register for this event please visit and scroll to Wachusett Mountain.

If you have any questions, feel free to ping us on Remind. See you at race camp!

Your U16 Coaches!

Pizza Party Social


We hope you will be able to join us for our Pizza Party get together! It is a wonderful opportunity to kick off our race season, meet other race families, and for our racers to spend time off the hill with new and old friends!!!

DATE: Friday 12/27
TIME: 3:30 pm
WHERE: Four Brothers Restaurant Route 23. Hillsdale
PRICE: $10.00 per person, maximum of $30.00 per family.


See Jamie Cheney (email or in the lodge) if you have questions.

Remind channels for athletes (and parents)


A quick reminder that some Tri-State groups will use Remind ( once again for short messages (not detailed information) and reach athletes directly as needed. It’s an easy and great way to stay in touch and users can decide where notifications are received (text messages, emails or push notifications).

For U16s:

  • Visit from your smartphone to receive push notifications (sign-in and app required)
  • or text @b97kd to the number 81010 to receive text messages

For U19s:

  • Visit from your smartphone to receive push notifications (sign-in and app required)
  • or text @u19tr to the number 81010 to receive text messages

See you all on the slopes!

Paula Moltzan at Berkshire East this weekend!

Anyone who wants to head up to Berkshire East this weekend should do so. Paula Moltzan will be hosting a Meet and Greet this Saturday, Dec 7th from 9am-11am.  She is an incredibly accomplished member of the BEAST/CAT family and always eager to chat with and inspire our young racers to achieve greatness. It would be great for some of our race families to meet this very cool and very fast lady.


See you there!

Cut Resistant Garments Options for Catamount Racers

Dear Parents, athletes, and coaches,

The Catamount PA is pleased to partner with two providers of cut-resistant garments with various options for your family’s needs. Reliable Racing, a locally known provider of top-notch ski products in our region for over 60 years and Base360, a Canadian company that has been designing cut-proof garments since 2002 and recently came out with their patented Alpine version.

Anyone is welcome to purchase these items for their athletes however these garments probably make sense primarily for athletes racing at the Tri-State level. Note that if you are looking for youth sizes, only BASE360 offers this option at this time.

Just like the Patagonia order, we will be using a google sheet and Venmo for payment. Note that the price includes all taxes and shipping. Each sheet has its own set of instructions.

Deadline: We are asking that everyone submit their orders by Monday, December 9th at 10pm. Orders will hopefully arrive no later than the 1st week of January.

Reliable Racing: Should you have questions about sizing or the order process, please reach out to Jamie Cheney:

BASE360: Should you have any questions about sizing or the order process, please reach out to Sonia Tatlock:

Additional information is provided below or please consult their website:

Both Jamie and Sonia will do their best to advise on sizing, however, if your racers are still growing like weeds, given the cost, you are probably better to size up if you are in doubt.

Thank you,

– The Catamount PA

Additional Material:

Technical Custom Ski Apparel, Gear, Bags

The SYNC store for team jackets and gear is re-opened and will close on 11/26. Embroidery will take about a month, so if you order between now and Nov. 26, you’ll get your items around the first of January!

Use the link below and select Catamount Racing from the “USSA Certified Clubs” drop down. Use the password catamount1920.


Reminder: SYNC team gear orders 2019-20 season!

A quick reminder to all parents and athletes,

The Catamount Race Team SYNC team gear page is up and ready. You can order directly from the link below and receive your order in early November. The current order deadline is set for October 10th, 2019. We have once again added some layering options this year, as well as a boot bag.  Everything is discounted.

Order a Catamount branded Interclub (red) or Tri-State (black) racer jackets.

Follow the link below, select Catamount Racing from the USSA Certified Clubs dropdown (in the top bar) and use the password catamount1920.

Catamount Race Team SYNC Jackets and Gear

SYNC has also offered to do some athlete kickbacks for the team.  The team will earn 10% on any non-team purchases made through the below link. The customized SYNC merch ordered for our athletes does not apply:

Click here to support the Catamount Race Team when you shop SYNC!

If you have any questions or problems with ordering, please contact

See you on the slopes!