A quick note to parents: we were notified by Berkshire East that the start time may be delayed to 10am to allow the mountain more time to prepare the surface. Registration opens up by 7:30a and gets crowded quickly. Athletes can load the lift by 8:15a, so plan accordingly.
We are expecting a machine groomed trail with snow/freezing rain possible and temperatures around 32F. Please tune appropriately. Recommendation from Toko below:
This info is primarily for parents of Tri-State athletes but it is available and important for all.
US Ski & Snowboard now requires all the coaches and volunteers to complete a background screening and also to complete a course administered by the US Center for SafeSport. Catamount coaches are no exceptions and they have taken the training.
Recently, the US Center for SafeSport also published a Parent Toolkit to help you understand how best to help your child understand and identify Physical, Emotional and Sexual Abuse. The toolkit also outlines what to do if you suspect something is wrong.
The toolkit is very extensive. It is broken down into sections based on a child’s age and how best to deal with discussing these issues based on their age. We suggest you read through the full booklet but at a minimum the sections that apply to you and your children. The information in the booklet is not only applicable to ski racing or Catamount but really applicable to any difficult situation a child could end up in. It is a great resource for parents.
If you have any questions, there are multiple resources at the end of the booklet that can help.
This year our Catamount Race Team will again be offering high-quality SYNC Performance products to outfit our athletes. The team store has a lot of great new options for you and your athlete at discounted prices. An especially big thank you to Michael Leifer for arranging this for us once again!
PLEASE NOTE: each item must have a minimum of 5 orders to process. You will be reimbursed should any item not reach this minimum amount.
The Deadline for Orders will be Sunday, October 28th – expected delivery Date will be around December 15th – 20th.
Championship Jacket ($119): Same jacket as last yearin Black for Tristate Racers – great jacket to wear on and off the mountain featuring a large “Catamount Alpine Racing Team” logo on the back and with USSA Logo and Tristate Logo On Sleeve
Junior Blaster Parka ($199): in Red for Interclub Racers– warm (insulated 160mg – much warmer for younger racers) and waterproof with an arctic collar and helmet-compatible hood. The race red color makes sure your athlete will stand out on the mountain and stays warm & dry! Has the same logo as the black jacket – large “Catamount Alpine Racing Team” logo and USSA Logo on Sleeve
Training Jacket ($119): In men’s and women’s styles with a full zip and comes in a number of colors. Great breathable stretch layering piece for on the mountain or off the mountain with the USSA Logo on side
Training Vest ($97): In men’s cut, features a double-knit weave to maintain your core warmth for optimal performance No Logos for those who don’t like logos
Men’s Switchback Vest ($134): In men’s cut, stylish black/silver color in a lightweight, waterproof, breathable with a drawcord at the waist – USSA Logo Logo on the sleeve
Women’s Puffy Vest ($119): A versatile vest for wearing over a long sleeve layer or jacket, great weatherproofing and hood to hold off the cold with USSA Logo on the sleeve
Locker Pack ($97): In black or red is all you need to carry everything to the hill and back. It’s like having a ski locker with you
Thank you for waiting patiently! We finally have the names of the qualifiers for the U14 Tri-State Championships held March 3rd and 4th at Berkshire East. Congratulations to our racers for their accomplishment, we are very proud to send such a strong group of racers. From here, Eastern and Piche Qualifiers will be determined. Registration is open on https://adminskiracing.com/.
A big thanks to Doug Mann for compiling the stats for Tri-State!
Charlotte Van Der Linden
We look forward to seeing everyone at Bousquet for the race tomorrow. A note went out confirming the venue and schedule but some may not have received it:
This message is to inform you that no change has been made to the program OR location of the U16 Championship Event this weekend. Tristate will host the U16 Championship Slalom at Bousquet Saturday, Feb 25th and the U16 Championship Giant Slalom, Sunday Feb 26th at Jiminy Peak ski area.
Good luck to all the competitors and best regards!
The schedule has not changed:
Bousquet – Registration at 7:30a, inspection at 8:30a and the ladies first run at 9:30a.
Jiminy Peak – Registration at 7:30a, inspection at 8:30a and the ladies first run at 9:30a.
A quick update for our U16s on our weekend plans. You will need BOTH SL and GS skis! The current plan is as follows:
Fri 2/10: The mountain has again approved Friday night training for those who can attend. Several coaches will be on the race slope around 5:30-6:00p for an SL training session in preparation for the race this Saturday. Please take advantage of this if you can and a big thank you to the mountain and the coaches for the time.
Sat 2/11: Have your SL skis sharp and waxed for the SL race at Blandford.
Sun 2/12: Bring your GS gear to the CAT. The U16s will have some GS training on Lower Alley Cat.
Here is a quick scheduling update for parents of U16 racers.
Fri 2/3: The mountain has approved Friday night training for those who can attend. Lars and Larry will be on the race slope around 5:30-6p tonight for an SL training session in preparation for the race Saturday.
Sat 2/4: Have you skis sharp and waxed the SL race at Mohawk.
Sun 2/5: The U16s will have some more SL training on Lower Alley Cat.
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.