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Tristate U16 Head Race Coach

Tristate U16’s Last Training Weekend Update!

Hey U16’s!

U16 Champs @ Jiminy Peak

Congratulations on finishing the season with U16 Championships this past weekend at Jiminy Peak!  It was crazy weather on Sunday where it was sheet of ice just to get to the start!  With half of the field DNF’ing, it was an accomplishment just to get to the finish!

Great job to Winnie Mann who placed 6th on her 1st run and to Frannie Mann who placed 10th overall in GS on Saturday.  And great job to Winnie Mann who placed 8th on her 2nd run in SL on Sunday.

Last weekend training @ Catamount

This is our official last weekend of training for the season!  Saturday, let’s train GS on Catamount in the AM and we’ll set a dual GS course there in the PMSunday, let’s train SL on Race Slope in the AM and we’ll set a dual SL course there in the PM!  Maybe we can get some parents to take on their kids on the course!  Of course be mindful of the weather and be ready for any changes due to weather.

Congratulations on your hard work this season!

On behalf of all the U16 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”, others were working on their carve on steeper terrain.  Some of you really improved your commitment of weight to the outside ski, while others worked on early pressure before the fall line and early release just after the fall line.  Some of you really improved your “cross-blocking” while others really improved your pole plants which also helped your timing.  What is great to see is how motivated you all are and with such positive attitudes that you bring to the mountain every day of training.  It inspires us to work that much harder for you.

Thanks so much to Dusty and the crew for all of their help bringing gates and B-netting up to the top of Lower Alley Cat and Race Slope (they even pre-stage the equipment the night before to help us maximize our training time) as well as their help in setting up fencing and courses and tearing them down.

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

Cheers to a great season!

Coach Pat : )



Tristate U16 Championships this weekend!!!

Hey U16’s!

Just a reminder that U16 Championships are this coming weekend at Jiminy Peak! Registration ends Wednesday, February 21st at noon!  For details, click here.

SL will be on Saturday and GS will be on Sunday so make sure that you bring the correct equipment for the right day!  Also a reminder to have your skis tuned properly and that you apply the correct wax for warm temperatures (between 35-42 deg F).  I suggest something with flourinated wax like Swix F4.

John Thompson (aka Oliver’s Dad) made a reservation for 10 at Patrick’s pub in Pittsfield for Saturday night at 6:00pm.
Please email by Thursday if you plan on attending so he can adjust the reservation up or down if needed.  John’s cell#: 646-467-4790
Looking forward to seeing you all this weekend!
Coach Pat
“Ski fast…Take chances…”


Tristate U16’s! Weekend Update!

Hey U16’s!

Big thanks to Katie and Chris Cashen for hosting the End-of-the-Season Party for Tristate Racers!  The food was delicious and it was great to have all the racers and parents under one big tent!  I especially love the turn around by the kids with their paper plate awards for the coaches!

Saturday, February 17 – GS Training on Lower Alley Cat; Sunday, February 18 – SL Training on Lower Alley Cat

We will be training GS on Saturday then SL on Sunday in preparation for the upcoming U16 Championships @ Jiminy Peak the following weekend.  Please warm up at the Quad @ 8:25am and meet your coach to head up for your warm up run and inspection of the course when it’s ready.

Parent volunteers, thank you so much for your help last Sunday in the rain!  We will need your help again to set up the B-Netting in the AM on Saturday.  Please meet up at the Pump House at the top of Lower Alley Cat when the Quad opens.  Since we will train SL on Sunday on Lower Alley Cat, we will leave the fencing up overnight.  We can really use your help on Sunday at 12 Noon to break down the course and B-Netting.

Reminder – No training on President’s Day, Monday!

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Coach Pat

“Ski fast…Take chances…”




Tristate U16’s Bousquet SL & Weekend Update!

Hey U16’s!

Saturday, February 10 – Bousquet SL

Just a reminder that registration for our last SL race of the regular season ends at noon today!  Make sure to register at Here’s the info for the race!  Click here.


Saturday Night – End-of-the-Season Party @ the Cashen’s

All TS racers and family members are invited:
Tri-State Pot Luck & BBQ Social and Paper Plate Awards – Feb 10th @ 5pm 
The Cashen’s will once again host the best event of the year, our Tri-State Social and Paper Plate awards!! THANK YOU CASHENS!! This is a huge undertaking and we will need all your help to make it a success. Please sign up and let us know what you will be able to bring. Thank you, Tara, for making the sign-up sheet!

Sign up Genius form click here –

LOCATION – (about 20 minutes from Catamount just off Rte 23),  81 Roxbury Road | Hudson, NY 12513

Again, this is for ALL TS – U12/14/16/19 Athlete’s, family members and coaches!!
Any questions please let me know and see you all there.
Coach Charles.
Sunday, February 11th – GS Training on Lower Alley Cat
In preparation for U16 Championships @ Jiminy Peak, we will be sharing a course


Sunday, February 11 – GS training on Lower Alley Cat

In preparation for the U16 Championships @ Jiminy Peak, we will train GS along with the U12/14’s on Lower Alley Cat.  Make sure to remove your chin guard and bring your GS skis/poles! Please meet Coach Pat at the Quad at 8:25am sharp to warm up.

Parent volunteers!  We can really use your help setting up fencing in the AM and breaking it (and the course) down at 12 noon!  Please report to the pump house at the top of Lower Alley Cat when the Quad opens and again at 12 noon!

See you this weekend!

Coach Pat

“Ski fast…Take chances…”

Tristate U16 Race & Weekend Update!

Hey U16’s!

Wachusett Mountain GS

What a great race at the Wachusett Mountain GS last Sunday for Team Catamount!  Congratulations to Winnie Mann for her 4th place finish!  And there were so many other great performances as well by our boys and girls!  A 12th and 13th place from Frannie Mann and Ava Amuso, a 13th place 2nd run by Lael Cashen, an 11th place 1st run for Ethan Leifer, and a 12th place 2nd run from Dax Roy!

SL training this weekend

This Saturday AND Sunday we will be training SL on Race Slope in preparation for our SL race next Saturday @ Bousquet.  Please be ready to meet your coach at the Quad @ 8:25am on both days!  Please bring your SL skis and equipment for the weekend.

Jiminy Peak U19 GS

Any U16 going to this race should pair up or inspect in groups and check in with Coach Mark and Coach Ken at different key spots in the course.  Since you will be missing SL training, have a goal for the day; race and free ski with a purpose.

Coach Pat

“Ski fast…Take chances…”



Tristate U16’s Weekend Update!

Hey U16 Racers!

Saturday U19 Beast GS

Any U16 racers racing @ Beast on Saturday should check in with Coach Ken and Coach Mark for inspection and getting staged for your runs!  Make sure to make use of the day with free skiing on the side of Competition or on Flying Cloud.  Work on pressure before the fall line and releasing before the transition as that will be our focus during Saturday training @ Catamount.

Saturday Training GS

We will be training on Lower Alley Cat on Saturday in preparation for the Wachusett GS on Sunday. Training on Lower Alley runs from 8:25am – 12:00pm and we will again need parent assistance at 8:30am and 12:00pm to set up and break down fencing. A reminder to racers to remove your chin guards.  We will then ski together as a group from 1:00-2:00pm after lunch to continue our focus on generating speed in the turn with early pressure and release!

Sunday Wachusett Mountain GS Race

If you missed it, you can still register the morning of the race but a $10 late fee will apply and you will be placed at the back of the pack for the 1st run.  2nd run seeding will be 1st run dependent with the usual flip 30.

Registration starts at 7:30am in the Granite Room of the base lodge. Course inspection begins around 8:15am, forerunners run at 9:10 and the race begins at 9:30.   Click here for information about the event.

See you at the mountain!

Coach Pat

“Ski fast…Take chances…”

Tristate/Speed Camp at Stratton!

Hey Tristate U14, U16 and U19 racers!

Mark Colman asked me to share this with all of you!  February 5th and 6th Tristate will be hosting their annual Speed Camp at Stratton.  TS Speed Camp Flyer – 2018

U16’s and U19’s train on Monday, February 5th while U14’s train on Tuesday, February 6th.

Make sure to get your coach to email: Ed “Animal” Bassett at with your racer’s name, USSA # and recommendation.  Then register through

Coach Pat

“Ski fast…Take chances…”


Tristate U16 Weekend Update!

Hey U16’s!

Saturday – Mt. Southington SL 

Just a reminder that registration for this race ends at midnight tonight!!!  Make sure to go to to register for the race.

Also visit the website for more information about the race here.

Registration runs from 7-8:30am on the 2nd floor in the Mountain Room.  Although both courses will be set, inspection of the morning course begins at 7:30am with a 9am start.  The 2nd run begins 1 hour after the end of the 1st run with inspection of the 2nd course beginning at the end of that run.

Sunday – GS training on Lower Alley Cat

Be prepared to train GS on Lower Alley Cat on Sunday.  Please meet Coach Sonia at the Quad at 8:25am sharp!  You will free ski together until the course is ready.  Training on Lower Alley Cat will run from from about 9am – 12noon.  

Parent volunteers for B-netting – We will need parent volunteers to help with fencing again.  Please board the lift at 8:30am and report to the Pump House @ the top of Lower Alley Cat to help coaches and staff with setting up rolls of fencing.  Please defer all decisions on fencing locations to Coach Adam and the Staff.  Then we will need you again at 12:00pm to help break down the course and the fencing.

Thanks again for your amazing support!

See you at the race and at Catamount this weekend!

Coach Pat

“Ski fast…Take chances…”



Tristate U16’s Weekend Update!

Hey U16’s

You must know by now that we’ve lost Lower Alley Cat and Race Slope to the rains today.  We will train GS on Catamount tomorrow in preparation for Berkshire East on Sunday.

Ski Patrol and operators will need the early morning to make sure that on and off ramps to the ski lifts are safe and have snow on them.  Plan on being in the Taconic Lodge tomorrow by 9am and on snow by 9:30am.  But we will assess the snow in the AM!

Berkshire East so far is still on for Sunday, 1/14.

Make sure to bring your SL gear for MLK Monday!  Training plans TBA.

Enjoy the extra hour of sleep,

Coach Pat

“Ski fast…Take chances…”