Author Archives: Peter Chudy

Interclub End of Season Fun Race and PotLuck Party

The official races are over but it is too soon to stop them from skiing. This weekend we will be skiing on Saturday (March 9th) and having a fun race on Sunday (March 10th). Following the race we will have awards for all kids and a Potluck Pizza party. There is a sign up so we do not just end up with cupcakes:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C054AAEA628A7F58-interclub1

We will be asking for donations for gifts for your kids coaches which we will hand out at the party.

I hear the waffle bar will be making a come back thanks to the Dohrs.

Volunteers Needed Catamount IC Race

We have had a limited response to our request for volunteers. Those who have reached out thanks but we need more support for the interclub race.

Catamount host’s its Interclub Race on February 3rd. It is may be the biggest race of the season as Catamount attendance is very high.

Being able to have a home race really helps our kids as they will have the opportunity to train on the race hill and there is a large comfort factor. It is something our Tristate racers unfortunately have to live with out. Hopefully that will change next year.

Holding this race, as with all the races, is dependent on volunteers. Many of these volunteers you may never see such as the Chief of Race and Referees, which require certification, but many of the positions rely on parent volunteers.

Right now I am drawing up the volunteer lists: We will need people to act as gatekeepers, run scoreboard, registration, take bibs and set up the awards. You do not have to have any experience. We will also provide written instructions to Gate Keepers.

Please help recruit your fellow parents. The more people we have the better the race will be and we can break things down into shorter shifts.

please contact me at peterchudy@mac.com
Peter Chudy

Message from Catamount Parents Association

I have delayed the start of the year messages given some significant changes that have developed. I hope you have seen the email from the new owners regarding the status of changes at Catamount. As many of you know the events of last week were not well communicated which was not the intention.

This Sunday, Tom, Rich and Jim Schafer will address the parents at noon. Transitions are painful but I have strong confidence that Catamount and especially racing will make great strides. Let us not forget how difficult this business is. Blandford folded and did not open last year. Luckily, Butternut’s ownership stepped in and they are back. Bousquet is for sale and only just opened. For the last two years our race league has had to make massive scheduling changes do to aging infrastructure at the Ski Areas. I will not that Berkshire East has stepped in to ensure races occurred. That is no small task.

As you can see from their message our new owners are very committed to racing and their family has a very strong racing history. We were looking to get lower Alley Cat homologated for TriState racing this year when the transaction occurred. It was going to take an exceptional approval to pass it for SL. This was held back over concerns on the trails narrowness and safety. There was not enough time to make the changes for this year but now the discussion is on widening it and having it homologated for FIS races from top to bottom. Once this happens, we will have the best race venue is TriState. (No offense to the great trail at Berkshire East)

As we deal with some immediate uncertainties, we are in the middle of race season and need to keep moving forward. We need to start planning for our Interclub race on February 3rd. This only happens with significant volunteer support from parents. We will go out with a separate request for volunteers.

We had the largest Interclub Pizza Social ever. I would like to thank Jamie Cheney for her efforts on organizing that and our new Facebook communications platform.

We held our own USSA Level 100 coaching certification managed by Mark Colman, Bruce Diamond, and Heather Dohr.

Six seasons ago that Jon Nolting came out from USSA headquarters in Park City to run a level 100 program at Catamount. In the previous few years Catamount’s Interclub program had more than doubled in size and the TriState program was expanding significantly. We were struggling to find experienced coaches and we had the Parents Association offer to pay for USSA training fees to help coaches develop skills. Over the last six years we have spent over $8,000 on coaches training. We have finally come full circle where we have three outstanding Coaches who have worked their way up to Level 300 and can manage our own in house certification

You may have heard of MAASRA being created. This is a new organization that is working to combine the efforts of Eastern and Western Mass. components of TriState. Some of this effort has been developed over the difficult negotiations related to the Piche Invitational. It has become more important as Eastern Mass has lost host mountains and has been reduced effectively to Wachusset’s large program. This year the U12/14 series will combine east and west. Unfortunately, this was also driven by certain members of CYSL looking to gain more control of the TriState Board for their narrow interest. Many Catamount coaches have been involved in the organizational discussions and this should create a strong venue for more strategic efforts related to ski racing in the State.

For those of you who are new, the Parents Association serves to support the race team. Our annual focus is on organizing volunteers for the interclub race, providing annual T-Shirts/Hats to our athletes, and the year-end Interclub awards. We have parents helping with team Jackets and other projects. We are providing Sprongo accounts for video analysis. The big strategic focus for the last few years was to host a TriState race. Clearly, this will get a jump-start from our new owners.

Please attend Sunday’s meeting and reach out with any questions, concerns, or ideas.

Peter Chudy

Berkshire East Interclub Race Postponed

The Berkshire East Interclub Race will be Postponed, most likely occurring in March. There is an expectation that the Blandford Race will be cancelled. We do not have a clear understanding of the issues but Blandford was scheduled to hold a number of races this year and has been unable to open due to lift issues. this has caused a massive scheduling problem.

Interclub Year End Celebration

Yesterday may have been the last race, but its cold, they just made snow so its not over yet. This Saturday (March 11) we will have a fun skiing day followed by a celebration with awards for our racers and recognition of our dedicated coaches.

Party at 2pm-ish, PA to provide Pizza and Parents are encouraged to support the potluck. I have a sign up at:

http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C054AAEA628A7F58-interclub

It may have been a long season of early mornings but we encourage you to keep your kids skiing for the few weeks that are left. This is the time of the year that all those practices and drills get perfected and added to muscle memory.

Catamount Interclub Race

Catamount host’s its Interclub Race on February 5th. It is may be the biggest race of the season as Catamount attendance is very high.

Being able to have a home race really helps our kids as they will have the opportunity to train on the race hill and there is a large comfort factor. It is something our Tristate racers unfortunately have to live with out.

Holding this race, as with all the races, is dependent on volunteers. Many of these volunteers you may never see such as the Chief of Race and Referees, which require certification, but many of the positions rely on parent volunteers.

Right now I am drawing up the volunteer lists: We will need people to act as gatekeepers, run scoreboard, registration, take bibs and set up the awards. You do not have to have any experience. We will also provide written instructions to Gate Keepers.

Please help recruit your fellow parents. The more people we have the better the race will be and we can break things down into shorter shifts.

please contact me at peterchudy@mac.com
Peter Chudy
Head of Parents Association

For those of you who are interested in getting more involved there is a demand for trained Alpine Officials at TriState events. I would be glad to speak to you about what is involved.

Interclub Pizza Social Update

On Saturday, January 14th at 3PM after practice we will have our annual Interclub Pizza Social at Four Brothers in Hillsdale, 2.5 miles from Catamount on route 23. This is a great opportunity to meet teammates and parents. $20 per family $10 per person.  The kids have a blast and staff at Four Brothers is very accommodating to us.

Important;  As we our coming up to our first race please ensure that any child that is racing has a hard eared race helmet.  This is a USSA insurance requirement.  If in doubt check with your coach.  Ensure they are registered with USSA and register for the race through adminskiracing.com

We made it through a cold weekend with some great snow conditions.  A couple of items to keep in mind.  Boots get wet inside and wet boots are cold boots.  When there are multiple days of skiing, it is helpful to dry boots by using a boot dryer, or by taking out the inserts overnight.  Don’t leave boots in cold mud rooms or cars overnight as they will never dry out and it is like putting your feet into a refrigerator.  In cold weather mittens are alway appropriate and much warmer.  A good breakfast provides the energy to stay warm in the morning.  Cold dry air also requires good hydration.  Dehydrated kids are lethargic and sometimes constipated.  Staying focused and having fun for two long days of practice on the weekend is our number one goal of athletic development.  That requires all out effort on the physical preparation of rest, nutrition, hydration, proper clothing and equipment.   Part of the burden of ski racing Mom’s and Dad’s but it is worth it.

Peter Chudy,  Catamount Ski Racing Parents Association