Category Archives: Devo

Doug Lewis Elite Training Online

Hi Gang,

I hope that everyone is doing ok as we all cope with the challenges of getting through this pandemic. It seems like forever since we have seen you.

Although Ski Seasons light years in the future, it really will be here before we know it. It is never too early to prepare to hit the ground in top physical and mental shape. We know that it can be challenging to stay motivated and focused, especially for those of you who are used to going to Mt. Hood or elsewhere to train on snow in the summer. Fortunately for us, our friends Doug and Kelley Lewis from Eliteam have put together a fantastic summer program to help you work hard this summer so that you can achieve your goals come this winter. I don’t know anybody who can a better job of motivating young athletes than Doug – he is simply legendary. And they are making it possible for the coaches to follow your summer training!  This is also a good way to bond through the magic of the internet with your teammates.

Please take a look at the flyer attached and if it looks worthwhile to you sing up to join Doug and Kelley this summer to achieve for optimum level of fitness. Please note the 30% discount if you sign up before May 15.  If you do decide to sign up, please let Colin and I and your other coaches know so that we will be sure to follow you.

Safe safe, be well and have a great summer.

Bruce and Colin

Doug Lewis Elite Training Online

Catamount and Berkshire East Closed for the Season

Catamount has officially announced this morning that the decision has been made to close for the season. This decision has been made by John Schaefer, and is in direct relation to recently confirmed cases of  COVID19 in our region.  In corporation with recommendations from the CDC. Catamount and Berkshire East will be closing to prevent further spread of illness.  John notes that as his father lies in the high risk demographic and would advise him against visiting either location.  As the GM of both Catamount and Berkshire East John cannot, in good conscious, recommend others visit at the risk of possible exposure.  In order to do his part the decision to close for the season has been made final.  A reopen date for summer activities will be made is the near future.

Unfortunately that does mean that the tristate training at catamount this weekend has been canceled. There will be no additional training held at Berkshire East.  We apologize for the inconvenience for those still planning to attend away events.  As this is related to the COVID19 pandemic we recommend that all of our racers and racer families stay tuned to our webpage and those of post season event mountains for any changes regarding these events that may arise.

Thank you,

Catamount Racing

Training Schedule for 2/2, 2/22, and 2/23

Abbreviations for clarification: IC-Interclub
                                                      TRI- Tristate
                                                      UAC-Upper Alley Cat
                                                      LAC-Lower Alley Cat
                                                      UCS-Upper Cat Slope
                                                      LCS-Lower Cat Slope
                                                      SL- Slalom
                                                      GS- Giant Slalom
                                                      PASL- Parallel Slalom
FRIDAY 2/21/20
5-8:00 pm TRI-U12/14: Coach: Karin, Chris, and Shiau-Sing, Race Slope SL
5 -8:00 pm TRI U16/19: Coach: Bruce, Sonia, CAT Slope SL course


 SATURDAY  2/22/20
-EARLY LOAD -7:45 am quad chair: : U12/14 and U16-19 coaches. Also, IC coaches who
will be training w/ TRI for Championships
                          7:45 am double chair: IC Coaches
–AM SESSION
DEVO:TBD
IC: Race Slope – SL drills, brushes, stubs, tall gates, etc ** NOTE: Gates, etc. must be
pulled and hill slipped completely smooth before Ripper Opens to the public at 11:30**
TRI U12 & IC who are going to Championships: UAC SL ( UAC am only, pm LAC)
TRI U14: Championships BEAST
TRI U16: LAC SL from flats above Pump House down
TRI U19: LAC SL from flats above Pump House down

–PM SESSION
DEVO:TBD
IC: CS (skier’s right), SL (brushes, SL and/or GS gates, skills development)
TRI U12 : LAC SL Sharing hill with U16/U19’s ( separate lanes) from ½ down pitch
TRI U14 Championships BEAST
TRI U16: LAC SL from flats above Pump House down
TRI U19: LAC SL from flats above Pump House down
** LAC to be cleared and slipped completely smooth by 4:00 **


 SUNDAY 2/23 (EARLY LOAD, Quad Chair 7:45 am)
ALL TRISTATE U12 AND U16 COACHES WILL BE REQUIRED TO ASSIST IN
BNET SKIRTING OR TAKE DOWN FOLLOWING TRAINING
–AM SESSION
IC: Away – Away Otis
IC U8 UCS – drills, brushes, stubbies, etc.
TRI U12: LAC GS sharing course with U16’s,
TRI U16: LAC GS Sharing course with U12’s
TRI U19: Away – BSQ SL
–PM SESSION
IC:  – Away Otis
IC U8 UCS – drills, brushes, stubbies
TRI U12 : LAC GS with U16’s
TRI U16: LAC GS with U12’s
TRI U19: Away BSQ SL

GREETINGS CATAMOUNT RACERS AND PARENTS,

We are coming off a fantastic weekend of racing which saw many of our Catamount athletes   climbing podiums at numerous races throughout our region. Through the hard work of many, the Catamount Interclub Race came off in spectacular fashion with many of the kids taking home hardware and others achieving personal bests.  The race was run under nearly perfect conditions. The track was mint and held up beautifully for the two runs taken by 310 + racers. We have seen tremendous improvement from all of the racers at all levels. It is important to recognize not only the accomplishments of those who were fortunate enough to podium at the races, but also how much each and every racer has improved so far. And there is much improvement, plenty of smiles and tons of laughter among friends yet to come as the skills of the racers continue to progress!!

Now, for weekend training plans –  We have carefully reviewed the requests from all the Catamount coaches, and the hill space requests from outside groups, as well as the current and forecasted snow conditions. Mother Nature has been and continues to be unusually unkind to us this year and presented a huge challenge to creating a workable plan for all of us. Colin has been all the over mountain with his drill trying to find snow of a suitable depth on trails that lend themselves to training, as well as discussing the challenges with Mountain Ops. One of the biggest challenges (in addition to the depth of natural snow and lack of cold weather for making it) is dealing with the on-coming traffic from the public using Ripper which has imposed limitations on using both Catamount and race Slope at the same time.   After considering all of the factors, here is what we have come up with:

Friday:​ CATAMOUNT IS CLOSED. Tri-State We had planned to train today at 5:00, but unfortunately, we have been rained out, the mountain is closed ,and consequently there will be no training. 

Saturday: ​Interclub will train GS and drills on Race Slope in the am until approximately 12:30, when we will have to pull and yield the hill to a large group.

Tri-State U12-14’s will train GS on Lower Alley Cat in both the am and pm. We will have  to stage and set BNET on LAC Saturday morning, which will push training back a bit. We encourage parents to come out to help as soon as the lifts open at 8:30. The more parents we have to help set BNET, the earlier we can begin training. BNET will be left up for U16’s to train on Sunday.

Tri-State U16-19’s will train SL on Lower  CatamountSlope on skier’s left from the Onstage cutoff down  in the am and pm.

Sunday:​Mountain Vertical Dew Challenge all day

Interclub will be racing at Blandford.

​​Tri-State U12-14’s will be racing GS at BEAST

Tri-State U16’s will be training GS  on Lower Alley Cat, and may be sharing a course with Ridgefield High School and a handful  of Yorktown racers. The kids and coaches will have to pull down and store BNetafter training so that mountain ops can make snow later in the week later in the week.  We ask that U16 parents share in this effort. Please look for Sonia to ask her for the time when the nets will be pulled.

Tri-State U19’s will be racing at Sundown.

We appreciate your understanding of the issues that we are facing and the challenges that confront us all as we devised these training plans. Despite the uncooperative weather, we are in the midst of  a fantastic race season. We love being out on the hill with all of you and love to see the steady improvement and fun that you are all having.  

Let’s all THINK SNOW (REALLY HARD) 

See you all Saturday. 

Thanks.

Bruce & Colin

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Using the Terrain Park Properly

Hi Everyone,

I received notice from Geoff Romero today, head of Snow Sports, that many of our Red jackets have been spotted using the terrain park improperly.

Racers are absolutely welcome in the terrain park as much as riders and the public. However we need to review and reiterate to our racers, proper terrain park use and flow.

Terrain park managers work very hard daily to maintain the exact slope and pitch of the ramps up to our features to ensure the safest possible launch and landing to rails boxes and jumps.

More specifically, when skiers / riders intentionally hit ramps off center avoiding the rail or box this quickly deteriorates the ramp itself. Leading to constant maintenance which shuts down the use of that feature for a period of time.

The park manager is working to put in place smaller ramp / jumps without boxes or rails that our younger terrain park users are more confident using.

Please discuss this with our racers. Thank you for reading and respecting our terrain park.

Racing Recap and Plans for 1/25 and 1/26

GREETINGS CATAMOUNT RACING ENTHUSIASTS:

With the recent fantastic snow making weather , and a full schedule of races, we have really moved headlong into the thick of the competition season and have a lot to look forward to this weekend.

For starters, those who will not be away racing will finally have the chance to  light up some turns on our new amazing trail Ripper, which along with Catapult is scheduled to open this weekend. We can’t wait to get out there to check it out.

We’ve got a number of races going on for our athletes this weekend, with the U12-14’s trekking over to the other side of the state for a MASSRA  GS at Wachusetts, on Saturday while the U16’s will be heading south to Bruce’s neck of the woods to for a Tri-State Slalom at  Mt. Southington.  On Sunday, a number of U16’s and 19’s will also be making their way to Wachusetts for a GS. Unfortunately, this race filled up faster this year than had ever been experienced before and consequently some of our kids were shut out.  Finally, on Sunday the Interclubbers will finally kick off their competition season with a Combi at Butternut. For many Interclubbers and their parents, this will be their first race. We are excited for you to discover the wonder s of Race Day. We have been really impressed by how hard all the kids and coaches  have been working and even more impressed by the sheer amount of fun that they are having.

Good luck to all of our racers on Race day!!

Saturday training will consist of the U19’s running GS on Alley Cat on Saturday, and Interclub practicing on  a Combi and doing SkillsQuest drills Catamount Slope to get ready for their event at Butternut the next day.

On Sunday, the  U16’s and 19’s who did not get into Wachusetts will be  training SL on Catamount Slope, and the U12-14’s will be training GS on Alley Cat.

In order for the U19’s and U12-14’s  to train GS on Alley Cat it is essential that we set plenty of BNET on the hill. Although there will be coaches and race crew on hand it is still a laborious task and we could really use Parent Volunteers to assist. Please do not be shy about jumping in to help out  early on Saturday morning at 8:30 and again Sunday afternoon to help pull it down.

We are all looking forward to seeing you all for another fantastic weekend.

Ski fast, have fun!

Bruce & Colin

MLK Weekend Plan (SAT1/18, SUN1/19, and MON1/20)

Dear Parents and Coaches,

After a couple of years hiatus the Catamount Team Social at the pub is back by popular demand!!

Saturday, 1/18, 8:30a-2p Tristate training, 9a-2p Devo and Interclub training. 2p-3p Tristate and Interclub Coaches clinic.

3:00-5:00pm – Team Social for Parents/Coaches (and kids who don’t want to ski) Following training and coaches clinic join our race coaches and parents at the Catamount pub for some grub/drinks, conversation and live music!Ian Campbell will be playing covers from your favorite songs and there will be night skiing for the kids. Please join us if you can! If you have any questions about the “Social” please email Coach Sonia (statlock@unixrealm.com).

Sunday 1/19, Open Mountain Training, Tristate racers (830a-3p), Interclub Raers (9a-230p) Tristate U14 away at eagle brook.

Monday 1/20, Gate training for Tristate racers (830a-3p), Interclub Raers (9a-230p)

Bruce and Colin

Racing Reminders

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick reminder to all racers, please finalize/renew your USSA memberships as soon as possible. When registering don’t forget that Catamount is a Massachusetts State Mountain and to register each of your Racers as ALPINE COMPETITOR and NOT alpine general. A general membership will not allow your racer to compete in events. The tristate dues included in this membership refer to our region, Tristate Region, and are required for competitor membership

Also, to any racer parents with Rad Jackets that are no longer being used. We have a lot of new parents this season who are interested in them for their racers. If you have any gently used red jackets, race suits, or other equipment you’d like to unload, please post on our facebook group page or email catamountracing@gmail.com . Please include item photo sizing details and $ amount requesting. We can get it posted for our parents who are seeking such items.

-Lindsy