The following is the final scheduling for Interclub events this season.
February 25th 8 years and older SL race at Otis Ridge
March 3rd all ages GS at BUTTERNUT (register at adminski location is listed as Blanford)
March 4th all ages GS at Bousquet
March 10th Fun Race at Catamount Pizza Party to follow. ( no registration required)
Attention All Racers!
New 2018 Catamount Racing Apparel is available now.
The online store will be open until Feb. 25 please allow 2-3 weeks for processing and delivery.
Big thanks to Amy Waters for her hard work on this!
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.
Below is the scheduled agenda for the Butternut Race Event on Sunday 1/21:
Registration 7:00 to 8:00 in the Upper Lodge, room closest main mountain
Coaches Meeting 8:00-8:15 at Timing Building
Inspection Closes 8:50
8:50 No Movement on the Hill
Race Start 9:00
Please note there will be no free-skiing on the race hill during the race. Only coaches will be able to transport jackets while side slipping down the race course to transport jackets. Athletes and parents will be sent down to skier’s right Chute/Nuthatch Trials to get to the bottom.
Second run will begin 1 hour after first run finishes
Coffee will be served at Registration
All athletes except Butternut will get lift tickets
Parents and family lift tickets $25.00
Skillsquest will run concurrent with GS (planned morning only as necessary)
10 year old and up will start in skills quest/6 to 9 yr old after their first run.
Athletes can do Skillsquest multiple times but should not interfere with there scheduled run.
Reminder No Day of Registration will be allowed.
We have only a few days to finalize an order for ski team jackets. We need a minimum order of 25. They will be the same style as last years. The orders must be in by Thursday April 6th.
Youth Sizes only.
Here is the link to order the jackets:
We will be having a Parents Association meeting at 2PM on Saturday. We will be discussing planning for the next year and potential enhancements to the program. Meeting is open to all parents.
There has been a request to change the timing at bit. We should have a dual course GS set up by 10AM which is a perfect time to have our racers beat their parents
We are planning for lunch at 12:30 with awards to follow.
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:
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.
The excursion to the Otis SL race was attended by fewer Catamount racers (39 total) than the average turnout to this competition for the past several seasons. Do in part of course because our U8s were held in lock down at our home base. However, the day turned out to be productive for the contingent of Catamount racers who competed. Although the course set was quite cut and dry, surface conditions presented a stimulating challenge. In spite of this factor, our racers, determined as always, deciphered tactics to pass this test. A few miscalculations culminated in a total of 9 faults (DSQs & DNFs) for the two combined runs. Quite minuscule when tabulated across a total of 78 runs for our racers. Percentage wise this total amounts to 0.1%
Trips to the podium were well represented by Cat racers. Nine girls (43% of total) raced to top 5 finishes. Another 5 girls joined the podium finishers to expand results to top 10 achievements (67% of total). Boys were equally represented on the podium with 7 top honors (39% of total). Seven additional teammates earned top 10 finishes (78% of total). Mathew Glatt, who is on his way to Pische finals, added another “fastest boy” title to his dossier for the season.
With one remaining race, Bousquet GS, one of our goals should be to increase representation for this event. Our racers have demonstrated grit, tenacity, perseverance, and a desire to improve their racing prowess throughout the season. They should have the opportunity to show case their efforts and hard work. Weather permitting, two runs are scheduled for this final competition. All Aboard!
Good luck to all of our U12 racers who will be competing at U12 Championships this coming weekend at Blandford Ski area!!!
For our U14 racers, we will be training SL on Saturday on Race Slope (and Lower Alley Cat with the U16’s and U19’s for racers going to Piche/Easterns) and GS on Sunday on Lower Alley Cat with the U16’s and U19’s. If the weather does not hold up or there is not enough snow, then GS training will occur on Race Slope.
“Ski fast…Take chances…”