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Order Team Jackets Online!

SYNC Team Jacket Orders 2020-21

Hi Everyone!,

Don’t miss out on our 3rd round of online team jacket orders.  Click the button below  to our team store with SYNC Performance.  Select Catamount Racing from the “teams & clubs” drop down menu tab.  Then enter our password: catamount2020. Shop around, Additional gear available too!

Interclub Team Jacket

Tristate Team Jacket

Ski Haus Columbus Day Sale

Ski Haus in New Milford, Connecticut  is having their annual Columbus Day Weekend Race Day this Saturday, October 10, from  4:00-7:00 p.m. Ski and boot manufacturers won’t have reps on site but  are sending samples which the athletes can check out and be fit for proper sizing. Rossignol, Atomic, and Lange  will have products there, at specially discounted USSSA racer pricing. They also stock   race suits, jackets, warm up pants, race poles, helmets, gloves, armor, goggles, and tuning equipment.   Come check it out.  Call Gary at Ski Haus 860-355-2001 with any  questions.

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 Plans 2/28 through 3/1 (subject to changes)

Abbreviations for Clarification:
IC-Interclub RS – Race Slope SL- Slalom
TRI- Tristate                            UCS-Upper Cat Slope GS- Giant Slalom
LCS-Lower Cat Slope PASL- Parallel Slalom
UAC-Upper Alley Cat
LAC-Lower Alley Cat

FRIDAY 2/28/20
5-8:00 pm TRI-U12/14: Coach: Chris Cashen, RACE slope SL
5 -8:00 pm TRI U16/19: Coach: Bruce Diamond, CAT slope SL course
 SATURDAY  2/29/20
ALL TRISTATE U14 AND U19 COACHES MAY BE REQUIRED TO ASSIST IN
BNET PARTIAL TAKE DOWN FROM UPPER SECTION FOLLOWING TRAINING
-EARLY LOAD -7:45am quad chair: U14 and U19 Coaches 
                         -8am double chair: IC Coaches
–AM SESSION
DEVO:TBD
IC: U/L Cat Slope GS course (Some IC racers at U12 Championships GS Sundown)
TRI U12: Away – U12 Championships GS Sundown
TRI U14: UAC Skills
TRI U16: Away – U16 Championships Jiminy Peak
TRI U19: LAC GS from flats above Pump House down -Extended session 9:00-12:00
–PM SESSION
DEVO:TBD
IC: U/L Cat Slope GS course (Some IC racers at U12 Championships GS Sundown)

TRI U12 : Away – U12 Championships GS Sundown
TRI U14: LAC GS from flats above Pump House down – Extended session 12:15-3:00
TRI U16: Away – U16 Championships Jiminy Peak
TRI U19: Skills – Location to be determined
 SUNDAY 3/1/20  
ALL TRISTATE U14 AND U19 COACHES MAY BE REQUIRED TO ASSIST IN
BNET REMAINING TAKE DOWN FOLLOWING TRAINING
(EARLY LOAD, Quad Chair 8am)
–AM SESSION
IC: Away – Away Bosquet (Some IC racers at U12 Championships SL at Mt. Southington)
TRI U12: Away – U12 Championships SL Mt. Southington
TRI U14: LAC SL
TRI U16: Away – U16 Championships Jiminy Peak
TRI U19: UAC SL
–PM SESSION
IC:  Away – Bosquet
TRI U12 : Away – U12 Championships SL Mt. Southington
TRI U14: LAC SL and Skills (Shared hill with U19’s)
TRI U16: Away – U16 Championships Jiminy Peak
TRI U19: LAC SL and Skills a (shared hill with U14’s)

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

Tristate Racers – Last 4 races of the season @ Whiteface! And a summer training opportunity from John Borwick @ Berkshire School

Hey all!

  1.  Registration ends tomorrow on Adminskiracing.com for the Alumni double header GS this Saturday and SL this Sunday @ Whiteface. Click Here.
  2. The following is an email to me from John Borwick, Head Alpine Coach @ Berkshire School:

Howdy,

I hope all is well and that you’re ramping into the Spring season.  Again, if you have any athletes, (and 2nd year U14’s wanting to get into a scored race) headed to Whiteface this weekend and need representation, let me know.  I’ve copied Mark Colman as well in this missive, since the Whiteface races might be a great opportunity to “score” that last …four races of the season!!!  The GS is scheduled for Saturday, first race kicks off at 9am, followed by the 2nd run….2nd GS race starts at 12:30pm.  Speed dating, but again a great opportunity to compete, and for the 2nd year U14’s…a chance to gain a point profile before they become 1st year U16’s, which means starting way, way up at their first race in 2019-2020 season in December.
Anyway and as discussed, I wanted to pitch you on the camp options for Catamount kids for the summer, and I guess Thanksgiving as well.
I’ve taken the liberty to attach the camp message I sent to my athletes and families earlier this winter (at the bottom).  I’ll send you a few additional emails sent to the athletes and parents as to the pre-camp, get-your-mind around type of training that helps prep the kids so they can immediately get the most out of the camps.
By and far, US Elite Camps are the best options I see for any athlete, and family.  I’d met Edry (Camp Director) when I’d been hired as a U16/14 coach at SMS, yet coming from Rocky/Central, I didn’t know him at all.  Through the years, and now that I’m at Berkshire School, Edry’s camps are by and far above “most” insofar as what the athletes’ receive, and the governance in the care, custody and control of someone else’ children.  Edry has developed a process which is akin to what we provided at the academy level insofar as a learning process, wrapped in a totally awesome summer camp feel.
Most camp coaches are static on the hill, usually hanging out atop or at the bottom with a “great job, do it again” profile, in which our coaches lap with their group/athletes at all times so there’s constant attention and focus as to the plan.  Most coaches also “coach” by only providing a reactive glimpse as to an athlete’s run and while we can react, there’s a planned progression.  Our coaches meet ahead of time to set up, and then daily and repeatedly remind the athletes throughout the training block to ensure that the athletes can make positive changes in their skiing.  As you know, it’s adherence to the process, that takes care of a better result, yet the process needs to have a defined progression of learning, rather than random pointers when the kid finishes a training run.
In addition, I’ve attached an evaluation used at summer camp for one of my athletes (thus I’m allowed to share it), but it’s representative of the depth and breadth that our camps use, in which to help create a cleaner and easier path towards an athlete’s potentials in this sport.
The last part about Edry’s coaches, this is what we do… I’d rather not compare coaches to other camps, yet Edry has put together a group of coaches who coach for a living.  Most of us, worked with Edry at a ski academy, thus the familiarity is one thing,… the direction on hill blows it out of the park!
For Summer, we’re headed to Hood and Saas Fee.  Hood we usually have Lanes 2 or 3 on Palmer, and one on Celeb.  They offer the longest, and most consistent fall-lane.  At Hood, kids can also test equipment, thus we as coaches can help with this process, and provide evaluations as to what we feel is the best option for their particular type of skiing, as to what to buy (size, radius, brand, etc).  If you look at the eval attachment, Charlotte was on a 145cm SL and a 152cm GS, which based upon my thoughts, her testing, and her confidence and power, we moved her to a 155cm slalom and a 176cm GS and kills both!  Parents thought I was nuts Pat to move her that much, and even went back to their coach from the previous year.  Point is, the camp takes the time to really evaluate the best equipment for each athlete.
Another thought, is the Copper Camp, which we do at Thanksgiving.  Similar to Hood, we’ve been going for so many years to Copper that Edry has the first request for lane space and times of training.  In fact, we know our lanes and time in October thus a 9am lane and a lane right after lunch, and for those who know Copper, Upper and Lower far left and Lower Middle for all of our GS training, and then a few lanes on the downhill for SL, skiers far right on Onno Bowl.  This offers us the best track, conditions, appropriate pitch to-age-class-specific-training, and the best light.  Insane when I watch other camps trying to navigate injected snow on the downhill, with U14’s, who are trying to survive, rather than learning anything.  Our lanes are appropriate for the age-class and level of skier, thus they learn!
The beauty of Copper, is that parents can attend, in which the family stays locally, thus the athlete meets their group at 7am for breakfast, video and then train all day before returning to their parents after the 2nd session on snow.  They can also join us for the post-training fun with indoor wallyball, snowsports or yoga.  For families who don’t travel with their children, we offer a full-boarding option and offer chaperoned flights (Boston, Hartford and NYC), then 24/7 supervision with condos and all meals.  We run a Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday evening, complete with an awards presentation.  The camp is sponsored by SYNC, Rossignol, Head, POC and others, thus really cool swag and stuff for all.
Anyway, doesn’t scratch the surface, but it would be great if you could promote the camp to your athletes and families.  www.uselitecamps.com
Let me know if any questions and thank you for your support.
Bors
c: 608-234-8940

John Borwick
BERKSHIRE SCHOOL 
Head Alpine Coach – (NEPSAC / USSA / FIS)
245 North Undermountain Road, Sheffield, Ma 01257
www.berkshireschool.org
johnborwick@berkshireschool.org  
 
 
———- Forwarded message ———
From: John Borwick <johnborwick@berkshireschool.org>
Date: Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 7:40 PM
Subject: BSST – USSA Summer Camp Options 2019
To: Berkshire Ski Team, SkiParents
To:  BSST USSA Athletes and Families 
Re: Summer Ski Camps
Hello all,
While seemingly a bit early, we wanted to update you all regarding the on-snow Summer camps, and the early bird discount opportunities! 
For the benefit of the BSST, we have two camp options for the Summer of 2019!   We recognize that your time over the summer quickly fills up with SAT tutors, lacrosse camp, trips with mom and dad, summer reading….thus our two camp options occur at different times in the summer, thus something may work for your schedule !
Like all things in life, the more anyone works on their craft, the greater chances they will find successes in that field.  The basis is that any additional time on snow, and in a fun and progressive teaching environment, is the cornerstone of forward development in this sport.
US Elite Camps – USA –     http://www.uselitecamps.com/hood
  • Location:  Mt Hood, Oregon
  • 2019 Dates  
  • June 25th through July 5th (8 days on snow)  
  • June 25th through July 10th  (12 days on snow).
  • All-inclusive – transportation from/to PDX Airport, Lodging, Food, Coaching, Training, Lift Tickets and a day of White Water Rafting.
US Elite Camps – Switzerland –      http://www.uselitecamps.com/saas-fee-switz
  • Location:  Saas Fee, Switzerland
  • 2019 Dates:
  • July 23rd through August 6th  (10 days on snow).
  • All-inclusive – transportation to Saas Fee, lodging, meals, tickets, off hill, Zermatt trip, coaching and skiing.
  • Travel from US to CH organized by US Elite.  
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns in regards to these camps.  Ideally, it would be best to attend one of the summer options, and then ramp up for gate racing at the November Thanksgiving Camp.  The November project allows any athlete the ability to compete immediately following our exams, rather than trying to piece-meal training over the December break.  The reality on the latter, is that most often, your son or daughter will not get the amount of training gate time in which compete by the end of December.
Coach Borwick
c: 608-234-8940