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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 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:


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.
Let me know if any questions and thank you for your support.
c: 608-234-8940

John Borwick
Head Alpine Coach – (NEPSAC / USSA / FIS)
245 North Undermountain Road, Sheffield, Ma 01257  
———- Forwarded message ———
From: John Borwick <>
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 –
  • 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 –
  • 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

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:

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
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

Catamount Race Team Jackets (Reminder)

Last reminder , Get your Jacket Orders in !  Thursday, November 1st. Final deadline

Steps on how to use the store:

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Use this password in the “Organization Members” field on the right: catamountski
  3. Place your order and it will be shipped to your home!

If you are wondering about sizing – you can find the size chart here:

If you need more info about specifics for each item, you can check out their main website for the items you are interested in:

Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you!

NOTE: If you have any questions about your order please contact Tara Mann:  

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.