U16 Jackets and Hoodies & Champs

Racers and parents, attached are flying for those interested in jackets and/or hoodies for the season. The ordering information is on the flyers.

If you have not registered yet for U16 Champs next weekend, please do so soon so we have a clear headcount for the race. It’s always a great weekend. Please visit Admin Ski Racing. Registration closes Wednesday night and Jiminy Peak will NOT accept late registration.

See you there!

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
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

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)
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
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

U19+ Race Announcements: Bousquet 2/23 and Berkshire East 3/8

Hey all! This is from Mark Colman, our resident Tristate U19+ Chair:

To U19+ Athletes, Parents and Coaches:

A reminder that the final qualifying race of the season is this Sunday 2/23 at Bousquet, and this will be your last chance to improve your standings. The program is attached and on the Tri-State website. Please check that you’re registered before the late fee applies Thursday at noon.



As previously mentioned, due to the many race re-schedulings and some field size limits, qualification for the U19+ Eastern Finals at Gore (March 19-22) will now be based on the best 2 results, not 3. Preliminary rankings including the Blandford Parallel SL are attached and posted on the Tri-State website. While PSL is not scored for USSS points this season, we used it for internal ranking purposes since Gore plans to include a PSL event. 


Tri-State has 42 guaranteed quota spots, which will be equally split by gender. We typically receive another dozen spots, so some alternates should be included. Final rankings will be posted early next week, with a confirmation requested by March 2. Team jackets (picture attached) will also be available for ordering. 

Looking ahead, Berkshire East will be hosting an open SL race on Sunday March 8. While this isn’t a qualifier for the post-season, it is scored and will be a great chance to stay in race mode over the next month. 


Good luck and ski fast. 

Mark Colman

U19+ Competition Chair

Trisate Racers;

Hello Everyone,
We will have some additional SL training available this week.  John from Berkshire School is going to set a slalom on lower alley cat 3:00 Monday and Tuesday afternoon. He’s going to set a slalom an upper alley cat Thursday and Friday afternoon 3:00 p.m. He’s inviting any of our trisate race kids to join in.


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.  


See you all Saturday. 


Bruce & Colin


Tristate U19’s Saturday SL Training, Sunday SL @ Ski Sundown

Saturday, February 8th – SL Training on Catamount

Please meet at the Quad @ 8:25am to warm up & stretch as a group. Take a warm up run towards Catamount and practice one ski skiing on the flat and Elephant Hops down the pitch with a pole plant. Cycle around until the course is ready to inspect. Any U19’s interested in helping Sonia, Charles, Doug and I set, please contact us through Remind and be ready for early load @ 8am.

Sunday, February 9th – SL Race @ Sundown

Just a reminder that registration ends at noon tomorrow!  Make sure to register at adminskiracing.com. Here’s the info for the race!  Ski Sundown SL info.  Let’s meet up in the Great Room under the 2nd floor.

See you on the hill!

Coach Pat

“Ski Fast…Take Chances…”

Tristate U16/U19 Impromptu SL Practice Tomorrow and U19 Jiminy Peak Double Header!

Hey U19’s!

Coach Sonia, Coach Chris DiVecchio and Coach Mark will be at the mountain tomorrow afternoon around 4pm to set a practice SL course on Catamount. Please let Coach Sonia know via Remind if you plan on training tomorrow.

Also just a reminder the U19 Qualifier Double Header is this coming weekend at Jiminy Peak! Below is a link to the message we received from AdminSkiRacing.com:

Jiminy Peak Race Info

Also a reminder to have your edges sharpened and bases waxed, scraped and buffed!  Check out the hourly temperatures to give a general guide to the type of wax you should use. Foodie, Sylvie Cohen, has chosen Hotel on North in Pittsfield for dinner on Saturday night @ 6:45/7pm. Please contact her to let you know you are coming.  917-756-8255

https://hotelonnorth.com/   297 NORTH STREET, PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS

Looking forward to seeing you all this weekend!  

Coach Pat  

“Ski fast…Take chances…”

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.