It was great to see everyone this past weekend where we worked on fundamentals such as balance and stance; free skiing with Alex and Adam and stating our goals this season out loud in our indoor session. Steve Adam’s latest email warns of the rain for Friday and its possible effects on this weekends conditions. There will be a delayed start to the mountain opening however no timeline has been posted. Weather willing, we will continue to work on fundamentals this coming Saturday with the focus on upper body/lower body separation & angulation in the AM and starts/finishes in the PM. Please come prepared to train in your SL skis with no armor or chin guard. On Sunday, we will work on turn shape and pole plants/timing. Please come prepared to train in your SL skis WITH chin/pole/shin guards. There will be no official training on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
Holiday Race Camp
Race camp this year begins on Tuesday, December 26th and ends on Saturday, December 30th. Be prepared to ski SL on Tuesday and Wednesday with pole guards, shin and chin guards. Our first race will be on Saturday, January 6th, GS @ Berkshire East (Beast). So we will begin GS specific gate training for it Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There will be no official training on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.
U19 Seibert Cup GS on 12/30; Shaefer Cup SL on 12/31
Some of you may be thinking of racing in the U19 races at BEAST at the end of Holiday Race Camp. Of course the decision to race is up to you and your parents but here are some of my thoughts. We plan on working on SL in gates 12/23, 12/26 & 12/27. Then GS in gates on 12/28, 12/29 & 12/30. If you feel that these days are good enough prep for the 2 races and if you have even more days under your belt from Copper Mtn’s preseason camp or other camps, and you want to preview the mountain before Jan 5th’s GS race, then you should sign up for the race. Coach Charles will likely be there for that race. However, if you feel that you need the extra day of training on Lower Alley Cat or that you don’t really want to compete with the U19’s and FIS racers at that race, then stay at Catamount in the full GS course that we’ll set that day. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us during the week. The last day of registration is on Thursday, December 27 @ 11pm.
Tuning & Equipment
Just a few notes for the start to the season. First, make sure that your equipment is properly tuned and waxed. SL skis should be tuned to a 0.5 (or 1) degree base bevel and 3 degree side bevel. GS skis should be tuned to a 1 degree base bevel and 3 degree side bevel. This should first be done by a reputable ski shop. In lower Westchester, I recommend Hickory & Tweed and Pedigree Ski shops. Up at the mountain we currently recommend Mike Steven’s Black Diamond Tuning shop and are looking to others as well. Boots should not only fit correctly but should have the appropriate flex. Please ask your coaches if you have any questions regarding equipment.
Welcome to the 18-19 season! Your coaches are very excited to meet and work with you to improve your skills and get faster! Your coaches this year are: myself, Charles Gagnon, Adam Nielsen, Alex Jacobsen and on occasion, Carl Forcheski.
We will work on fundamentals this coming Saturday with the focus on Balance & Stance while getting our ski legs back. On Sunday we will focus on Edging/Pressure in addition to Balance/Stance. We will also train the following weekend on December 22 & 23. This weekend please come prepared to train in your SL skis with no armor or chin guard.
Holiday Race Camp
Race camp this year begins on Wednesday, December 26th and ends on Sunday, December 30th. Be prepared to ski SL on Wednesday and Thursday with pole guards, shin and chin guards. Our first race will be on Saturday, January 5th, GS @ Berkshire East (Beast). So we will begin GS specific gate training for it Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be no official training on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.
Tuning & Equipment
Just a few notes for the start to the season. First, make sure that your equipment is properly tuned and waxed. SL skis should be tuned to a 0.5 (or 1) degree base bevel and 3 degree side bevel. GS skis should be tuned to a 1 degree base bevel and 3 degree side bevel. This should first be done by a reputable ski shop. In lower Westchester, I recommend Hickory & Tweed and Pedigree Ski shops. Up at the mountain we currently recommend Mike Steven’s Black Diamond Tuning Shop and are looking to others as well. Boots should not only fit correctly but should have the appropriate flex. Please ask your coaches if you have any questions regarding equipment.
Looking forward to a great season with your continued support!
This info is primarily for parents of Tri-State athletes but it is available and important for all.
US Ski & Snowboard now requires all the coaches and volunteers to complete a background screening and also to complete a course administered by the US Center for SafeSport. Catamount coaches are no exceptions and they have taken the training.
Recently, the US Center for SafeSport also published a Parent Toolkit to help you understand how best to help your child understand and identify Physical, Emotional and Sexual Abuse. The toolkit also outlines what to do if you suspect something is wrong.
The toolkit is very extensive. It is broken down into sections based on a child’s age and how best to deal with discussing these issues based on their age. We suggest you read through the full booklet but at a minimum the sections that apply to you and your children. The information in the booklet is not only applicable to ski racing or Catamount but really applicable to any difficult situation a child could end up in. It is a great resource for parents.
If you have any questions, there are multiple resources at the end of the booklet that can help.
This year our Catamount Race Team will again be offering high-quality SYNC Performance products to outfit our athletes. The team store has a lot of great new options for you and your athlete at discounted prices. An especially big thank you to Michael Leifer for arranging this for us once again!
PLEASE NOTE: each item must have a minimum of 5 orders to process. You will be reimbursed should any item not reach this minimum amount.
The Deadline for Orders will be Sunday, October 28th – expected delivery Date will be around December 15th – 20th.
Championship Jacket ($119): Same jacket as last yearin Black for Tristate Racers – great jacket to wear on and off the mountain featuring a large “Catamount Alpine Racing Team” logo on the back and with USSA Logo and Tristate Logo On Sleeve
Junior Blaster Parka ($199): in Red for Interclub Racers– warm (insulated 160mg – much warmer for younger racers) and waterproof with an arctic collar and helmet-compatible hood. The race red color makes sure your athlete will stand out on the mountain and stays warm & dry! Has the same logo as the black jacket – large “Catamount Alpine Racing Team” logo and USSA Logo on Sleeve
Training Jacket ($119): In men’s and women’s styles with a full zip and comes in a number of colors. Great breathable stretch layering piece for on the mountain or off the mountain with the USSA Logo on side
Training Vest ($97): In men’s cut, features a double-knit weave to maintain your core warmth for optimal performance No Logos for those who don’t like logos
Men’s Switchback Vest ($134): In men’s cut, stylish black/silver color in a lightweight, waterproof, breathable with a drawcord at the waist – USSA Logo Logo on the sleeve
Women’s Puffy Vest ($119): A versatile vest for wearing over a long sleeve layer or jacket, great weatherproofing and hood to hold off the cold with USSA Logo on the sleeve
Locker Pack ($97): In black or red is all you need to carry everything to the hill and back. It’s like having a ski locker with you
The 2018/2019 Race season is fast aproaching. We look forward to a great new season at catamount this year and can’t wait to see everyone again.
First and foremost, please submit your team registration forms ASAP to take advantage of the pre season pricing which ends on 10/ 31. The forms are currently out of date on the website, we are waiting for that to be resolved, until then please fill out the follow form and specify 2018/2019. CATAMOUNT RACING REGISTRATION FORM
Second, We want to let everyone know about a couple equipment events coming up
“Racer’s Night” at Ski Haus , rt. 7 New Milford, CT. Where you will recieve special pricing and discounts on you equipment for the upcoming season, as well as access to numerous representatives from several companies. This event will take place on Saturday October 6th 5pm to 8pm.
The “Used Equipment and Clothing Consignment Sale” at Butternut Ski Area.
Proceeds to benefit the Ski Butternut Adaptive Program.
Shopping Hours: Saturday 10/6 to Monday10/8; 12pm to 5pm
Drop off Hours: Friday 10/5 from 2pm to 5pm or Saturday 10/6 from 10am to 12pm
(Unsold items must be picked up on Monday, 10/8 by 5PM or they will be donated to charity
Lastly if you have any questions along the way do not hesitate to ask. Please keep an eye out for upcoming news regarding racing. We will but posting and early calendar very soon.
Looking forward to tomorrow’s race and end of year party! Please try to arrive at mountain by 830 so we can have an accurate list of participants.
All racers should meet their coaches at the Catamount chair as usual at 9 sharp to ski and then inspect when course is ready.
We will plan on starting the race at 10. There will be 2 timed runs (run without a lunch break)
At the end of the second run, we hope that some parents and coaches will give the course a try- and will have all the racers gathered at the bottom of the course to cheer!! Maybe we can get a group photo then.
After the race, we will meet in the taconic lodge for a pizza and pot luck party/end of year interclub party with awards for all and trophies for race winners. Feel free to bring a dish, beverage, utensils, cups, or napkins to contribute to the pot luck.
We could use help tomorrow with race and party. Please check when you arrive as to how you can help.