Alpine Competition 12/2-12/3

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Dear Alpine Parents & Athletes,

Temperature this weekend is going to be sunny and 37, a PERFECT way to kick off the 2017-2018 season! When groups return at their meeting areas at 2:30 p.m., each head coach will go over the season schedule and answer questions you may have. All ages will ski on their SLALOM SKIS

I have a lot of ground to cover in this email, so please stay with me and I promise you’ll find some important information about this season! But first, a quick message from our MVP:

Greetings! I am looking forward to an exciting winter season with you all! If you ever have questions or just want to chat snow sports feel free to come by my office or email me.

Thank you, Nancy or 802-464-4270.

Nancy offers so much experience in this area and we are so grateful so have her on the team, thanks for everything you do Nancy!

Now, back to business! We need your forms signed and you need to have your program sticker on season pass before you can go skiing Saturday morning so please contact Nancy if you still need forms.  Nancy will be at the Training Center on Friday until 7 p.m., and also available Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m.  If you will be later on Friday, please reach out to Nancy and let me know so we can be available for you to pick up your program sticker.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Nancy or me.

General Information:

                For Parents that are new to the Mount Snow Alpine Competitions Team, we compete in United States Ski Association sanctioned races (USSA), and in USSA we belong to Vermont Alpine Race Association (VARA).  VARA is broken up in to three divisions Southern, Middle, and Northern Councils - we race in Southern Council.

Skills Comp:

                U10, U12, and U14 age groups have a skills comp day on their schedule.  Because skill improvement is paramount to athlete development and better results on race day, VARA and USSA now include this un-timed competition in each season. Three skills will be announced before each competition and our trainings focus on these.  This event is a great way to test your skills against the same field you race against all season. 

Age Groups:

The age group your athlete or athletes are in for the season and the competition calendar is on .  Just select the class your athletes are in and you will have access to the season long calendar. This is also where you can check whether a race or an event is rescheduled or cancelled as the season progresses.

The cutoff date for age categories is January 1 – please contact us if you are unsure which group your athletes will compete in this season or have any concerns.

Age Groups, Coaches and Meeting locations this weekend:

U10 (7-9) age group Head Coach Galen Kemp, Meeting at Fire pit outside Training Center

U12 (10-11) age group Head Coach Jay Switzer, Meeting at fence by kids playground outside the Training Center

U14 (12-13)  age group Head Coach David Sklar, Meeting next to snow pile or in front of Training Center large window

U16 (14-15)/ U19 (16,17,18) age group Head Coach Sonny Brooks, Meeting by light pole outside the Training Center


As a competitor for MSTC, you must belong to USSA.  Go to to sign up don’t buy the General membership.

Also you need to join VARA – visit

A separate registration fee and refundable bib deposit are required for each race.

Many of our athletes and families are also members of the Mount Snow Ski Club. Ski Club members are entitled to store equipment in the Training Center building, use the tuning area, and (family memberships only!) use the building’s lunch room. This is not mandatory to be in training center programs. To sign up, visit the website below: 


Skis:       The age level of the racer will dictate which kind, and how many pairs of skis s/he will need.  Young racers U10 typically use only one pair of skis, while U12 & up may specialize with SL and GS skis. The length of skis is determined by the height, weight and ability of the racer. Coaches are the best people to ask for help with ski selection.

Boots:   It is imperative that racers’ boots fit well, as it is the boot that transfers the “message” from the feet to the skis.  Without proper fit, the racer does not have the desired control, and performance will suffer.  We are very lucky to have one of the best foot fitters in the country in the base area. Nick and his staff at Mount Snow Bootworks are an amazing resource that we encourage you to use.

Helmets:  This year the new helmet will be required by USSA Complies to FIS RH 2013 .   U14 and up must have this to race. Required for all program participants at all times. Must fit properly to be of any use; they should fit snugly.  It is not advisable to buy used helmets for your racer, as it is often impossible to determine if a helmet has sustained a blow merely by looking at it.  Children tend to drop helmets on the floor, throw them into the back of vans and cars, and each time the helmet receives a knock, it may well be sustaining minor fractures that are not visible on the outside, but reduce the effectiveness of the helmet. 

In alpine ski racing, the helmet must cover the ears.  Soft ear protection is only permitted for helmets used in slalom.  Helmet mounted cameras are not allowed.

Protective Gear: 

Mouth guards: these inexpensive guards used for many sports can help reduce the effects of a concussion should a racer sustain a blow to their head.  They also protect their teeth if a pole hits them in the mouth when skiing SL.

Chin guards: MUST HAVE these guards are attached to the helmet to protect the racer’s face and teeth when skiing SL.

Shin guards: once a racer starts to train SL gates, protective shin guards must be worn.

Arm guards: some racers like to wear guards that protect their forearms when skiing SL & GS.

Back protectors: Although not mandatory, these protectors are highly recommended for athletes competing at a higher level in GS and speed events.

Stealth: This padded protection worn under the speed suit is a staple piece of equipment for every higher level racer.


Again—we start this weekend! December 2rd and 3rd. Groups meet at 7:45 to 7:59 a.m. as outlined above. We want to be walking to the lift at 8 a.m. every day and run until 2:30 p.m. in sun- snow- or rain! Our program is important to the whole team at Mount Snow.

We are looking forward to a very exciting season, we hope you are too. I would like every athlete to set a personal goal for the season—this will help drive you to be the best athlete you can be. Be prepared to share your personal goal if I ask you! Looking forward to seeing my winter family soon—it’s going to be a great year!

PS: Thanks for staying with me for the whole email!

Think Snow,

Wayne Conn

Training Center Manager

Office: 802.464.4165   |    Fax: 802.464.6071

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