Snowboard Comp and Devo 12.26-12.29.19

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Hey Snowboard Team!

Happy Holidays! This Friday is our first Grommet Jam of the season! The Devo and Intro to Comp Groups are scheduled for this event. Anyone in these groups that has aged out of Grommet Jam will be riding with our Comp groups that day. This event is not on the schedule for either Comp group, but if there are any athletes in these groups that wish to participate then feel free to sign up. Just keep in mind that this event is used as an intro event for aspiring athletes who have never competed. I like to think that once athletes begin competing at a competitive level in USASA events, that they should let the up and coming riders enjoy the Grommet Jam experience.

Please take Grommet Jam athletes directly to Carinthia on Friday. Also, please make sure they have a plan for lunch at Carinthia.

Registration: 8am - 9:30am Carinthia Base. If there are still spots available you can sign up day of event. Only cash or check will be accepted for Day of registration. Bib Deposit: $10 cash

Park Practice with tips from our coaches: 10am - 11:30am
Practice will be an open format- so the kids will lap the park while our coaches position themselves to give help and tips at the features. The coaches are there to help and are more than willing to talk to every Grom to help them progress, but kids will not be broken up into individual coaching groups. Kids must be able to load a magic carpet lift on their own.

Lunch Break: 11:30am - 12:45pm (pick up kids at the grommet park please)
Competition: 1pm - 2:30pm

Awards, bib raffle, and bib return: 3:15ish (Carinthia Deck) Bib Raffle & Bib Return- Parent must be present and with child for the bib raffle. Bib return will occur after the bib raffle on the deck

For those who weren’t able to make it to the parent meeting, here are some of the things that were discussed.

Mount Snow will be replacing the superpipe with a mini pipe this season. As awesome as this will be for halfpipe participation within the general public, it won’t quite give us what we need to train properly for our Halfpipe competitions. Our solution for this is to include multiple training days at Okemo (both on included weekend days and add on week days) where they have a superpipe serviced by a T-bar. I will schedule these days once we have a better idea of when their superpipe will be finished and when they reschedule the Halfpipe competitions that were originally supposed to be at Mount Snow. Athletes that upgraded to an epic pass already will be all set, any athlete who has a peak pass will be comped a lift ticket so long as they sign up for the training ahead of time.

We are the MSTC Snowboard TEAM! This means as well as giving athletes the tools to become their own kind of snowboarders we also encourage comradery and team spirit. When training together the athletes develop strong bonds with their peers and this is a huge part of their progression. Although it’s understandable that not all athletes can make every event on their groups schedule we encourage them to participate in as many as possible. This is not only become well rounded riders but it also keeps the comradery alive while at events.

Team App Team App Team App! This is the go to mobile app that will provide you with all of the information you could possibly need when traveling for events. Download the app and search for USASA Southern Vermont Series. Once you’ve done this everything from start lists and schedules to updates and results will be just a few clicks away right in your pocket.

Our next USASA event is not until the Boardercross at Stratton on Saturday January 11th. This means we still have plenty of training time. Please keep in mind that we have only had 7 days on snow as a team and our athletes are just now starting to get their legs back from the end of last season. As far as park riding is concerned we have had several inquiries as to why we aren’t riding the Nitro park as much this season. In past years Nitro has been used as a passage way to get down to the progression park formerly known as lower Nitro. Being that we were riding through Nitro anyways we have always let athletes know what features they were capable of hitting and have helped them do so. This year we have added snowmaking on the trail to skier’s right of Nitro called Fools Gold. This has enabled park crew to increase the size of Nitro and give us a top to bottom progression park in Fools Gold. As coaches we are extremely thrilled to have this progression park at our disposal and have already noticed tremendous increases in the amount of progression per lap. Using Fools Gold we will be able to develop athletes skills even faster so that they can begin not just hitting said features in Nitro, but to actually be comfortable enough with them to start doing more technical tricks on them.

With our groups being based on skill level rather than age we have ended up with a wide age  range in each group. We should all understand that our athletes snowboard skills do not directly relate to their maturity levels and there can be big differences between athletes even just 2 or 3 years apart. Some of our younger athletes may need help lowering the safety bar on certain lifts and should never be left to ride these lifts alone. As coaches we pair athletes up accordingly but the older ones may not always understand why they are riding the lift with younger ones and have in the past occasionally swapped chairs last second. Kids of different ages typically have different types of conversations as well. We have expressed these concerns through the groups but if parents could please talk to our older athletes about sticking with their assigned chairs, helping younger athletes with the safety bar and keeping conversations on chairlifts age appropriate.

With four straight days of training coming this weekend please make sure our athletes are getting plenty of rest and that they are properly prepared for each day. This includes breakfast, pocket snacks, healthy lunches, staying hydrated, gear checks and more. The better we can prepare for each day off the hill then the more productive we can be while on hill.

Extra training is available on most Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. This is extra training and can be purchased for $70 a day. 6 and 12 packs are also available for $350 and $650. Please RSVP with Nancy and I at least 2 days ahead of time by emailing and .

Full Day Devo! We have determined that our Devo group is strong enough to ride for a full day. This would extend the training days 2 hours including a lunch break and will allow for even more progression from our devo squad. If you are interested in upgrading to full day the upgrade cost is only $200. If you upgrade to full day Lunch will be at 12:45pm when the half day kids are released then back on snow by 1:15pm with pick up at 2:45pm. Please Email Nancy and I to make this happen. &

Comp meets at 8:15am on snow between the clock-tower and cape house, then on the lifts by 8:30am. Pick up at 2:45pm

Our daily training schedule will be as follows for the season.

8:30am – 9:00am / Warm ups. We typically warm up with one or two runs in the morning with vague parameters known as slow turns, separation and levitation. Slow turns mean that we are moving our body slowly, feeling out the snow conditions and letting our board do most of the work. Separation is the next step and that is where we begin to separate our upper body from our lower body through a variety of moves such as flatspins, butters, presses ,flatground 180’s, 360’s etc. Then Levitation is where we start to get our board of the ground a bit by doing ollies or hitting side jumps.

9:00am – 10:45am / Event Training. This is the portion of our day that we will spend training and preparing for the events we compete in such as Boardercross, Slopestyle and Halfpipe. Our Intro group will spend this time learning about how these competitions work and what to expect as well as creating scenarios to practice what it’s like competing in these events. Our upper level groups who have competed in these events before will get right into training for their runs and tactics for said events. Specific event training will vary by group and will be based on that group’s competition schedule for the season.

10:45am – 11:00am / Water and bathroom break. This is typically taken in the Carinthia base lodge and is meant to be a quick break. This is not a breakfast or snack break so athletes should not expect to have enough time to get food, sit down to eat. Athletes should come prepared for the day by eating breakfast beforehand and carrying a pocket snack in case they get hungry before lunch.

11:00am – 12:45pm / Fundamentals. This is the session of our day where we work on fundamental movements that we were lacking during the event portion of our day. This will vary between groups based on weather, snow conditions and the specific event each group is working on that day.

12:45pm – 1:15pm / Lunch. We will break for lunch at our meeting spot between the clock tower and the cape house. Athletes are on their own as far as grabbing or buying their lunch but we will designate a location daily in the base lodge (usually 2nd or 3rd floor) for those athletes who wish to eat as a team.

1:15 – 2:45 / Freeride. We call this session freeride because we typically let the athletes choose where we ride but as coaches we use this time to have the athletes apply the movements we practiced in our fundamentals session of the day.

Devo meets at 8:30am on snow between the clock tower and cape house, then on lifts by 8:45am. Half day pick up is at 12:45pm and full day pick up is at 2:45pm.

Devo is all about the fundamentals, developing well rounded all mountain riders in order to give them the skills to choose their own path in snowboarding. Devo follows a similar schedule to comp but will take additional breaks as needed.

If you ordered a hoodie after nationals last season and have not received it yet they can be picked up from our locker room around 3pm Saturdays and Sundays. We do not have extras so if you did not order and pay for them already please don’t ask for them. We will be getting a store online ASAP with some new swag for this year.

As always feel free to email me at if you have any questions or concerns.


I really appreciate your time,

Tobin Twelves

Head Snowboard Coach





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