Snowboard Comp 1.4-1.5.20

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Hey Snowboard Team!

Happy New Year! 2020 is going to be a great year, I can see it clearly!

Next weekend we have our first boarder cross events of the season on 1/11 and 1/12 at Stratton! Both comp groups are scheduled to participate. For the athletes that choose not to attend with their group please let me know so I can have a plan for what group they will ride with at Mount Snow. Follow the team app for the days schedule and important event info. Make sure that after this weekend that those boards are tuned and ready!

I would like to do the extra training for next Friday 1/10 at Stratton to get some on course practice under our feet. Usually they rebuild the course the week of so I will update you in next week’s blog whether or not we will be able to train at Stratton.

Other than that, the rest of the groups will be training at Mount Snow as usual. Below is some info you may have missed through the holidays.

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.

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 .

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.

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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