Snowboard Comp 1.25-1.26.20
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
What a great week for the MSTC Snowboard Team!
Kicking it off with Fridays races at Bromley we had 3 athletes competing in 4 races bring home 12 medals! Sadie McKinlay with 3 Golds and a Bronze in the Girls Menehune division. Then her older sister Kayla McKinlay had her back, bringing home 2 silvers and 2 bronze medals in the Girls Breaker Division. Topping it off, we had Tucker Baribault with 1 gold and 3 silvers for the Boys Youth division.
A great day of training on Saturday lead us into Stratton’s Rail Jam Sunday where we swept the podium in the 9 and under division with Cael Adams in 3rd, Austin Cataudo in 2nd and Jack O’Keefe in 1st Place!
Next was Grommet Jam #2 on Monday. Here we had yet another MSTC sweep in the 9 and under division with Jack O’Keefe in 3rd, Oscar Seagal in 2nd and Everett Barnes in 1st place! Then in the 12 and under division we had Silas Irwin take home a Bronze Medal.
Finally on Tuesday was the FIS Futures Tour Slope Style where a heavy course and some prize money brought in some serious competition. Tucker Baribault had an amazing day, sticking his runs in qualifiers put him in 4th out of 36 competitors, taking him to finals. Then in finals attempting to put down a run that would have put him on the podium he had a couple hiccups while still taking 6th place for the day. This event combined all age groups from Breakers all the way up to Open Class and brought in athletes from all over the nation. Congrats to Tucker for holding his own with the older boys and making a name for himself.
This weekend is the Mount Snow Slopestyle. Unfortunately all 3 days of this event are sold out. There should be a waitlist but there will only be a small amount of no shows with a large amount of people trying to get in. Be sure and get there extra early to be on the waitlist. Those athletes who aren’t able to participate will still be able to see what it’s all about because the groups training that day will definitely be stopping by the course to support their team. All details for this event will be posted on the TEAM APP. Please take competitors directly to registration at Carinthia, do not bring them to the normal meeting spot. Those who aren’t competing will still meet at Main Base as usual,
There is NO extra training this Friday 1/24. This Thursday 1/23 and next Monday 1/27 extra training will be at Mount Snow as usual. Extra training time is a great way to get a leg up in our series and is highly recommended to our more competitive athletes. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com . Start times are directly associated with mountain operation times. For example, if it’s a holiday week and the lifts are spinning at 8am then we will stick to our normal drop off schedule. On normal midweek days the lifts don’t spin until 9am, therefore we run on a 1 hour delay, meaning drop off is at 9:15am. Pick up times are based upon participation and those times will be relayed to parents and athletes morning of at drop off. Special circumstances may cause for cancelations and delays in which case this information will be relayed as soon as possible via email.
Next weekend 2/1 &2/2 is Boarder Cross at Stratton. These events are sold out as well so the same applies for day of sign ups as usual.
The weekend after that is Halfpipe at Okemo on Saturday 2/8. Okemo has announced that they will be building a 14ft pipe so this event is a definite. If the pipe is ready to go by Friday 2/7 then I would like to do our extra training at Okemo. If so, this extra training will be free and we will even cover lift tickets for those athletes who don’t have an EPIC pass. That Sunday 2/9 will be a Rail Jam at Mount Snow. I’m sure these will sell out as well so be sure to sign up ASAP!
The following weekend there are no comps in SoVT. Therefore I would like to offer halfpipe training at Okemo on Saturday 2/15. This is free but you must sign up by emailing Nancy and I at least 1 week prior by Friday 2/7, no exceptions. We will again cover lift tickets for those athletes that don’t have an EPIC pass. There will also be training at Mount Snow as usual.
Okemo Slopestyle is also sold out.
I will be creating a list of out of series events with all disciplines for those athletes that need points for nationals. For now feel free to look into out of series events through the USASA site and be sure your athlete is signed up for all SoVT events they wish to attend. Please keep me in the loop about which events your athlete will be competing in. If we have 3 or more athletes competing in an out of series event then we will be able to justify providing coaching. Certain events that are further away and multiple days may require parents to cover lodging fees for the coaches.
Once comp season wraps up, I would like to do a full training weekend at Loon Mtn for athletes competing in Halfpipe at nationals. Even though we have a 14ft pipe for events at Okemo, the Superpipe is a different beast and in order to be competitive at nationals it’s a good idea to have some time in a larger pipe under our belts. More details on this coming soon.
Lastly I have a request for the parents of our younger athletes. Whenever our athletes participate in events there is a gap in supervision compared to our normal training days. Most of our time as coaches is spent at the top of the course helping athletes prepare for their next run. We try to group them up when possible but sometimes due to start list order it is simply not possible for them to have a coach or a buddy with them when riding the lift or grabbing lunch in between runs. Once athletes have been competing for a while they get to know the mountains we compete at fairly well and become comfortable with this process. For the younger athletes who are new to competing this can be quite scary and to help it is good for parents to make a plan with their athletes so they always know where you are in case they get confused. Please do not drop your athletes off at a new mountain to fend for themselves without discussing it with me, unless they have been through the process several times and you are confident they know the resort like the back of their hand.
As always feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
I really appreciate your time,
Head Snowboard Coach