Snowboard Comp 2.1-2.2.20

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Hi Team!

What a great week for the MSTC Snowboard Team!

Special thanks to some parents on our crew for kicking off our 1st annual Slope Style Tailgating Party at the bottom of the course!

The Carinthia Slopestyle weekend is always a blast! All of our athletes who participated did amazing, the scale of the course was quite large and pushed a lot of our athletes outside of their comfort zone. On the podium in the Ruggie division we had Jack O’Keefe with one Gold medal and Elleana Sisk with three Golds for the weekend. Then for our Groms Austin Cataudo took 3rd on day one, stepping his run up on day two and three bringing home two Silver medals. For Menehune’s Sadie McKinlay was all over the podium with one bronze, one silver and one gold medal for the weekend. Noa Heikka brought the heat taking two silver medals, then Jacob Blackwell got on the podium day three with a bronze. In Breakers, Breckingball Bensin battled it out taking home a bronze and a silver for the weekend. For our Youth division we had Gidget Holden with a silver medal and Tucker Baribault with a gold. Then our oldest athlete, Zack Savage in the Junior Mens division, showed solid improvement through the weekend placing 2nd on day one and two then grabbing the gold on day three. Personally, I was stoked to see how competitive our athletes were through the weekend competing with three separate snowboarding academies with athletes that focus on slopestyle and ride five to seven days a week. LET’S GO MSTC!

Clear your calendars people! Saturday March 7th will be the biggest party of the season! Join us at the ski club to raise money and support our snowboard and freeski athletes attending nationals. We are putting together a raffle in addition to a lot of fun activities to help raise the funds. If every parent could please reach out to their connections and find at least one Item that we could use for the raffle or a silent auction that would be greatly appreciated. Also if there is anyone who has connections for beverages, both adult and kid friendly, that would be greatly appreciated as well. Please email if you have anything to offer. Spread the word on this for all are welcome! More details on this event coming soon!

This coming weekend 2/2 & 2/3 is another round of BX racing at Stratton. Please follow the Team App for the day’s schedule. Also, they have not been posting the pre-registered start lists for events lately so please let me know if your athlete will be attending these events this weekend. Unfortunately this event is sold out. There may be some no shows so if you’d like to get on the waitlist be sure and get there extra early. All athletes participating should have their boards tuned and waxed before the weekend then waxed again before day two if attending both events.

This Fridays Training 2/1 is FREE and will be at Stratton for BX Training. Please sign up by the end of today. We will meet in the West Wing of the base lodge at 8:30am and be on snow by 9am. Guest services at Stratton should be offering discounted tickets for USASA athletes participating in training but, I have not gotten confirmation on this. Worst case you will have to buy tickets but since training is free that should help offset the cost. They have never charged us full price for training days so this shouldn’t be the case. I again, just haven’t gotten confirmation yet.

This Thursday 1/30 and next Monday 2/3 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 and . 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 is double Halfpipe at Okemo on Saturday 2/8. Okemo has announced that they will be building a 14ft pipe so this event is a definite. Extra training next Friday 2/7 will be at Okemo for Halfpipe training. This extra training will be free and we will even cover lift tickets for those athletes who don’t have an EPIC pass. Please sign up before the end of this weekend by Sunday 2/2. Also let me know if your athlete will be in need of a lift ticket. 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 good news is the Mount Snow pipe is actually shaping up fairly nice and with the way they did it I believe it could be just as valuable for training as it ever has been. There seems to be a line through it that is around 16ft tall, although it may be different I believe we may be able to use it to train for super pipe. I will have confirmation on this in next weeks blog.

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.

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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