Hi Everyone, the first weekend at the Skiway is always interesting and this past weekend did not disappoint. We had snowmaking mounds, cold temps, and almost zero visibility for the first part of Sunday. This actually made for a great training environment and allowed us to work on balance, stance, looking ahead, and speed control. Fun stuff. I would also like to point out that not a single airhead was consumed, because they are gone!
Here are some important updates, long email but please read. (note the blog is not working for me so I am sticking with email for now).
Schedule with changes – we will ski this Saturday and then take Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday off and then ski five days straight from Wednesday thru Sunday. This is a change from the original plan and I am sorry for the inconvenience. The U10 google calendar is up to date and reflects this change.
Training Day Routine – Now that we are up and running we want to get into our regular training day routine. Please plan to arrive around 8:30-8:35am, so that you have time to pick up a ticket and get your child settled in the lodge. Arriving early allows kids to get ready in a low pressure environment, socialize with their friends, and put all their gear on at their own pace. The U10 team will always meet outside in front of the lodge (near the outside ticket window) ready to ski at 9am ending at 1:00pm. We head to the lift at 9am sharp so if for some reason you run late please wait at the bottom of the lift until one of the groups comes around from their first run. Please do not send your child up the lift alone to try and catch us. This gets tricky when both lifts are open so best to just not be late.
Attendance – Time on snow and mileage is the single most important factor in improving at this age. However, skiing is an individual sport and we encourage the kids to attend as many days as they want or don’t want, but hope they will always be excited to attend training. We meet come rain, shine, cold, or snow and we will not cancel training, unless the Skiway is closed. If there is inclement weather you can use your own judgment as to whether to attend or not.
Groups – Now that the season has started our goal is to establish groups based on a combination of age, aggressiveness, speed of travel, and social dynamics. While your kids may not have the same coach everyday they will have the same group of coaches throughout the winter. We will try to keep our group size to around 6 kids per coach.
U10 Philosophy – Our coaching philosophy is to have fun, ski a ton, and create an environment that encourages learning, improvement, and independence. Having fun can only occur when we work together as a team to be safe, respectful, and listen to the coaches. We had a team meeting on Sunday where we discussed what it means to be a team and we will continue to restate these principles throughout the year. From a technical ski development standpoint we follow the USSA Training System for phase 2 athletes. I have attached a summary of this system if you are interested in checking it out. Note that the majority if our time will be coached free skiing with only 10% in gates and another 10% in competition. This is very important from a skill development standpoint but also to ensure our young athletes do not get bored with the sport.
Clothing and Equipment – being warm and dry is essential if we want to have fun while skiing. Please be sure your child’s helmet fits properly and that goggles fit the helmet (no gap between the top of goggle and helmet), a warm jacket, ski pants, gloves or mittens, neck warmer, and appropriate layers for the conditions are critical. It is also important to make sure boots and socks start the day warm and dry, and it is important to dry out ski boots each night. This best way to dry a boot is to either invest in a boot dryer or remove the liner and place near a heat source for the night. Today’s boots are designed to work best with one thin pair of polypro or wool socks , and kids should have at least one pair of socks that are just for skiing (preferably two pair with one for Saturday and one for Sunday). IMPORTANT – Be sure to have your kids wait and put their ski socks on when they are putting their ski boots on for the day. Wearing ski socks to the mountain in shoes or snow boots will lead to cold feet and unhappy skiers. Skis should be tuned on a regular bases to get them reasonably sharp. More on tuning to come.
Holiday Camp – Starting this Saturday we will ski 6 days over an 9 day period. This is a lot of skiing and the kids will make huge progress and begin to gel as a team. I look forward to this week every year but understand that not everyone can attend due to other commitments. Come as much as you but don’t worry if you can’t make all the days.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas. See you on the snow.