Things are also getting going at Whaleback this week. Whaleback training is not a core component of the MRT curriculum but the Whale provides kids hungry for more with an opportunity for some additional gate training during the week. Older kids ski Tues, Wed, Thurs, but younger kids are encouraged to go either Tuesday or Thursday.
Gate training is run by the J4/5 coaches, and MRT skiers, who have signed up for Whaleback training, are welcome to attend. Training starts at 3:30 or soon after and will almost always be on Spout. As with any gate training, kids should check in with the coaches on the hill and start with a course inspection. On the whole most Whaleback days will be slalom, but we will try to post info each week. In general, Whaleback sessions are much less rigidly structured than Skiway training sessions, and kids cycle on their own, riding the lift with friends (with whom they connect in the lodge), rather than in a group. Training finishes by 5:30 and the last run of the day is always a side-slip of the course to clean up the ruts and ready the hill for other skiers.
All skiers on the list below paid the midweek training fee of $50 that covers Ford Sayre staff and equipment at Whaleback for the season. As for getting up the lift, for those of you have Whaleback passes, when you get to Whaleback you will also need to pay the annual training/lane fee. Whaleback assesses this on a per skier basis vs. per team like most other mountains do. Don’t know why. Just how it is. The fee is $80 per racer, per season, check payable to Whaleback. If you have questions on this, email Liz Gray firstname.lastname@example.org Racers can also just get a daily training ticket (with the lane fee built in). I think this is what most MRT skiers had planned to do.
A few more tips: The lights at the Whale are not quite the wattage of Fenway Park, or even the Hanover High School field. There are dark spots, and we ski during the transition from day to night, so having really clear or really light goggles is important. Experienced skiers will also tell you that the floor in the lodge is slippery when wet….which is most of the time, so please watch your step.
Here is the list of kids (J4 through J6) that have indicated they will be coming to Whaleback at least some times this season – if you are not on this list but would like to be, please email Liz.