Welcome to the Ford Sayre U10 Alpine Race Program

Hi All, welcome to the 2016-2017 season of Ford Sayre U10 Alpine Race program.  It was nice to see many of you at the parent night last week.  Here is a recap along with some additional information.  First and most important, communication throughout the season will be through the U10 blog.  I will post information weekly about the upcoming weekends plans, schedule, weather, etc..  I will also be sharing important information about ski tuning, USSA memberships, and race registration requirements.  To receive a notification when I post something to the blog you will need to subscribe.  In terms of the season schedule I have created a google calendar which you can access via the U10 blog and the Ford Sayre website.  Our entire season schedule is up but I guarantee it will change and I will make sure it is current and accurate.

Important upcoming dates:

  1. Fall Conditioning (dryland): We do three dryland sessions with the first one this Sunday November 6th from 1 to 3 pm.  We will meet on the soccer field at the Richmond Middle School in Hanover.  Plan is to go for a run/hike and then play some games and talk a little about the importance of exercise, sleep, and nutrition in sports.   These are a great way for the coaches to get to know the kids and for them and you to get to know us.  We will also meet on Sunday the 13th and Sunday the 20th from 1-3pm at a location TBD.
  2. On Snow Training:
    1. Family Skiing: 11/27 and 12/4 locations TBD more details to follow
    2. Sunday Skiing with coaches 12/12 until the Skiway opens.
    3. Weekends (Sat/Sun) at Skiway: 9am to 1pm (when Skiway opens)
    4. Christmas Camp at Skiway: 9am to 1pm (dates on calendar)
    5. February Vacation Camp at Skiway – 2 days TBD

Before we get on snow – Make sure your child’s equipment is ready to go and your Skiway pass is purchased.  Please be sure that boots fit the feet and skis, and everything is appropriately sized and in good safe condition.  If you need any help or have questions please let me know.

Equipment needs – A helmet (hard ear if you plan to have your child attend races), boots, skis (one pair of Junior SL type skis works best), and poles that fit and are appropriate to their size and ability are required.  At the U10 age group many kids start wearing GS suits at races but these are not required.  There are a number of excellent ski shops in the Upper Valley who have both special purchase and lease programs. Omer’s & Bob’s in Lebanon, Golf & Ski in West Lebanon, Henderson’s in Quechee, and Skinners out near Sunapee, can outfit your child with most anything they might need  Artech in Enfield is a great resource for all your ski tuning equipment needs.  The coaches are also happy to provide advice. If you ever have any questions about whether or not a certain piece of equipment is right for your child please don’t hesitate to ask the coaches.

Tuning and waxing:. Skis need to be tuned and waxed to start the year and then regularly tuned throughout the season (typically once for every 3-4 days of skiing).  I plan to organize an early season ski tuning clinic for parents who are new to ski tuning to help you get started.

Lots more information to come.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to send me an email or connect in person this Sunday.  We have an amazing group of coaches and we are all looking forward to a great season

Sean Ross

U10 Head Coach

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