Update #9: December 1, 2016
Dear Athletes and Parents:
Week 3 of our 141/2 week season is nearly over. We managed to get in 2 on snow training sessions that gave us an opportunity to try out the skills we have been teaching in dryland and on the retreat. Our athletes did a wonderful job on the hill. The coaches are very excited with the work ethic, the positive attitudes, and simply the kindness of our skiers. What a terrific group. Thanks for all your hard work these first three weeks. Keep it up.
Welch Village Training for December 3 CANCELED!
If you sent a check for the Dec 3 Supplemental Training, Drew will credit your account for the amount paid. You will be able to apply that credit to future supplemental training sessions or the Giants Ridge Camp. If you need MAST to issue you a refund by check, please contact our Treasurer Drew Lamosse at firstname.lastname@example.org, otherwise look for a credit on your account when you register for the next event.
MAST Parent Racing Workshops
Saturday, December 3, Noon-2PM at Fuller Park (4800 Grand Ave. S.)
All MAST parents are invited to deepen your understanding of alpine ski racing on Saturday. Topics include:
- Introduction to a Slalom Race
- Rules of Slalom
- How To Gate Judge
- How To Sharpen, Wax and Care For Slalom Skis.
- MAST Race Day Volunteer Needs and Opportunities
New Parents are strongly encouraged to attend, as are returning parents, alumni parents, school board members, state legislators, the cast of Hamilton…. It will be THAT GOOD!
Giants Ridge Camp Dec 19-22, 2016
Keep those registrations coming. I am extending the registration deadline to December 9. Please register earlier than that so the coaches and parent volunteers can plan accordingly.
I am so glad this camp is scheduled before the holidays this year. This will give us an opportunity to catch up on the mileage we need early in the season. I guarantee lots of skiing and tired legs by the end of the day. Sign up now. Here is a link: Giants Ridge Camp.
Hyland Training Update
Hyland management is meeting this afternoon with Hyland maintenance to determine whether Hyland will open on Friday or sometime this weekend. As soon as I hear from Hyland, I will send a second email with a quick update. If Hyland opens Friday and/or Saturday, we will train as follows:
- Friday: 5-7:30PM
- Saturday: 8:45-11:15AM
- Saturday: 6-9PM
If Hyland does not open, the athletes will be off Friday and Saturday. But… they should get out and exercise on their own: run, bike, hill climb, play soccer, work the core… something to strengthen their bodies and get their hearts pumping. I would love to see people run around a lake and then find a hill or some stairs to climb continuously. There is a long set of stairs to the east of Minnehaha Falls that would make for a great workout. Bike over to the falls and runs those stairs. I will surely give you a pat on the back for that kind of effort.
Sprongo and Website
Sprongo is loaded with video from training on Friday and Saturday. Check it out even if you were not there. Call me if you have any questions about Sprongo.
The website is up to date. I am excited because I figured out how to “embed” a link to the video from the United States Ski and Snowboard Association onto our home page. I know all of your six-year-old little siblings could do the same, but this is a big deal for me. Mikaela Shiffrin won the World Cup Slalom held at Killington in Vermont last weekend. I hope you were able to catch the broadcast on NBC. It was really exciting. Several videos are posted on the USSA site from that race. Check it out. You can also watch great world cup skiing video on the USSA Network on Youtube. If you click on the little GEAR symbol in the bottom right corner of the screen you can adjust the playback speed. Worth doing and definitely worth watching Mikaela ski over and over again.
Week Four Calendar: Stay Tuned.
See you this afternoon at 4:30 for dryland. Be sure to dress warm for outdoor training in the stadium and possibly outside the stadium. It gets cold when the sun sets and with the moisture in the air. Bring gloves or mittens and a hat.