Hopefully, no one is awake. I finally have race results calculated and Wild Mt Invite teams selected.
Congratulations to Charlie Smith and Vada Arbeiter for their victories tonight. Impressive skiing. Congratulations to the Washburn Girls for winning the Minneapolis Alpine Girls Championship and to the Southwest Boys for coming out on top as the Minneapolis Alpine Boys Championship. Seems like we need a traveling trophy... a pig? an ax? a ski? a golden boot?
A note about Wild Invite selections. With very little time in gates, it was rather difficult to make team selections. We just didn't have a lot of data yet. We had to base our decisions on not only the results of tonight's race, but also the results of timing at Wild on Saturday and our impressions of your skiing in general. Some of you are noticeably faster and technically improved over last season. Everyone, keep working hard. I am so proud of your efforts, your positive attitudes, and your kindness toward one another. I love coming to the hill each day. I hope you do.
Charter Bus Woes and Wild Invite Logistics
I received some disappointing news from the school district today regarding Friday. The district was not able to charter a bus for us on Friday morning. At this point, we need parents to drive their athlete to and from Wild Mt, and also drive one, two or three other athletes as well. Attached is a race schedule. The lift spins at 7:30. I would like everyone to be at the top of the hill by 8am to warm up. Inspection opens at 8:30am. This means that you need to leave the cities NO LATER THAN 6:15 if you plan to arrive by 7:30. It will take a half an hour to ticket up, bib up, and boot up. If you take 35W to North Branch and then Hwy 95 to Alemud, you should be able to make it there in 75 minutes. Going through Chisago Lakes on Hwy or turning off 35 at Stacy is slower.
Also, I am attaching all of the information that I have received to date about the Wild Invite so that parents who will be helping with tent set up and meals have what they need to move forward with race support planning. Note that tents can be set up anytime after 6PM on Thursday. We are allotted three tent spaces because we have three teams. I do not think we need to set up Thursday night. It wasn't clear to me that they were offering electrical hook up this year. I can pursue this question tomorrow.
Back To Tonight's Race
Thank you to EVERYONE who worked tonight's race. You did a great job. Thank you for your patience as the Hyland staff figured out the timing issues. Once we got going, everything went very smoothly. I have been at hundreds of USSA and FIS races and timing issues are common at those races as well. Good to get the kinks out.
Athletes, there were a lot of disqualifications. I really appreciate your efforts to test your parents budding gate judging skills. They caught your mistakes. I won't ever ask you to intentionally miss gates again. Your parents passed the test and they are now qualified to gate judge all season long.
Pod 12/11/10 Practice Time Change
The 3:30-5:45PM Practice is now the 3:30-6:00PM Practice. I observed that it is hard for most of you to be on the hill by 3:30. So, I would like to extend practice by 15 minutes to 6PM. Most of you can get on the hill by 3:45. But you still have to hustle. I will have you take three warm up runs and then hop in gates immediately afterwards. We will ski gates until 5 or 5:15 and then clean up the hill for the next group. At 5:30 we will move to South Chair and work on improving our fundamentals through directed free skiing. I am excited to try this new format. I think working on fundamentals after training gates could be very effective.
Note: If you can't make it to the hill and on the top of a run in your skis by 4PM, you should be coming to the 5PM practice instead, even if you are in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.
Check out the website for up to date practice times and lanes.
See you on the hill tomorrow.