MAST Update Week Eight
Sunday, January 2, 2021
Dear MAST Athletes, Parents and Coaches:
Big week ahead. I need everyone to read this update very carefully and complete the action steps. Details regarding the Afton race this week just came out today, which is why I am late getting this information out to you. Please act tonight if at all possible or first thing tomorrow.
I. Athlete Race Entries
Attached is a list of athletes who have stated their intentions to race this week. Please note that the entries for each race appear in separate tabs.
Unfortunately we all need to complete two waivers in order to ski race at Afton and Welch. This is an administrative headache, so please help me out and get this done so we don’t have any issues the day of the race. Welch has made it clear that its waiver needs to be completed well in advance of our first race there on Jan. 11.
Waiver #1: Afton/Vail Athlete Waiver
Parents, please follow the link to the Afton/Vail Waiver to complete the required liability release waiver. It looks like all parents need to sign this waiver, even for athletes who have already turned 18. Afton/Vail Waiver Link
Waiver #2: Welch/MN Ski Areas Assn Waiver
Most of our families have already completed the liability release waiver required to compete at Welch. Please look over the attached roster to see if you have already completed the Welch Waiver for your athlete. If your name is highlighted in yellow, you still need to complete the waiver if you have any intention of racing at Welch on Jan. 11 or Feb 3. Unfortunately, the Welch waiver does not cover racing at Afton. Because Afton is owned by Vail, Afton requires everyone to sign its own waiver. Welch/MN Ski Area Assn Waiver
III. Hyland Race Details (Monday, Jan 3)
I will send an email to the high school athletic directors requesting a 2:45pm early release. Parents, I suggest that you send a note to school with your athlete in the morning indicating your plans for early release.
The first run will begin at 4:30 is all goes well. Inspection will open at 3:45pm.
Please plan to stay around after the race to help with hill clean up.
We do need race workers. Please follow this link to sign up to help.January 3 RaceVolunteer Sign Up
IV. Afton/Metro East Conference Race: Wednesday, January 5.
A. Lift Tickets to Afton
We are asking families to cover the cost of lift tickets for our Metro East races this year. The price of a lift ticket is $33. If you own an Epic Pass that is valid at Afton, please send me an email indicating that you have an Epic Pass and will be securing your own lift ticket on January 5th. If you cannot afford to purchase a lift ticket, please send me an email as well and the team will purchase your ticket for you.
If you can afford to cover the cost of your lift ticket, please pay HERE:
Afton Metro East Race Lift Ticket
B. Afton COVID Protocols and Implications
Afton has very strict rules that we need to follow: “Athletes will need to boot up in vehicles or busses, they will not be able to get ready in the chalet. Proof of vaccination for ages 12+ is required for indoor dining. Vaccinations are not required to use the restrooms. “
I am told that you can warm up on the first floor and use the rest rooms there. You will need to wear a mask indoors, so be sure to have a mask in your jacket pocket.
C. Race Day Equipment Logistics
This gets really complicated and there are some additional details to work out.
We are still working out the race day logistics, but here is the plan so far.
We have two buses reserved for a 2:15PM pick up—one from Washburn and one from Southwest. The buses do not have trailers. Skis are not allowed on the bus, so we need to use the MAST trailer and our pick-up trucks to transport skis. Southwest skiers should meet Coach Joel at Pershing Park between 8 and 8:25AM with your skis and poles. I will collect and store skis and poles for the Washburn/South/Roosevelt students. Meet me at my house across from Fuller Park between 7:30 and 8:30AM. You will need to bring your boots to school along with all of your ski gear. I will ask the high school athletic directors to find a secure room for you to store your gear during the day. Middle school students will need to get a ride to meet the bus at 2:15, so your parents can bring your boots and ski clothing when they pick you up and you can change in your car on the way to SW or Washburn. Same for the South/Roosevelt skiers. I suggest wearing your long underwear under your clothes for the day. If anyone has a better plan, please let me know.
D. January 5 Afton Race Schedule
8-8:25AM Drop off skis and poles with Joel at Pershing Park or Mark at 4800 Harriet Ave (across from Fuller Park).
2PM Early dismissal. Change into ski clothing at school.
2:15PM Load the bus. Put on boots upon arrival at Afton.
3:15PM Unload bus. Pick up lift ticket and skis from Mark and Joel.
4:00PM Inspection Opens
4:30PM First Run Starts
E. Afton Race Workers
We do need two or three gate judges and one or two course workers. If any parents are willing to gate judge or do course work, please send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I suggest packing a couple of sandwiches to eat on the hill during the race. Be sure to bring a water bottle. Note that you must show your vaccination card to eat in the chalet. Plus, there will likely not be time to order food and eat in the chalet between race runs, so bring something that you can munch on out on the hill and riding the chair.
V. Hyland JV Race: Friday, January 7.
The Jefferson JV will be joining us on Friday, January 7. I will be requesting an early release of 2:45pm. Inspection will open at 3:45pm and the race will start at 4:30PM.
We still need volunteers to fill many positions for our race on Friday.
January 7 JV Race Volunteer Sign Up
VI. Supplemental Training: Saturday, January 8, 2022
Our third supplemental training session is scheduled for Saturday, January 8. We should have fantastic training. Meet the bus at 2:30PM at Washburn and we will return at 10:30PM. Cost is $60.
Sign up here: https://minneapolisalpineskiteam.sportssignup.com/site/
VII. Week Eight Training
I will update the website later tonight with the Week 8 Training Schedule. Please consult the website tomorrow for the updated training schedule.
More to come.