MAST Update Week 3
Sunday, November 28, 2021
Dear MAST Athletes, Coaches and Parents:
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a restful break. We are two weeks into the season, and we have held six sessions of dryland training and two on-snow sessions at Hyland. We are off to a strong start. On-snow training continues this week at Hyland and Supplemental Training begins on Saturday, Dec 4. Today is the last day to purchase MAST apparel. We have our first race on Monday, Dec 13.
Have You Ordered MAST Apparel Yet?
We have a very short window of time to order MAST apparel this year due to the supply chain issues our nation is facing. So.... today is the last day to place your order. Team jackets, t-shirts, caps and hats, pullovers, sweats, puffer jackets, pajamas, and much more. One note: the puffer jacket comes in both a men’s and women’s design.
Check out this year's offerings at:
Questions? Email MastVolunteers@gmail.com
On Snow Training Continues This Week
Hyland has limited runs open for skiing, but they plan to remain open this week. To relieve some pressure on lift lines we will be skiing in PODS this week over three different practice sessions. Your assigned pod corresponds to your grade level. So 7th graders are in Pod 7.
Monday through Thursday:
Meet your coaches outside on the south end of the chalet in front of the middle chairlift at practice start time.
A reminder: wear your mask in the chalet and I recommend that you wear it while in the lift line as well. You need to continue to be on guard against this terrible virus. Minimize your chalet use please. And no chalet use during practice unless you need to warm up, which you should not need to do this week due to the warm temperatures.
Supplemental Training Begins Saturday, December 4, 2021
We have two scheduled supplemental training sessions in December.
Saturday, Dec 4 and 11. We hope to be introducing stubby gates, brushes and panel gates. Much depends on the weather.
The cost of each session is $60 and includes bus transportation and lift ticket. Bring a sack lunch to minimize time spent in the chalet. Bring a water bottle as well.
The deadline to register for a Supplemental Training Session is the Thursday prior to the S.T. date: Dec 2nd for the Dec 4th training or Dec 9th for the Dec 11th training. However, if the bus fills before the deadline, we will close registration.
To REGISTER for the Dec 4 and Dec 11 Supplemental Training Sessions,
CLICK HERE: SUPPLEMENTAL TRAINING REGISTRATION or
Have You Stated Your Race Intentions For December Yet?
I would like to invite everyone to fill out their RACE INTENTIONS for TWO race dates on the calendar: DEC 13 AND DEC 17.
Monday, December 13 at Hyland. This is an afternoon race. I realize that you will have had very little time skiing in gates before this race. Please do not let this fact keep you from racing on the 13th. The race on the 13th is designed to introduce you to racing.
Friday, December 17 at Wild Mt. We will be entering six boys and six girls for each of our three teams: SW, Washburn and MAST—so 36 skiers in all plus four alternates. This race takes place during the day. You will miss the last day of school before break. So, you need to look ahead at your academic schedule and deadlines to make certain you can miss school on the 17th before submitting a race intention for that date.
Again, all skiers should state their race intentions (availability) for both races.
Do not fill out your Race Intentions for any races in January yet.
Here is a link to state your race intentions for Dec 13 and Dec 17: RACE INTENTIONS.
MAST Instructional Resources
For the first six days of on-snow training, we will focus on developing three of the six fundamental skills in the US Ski Team’s Fundamentals Skills Pyramid.
Scroll down and watch the video titled: Six Slalom Skiing Fundamentals.
Also, note that there are two pyramids posted on the page. If you click on one of the fundamental skills in the TOP pyramid, you will be directed to a set of videos that will expand your understanding of that skill. Today and over the next week, I would like to strongly encourage everyone to watch the videos listed when you click on the Balance and Stance, Early Lower Leg Engagement, and Outside Ski to Outside Ski blocks of the Pyramid. Yes, that’s a lot of videos, but they will introduce you to the drills you are learning in practice this week.
You can also find these same drills in the MAST Athletes and Coaches Folder in Google Drive: MAST Athletes and Coaches Google Drive Folder
Here you will find two folders.
On Snow Training Schedule Going Forward
I still plan to send out a long-range training calendar, mixing pods and training times a bit more. Stay tuned.
Thank you for your patience as we navigate these first weeks on snow. Until Hyland opens fully we will need to maintain flexibility. See you on Monday.