MAST Update Week 2: Thanksgiving Week
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Dear MAST Athletes, Coaches and Parents:
We have had five strong days of dryland training. One more to go.
4:30-6PM at Washburn Stadium today (Tuesday). Temps warm up today, but continue to dress in layers and bring gloves, hat, jacket, and wear layers. It cools off quickly between 4:30 and 6.
On Snow Training Begins This Week
Hyland OPENS on Friday for the season. We will offer on-snow training on Friday and Saturday.
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.
MAST Instructional Resources
As Daniel shared with you in our Orientation to the 2021-22 Season Webinar last month, we have a lot of resources online that will deepen your understanding of the skills and movements we will be asking you to perform daily. Use these resources.
For the next week and a half, 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. Pretty cool, eh? 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 these will teach you something useful, not just entertain you. Thank you to MAST alumni Ben Anderson for creating our technique and tactics page. Wonderful work.
Finally, you should all have received a link in a previous email to engage with our MAST Athletes and Coaches folder in google-drive. I sent the link to your MPS email and you should be able to access it there. If you can’t find it, here is a link as well: MAST Athletes and Coaches Google Drive Folder
Here you will find two folders.
The second folder contains videos of drills developed by US Ski and Snowboard. These videos will deepen your understanding of how to execute the drills.
On Snow Training Schedule Going Forward
Hyland sent out the lane schedule last night. I will need a couple of days to look it over and create a training schedule for the weeks ahead. Look for an email with an updated training schedule in your inbox this weekend.
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. Middle school students will need an early release from school that day. Some of our high school skiers will also need an early release. All MAST skiers are eligible to race on the 13th.
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.
Whew! Enough information for now. See you this afternoon.