November 13 Update: Hyland Passes, New Lift Ticket Requirement, Dryland and On-Snow Practice, Athlete Clearance, Supplemental Training, Giants Ridge and Welch Invitational
Dear MAST Athletes, Parents and Coaches:
And the season opens! Finally.
Hyland Season Pass Photo Night: Tonight (Monday, Nov 13) at 7PM.
If you have not picked up your Hyland Season Pass, tonight is a good night to get this done. We are the only people getting passes so it will go very quickly. Be sure to bring a parent or bring a signed WAIVER (see attached document). We will also ask you to check in with our data-analytics department to check the accuracy of the information we have on you and your caregivers. And… there will be information on Apparel Sales and Fundraising.
You will be able to park in the Hyland parking lot. If you are new, please scope out the Normandale Parking Lot immediately south of the ski jump on Chalet Road. Take note of the Hyland Shuttle Pick Up/Drop Off Locations. This will be the easiest place to drop and pick up athletes once we start skiing.
If you already picked up your pass, you do not need to attend tonight's festive gathering at Hyland. See you tomorrow at drylands.
NEW Hyland Ticketing Practice
Hyland is requiring all athletes and coaches to have a lift ticket when skiing. The new practice is long overdue. Too many people for too many years have been skiing without a ticket or season pass. Those days are over. When we arrive at Hyland, we all need to stop at the ticket window and show our pass and receive a lift ticket for the day. So… always bring your pass to Hyland. You won’t be able to ski without a lift ticket this year.
Athletes CLEARED To Play
You received via email a roster of athletes and a record of who is cleared to participate. Even if you are 100% confident you are cleared, please open this document and see that you are cleared. Many Southwest students are NOT cleared even though they turned in all the forms. Some are missing just a signature on one of the forms; others are missing more. Please check with your Athletic Director if you are not fully CLEARED.
It appears we will have the shortest dryland season in our esteemed history. Just because it is short doesn’t mean it isn’t important so we expect everyone to show up. Please wear layers of clothing and athletic shoes. Bring: hats, jackets, gloves, and water. If it is not raining, meet in the stadium. If it is raining, meet in the cafeteria. Enter Door 5.
I spoke with Hyland management yesterday. They are closed this week Monday-Thursday. They hope to re-open Friday or Saturday. So, if they open this weekend, we will ski. Time to be announced so stay tuned in to your email. We are cancelling the MAST retreat this weekend in order to ski.
Hyland will be closed again next week but the plan is to re-open Friday after Thanksgiving. We will ski Friday and Saturday. Time: TBD.
We hope to offer Supplemental Training on Nov 26, Dec 2 and 9. Look for a separate email in the days ahead with registration instructions. For planning purposes, we would leave the Washburn Parking Lot a bit before 3PM and return around 10 or 10:30. Cost: $45 for bus and lift ticket.
Giants Ridge Camp
I will be sending out information about the Giants Ridge Camp this week. The camp is scheduled Jan 2-5. Four days of skiing; three nights lodging; coach bus transportation; meals included (except for breakfast on the 2nd and dinner on the 5th).
Welch Village Invitational
The Welch Invite is scheduled on Friday, January 12, ALL DAY. Because the 12th is a school day, the athletes will need to miss a day of school to participate. This is an excused absence but everyone needs to make up the work they miss. I have reserved enough start positions so far to bring 68 athletes to the race. I am willing to bring everyone. However, I don’t want to pay for starts that we don’t end up using. Each start position costs MAST $40. So, I am going to need an accurate and steady commitment from athletes. In the next week, I am going to send a link to you to either ACCEPT or DECLINE the invitation to race in the Welch Invite. If you accept the invitation to race, you will need to make sure that you can attend the race once the date arrives. Please don’t let me know on Jan. 11th that you will be unable to race because you forgot you have a test on the 12th. Advance planning is critical here. So… your task this week is to look at your school schedule and all the other commitments you have (including family) and see if you are free to race on Jan 12 (and miss school). When I send out the Welch Race Sign Up link, you will already know whether you can ACCEPT the invitation to race or need to DECLINE.
See you tonight.