Mpls Alpine Ski Team
Update 11: Week Five (Monday, December 10, 2018)
Hello MAST Families and Coaches:
We had another excellent week of training. We are now skiing gates. If you are a new skier, you have seen a lot of panel gates and stubby gates to keep you focused on utilizing your newfound skills in the controlled environment of a race course. Varsity athletes are now skiing mostly tall gates. I encourage all our athletes to continue to work on your technical skills outside of the race course. That is how and where you make technical improvements. Just ask Mikaela Shiffrin, who captured her third World Cup win in a row over the weekend. Check out her panel slalom technique and victory here. And just let it keep playing to see her win in the Super G at St. Moritz.
I want to thank all the athletes and coaches who have been working hard these first four weeks at training. Keep it up. A special thank you to the coaches who have given up their Saturday nights so that we can offer additional training at Wild Mt these past two Saturday afternoons and evenings. The coaches worked really hard to set up the training venue and give our athletes the best training experience possible. Thank you all. Without you, we could not do what we do.
I want to remind ALL Athletes to STAY on the hill until the coaches have told you that we are done slipping in our lanes after training. After we are done skiing gates, we need to pull the courses and slip in our ruts. If you skied in a course, then you have a responsibility to stay on the hill until the ruts are fully filled in. The coaches will let you know when we are finished. Please do not leave the hill before this is done.
I. Split Practices Begin
This week marks the first week that we will hold SPLIT practices. This means that we have practice from 5-7:30PM and 6:30-8:45PM on both Tuesday and Wednesday. The 6:30 time slot is designated “Junior Varsity” and the 5PM practice is designated “Varsity”. One reason we make this designation is to control the number of athletes at each practice. We need to do this because we only have ONE lane to use for gate training at the 5PM time slot. We do have TWO lanes at the 7PM time slot. Remember, the 6:30 practices start on South Chair with directed free skiing. This time slot also gives the JV racers more time working on the fundamental technical skills they need to race at a high level when they reach the varsity level.
Who is JV and who is Varsity.
These are rather fluid designations. Many of you who were junior varsity last year are going to be varsity this year, if not now then by the end of the season.
For now, consider these criteria for determining whether you should attend the Varsity practice or the Junior Varsity:
II. Racing Begins This Week
Our first race is on Friday, December 14th. We are calling this one The Minneapolis Public School Alpine Championships. Sort of a City Conference Championship. Here is the schedule:
4:45PM-5:15PM Bib Pick Up/ Warm Ups
5:15PM-5:45PM Course Inspection
6:00PM First Run Start
6:30PM Quick Inspection/Slip Courses
6:40PM Second Run Start
7:15PM Hill Clean UP
The second race scheduled for December 21 is the Wild Mt Invitational. We only have 24 start positions for MAST athletes in the Wild Invite. Six boys and six girls from SW and six boys and six girls from Washburn. If you are from South or Roosevelt and would like to race in the Wild Mt Invitational, please send me an email directly and let me know you would like to race AND that you can commit to racing. These means you already know that you can miss a full day of school on the 21st. If you are sure you can race, I will do my best to get a start position for you in the race, but I can’t guarantee it. Email me.
December 14th Hyland Race: ALL MAST athletes are INVITED to race.
December 21st Wild Mt Invitational: Six fastest boys and six fastest girls from SW; six fastest boys and six fastest girls from Washburn.
Stating Your Race Intentions
As in years past, ALL MAST Athletes need to STATE YOUR RACE INTENTIONS for EVERY RACE to which you are invited. For each race, you will have the option of clicking on one of two statements:
All Varsity MAST Athletes should state your race intentions for the Dec 21st Wild Mt Invite. Because we can only take six boys and six girls from SW and Washburn, final selections will be determined later this week by the coaches. We are going to time each night in practice this week and coaches will analyze these times to determine the top six boys and girls for each team, plus a couple of alternates. If you want to be considered for selection to the Wild Mt Invitational, be sure to State Your Race Intentions to the December 21st Wild Invite.
Here is a link to Stating Your Race Day Intentions on our website.
III. Giants Ridge Camp
Attached is a list of athletes who are currently registered for the Giants Ridge Camp. If you are still thinking about attending, please register by next Sunday, December 16. We currently have 15 girls and 27 boys registered for camp. This means that there are about 9 spaces remaining for boys and 21 for girls due the way the lodging is set up.
For More Information: 2019 Giants Ridge Camp
To Register: 2019 Giants Ridge Camp
See you on the hill.