We had a good start to the season with three dryland training sessions at Washburn. Tonight we ski.
Training This Week and Next
Tonight’s practice STARTS at 6:30pm and ENDS at 8:45pm. Be outside in front of the center chairlift at 6:30 with boots, skis, poles, helmet, and googles. We will leave the hill at 8:45. You will find the coaches and athletes changing into their boots upstairs and toward the north end of the chalet. Be sure that anything you leave in the chalet—a bag, shoes, winter boots, etc—has your name printed on it in permanent ink. AND... put your name on your skis and poles as well along with your phone number. AND... when you go home at night, make sure the skis and poles you are taking home are YOUR skis and poles. Remember, race skis and poles look the same. And with 100s of racers using Hyland every night, it is easy to grab someone else’s equipment.
We will also ski on Saturday. Again, be ready to ski at 8:45am. We will head for the chalet at 11:30PM.
Hyland’s plan is to close Monday and Tuesday next week, so we will hold dryland training again on the Washburn Stadium Field from 4:30-6PM both afternoons.
We will ski Wednesday-Friday from 6:30-8:45PM and Saturday from 7:45AM-10:30AM.
Tuning Clinic THIS Sunday, November 17 @ 7PM.
Parents and athletes: Do you need to learn how to tune your skis? Co-Captain Luke Conway will lead a tuning clinic on Sunday, Nov 17th at the home of Nate and Jen Crawford. Address: 4928 Harriet Ave South.
The tuning clinic will be in the Crawford’s garage, which will be heated—wear warm clothing nonetheless. Please attend if you need a refresher or do not know how to tune at all. Tuned skis are a NECESSITY of ski racing. Thank you to Nate and Jen for hosting.
Training and Race Calendar
A TENTATIVE training and race calendar is attached. I apologize for the delay. I have been waiting for Hyland to publish the lane assignments for the first two months of the season. Yesterday afternoon I received our lane assignments from Hyland. As I suspected, we were not able to get as many lanes as we requested at the times I requested. Last night, I submitted a second request for additional lanes at either the 3-5PM time slot or the 7-9PM time slot. The calendar I am sending to you INCLUDES those additional lane requests. So, depending on whether some or all of those requests are granted, this calendar may or may not change.
I realize that only our high school athletes have a shot at taking advantage of the 3:30PM training session. We will just have to make the most of it. Drive safely, shuttle over, and boot up as quickly as you can. I will have the course(s) set by the time you get on the hill so you will be able to progress through your warm-up and train soon after. Note that some of the training sessions are designated as Varsity or JV. These are suggestions. If your car-pool or your needs align better with a different practice time, then come to the other training session. The coaches just want you on the hill.
Raise Money For Yourself: Urban Ventures (UV) Coffee Sales
All MAST athletes are invited to participate in our Individual Fundraiser with Urban Ventures Coffee. Download the Fundraiser Information Page and the Fundraiser Order Form. Go door to door, reach out to family and friends and perfect strangers, hit up all those co-workers who always hit you up. Be sure to collect payment when the order is placed. Checks should be made payable to Mpls Alpine Ski Team. All the money you earn will be put into your SportsSignUp account for use during the season or next year—GR camp, supplemental training sessions, the banquet. Or save up credits to use next year to help cover your team fees.
Collect orders and money from now until Wednesday, Dec. 4th. We prefer checks made payable to MAST, no credit cards. Turn in orders AND money at practice on Dec. 4th (or email to firstname.lastname@example.org). The orders will be ready for pick-up and delivery (by the athlete) on Dec. 14th.
More To Come...
Look for an additional email from me this weekend. I will be sending you several documents that I want both PARENTS and ATHLETES to read and discuss together.
MAST Safety Rules
MAST Skiing and Racing Etiquette and Protocols
MAST Expectations of Athletes
As you know, our team is large and it is impossible to gather everyone in one spot to deliver these messages, so I am trusting that our athletes have received a good education and can read several pages of very important information—about your role as an athlete on this team, about the flow of our practices and races, about what you can do to keep yourself safe in this sport, about how you can become the best athlete you can be by living a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it will cover a lot of information. It will be single-spaced. It will require that you engage your attention span over a sustained period of time. It will not be fun, entertaining, or quick. But it is VERY important information. It is ON YOU to read it, understand it, internalize it.
See you on the hill this evening.