Good Evening MAST Athletes, Coaches and Parents:
We had a great day at Wild Mt on Friday. The snow hardened up and provided the racers with a terrific surface for all 142 boys and 143 girls entered in the race. We had some very good individual race runs and results. Unfortunately, we did not ski up to our potential as teams. That will come. On the girls’ side, Rachel Tanner and Ahnika Berg finished in the top ten. Rachel finished second to Becca Divine who is probably the top ranked female skier in the state right now. And Ahnika put down two excellent runs to finish in 7th. Also noteworthy, Anna Smalley started 64th and finished 24th in her first big invitational start of her career. Avery Taylor also made good on her first start, finishing 29th after starting 92nd. Nahlah Mkaouri started 66th and finished 33rd, while Gabby Harritt showed no fear while putting down two fast runs to finish in 40th place after starting 135th in the race. In the boys race, Luke Conway finished 2nd on both his first and second runs to finish 2nd overall, and Logan Griggs was not far behind in 6th place. Ryan Arnold had a solid day, finishing 30th overall and Charlie Smith and Alexander Heath finished 38th and 39th respectively.
I want to thank the coaches and parents who worked so hard to make it such a wonderful day. Thank you to the parents for all the support you gave the athletes. I could hear you cheering for each one as they came through the finish line as I filmed from the middle of the hill. And thank you athletes for giving it all you had on Friday. If you didn’t perform as well as you wanted, do not get discouraged. You will have good days and bad days in ski racing. Just buckle up your boots and get back to work. And keep it fun. You are improving at a very high rate.
Race results are posted and video from the race is uploaded to Sprongo.
Also on Sprongo is some video I shot this weekend at Buck Hill. Entered in the race were some exceptional skiers who I encourage you to study, including Coach Sally Anderson’s brother Tommy who skis for the University of New Mexico, Isaiah Nelson who is a member of the US Ski Team, and Michael Ankeny who is a former Nor-Am slalom champion and World Cup racer. I encourage you to study their skiing technique and tactics over break and to implant their images in your head as much as possible. I also posted runs of some very highly ranked female racers, as well as video of Luke, Oliver and Zach who were also racing today.
I. Hyland Training Winter Break Schedule
Wednesday, Dec 26: 7:45-10:30AM Varsity/JV -- Lanes 6, 7
Thursday, Dec 27: 7:45-10:30AM Varsity/JV – Lanes 6, 7
Friday, Dec 28: 7:45-10:30AM Varsity/JV -- Lanes 7, 8
Saturday, Dec 29: 7:45-10:30AM Varsity/JV – Lanes 1, 2, 3
Monday, December 31: 3:00-5:00PM Varsity/JV – Lanes 1, 2
Tuesday, January 1: 6:30-8:45PM Varsity/JV – Lanes 1, 2
Wednesday, January 2: 6:30-8:45PM Varsity/JV – Lanes B, C
Thursday, January 3: 6:30-8:45PM Varsity/JV – Lanes 2, 3
Friday, January 4: 5:00-7:30PM Varsity/JV – Lanes 3, 4
Saturday, January 5: 7:45-10:30AM Varsity/JV – Lanes A, B, C
II. Racing Calendar Over Winter Break
III. GIANTS RIDGE CAMP: Monday, Dec 31-Thursday, Jan. 3
The Giants Ridge Camp is approaching quickly. Please plan to arrive at Washburn by 6AM to load gear. Please be sure to pack your skis in a bag. You will want to carry your boots with you on the bus. Eat breakfast before you arrive. We will not have another meal until lunch time on the hill. Attached is a packing list. Note that you will need money to purchase supper on the drive home on Thursday.
IV. Ski Area Release of Liability Waivers: Giants Ridge and Welch Village
Several Minnesota Ski Areas are now requiring all skiers to complete a Release of Liability Waiver/Agreement before they are allowed to purchase a lift ticket. We will be skiing at two of these ski areas over the next two months. I am sorry to report that you and your parents will need to complete and sign separate waivers for each ski area. (Yes, more paperwork.)
One waiver is required for all athletes attending the Giants Ridge Camp. The Giants Ridge Release of Liability Waiver is attached. I would ask that all athletes complete and sign this waiver and return it to me during practice this week. If you are out of town, you can scan and email the waiver to me or bring it with you when you meet the bus on Dec. 31.
Welch Village is requiring two waivers. The first is a Release of Liability for a Daily Lift Ticket. The second Welch Village waiver is Race Day Release of Liability Waiver.
Please note: If you are under 18 years of age, a parent will need to sign these waivers as well.
The Welch Village Waivers are to be completed online. Here are the links to BOTH Welch Village Waivers. If you plan to race or train at Welch Village this winter, you must complete and sign both waivers. We have two races and possibly two supplemental trainings scheduled for Welch in January.
Welch Village Day Ticket Release
Welch Village Race Release
V. MAST Moms Ski Nights
Who says the kids get to have all the fun?
Get your gear together and join new and veteran MAST moms for a Sunday night ski and social time.
WHEN: Sunday, January 6th and Sunday, January 20th (come to both or one) at 7:00pm
WHERE: Buck Hill Ski Area, meet in the Black Diamond Bar & Restaurant
WHAT ELSE: Show up at 7:00 to gear up. We'll buy tickets for 7:30 when they are $15. At 7:30, we'll head out to ski. All levels welcome! You can even just come to have a drink with us if you don't want to ski! No need to RSVP - just show up.
QUESTIONS: Christine Smalley 612 704-6856 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: The Great Harvest Bread Company Baker of the Day Team Fundraiser is January 13. Please participate in this fantastic event. Check our website for details: https://www.mplsalpineski.org/great-harvest-baker-for-the-day.html Bring your order forms to your family gatherings this week. If everyone pre-sells $100 in bakery goods, we will raise over $10,000 for MAST. Let's make this happen!
Thanks everyone. Keep up the hard work. Have a wonderful Holiday.