We had another wonderful night of training at Wild Mt. Cold temps, no wind. Hard snow. Great attitudes and lots of terrific skiing. It is incredibly fun to see how much you have improved since our first trip to Wild on December 1. Thank you to all forty of you who attended and to the six other coaches who gave up their Saturday night to make this training event happen. And thanks to the coaches and athletes who got up early to train yesterday as well. Great lanes, great snow, and a lot of good training.
We have a big week of racing ahead. Three races at three different venues in two days. Our coaching staff will once again be split up in order cover all the races and training with sufficient coaching.
Race Run Orders for the Gitche Gummi Invitational and the Afton Invitational
The coaches have selected the teams for the two invitationals on the schedule next week. We are allowed to enter 10 skiers per squad for the Gitche Gummi Invitational and 8 skiers per squad for the Afton Invitational. We will also take 1 alternate per squad. Should someone come down with an illness the day of the race, the alternate will race. Otherwise the alternate’s duties are to ski, carry coats and cheer.
You will find the names of the athletes selected to race in each Invitational in the attached spreadsheet. Note that each race’s run order is listed under a different tab. ALL ATHLETES need to look at ALL TABS/RUN ORDERS. You might just find that your name is listed on the run order for one or both of the invites. Some JV skiers are getting the opportunity to race on Thursday and Friday in the invites, so check to see if you are one of those people. Everyone selected had previously stated availability to race. If you are for some reason no longer available to race, please email me immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hyland JV Race Intentions (as of Jan 20th at 9am)
The third tab of the spreadsheet lists all the athletes who have stated their race intentions for the January 25th Hyland JV Race to date. If you are on the run order for the Afton Invite and you stated your intention to race at Hyland on Jan 25, plan to race in the Afton Invite. No need to change your intentions. I will know to leave your name off the run order for Hyland.
The schedules for the two invitationals are posted in the fourth and fifth tabs. Note that we are moving UP the loading time for the Gitche Gummi Invitational on Thursday. Mt Du Lac is just a bit longer drive than Spirit Mt. Please be on time as we have a very tight schedule that morning.
We plan to stop for dinner in Hinckley on the way home from Mt Du Lac so be sure to bring money so you can eat supper. You should be home in time for a late dinner following the Afton race.
Waivers for Mt Du Lac and Afton
Finally, if you are attending one or both invitationals, YOU and YOUR PARENTS need to complete a WAIVER for EACH ski area that you will be going to. The Mt Du Lac waiver and the Afton waiver are attached. Please put these signed waivers in an envelope and bring them to practice this week.
Race Workers Needed This Week at Mt Du Lac and Hyland
We will need to supply some gate judges for the Mt Du Lac race on Thursday. If you plan to attend this race and would be willing to work as a gate judge, please email me as well. You will get a free lift ticket to Mt Du Lac and you might be able to ride the bus. I think we have room for a few parents. Shoot me an email if you can help. Last year we impressed the race organizers with the number of parents who pitched in to help with the race, which is why we got invited to ski in the Hibbing Invite this year and were invited back to this invitational this year.
We will need race workers for the Hyland JV race—most likely gate judges and possibly scoreboard recorders. If you can gate judge or write times down on a scoreboard next Friday, please send me an email. Email me at email@example.com if you can work one of these races.
Note that there is training Thursday night for all athletes NOT racing at Mt Du Lac that day. If you are racing at Mt Du Lac on Thursday, DO NOT TRAIN ON WEDNESDAY. Tune your skis and go to bed very early.... you need to get up super early and eat breakfast before you load the bus.
See you Monday at practice. Spend some time watching Sprongo this weekend. Oh, TUNE YOUR SKIS. The snow has hardened up nicely and you MUST HAVE SHARP EDGES to hold in these icy conditions.