Mpls Alpine Ski Team
Update #2: September 6, 2018
Subject: State Fair Re-Cap; MAST Registration Update; MAST BBQ Picnic and Annual Meeting, Equipment, Parent Social and More…
Dear Athletes and Parents:
THANK YOU TO ALL who helped clean the goat barn on Monday evening. We finished in record time. Our supervisor from the State Fair had this to say: “your group is flippin’ amazing.” I’ll take that as a compliment. He told me that the last group to clean it didn’t finish until 11PM. Everyone just started digging in, working together to get the work done and do it well. I was really impressed by the number of NEW families and athletes who helped. I picked up a blue Henri Lloyd jacket from the bleachers after everyone left. Please give me a call if you would like to retrieve it: 612-275-8392.
Thank you to ALL 79 of you who have registered to ski with MAST as of this morning. Thirty of you are new to MAST, so “Welcome.” Returning athletes and families: I suspect that most of you are planning to register since so many of you already purchased a season pass back in March. If you still need to register, here is a link: 2018-19 MAST Registration. If you are waiting to register for some reason that is fine, but please send me a note to confirm your intentions: email@example.com. If you need instructions about the MAST 2-STEP REGISTRATION PROCESS CLICK HERE.
One small clarification about payment: you have the option of paying the MAST team fee ($175) and MPS Activity Fee ($75) by credit card or check. If you do pay by check, please make the check payable to Mpls Alpine and mail to: Mpls Alpine Ski Team, c/o Mark Conway, 4800 Harriet Ave S, 55419.
MAST BBQ Picnic and Annual Meeting: Sunday, September 23, 2018
This annual event at Beard’s Plaisance (44th and Upton Ave S) runs from 4:30PM to 6:30PM or sunset, whichever comes first. The BBQ and Picnic will allow athletes, parents and coaches to meet one another, to share information about the upcoming season, to kick off the MAST apparel sale and fundraising activities, and to hold the Annual Meeting of the Minneapolis Alpine Ski Team (our 501c3). MAST will provide charcoal and light the grills located at Beard’s. Families should bring something to share with the team and something to throw on the grill for your family.
If your last name begins with:
A-G: Bring Salad or Side Dish
H-M: Bring Dessert
N-Z: Bring Beverage(non-alcoholic) or Chips
SENIORS: please arrive early (4:00) to help with set up.
JUNIORS: please plan to stay a bit longer and help with clean up duties.
PLEASE NOTE: At 4:45, the Captains, Coaches and Board Members will start a short presentation covering team finances, training and camp plans, apparel sales, fundraising, and parent volunteer needs. It will be riveting. Print the attached flyer as a reminder of this fun and informative event.
MAST Team Fundraiser: Pierce Skate and Ski Oktoberfest-- October 5-7, 2018.
Once again, MAST will be grilling and serving hot dogs at the Pierce Skate and Ski Oktoberfest from Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7, 2018. Shifts are a little over two hours in length and require a minimum of two people per shift. One adult is required per shift to supervise the work. Note that shifts are available during the school day on Friday. Parents, we will need your help to fill these spots since the athletes are in school. A big thank you to Roger Finney who has already signed up to staff a couple of Friday morning shifts.
Please sign up for the 2018 Pierce Oktoberfest Team Fundraiser HERE!
[To help recruit and organize volunteers during the season, MAST uses SignUp.com. It is easy to use. Just enter your email address and select your shift. You will NOT need to create an account on SignUp.com. SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.]
MAST Equipment Check and Swap: Saturday, September 29
We are holding our second annual equipment check and swap the morning of Saturday, Sept 29.
Location: 4800 Harriet Ave. S. (across from Fuller Park)
Equipment drop off: 8am-9am.
If you are unsure about whether it is time to switch out your boots or skis, bring them to the swap for a coach to advise.
Save The Date: Sunday, October 14, 2018--MAST Parent Social and Training
Once again, we will be gathering on the scenic shores of Cedar Lake at the home of Lisa and Doug Tanner for an afternoon of food, drink, mingling and alpine racing education. More details coming soon. For now, reserve the afternoon/early evening of Oct 14. You won’t want to miss it!
First, all returning athletes to should TRY ON YOUR BOOTS to see if they still fit. If they are tight, know that a ski shop can stretch and cut boots so that you can get one more year out of them. Not always, but frequently. Make sure you are trying on boots with a ski sock. If you are wearing a medium or heavy weight sock, try a lightweight ski sock. It might just make a difference and you will not sacrifice warmth.
If you are new to ski racing, you will want a pair of racing boots. They will give you a better position over your skis and the ability to flex your boots properly. Recreational boots do not serve ski racers well once we get into a race course. Caution: your feet do not need to be uncomfortable in ski boots, but ski boots should not and will not feel like tennis shoes either.
Second, everyone should have SLALOM race skis. Slalom race skis will serve you well once you get into a slalom course. They will hold on ice (provided you keep them sharp); they will execute a tight radius slalom turn (provided you have learned the proper technique and tactics); and they will handle the high speeds you will attain without rattling your brain matter.
Third, ski swaps are starting up soon. Buck Hill holds one the weekend of Sept. 28-30; Afton Alps will be held October 5-7 and 12-14; Team Gilboa at Hyland Hills holds one the weekend of Oct 26-28.
If you plan to purchase your skis or boots at a ski swap I have two pieces of advice: 1. Know your sizes and preferred models/brands beforehand. The sales help at swaps has been hit and miss—mostly a miss. 2. Bring the phone numbers of your coaches (they should be listed on our website) so that if you have any questions, you can give us a call while you are making your decision. In addition, you can find used equipment for sale at several sites on the worldwide web. Check out this link to our Equipment page on our website for more information. Explore other pages on our website for more information about the equipment you need and the proper size.
Attached is the MAST Guide To Buying Used Ski Equipment. If you are in the market for used skis or boots, you should download and read this document before making a purchase. And if you are buying new for the first time, this document might be useful to you as well. You will at least know whether the salesperson has sized you properly.
Finally, attached is a letter from Bart Pierce, the owner of Pierce Skate and Ski. In my opinion and in my experience, the staff at Pierce Skate and Ski does a great job fitting and matching our athletes into the best boots and skis possible. If you are looking for new equipment, Pierce offers a special pricing program to our athletes on most race equipment (boots, skis, bindings, poles and even waxes) from now through the middle of October. See the letter for details. Also know that Bart has an inventory of skis from last season that he has specially priced for high school racers. The skis are adult lengths and models and come with bindings, mounting and a race tune included in the package price. This will save you a few hundred dollars over buying this year’s model. The shop gets busy this time of year, so if you are looking for new equipment, I suggest making an appointment. A proper boot fitting usually takes 90 minutes to complete at Pierce. Be sure to tell Bart and his staff that you ski for MAST. And if you are a returning skier with MAST, download your best Sprongo video clip so the staff can see how you ski. This will help the salesperson determine which models are best suited for your ability level.
Raise the MAST Signs
If you are in possession of a MAST Lawn Sign, feel free to set it out in your yard. If you are new to MAST, a lawn sign will be delivered in the near future. If you are a returning athlete and you do not have a sign, please send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hyland Season Pass Fee Payments
If you ordered a Hyland Season Pass this fall, please remember to send payment in the amount of $424 to:
c/o Mark Conway
4800 Harriet Ave. S.
Mpls, MN 55419
As always, please contact me by email or phone if you have any questions.