Dear Athletes, Parents, and Coaches:
Hoigaards Tent Sale Team Fundraiser
Friday, September 13-16
MAST athletes and parents have already started working at the Hoigaards Tent Sale with set up. Just a quick reminder that the sale begins tomorrow (Friday, September 13). It looks like there are still a few open shifts if people want to still sign up to work. Here is a link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084eafaf2ba1fd0-hoigaards2
For those who have already signed up to work, please check to confirm when you are working. It looks like MAST parents and athletes filled the vast majority of slots (which is wonderful), so please be sure to show up or find a replacement if you have an emergency that requires missing a shift.
MAST Equipment Night at Pierce Skate and Ski
Wednesday, September 18, 5:00-9:00PM
If you need equipment, this is a great opportunity to get properly matched with boots and skis and whatever else you need for the upcoming season. Several MAST coaches will be on hand to lend a hand. You don’t have to do this, but it would be helpful if you can let us know you will be attending and what your equipment needs are. Here is a link that you can follow to tell us you will be coming to Pierce on Sept 18th: https://www.mplsalpineski.org/pierce-equipment-night-september-18-2019.html
MAST Ice Cream Social
Sunday, September 22, 4:30-6:00PM
All MAST families and coaches are invited to attend the MAST Ice Cream Social on Sunday, September 22 at Beard’s Plaisance. See the attached flyer for more details. It is worth printing. You’ll see why when you open it. It will look great on your fridge.
MAST Equipment Swap and Tuning Clinic
Saturday, September 28, 9:00AM-Noon (equipment check-in at 8:30am).
If you want to sell or purchase used equipment, MAST will be holding its own Equipment Swap on Saturday, September 28 at 4800 Harriet Ave. S. For those parents and athletes who need to learn how to tune skis (sharpen edges and wax bases), there will be two tuning sessions that morning as well—9:30 and 10:45.
MAST Team Fundraiser: Pierce Oktoberfest Hot Dog Stand
Friday, October 4-Sunday, October 6.
MAST is once again serving hot dogs (after grilling them first) at the Pierce Skate and Ski Oktoberfest event. We need 2-3 people to work each shift. This is a very easy job. You will grill and serve hot dogs to shoppers who stop by the store that weekend. Our Pierce Oktoberfest Fundraising Chairperson is Alicia Vap, mother of Eleanor and Elliot. Thank you Alicia for your help on this. To sign up to work a shift, please click HERE: Pierce Oktoberfest Grilling Sign UP.
Please note that we need to carefully follow some simple health safety rules when working this fundraiser. You will need to wear a hat or hair netting at all times. You will also need to wear plastic disposable gloves whenever you serve a customer or handle the food. Please leave your pets at home. The health inspector does not want to see a dog hanging around the food tent. The health inspector will show up, possibly multiple times, so please follow these rules and any others that I might be missing. I believe there will be some instructions posted at the grilling tent so please read these when you arrive for your shift. I would ask that you wear a MAST shirt or sweatshirt if you have one. Thank you in advance for working. The money we raise by working this event helps us keep the team fee low and cover some of our operational expenses (i.e. race entry fees, flex gates for training, etc).
MAST Information Meeting
Tuesday, October 8, 7-8:30PM
Fuller Park Rec Center (48th and Grand Ave S)
All new parents and athletes are invited and encouraged to attend the MAST Information Meeting on Tuesday, Oct 8. Returning families are invited as well, especially if you missed last year’s information meeting. This is an important opportunity to learn about ski racing, equipment, MAST training and race schedules, camp, expectations, Sprongo, and so much more. You will go away intellectually stimulated and spiritually inspired. You will want to start skiing that night. You will want to tell all your friends and neighbors about MAST. Parents will wish they had pursued a career in ski coaching. Okay, maybe I am overselling it a bit, but you should attend so you are informed. Warning: it will feel a little bit like “drinking from a firehose” as the saying goes.
Our website continues to get updated. Please take some time to poke around on the many headers and pages so you are familiar with our site and can find the information you need quickly once the season gets going.
Finally, attached is a letter that Coach Willie wrote to all of you. Willie joined MAST last year as a coach. He was an excellent addition to our staff and our athletes benefitted greatly from his enthusiasm, knowledge, and support. As you will see, Willie has decided that he needs to follow his long time dream to live and work in the mountains as a ski patrol while he is still young. Consequently, Willie will not be returning to coach this season, although he promises me that he will be back in a couple of years and will pick up where he left off. Please be sure to read Willie’s letter to you. Please join me in thanking Willie for becoming part of the MAST community. We hope to see you on the hill again with us soon. Be safe and bring some of that Minnesota MAST goodness to Utah.
I look forward to seeing everyone soon.