MAST UPDATE #5
Monday, October 2, 2023
Hello MAST Athletes, Parents, Friends, and Coaches:
Just want to send out some reminders on this warm Monday morning. Before I remind you of everything coming up and coming due, I have this one announcement that I keep forgetting to make.
If you have a MAST Lawn Sign, please place it in your yard if you are willing and able.
I. Registration Is Open
As you know, registration opened yesterday. Thank you to everyone who has registered so far. If you have not yet registered, I encourage you to do so sooner than later. It isn’t that I anticipate the roster filling quickly, it is just helpful to the coaches to know how many veteran athletes are returning and how many new athletes are joining. We have a lot of logistical planning to accomplish in October. If you have any questions about the registration process, please be sure to read the attached Registration Instructions or check them out on our website. If you run into any issues, call me at 612-275-8392. Remember, you will need to also register for alpine skiing as a winter sport through MPS Athletics. The online portal for winter sports registration opens on October 26.
Here is a link to register: ’23-’24 MAST Registration
II. Orientation to High School Ski Racing and MAST!
Tonight! Monday, October 2 at 7PM
Fuller Park Rec Center (48th and Grand Ave).
This presentation is for students and parents/guardians who are looking at becoming alpine ski racers, but also for anyone who might still be a little confused by our sport and how we do things on our team. See you tonight!
III. Hyland Season Pass
Every athlete needs a ’23-’24 Hyland Hills Season Pass, which can be purchased through MAST or online directly from Three Rivers Park District/Hyland Hills.
To purchase your pass through MAST, send a check made payable to Mpls Alpine in the amount of $474 to:
4945 Clinton Ave South
Mpls, MN 55419-5660
Deadline for ordering your pass through MAST: Sunday, October 29.
IV. MASTers Golf Tournament
Thursday, October 5 4PM
Last Call to play in the MASTers Golf Tournament.
Find For More Information Here
Sign Up To Play Here.
Sign Up To Donate To The Raffle Here.
V. Mr. Paul’s Supper Club Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
Monday, October 9, 6PM and 7:30PM Seatings.
Click Here For More Information: Mr Paul's MAST Fundraiser
Click Here For Reservations:Mr. Paul’s Supper Club MAST Dinner.
VI. Equipment and Equipment Sales and Swaps
To learn more about the equipment you need to participate in alpine ski racing, check out the many pages of information available on our website under the Equipment Header: www.mplsalpine.org.
If you would like to purchase used equipment, check out these two ski swaps scheduled at Afton and Hyland this month.
Afton: Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7.
Hyland/Team Gilboa: Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28.
VII. MAST Equipment Day At Pierce Skate and Ski
Wednesday, October 11
For those athletes looking to purchase new equipment, the coaches recommend Pierce Skate and Ski. If you need boots, be sure to make an appointment in advance. Call 952-884-1990 to make an appointment for either October 11 or anytime you can make it into the shop. I look forward to seeing many of you at Pierce on Wednesday, October 11th.
VIII. Saturday, October 14, 9-Noon
MAST Ski Swap and Tuning Clinic and Individual Fundraiser Kick-Off
Three events in one morning.
Location: 4800 Harriet Ave
Equipment Check In: 8-9AM
Equipment Sale: 9AM to Noon.
Equipment Pick Up/Cash Out: Noon to 1PM.
Tuning Clinic: 10AM
Individual Fundraiser Kick-Off: 10AM to Noon.
A. MAST Ski Swap Instructions
If you have any equipment you would like to sell at the swap, you are encouraged to post this information on our website in advance. This includes skis, boots, shin guards, poles, gs suits, bibs, etc. Here is what to do.
Step One: Take one or more pictures of each item you would like to sell. Be sure to get as much detail in as possible, i.e., condition of the boot soles, model information, flex number, sizing, etc.
Step Two: Fill out the Equipment Sales Form on our website.
Step Three: Send the photos to Cyrus Vahhaji (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mark Conway (email@example.com), along with a short message that you would like these photos on the website and that you have filled out the sales form for each item. If the item does not sell before the swap on Oct 14, then bring it to the swap to sell. More Information about our ski swap (how to sell, how to purchase, how to select good used equipment) can be found on our website at https://www.mplsalpineski.org/mast-equipment-swap.html.
B. MAST Tuning Clinic: Saturday, October 14 at 10AM
(During the MAST Ski Swap)
All MAST athletes should be able to tune your skis (sharpen your edges and wax your bases). Parents are encouraged to also learn how to tune the skis so you can help your athlete do this properly without damaging the skis. Two brains are better than one.
Our tuning clinic will teach you the basics of tuning and will help you get started. Join us at 10AM on Oct 14th. You might want to download and print two pdfs: MAST Tuning Guide and MAST Tuning Supplies. A copy of each is attached and can also be found on our website. This will help you better absorb all the steps and subtleties of the tuning process.
C. MAST Individual Fundraiser Kick-Off
MinneSalsa and Urban Ventures Coffee Sales.
10AM-Noon on October 14th at the MAST Equipment Swap.
Receive instruction on how to sell salsa from MinneSalsa and coffee from Urban Ventures, pick up order forms, and get fired up to earn money to cover some of your expenses for the season. Use the money to pay for Saturday Supplemental Training Sessions, purchase Away Race Lift Tickets, help cover the Winter Break Training Camp Fee, purchase tickets for the MAST Banquet, or buy MAST apparel.
As I said, October is a busy month. We are like the squirrels who are hustling to collect their black walnuts and acorns for the Winter... Sort of like them... Not really at all. They don't ski. I don't eat acorns. See you soon.