Good Morning Everyone:
Just a quick update.
1. We are practicing outdoors in the stadium today. 4:30-6PM. PLEASE dress in layers. Hat, gloves, jacket. Good running shoes. The forecast is for wind this afternoon so it might be breezy on the field. Dress for it. You will be moving the entire time, but the wind will make it feel colder.
2. We are skiing this week. Meet on the middle chair.
3. Parking at Hyland is short term only unless you enter the pay lot. To drop off an athlete for practice you have to pull into the short term lot (turn right after crossing over the railroad tracks.) . This lot can get very backed up in the afternoon and evening and cause much angst and gnashing of the teeth--especially after a long hard day of work. SO-- I recommend that everyone drop off their athlete at the shuttle lot and that the athletes take the shuttle bus from there to the chalet. It is safe, warm and usually filled with other MAST athletes and coaches, which makes it especially fun. At the end of the day, take the shuttle back to the parking lot and get into your parents warm car there. Your parents can wait for you to arrive, listening to their favorite artists, and meditating on what good parents they are to support you in this crazy sport. You, the grateful athlete, can enjoy a shuttle ride to and from the ski area, practicing your visualization skills by imagining that you are taking the shuttle bus back to your car after a day of training on Golden Peak at Vail. By the way, do not put your skis in the rack on the back of the shuttle. Bring them onto the shuttle with you. This is why you need MAST ski straps. To keep your skis together when you are carrying them around. Be sure to buy a set. Use two ski straps... not just one.
4. Everyone needs a lift ticket EVERYDAY. To get a lift ticket, go to the ticket window when you get off the shuttle and show your pass. They will scan it and happily give you a lift ticket. Don't drop the ticket. When you get inside the chalet, put the ticket on your goggle strap. If you have never done this, ask a veteran MAST skier to show you how. There is an art to doing it well. So... ALWAYS BRING YOUR SEASON PASS TO PRACTICE.
5. We generally put our boots on in the NORTH end of the chalet and store our bags against the wall in that area. The north end of the chalet is the end nearest the stairs when you walk up to the hill from the shuttle stop.
6. The cafeteria has a few healthy food choices. Choose these should you decide to spend your money there. Soups, sandwiches, pastas. Milk. I do NOT want to see you drinking POP or FRUIT JUICES or ENERGY DRINKS. They are all BAD for you. Too much sugar and caffeine. They give you zits and make you fat. Drink Milk and Water. Bring a water bottle to practice. I do not want to see you eating CANDY or COOKIES or FRENCH FRIES or PIZZA. You are an athlete now. Eat like an athlete. Drink like an athlete. Stay away from grease and sugar. You will thank me someday.
7. Rope tow mittens/gloves. We WILL be using the rope tow. Not necessarily the first day or even week, but soon. You do NOT want to wear your nylon mittens to ride the rope tow. The rope will destroy them. You have two choices. You can purchase some leather insulated choppers or gloves at a good hardware store or you can purchase a set of rope tow guards in the gift shop at Hyland. The rope tow guards fit over your nylon gloves and absorb the abuse that the rope tow wants to inflict on your fancy hand-wear.
Okay... this isn't as quick an update as I thought it would be. Hopefully you learned a few tricks.
Get all your ski stuff organized tonight and tomorrow after finishing your homework.
See you this afternoon in the stadium. We will be stepping up the intensity.
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