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Year of Birth: 2009-2010

The U10 program focuses on building strong free skiing technique with an introduction to ski racing. Basic balance and skiing fundamentals will be promoted as well as an introduction to race training. The 4-5 Southern Vermont Council races scheduled are designed to give the participants the opportunity to experience fun competition. Athletes are required to be members of the Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA) and US Ski & Snowboard. No 'soft ear' helmets are permitted. 

Times: 8:30am to 3pm (Lunch 11:30am to 12:30pm). Year of Birth: 2009 & 2010

U10 Jan 18 – 21 MLK weekend







Last weekend was very productive.  We had an indoor session to discuss GL racing, and trained for this weekend’s busy schedule.


Friday Training: 9:00 - 11:30am and 12:30 - 2:30pm.  GS training. Please remember that you must RSVP through the RSVP form on Thursday.


Saturday: Please see the schedule below for the Wengen Jr World Cup GS race.  The athletes will be randomly chosen for a National Team assignments and will keep the same team for all 3 Jr World Cup races.  GS suits are allowed.  If the athletes have side-zips pants, please have them practice taking them off and on.




Wengen, Switerland the world-cup giant slalom run on the Kuonisbärgli (aka Suntanner)


         8:30am  Team meeting


         9:15am Team Inspection of the Adelboden GS on Suntanner


         9:45am-ISH  Start 1st Run


         10:45am-ISH 2nd Run. No break. 2nd run starts immediately after 1st run.


         11:45am-ISH Group Photo at the Race Finish


         12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch


         1:15pm Awards outside the Mountain Sports School


         Afternoon ski training following award to practice for the Skills Assessment


Parents, family and friends are welcome to line the Finish area and take as many photos as possible.  The race course will be closed to only racers, coaches and race officials. Looking forward to watching the top athletes from Austria, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and USA compete in this famous Swiss GS event.


Sunday: Dual GS at Magic

Registration: 7:30 am to 8:30 am in the lower level of the base lodge. On site USSA and VARA registration is Internet access dependent. All athletes should have proper credentials in place prior to registration. All Vermont affiliated athletes should be members of VARA and USSA.


Entry fee: $45. Athlete’s bib is lift ticket. Cash or Checks Only.  


Parent tickets are available at the registration table.

All Volunteers welcome! You may offer to volunteer.


The course is on Showoff, accessed by the Red chair.


Inspection: 8:15 to 9:10. Inspection by side slip only. Do not slip the race line..


Start time: 9:30 am women followed by men – Red course, Blue course - second run (opposite color) will take place immediate following the completion of the Men’s run.


Second RACE will start approximately one hour after completion of first race.


Bib return: at the finish line or in the base lodge.


Awards will be on back deck approx. 45 minutes after completion of the race

Please note that GS suits may only be worn as an under layer.  They cannot be seen (no training shorts)




Monday 8:30 - 11:30am and 12:30 - 3:00pm.  We will be changing our focus to slalom so that we are prepared for the Bromley race.


A Few Notes:


·       Please ensure that the athlete skis are kept sharp.  If they are not sharp the athlete loses confident as they slide around the race courses and mountain.  It is much easier to go faster in a race course if you know your skis will hold. Most of the shops in the area have a seasonal sharpening program which is much more economical.


·       Please ensure that your athlete is dressed warmly and have hand warmers, (if necessary).  Dressing in layers is the best way to keep the athletes warm.  Also, if we the forecast is for “clear snow” (rain), please dress appropriately.  It is usually warm; however, having rain gear is very helpful.

Fun, fun, fun,


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U10 Plan Jan 11th - 13th

Hope everyone’s week is going well,

Congratulations on a job well done at the Mt Snow Skills Quest. Thank you all for your participation and hard work leading up to these events.  It was terrific to see the progress that every U10 has made since the first day of the program.    Congrats to the top 10 skiers at the Skills Quest!!!:



2 Morgan Dennes

1 Roarke Greenberg

4 Evangeline Okie

5 Quinn Schwab

7 Allegra Feldman

7 Brenner Rosen

10 Lola Sullivan


The results are posted on the VARA site at this link; https://www.vara.org/back/clubs_races/results1_1382.pdf.   Please note that Mikaela Shiffrin would score a 10 on each event.  For a U10 the 3 -5 range is what is expected.  If pole plants were not evident, the score would be a 2 or 3 automatically. 

Training Schedule:

Friday Jan 11th- Skill work and slalom training. Please remember that you must RSVP through the RSVP form on Thursday.

Saturday Jan 12th and Sunday Jan 13th– Preparing for next Saturday’s first World Cup GS at Stratton (1/19/19, and for the SVC Dual GS at Magic on Sunday (1/20/19).

See you at the mountain,


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A few thoughts for all racers...

Bacon’s (Bob) Theory of Relativity:


When it comes to measuring your performance at a ski race everything is relative. Amy Morin* says “Mentally Strong People Don’t Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control”.


How does this apply to your ski racing performance?


You can’t control who shows up at a race and how they perform that day. You (or your parents) have decided that you will be racing in Vermont, one of the most competitive places to ski race in US. In fact, I am 99% sure that some of the people (maybe you) who raced this past weekend will end up skiing for a national team. Vermont has good skiers and how you place at a ski race is relative to who you are racing.


How you did at a ski race is up to you to decide. Was your second run place better than your first? Did you move your race line higher like you have been working on? Did you achieve your personal objectives?


Even though Makaila Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher seem to be winning all the time, there are a lot of really talented people training and working hard to help them win less often. These are World Cup skiers, who aren’t giving up, they are motivated and working harder.


How will you measure yourself when you race?


 *13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin


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U10 Plan Jan 4th-6th


We had a very productive Holiday Camp with lots of different snow conditions.  We continued to work on technical skills and introduced racing tactics in race courses.  The U10s have shown much improvement.  We took some videos of each U10 on Dec 27th which are posted on Sprongo (link: Sprongo U10 Videos).  There should be 2 videos of each U10 who were in attendance (group 1 skied w Alex, group 2 skied with Mike, group 3 skied with Harriet and group 4 skied with Jackie).

Training Schedule:

Friday Jan 4th- Skill work and slalom training. Please remember that you must RSVP through the link: RSVP form on Thursday.

Saturday Jan 5th - Continue to train for the Skills Event on Sunday

Sunday Jan 6th – SVC Mt Snow Skills Event

Registration 7:30am-8:30am on the 2nd Floor of the Main Base Lodge

Open only to current USSA & VARA members

Entry Fee with lift ticket- $40. MUST be paid with cash.

Bibs will be returned at the Awards Ceremony (2nd floor of Training Center).


U10 Girls: Skills at 9:00-11:00 Ego Alley & 12:30-2:30 South Bowl terrain camp

U10 Boys: South Bowl terrain camp 9:00-11:00 Ego Alley & Skills at 12:30-2:30 Ego Alley

Award Ceremony will occur at the Mount Snow Training Center after both on hill sessions finish


Discounted lift tickets available for Parents of racers (limit 2 per family) at Registration

The vouchers are $39 tickets and you bring them to any ticket window to pay for and redeem them. The vouchers will only be available on the second floor of the Main Base Lodge from 7:30-8:30am.


Notes: No dogs allowed at Mt Snow

GS suits may NOT be seen (can be used as a layer under jackets and pants for warmth), otherwise athlete will be disqualified.


See you at the Mountain,



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U10 Plan Dec 26th - 31st


Happy Holidays!


We have been working on technical skiing and skills with the U10s and it has been paying off.  The athletes have been doing a great job focusing and improving.  During the Holiday Camp we will train in and out of courses.  We need to be ready for the Skills Event at Mt Snow on Sunday, Jan 6th and our first World Cup race on Saturday, Jan 19th (at Stratton). The mountain has really rebounded from the soggy Friday, and the snow was terrific on Sunday.  Looking forward to a productive and fun camp!


Dec. 26 – Dec. 31 Holiday Camp.  Lots of training and fun.  8:30-11:30am and 12:30-3:00pm


Important Dates:


Dec. 28th- SWSC Skating/Pizza party!! Riley Rink in Manchester 5:30pm-7:30pm


Dec. 29thSWSC Performance Education Series: “Nutrition and Performance”  Black Bear Lodge, Wentworth Room, 4-5:00pm


Jan 1st – Happy New Year!  No training.  Enjoy the day with your family and 10 points if you get a few ski runs in.


A Few Notes:


·       Please ensure that your athlete is dressed warmly and have hand warmers, (if necessary).  Dressing in layers is the best way to keep the athletes warm.  Also, if we the forecast is for “clear snow” (rain), please dress appropriately.  It is usually warm; however, having rain gear is very helpful.


·       In order for your son/ daughter to participate in the Southern Vermont Council (SVC) events, they must have:


1.    a USSS membership (Link: https://my.ussa.org) “Competitor U10 and under”


2.    a VARA Membership (Link: https://www.vara.org/join-vara.php).


·       It takes at least a week to process a USSA membership, so please do not wait until the day before a race to register.  Our first Southern Vermont Council (SVC) competition is at Mount Snow on Sunday, January 6th.


See you at the mountain,


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