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The U12 program is designed to continue development of the athletes’ basic skiing fundamentals through free skiing, drill work, drill courses, gate training, and an introduction to video analysis. Strong skiing skills are a prerequisite with an emphasis on the ability to carve. At this level, there is an increase in the teaching of race tactics and competition but basic skiing fundamentals and free skiing will continue to be the primary focus. The U12 age class will also be introduced to speed elements training. There are various Southern Vermont Council races scheduled for this age group that the athletes are expected to attend.

Typical equipment needs for this group include: Helmet (no ‘soft ears’), slalom protection gear, a GS suit, and properly sized current slalom and giant slalom skis. Athletes must be members of the Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA) and US Ski & Snowboard.

Requirements: VARA Membership, US Ski & Snowboard, Helmet (no ‘soft ears’)

Times: 8:30am to 3pm (Lunch 11:30am to 12:30pm)

Summer Ski Planning!


The 2018/19 Season is coming to an end. It's been an amazing season and one that had highlights for all athletes. Congrats to everyone in SWSC on all their hard work and dedication!

Don't let all the hard work end in March! Lots of improvements can be made in a short time over the summer and fall. Time on snow matters with athlete development and supplemental skiing and training is a great way to continue the progress made over the winter. A short 2 week Summer training camp can be as much skiing as a month of skiing in the winter and incredibly productive!

U.S. Elite Camps is the preferred summer ski camp for SWSC. SWSC coaches, as well as additional full time coaches work with the athletes in a fun summer environment to offer the additional training needed off season. No racing, no pressure, just athlete skill development. U10's through U19's and Masters can all benefit from addition ski time. U.S. Elite Camps uses only professional, experienced coaches for all camps. There are no kid/athlete 'coaches' at these camps, only Professionals. The camp also brings a house mom/nurse to care for the younger ones and offer 24hr care!!

There are three off season ski training camps offered. Go to the Camp Website for more information on the camps. www.uselitecamps.com

Mt Hood, Oregon. 2 sessions on a summer Glacier!
           June 25-July 5       ~8 Days on snow.   (*U12's thru U19's)
           June 25-July 10    ~12 Days on snow. (*U12's thru U19's)

Saas-Fee, Switzerland.  A European Training Experience
           July 23-Aug 6        ~11 days on snow. (*U14's thru U19's)

Copper Thanksgiving Camp.  A fall Race Prep Camp on the best early season training site in the USA!
           November 24-29   ~6 days on snow.  (*U10's thru U19's). Travel Days: Nov. 23 & 30

Copper and Mt Hood have Day camper and Boarding Camper Options.
*Age classes based on 2019/2020 US Ski & Snowboard age classes.

In the works....

Master Copper Training Camp.  A Masters training camp to help jump start the year!
           November 11-15**    ~5 days on snow. **Dates are tentative. 

There are also additional adventures for those interested.

U.S. Elite Adventures offers two exciting camps for kids AND adults!

Cycle in Riccione Italy! This adult camp is for those parents looking to go and pedal around Italy and enjoy the Adriatic coast line! No experience needed! We supply guides, bikes (if needed), transportation, etc!

Youth Leadership Hiking Camp in Chamonix France! This leadership camp follows a curriculum to help teach leadership skills while hiking in the Alps of France, Switzerland and Italy! An amazing opportunity for kids to learn and adventure!

Get fired up for some great summer skiing and adventures!! Check it out!


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U12 Plan 3/23-3/24 2019

Hi Team 12:

We are heading into the last weekend of the program.  It is amazing how quickly the winter passed.  Last weekend we had a group at the Piches and a group racing at the Meisterschaft.  The Piche group performed with courage against top competition, and the Meisterschaft crew did a nice job at Willard and posted some great results.  I am appreciative of all of you who skied in the races right up until the end.  It is the best way to gain experience and get better.  Along those lines, the mountain will be open a few more weeks, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunity to get more mileage.  If you do ski, do so with a focus; think about all of the technical elements you have been working on this season and continue to work on them. Free-skiing is the time to practice and experiment, so take advantage of every opportunity.  Most importantly, though, have fun with it and understand that it is fun to get better!

Here is the plan for the weekend:


Friday 3/22: No training due to a USSA/VARA project taking place at Stratton.

Saturday 3/23: GS skis for the Club Championship GS on Frank's.  Start is at 9:45, so let's get on the lift at 8:30 to inspect and warm up.  Saturday PM there will be free-skiing with the coaches or with your families.  (The head coaches will be in a meeting on Saturday afternoon.)

Sunday 3/24: slalom skis for dual panel slalom

Since this is the last blog of the season, I want to thank everyone for their participation and effort. We, the coaches, have enjoyed working with you all and are pleased by the effort you have put forth and the improvements you have made.  Ski racing is a great sport.  The challenges are endless but the satisfaction of putting forth one's best effort and realizing improvement is what keeps us all reaching higher.  We hope you all have enjoyed your winter, and we encourage everyone to continue the quest to be the best skier and racer that you can be.  It is a long road full of steep hills to climb, but it is great fun and each level of expertise achieved is extremely gratifying.  Keep the eyes up on snow and otherwise, and we look forward to seeing you all this weekend and next year as well.

U12 Coaches

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SWSC Alpine Clothing Orders Due-March 25th!

SWSC Families!
This is the FINAL WEEKEND of the SWSC Alpine Program! It will be a fun weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone!
SWSC 2019/20 Clothing order is DUE MONDAY-March 25!
The 2019 SWSC Alpine Clothing Order forms are below. I emailed out the graphics last week. If you need the graphics again, please email me! (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
The team clothing must be ordered by March 25th
If you want the newest Helly Hanson Athlete team gear for next season, they must be ordered by Monday. 
Forms must be emailed to Tricia Kramer. Contact Tricia Kramer with ordering questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  802.297.4090
Looking sharp SWSC!

David A. Edry

SWSC Program Director

Stratton Mountain Resort

5 Village Lodge Road

Stratton Mountain, VT 05155

802.297.4075 (office)

978.505.8443 (cell)

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U12 Plan 3/15-3/17 2019

Hi Team 12:

We had a great weekend of racing at Bromley and Magic with several top finishes.  It was an opportunity to hone our racing skills, and I commend everyone who participated. Nice job!

This weekend we continue our March race schedule with a busy weekend of racing for everyone.  We have eight athletes racing in the Piches at Gunstock in N.H. and numerous others who will be racing in the Meisterschaft U12 Championship.  Gunstock crew will be departing on Thursday afternoon.  Meisterscgaft racers will race at Magic on Saturday and at Willard on Sunday.

Here's the plan:

Friday 3/15 GS skis.  Greg will set panel GS in preparation for Magic

Saturday 3/16 Dual GS at Magic. Meet at the Magic lodge and register at 7:30 AM.  Head out at 8:15 for inspection and a 9:30 start.

Sunday 3/17 Stubbie slalom at Willard. Meet at the Willard lodge at 7:45 and register.  Lift at 8:30. 9:30 start.

Saturday Evening is the banquet.  Please RSVP by sending an email within the next two days to Dave Edry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. indicating how many people will be in your party. The banquet will take place at the Black Bear Lodge in the Green Mountain room.  The schedule for the evening is as follows:

4-5 PM apres ski hour

5-6 PM Dinner

6-7 PM Awards

We are hoping that as many of you as possible can attend this fun year end gathering.

Good luck to everyone this weekend.  Remember, inspect well, give it your best, have fun, and go as fast as you can.  Let's end the formal race season on a high note.  There will be one additional fun race at Stratton on Sunday March 24th in which everyone can participate.  More on that in the nest blog.

Have a great weekend everyone! 


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U12 Plan 3/8-3/10 2019

Hi Team:

As indicated in last week's blog we are going racing the next two weekends which should be a blast for everyone! If you have not done so, please sign up for the races at Bromley (Sat. 3/9) and Magic (Sun. 3/10) right away at adminskiracing.com.  This is the only way to enter these races, so please take care of this.  adminskiracing.com is a user friendly site which requires that you set up an account and thereafter sign up and payment of the entry fee is easy.  Let me know if you have any problems at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Here is the plan for this weekend March 9 and 10:

Saturday March 9, Slalom at Bromley.  Meet at Bromley base lodge at 7:30.  Sign-in is on the first floor, and we will meet on the second floor.

Sunday March 10, GS at Magic.  Meet at the Magic base lodge at 7:30, and after signing-in let's meet on the second floor, far side of the lodge.

Piche Group: you will be staying at Stratton to fore run the U14 States from March 8-10. Bring slalom and GS skis each day. Piche group, contact me with any questions.

There will be no training this Friday, March 8 due to the fact the we are running the U14 State Championships.  For those who will be here on Friday, free ski on your own and get ready for the weekend of races.

The following weekend March 16 and 17 is the Meisterschaft U12 Championships. Saturday March 16th is a dual GS at Magic and Sunday March 17th is a slalom at Willard.  All U12s are eligible, and we hope that you all will attend both days.  We will handle all of the entries for you, but you need to send an email reply to me and indicate that you are coming by the end of the day Thursday March 7th.  My email is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Again, in order to be entered, I need to hear from you.  Thanks very much for your attention to this requirement.

This is a fun time of year where we all can get a lot of invaluable experience racing.  As I have mentioned before translating training success to race day is an important part of one's growth as a ski racer, and we have several shots to practice that the next couple of weekends.  Remember, on race day, a thorough and thoughtful inspection is critical where you note the terrain, the rhythm and offset of the course, and the snow conditions.  Equally important is a good warm up of skiing hard for as many runs as you can before your race run and making turns similar to those in the race course.  Let's all make sure to engage in both of these important preparations each race day for both of the race runs.

That's it for now.  I look forward to hearing from you all regarding Meisterschaft entries (the weekend of 3/16-17) by Thursday March 7th.


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