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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)

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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Friday Training-Update

We've had an exciting weekend of racing!
  • 7 SWSC U12's are Headed to Piche's!
  • 10 SWSC U14's are headed to the VT State Champs at Stratton!
  • 2 SWSC U14's are headed to Piche's!
  • 2 SWSC U16's are headed to U16 Eastern Championships!
  • 9 SWSC U16's and U19's are headed to the Eastern High School Championships!
Wow!! Congratulations to the entire team! Everyone has been amazing and all the hard work over the season is paying off!
Friday Training Update
This coming Friday thru Sunday SWSC is hosting the Vermont U14 State Championships! This is an exciting event and a huge undertaking for the SWSC event team and coaching staff. 
With this, there will be no Friday training this week. All available coaching staff will be needed to run Friday's championship race. We don't cancel Friday training often, as we know it's an important training day for the team, but it's hard to find parent volunteers on Friday's and we are still not covered appropriately for the race. 
Please come and volunteer and cheer on the SWSC U14's at the State Champs!!


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 3/1-3/3 2019

Hello Everyone:

We are coming off a couple of great weekends of training with a lot of mileage in the gates. We are now embarking on three busy weekends of racing. As I mentioned last weekend, there are opportunities for everyone to race, and I hope you all will race.  In the past, attendance at races in the month of March has fallen off dramatically which has always puzzled me after kids have been yearning to race all season.  Remember, March is a great month to improve and to get a lot more racing experience, so let's all take advantage of it.

Let's get right to the schedule:

Friday March 1 Slalom training at Stratton.  Okemo group, meet at third floor of Okemo base lodge at 7:45.  Bring GS skis.

Saturday March 2, Stubbie slalom race at Willard.  Meet at Willard at 7:30A.M.  $35 registration fee.

Sunday March 3, GS skis and training at Stratton.

After this Saturday's race, the top 5 boys and the top 6 girls in the Southern VT council will qualify for the Piche Invitational race at Gunstock in N.H.  Those races will take place on the weekend of March 16-17.  If you qualify for Piches we will be in touch with you early next week regarding the details of the weekend. 

For those who do not qualify for Piches, there are many other races that we will be attending.  On March 9 at Bromley (SL) and on March 10 at Magic (GS)You need to sign up for these races at adminskiracing.com. Go to that web-site, set up an account, and find races at Bromley then Magic and sign up for and pay for both.  I suggest doing so within the next few days. Please email me with any questions about the sign up procedure.

The following weekend, March 16 and 17 is the U12 Meisterschaft weekend with races at Magic and Willard.  I believe that the council signs you up for these races, so no need to do anything on adminskiracing.com. I will let you know if that is not the case.  Again, these races are a blast, and we expect that everyone will participate.

The SWSC Banquet is Saturday night March 16th, and we hope that you can make that fun event.  More details to come in the next blog.

Additional training opportunities: March 4-5 Mini Camp and March 11-13 Camp.  You can sign up for these at www.gosms.org/smsdevocamps.

That's it for now.  We look forward to seeing you all and having a blast doing what we all love!

U12 Coaches


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U12 Plan 2/22-2/24 2019

Hi Team,

We had a great four day session last Friday through Monday with two days of each event.  Nice work!

One thing I noticed was a need to work on adapting to terrain change, and in particular revising your tactics when the terrain gets steeper.  Last Sunday we moved from lower Frank's to upper Frank's where the terrain was much more challenging.  As a result many of us were far less successful in the afternoon.  When the terrain gets steeper we need to be more extreme with the angles we make with our lower body (knees and hips).  We cannot ski the same style on the steeps as we do on the flats.  Many of you did so and did not realize much success because you did not adjust your tactics.  On top of that, there were a lot of long faces as a result of the lack of success, and frankly a lot of quitting in the middle of the course.

Instead of getting frustrated and quitting, let's adapt and fight!  We need to ski a higher line, which means that we need to hit the rise line higher, and we need to push harder on the ski and flex the knees and ankles more. So, let's keep in mind that when the going gets tougher, we need to get tougher and smarter.  We can't ski the same line as we do on the flats, and as importantly we can't complain about how difficult it is.  Instead, we need to rise to the occasion, accept the challenge, and fight to succeed.

On a more positive note, we had an amazing slalom day on Monday, and I was proud of everyone' effort.

This weekend we have another training block.  In an effort to maintain balance between GS and slalom, we will train GS on Friday and follow that with slalom on Saturday and Sunday in preparation for our next race on Saturday March 2 which is a stubbie slalom at Willard.  So, here's the schedule:

Friday 2/22, GS skis, and GS training

Saturday 2/23, Slalom skis and slalom training

Sunday 2/24, Slalom skis and slalom training

On a final note, Coach Eric made an observation which he suggested that I share with you.  Many racers do not buckle their boots tight enough and some not at all!  In addition, some people's power strap is not fastened tightly.  It is important to buckle your boots tightly and to fasten your power strap because the boot is the tool that translates to the movement of your lower body to the skis.  Loose boots means a less direct and less quick translation of your movements and results in less effective turning power. Keep that in mind.

That's it for now.  Email us with any questions.  Looking forward to a great weekend!

U12 coaches


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SWSC Presidents Week Training Schedule-All Groups!

Don't forget to register for the SWSC Excel Mini Camp next week! Don't miss it. Great training over the next few days!!  The registration link is below!!
Presidents Week Training Days:
Tue- 2/19     OFF- No SWSC Training
Wed- 2/20    SWSC Excel Mini Camp*
Thu- 2/21     SWSC Excel Mini Camp*
*The Excel Camp Mini Camp is additional to normal training days. 
*Please fill out this REGISTRATION FORM to participate!

Fri- 2/22       SWSC Training Day
Sat- 2/23      SWSC Training Day
Sun- 2/24     SWSC Training Day
The SWSC Excel Mini Camp can not accept U8's. U10's and older are permitted.

Check your age class blogs for training plans!
Come train with SWSC if you're here!! 
See you soon!!


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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