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Year of Birth 2005 & 2006

The U14 program will focus on skiing skill development through technical free skiing, drill courses, video analysis, and gate training. Participants will continue to focus on free ski fundamentals with an increase in gate training and competition. The U14's compete in the Southern Vermont Council races with top performers advancing to the Vermont State's and the Eastern Champs.

FIS approved GS/SG Helmet, a GS suit, slalom protection gear, and properly sized slalom, giant slalom, and Super-G skis are needed. It is strongly recommend that athletes wear back protection when training GS and Super-G. Athletes must be members of the Vermont Alpine Racing Association, (VARA) and US Ski & Snowboard.

Times: 8:30am to 3pm (Lunch 11:30am to 12:30pm). Year of Birth: 2005 & 2006

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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U14 Plan- Jan 11-13, 2019

Congratulations to all of you a your first SVC event of the 2019 season! We had a lot of great skiing and results even with the super challenging snow/ice/ruts! Let's keep working hard and focus on your skiing every run you take. It was great to see Skye G, Sophie D, and Lauren J get into the Top-10 for awards. Congrats!!

A few notes from the weekend:

  • LEARNING: Look at the run in front of you. If you dwell on the previous run (if you think it was 'bad'), then we won't be able to have success on the next run. This is true in training and in racing. Learn from a run and then adjust and focus on the next run. No need to dwell!!
  • TUNING: Your skis need to be sharper!! We are skiing a lot of skis that are not sharp or waxed. This snow is VERY harsh and the skis will dull in just a half of day of training and the bases will get beat up from the hard ice. SKIS MUST BE SHARPENED AND WAXED AFTER EVERY TRAINING DAY OR RACE DAY. Training on skis that haven't been tuned in over a week is unacceptable and unproductive.
  • AWARDS: Awards are part of the race day. I was happy to see a big crew of athletes at the awards to congratulate their teammates that made it into the top 10! But, many athlete had left prior to awards and were not their to support the successes of their team.
    • Awards are part of the race day and ALL SWSC U14's are expected to stay until the end of the awards ceremony. 
    • Parents: This is part of your job! Please plan on staying with your son/daughter until the end of awards at all events.

The Plan:

Fri 1/11:    GS Training (Please RSVP by Wednesday on the RSVP Form!)
Sat 1/12:   GS Training
Sun 1/13:  RACE DAY! Mt Snow SVC Race #2
                  Please arrive at Mt Snow for 7:15am for registration. The registration is upstairs in the base lodge.
                  Athletes are entered but will still need to pay on the morning of the event. 
                  For more details on the event, go to VARA.org for the event information sheet.

See you soon!!


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The U14 Plan Jan 4-6, 2019

Happy New Year U14's! 

I hope you're having a good rest and enjoyed your Holiday! Congratulations to all the U14's that raced at Okemo! A big high-5 to Sophie D and Skye G for their top-10 results!! It was a great first race and hopefully everyone got through the 1st race nerves!!

January signals the start of the Southern Vermont Council (SVC) race season. The races over the next 2 months are part of the SVC U14 series. The series will then determine which athletes move on to race in the Vermont Shootout (Pico) or the Vermont State Championships (Stratton). The series has SL, GS, & SG races and the rests from each race score points for the athletes towards the series. Points can be scored from the results of the 1st run, the 2nd run, and the overall of each race. In duals and SG's, only the overall placings will be used for scoring. It's a season long series with lots of scoring opportunities, so it's important to race hard each and every run. Get excited SWSC and get ready for a fun race season!!

The Plan:

Friday 1/4-      Slalom. Panel SL and Tall Gate. Bring all guards. RSVP Required! RSVP FORM
Saturday 1/5-  Slalom. Panel SL and Tall Gate. Bring all guards
Sunday 1/6-    RACE DAY- SVC Race #1: Bromley Dual SL. 2 Duals (AM/PM). 4 runs.
                     Arrive at Bromley at 7:15am. Registration is upstairs in the base lodge. $45 entry
                     You can pay in advance on www.adminskiracing.com, or pay on the morning of the race. 
                     Cash or check only.

You've all been working hard and I hope everyone is excited about the first SVC event!

See you this soon!!


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U14 Schedule Change! Dec. 31st

The U14's will train SLALOM on Monday Dec. 31st!! Please have SL skis, poles, gear!!

See you in the AM!


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Dec. 30th U14 Race day! Okemo SL



Tomorrow is Race Day! I hope everyone is excited for a fun day at Okemo.


This is the first race of our season and it will be a great race to start the season and to get the race-day jitters out of the way. The coaches are excited to work with everyone tomorrow! If you have not entered the race and are not racing, there will be no training at Stratton on Sunday.


A few race day notes for the athletes:


  • Get your skis sharp!
  • Use a cold wax for about 22 degrees.
  • Bring a 2nd pair of skis to use for inspection so your race skis stay sharp!
  • After your run, please lap around to pick your jackets after each run. Coaches will not be bringing clothing down for athletes. This is the athletes responsibility. 

A few race day notes for the Parents:



  • The race hill is partway up Okemo. You can walk there. I'd recommend snowshoes for traction. There is a mid-lodge just below the race hill.
  • Please arrive at the mountain by 7:15am. 
  • Go to registration FIRST, then go to the base lodge to change. We use the 2nd floor of the lodge for SWSC. 
  • Parents, please let the athletes come around to pick up their clothing. This the athletes responsibility. 
  • All parent viewing is from the finish area. Parents are not allowed on the race hill or at the start area of the race. 
  • The race is over when awards are over. All SWSC athletes are expected to attend all awards ceremonies! Please support this!! Thanks!




  • 7:50am-  Meet at the chair outside the main base lodge
  • 8:00am-  Load lift to go to course
  • 8:20am-  Inspection-Meet at Start
  • 9:30am-  U12 race
  • 10:30am-U14 Women
  • 11:30am-U14 Men
  • 12:30pm-2nd run Inspection (approx). Meet at the start
  • 1:00pm-  U12 2nd run (approx)
  • 2:00pm-  U14 2nd run (approx)
  • 3:00pm-  Awards at finish area *Mandatory for all SWSC athletes!

See you in the AM!!

Edry, Steve, Bob, Vito, Ashley, Brendan


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