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The U19 program is for high school aged athletes who want to continue their ski racing in a weekend program. These athletes participate in the US Ski & Snowboard Vermont Cup Series. The stronger athletes may qualify for the Eastern FIS race series. The additional training on varied terrain will give an advantage to this aged athlete as they continue to develop their technical and tactical skills. The U19 group will develop their skiing through technical free skiing, drill courses, increased gate training, and video analysis.

Typical equipment needs include: FIS approved GS Helmet (no ‘soft ears’), a GS suit, slalom protection gear, a back protector, and properly sized SL, GS and SG skis. Athletes must be members of the Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA) as well as US Ski & Snowboard. Athletes hoping to compete at a FIS level will need to purchase a FIS license prior to the season.

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

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

U19 Plan-Dec. 14-16, 2018

It was another great weekend.  We kicked off the race season last Saturday.  While everyone may not have had the success they were looking for, I saw some good skiing!  Don't lose sight of the amount of training you had going into the race.  It wasn't a lot.  Nice job to everyone.  

It was a very productive weekend.  We spent time on SL skis focusing on a few things.  First, was getting very balanced on the ski.  Yes one ski.  The step change in everyone's skiing after skiing on one ski was very noticeable.  What does one skiing help us do?  Many things.  It forces you to use your inside edge to carve, and your outside edge.  The pole touch helps with you in the transition from your old turn to your new turn.  You do all this while maintaining and good balanced position and upper body facing down the hill and the result is good skiing.  Everyone did great and I can't wait to do it again this weekend!!

Plans for the weekend.  If you are training on Friday please remember you must RSVP through the RSVP FORM.

Friday:      GS training.  GS skis, poles, arm guards  

Saturday:  SL training.  SL skis, pole guards, shin and face guard

Sunday:    SL training.  SL skis, GS poles and arm guards.  We are going to have a panel slalom focus

Our next race is going to the Parallel Slalom at Okemo on December 28th.  Please sign up and make sure you are already an active VARA member and have a USSA competitors license.  Sign up on www.adminskiracing.com

If you're looking for more training opportunities, don't forget about the Holiday GS camp next week!! Dec. 19-21 at Stratton. 3 days of GS training. SWSC athletes get a discount!! For Details and to register go to: www.uselitecamps.com 

Beginning this weekend we will meet both morning and afternoon at mid-mountain at 8:35am. 

See everyone Saturday

The U19 Coaches

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U19 Plan-Dec. 7-9, 2018

Wow!  What a first weekend.  It was great to get back on the hill and ski with everyone.  And a special shout out to those who braved the wet conditions on Sunday.  We got a little damp (OK wet), but a very productive day.

As a recap we focused on getting back on snow and finding that good athletic stance.  The pivot slips are a great drill to ensure you have active and simultaneous foot movement and the ability to move from old edges to new edges.  You receive instant feedback as to where you are centered.   And for those who were out Sunday the drill with leaving only the tip of the inside ski on the snow is something that should be a normal warm-up routine.  Again, you have instant feedback on stance and balance.  We will focus more on that this weekend. 

For this weekend, there is a lot going on with a couple of focuses.  Some athletes will be participating in our first race Saturday!  It’s the Rebecca Ann McGill Memorial GS.  For those racing make sure you sign up on www.adminskiracing.com.  Also, and VERY important, make sure you have a USSA competitors license and are an active VARA member.   7:15am Registration opens – WEST END of MAIN LODGE near Gondola.  Lifts open at 8:30am so be ready to load and meet at mid-mountain.  We will head up from there. 

There is training for those not racing. When there is a reference to training please take note on what is required.  Helmets are always required. Hard ear when training GS and soft ear is acceptable for SL only. And always make sure your skis are tuned and ready to go.

Friday:    GS Training AM & PM.  Arm guards and FIS GS helmet.  Race run ready with tuned skis and GS suit!
               *Please fill out the RSVP FORM for Friday training so we know who's coming!

SaturdayBecky McGill GS-Race day for some. GS!  It should be fun. 

                 Slalom training for those not racing.  No guards (shin, face, hand guards) required.

 Sunday:   Slalom training.  Hopefully we can set some brush drills.  No guards required.

See everyone Saturday.


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SWSC Opening Day! Saturday Dec. 1


SWSC will be opening the 2018/19 season at 8:20am on Saturday in front of the Mountain Sports School (MSS) Building. Get excited for the start of the race season!!

Schedules for all groups:

Dec. 1st

8:20am Meet Coaches
8:30am-11:30am AM Ski Session
11:30am-12:30pm Lunch w/parents*
*U8/U10 parents much pick up kids in front of the MSS building
12:30pm-3:00pm PM Ski Session*
*U8/U10 parents much pick up kids in front of the MSS building
4:00pm Parent Social and Coach presentation at Table 43.1. Black Bear Lodge
All parents should plan on attending

U8/U10/U12/U14: SL Skis, no guards, GS poles
U16/U19: GS Skis, GS poles*
*if you have not skied yet this winter, please check with your coach as to what skis to bring!
Masters/M1: SK Skis, no guards, GS poles

Dec. 2nd

8:20am Meet Coaches
8:30am-11:30am AM Ski Session
11:30am-12:30pm Lunch w/parents*
*U8/U10 parents much pick up kids in front of the MSS building
12:30pm-3:00pm PM Ski Session*
*U8/U10 parents much pick up kids in front of the MSS building

U8/U10/U12/U14: SL Skis, no guards, GS poles
U16/U19: GS Skis, GS poles*
*if you have not skied yet this winter, please check with your coach as to what skis to bring!
Masters/M1: SL Skis, no guards, GS poles

See you all on Saturday!


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SWSC Equipment and Fall Fitness-This Saturday!

SWSC Fall Fitness Days and SWSC Equipment Fitting Day

The Fall Equipment day is an important event if you need equipment for your kids!! Get your new equipment fitted and ordered with the equipment representatives and coaches. All major manufacturers will be at Stratton to help SWSC athletes get everything they need for the 2018/19 season. This is for one day ONLY and SWSC athletes will get special ‘Racer Prices’!!


Sept. 22 1-4pm    In front of the Stratton Junior School in the base area of Stratton Resort.


SWSC Fall Fitness Days and SWSC Equipment Fitting Day

Fall Fitness Days have been a big hit in the past and the 2018 Fall Fitness #1 is this Saturday! The fitness days are lots of fun for the kids and the team activities gets them thinking about winter! 

Sept. 22 9-11am   Meet in front of the Mountain Sports School. Bring warm clothes and water!


See you Saturday!! 

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Welcome to the 2018/19 Season!

Welcome to the 2018-19 season!!
I hope you're all enjoying the summer and getting excited for the upcoming season! This will be my 7th year as Alpine Racing Program Director and Head Coach and can't wait to get things started! We made big changes in the club over the past few years and this year there will be a lot of new and exciting additions! We've upgraded our equipment, changed our club culture, upgraded our technology, and improved the programs' direction. I want to thank everyone for supporting the changes each year and the great program that we've put in place for the kids.
The new website has been a great resource for parents and athletes. Please get to know the site and use it for all program age class information. Weekly training plans will be posted here each week by Wednesday by the age class Head Coaches and you can find the season schedule on the calendar page.
Alterra, the parent company of Stratton, has been incredible over the past months. The NEW Snowbowl chair is getting installed as I write this and the new IKON pass has broken all sales expectations!! Alterra is a super supportive company and we are all enjoying the new leadership!
Don't miss our fall programming! We will continue this fall with our Fall Fitness days and our SWSC Club Equipment Fitting day. If you're buying new equipment this year, the Equipment Fitting day is the place to do it! Get sized for new boots & skis by the factory representatives and order it all at a discount on the same day! These are very popular events and important for SWSC. The Annual SWSC Fall Golf Classic Tourney is still in the works and we are working on moving it to Connecticut so more of you can play! Keep an eye out for more details. 
Fall Programming Dates:
Sept. 22nd   Fall Fitness Day #1      9-11am  Stratton Resort Base Area
                  Equipment Fitting Day  1-4pm    Stratton Resort Base Area
Oct. 13th     Fall Fitness Day #2      9-11am  Stratton Resort Base Area
Oct. 27th     Fall Fitness Day #3      9-11am  Stratton Resort Base Area
This is the start of my seventh season with SWSC and I'm as excited as ever to push the club to our goal of the #1 club in the USA! My background prior to joining the alpine program at Stratton was with a few different styles of programs. I spent seven years at Stratton Mountain School as the Head J3 coach and oversaw the children’s programs (J3’s, J4’s, DEVO). Prior to SMS, I was the Program Director for the 2004-2005 season with the Wachusett Mountain Race Team. From 1993-2004 I was the Snowsports Director and Head Alpine Coach the New Hampton School in New Hampshire. I started my coaching career at Waterville Valley Academy after finishing my degree in Exercise Science at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire (Go Panthers!).
I'm looking forward to another successful year with the SWSC Alpine Racing Program and am excited for more changes and more big steps forward!
Feel free to email me with questions.
David A. Edry
SWSC Alpine Program Director
Stratton Mountain Resort
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