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Year of Birth: 2011-2012

The U8 program is designed to introduce young skiers to the Stratton Mountain racing program, all mountain skiing, and skiing fundamentals. The program offers a fun approach to free skiing, drills, and skills. The U8's participate in Stratton’s fun Jr World Cup race series during the season.

Times: 8:30am to 3pm (Lunch 11:30am to 12:30pm). Year of Birth: 2011 & 2012

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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Jan 5 & 6th

What A GREAT week we had!!! There were a few tough days but over all we had allot of skiing!! :) 

If you haven't filled out and emergency contact form please ask us. 


Skis should be between your racers eyes or right below. 

Poles hand at 90 degrees or a little above.

Boots need a soft flex if your flex isn't soft your racers will have trouble getting forward and trouble making the right angles to learn how to ski.

If you have any questions, please talk with Adria and myself (Nicole). We have done our best to talk to most of you, we are still working our way through everyone. :) 

Over the next couple weekends, we will be training for our first race coming up on January 19 :) 

We are also planning a U8 Tubing party - TBD


-Coach, Nicole

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U8 Plan-Christmas Vacation-Dec 22nd-31st

Christmas Vacation U8s starts this weekend :) 

Saturday 22 ON

Sunday 23 ON

Monday Christmas Eve 24 OFF 

Tuesday Christmas 25 OFF 


Wednesday 26 ON

Thursday 27 ON

Friday 28 ON

Saturday 29 ON

Sunday 30 ON


Monday 31 ON with Adria

******* Please TUNE their skis!!!!!!!!!*******

Also reminders below:

Dec 28- skating party. 5:30-7:30pm

Dec 29- SWSC performance education series. 'Nutrition and Performance'. By Dave Redden. In the Wentworth Room. 4-5pm

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U8 Plan-Dec. 15-16, 2018

We had another great weekend!! We One skied.  For those who are first years, one skiing helps us learn balance. 

It was COLDER this weekend. Please wear layers and have hand warmers in your racers pockets. We do allow a healthy snack in the morning if you don't want them charging their pass please put something in their pocket as well. 

Skating Party- 12/28     5:30-7:30 everyone Welcome!!

Don't forget to Tune your Skis!!!!!!! 

If you didn't fill out my emergency contact form please all me for it!! I will catch you next weekend if I missed you. 

-Coach, Nicole

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Welcome 2018/2019 Season U8's!!!

Welcome to the U8s!!

Our coaches are Nicole, Adria, Zander and Ryan. We will be teaching your child to race! :) Over the next couple of weekends we will be checking everyone's equipment and will let you know if anything needs to be replaced. If you are NEW please come to our Q&A session this Saturday (2pm)!! I will be there! Your racers will be out skiing and it is right before pick up allowing you to ask any questions you may have.

SWSC Parent-Coach Q&A:

DATE: Dec. 8th (Sat)

TIME: 2:00-3:00PM  ~The kids are skiing still, come and join the Q&A

LOCATION: The Stratton Ski & Board Club room  (The room above guest services. Access via the metal stairs to the right of the outdoor ticket windows)     

I will also have emergency contact forms Saturday morning for everyone to fill out. :)

If you have any questions please feel free to always contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

-Coach, Nicole

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