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SWSC Freeskiing: Rail Jammin' at Stratton!

SWSC Freeskiing: Rail Jammin' at Stratton!

Hey Freeskiers, 

 

We had a great three days of training this past weekend. The weather was great and everyone showed up with the right mindset to improve their skills and learn new tricks. Thanks to Stratton Parks we had a few new features to train on, including a bigger jump in Smoothie, allowing the athletes to push their comfort zones for more airtime. Check out our Instagram page @SWSCfreeskiing for some highlights from the weekend.

 

Looking ahead to this weekend, we have a rail-jam at Stratton on Saturday 2/23. You can register here: https://usasa.org/regions/new-england/southern-vermont

 

I will be at Mount Sunapee on Sunday 2/24 with Max H. for a Slopestyle competition. If anyone else is interested, please let me know. For those staying at Stratton, Jackson will be there to coach. 

 

As a reminder, the following weekend there is a Slopestyle competition at Okemo on Friday 3/1 and Saturday 3/2. I hope to see you all there.

 

Thanks, 

 

Dillon

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SWSC Freeskiing: Hunting for Points

SWSC Freeskiing: Hunting for Points

Hey Freeskiers, 

 

This was another awesome weekend watching you guys and girls dominate the skiercross course. It was the best and most challenging course I have seen Stratton build and you all crushed it. Conor M. and Julia P. are still undefeated and took home two Gold medals each. Sebastian C. took home a Silver on Saturday and a personal best Gold on Sunday. Charlie P. earned himself a personal best and a spot on the podium with a Silver. Cici P. took home a Silver. Marco F. took home 2 Bronze. Bradford L. took home a Bronze. Everyone who competed on Sunday earned themselves a spot on the podium, which was a great way to end the weekend!

 

Looking ahead to this weekend, I will be at Hunter on Saturday with Charlie P. for a couple slopestyle competitions. If anyone else is interested, please let me know. You can register here: https://usasa.org/regions/eastern/catskill-mountain 

 

Jackson will be at Stratton to train with those of you not going to Hunter and I will be back at Stratton on Sunday.

 

Again, awesome job to everyone who competed in skiercross and I will see you all this weekend.

 

Thanks, 

 

Dillon

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SWSC Freeskiing: Stratton Skier Cross This Weekend!

SWSC Freeskiing: Stratton Skier Cross This Weekend!


Hey Freeskiers, 

 

We had our first slopestyle competition of the season this weekend. This event filled up quick and not everyone had a chance to compete. I have talked to a few of you already about doing out-of-series USASA events, and right now we are looking at the possibility of doing Hunter slopestyle the weekend of 2/9, and Mount Sunapee slopestyle on 2/24. If there is any interest in doing either of these competitions or any others, please let me know.

 

Looking ahead to this weekend, we have skiercross on Saturday and Sunday at Stratton. The course will be a little different than last time. Make sure you wax your skis! As some of you found out at slopestyle on Sunday, having freshly waxed skis can make or break your run.

 

Registration link: https://usasa.org/regions/new-england/southern-vermont

 

Registration/check-in will be at the same place at the same time (7:30-8:30 in the West Wing of the Base Lodge) and meet me at the Freeski flag at our usual time, 8:25am. See you all this weekend!

 

Thanks, 

 

Dillon

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SWSC Freeskiing: Rail Jam & Powdah Weekend!

SWSC Freeskiing: Rail Jam & Powdah Weekend!

Hey Freeskiers, 

What a fun weekend it was watching you all compete in skiercross. I’d like to give a big shout out to Julia P. (pictured), Conor M., and Sebastian C. for claiming spots on the podium.  Julia and Conor took home gold medals both days and Sebastian took home a bronze on Sunday. Max H. competed his way to finals but was just shy of a podium. The course was the most fun and challenging skiercross course I have ever seen Stratton build and I’m excited to ski it with you all as the season continues.

Stratton has a new Terrain Park manager, Zach, and we are very excited to see his talent and creativity at work! Tyro has a fresh new look and Smoothie will will get a makeover in the coming week or two.

This weekend we have a rail jam on Sunday (1/20). You can register here: https://usasa.org/regions/new-england/southern-vermont.

Note on this weekends weather: We are scheduled to get a huge snowstorm on Saturday thru Sunday and looking at the local forecasts, 2-3 FEET is not out of the question. On the backside of the storm Monday morning low temps are forecast to be -20ºF (without wind chill), if athletes are not prepared, they should stay inside. Use extreme caution with the younger groups especially. Frostbite happens in minutes at these temperatures if you are not careful.

Looking ahead at next weekend (1/25, 1/26, 1/27), we will be at Mount Snow for our first slopestyle competition of the season.  Along with all the powder skiing we will do this weekend, we really need to work on having 3 tricks, making sure they all link up, ready to throw at Mount Snow, and it looks like this will be the perfect weekend to work on them.

Safe travels and I look forward to seeing everyone in a few days!

Thanks, 

Dillon

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SWSC Freeskiing: Stratton Skier Cross Incoming!

SWSC Freeskiing: Stratton Skier Cross Incoming!

Hey Freeskiers!

Good job to everyone who showed up in the rain on Saturday morning. It only rained for a run or two and the rest of the day was beautiful. The rained softened the landings on Smoothie and everyone pushed their comfort zones and started to go bigger on those jumps. BIG SHOUTOUT to MAX HACK for doing his first backflips on skis this weekend!! The rain and warm weather made the landing on the Detour jump site really soft and it was a perfect time to try. He came in a little short on his first but was courageous enough to try a few more and finally stomped one. If you want to see a video of him land his first backflip, check out our Instagram page SWSCfreeskiing.

This coming weekend we have a skiercross competition on Saturday and Sunday. You can register here: https://usasa.org/regions/new-england/southern-vermont. Online registration closes on Thursday, Jan 10th. Registration is 7:30-8:30 in the west wing of the base lodge. If you registered online and you have your bib already, you still need to go to registration to confirm your bib number. If you do not have a bib, you can purchase it at registration for $20. Meet at the Freeski flag at the usual time of 8:25 and please be on time. Have a great week and I hope to see everyone with freshly waxed skis this weekend!

Thanks, 

Dillon

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SWSC Freeskiing: Happy New Year!

SWSC Freeskiing: Happy New Year!

Hello Freeskiers,

Happy New Year! We had a very fun and productive week last week with athletes building their skill-sets. Thanks to Stratton Parks, we were able to train on the new park in Old Smoothie, which features two medium size jumps and a few intermediate to advanced boxes and rails. We were lucky enough to have SMS Freeskiing Alumni Henrik de Jounge and Former SWSC Freeskiing/Current U.S. Freeskiing athlete Mac Forehand join us to guest coach. You can cheer on Mac as he competes at the X-games on January 24th live on ESPN.  

This weekend we will continue to train in both Tyro and Old Smoothie. We will also continue to work on stance, posture, turns and line on the flats because our next competition is skiercross on 1/12 and 1/13 at Stratton. It would be a good idea to get your skis tuned before the competition! You can find the entire schedule and registration here: https://usasa.org/regions/new-england/southern-vermont. I look forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

Be sure to check out our Instagram edits @SWSCfreeskiing

Thanks, 

Dillon

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SWSC Freeskiing: Here Comes The Holidays!

Hello Freeskiers! 

We had our first rail jam of the season on Sunday, and with only 5 days of training prior, you all did a great job. I know the features were more difficult than what we have been training on, but you guys adapted and pushed your comfort zones. If you’d like to see some clips from this past weekend, check out our Instagram page SWSCfreeskiing. https://www.instagram.com/swscfreeskiing/

We all know how important the physical aspect of skiing is – but we can’t forget that the mind and body are connected. One of the largest contributors to success in competitive skiing is mental strength. It is most evident in situations that call for focus under pressure and perseverance through non-ideal circumstances. You have to believe in yourself and have the self-confidence to focus in yourself and not other skiers. We will work on some mental strength techniques that used to help me when I was a competitor. 

Along with the rail jam, we spent a lot of time at the jump site on Detour - the trail between the top of the Tamarack lift and Ursa. We focused on our stance and posture and will continue to do so because if our hips are behind our heels on take-off, it is nearly impossible to execute our tricks properly and progress to more difficult off-axis tricks. I spoke with a member of the park crew on Sunday and we might have a fun new park on Old Smoothie to practice on this weekend.

I hope to see everyone for the entire holiday week because we have a lot of progress to make before the next competition on January 12-13 at the Stratton Skier-X!

Next week the program is running: December 22-24 & 26-31, SWSC does not run on December 25th or January 1st.
 
Holiday Events - Please view our website calendar for all details.
12/22 4:00-5:00pm: SWSC Performance EDU Series: The Parent Pathway to Athlete Success (Part 1 of 3)
12/27 3:30-5:30pm & 5:30-7:30pm: Trampoline at the Air Awareness Center (RSVP Here) 50 Athletes Max
12/28 5:30-7:30pm: SWSC Skating Party at Riley Rink - Manchester
12/29 4:00-5:00pm: SWSC Performance EDU Series: The Parent Guide to Nutrition & Performance
 (Part 2 of 3)
12/29 6:00-7:30pm: SWSC Freestyle & Freeskiing Mother-Daughter Wine, Chocolate, Yoga (RSVP Here)
12/31 7:30-9:30pm: Stevek's 21 Jump Salute & Fireworks (A, B Team & Freeskiing Comp encouraged to take part)
1/2-4: SWSC Mini Camp (RSVP Here - additional fee)
 
Safety Notes: Please try to avoid skiing in a pack and be sure to watch your speed on green and blue terrain. Go with the flow, not faster.

Thank you all for a great weekend and continue to: #beSWSCawesome 

Thanks, 

Dillon

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SWSC Freeskiing Comp: USASA Rail Jam Week 3

SWSC Freeskiing Comp: USASA Rail Jam Week 3

Freeskiers,

Thanks to everyone who came out this weekend. We had a ton of fun and success learning new things in the park and also spent some time ripping up the rest of the mountain. We continued to focus on our stance and posture, flexing our ankles, making sure our knees bend over the front of our boots, while keeping our chest up. Being in this athletic position will allow the athletes improve their skills and learn new tricks. We will continue to focus on stance and posture until it is built into muscle memory. 

 We have an exciting weekend coming up with our first rail jam on Sunday. They usually have at least 3 features ranging from a box to more difficult features so there is something for everyone. Registration for the event can be found here: https://usasa.org/regions/new-england/southern-vermont. The Team App is used for scoring, and updates during the event, you can download it from the app store and select the "USASA Southern Vermont Series" to join. Once online registration closes, the exact schedule will come out. Please be sure to check in at the registration table between 7:30-8:30am in the Lower West Wing of the base lodge. I look forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

Thanks,  

Dillon

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Rail Jam @ Stratton 12/16!

Freeskiers,

Thanks to everyone who came out this weekend. We had a ton of fun and success learning new skills in the park, and also spent some time ripping up the rest of the mountain. We continued to focus on our stance and posture, flexing our ankles, making sure our knees bend over the front of our boots, while keeping our chest up. Being in this athletic position will allow the athletes improve their skills and learn new tricks. We will continue to focus on stance and posture until it is built into muscle memory.

We have an exciting weekend coming up with our first rail jam on Sunday. They usually have at least 3 features ranging from a box to more difficult features so there is something for everyone. We will spend most of the day in Tyrolienne on Saturday getting ready for this event. Registration can be found here: https://usasa.org/regions/new-england/southern-vermont.  I look forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

Thanks,

Dillon

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SWSC Freeskiing: Strong Opening Weekend!

SWSC Freeskiing: Strong Opening Weekend!
Freeskiers!

We got to experience one of the best opening days in the history of the program Saturday! Saturday was a perfect day with soft snow and beautiful weather. We spent most of the day ripping down Standard and Spruce and also ventured into the glades to drop some cliffs in Why Not and Moon Dance. We also spent some time in the park working on rails, boxes, and jumps.
 
We made the most of Sunday with the limited terrain choices. We spent most of the morning practicing switch skiing, which we will soon transition to hitting jumps and rails switch. I emphasized how important it is to focus on your stance and posture. Whether you are skiing forwards, switch, approaching a cliff, a rail, or a jump - making sure you have a proper athletic stance is critical.
 
We will continue to focus on stance and posture this weekend and will also spend more time working on rails because the first rail jam is Sunday, December 16th at Stratton. Be sure your USASA membership is renewed. You can find the competition schedule and sign up here:  https://usasa.org/regions/new-england/southern-vermont. See you all this weekend!

Thanks, 

Dillon
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SWSC Freeskiing Comp: No Time Like Snow Time!

Hello Stratton Freeskiing!

It is shaping up to be a great start to the season with Stratton receiving over 29” of snowfall already.  As some of you may already know, I will be coaching the competitive Freeskiing team this winter and I’m really looking forward to working with all of you. I will also be joined by fellow coaches Jackson Stein and Tim Velsor who will shred with us and the non-competitive crew.

As for this weekend, we will get the ski legs going again while working on stance and posture. We will ease into Tyrolienne, where the park crew has been working hard building 5 features and 4 jumps. The first competition is right around the corner so let’s get ready to throw down.

You can find the competition schedule here: https://usasa.org/regions/new-england/southern-vermont Also look to the Team App - Southern VT Series for realtime info at competitions.

Note from Tim: This weekend will be our Parent Après Ski and Presentation from 4:00-6:00pm at Table 43.1 and Wentworth room, respectively. 4:00-5:00 pm will be and Après Ski Cocktail party at Table 43.1 and from 5:00-6:00pm there will be a Freeskiing/Freestyle presentation in the Wentworth room.

See you all this weekend!

Dillon Lovell

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