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Stratton NYE & Stevek Mogul Challenge

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As we close out this year I wanted to reach out about two things, the athlete showcase during the Stratton NYE Fireworks that highlights our program and the Stevek Mogul Challenge.

Athlete Showcase - 21 Jump Salute

This is a tradition that started 15 years ago to honor Steven G Kenney otherwise known as "Stevek". He was a pioneer of our strong seasonal programs at Stratton and was the leader of the Allegro/Freestyle program at Stratton for over 30 years. We build a jump at the base of Suntanner and have athletes jump and showcase their talent during the torchlight and fireworks. We are asking the Freeski Comp Team, B Team & A Team to take part because it's advanced nature. Training at 7:00pm for one hour, please stage at ski school and DO NOT approach the jump without coaches supervision. The show will start at 8:30 with torchlight, jumping then fireworks.

Stevek Mogul Challenge

As a member of the B Team & Allegro program, we invite everyone to take part in the Stevek Mogul Challenge. This is an event not to miss. This is a competition and while Allegro is not a competitive program, we highly encourage all Allegro athletes to try this great event! This event is a US Ski & Snowboard sanctioned event, hosted by Stratton Winter Sports Club.
To get signed up...
Step 1: (Deadline December 31st prior to 6:00pm) Athletes must have a short term US Ski & Snowboard membership or a competitor license that corresponds to the athlete's age. (Please note General Memberships are NOT valid for this event) Membership fees and more info can be found hereTo get a US Ski & Snowboard Membership please click here.
Step 2: (December 31st at 6:00pm) Register for the Stevek Mogul Challenge on Monday December 31 at 6:00pm. To register, have the USSS membership number handy and please click here: http://www.easternfreestyle.org/schedule?FILTER=EQSC&SEASON=2019 (You are looking to click on the green blinking light next to the Stevek Mogul Challenge event. You have the option of doing one or two events. Friday is both girls AND Boys, Saturday is Girls ONLY and Sunday is Boys ONLY. Be sure you understand this when registering, it will help everyone. If you are interested in only doing one day, we encourage you to sign up for Saturday (Girls) or Sunday (Boys). Cost is $65 per day.
Step 3: Attend the event Please  click here for the official schedule. You must be very punctual on event mornings and encourage athletes to show up early so they feel relaxed and comfortable. This event is very big deal to the Athletes and we make every effort to make sure this event is a fun, memorable event that participants will talk about for decades.
Here is a summarized schedule:
January 10th Extra practice
January 11th Boys & Girls Competition
January 12th Girls ONLY Competition
January 13th: Boys ONLY Competition
Thanks for a great week, despite the challenging weather conditions!
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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 



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SWSC Freeskiing Comp: USASA Rail Jam Week 3

SWSC Freeskiing Comp: USASA Rail Jam Week 3


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!



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SWSC Freeskiing: Strong Opening Weekend!

SWSC Freeskiing: Strong Opening Weekend!

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!


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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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