Schedule Updates and Info

Hi Everyone, the first weekend at the Skiway is always interesting and this past weekend did not disappoint. We had snowmaking mounds, cold temps, and almost zero visibility for the first part of Sunday. This actually made for a great training environment and allowed us to work on balance, stance, looking ahead, and speed control. Fun stuff. I would also like to point out that not a single airhead was consumed, because they are gone!

Here are some important updates, long email but please read. (note the blog is not working for me so I am sticking with email for now).

Schedule with changes – we will ski this Saturday and then take Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday off and then ski five days straight from Wednesday thru Sunday. This is a change from the original plan and I am sorry for the inconvenience. The U10 google calendar is up to date and reflects this change.

Training Day Routine – Now that we are up and running we want to get into our regular training day routine. Please plan to arrive around 8:30-8:35am, so that you have time to pick up a ticket and get your child settled in the lodge. Arriving early allows kids to get ready in a low pressure environment, socialize with their friends, and put all their gear on at their own pace. The U10 team will always meet outside in front of the lodge (near the outside ticket window) ready to ski at 9am ending at 1:00pm. We head to the lift at 9am sharp so if for some reason you run late please wait at the bottom of the lift until one of the groups comes around from their first run. Please do not send your child up the lift alone to try and catch us. This gets tricky when both lifts are open so best to just not be late.

Attendance – Time on snow and mileage is the single most important factor in improving at this age. However, skiing is an individual sport and we encourage the kids to attend as many days as they want or don’t want, but hope they will always be excited to attend training. We meet come rain, shine, cold, or snow and we will not cancel training, unless the Skiway is closed. If there is inclement weather you can use your own judgment as to whether to attend or not.

Groups – Now that the season has started our goal is to establish groups based on a combination of age, aggressiveness, speed of travel, and social dynamics. While your kids may not have the same coach everyday they will have the same group of coaches throughout the winter. We will try to keep our group size to around 6 kids per coach.

U10 Philosophy – Our coaching philosophy is to have fun, ski a ton, and create an environment that encourages learning, improvement, and independence. Having fun can only occur when we work together as a team to be safe, respectful, and listen to the coaches. We had a team meeting on Sunday where we discussed what it means to be a team and we will continue to restate these principles throughout the year. From a technical ski development standpoint we follow the USSA Training System for phase 2 athletes. I have attached a summary of this system if you are interested in checking it out. Note that the majority if our time will be coached free skiing with only 10% in gates and another 10% in competition. This is very important from a skill development standpoint but also to ensure our young athletes do not get bored with the sport.

Clothing and Equipment – being warm and dry is essential if we want to have fun while skiing. Please be sure your child’s helmet fits properly and that goggles fit the helmet (no gap between the top of goggle and helmet), a warm jacket, ski pants, gloves or mittens, neck warmer, and appropriate layers for the conditions are critical. It is also important to make sure boots and socks start the day warm and dry, and it is important to dry out ski boots each night. This best way to dry a boot is to either invest in a boot dryer or remove the liner and place near a heat source for the night. Today’s boots are designed to work best with one thin pair of polypro or wool socks , and kids should have at least one pair of socks that are just for skiing (preferably two pair with one for Saturday and one for Sunday). IMPORTANT – Be sure to have your kids wait and put their ski socks on when they are putting their ski boots on for the day. Wearing ski socks to the mountain in shoes or snow boots will lead to cold feet and unhappy skiers. Skis should be tuned on a regular bases to get them reasonably sharp. More on tuning to come.

Holiday Camp – Starting this Saturday we will ski 6 days over an 9 day period. This is a lot of skiing and the kids will make huge progress and begin to gel as a team. I look forward to this week every year but understand that not everyone can attend due to other commitments. Come as much as you but don’t worry if you can’t make all the days.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas. See you on the snow.


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Dryland and Race Registration

Hi all, we will be having our first dryland session at the Richmond Middle School this Sunday 1-3pm.  Plan is to hike over to Storrs Pond and back and then play games on the soccer field at the school.  Primary goal is to begin to get to know the kids and for them to get to know the coaches.

Looking ahead I wanted to share a few details on racing and the race registration process.  All athletes who intend to compete in USSA sanctioned races need to get a USSA (United States Ski and Snowboard Association) membership to be able to participate.  Go to and click on membership to get started.  The membership category you want is U10 competitor.  USSA is the governing body for ski racing in the US and provides resources for coaches, clubs, and athletes as well as blanket insurance for youth racing.

A list of the races we plan to attend is below.  While USSA is the national governing body for ski racing NHARA, New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association, is the governing body for all NH races and information on how to register can be found on their website at  I believe we will again have an online registration option for many races but the website is new and things have changed a bit.  You can do it the old fashioned way by mailing a race entry form to the race secretary of the applicable race (I will email these forms to everyone).  It is not super intuitive on the website so be patient and read the instructions closely and let me know if you get stuck.

Race schedule:

  1. U10 Kombi at Sunapee on Jan 27.  USSA race. Signup via NHARA. I recommend sending in registration soon as it filled up last year.
  2. Suicide 6 Masters of the Mountain (Date TBD) – Non USSA race.  No advance registration I will send in team roster.
  3. Whaleback Masters of the Mountain Race (Date TBD) – Non USSA race.  No advance registration I will send team roster.
  4. Cote Open March 17th at Ragged Mt – USSA Race. Registration via NHARA website
  5. T-Shirt Race March 24th at Sunapee – USSA Race.  Registration via NHARA website

In addition we are planning on hosting an additional USSA event at the Skiway and  I will post that date as soon as we nail it down.  For all of you who are new to this and have questions please feel free to send me an email at or ask any of the coaches at dryland this weekend.

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Weekend Plans, Feb Break, and Whaleback Details

Wow! Let it Snow!  With the past couple snow falls the skiing should be AWESOME this weekend and into February break as well.  After a couple weekends of gate training we are going to go back to working on skiing fundamentals of balance and stance, which means we will be ripping it up in the woods, steeps, jumps and bumps this weekend.  Woohoo.

For break we will have training Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 9am -1 pm.  Current plan is to be at the Skiway Monday and Tuesday with a good possibility of a Big Mt Day at Jay Peak on Wednesday with the U12 and U14 teams.  More details on this to come.  While we be very light on coaches over break we have great snow conditions so I am happy that we will be able to provide a couple days of fun guided free skiing.

Looking ahead to next weekend Whaleback Mountain Club will be hosting its’ annual Master of the Mountain Event on Saturday February 25th at Whaleback.  As in the past – this event will include one GS run and one slopestyle run. Online registration for the event is open.  They have asked that all athletes be registered by Wednesday 2/23.  To register please go to: – on the right hand side of the screen you will see a red button that says MOM-2017 – just click on that.  Cost is $25 per athlete.



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Weekend Plans

Hi All, looking pretty snowy out there!  As many of you know the Dartmouth winter carnival is this weekend with the GS on Friday and the SL on Thomas Saturday.  Lodge and parking lot will be crowded so plan ahead.  We will be at the Skiway both days and plan to free ski in the fresh snow on Saturday and watch some of the SL race as these are the top collegiate racers in North America and its pretty cool to be able to get up close and watch them ski.  On Sunday we are going to start working on our own SL skiing with a stubby course and a dual panel SL.

Speaking of SL races coach Bob found a stubby SL at Pico VT on Feb 26th (1 foot high SL gates in case you were wondering).  This is the day after the Whaleback masters of the Mountain event which I hope all U10’s will attend.  Since the Pico race is in VT it is out of our NHARA division and we need permission from race organizers to attend.  Currently we are scheduled for a total of five race starts which is right where we should be a the U10 level but if your child is a 2nd year U10 and is just dying to go to another SL race please let me know and we can try to get them in.

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Plans for Feb 4th and 5th

I hope everyone enjoyed this past weekend.  With the race on Saturday and the big mt day at Burke on Sunday we were able to do a little bit of everything which was great.  I was very impressed with how well everyone did at the Sunapee race.  It was a tough course with challenging snow conditions but everyone pushed hard and skied to their potential.  It was also good reminder as to why we keep race starts fairly low at this age.

Looking ahead to this weekend we will return home to the Skiway both days.  The Skiway is hosting a boys U16 GS on Saturday and a College Club Team race on Sunday so the lodge and parking lot will be busy early so it is best to give yourself a little extra time.

Coaching staff for this weekend is Carly, Brian, Bob, and Geoff.  I will see everyone next weekend.  Have fun and ski fast!

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Sunapee Update

Just got a few new details from Sunapee

  1. Hard Ear Helmets required.  I think everyone has one but if not you will not be able to race.  I have one extra hard ear helmet if someone is in a bind.
  2. First run starts at 10am.
  3. Registration is open from 7:30-8:30am
  4. 8:30 am – meet coaches in front of the lodge ready to ski.
  5. 2nd run will be on the same course with no reset.
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Weekend Plans and Options

Congratulations to everyone who raced at Loon yesterday.  We had lots of fast runs, a couple missed gates, and a few crashes…welcome to ski racing.  I was so pleased with everyone’s effort and I hope they enjoyed themselves.  Just a heads up sometimes the Valley News runs short stories on local youth sporting events that run in the sports section of the Thursday edition.

We now look to go back to back with our second race of the season this Saturday January 28 when we actually have two options described below.

Option 1. Mt Sunapee U10 Kombi –   this is a USSA U10 only race and is always well done and I would encourage everyone to attend.  Its not too late to register if you have not already.  We will meet in front of the Spruce lodge (the older lodge) on snow ready to ski at 8:15am.  Bib pick up is either upstairs in the Spruce Lodge or in the little gray building next to the triple lift.  Otherwise same drill as this past weekend at Loon.

Option 2. Suicide 6 Masters of the Mountain – unfortunately this super fun event conflicts with the Sunapee race and we will not staff it with any U10 coaches.  However the DEVO team is going so if your child is not a USSA member or if you have a DEVO athlete and can’t be in two places at the same time your U10 skier is welcome to attend this race and can hope in with the DEVO crew.  You will need to register by the end of the day tomorrow.  I have included the event summary and registration link below.

Event Schedule for Suicide 6:

  • 7:45 am Registration opens
  • 8:45 Lifts open by for Course inspections
  • 10:00  Competition Begins
    • We run both courses at the same time… We will split the field up and run the younger half of the field on the race course and start the older athletes on the Slope Style event…
  • Awards Approx 1 Hr after competition ends
    • Awards will be given to the top 3 finishers in each age Category
  • 4:00 – 6ish   Ski area is hosting sledding party with music in the lodge / bar area

Registration Link for Masters of the Mountain:

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