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Friday, December 28, 2012

Holiday Weekend update 12/28

As you all know the snow is good up here. We have enjoyed a great holiday week so far. There is plenty of powder to be had by all. All of the coaching staff is looking forward to an amazing weekend full of fun and great riding. Today all groups are spending time working on board control, body position and race training drills.

On Saturday all groups will meet at the club at 8am and ride till 3pm. Sat. morning we hope to spend running gates and working on race drills. Location is TBD we will have more info in the AM. All groups will continue to work on edge control and overall riding skills. We will then add those skills to jumps in North Slope park.

On Sunday we will have the first 2 Giant Slalom events of the season at Smugglers Notch. Once again USASA events have age groups starting at 6yrs. This GS event is a great way to introduce all riders to competitions. I encourage every one of our riders at all age levels to come out and race in this event on Sunday. Saturday only kids are encouraged to join us for this race. In order to race all riders must have a USASA membership which can be purchased  here. qualify for USASA nationals riders must have 3 results in the event that they would like to qualify in. There are only 3 scheduled GS's in NVT so Sunday is 2 shots at getting the results needed. Additional info can be found here.
There will be two coaches at this race all riders will meet the coaches at registration and head out to the hill to inspect the course together. Please send me an email to confirm your plans for Sunday.

All info about the event is below.
NVT EVENT INFO...GS #1 and GS #2... Sunday December 30th @ Smugglers Notch Resort Registration will be open from 8-9am in the Smugglers Notch Ski and Snowboard Clubhouse. Anticipated event start at 10am. Due to the double event day format, we will be charging $60 for the day ($30 if you are only attending one of the races). Remember there is now online registration available as well as day of registration.
All racers will need to fill out a liability release for Smugglers. Please print out the attached release and bring it with you. Parents signature is required.

For those not racing on Sunday there will be coaches at the club at 8am. I know getting up the hill in the am can be tough but please try to be on time each morning. If you do arrive late go to the main office and have Eric Smith reach us on the radio. The coaches will not always be available by cell phone.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Schedule Change for Dec. 26th.

I hope you are all enjoying time with family and friends. There will be a change to our holiday schedule. Due to issues beyond my control Wednesday the 26th will no longer be a full day for all programs. We will move our scheduled day to Thursday 12/27. Wednesday the 26th will now be an optional 1/2 day for Comp team only. There will not be access to the upstairs of the club on that day. We will meet in the locker room downstairs in the club. We will ride from 8:30am-12pm.

Thursday the 27th will be a full training day for all programs. We will meet at the club at 8am and ride till 3pm.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

12/20 Update and rail jam info

Things are looking good for the weekend. In the last few days we have gotten between 7" & 11" of new snow through out the mountain. SMR is in the process of building the North Slope terrain park and there will be jumps to hit by the weekend! In addition  this Saturday is our first USASA Northern Vt. event. Saturdays rail jam is the first of four rail events for the season. Each event is a chance to earn points to qualify for USASA nationals in Copper Mountain Colorado in April. USASA events are for all ages. So there is opportunity for everyone. I encourage all of our riders to give all events a shot at some point through out the season. Remember to qualify for nationals riders must have three results in the disciplines that they want to qualify in. There are multiple ways to qualify for Nationals.

 1st. be the winner of your age group in your home series. (Northern Vermont)
2nd. National Ranking. Each result earns you points in your home series or on the road visiting other series. After the Winners of each series are giving spots. The remaining spots are filled by national ranking based on points earned.
3rd. Over all points ranking. For riders competing in all events invitations are sent out for each age group for the top points earners in the overall categories.

Nationals is a great way to give a rider a view into the national scene of snowboarding. Its a great way to meet people from all around the country and experience the worlds largest snowboard contest. Nationals is a game changer for many kids and can open their eyes to a world of new possibilities. I would love for all of our kids to experience nationals. It is something that they never will forget.

For riders not competing on Saturday there will be training at Stowe. Riders will meet the coaches at 8am. and ride till 3pm.

December 22, 2012 EVENT INFO BELOW
NVT now has ONLINE REGISTRATION!!! WAHOOO! Check it out under the events tab on the USASA site under Northern Vermont region.
NVT EVENT INFO...Rail Jam #1... Saturday December 22 @ Sugarbush Resort Registration will open at 10am and close at 11am in the Octagon at Valley House Lodge at Lincoln Peak, the Rail Garden is located right outside. Practice times will be announced at registration. The NVT Event Fee is $25, make checks out to NVT. Please anticipate a $10 additional competitor fee if you are not a Sugarbush season's passholder. The resort staff will be at registration to issue these Rail Garden hiking tickets for liability reasons. ALL COMPETITORS MUST BE MEMBERS OF THE USASA, REGISTER ONLINE BEFORE SATURDAY!! NVT accepts only checks or cash for onsite registration and membership renewal. Event kick off is scheduled for 12noon and will run in age appropriate heats based on competitors registered.
USASA XGames Rail Jam Once again the powers that be are asking each series to give them their best Rail Jammmers, 1 Male & 1 Female Rider and 1 Male & 1 Female Skier to participate in the USASA Rail Jam at the XGames. Those chosen will compete on the XGames rails in front of XGames spectators for top honors among all the USASA invitees. Northern Vermont Judges, TS's and Series DIrector will announce our final four at the conclusion of the Jay Peak Rail Jam on Jan 12th. Performances in the first three NVT Rail Jams (Dec 22 @ Sugarbush, Jan 5 @ Sugarbush and Jan 12 @ Jay Peak) will help determine who those final four will be!!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

December 14, 2012 
Cochran’s ski area and Green Mountain Freestyle Center will team up to bring the first event of it’s kind at
Cochran’s. The event will take place under the lights at Cochran’s on Friday night 12/14. Skiers and Boarders will compete on a selection of rails thatwill be set up to
test the skills of riders and provide a great chance for our local kids to display there skills. Registration will be held the day of the event from 3:30-4:30 and will cost $20. A portion of the proceeds will go to “Snow Fun” scholarship fund which supports freestyle snowsports athletes. Practice will be from 3:30pm-4:15. The Event will start at
For more info about Cochran’s ski area
For more info on Green Mountain Freestyle Center
Cochran’s Ski Area PO Box 789 910 Cochran RoadRichmond, Vermont 05477
Phone: 802-434-2479 Email:
Green Mountain Freestyle Center 260 Avenue D Williston Vt. 05495 Ph# 802-652-2455