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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Weekly Update 2/1

Sorry for the delay in this email. We have had some challenging weather this week. The temps have started to drop again and we will have some firm conditions for this weekend. Due to the warm up our USASA BX events have been canceled for this weekend and are being rescheduled for Jay Peak next Saturday and Sunday. There will be a double BX event on Sunday. Registration for these events are posted on-line now. Tomorrow we will once again offer an optional full training day for any comp team rider. We will meet in the Den at Mansfield at 8:30am. All other riders will meet at 12:30. Comp team riders will ride till 3:30 and all other riders will end the day at 2:45. Saturday and Sunday will be normal training days on our regular weekend schedule. See you all soon.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Weekly update 1/25

I hope you are staying warm out there. This blast of cold air has hit us hard, but the snow is still awesome. We have a great weekend of halfpipe riding ahead of us. This Friday we will be back to our normal optional full day schedule for Comp team riders. We will meet in the Den at Mansfield base @ 8:30. All other riders will meet at 12:30 at the den. Comp team riders who have their own transportation will ride till 3:30. All others will finish at 2:45. Saturday Comp team riders will meet in the Den at Mansfield Base lodge @ 8am we will work on our Halfpipe runs all day. The Comp team will do lunch at the Mansfield base. Comp team riders are encouraged to bring a back pack with snacks and water to leave at the top of the pipe for the day. All other groups will meet at the club house at 8am. Saturday will be a normal day for all other groups. Sunday will be USASA NVT HP#1 @ Stowe. Registration is in The Bears Den at the main lodge. Sorry but this week there will not be a coach available for riders not competing in HP. Please keep and eye on the USASA NVT site for more info on this event.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

1/11-13 weekly update.

Once again we have an event packed weekend. First starting on Friday we will offer our first official Friday program. This year we are offering something a bit different. On Friday's from now on we will add a morning session of training for our Comp team only. The morning session will meet at the den in Mansfield base area at 8:30am. We will ride till 11:30 and meet up with the normal Friday program at 12:30. Our normal Friday program will begin to gather in the den at the base by 12:15 and make its way to the back deck of the base lodge for a warm up by 12:30ish. All normal Friday program riders will ride till 2:45. Comp team riders who have arranged for their own transportation will ride till 3:30 ending the day back at the den.

 Saturday we will have our third rail jam of the season. This week we will be at the newest addition to USASA NVT Jay Peak. We will be taking our MMSC snowboard van to the event, space is available for any rider needing transportation. We just ask for a $10 donation for gas. The Van will leave at 7:45am from MMWA.
There will also be a special additional rail jam that day for riders 9 and under the little rascals rail jam before the USASA main event. All of our little rascals should be at this event. This will be the best possible chance to introduce all of our youngest riders to the competition world.

On Saturday January 12th, 2013 at Jay Peak Resort, snowboarders ages 9 and under will have the chance to compete in this premier rail jam event presented by The USASA Northern Vermont Series and Burton Experience Snowboarding. The goal will be to foster the spirit of snowboarding within young riders by letting them ride with boarders of a similar age and skill level. All Snowboarders under the age of 9 are welcome!
USASA Northern Vermont Series Director Paige Manning: “This is the first season that the USASA will host this type of event at the local level.  Burton Experience and USASA wanted this early age group to be able to have an event they could call their own. The rail jam will allow riders, 9 and under, to session the rail garden in open jam format and prizes will be awarded in the categories of Best Trick and Best Style. The event will end with a Bib Draw Raffle for some great prizes, and each participant will head home with a goodie bag.”
Burton Snowboards VP of Global Resorts Jeff Boliba:  “This event is a great way to introduce kids to snowboard competition in a fun and inviting way. It has been rewarding helping get Lil Rascals started”
The Lil' Rascals Rail Jam will take place at Jay Peak Resort on Saturday January 12th in front of the Stateside Lodge. An event fee of $15 will be charged. Registration will be onsite from 8:30-9am.  Jay Peak Resort will also be offering Rascal Coaching by their certified snowboard instructors for an additional $15 from 9-9:45pm during warm up, and the event start is scheduled for 10am. This is a USASA Sanctioned event, all competitors must be members. We offer a one time free trial membership to those who have never been in the USASA.
If you are a USASA competitor under 9, you are welcome to join the Lil' Rascals Jam AND ride in the big event!
Lilʼ Rascals
8:30-9am...Registration for the Lil Rascals Rail Jam in Stateside Lodge
9-9:45am...practice, Rascals Coaching by Jay Peak instructors for those who sign up
9:45am..rake course/maintenance
10-10:30am..Lil Rascals Rail Jam followed by Rascals Awards
NVT Rail Jam
10-11am...Registration for NVT Rail Jam in Stateside Lodge
10:30am...rake course/ maintenance
10:45am...NVT practice
11:30/11:45am.... Riders Meeting
Noon.....NVT event start
Awards to follow end of competition in Stateside Lodge.
Included in awards is the announcement of the NVT invitees to the USASA Rail Jam at the XGames in Aspen, CO!!!
Attached below is the waiver for Jay peak.  Print and send with your rider if you will not be attending. Waivers must have a parents signature.

Sunday we will have our first USASA Slopestyle of the season. This event will be the first SS at Stowe in two years. We are very excited to be able to hold a Slope at Stowe once again. It would be great to see as many riders and parents as possible come out to this event in a show of support for slope events here at Stowe. We hope to encourage more in the future.

Registration is in The Bears Den at the main lodge from 8-9am. Anticipated 10am start. The course will be located just above the lodge so spectators have an easy hike. The weather looks to be a bit wet, so please dress accordingly.
We will give away our first Hi-Chew HI-FLYER AWARD (a box loaded with 2500 pieces of Hi-Chew, a Hi-Chew sweatshirt, Hi-Chew t-shirt and Hi-Chew stickers) to the judges "Best Run of the Day" competitor. The Stowe waiver is attached below. Print and send with your rider if you will not be attending. Waivers must have a parents signature.

For all riders not attending the events on Saturday and Sunday there will be training offered at the Club during the normal scheduled time.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Years update.

Happy New Year Everyone,

We are now have now officially reached the start of the craziness we call competition season. There is a ton on the schedule for the next few weeks. I will cover all of the things on the schedule for the next few weeks to come.

NVT EVENT INFO...Make sure your USASA Memberships are up to date!!!
1st Sat, Jan 5 RJ at Sugarbush - the second USASA Northern Vermont Series Rail Jam of the season. Reg is at 10am event begins at 11:30am location is TBD.

Saturday January 5th....Rail Jam #2 @ Sugarbush (@Mt Ellen not Lincoln Peak!!)

Registration will be from 10-11am at the Mt Ellen lodge upstairs. The event fee is $25, cash or check only on site. Pre-registration available under the events tab until Thursday evening. Event start time scheduled for noon. This is the second NVT Rail Jam being used to determine our XGames invitees, please read above for detailed info.

Once again USASA events are for all ages.

2nd Sat, Jan 5 at Stoweflake Resort, Mountain Road, Stowe - 6:00 - 8:30 pm - I hope that all of you can make it out to show your support for our snowboard program at the "Celebrate Winter" with MMSC at the Club's only in-season fundraiser.  Based on feed back received over the past couple of years, the event is taking a break from the Hall of Fame dinner format.  After all of the holiday events, it was thought that the membership would enjoy time to socialize, partake in some good food and not have to listen to lengthy speeches. A fresh start to the New Year!  Silent and live auctions will run throughout the event.  A special celebrity guest auctioneer will oversee the live auction. To further change things up, there are lots of new and different auction items up for bid.  The lower-priced ticket is not only to encourage you to join us but to bid and buy.  While the ticket price covers our event expenses, the auction is where meaningful funds are raised to support MMSC.  We hope you will join us and help us meet that goal.
     Also, the Stoweflake is offering a 10% discount off their regular room rate for people attending "Celebrate Winter." If you opt to stay, be sure to mention the discount. Tickets to "Celebrate Winter" can be purchase on-line at using a credit card or PayPal.
 3rd Sun, Jan 6 at SL Stowe Mountain Resort - USASA NVT Slalom # 1 & 2. Reg 8-9 at the Midway base lodge Race starts at 10.Sunday January 6th...Slalom #1 and #2 (snowboard only) @ Stowe

This SL event is one more great way to introduce all riders to competitions. I encourage riders of all ages to try the SL race 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.

Registration is at the Midway Lodge from 8-9am. The double event fee is $60 or $30 for one. Onsite registration is cash or check only, online pre-registration is available above under the events tab until Thursady evening. Event start time scheduled for 10am.

4th Sat. Jan 12 at Jay Peak USASA Rail Jam #3
More info to come.

6th Sun Jan. 13 at Stowe USASA Slope #1
More info to come

7th Fri,Sat,and Sun. Sugarloaf, Me. USASA Boarder X. We will once again bring a crew of MMSC riders to Maine for a BX camp. This will be our best shot to give our riders a chance to ride a national level course before we get to Copper. It is also a great prep for our in series events at Smuggs. This course is built by the 2x olympic gold medalist Seth Westcott and year after year is the best built course on the east coast. We will leave for this camp on Thursday night the 17th and return on Sunday the 20th. We will once again reserve the house we stayed in last season. We will be able to sleep up to 10 people. We will need to bring sleeping bags and pillows. Please contact me asap to confirm a spot on this trip. Price will be determined when we have a better idea of the numbers. I think last year the cost was somewhere around $250-$300 for lodging, gas and coaches expenses. As of now the plan is to leave in the evening on Thursday the 17th. We will train BX Friday the 18th, compete in the USASA BX Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th and return on Sunday after the event.

In order for me to correctly gage the costs for lodging and transportation please contact me with the following info if your rider is planning on attending this event.

Will you be needing transportation?

Will a parent be traveling with the rider?

Do you need lodging or will you be getting your own?

If you will be driving to the event, do you have room in your vehicle to help transport riders?

Also contact me if your schedule will be different then the planned schedule above.

For riders who will need transportation and lodging, Thursday and Sunday ( travel days ), we will need to make sure each rider has money for food while on the road. We will build in the coast of food for Friday and Saturday Breakfast and Dinner and Sunday breakfast into the cost of the lodging. Coaches and volunteer parents will cook breakfast and dinner. All riders should be sent with money for lunch for the three days on snow at Sugarloaf.

The address for the house is : 1026 Huston Brook Rd , Carrabassett Valley,me. 04947. The phone no. is (207)-235-2008. The cell phone reception in the valley is very poor , so please feel free to use the land line.