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WMRT Presidents Letter - December 2018
by posted 11/30/2018

 

WMRT President's Letter

Date:             11/30/18

 

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving, and if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you were able to enjoy some downtime with friends and family!!

It was great to get back to the mountain last Saturday and see the kids gearing up for some on snow time. Hopefully you were able to get out and enjoy some turns as well.

If you were away last weekend, welcome back, you’re in for some great conditions.

This mornings snow report has 11 trails open and 4 lifts spinning. I can’t recall a season when we’ve had access to this much terrain, this early, without significant natural snowfall. Thank a member of the Snowmaking Crew if you see them!!

 

A few things as we slip into December:

Skillsquest is on Saturday the 15th (2 weeks away), please register early so we can prepare -Registration Site

U14 Training Project  is on Sunday the 16th, U14 parents please register now so that the athletes can be assigned to groups, the posted registration deadline is 12/2, there will be no day of registration - Registration Site

Program Fees - Please log into the website and settle up any remaining balances.

Volunteer Program - Please bring your postdated checks (March 31, 2019) to the mountain by December 8th. Turn them into your age group parent rep, myself, or Nicole Wilkinson.

Volunteer Program - Skillsquest - The list of opportunities for skillsquest will be posted shortly. An email will be sent out ahead time providing the link and the time that the registration site will open.

The race schedule has been updated on the SkiWMRT.com calendar. Additionally, under the heading “FAQ, General Info, Race Results” I’ve attached a spreadsheet version of the schedule.

New Years Eve - the last day of Christmas Camp. The Board and Coaching Staff are looking into doing something different and exciting that day and will keep you posted as details firm up.

 

Below are some dates to keep in mind:

  • Training on Saturdays and Sundays 8am start

  • Mid December MSA 1 week camp (2 options)

  • Dec 15 - SkillsQuest

  • Dec 16 - U14 Training Project at Wachusett

  • Dec 26, 27, 28 and 31 - Christmas Camp (24th may be added)

    • Dec 22, 23 and 29, 30 are normal weekend training

    • I can’t wait, thats 8 maybe 9 days of skiing! I mean training for the kids of course...

  • Week of Jan 20th - Fencing Party(s) - install BNet safety fence for the weekends races

  • Jan 26 - U12 / U14 Higgins Race

  • Jan 27 - U16 / U19+ Shanahan Race

I look forward to seeing you at the mountain!

Regards,

Scot Haigh

WMRT President

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SkillsQuest 2018
by posted 11/18/2018

2018 Wachusett Mountain SkillsQuest (U10/U12/U14)

Hosted by Wachusett Mountain Race Team

Saturday December 15, 2018

 

Event: Morning SkillsQuest Training. Afternoon SkillsQuest Scored Events

Location: Wachusett Mountain, Princeton Massachusetts

Register for event at: www.adminskiracing.com

Registration: 7:30‐8:30 in the Granite Room of the Wachusett Mountain Base Lodge

Meeting Point: Bottom of Challenger trail

Schedule: (Subject to Change)

 

Saturday December15th

7:30AM Coaches Meeting

7:30 AM Registration Open

8:00 AM Course Sets

8:30 AM Athletes Meet at bottom of Challenger trail

9:00 AM Morning SkillsQuest Free Ski

10:00 AM SkillsQuest Drills Training

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Afternoon Scoring / Assessments begin

3:00 PM Scoring / Assessments end

3:45 PM Results and Awards

 

Official Notice Board: There will not be an official scoreboard. The scoring decisions of the SQ evaluators are final. Scores will be tallied and directly provided to the CR for the award ceremony. An unofficial timing sheet may be posted at the bottom of the race element. No official ranking or awards will be given for any race element.

 

Governance: This event is organized and hosted in a way that is consistent with the USSA SkillsQuest Tournament Organizer’s handbook & 2018/2019 USSA Alpine Competition Rules. There will be no TD, no Jury, & CR WMRT Coaching Staff will have final say over issues raised after conferring with the RC. Preferred method for raising issues is through the athlete’s coach to the CR. This event is a sanctioned USSA Event Id: 30083.

 

Awards Presentation: after hill clean‐up, for SkillsQuest tournament only

Six classes will be awarded: U10 Boys, U10 Girls, U12 Boys, U12 Girls, U14 Boys, U14 Girls

For each class: Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Bibs: Athletes will be provided a bib at check‐in on Saturday. The Bibs will be collected at the end of the Scoring and Assessment period. Athletes will be asked to return their bib to their group coach.

Notes: Lift Tickets must be worn at all times. Your bib is not your ticket.

Athletes are asked to stay off of family trails (Ralph’s and Conifer), unless with a coach. Please observe and obey all area signs and respect all SLOW Skiing Zones.

Please adhere to the Skier's Responsibility Code.

Athletes are asked to enter the lift line in a controlled, unhurried manner.

No lift line cutting privileges for athletes or coaches.

Use the ski racks or 'Ski Watch'. Please, no skis left lying on the snow.

 

Ski Patrol: Located skier's right of the main base lodge. Patrol assistance is also available at the top of the Polar Express and Minuteman lifts.

 

Results: All USSA Athlete scores will be submitted to USSA.

 

Questions? email wmrtinfo@gmail.com or call Scot @ 617.548.0468

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WMRT Presidents Letter - September 2018
by posted 09/30/2018

 

 

 

 

WMRT President's Letter

Date:             9/30/18

 

Fall is finally in the air! As I looked around our neighborhood last weekend, I commented to my neighbor how there were only couple trees showing color. As I write this a week later, that has changed, a sure sign that the mountains winter operations will be coming to life very soon.

Registration is now open!!

Please go to skiwmrt.com to register as soon as possible. You’ll also notice a slightly different look and feel to the website. This is a work in progress.

September has been filled with lots of preparation for the upcoming season, and a Board meeting on Wednesday the 26th. Highlights from that meeting are:

  • 2018/19 Programs and Program fees will remain the same as last year

  • The Board voted, after careful consideration and analysis to implement a formal volunteer program - details can be found on the website under the Volunteer Program tab

  • U12 & U14 race schedule - No Bradford or Nashoba race this year

    • TriState East and West will race as one - still requires a vote by TriState BoD at the Oct meeting, but the expectation is that this will pass

  • Approved the purchase of 30 to 40 rolls of BNet to replace aging/damaged BNet

  • Discussed video as part of the program, and how best to implement. We continue to work toward inclusion, and ideally will have a workable plan in place for the season

  • Dryland Training Schedule set - see dates below

    • unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts we are not able to host an Elite Camp with Doug Lewis as part of the dryland training this year.

  • Even though lifts will turn this year at 7:30 on the weekends, we will continue to start at 8am.

  • Adopted Parent Rep roles and responsibilities based on feedback from last season - see participation guide

    • We have an open Parent Rep Position for the U8/U10 age group, if interested please reach to any Board member

Your 2018/19 WMRT Board of Directors are:

I’d like to Thank those that came out for the preseason fence inspection 0on Sunday September 15th.. We had about 30 people (WMRT, TriState, and WPI) participating. This was necessary to ensure that the fence we use to line the course is up to USSA standards to protect the racers - our kids. Several rolls were retired on the spot, many more were separated out and identified as needing repairs before it could be used again.

Below are some dates to keep in mind - all dates subject to change:

  • Sept 30 - WMRT Registration Opens

  • Oct 5 - 8 - Columbus Day weekend - Ski Swap at Wachusett

  • Dryland Training - October 28, November 4th, and November 11

    • November 4th is subject to change based on space availability at the mountain

  • Early October - TriState Board of Directors meeting

  • Oct28 - Membership & New Parent Meeting - tentative confirming space availability

  • Nov 11 - Alpine Officials training with John Higgins - tentative confirming space availability

  • Copper Thanksgiving week camp - scroll down

  • Dec 1 - First day of on snow training - conditions permitting

  • MSA 1 week camp (2 options) - scroll down

  • Dec 15 - SkillsQuest

  • Jan 26 - Higgins Race

  • Jan 27 - Shanahan Race

I look forward to seeing you at the mountain!

Regards,

Scot Haigh

WMRT President

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MSA U12/U14 December Camps
by posted 09/30/2018

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