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October 26, 2016

Hello Weekend Program families,

As the fall sports teams wind down there are about 4 weeks available when the kids can be focusing on sport specific training to strengthen their ski fitness.  Most or all exercises can be done right at home or at the school fields.  Look for some body weight conditioning routines for strength, speed, power and agility coming in the next newsletter.  If the kids don’t have a good jump rope now’s the time to get one.  Here’s a good routine from youtube.

A good way to start is to jump (use music to motivate) using the various alternations (skip, run-in-place, alternate single leg, side-to-side hops, twist, ali shuffle) for 1 min at a time, and do a set of push-ups & sit-ups or leg raises between each 1 min jumping routine.  So in 20 minutes this would be an excellent cardio, agility, light plyo (power) and strength routine.

Inline skating is another excellent cross training.  Here’s another great reference link:

Weekend Alpine Program registrations are up to 103 as of this week. 

I have been preparing seasonal training plans and interviewing new coaches and meeting with all returning coaches in preparation for the winter season. We’re excited to have some new faces on staff who will add a variety of skill sets and knowledge to the program.  We’ll be announcing the details of the age group coaches and new staff as preparations are finalized.

Our apologies for the delay with the CVA Weekend Program jacket order. (see attachment).  We’re waiting on options for the placement of the logo.  Stay tuned for the final order form in the coming days.  Please DO NOT attempt to order directly from LL Bean.    

As a reminder, the Killington World Cup is Thanksgiving weekend, November 26-27.  I will be there to watch (not skiing) both days.  The GS is scheduled for Saturday, slalom on Sunday.  This is a great opportunity to see the best Women’s Alpine skiers in the world right here in New England for the first time since 1991.  This kind of an event can really be hugely motivational for the kids, so we hope many of your can add it to your weekend plans.  Killington is a doable drive for the day with early departure from the many southern Maine areas.  

CVA Weekend Program 2016-2017 season jacket choices   

L.L.Bean jackets are now available for online order. Click below to view details about jacket selections and to order. 




Looking forward to seeing you all soon.  Take care.

Ron Bonnevie

Alpine Weekend Program Manager

Cell 207 491-7134    


October 6, 2016


Hello Weekend Program families from colorful Sugarloaf! 

It has been a brilliant fall so far.  The colors are at exceptional hues that we haven’t experienced in many years thanks to cold nights, brilliant sunny days, low rainfall and very little wind. 

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you here this weekend for Homecoming Weekend.  I’ll be at the AGC in the morning with Dawn Smith at the CVA tent.  I also hope to see many of you at 3:30 in our Atrium on the King Cummings campus for the second parents support group (PSG) meeting.  We have a pretty simple agenda, which won’t take more than an hour. 

We’ve updated the Bridge Camps page on the CVA website.  We hope you can check out the upgrades, which include shortening the 5-day Bridge camps to 4 with an adjusted pricing structure.  And we’ve added a pre-holiday camp Dec 19-21. You’ll find information and registration for this camp on the Camps page on the CVA site.  We wanted you to know about it before we send invitations out to ski racers throughout New England.

Registrations for this year’s Weekend Program have been coming in steadily these past weeks.  Remember the early price discount ends this weekend, so don’t miss out!

Our November Junior Development camp in Summit County, Colorado is now full.  Look for some exciting news from that group of 17 next month! 

I want to introduce Jon Wagner as the CVA assistant U14 coach.  Jon was my assistant the last 4 years with the Saddleback Ski Club, and brings solid ski racing and coaching background to the program.  He will head up the U14 Weekend Program group in addition to working with me during the week with the CVA winter term athletes and Bridge camps. John will come on board in time for the Colorado camp.

Lastly, the Weekend Program lead coaches have been named: John Thompson U19/16, Jon Wagner U14, Len Saulter U12, and Josh Cushman U10/8.  We also have 4 new coaches, (3 of whom are college students) who will be joining us plus there are a few more prospects in the wings.  Our goal is to have smaller groups this year along with volunteer parent helpers with the younger age groups to increase time on task and efficiency on and off the hill.

So think snow and don’t hesitate to call or email if you have questions.  I’ve heard from many of you already with equipment questions, so remember to get the gear ready soon. 

Ron Bonnevie

Alpine Weekend Program Manager

207- 491-7134    



Hello Weekend Program Families! 

We hope you are enjoying your summer and have transitioned from goggle to farmer's tans. We are both very excited to have joined the CVA community – USSA’s 2016 Club of the Year! - and look forward to meeting you and your children. As we are both new to CVA and the Weekend Program there is much to learn but we are working hard to get up to speed. We are talking with parents, coaches and Sugarloaf personnel, creating calendars, inventorying equipment and designing programming to help ensure this season builds upon the program’s proven excellence. We will continue to be in touch as more plans are finalized and details become available. 

Key notes today:

Weekend Program Registration for the 2016/2017 season is NOW LIVE. Please note: to save $75 on your registration fee you must submit all forms and payment by October 11th.  

The program will run from December 3rd, 2016 to April 2nd, 2017. All other aspects (times, training during vacation weeks) of the program will remain unchanged.

The price is the same as last year. 

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you on opening day!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact either of us. 

Ron Bonnevie
Alpine Weekend Program Manager


Kraig Sourbeer
CVA Alpine Program Director
(802) 535-9539



3197 Carrabassett Drive
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947


Fax: 207.237.2213