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September 29, 2014

CVA Weekend Program Families,

If you are looking for used equipment at an affordable cost please see the link below.  Review the list of equipment and see the contact at the beginning of each list.  Feel free to contact the individual for pricing and information.

Used Ski Equipment Link

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Andrew Willihan at


September 16, 2014


Dear CVA Alpine Weekend Program Families,

The weather at Sugarloaf is getting colder.  It is an amazing time of the year watching the leaves turn and thinking of the winter to come.  


This is a quick reminder about the upcoming season.  Here are some dates and information that are very important.


September 20th 2014: CVA Fit Day 8am-12pm at the Anti-Gravity Complex

**This is a very important day to talk with ski companies, national race directors, talk with CVA coaches, see old friends, and make sure you head into the season with the right gear.


October 11th 2014: CVA Ski Sale at the Anti-Gravity Complex

**Recognized as New England’s best ski sale and a staple for Sugarloaf Homecoming Weekend, this sale is an opportunity to sell your used ski equipment and find last minute used deals.  Another great time to see CVA coaches/staff, and old friends.  


October 13th 2014: Last day to get the CVA WP Early Season Discount


November 14th-19th: CVA Weekend Program Mammoth Camp.  This camp is designed for early season fundamentals and terrain. Train with our CVA Weekend Program Manager and staff and ski one of the most renowned West coast mountains for terrain.  We will be staying at the Mammoth Mountain Inn at the base of Mammoth Mountain where it is a short walk to the lift.  For more information contact David Hamblet at or visit

November 29th: First Day of CVA Alpine Weekend Program

**The season begins and each athlete and coach start working together to help the athlete become the best that they can be. Go Dogs Go!

 Registration is open and families are signing up daily.  Please see our website link below to register for this upcoming season.

This year we are offering the 20 day punch pass to U16-U21 high school athletes for $1000.00.  We are also offering a 10 day punch pass to U16-21 high school athletes for $750.00.  

The newest program is the CVA Alpine WP U8 program.  This program is designed for 2nd year U8’s, who are 7 years old,  and with the year of birth of 2007.  This is a fundamental skill based program with a strong sense of community.  U8’s will work on USSA based drills, free skiing with a purpose, and learning how to be a true Sugarloafer.  CVA and Sugarloaf have produced some of the best athletes in the world.  They all started as passionate young skiers who loved to ski, and ski well.  If your son or daughter wants to be a part of a program that instills a love for the sport, be a part of an intimate team atmosphere with quality instruction, then CVA Alpine WP U8 program is the program for you.

For more information on USSA based programming, please feel free to vist this link:

Message from the CVA Business Office:

Beginning September 1, 2014, all payments for the CVA Weekend Program will be processed through the new CVA Payment Portal (  The link to the portal is also located on the CVA website homepage as well as on the CVA Weekend Program registration page.  Please be aware that the published price for the CVA Weekend Program is a cash discounted price for payment by eChecks (ACH).  Credit card payments are at a non-discounted price (2.75% above the discounted price).  

This year there is only one price for all participants: $1,475.  A preseason price of $1,400 is available for payments made on or before Monday, October 13, 2014. At that time, all payments revert to the regular price of $1,475.  Please make sure you process your payment promptly this year if you wish to take advantage of the discount as there will be no exceptions made after October 13th.


If you have any questions, concerns, or problems with the portal, please contact CVA’s business office:

Sue Howe, 207-237-4459,  or Steve Sitz, 207-237-4460,


David Hamblet

CVA Weekend Program Manager


August 26, 2014


Dear CVA Alpine Weekend Program Families,

I know that at the beginning of a new school year you have a lot on your minds and plates.  However, the new ski season is just around the corner and, as we gear up for another great year, we want to share some information with you.

First,  I can’t begin to express how excited I am to have joined the CVA community and to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of educators, coaches, athletes and families.  Each time I drive into CVA’s parking lot and look up at Sugarloaf’s trails, I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming.  It is an honor to have the chance be a part of such a great organization.  

Just a reminder that registration for the 2014/2015 Weekend Program is now open on the CVA website:  Sign up early and take advantage of the discount before the rates go up on October 14.  You must fill out an individual registration for each of your athletes.  When registering your athlete(s), remember also to print out a waiver form for each and fill in all the necessary information.  These waivers must be completed along with the registrations.  

Over the past few months I’ve had the chance to spend some quality time with Andrew Willihan,  Mike Savage and some others to start shaping this year’s WP; and its shaping up splendidly.   CVA athletes and coaches had two epic camps out at Mt. Hood in June and August.  Everyone came home very excited about some new drills they learned and some amazing overall improvements in skiing and balance.  All this information will be shared with and implemented by the Weekend Program staff this season.

We have a great trip planned to Mammoth Mt in California in November which will be open to WP U12 to U16 athletes.  We will also hold 4 other training camps that will take place at Sugarloaf during the course of the season.  Nine CVA Training days will be held on Fridays during the course of the year.  These are the old “bonus Friday’s”, that give your athlete(s) the chance to get that extra training with CVA coaches.

Looking ahead, don’t forget about our CVA Rep Day on Saturday, September 20th from 8:00am - 12:00 pm at the AGC.  This is a great chance to meet with some coaches and equipment reps to see what’s new out there and to measure your athlete(s) for skis, boots and poles.  With the ever-changing rules in ski lengths being implemented by FIS and USSA,  that day is a great chance for you to talk to knowledgeable people in the field that can help answer most, if not all, of your questions.  

I’m looking forward to meeting everyone this season. Think snow!

David Hamblet

CVA Weekend Program Manager

August 13, 2014


Dear CVA Alpine Weekend Program Families,

Wishing you all a wonderful end to the summer! What a summer it has been with the crazy thunderstorms, hot days, cool days, and more. Summer is a great time to get out, play, and be an athlete.  

I am writing to let you  know of an upcoming change. Our U14 and Bridge programs at the Academy have grown and are in need of full-time coach. Consequently, I am moving from the position of Weekend Program manager to take the reigns of these programs at CVA. The CVA WP will always have a very special place in my heart as it is where I found my love of ski racing and coaching. Thank you for all of your support over the past two years. 

We have hired a new Weekend Program manager, David Hamblet. David is from Gunstock Ski Club where he was the Head U14 coach, an active member of the club board, and a parent of two aspiring alpine athletes. Some of you may know his wife, Beth, from the Piche event and other races, as she has been the race secretary for Gunstock Ski Club for many years. David brings with him many years of experience as a coach, business owner, and parent. He will report directly to Mike Savage, CVA Alpine Program Director.

Please join me in welcoming David. He will send out his first newsletter in a few weeks to introduce himself and provide information about the upcoming season. Please feel free to contact him at

Here’s to a great season, and I am sure I will see you on the hill!

Andrew Willihan ‘02

Head U14 Alpine Coach

Carrabassett Valley Academy


3197 Carrabassett Drive
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947


Fax: 207.237.2213