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March 4th

Hello Freestyle Parents:

We are having a great finish to our season. Lots of individual goals have been achieved. To check out what the team is doing and see great photos and results, go to our Facebook page. March is one of the best months to train freestyle skiing so let’s see great attendance for each of the weekends remaining in the program!.

 

Trampoline Club

No Trampoline club for this weekend- 3/6

 

USSA Events

Please contact Joan Dolan directly for any information regarding East Coast Young Gun Invites, (207 215 8741)

 

USASA Events

Remember to sign up for the fourth stop in our USASA series. The fourth stop will take place on Sunday, 3/8 at Sunday River.  Registration is open online at www.usasa.org. There will be a van available but seats are limited. To assure your child's van ride, contact Jesse at jduncan@gocva.com (207-491-7364). The van will depart CVA’s Capricorn building at 6am. If you are traveling to Sunday River on your own, please text Jesse’s phone number when you arrive at registration.

Remember, the athlete’s overall national rankings are determined by their best three results. Making all of the events in the series is very important as it allows the athlete to have a throwaway result. Nationals will take place 4/3-4/8 at Copper Mtn., CO. (Keep in mind this is Daylight Saving Time.)

 

Ski The East Events

The Sugarloaf event is only for the athletes age 15 and over.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 25th

 

Hello Freestyle Parents:

 

It was a great vacation week. Two JBL events, one USASA Sunday River event, and lots of great courses and training.  We have moved into championship season which means that timely event registrations are that much more important. For both USSA and USASA you need to accept your invite to the event. If you have questions about this process please call me, Nathan Mckenzie (207-441-4759), or read the information pertaining to your series that is posted on their registration websites.

 

Bonus Training Friday 2/27

 

We will be offering Bonus training this Friday.

 

Registration will close on Thursday 2/26 at noon.

 

Only $50 for WP athletes.

 

Winter Training Camp March 2-6th

 

Register at the link below. Space is now limited! Sign up fast!

 

https://www.gocva.com/pages/athletics/athletics---camps---freestyle-camp-2

 

Trampoline Club

 

Trampoline club will be on Saturday the 28th from 2pm-4pm

 

Coaches: Jesse, Jake

 

USSA Events

 

Please contact Joan Dolan directly for any information regarding Tri- State Champ’s.

 

(207-215-8741)

 

USASA Events

 

Remember to sign up for the fourth stop in our USASA series. The fourth stop will take place on Sunday, 3/8 at Sunday River.  Registration is open online at www.usasa.org. There will be a van available but seats are limited. To assure your child's van ride contact Jesse at jduncan@gocva.com (207-491-7364). The van will depart CVA’s Capricorn building at 6am. If you are traveling to Sunday River on your own, please text Jesse’s phone number when you arrive at registration.

 

Remember, the athlete’s overall national rankings are determined by their best three results. Making all of the events in the series is very important as it allows the athlete to have a throwaway result. Nationals will take place 4/3-4/8 at Copper Mtn., CO. (Keep in mind this is Daylight saving time.)

 

Ski The East Events

 

The Sugarloaf event will only be for the athletes age 15 and over.

 

Drop Box League

 

We will be holding a double big air comp this Sunday morning ( March 1st) in the Stomping Grounds Park.

 

8:30am                     Warm up at weekend meeting spot

 

8:45am- 9:30am      Training

 

10am-11am              Comp Run

 

11am-12pm              Lunch  

 

Awards at 1:45pm @ Comp Center.

 

We need the following parent volunteers:

 

1  - Course Starters

 

 

We have prizes but could always use more. If you have any prizes that you would like to donate please bring them to the upstairs of the competition center on Saturday morning at 8am.

 

Please contact Nathan Mckenzie  at 207-441-4759 soon for volunteer Information.





 

February 16th

Hello Freestyle Parents:

Thanks to all the parents who helped with the JBL event...it went very well. The athletes had a great time and learned a lot. A mistake was made during awards. I gave out a bunch of Long Trail stickers and I had no idea they were beer stickers. I apologize.  Please don't let your child post these stickers on their helmets or skis.

 

Junior Bump League 2/22 Sunday

I would like to hold another JBL this coming Sunday on the Skidder B course.

All athletes are welcome to compete. The event will be set up for those that are new to mogul competitions and skiing.

JBL Schedule:

8:30am                     Warm up at weekend meeting spot

8:45am- 9:30am      Training

10am-11am              First Runs

11am-12pm              Lunch  

12:00pm                   Start of Second Runs.

Awards at 1:45pm @ Comp Center.

 

We need the following parent volunteers:

2  - Course Starters

2 -  Jump sweepers

We have prizes but could always use more. If you have any prizes that you would like to donate please bring them to the upstairs of the competition center on Saturday morning at 8am.

Please contact Nathan Mckenzie  at 207-441-4759 soon for volunteer Information.

 

Winter Training Camp March 2-6th

Register at the link below.

https://www.gocva.com/pages/athletics/athletics---camps---freestyle-camp-2

 

Trampoline Club

Trampoline club will be on Saturday the 21st from 2pm-4pm

 

Vacation Training schedule.

Vacation training dates are as follows Monday 2/16- Tuesday 2/17- Thursday 2/19- Friday 2/20

NO TRAINING ON WEDNESDAY 2/18

We will have regular weekend training 2/21-22

 

USASA Events

Remember to sign up for the third stop in our USASA series. The third stop will take place on Sunday, 2/22 at Sunday River.  Registration is open online at www.usasa.org. There will be a van available but seats are limited. To assure your child's van ride contact Jesse at jduncan@gocva.com (207-491-7364). The van will depart CVA’s Capricorn building at 6am. If you are traveling to Sunday River on your own, please text Jesse’s phone number when you arrive at registration. Remember the athlete’s overall national rankings are determined by their best three results. Making all of the events in the series is very important as it allows the athlete to have a throwaway result. Nationals will take place 4/4-4/8 at Copper Mtn., CO.

 

Ski The East Events

All Junior events for Ski The East have been completed. Championship are at Jay Peak, March 20st, 21st, 22nd. Please contact Nathan Mckenzie if you need a van ride or lodging.





 

 

 

February 11th

Hello Freestyle Parents:

 

I hope you all take the time to read this newsletter because we have so many important things on our agenda.

 

About this weekend

First, the snow has been great and the Sugarloaf park staff has been making the park look great for our weekend training.  Second, we will have our B mogul course up and running this weekend and during vacation week. Last,  I’m excited about the USSA Championships for our high school athletes this Sunday at Sugarloaf. The event is AFP sanctioned which should bring an impressive line- up of skiers.  Please stop by the Haywire Park Sunday and cheer our CVA BIG DOGS ON!

 

CVA Training Day

We have a CVA Training Day opportunity on Friday 2/13.

Registration closes at Noon on Thursday 2/12.

 

Winter Training Camp March 2-6th

Register at the link below.

https://www.gocva.com/pages/athletics/athletics---camps---freestyle-camp-2

 

Trampoline Club

We have added  a Trampoline Club session this Saturday. Since athletes missed training to compete, our plan is to try to add 4 more trampoline training dates.

 

Vacation Training schedule.

We will have regular training this weekend on 2/13-14.

Vacation training dates are as follows Monday 2/16- Tuesday 2/17- Thursday 2/19- Friday 2/20

NO TRAINING ON WEDNESDAY 2/18

We will have regular weekend training 2/21-22

 

Junior Bump League

Our first JBL event will be this Saturday on the Skidder B course.

All athletes are welcome to compete. The event will be set up for those that are new to mogul competitions.

JBL Schedule:

8:30am                     Warm up at weekend meeting spot

8:45am- 9:30am      Training

10am-11am              First Runs

11am-12pm              Lunch  

12:00pm                   Start of Second Runs.

Awards at 2pm @ Comp Center.

 

We need the following parent volunteers:

2  - Course Starters

2 -  Jump sweepers

We have prizes but could always use more. If you have any prizes that you would like to donate please bring them to the upstairs of the competition center on Saturday morning at 8am.

Please contact Nathan Mckenzie  at 207-441-4759 soon for volunteer Information.

 

USASA Events

Remember to sign up for the third stop in our USASA series. The third stop will take place on Sunday, 2/22 at Sunday River.  Registration is open online at www.usasa.org. There will be a van available but seats are limited. To assure your child's van ride contact Jesse at jduncan@gocva.com (207-491-7364). The van will depart CVA’s Capricorn building at 6am. If you are traveling to Sunday River on your own, please text Jesse’s phone number when you arrive at registration. Remember the athlete’s overall national rankings are determined by their best three results. Making all of the events in the series is very important as it allows the athlete to have a throwaway result. Nationals will take place 4/4-4/8 at Copper Mtn., CO.

 

USSA Events

We are not attending the WhaleBack USSA B mogul event. Our next program event for USSA will be the Tri State Championships. Contact Joan Dolan for more information.

(207-215-8741)

 

Ski The East Events

All Junior events for Ski The East have been completed. Championship are at Jay Peak, March 20st, 21st, 22nd. Please contact Nathan Mckenzie if you need a van ride or lodging.

 

Greetings Weekend Program Families!

It’s been a long, cold January, but with February here things are starting to shape up (like the snow banks!) and before we know it, February break will be upon us. With February break also comes our 2015 Scholarship Event, to be held Saturday the 21st from 6pm – 9pm at the Sugarloaf Inn. As vital members of our community, we hope you will join us that night to help support our student-athletes, 50% of which receive scholarship assistance generated from this event.

The Scholarship Event is our only annual event to raise scholarship money. Through sponsorship, the raffle, and the live and silent auction we are working hard to meet our goal of $95,000. In order to do this, we need your help. Here are some ways you can support these great student-athletes:

·         Buy a raffle ticket – only 500 tickets will be sold! Click HERE to buy you ticket online now.

·         Become an event sponsor – CLICK HERE to send a message to Sarah Hinman if you are interested in possibly becoming an event sponsor; sponsorships start at $250 and are a great way to promote your business.

 

 

 

 

February 3rd

 

Hello Freestyle Parents

 

It was awesome to see everyone’s hard work come together for a great Greg Francoeur USSA Event. Thanks to all the parents, coaches, officials, volunteers and Sugarloaf, the event was a great success. The athletes had their work cut out for them with the cold, wind, and top notch competitors from Loon and Sunday River.

 

Extra Training Friday

 

The program is offering an extra training opportunity this Friday 2/6 ($50 for all WP athletes). The focus will be split between Moguls and Freeskiing (Park).

 

Trampoline Club

 

We have trampoline club scheduled from 2pm to 4pm this Saturday 2/7.

 

The coaches are Zach and Mike

 

Events

 

Ski The East athletes will be headed to Sugarbush, VT, for the FreeRide Big Mtn. Competitive Jr. event. I have not had any requests from parents of weekend competitors for van rides or lodging. I will meet WP athletes on Saturday at registration. Please check the www.skitheeast.net site for registration location and answers to any other event questions.

 

Please text Nathan Mckenzie when you arrive at registration that Saturday at 207- 441- 4759.

 

USSA

 

Next event is Whaleback TBD

 

USASA

 

Next event is February, 22nd at Sunday River. Register soon ! We will have transportation with limited space. For your spot please contact Jesse Duncan at 207- 491- 7364.

 

For more pictures of FS athletes please check out this link,

 

http://www.jmphotocraft.com/Sports/Skiing-and-Snowboarding/2015-Sugarloaf-Franceour-Cup-Mog/ Slopestyle -http://www.jmphotocraft.com/Sports/Skiing-and-Snowboarding/2015-Sugarloaf-Franceour-Cup-Slo/

 

Thanks Jack Michaud for doing such a great job with the pictures!!




 

 

 

 

January 27th

 

Hello Freestyle Parents

 

CVA Freestyle is “ rocking the results.”  Check out the Facebook page for all the exciting finishes and news. Thanks to all the coaches both part-time and full-time for making all these exciting opportunities for our athletes.

 

As a reminder there are 3 ways to stay up- to- date:

  1. With our Newsletter. We update it weekly with all the upcoming events and important details

  2. With the weekly email. Again, this outlines the details of the events for the upcoming weekend

  3. With the calendar. It can be accessed via a button at the top of the newsletter

 

We understand that Freestyle might be one of the most confusing sports due to the multiple venues and membership/events available. Please partner with us to keep it all straight by looking at the email and newsletter each week and then calling if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!

 

Also, just a few athletes have taken advantage of our extra training opportunities. We’d love to see more of you attend to improve your performance before events. Our final winter camp is March 2-6….. please sign up on the website now to be prepared for the spring events!

 

We will be offering a FreeBonus Training opportunity for WP athletes this Friday, the 30th. You must email me before Thursday at noon for a spot.  Thank you!

This training will be mogul specific for the event that will be held on Saturday. We will try to have a Freeskiing (Park/Pipe) group if there is enough interest before Thursday at noon.

 

USASA Competitors are not competing this weekend

 

USSA

Our Sugarloaf Greg Francouer  B Event is this WEEKEND!

Saturday is Moguls (Upper Skidder)

Sunday is Slopestyle (Stomping Grounds)

On Saturday we will have a pot luck for the athletes/families/coaches.

More Information about  the Pot Luck and how to offer support will be emailed by parent support organizer, Janelle Michaud.

 

We are arranging dates for our Drop Box League and Junior Bump League. Dates will be posted on the calendar soon.

 

Trampoline Club

There will be no Tramp Club this weekend due to the Greg Fancouer, USSA Event. We have had to cancel some sessions due to competitions. I will be in touch with you regarding rescheduling in March. Thank you.



 

January 22nd 

Hello Freestyle Parents, 

The coaches and I are looking forward to another event-packed weekend.  The  USSA Loon event and USASA Shawnee Peak event details are below. 

Loon USSA Mogul/Slopestyle Event 

Wanted to be sure you are aware that registration for the Loon Mountain Mogul and Slopestyle competition on January 24 and 25th is open at easternfreestyle.org.  The event tends to fill up quickly so if you are planning to compete, it is important to sign up as soon as possible. 

I will be staying at the Econo Lodge located at 381 US Rt. 3 in Lincoln.  The hotel is nothing special, but has an indoor pool and a decent continental breakfast and is only a few miles to the mountain.  For those who will be staying on Saturday night, we are planning to have dinner together at Truant's Tavern in Lincoln, which is a fun/yummy place for group dining. 

Please let me know whether or not you plan to take your son to the competition.  Hope to see you there! 

Joan Dolan 207-215-8741 

Shawnee Peak USASA Slopestyle 

Please tell, Jesse, if your child plans on competing this weekend. Jesse’s cell # is 207 491 7364. 

If you wish to ride in the CVA van, the cost is $15 each way. Unfortunately there are only 5 round trip seats. The five seats will be given by email request in the order they were received. 

The van to the USASA event will depart from the Capricorn (CVA's building on rt. 27) at 5am. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early for loading. I will be at registration from 8 until 8:30  to group up with any athletes transporting themselves.The event kicks off at 9:30 following an hour of training. 

Our return to the Capricorn should be by 7:30 at the latest. Plan to pick up your child there. If your child has a cell phone they will call to give a more accurate time. Make sure your child is registered online, and membership is current at usasa.org

You must sign a waiver allowing your child to ride in the CVA van. Jesse will have the forms available at the van. 

Coaches: Jake Payson & Jesse Duncan 

Things to remember : 

Equipment and extra if you have it. 

Helmet 

Water Bottle 

Food Money 

You need a wavier signed by parent for van ride 

Stay warm see you this weekend. 

Jesse cell # is 207 491 7364 

SKI THE EAST  Sugarbush JR event 2/7 

Our next Ski the East event fills fast, so if you planning to attend this 14 and under junior event please register asap. Register online at www.skitheeast.net 

Please contact Nathan Mckenzie with your event plans. 

Extra Training Opportunities 

Try our next Training Friday on January 30th for only $50 for WP athletes. 

Information and registration for both Winter Training Camps and Training Friday’s can be found on www.gocva.com

Register soon. It helps to ensure the number of coaches necessary. 

Trampoline Club 

We have Trampoline Club training on January 24th from 2pm-4pm. 

No Trampoline Club on January 31st due to Sugarloaf USSA event

 

 

January 14th

Hello Freestyle Parents,

I was so excited to see all the positive results from our multi-event weekend.

Congratulations to all the Mogul skiers and coaches who attended the event at Sunday River last weekend. We are also off to a great start with the USASA ranks. We had over 20 athletes represent our program at Saddleback this past weekend. The USSA A Kagan Cup went well, with our top CVA athletes reaching the podium.You can find results on our facebook page. (Carrabassett Valley Freestyle Page)

Check it out!

Remember we have training on Monday!!!!!

 

Extra Training Opportunities:

Winter Training Camp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sign up online

Day Camp space available JANUARY 20TH-23RD

 

Try Friday Bonus Training the 23rd for only $50 for all WP athletes.

Information and Registration for both Winter Training Camps and Friday Bonus Training can be found on www.gocva.com.

Register Soon. It helps to ensure the number of coaches necessary.

 

Events coming up:

Mogul/Slopestyle USSA B at Loon Mtn.,  NH. January 24th-25th

Coach: Joan Dolan

Dont miss online Registration.

 

Slopestyle USASA at Shawnee Peak on January 25th

Coaches: Jesse Duncan and Jake Payson

Dont miss online Registration.

 

This weekend is our program’s first FreeRide (Big Mountain Competition) event at Jay Peak, VT. Please text Nathan Mckenzie (207-441-4759) the morning of January 17th when you arrive. The CVA team will be staying at the Tram House at the base of the resort.  

 

Trampoline Club:

No trampoline club this Saturday.

 

Terrain Status:

We have exciting training for this weekend:

Moguls and jump site are 100% ready

Whiffle Tree park is open and freshened up

Stomping Grounds park has taken on a little different shape

Haywire is scheduled to come back on-line this weekend

 

I will be away this Saturday at Jay Peak with the FreeRide athletes and will be back on Sunday the 18th. Please contact these two coaches below if you need anything Saturday or Monday morning.

Joan Dolan 207-215-8741

Dan Marion 207-653-0087

 

 

January 9th

Hello Freestyle Families:

Thanks to all the athletes, coaches and parents for a great vacation on snow. The freestyle program athletes maintained their focus and accomplished many new skills. I'm especially proud of the youngest group. These little guys and girls are truly passionate about skiing and are enjoying each other and their coach, Nic Messier.  Although their jumping skills have shown the most improvement, it is important that they continue to focus on skiing round turns with visible pole plants.

Our Freeskiing (Park & Pipe) athletes competing in the USASA series will be headed to Saddleback this weekend for a slopestyle event on Saturday. The addition of the stomping grounds park at Sugarloaf has set our athletes up for success.  The next event will be at Shawnee Peak on January 25th. We will have a bus available with limited seats (first come, first served). Jesse Duncan will be the lead coach on the trip and details will follow.

 

Our mogul athletes have been working hard with two of the best development coaches I’ve seen. Thanks to Joan and Tony these skiers are really progressing well. We have constructed a well-built A level mogul course for this weekend’s Kagan Cup mogul event. This will serve as quality training for the mogul athletes when they return from their first event at Sunday River this weekend.

Come out and support our CVA Mogul athletes at the Kagan Cup this weekend

Skiers to watch:

Jesse Lowell

Noah Fournier

Grace Holstein

Anna Drumstas

The FreeRide (Big Mtn. Competitive) group has been preparing for their first event at Jay Peak next weekend on January 17th.The athletes will depart from CVA on January 16th at 1pm. If you need a ride and lodging please contact Nathan Mckenzie at 207-441-4759. You can register online at SKITHEEAST.com. The next Ski The East event will be on February 7th at Sugarbush. If you are planning to attend and want lodging please contact Nathan Mckenzie soon.

Trampoline Club

We will have trampoline training this Saturday at 2pm.

 

More Information

Please read the Weekend Program Parent Handbook for more details on these topics

Download your copy here. http://gocva.com/document.doc?id=120

 

 

December 22nd

Hello Freestyle Families:                                                                                                                  

Reminder: The program will start up again on Saturday, December 27th.  We will have regular programing on the 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th. No training on the 31st or the 1st. Training will start up again on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

Events                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

The Sugarloaf USASA event on Dec 27th has been cancelled.

 

Socials and Gatherings 

 

CVA WP parents and Ski Club Members are Invited

CVA Weekend Program

Customer Appreciation Social

Saturday, December 27th      

3:30-5:30PM

CVA King Cummings Campus – Atrium

Pot Luck Hors d’oeuvres - -

Bring your favorite to share

Beverages provided

Please join us as we say “thank you,” honor the rich history of the Ski Club, Sugarloaf

and CVA’s Junior Competition Programs, and celebrate our rising stars.

 

Annual Fund                                                                                                                                      

Greetings and Happy Holidays,

As vital members of the CVA community, we wanted to take a moment to talk about the Annual Fund and how you, as Weekend Program Families, can help us meet our goals. The Annual Fund is a critical part of Carrabassett Valley Academy. With it, we are able to give financial support to students who have worked so hard to get here but otherwise would not be able to attend. The ability to offer such support to nearly half of our students helps to keep us competitive but also to maintain a culturally and socio-economically diverse community, which was a key facet of our founding vision.  The Annual Fund also helps to cover the cost of essential pieces to our daily academic, athletic, and community life that tuition alone does not cover.
Just as all our athletes work hard on the hill to achieve their goals, we, too, are working hard to reach our 2015 Annual Fund goal of $180,000 from 390 donors. You can support us in reaching that goal by making a contribution today at www.gocva.com/give. Every gift counts and we greatly appreciate your support.
Please take a few minutes to watch our video which features current students and details what the Annual Fund provided for CVA in 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfH5UZNNprs
For more information, please contact Sarah Hinman, Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Connections at (207) 237-4471 or shinman@gocva.com.
More Information                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Please read the Weekend Program Parent Handbook for more details on these topics                                                               Download your copy here. http://gocva.com/document.doc?id=120



December 11th

Hello Freestyle Families:

 

I’m currently in Summit County, Colorado and am surprised by the lack of early- season snow here. I hear that with the snow storm last night that Sugarloaf's conditions are very good. I want to thank Sugarloaf for their efforts this past week and opening the Haywire Park.  Next will be the mogul courses.

Trampoline club will start this Saturday, the 13th. If your child is part of this program please read the details below:

Leave a bag with clothes, sneakers and water in the base lodge where your child can locate it.

After skiing all the athletes will pick up their bags and a coach will be assigned to walk them from the base lodge over to the stairs below D’Ellies where the CVA van/bus will be waiting.

We will arrive at the AGC and leave our skis/poles outside until parents arrive at 3:45 for pick up. If you find the door to the AGC locked please do not panic. We have to lock the doors so strangers do not enter the build during CVA scheduled time. A coach will check the doors at approximately 3:45 to let parents in.

Please help us keep the lobby of the AGC clean and picked up. The public hours start at 4pm, so it is important that we keep this area clear. By arriving at 3:45 parents can start loading boots, skis and poles into cars.

We have 1 spot available if your child is interested. 

Save the Date!!! 

CVA WP parents and Ski Club Members are Invited

CVA Weekend Program

Customer Appreciation Social

Saturday, December 27th      

3:30-5:30PM

CVA King Cummings Campus – Atrium

Pot Luck Hors d’oeuvres - -

Bring your favorite to share

Beverages provided

Please join us as we say “thank you,” honor the rich history of the Ski Club, Sugarloaf

and CVA’s Junior Competition Programs, and celebrate our rising stars.

 

More Information

Please read the Weekend Program Parent Handbook for more details on these topics

Download your copy here. http://gocva.com/document.doc?id=120 

 

December 3rd

HELLO WEEKEND PROGRAM FAMILIES, 

How we have grown this season. One week ago we had under 30 athletes registered for the Freestyle Program. The day of registration the athlete count accelerated to 45. This is a good surprise but one that requires more coaches and planning. Next season let’s take advantage of the early bird discount and have everyone sign up in advance. We are looking for 2 more qualified coaches to join our staff. If you have anyone interested in coaching this season please have them contact me. Our attendance for the first weekend of programing was the most impressive we’ve had. Thats tells me a lot about the level of excitement and commitment our athletes and families share.

Thanks to Janelle we had a great social on Saturday and these socials will be important in building our support for freestyle at Sugarloaf and for our young athletes during competitions.

As we move ahead into the training, groups will be adjusted based on size, age, and freestyle experience. It is important that all athletes are happy with their group and coach. A positive environment will allow our athletes to achieve new skills and confidence in their skiing and character.

Schedules/Calendar

Note: Our competition schedules and trampoline club schedules are all posted on our calendar.

Things to Do

Please make sure you have the memberships needed for this season's competitions. It would be wise to sign up this week, as registering late will make it difficult for you and the athlete the morning of the event.

Also please add our Carrabassett Valley Academy Freestyle/Freeski Facebook page to your friend list. You will find news on all things freestyle at CVA/WP.

USSA MEMBERSHIP (For Mogul Athletes) If you are planning to compete in USSA events this season, please register for your membership today. Please see the attached WP Freestyle Calendar to view our plans and schedules for USSA events.

USASA MEMBERSHIP (For Freeski Athletes) If you are planning to compete in USASA events this season, this information is for you.  **New This Year** - In years past each athlete could participate in one event without being a USASA member.  This season there is a one-day rate of $35. If you plan on competing in more than one event you must purchase the full price membership.  Please see the attached WP Freestyle Calendar to view our plans and schedule for USSA events.

Program Events

Junior Bump League(JBL) and Drop Box League (DBL) are program events for athletes 8-12 years old in the WP. These events will allow beginners to test the event waters before committing to memberships or travel expenses.  Our Dates for JBL and DBL are not schedule yet.

Jackets

If you are interested in purchasing a CVA Weekend Program team jacket for the season, purchase them here. Remember we are offering a few options this year for parents. Check out the insulated Flannel for yourself or the older boys in the WP. Also the CVA mogul jacket is a great option for parents too.

Volunteers 

If you are interested in volunteering for Freestyle events please contact Bruce Miles at the Sugarloaf Ski Club. We NEED Your Help. If you are interested in volunteering for JBL or DBL, our in- house events, or parents socials please contact Nathan Mckenzie. You don’t need to commit to a season long job, just an event or two. Bruce would be happy to put you all in a role that you're happy and safe doing.

I want to express to you all the importance of our partners at the Sugarloaf Ski Club. We could not do it without them. Most of their support comes from alpine. Lets rally up and sign up to be members.

Save the Date!!! 

CVA WP parents and Ski Club Members are Invited

CVA Weekend Program

Customer Appreciation Social

Saturday, December 27th      

3:30-5:30PM

CVA King Cummings Campus – Atrium

Pot Luck Hors d’oeuvres - -

Bring your favorite to share

Beverages provided

Please join us as we say “thank you,” honor the rich history of the Ski Club, Sugarloaf

and CVA’s Junior Competition Programs, and celebrate our rising stars.

Trampoline Club

Filling fast, 3 spot are open for registration. Please see more information on www.gocva.com. Starting December 13th.

More Information

Please read the Weekend Program Parent Handbook for more details on these topics

Download your copy here. http://gocva.com/document.doc?id=120

 

November 12th

HELLO WEEKEND PROGRAM FAMILIES,

I would like to take a few moments to welcome many new families to our program in addition to our returning families.  Our small but mighty freestyle program is a great fit for youth who desire a skiing focus that challenges them weekly. Below you will find a list of our freestyle disciplines offered this season. New is the FreeRide (Big Mtn Competitive) focus. 

Focus; Moguls

Two groups will focus 40% of their time in the moguls and on mogul jumps. The remaining 60% of their skiing will be developing skills outside the mogul course with other forms of freestyle skiing and free skiing. These two groups will train for events that support the USSA B level schedule. Tony Dowling will coach the 12-15 year old athletes. Joan Dolan will coach the 9-11 year old athletes. Adjustments to these groups can and will be made if the athletes’ talent and results level require it . (USSA Membership is required for all athletes competing in these two groups.) 

Focus; Freeski (Park & Pipe)

Two groups will focus 40% of their time in the park. The remaining 60% of skiing will be divided between half pipe, mogul and free skiing. These two groups will train for events that support the USASA schedule. Jesse Duncan will be the travel coach for these groups. Jesse is our lead coach for CVA athletes competing in USASA events. Having this combination of support from CVA staff will help WP athletes become familiar with CVA athletes. When the two groups are not competing in events, Dan Marion and Michael McNamara will coach these two groups while at Sugarloaf. 

Focus; FreeRide (Big Mtn Competitive)

Two groups will focus 30% free skiing, 20% route selection, 20% Crud/moguls, 20% park & pipe and 10% safe skiing skills/planning. These two groups will train for events that support the Ski The East Tour. Luke Salvato and Nathan Mckenzie will coach these two groups. 

Focus 8-10 year old Multi Discipline

These two groups will focus on all aspects of freestyle skiing while developing sound stance and balance on all levels of terrain at Sugarloaf. The Multi discipline focus will give athletes a chance to choose which venues in freestyle suit their passion.  Our plan is to have 3 coaches working with athletes in this category. With that said, the number of athletes will impact the number of coaches for these groups. Coaches will be announced after the coaches orientation/hiring clinic on November 23rd .  As athletes start to advance and start competing, they will move to focused groups listed above. 

USSA MEMBERSHIP (For Mogul Athletes)

If you are planning to compete in USSA events this season, please register for your membership today. Please see the attached WP Freestyle Calendar to view our plans and schedules for USSA events. 

USASA MEMBERSHIP (For Freeski Athletes)

If you are planning to compete in USASA events this season, this information is for you.  **New This Year** - In years past each athlete could participate in one event without being a USASA member.  This season there is a one-day rate of $35. If you plan on competing in more than one event you must purchase the full price membership.  Please see the attached WP Freestyle Calendar to view our plans and schedule for USSA events. 

Program Events

Junior Bump League(JBL) and Drop Box League (DBL) are program events for athletes 8-12 years old in the WP. These events will allow beginners to test the event waters before committing to memberships or travel expenses. 

EQUIPMENT

This season our relationship with Downhill Supply Company will be even stronger. Once you have registered and paid, you are eligible for 30% off on gear for your child. Contact Steve or Jared at the shop for any discounts or question on freestyle equipment. 

JACKETS

If you are interested in purchasing a CVA Weekend Program team jacket for the season purchase them here. Our first round of jackets will be available at registration on 11/29/14- please check and see if your order is in that day.

Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering for Freestyle events please contact Bruce Miles at the Sugarloaf Ski Club. We NEED Your Help. If you are interested in volunteering for JBL or DBL,  our in- house events, or parents socials please contact Nathan Mckenzie. 

Socials and Gatherings

Janelle Michaud and I invite you all for a social at  the Widowmaker Lounge on Saturday, November 29th at 2pm. At this time we can review the competition schedules for the season. Please contact Janelle for more information. Kids are welcome.

DATES TO REMEMBER

The first day of the program is November 29.  There will be a parent meet and greet social on December 27 from 3:30 - 5:30.  More information to follow.   

Trampoline Club

Filling fast, register soon. Please see more information on www.gocva.com. 

More Information

Please read the Weekend Program Parent Handbook for more details on these topics

Download your copy here. http://gocva.com/document.doc?id=120 

 

October 23rd

 

Hello Freestyle Parents: 

I want to take a few moments to welcome many new families to our program.  We have had a successful fall registration period capped by a great ski sale at the AGC.  I had the chance to talk to several new families and their young athletes and answer lots of questions.  We are looking forward to a great season ahead, and here is a chance for me to remind you of some upcoming events and to convey some important information about our program.. 

It is time to get everything you need for the ski season. Below you will find information that will prepare you to be on snow. 

Uniforms

Our LL Bean uniform link is below. You will find all the available uniforms on this page. Our CVA mogul jackets are also an option for the older male and female athletes in the program.

https://gocva.com/pages/athletics/athletics---ll-bean-jacket-order---freestyle-team-jackets 

Equipment

This season our relationship with DownHill Supply Company will be even stronger. Jared and Steve have a full list of equipment that I have suggested for our freestyle athletes. After you are registered for the WP you may purchase equipment at 30% off. If you need any help with equipment please contact Jared Decenta or Nathan Mckenzie. 

Calendar

**November 29th  will be the first day of the weekend program for the 2014 -2015 season**. Please sign up today online and look for updates in our newsletter as the day gets closer. Our calendar above has all of our WP events. 

Extra Training Opportunities

Tramp Club registration is open and 9 spot are still available.

https://www.gocva.com/pages/athletics/athletics---trampoline-club-registration 

Friday Training Days registration is open and dates are listed on the Freestyle WP calendar.

http://www.gocva.com/pages/athletics/athletics---freestyle---bonus-fridays 

Winter Training Camp registration is open and training blocks are posted on the Freestyle WP Calendar.  

https://www.gocva.com/pages/athletics/athletics---camps---freestyle-camp-2

SAVE THE DATE!

We hope to see everyone at our annual Weekend Program Appreciation Social.   

December 27, 3:30-5:30.

CVA’s King Cummings Campus

More details to follow   

 

October 7, 2014

 

Dear Freestyle Weekend Program Families, 

Welcome to the 2014-2015 season!  It may only be October, but winter is just around the corner as it’s really feeling like fall in Carrabassett Valley.  I hope everyone had an exciting spring and summer and are looking forward to the season.  This new web page is the spot for all the happenings so be sure to bookmark this page.  We will still be sending email reminders linking you to this page when there is important information. We will try to keep content here fresh, so check back often. 

Upcoming dates: 

Homecoming is October 11-13.  The CVA Equipment Sale is a great way to “rehome” your old equipment or pick up something for yourself. What better way to get in the winter mood than attending New England’s best snowsports swap?  Please look at the full schedule of events for all the goings-on during the weekend.  Yes, the donut truck will be around. 

**November 29 will be the first day of the weekend program for the 2014 -2015 season**. Please sign up today online and look for updates in our newsletter as the day gets closer. 

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. Registration is available on the CVA website. 

If you have any questions, concerns, or problems with the portal, please contact CVA’s business office:  Sue Howe, 207-237-4459, showe@gocva.com or Steve Sitz, 207-237-4460, ssitz@gocva.com. 

Registration for the Trampoline Club 

The Trampoline Club is intended to be an exclusive opportunity for athletes to extend their weekend training from the mountain during the day to the Anti-gravity Center. Our coaches will be instructing Weekend Program athletes on various upright and inverted aerial maneuvers with an emphasis on safety and air awareness.  This dry land training method is expected to translate to improved balance and confidence when performing on hill.  The 2014-2015 Trampoline Club meets Saturdays (2:00pm-4:00pm), beginning December 13th and running through March 21st.  The total cost of the sessions, in addition to the CVA Weekend Program, is $420.00. (14 spots available) For more information contact Nathan Mckenzie 207. 441. 4759 nmckenzie@gocva.com.  This is an amazing opportunity for CVA weekend athletes to have additional freestyle training in a world-class trampoline facility. 

Look for these changes: 

We have added some additional CVA Fridays as opportunities to train with the CVA athletes and coaches and develop more  skills for competition.  There is an additional fee for these days.  The dates are below and trgistration can be found on the www.gocva.com site. 

January 16th,30th 

February 6th,13th, 27th 

 

Happy Fall! 

Nathan Mckenzie 

Freestyle Program Director 

August 22, 2014

Newsflash!

We have expanded our water ramp training dates to include a weekend for our Weekend Program athletes who are 10 and older. This summer a few athletes explored this training opportunity and had great success.

Here are the details:

  • We would depart from CVA on September 12 at 10am and ramp the 13th and 14th.
  • We would need to create a ride share for the return on the 14th because I will be staying in Lake Placid for a CVA team training camp.
  • The cost is estimated to be $320 for lodging, the ride over, meals, and coaching. This is an estimate. Final cost will be determined once we know the number of participants
  • All athletes will need a wet suit, life jacket, mouth guard, 2 pairs of skis, old boots, helmet, sneakers, and a towel.
  • MOST important is your USSA membership renewal.

Please contact me before August 29th if you would like to reserve a spot.

Check out our Facebook page for shots of Colin, Parker, Alex, Johnny, David, and Ben, some of our WP athletes that have stepped up to the ramps.

Also their parents are great supporters of the training and are great a resource for parent concerns and questions.

Thanks,

Nathan Mckenzie
Freestyle Program Director

nmckenzie@gocva.com
207-441-4759 

Athletics

3197 Carrabassett Drive
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947

207.237.2250

Fax: 207.237.2213
Email: info@gocva.com