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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Filling fast, register soon. Please see more information on www.gocva.com.
Please read the Weekend Program Parent Handbook for more details on these topics
Download your copy here. http://gocva.com/document.doc?id=120
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.
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.
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.
**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.
Friday Training Days registration is open and dates are listed on the Freestyle WP calendar.
Winter Training Camp registration is open and training blocks are posted on the Freestyle WP Calendar.
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.
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, email@example.com or Steve Sitz, 207-237-4460, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
February 6th,13th, 27th
Freestyle Program Director
August 22, 2014
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.
Freestyle Program Director