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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