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Alpine Weekend Program Newsletter for March 10 & 11, 2018

 

The storm this week has left us with lots of much needed powder. Conditions will be fantastic this weekend.  We have an excellent Parent-to-Parent educational session this Saturday with former CVA Head Snowboard coach Mike Mallon.  Sport Parenting 101, Saturday March 10th at 10am in the Gondola room of the Comp Center.  Mike is currently the Executive Director of USASA in Park City, UT.

 

Congratulations to all our CVA athletes moving on to post season events.  CVA will be well represented at every level of post season competition around the East.  We’re also very proud of the efforts of all our athletes that did not make selection criteria for post season events.  We’ve seen so much improvement in our alpine racers as a group and are confident that there will be many more successes next season. 

 

With just three more weekends of programming, our final weekend is March 31/April 1, we hope participation remains strong.  On March 24th and March 25th we will be rotating the different age-class groups through a celebratory season end wrap-up in the Gondola room.  We will be awarding certificates and giving evaluations to each athlete present.  These will be mailed to those not attending.  Refreshments will be provided.

 

There has been significant early interest for our U12/14 (and current 2nd year U14s) summer ski camp at Beartooth Pass in Red lodge, Montana, on the edge of Yellowstone National Park, June 23 to July 3.  This camp is open to non CVA athletes as well. Please pass on the information to any interested families.  Parents who make their own lodging and travel arrangements are welcome to join the group.  This will be an excellent camp for SL & GS skill development and gate training.  More details will be available on the CVA website in the coming weeks.  Early deposits will ensure the best pricing so we can lock in airfare.  Call me if you have any questions.

 

Safe travels.

Ron Bonnevie, CVA weekend program manager

rbonnevie@gocva.com

207-491-7134   

 

Alpine Weekend Program Newsletter for March 3 & 4, 2018

 

This week has been the best stretch of weather we’ve had at Sugarloaf all winter.  The skiing is excellent and it’s great to see the kids’ faces again sans necky!  This will be another busy weekend.  We have a KCL panel SL (SL or GS skis are fine) Saturday morning for the U10/12 group, followed by a pizza party and a KCL slide show. The U12/14 group will be traveling to Shawnee for the GS qualifier on Sunday. 

 

Looking ahead to off season training opportunities, we’re finalizing the details on our U12/14 summer camp at Beartooth Pass in Red lodge, Montana, on the edge of Yellowstone National Park.  The camp will run June 23 to July 3, with flights from Boston to Billings, MT.  This is a unique snowfield experience with a summit elevation of almost 11,000ft, and a vertical drop of 1,000 ft. serviced by 2 Poma lifts.  This area has so much free skiing terrain that it’s possible to ski all day, as compared to Mt Hood which shuts down by noon.  This camp will be excellent training for SL & GS skill development and gate training.  There will also be a day off for a visit to Yellowstone.  Stay tuned for more definite details!

 

With so many post season events happening in the next few weeks, there will be lots of movement in the program. Please mark your calendars for the CVA Alpine program wrap up Saturday March 24.  Details of events that day will be announced soon. Congratulations to all of our athletes moving on to post season events. Remember, the best 4 weeks of skiing are yet to come in March!  Safe travels.

 

Ron Bonnevie

Head U14 Coach & Weekend Program Manager

 

 

Alpine Weekend Program Newsletter for February Vacation Week, 2018

Greetings CVA Weekend Program families,

 

The weather looks mild and great for this February vacation week.  The skiing this week was fantastic all over the mountain.  This will be a busy week with lots of fun activities and races happening.  We hope to see strong participation from our weekend program families in as many events as fit your schedule.  Here’s an overview of the week:

 

  • Sunday 2.18 – U8-14 Open Titcomb Dual Panel SL.  This race does NOT require a USSA membership and is always a great outing for the kids.
  • Monday 2.19 – The McKay Waddle Sugarloaf Ski Club GS on Comp Hill. 

Wednesday 2.21 – Day off for the kids, but Jon Wagner and Ron are offering to ski with a group of parents from 11-1 to work on your skiing and help pass on some of the key concepts that we work on with the kids.  If you’re interested please call Venise Fournier at 237-4459 to reserve a spot.  There’s no charge for this but we will limit to the first 16 people.  

Then we look forward to seeing all of you at the Discover CVA open house at the King Cummings campus Atrium at 2:00. You will experience live classrooms, tour the dorms, and engage with faculty, staff and students. This is a great opportunity to have all of your questions answered by the people who live, learn and train at CVA. Refreshments will be served and a slide show of this year’s races will be shown after the tours.

  • Thursday 2.22 – the 3rd KCL is a Kombi for the U8-12.  Slalom skis recommended for this event and no special protection is necessary.
  • Saturday 2.24 – Sunday River U12-14 Slalom Qualifier. 
  • Saturday 2.24The CVA 2018 Scholarship Fundraiser Raffle & Silent Auction will be happening in the Sugarloaf Inn, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Tickets are $100 and include the chance to win 2 great cash prizes or one of 28 other neat prizes valued at $100 or more, as well as entrance for 2 to our Scholarship event, a bid number, and light fare & beverages while at the event. Only 500 tickets will be sold and the Grand prize is $10,000.  Ticket holder need not be present to win. Each person who purchases a ticket by 8pm on February 21st will be entered into our “Early Bird” $1000 cash drawing to be done live on WSKI on the morning of February 22nd.  The winner is still eligible for the grand prize drawing.  For more information and to purchase a ticket, go to www.gocva.com/raffle
  • Sunday 2.25 – Please let your child’s coach know if you plan to be there Sunday so we can staff appropriately.

 

Thanks to all for a great season so far.  Safe travels and we look forward to a great February vacation week!

Take care,

Ron Bonnevie

CVA Weekend Program Manager

 

 

Alpine Weekend Program Newsletter for February 3-4, 2018 

This January has been one of the most challenging months for the ski resorts, so let’s all pray for snow and hope the worst is behind us.  The conditions are improving every day as the mountain continues to groom and make snow.  If we can believe the weather forecast it looks like we’re in for cold, but not extreme, temperatures this weekend.

 

It has been a busy week at Sugarloaf with the U16 SG invitational project Monday & Tuesday, US Ski &Snowboard SG race Wednesday, and FIS SGs Thursday & Friday.  Conditions on the Narrow Gauge were fast and very firm for the field.

 

The KCL stubby slalom for the U8-12s is Saturday on Lower Comp.  Start time is 9:00.  Protection is not necessary but those who have it may opt to use it.  We have discussed not allowing the kids to remove their outerwear, but we’ll leave it to the U10 & U12 coaches Saturday morning to decide based on the temperature that day.

 

As a reminder, the registration for Friday training sessions closes at midnight on Wednesdays, and Bridge camp registration closes at midnight the Friday prior to the camp. The midweek training opportunities can be found on the CVA website at:

https://www.gocva.com/bridge

https://www.gocva.com/pages/athletics/athletics---alpine---Training-Days

 

We take great measures to ensure the Alpine Training Days and Camps are staffed and scheduled according to the number of athletes registered. We also understand that schedules change. In order for our team to provide the best experience for all, please contact us as soon as possible if your athlete does not plan to attend.

 

Looking ahead, the next U12/14 slalom qualifier is Sunday February 11, at Mt Abram.  For those athletes competing, please be proactive and register for this race by this weekend at:

http://www.skimara.org/home/race-entries/

 

Age class head coaches will be updating on Team App with the training plans for the weekend. 

 

See you all soon & safe travels.

Ron Bonnevie

 

 

Alpine Weekend Program Newsletter for January 27-28, 2018

 

Sugarloaf has once again responded in brilliant fashion to the challenging weather and we experienced an excellent surface today (Wednesday.) 

 

We have a busy weekend on tap to close the month of January, 2018.  There is a big group of U12 & U14s competing this Thursday and Friday at the MARA SG Qualifier at Sunday River.  Also the first event for our on-mountain race series (the Kirsten Clark League or KCL) for the season will be on lower comp this Saturday morning for the U8-12s.  There’s no need to register for the race.  Bibs will be handed out to each coach to distribute in the morning.  Race start is 9:00.  This first race is called an organizer, when the kids are split into teams based on their times so each team has a mix of experience & skill levels.  As such, this is the only race where no awards will be given.  The next 3 races will be followed by an awards ceremony in the Gondola room after programming.  Here’s the full schedule:

 

1/27 - GS (organizer)
2/3 - Stubby slalom
2/22 - Kombi
3/3 - Panel slalom

 

The KCL will be followed by a Charity Summit fundraising race event on Lower Comp Saturday afternoon and we’re told there will be many celebrities participating. Swing by the Jean Luce building and check it out.

 

This weekend the new Eastern Youth Coordinator for US Ski & Snowboard, Kathy Okoniewski, will be at Sugarloaf for a program visit.  She’ll be on the hill watching the kids train Saturday and has offered to do an informal parent informational gathering, Q&A & update on Eastern development projects after training at 2:30.  We’ll start in the conference room of the Comp Center and, if the group needs more space, we’ll move into the Gondola room.    

 

Age class head coaches will be updating Team App with the training plans for the weekend.  There is a group headed to the Camden Snow Bowl for the Kombi on Sunday.  Stay tuned to the weather forecast for the coast on Sunday.

 

See you all soon & safe travels.

Ron Bonnevie

 

Alpine Weekend Program Newsletter for January 20 & 21, 2018

There has been a massive improvement in conditions here at Sugarloaf over the past week.  The mountain has done a great job grooming and making snow and the skiing is again excellent.  With moderate temperatures predicted this weekend it should be the best training we’ve had since before the holidays. 

 

This will be a busy weekend at the Comp Center as Sugarloaf hosts the Colby Carnival GS & SL races.  It will be a great opportunity to watch some of the best collegiate skiers in the country competing on Narrow Gauge.  The Gondola room and tuning room will be busy so be sure to plan accordingly. 

 

All Alpine weekend program groups will be training at home this weekend.  Age class head coaches will have sent out their training plans on Team App by Thursday night.  Our Friday training session has filled and was closed Wednesday in order for us to properly staff the session.  Please plan ahead if your child can participate in the next session and be sure to register online early.  The next Bridge camp (U12-16), will be Feb 6-8 with the next Friday session (U10-16) to follow Feb 9.  These are excellent opportunities for the kids to get focused training midweek with lots of time on task.

 

Safe travels to all.

Ron Bonnevie

 

 

Alpine Weekend Program Newsletter for MLK weekend, January 13-15

 

 

We’re learning how tough Sugarloafers really are as we’ve been tested with challenging weather and bouts of the flu over the past 2 weeks. We’re proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish during this period.  Sugarloaf has done a fine job keeping the lifts running and the snow surfaces have been exceptional.  The U16/19 group braved Saturday’s temps to get 2 SL races in at Kent’s Hill, and the U10-14 Skills Quest event at Titcomb Sunday was a huge success thanks largely to our CVA WP staff making it happen.  We have 8 campers joining our U14 Winter Term athletes for the first Bridge camp Tuesday through Thursday this week. 

 

Friday’s training session was full but the weather looks to be challenging.  We have decided Friday’s Training session, January 12th,  is cancelled.  Anyone registered who prepaid, please contact Venise Fournier at vfournier@gocva.com to switch to another training day.   If you were not paid, your registration will be cancelled.

 

This long MLK weekend will be busy as we make final preparations for Monday’s U12/14 SGQ at home.  We’ll be working with the competition department to get the best training possible for all groups.  Any parents willing to help out as a race volunteer on Monday please check in with Laurel Lashar upstairs in the Comp Center office.  We can always use help at the start from skiing parents to carry coats, slip the course, etc.  The goal is to start the course at the top of the head wall, but that will depend on the snow surface after this latest weather event.     

 

Safe travels,

 

Ron Bonnevie

Alpine Weekend Program manager  

 

 

Alpine Weekend Program Newsletter for the holiday week, Dec 27-31, 2017

 

Happy Holidays to all.  The fresh snow this week has improved conditions and the skiing is exceptional.  We continue to shift coaches and groups around this month to best serve each athlete’s skill development and group dynamics.  We appreciate your support in helping us achieve the highest levels of success as this season’s program develops.  Some of our regular WP coaches are not available this week, but we are well staffed with some college athletes who will be our guest coaches. 

 

This will be a busy week and the forecast is for very cold weather.  So allow extra time to prepare the gear for each day. Hot shots for feet & hands will help the kids get as much out of the sessions as possible.  We’ll likely be doing some hiking and turning on short lifts.  The DRC long side midpoint loading station will be operating this week and we’ll be working through the initial routines of how it will work.

 

The Preholiday camp was a great success.  We had 40 kids in this camp with a staff of 6 coaches.  Participation from our CVA program was strong and we hope to see more of our kids at the upcoming Bridge camps.  See the site for more details: https://www.gocva.com/bridge   

 

Please check in with the U10-14 head age class coaches to let them know if your child is planning to do the first home race of the season at Sugarloaf; the Bill Bousum GS on Sunday December 31st. With the cold temps predicted we all need to be reasonable with the kids out there in racing suits.  It may be that we do not recommend they take off their outerwear for race runs.  There will be many more opportunities and this is more of a home time trial.  U10-12 athletes who are new to the program may want to wait for the opening race of the Kirsten Clark league, which starts Saturday January 6th.

 

Safe travels and enjoy the holiday week.

 

Ron Bonnevie

Alpine Weekend Program manager

 

Alpine Weekend Program Newsletter, December 22, 2017

 

Greetings CVA Weekend Program Families,

There is NO Weekend Program this weekend, December 23, 24, 25, 26.

The CVA Weekend Program will start up again on Wednesday, December 27th

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Ron Bonnevie

Alpine Weekend Program manager


Alpine Weekend Program Newsletter December 16-17, 2017

Greetings CVA Weekend Program Families

Fresh snow this week has improved conditions and strong snowmaking have opened more terrain so this last weekend before the holiday break will be fantastic skiing.  We’ve seen steady improvement with athletes in all age groups so far this season, and attendance for December preholiday weekends has been stronger than year’s past.  Good early season conditions have played a part in that, and we applaud the families for making the effort to get the kids on snow as much as possible.  We continue to shift coaches and groups around this month to best serve the athlete’s skill development and group dynamics.  We appreciate your support in helping us to achieve the highest levels of success as this season’s program develops. 

 

As a reminder, the Swix tuning clinic will be in the tuning room of the Comp Center this Saturday from 2:30-4ish.  The clinic is open to all families and will cover the basics and more.  We highly encourage those that have not yet invested in the tools and equipment necessary to do your own tuning to attend. There will be an inclusive ‘kit’ of tools available to order through Downhill supply.

 

The Preholiday camp for U12-16’s, December 21-23 will close for registration this Friday.  We currently have 34 athletes registered. 

 

The forecast calls for more snow over the weekend so we look forward to some great conditions again this weekend.  Remember to register the kids for the US Ski & Snowboard membership if they are planning to do the first home race of the season at Sugarloaf, the Bill Bousum GS, on Sunday December 31st.  The race is open to all U8-14’s.  We recommend U8/10 parents check with the coaches to be sure your child is ready for this early season race.  There will be many more opportunities, so often new athletes in the program may want to wait for the opening race of the Kirsten Clark league, which starts Saturday January 6th.

 

Bridge camps for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders start in January. They are a great opportunity for additional training: https://www.gocva.com/bridge

 

Our Weekend Program handbook can be found here: https://www.gocva.com/2017-18-weekend-program-handbook

 

Each age class head coach will send their newsletter out on Team App by Thursday with details for this weekend’s programming.

 

Safe travels and happy holidays.

 

Ron Bonnevie

Alpine Weekend Program manager

 

CVA Alpine Weekend Program Newsletter for December 6, 2017

 

Greetings CVA Weekend Program Families,

 

The CVA Alpine Weekend Program opening on December 2 was very well attended.  Conditions were excellent as was the weather so we accomplished lots and have made a solid start to the 2018 season.  Conditions this week have also been excellent so we’re looking forward to this second weekend.

 

This Saturday the coaches will be checking the athletes’ equipment to ensure proper fit and condition.  Any issues will be communicated to the athletes and parents.

 

We will do a repeat of the parents’ informational meeting this Saturday afternoon, December 9th in the Comp Center at 1:30.  We hope any parents that weren’t up last weekend or that missed last week’s session can join us this Saturday afternoon.  It will be for all age groups.

 

As a reminder, next Saturday, December 16th we will offer a ski tuning clinic with Bruce Deihl from Swix at 2:30 in the Comp Center tuning room.   Regardless of your ski tuning level you will find his information very helpful. He will also talk about what tools are needed for a basic and an advanced kit. 

 

The head age class coaches will be in touch this week with details for this weekend’s training.   

 

Registration for the CVA Preholiday camp Dec 21-23 will close soon, so if you’re planning on attending please do so at: https://www.gocva.com/alpinecamps 

this camp is for U12-16.

 

Bridge camps for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders start in January. They are a great opportunity for additional training: https://www.gocva.com/bridge

 

Our Weekend Program handbook can be found here: https://www.gocva.com/2017-18-weekend-program-handbook

 

Safe travels, I look forward to seeing the group again this weekend.

 

Take care,

Ron Bonnevie, CVA weekend program manager

rbonnevie@gocva.com

207-491-7134   

 

 

 

CVA Alpine Weekend Program Newsletter for November 29, 2017

Welcome to opening weekend!

 

Greetings from the winter wonderland of Carrabassett Valley.  The skiing is better than we’ve seen in early December for many years.  We hope to see strong attendance these early December weekends to give the athletes that valuable time on snow and to help the coaching staff work out the kinks so the kids come into the holiday week ready to go fast!

 

The head coaches from each age class will be contacting you all by Thursday with details for skiing opening day.  This will go out in an email to start, but we all need to get set up on the Team App so the coaches can communicate updates and schedules moving forward.  It may take the first weeks to get the age class lists updated so please bear with us and contact the head coaches for adjustments.

 

Here’s a snapshot of the weekend: Saturday & Sunday, December 3rd & 4th
8:00-8:30 - Family registration in the Bill and Joan Alfond Competition
Center. Please do your best to have all paperwork & payment completed in advance to facilitate the process. If you have questions contact Venise Fournier at 
vfournier@gocva.com.

8:30-11:00 - Morning session. At 11 parents can pick up athletes at the
top of the Skidway chair, just below the Perfect Turn building

11:00-11:45 - Lunch break

12:00-2:00 - Afternoon session. Just before Noon athletes meet coaches
at the top of the Skidway chair, just below the Perfect Turn building

 

On Saturday after skiing we’ll do a parent’s informational session in the Gondola room of the comp center, 1:30-2:30. This will be a good time to ask questions, meet the coaching staff and get age group specific information for race schedules, training options, camps etc.  Following that meeting, the Sugarloaf Ski Club is hosting a social event in the Gondola room at 4:30 with information on race crew volunteering & SSC membership.  Adult refreshments will be provided The SSC, founded in 1950, is the organization that gave birth to competitive events at Sugarloaf and supported the creation of CVA.  Membership fees and donations contribute to provide athlete scholarships that help with program fees, championship events, etc.  We encourage all our CVA weekend program families to join the SSC at: https://www.sugarloafskiclub.org/

 

Safe travels to all and we’re looking forward to seeing you all this Saturday December 2.

 

Ron Bonnevie

Alpine Program Manager/U14 coach

 

 

 

 

Greetings CVA Alpine Weekend Program families,

 

We’re excited to kick off the CVA alpine Weekend Program at Sugarloaf on December 2.  With the recent cold temperatures, Sugarloaf has been able to do a fantastic job with snowmaking.  Reports on the conditions are very positive and we should have some of the best early season conditions in years for our opening weekend.

 

We are planning an Alpine parent’s informational session on Saturday afternoon, December 2nd in the Comp Center at 1:30.  We hope you can all make it.  It will be for all age groups, and we’ll likely break-off into separate age groups at some point for age specific details & Q&A.

 

We’ve just returned from our preseason Colorado camp, where 13 Weekend Program and CVA winter term U12s & U14s had a fantastic 7-9 days of training at Loveland and Arapahoe Basin.  There were 4 coaches working with groups as small as 2 athletes and 6 parent chaperones joined the camp as well.  The athletes’ progress was impressive and we’re very fortunate to have had this level of parent involvement & support at the camp.  The coaching staff consisted of the Weekend Program head coaches: for the U10 (Cathy Morton), U12 (Jen Conover) & U14 (Jon Wagner) groups.  This was a special opportunity for us to do an enormous amount of professional development on the hill and in evening sessions, which will allow all coaches in each age group to provide a consistent level of development throughout the season.  Our head U16/19 coach, John Thompson, has also been at this camp with me in the past and has the knowledge and tools to share with his staff and the older weekend program athletes.  I am very impressed with the coaching staff we have in place this season.  We have some new coaches joining the team, with most of our experienced coaches returning.  In putting the staff together over the summer and fall I’ve been impressed with their flexibility to work with different age groups to optimize the learning environment.

 

At this writing, I’ve just returned from Copper Mountain, Colorado, where I was invited to participate in the clinician training for the new level 100 coaches’ education program just released by US Ski & Snowboard.  It was a fantastic opportunity for me to spend 2 days with many of my very experienced colleagues with high levels of certification and many years of experience in training athletes and coaching staffs.  This new program consists of several online self-study modules that our coaches can now access as continuing education, and I’ll be delivering an in-house certification clinic on snow for our new coaches.

 

I’ve just received an updated roster today for our CVA Preholiday camp.  We currently have 13 athletes from other programs enrolled but no CVA athletes yet registered.  From the amount of interest I’ve heard so far I expect those numbers to increase substantially.  Early registration is key for staffing purposes to provide a good coach/athlete ratio, so please register on line soon if your child will attend at: https://www.gocva.com/alpinecamps

  

In closing, the stage is set for our CVA alpine program to hit the snow with tremendous momentum.  Highlights this off-season, including the inline skate-to-ski camp partnership with Rollerblade in July, summer networking with those skate to ski camp athletes to monitor conditioning, and the Colorado preseason camp are all value-added elements to support heightened motivation and enthusiasm for our alpine athletes this winter.  The new mid station loading ramp on the long side double runner lift will be a game changer for time on task this winter.  All we need is a bit of cooperation from mother nature to allow us to do what we do best; helping more kids to experience success and self confidence in this fantastic lifetime sport we call alpine ski racing.

 

In order to provide our coaching staff with a quick way to more directly send time sensitive information to parents and as a forum for parents to chat and organize with one another, we will continue use of the CVA community on FREE downloadable app: Team App*.

 

*Team App can be downloaded for free to your handheld device, or you may enroll via your desktop. In order to receive messages, you will need to set up an account and join the Carrabassett Valley Academy group.

**For parents whose children have moved to a different group (e.g. U10 - U12) you will simply need to join the new group.

 

Our Marketing and Communications Director, Sarah Perry, will be available at the Comp Center on opening weekend to provide training and support for newcomers to the App, or those experiencing any other technical difficulties. She will have three girls in the program this year, so will also be around and available throughout the season as well.

 

Opening Day Schedule: December 2, 2017

8:00am – 8:30a.m. - Arrival and Family registration (If you ordered jackets, they will be available for pick-up at the registration tables)

8:30am – 11:00am. - Morning session

11:00am – 12:00p.m. - Lunch

12:00pm – 2:00pm - Afternoon Session

 

*ALPINE parent meeting, 1:30 p.m. Gondola Room, Bill & Joan Alfond Competition Center

 

Meeting locations: Bill & Joan Alfond Competition Center

Alpine Participants/Families: Gondola Room

Freestyle Participants/Families: Tuning Room

Snowboard Participants/Families: Conference Room

 

One final note, many of you will have noticed a change in online registration. We are now utilizing a much more robust software interface for all auxiliary programs at CVA. Please do not use links from last year to access registration forms. Please contact CVA Coordinator of Auxiliary Programs, Venise Fournier with any questions throughout the season: vfournier@goCVA.com or on 207-237-4459.  

 

If you are interested in ordering a weekend program jacket please click on the link : https://gocva.configio.com/search?cid=417

 

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all very soon!

 

I hope to see some of you at the World Cup at Killington Thanksgiving weekend.  Safe travels and looking forward to seeing you all soon.

 

Ron Bonnevie

Head U14 Coach & Weekend Program Manager

Carrabassett Valley Academy

School (207) 237-2250

Mobil (207) 491-7134

Fax (207) 237-2213

email: rbonnevie@gocva.com

Website: www.gocva.com

 

 

March 24, 2017

As most of you know it has been a very cold and windy week here at Sugarloaf.  Temperatures are supposed to moderate this weekend but be prepared for colder than usual conditions.  That said, the snow is amazing, so we hope to see all families up this weekend for the US Alpine Championships SG & SL Saturday & Sunday.  

 Remember all Weekend Programs will be celebrating the season’s close this weekend with a cookout at the Jean Luce Saturday from 11-1.  We could use any parent volunteers to help with the set up & tear down during this busy weekend.  See Kate Saturday morning if you can help.

 A big congratulations goes out to our Weekend Program athletes who qualified for the CanAm U14 Championships at Mt Tremblant, Quebec next week.  Eva Clement, Ian Geike and Cody LaBonty all competed well at the U14 Eastern Championships to make the MARA team, who will join 2 GSAP athletes at the event.

 The U12 & U14 CVA athletes at the Piche Invitational at Gunstock also had a strong showing, helping Team Maine to place 2nd in the team competition.  Well done all.

 In order to get more information for the end of season evaluations we will make another attempt to get some Skills Quest evaluations done over the next 2 weekends (1 skill each of the 4 WP days left) with the U10-14 groups.  Slalom skis will be the tool of choice for those and for the family dual panel SL on Saturday morning.  So parents, get those skis tuned up and come on up & join the fun.

 Look for the Les 2 Alpes, France summer ski camp flier on Team App, CVA website & Facebook soon.

 Safe travels to all.  Take care.

 Ron Bonnevie

CVA Weekend Program Manager  
 rbonnevie@gocva.com

 

March 15

 With yet another two foot snowstorm yesterday, Sugarloaf is ripe for all those lucky enough to be able to enjoy it this weekend.  This will be an excellent weekend for the kids to get out and ski the entire mountain.

Adding to his Jr World’s DH win in Are, Sweden, CVA WP & CVA alum Sam Morse finished 21st at the World Cup finals in Aspen today! This was Sam’s first World Cup start and we are so excited for his success.

Coaching staff at home this weekend will be mixing age groups to best manage the Sugarloaf group.  We have lots of coaches away at post season events at Sunday River (U14 Eastern Championships) and Gunstock, NH (Francis Piche Invitational).  We appreciate any help skiing parents can lend to the staff at home.

As we prepare for the big US Nationals weekend of March 25-26, please stay tuned for emails and Team App messages on events.  We will have a cookout at the Jean Luce building on Saturday March 25th for a seasonal wrap up.  Please respond to the RSVP that’s sent out for that event. Here are the details:

All athletes, parents and coaches are invited to a BBQ Lunch
Where: Jean Luce Building
When: Saturday, March 25th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch is free for Athletes and Coaches
$5 suggested donation for parents. Any donations made will help defray food costs.

I know there were some parents working on a closing event for the last weekend of April 1-2, so just keep us in the loop if there are needs to reserve the Gondola room in the comp center.

Our attempts to get the Skills Quest evaluations done last weekend were cancelled out by the frigid temperatures.  Doing them during the US Nationals will not be possible either, so the coaching staff will discuss an alternative plan for a seasonal summary.

So, as I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, details are being finalized for the Les 2 Alpes, France summer ski camp, June 24 to July 5, open to CVA & WP U12-16s.  And there are other summer skiing opportunities offered at Mt Hood.  We’re also planning some short 2-day Alpine-Inline technique camps on inline skates in conjunction with Roller Blade NA (demos, fit sessions, skate discounts, pro skaters), as well as a dryland conditioning camp.

Enjoy the weekend and send good wishes to the CVA athletes competing in post season events this weekend. 

Safe travels to all.  Take care.

Ron Bonnevie
CVA Weekend Program Manager       
rbonnevie@gocva.com

March 8, 2017

The days are finally getting longer and the roller coaster temperature spikes continue to provide challenging ski conditions.  There was great news from Are, Sweden today at the Jr World Alpine Championships, where Americans won the Women’s  (Alice McInnis) & Men’s DH!  Even more exciting was that the Men’s race winner- our own Sam Morse, WP & CVA alum! 

 This weekend athletes will be spread out around New England.  CVA U16 athletes are competing in the Eastern High School Championships in Attitash, NH, and most U8-12s will be racing in the Sunday River Festival.

At home, we have a busy weekend preparing our U12 & 14 athletes for the post season events at Gunstock, NH (Francis Piche Invitational) & Sunday River (U14 Eastern Championships).  Skills Quest phase 3 evaluations will be tested at the Eastern Championships, so we’ll be testing at home Saturday & Sunday am sessions.

This evaluation will form the basis for the seasonal evaluation for most alpine athletes.  Last weekend’s frigid temps saw limited participation of the U8/10 groups, so results for that group were limited.  The evaluation templates are posted on Team App for each age class group.  Video examples and in-depth explanations of each skill are available on the USSA.org site.  Look for them under: alpine>athletes>development>skills quest.   Here’s an example link for outside ski turns:  http://ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/development/skillsquest/skiing-assessment/exercises-by-phase/phase-2/outside-ski-turns

 Finally, details are being finalized for the Les 2 Alpes, France summer ski camp, June 24 to July 5, open to CVA & WP U12-16s.  So save the date and look for the camp flyer soon.

 So ditch the rain coats and break out the sun glasses as we enjoy some classic spring skiing at Sugarloaf and around the east this weekend. 

 Safe travels to all.  Take care.

Ron Bonnevie
CVA Weekend Program Manager
rbonnevie@gocva.com
 

March 2, 2017

We welcome the signs of spring as we enter March, the best skiing month of winter. It’s been a challenge to keep up with the wacky weather highs & lows, but the kids have adapted so well and Sugarloaf has done a first-class job grooming to prepare the best surface possible.

With most all U12-14s off at the state championships this weekend at Sunday River & Shawnee Peak, many of those families will be doing the trips from the Portland area.  The U8/10 & U16/19 groups will have the run of Sugarloaf for the weekend, when they will be training & completing the Skills Quest technical skiing evaluation.  This evaluation will form the basis for the seasonal evaluation for all alpine athletes.  The evaluation templates are posted on Team App for each age class group.  Video examples and in-depth explanations of each skill are available on the USSA.org site.  Look for them under: alpine>athletes>development>skills quest.   Here’s an example link for outside ski turns:  http://ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/development/skillsquest/skiing-assessment/exercises-by-phase/phase-2/outside-ski-turns

 As a reminder, the MARA teams for the Piche U12/14 Invitational at Gunstock, NH and the Eastern U14 Championship event at Sunday River will not be finalized until Monday to make sure the selections are accurate.  There are rooms reserved at the Margate in Laconia, NH for the Piche under Team Maine and will be held until Monday night March 6.  Congratulations to all the U16/19 athletes for strong CVA results qualifying them to the Eastern Regional High School Championships, U16 Eastern Champs & U16 Eastern Finals.

Finally, the end of the season is rapidly approaching.  There are several parents interested in planning for the end of the season celebration, which will be Saturday March 25th, during the US Nationals.  This will be an all age group affair, necessitating an outdoor venue.  Please connect with other parents in each age class to help plan & participate in this fun celebration of the season.  Initial thoughts are for a picnic/cookout/pot luck at the Jean Luce.

 Safe travels and ski fast.  Take care.

 Ron Bonnevie
CVA Weekend Program Manager
rbonnevie@gocva.com
 
 
  

February 15, 2017

This February school vacation week is shaping up to be of epic proportions!  The snow is as deep as it is dry, and the weather throughout the week looks like a dream.

The Titcomb Dual last Sunday was lots of fun. Congratulations to all for a great effort.  Titcomb is really a special venue for children’s racing, and we’re lucky to have such a great resource close by.

 We have many fun events happening this week and we hope to have strong participation.

  • Saturday, Feb 18 Canned Food Drive
  • There are two age group socials happening in the Gondola room
  • The McKay/Waddle fundraising race, which includes a barbecue lunch, is Monday.
  • The Ski Club Spaghetti dinner and skating party at the Outdoor Center is Tuesday night.
  • CVA’s open house is Wednesday, serving tasty wings & things hors d’oeuvres. It is a unique opportunity for weekend program families to explore CVA’s academics and community life on the King Cummings campus while school is in session. CVA has a top-level academic program and passionate dedicated teachers who impact students’ academic careers in meaningful ways.
  •  The CVA scholarship auction is Saturday night at the Sugarloaf Inn at 6pm.  

 So the week’s training will be highlighting the incredible free skiing we are now enjoying.  In addition to the continued use of GS & SL, it will include KCL & McKay Waddle races, Kombi (mix of GS & SL) training, terrain courses (wave track, duck gates, jumps, etc).  We are also attempting an in-house repeat of Skills Quest evaluations where each coach will score the athletes in their group, noting the areas where they lost points.  This will serve as a technical skiing mid- season skills evaluation as well. 

Finally please bear with us this week as we do our best to staff the program.  Many of our coaches do not have this week off from their regular jobs and we’ll be doing our best to accommodate all age groups.  This is a great time for any strong skiing parents to offer up support to the age class head coaches if you can lend a hand. 

Here are more details of next week’s events:

Saturday, Feb 18 Canned Food Drive

Parents, if you and your children would like to volunteer, please pile your children, and as many of their friends as you would like, in your car and arrive at CVA’s dining room around 3:30 pm Saturday, February 18th. The dining room is located in the Capricorn building on Route 27 (not on the King Cummings Campus off the Access Road). You will be given directions to a certain neighborhood and instructions on how to ask for donations. Routes generally take 60-90 minutes. Once completed, or your time runs out, please return to the dining hall, and bring your boxes of food inside to be sorted. If you have any questions about volunteering for the Canned Food Drive please email jlynes@gocva.com.Please RSVP to jlynes@gocva.com

Monday, Feb 20 McKay-Waddle Race

It’s the 36th annual McKay-Waddle Race!  All programs are invited to join this fundraiser that benefits the Sugarloaf Regional Educational Foundation . The cost of $25.00 per person includes a tee shirt, BBQ lunch and 2 fun runs....it is family event and all disciplines are invited to the open GS race on Competition Hill.  Excellent prizes will be raffled after the race.  You can sign up online at the Sugarloaf Ski Club or at the Comp Center the morning of the race.  FMI: call Jano Wilkinson at 246-7872.

 Tuesday, Feb 21 Ski Club Party

The  Ski Club is hosting a skating party and spaghetti dinner. It will be held at the Outdoor Center from 5:30-7:30pm. $10/person; $15/couple; or $30/family. Cash or check at the door. There is a limited supply of skates to rent.

 Wednesday, Feb 22 Explore CVA

CVA invites you to  Explore the Academy Experience.  Please join us from 2:00-4:00 on our King Cumming Campus. Visit classes while they are in session, tour the dorm, talk with students, parents meet with teachers and discuss and student life and academics while students spend time with  coaches and our human performance director.  FMI:  Dawn Smith, dsmith@gocva.com, 207-237-4466

 Saturday, Feb 25 Scholarship Event

CVA’s annual Scholarship Event will be held at the Sugarloaf Inn at 6pm with our famous raffle and live/silent auctions. Raffle tickets are $100 each which includes: admission for two to the event, lite fare and beverages and your auction bid number.  Tickets are on sale now at various locations in Carrabassett Valley as well as online at our CVA web site: www.gocva.com/raffle. FMI: Melissa Fogg, mfogg@gocva.com, 207-237-4505.

 Safe travels this weekend.

Take care.

Ron Bonnevie
CVA Weekend Program Manager
rbonnevie@gocva.com

February 8, 2017

This week’s storms have brought more natural snow to Sugarloaf than we’ve seen in a while.  Skiing will be exceptional on this second weekend of February.  As communicated in the last newsletter, February vacation week will be busy. Let’s cross our fingers for good weather and be ready to adapt to changing conditions.

Congratulations to all the U12s & 14s for their great efforts in last Sunday’s Sugarloaf Slalom Qualifier.  I’ve posted links to video and pictures of most of the kids on the U12 & 14 Team App.  My apologies to those I’ve missed.  Between changing batteries and back-to-back CVA athletes it’s always challenging to get everyone in.  To that subject, we could very much use some help on race days from a parent or two that can help me shoot video & take pictures at races.  I will train anyone willing to help, and if you have your own camera it would great.  If not we’ll get one for you to use.

This Sunday’s Dual Panel Slalom race at Titcomb is always a fun event and open to all U8-14s.  It’s a non-USSA event, so no membership is required.  The dual format is a 2 run qualification (1 run on each course), with a run off for the top 8 or 16 (depending on field size) in each age class for the afternoon.   Titcomb has promised to have their Ski Patrol’s Sausage Shack open, which will help cut down on the wait time for lunch.  See the Team App for the race announcement. 

 This Friday, February 10 is another Friday training session.  We’ll be training panel slalom, so slalom skis are recommended but protection is not necessary.  As a reminder, we meet at the comp center by 8:30 ready to ski, with a 45 minute lunch break around 11:15, and finish by 2:30.  Early registration is required in order to properly staff the session.

Once again, here is the list of upcoming events:

Saturday, Feb 18 Canned Food Drive

CVA and USSA believe the strongest ski and snowboard clubs are ones that are positioned to be community development partners rather than just sports organizations. CVA gets involved with community initiatives, collaborates with a number of community partners, and performs service work in our community. We believe community involvement helps to make our school and our club be more relevant and known in the community, increases our base of support, and, most importantly, provides opportunities for our young participants and students to develop a deep sense of gratitude and empathy.

Again this year we are inviting our Weekend Program families to be a part of one of CVA’s longest-standing community service traditions – the annual Canned Food Drive. CVA partners with Sugarloaf Area Christian Ministry to go door-to-door to collect donated food to stock the shelves of the local food pantries. We hope you will consider joining us as we help our neighbors-in-need this winter.

Parents, if you and your children would like to volunteer, please pile your children, and as many of their friends as you would like, in your car and arrive at CVA’s dining room around 3:30 pm Saturday, February 18th. The dining room is located in the Capricorn building on Route 27 (not on the King Cummings Campus off the Access Road). You will be given directions to a certain neighborhood and instructions on how to ask for donations. Routes generally take 60-90 minutes. Once completed, or your time runs out, please return to the dining hall, and bring your boxes of food inside to be sorted. If you have any questions about volunteering for the Canned Food Drive please email jlynes@gocva.com.Please RSVP to jlynes@gocva.com.

Monday, Feb 20 McKay-Waddle Race

It’s the 36th annual McKay-Waddle Race!  All programs are invited to join this fundraiser that benefits the Sugarloaf Regional Educational Foundation . The cost of $25.00 per person includes a tee shirt, BBQ lunch and 2 fun runs....it is family event and all disciplines are invited to the open GS race on Competition Hill.  Excellent prizes will be raffled after the race.  You can sign up online at the Sugarloaf Ski Club or at the Comp Center the morning of the race.  FMI: call Jano Wilkinson at 246-7872.

Tuesday, Feb 21 Ski Club Party

The  Ski Club is hosting a skating party and spaghetti dinner. It will be held at the Outdoor Center from 5:30-7:30pm. $10/person; $15/couple; or $30/family. Cash or check at the door. There is a limited supply of skates to rent.

Wednesday, Feb 22 Explore CVA

CVA invites you to  Explore the Academy Experience.  Please join us from 2:00-4:00 on our King Cumming Campus. Visit classes while they are in session, tour the dorm, talk with students, parents meet with teachers and discuss and student life and academics while students spend time with  coaches and our human performance director.  FMI and to RSVP:https://www.gocva.com/learnaboutlearning or  Dawn Smith, dsmith@gocva.com, 207-237-4466

Thursday, Feb 23 Learn About our ALPS Program

The ALPS team , CVA’s non-competitive backcountry program, will be at the Competition Center from 3:30-5:00 to explain their program, show pictures of their recent trip to LaGrave, France and talk about backcountry skiing for teens.

Saturday, Feb 25 Scholarship Event

CVA’s annual Scholarship Event will be held at the Sugarloaf Inn at 6pm with our famous raffle and live/silent auctions. Raffle tickets are $100 each which includes: admission for two to the event, lite fare and beverages and your auction bid number.  Tickets are on sale now at various locations in Carrabassett Valley as well as online at our CVA web site: www.gocva.com/raffle. FMI: Melissa Fogg, mfogg@gocva.com, 207-237-4505.

Safe travels this weekend.

Take care.

Ron Bonnevie
CVA Weekend Program Manager
rbonnevie@gocva.com

  

February 2, 2017

It’s great to have some extra sunshine as we turn the page into February.  With some steady natural snow and significant snowmaking this week the mountain is in the best shape yet this winter. 

The Skills Quest event last Sunday at Titcomb was a huge success, with the CVA U12 girls & U10 Boys sweeping the top 3, and CVA athletes winning 1st place in all but 2 age groups.  Scores will be posted on Team App tomorrow.

The weather this weekend looks perfect.  Look for each age group’s training plans on Team App.  The U12/14 slalom qualifier on Sunday will be a great opportunity for families to work together to help the kids have a good experience.  To help this process, the more parents that can be on skis to help the kids at the start with clothes, carrying coat bags, and preparing skis the better.  With the limited time between runs, we suggest making a bag lunch for the kids so they can eat somewhere close (Jean Luce finish building).   U12/14 coaches will give you tuning and wax suggestions after training Saturday. 

As we enter into the second half of the season we’d like to encourage more age group social events.  For those who attended the early season parent meetings, there was considerable enthusiasm for parents taking on roles for organizing social events. To date that has not happened, but it’s never too late to get the planning started.  As there’s no travel for events this weekend it would be a good opportunity to create fun après-ski outings for the kids.   

February vacation week is shaping up to be full of activities. Below is a list to date and it will be updated each week:

Saturday, Feb 18: Canned Food Drive

CVA and USSA believe the strongest ski and snowboard clubs are ones that are positioned to be community development partners rather than just sports organizations. CVA gets involved with community initiatives, collaborates with a number of community partners, and performs service work in our community. We believe community involvement helps to make our school and our club be more relevant and known in the community, increases our base of support, and, most importantly, provides opportunities for our young participants and students to develop a deep sense of gratitude and empathy.

Again this year we are inviting our Weekend Program families to be a part of one of CVA’s longest-standing community service traditions – the annual Canned Food Drive. CVA partners with Sugarloaf Area Christian Ministry to go door-to-door to collect donated food to stock the shelves of the local food pantries. We hope you will consider joining us as we help our neighbors-in-need this winter.

Parents, if you and your children would like to volunteer, please pile your children, and as many of their friends as you would like, in your car and arrive at CVA’s dining room around 3:30 pm Saturday, February 18th. The dining room is located in the Capricorn building on Route 27 (not on the King Cummings Campus off the Access Road). You will be given directions to a certain neighborhood and instructions on how to ask for donations. Routes generally take 60-90 minutes. Once completed, or your time runs out, please return to the dining hall, and bring your boxes of food inside to be sorted. If you have any questions about volunteering for the Canned Food Drive please email jlynes@gocva.com.

Please RSVP to jlynes@gocva.com

Monday, Feb 20: McKay-Waddle Race

It’s the 36th annual McKay-Waddle Race!  All programs are invited to join this fundraiser that benefits the Sugarloaf Regional Educational Foundation . The cost of $25.00 per person includes a tee shirt, BBQ lunch and 2 fun runs....it is family event and all disciplines are invited to the open GS race on Competition Hill.  Excellent prizes will be raffled after the race.  You can sign up online at the Sugarloaf Ski Club or at the Comp Center the morning of the race.  FMI: call Jano Wilkinson at 246-7872.

Tuesday, Feb 21: Ski Club Party

The  Ski Club is hosting a skating party and spaghetti dinner. It will be held at the Outdoor Center from 5:30-7:30pm. $10/person; $15/couple; or $30/family. Cash or check at the door. There is a limited supply of skates to rent.

Wednesday, Feb 22: Explore CVA

CVA invites you to  Explore the Academy Experience.  Please join us from 2:00-4:00 on our King Cumming Campus. Visit classes while they are in session, tour the dorm, talk with students, parents meet with teachers and discuss and student life and academics while students spend time with  coaches and our human performance director.  FMI: https://www.gocva.com/learnaboutlearning.  Dawn Smith, dsmith@gocva.com, 207-237-4466

Thursday, Feb 23: Learn About the CVA ALPS Program

The ALPS team , CVA’s non-competitive backcountry program, will be at the Competition Center from 3:30-5:00 to explain their program, show pictures of their recent trip to LaGrave, France and talk about backcountry skiing for teens.

Saturday, Feb 25: Scholarship Event

CVA’s annual Scholarship Event will be held at the Sugarloaf Inn at 6pm with our famous raffle and live/silent auctions. Raffle tickets are $100 each which includes: admission for two to the event, lite fare and beverages and your auction bid number.  Tickets are on sale now at various locations in Carrabassett Valley as well as online at our CVA web site: www.gocva.com/raffle. FMI: Melissa Fogg, mfogg@gocva.com, 207-237-4505.

 

Safe travels this weekend.

Take care,

Ron Bonnevie

CVA Weekend Program Manager

rbonnevie@gocva.com

 

January 26, 2017

Hello Alpine Families, 

It has been a busy week in the valley with Tuesday’s storm leaving about a foot of heavy snow on the mountain.  The U16 SGs are at Sugarloaf this week so we’ve all been pitching in to help reset the B-nets on Gauge.  

The GS qualifier at Mt Abram last Sunday was a challenge of patience at registration, and we very much appreciate how well behaved our CVA families were in dealing with the delay.  The kids performed very well, taking first place in 3 out of 4 age categories.  I’m working on getting the photos & video loaded on Google Drive, and will share the links as soon as they’re ready.  It’s a very time consuming process, so any parents that would like to help with this for future events please let me know.

This weekend will be a busy one.  Saturday is the KCL Panel SL on Lower Comp for the U10s & 12s.  All U8-14s will be preparing for the Skills Quest event at Titcomb Saturday afternoon; a really fun event not to be missed.  It’s a great environment for younger siblings to explore.  Here’s a schedule of the day’s events:

  • 8:00 Registration opens
  • 8:30 Lift opens
  • 9:00 coaches meeting
  • 9:30 – 11:30 > athletes grouped by age begin skills evaluations:
  • U8/10s > 1 ski, lane changes, pole jumpers, straight run~side slip~edge set
  • U12/14s > 1 ski, lane changes, pole jumpers in tuck, pivot slips
  • 11:30 -12:15 > lunch
  • 12:15-1:45 > dual panel SL challenge (untimed) & other gate stations
  • 2:00 > Bib draw & recognition awards for top finishers in the 4 skills overall in each age class (reminder U8s compete as U10s) 

The PDF's from USSA are available in Team App, so you can learn the details of these skills.  Please remember to reply to the Team APP survey for the Titcomb event so we can plan for staffing.

This Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 2:00 we’re offering an informational session “ski racing for parents” in the Gondola room.  I will be joined by Dawn Smith to help explain basic technical & tactical aspects of training, racing, and share ideas on how to help the kids have success at all levels. We’ll also discuss how to plan for & balance academic & athletic goals.

Safe travels to all and let’s enjoy the great conditions at Sugarloaf this weekend.

Take care, 

Ron Bonnevie

CVA Weekend Program Manager

rbonnevie@gocva.com  

 

January 19, 2017

 

Hello Alpine Families,

I am pleased to report, the skiing is excellent this week! The cold temps last weekend allowed the snowmaking crew to make lots of fresh snow on several upper mountain trails.  We got about 5’ of light powder last night so the skiing today was fantastic. Temperatures this weekend look much warmer than last.  We’re looking forward to an excellent weekend of training and racing. 

The U12’s & 14's have their first MARA (Maine Alpine Racing Association) qualifier at Mt Abram Sunday. See the attached Race Notice

All athletes intending to race should be registered by Friday at the very latest.  Remember to sign up on the ‘skimara.org’ site and click on ‘enter a race.’  The Mt Abram registration information is: http://www.adminskiracing.com . If you have questions please email, Courtney@mtabram,com 

This week’s Bridge camp has been productive and fun for the small group of athletes. Here’s a typical Bridge camp schedule for those interested in joining the next Bridge camp, Feb 1-3:

  • 8:30-11:30 - am session
  • 11:30-12:15 – bag lunch
  • 12:30-2:00-    pm session
  • 2:30 - return to dorm for snack
  • 3:00-5:00 - monitored study hall in Academic Center with Shelby Downing with access to teaching staff
  • 5:30-6:00 - dinner at the Cap (non- boarders & families welcome to join the group for dinner any night)
  • 7:00-9:00 - monitored study hall for boarding athletes

This Friday’s session will be busy with a large group of WP athletes signed up.  Going forward, we will need to close Friday session registration by the Wednesday evening prior in order to properly staff the session.  This Friday’s session is now closed.  Sign up is found on the CVA site at: https://www.gocva.com/bridge

Safe travels to all.  We’re looking forward to a great weekend. 

Take care,

Ron Bonnevie

CVA Weekend Program Manager

rbonnevie@gocva.com

 

January 11, 2017 

Hello Alpine Families,

This has been a wacky week of weather here at Sugarloaf, but snow conditions are excellent.  We’re looking forward to this long MLK weekend.  As a reminder we do have programming all 3 days.  Weekend temperatures look seasonal so it will be an excellent 3 days of training as the U12’s & 14s prepare for their first upcoming GS qualifier at Mt Abram January 22nd

We did our best to get pictures of all the kids in the first run of last weekend’s Bill Bousum GS on Saturday.  Here’s the link to the pics we were able to get: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4vDul-C-Lf4WlczS2poS0dSaFE

The kids braved the cold very well and the snow conditions could not have been better for the first race of the season.   Congratulations to the podium winners and we look for more athletes to move into the top ranks as the season progresses.  The Friday sessions and the Bridge camps are a great opportunity for maximum training time on task with our full - time CVA athletes.  This Friday’s session is still open and the Bridge camp starting on January 17 has a nice group of athletes already signed up.  See the CVA website for sign up details at: https://www.gocva.com/bridge

The Sugarloaf Ski Club has mailed a membership reminder to all CVA Weekend Program families this week.  As an integral partner with the CVA Competition Center and with Sugarloaf events, we encourage all families to join in supporting this organization.  Sign up on-line at: sugarloafskiclub.org.

We’re enjoying the lunch-time camaraderie in the Gondola room.  We encourage all families to join us and please remember to pick up the tables after lunch.  The Competition Center hours are 6 am to 8 pm – folks can stay later than 8 to tune – just pull the doors closed behind you. 

We understand that there are still challenges for some using the Team App. Kate Punderson has volunteered to be available this Sunday in the Gondola room between 11:00am to 1:00pm for one-on-one help.

Safe travels to all and let’s enjoy the great conditions at Sugarloaf this long MLK weekend.

Take care,

Ron Bonnevie

CVA Weekend Program Manager

rbonnevie@gocva.com

 

January 5, 2017 

Hello Alpine Families,

I Hope you all enjoyed the epic snowstorm during the Holiday camp last week. 

It was a relief to finally get the kids into the woods and in the parks to enjoy all the natural terrain Sugarloaf has to offer.  We realized that some of the kids hadn’t ever skied in the woods, so there was a steep learning curve for many of the young ones.

Snow continues to fall here at Sugarloaf.  The skiing today was incredible and the weather for the weekend looks just right for winter sports.

With the postponement of the Bill Bousum GS to this Saturday we were unfortunately unable to find another slot for the KCL race planned for that day.  But the Bill Bousum event is open to all those kids so a race is still an option.  Remember that if the kids are going to race they will need a USSA membership.  Make sure to do that before this weekend, then register the kids with Laurel Lashar on the MARA website: http://www.skimara.org/home/race-entries/

Those not racing will have alternate training opportunities.  Please communicate with your child’s head coach to let them know prior to the weekend so we can adjust staffing needs. 

For any kids racing Saturday please make sure their equipment is properly prepared (sharpened, waxed, etc.) and they are well dressed and fed.  They should be in the Comp Center by 8:00 for registration.  All others can meet their groups on the landing as usual at 8:30. 

Following the race awards in the Comp Center on Saturday afternoon, there will be a brief planning meeting in the tuning room for all parents of athletes intending to do the U12-14 SG camp & races at Sunday River, Thursday & Friday, January 26 & 27.

There are 2 Bridge Camps planned for this month, we hope you can join us! 

And we have added a Friday training option for this Friday, January 6th for those interested in getting extra preparation for the Bill Bousum race Saturday.  We’ll be training on the same slope (Miles Mile to Kangaroo) as Saturday’s race.  If interested sign up on line at: https://www.gocva.com/pages/athletics/athletics---alpine---Training-Days

Now that the holiday period is over, we hope the parents helping to plan social events can get that process started.  Speak to your child’s age class head coach is you’re interested in helping.

Safe travels and we look forward to seeing you all this weekend,

Ron Bonnevie

CVA Alpine Weekend Program Manager 

December 27-31, 2016

Seasons’ greetings to all, 

Those of you arriving to the valley soon will see that Sugarloaf has made major efforts in snowmaking this week to get lots of terrain open for the holiday week.  With the treat last weekend of powder skiing on Saturday & great skiing in the wet conditions Sunday, we’ve really had an excellent start to this 2016-2017 ski season.

We’ve just finished the 3-day Pre Holiday camp yesterday, Wednesday Dec 21 with 15 athletes.Despite the cold temps Monday & Tuesday the skiing has been excellent and the kids made solid progress, and were able to take in some of the Men’s FIS Eastern Cup races on the Narrow Gauge. 

Please be sure to check the schedule sent in last week’s newsletter for upcoming events during the holiday camp, which starts Tuesday Dec 27 and runs each day through Saturday Dec 31.  In addition to those après-ski events, here are some racing events to prepare for:

  • Wednesday Dec 28 is the KCL organizer, 9:00-11:00am, a GS for U8-12, & U14s new to racing (no prior racing experience).  The timed runs allows us create teams of mixed abilities that will compete for the 3 race series on Jan 7, 28th & Feb 18th.
  • Friday Dec 30 is the Bill Bousum USSA GS for U8-14.  Be sure to register with USSA http://my.ussa.org/membership/start to sign the kids up for the season.  You can register for this race simply by stopping in to see Laurel Lashar upstairs in the Comp Center’s Competition Dept office, or on line at: http://www.skimara.org/home/race-entries/.  For the other races season and to see the age-class schedules, go to: http://www.skimara.org/home/schedule/

We will be covering details on the USSA/MARA racing schedules at the upcoming age-class parent meetings (see last week’s newsletter for a reminder).  We’re working on establishing parent liaisons for social events for each age class who will be helping to communicate needs for the Pot Luck socials that will follow those parent informational meetings.  The meetings and Pot Luck socials are for parents and kids.  We’ll work on some activities for the kids during the informational meetings so there’s a good atmosphere for communication. 

Happy Holidays to all, safe travels over the coming days and we’re looking forward to a great week of skiing here at Sugarloaf.   

Ron Bonnevie

Head U14 Coach & Weekend Program Manager
Carrabassett Valley Academy

 

December 15, 2016

Hello WP Alpine Families,

The snowmaking gains have been impressive this week and with over a foot of snow Monday Sugarloaf is in great shape for December.

All the age class groups have had two solid weekends of training so far this December. More terrain is opening every day. The coaches in all age groups have been pleased with the enthusiasm & efforts of the kids so far.

Weather this weekend looks challenging so please be sure the kids are well prepared and dressed appropriately.

We could use a couple of strong skiing parents to help with course setting between 11-12 when the kids are having lunch. If you could help with that function, please see Ron Bonnevie at 8:30 on the Landing when we meet the kids Saturday.

We could also use parent chaperones to help with the U8/10 groups. Anyone available to ski for a session could meet at 8:30 on the landing. We’re still looking for more U8 coaches (trining available).

Events (Weekend of 12/17)

Saturday: 

11:15 - 11:45 - Gondola Room: Team App Q&A (Sarah Perry) 

2:30 - 3:30 - Conference Room: Intro to Alpine Ski Racing Gate Judge video (Ron Bonnevie)

2:30 - 3:30 - Ski Tuning Room: Basics of ski tuning (Len Saulter)

Events (Holiday Week: 12/27-31)

Dec 27 - 4:00 p.m. Gondola Room: U8/U10 parent meeting and pot luck

Dec 28 - 4:00 p.m. Gondola Room: U12/U14 parent meeting and pot luck

Dec 29 - 2:30 p.m. Ski Tuning Room: ski tuning and maintenance with Koji Kabota 

Dec 29 - 3:30 p.m. Gondola Room: U16/U19 parent meeting and pot luck

Dec 30 - Post Race Gondola room: Bill Bousum, GS U8 - U14 awards

Don't forget, CVA bridge camps are fast approaching in the New Year, sign up soon to hold your young athlete's spot! 

It's been a great week with fresh powder as shown below by the CVA U14 girls, enjoying their training runs on Tuesday!

See you all soon,

Ron Bonnevie

Program Manager

 

December 7, 2016

Hello WP Families, 

Opening weekend went very well, thank you for contributing to its success! The new Competition Center made the entire process so much more enjoyable. Participation numbers in the Alpine Program are up from last year, and we’re thrilled to have a blend of youth & experience in our staff of talented coaches.

Here are a few reminders to help us keep the new comp center looking great and in good standing with the mountain: 

  • Please do not leave skis/boards lying in the snow, always put them in the ski racks provided.
  • Please do not leave skis/boards lying in the snow at the Alpine meeting spots, always put them in the racks provided in the meeting locations.
  • Please take a moment to review the Parent/Athlete handbook with your particpating young athletes here.

You’ll all be very pleased at the progress Sugarloaf has made with snowmaking this week. We’re looking forward to more terrain open as we work with the kids to continue challenging & assessing their skills. 

A few notices:

  • The age class coaches’ newsletters will be available via Team App please be sure to check for new messages.
  • This Saturday, December 10th the Comp Center’s Gondola Room will be closed at Noon in order to set up for the Dedication. Please move all your personal items out of the room by 11:45 a.m. You are welcome to store your items in the wax room.

We hope you can all join us for the Grand Opening celebration for the new Competition Center this Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Safe travels, and think snow! 

Ron Bonnevie

 

November 30, 2016

Greetings all,

The December 3rd opening weekend has finally arrived!  The new Competition Center is receiving its final touches, and we’re all very excited to move in.  Here’s the first look at the schedule for Saturday, meeting in the great room of the Comp Center

8:00-8:30         Family registration (please do your best to have all paperwork & payment

                        completed in advance to facilitate the process)

8:30-11:00       Morning session (slalom skis recommended)

11:00-11:45     Lunch break (returning groups to the Beach)

12:00-2:00       U8-12 afternoon session (leaving from & returning to the Beach)

12:30-2:30       U14-21 afternoon session

We had very productive coach’s orientation and planning meetings November 19 & 20, and I’m pleased to say we have the best weekend program staff assembled in many years.

Based on the number of new athletes in the program this year we will wait to establish groups within the age classes until we’ve had time to ski with the kids.  Then each age class will work on initial groupings to start the second weekend, which the head coaches will share with those families directly in an email. 

Once we set that up, we ask you all for your flexibility and assistance in helping us to get to know the kids these first weekends to determine the best fits for the groups, making adjustments as we see fit.  

For the U8-U14 groups, each athlete will be assigned to a coaching group while the U16/18/21 group operates more as a whole.  The head coach of each group will be responsible for communication to those families through Team App.  Within each age class group, those athletes will have access and input from other coaches in their group, as well as the opportunity to ski with other athletes within their age group at various training sessions. Once the groups are set up, your cooperation and understanding is key.  Know that we’ve done our best to group the kids considering experience, personalities, and social dynamics.  In our attempts to create the best possible athlete/coach ratio, please trust our leadership to make those initial groupings, and know that adjustments will occur as we get to know the kids’ personalities, their current skill and maturity levels. 

Here are the current staffing positions for 2016-2017 season:

U16/19/21       Head Coach-John Thompson

Staff - Kendall Farrington, Bob Luce

U14                 Head Coach-Jon Wagner

Staff - Dave Kearing, Gail Blackburn, Henry Townsend, Craig Marshall (12 & 14 floater)

U12                Head Coach-Len Saulter,

Staff - Peter Glass, Cathy Morton, Erica Luce, Craig Marshall

U8/10              Head Coach-Josh Cushman

Staff - Lani Love, Jon Leavitt, Cuyler Morris, Kristina Hoch & Isabel Cayer 

On call floaters:           Tony Jessen

Parent chaperones:      Kate Lynch, Shelly Koenig (& we need more J)

Our new Director of Marketing & Communications at CVA, Sarah Perry, will be helping us all get up to speed using Team App and the CVA Weekend Program Facebook Group.    

Important Final Notes:

1. Pick up/drop off area is going to be at The Beach for this week only.

2. Please make sure to have the kids ski gear & equipment ready, tuned and bindings checked for their current weight.  Ski pole length is often an issue if it hasn’t been checked.  Coaches will be doing their own equipment checks those first weekends also and will advise for any concerns. 

3. To help us make a rapid connection with the kids that first weekend, please have them personalize their helmets with their name.

4. Parking is not permitted in the lot and road closest to the Competition Center - Gondi Village lot and Adams Mountain Road. Parking spaces in that area are reserved for residents only. Pick up and drop off in the Gondi Village lot is also strongly discouraged. Instead, please park in day parking lots below the Sugarloaf Hotel or in 60 minute parking. CVA, the Sugarloaf Ski Club and USSA stress how important it is for clubs to do all they can to maintain positive interactions with resort customers. Parking and driving legally is one way Weekend Program parents can show respect for the resort and the hometown club. Thank you! 

Thanks to all for your participation in the 2016-2017 CVA Alpine Weekend Program.  We look forward to a great season. 

See you all soon,

Ron Bonnevie

Program Manager

 

  

October 28, 2016

Hello from snowy Sugarloaf,

It’s been snowing all day here at Sugarloaf, and the report from the mountain is over a foot.  We WILL have winter this year!

Weekend Alpine Program registrations are up to 112 as of this week.  We’d like to remind parents as they sign up for the program to also join the Sugarloaf Ski Club as a family by going to this link: http://sugarloafskiclub.org/

You’re all invited to the Ski Club volunteer reception on the first day of programming. Join us on Dec 3rd  in the new Competition Center from 5-7pm, where there will be hors d’oeuvres & adult beverages served.

The Weekend Program staff has just made a major addition to its ranks in hiring 2 new coaches this week.  Both are CVA alums and bring strong skiing & racing skills to the program.  We’ll be announcing the details of the age group coaches and new hires soon.

We wanted to make sure all families got the links for jacket orders, so here they are again.

Teens - https://www.gocva.com/alpineteamjackets 

Kids - http://www.gocva.com/llbeanjackets

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.  Take care.

Ron Bonnevie

Alpine Weekend Program Manager

Cell 207 491-7134      rbonnevie@gocva.com 

 

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.

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=spigot-chr-ffmac&p=jump+rope+routine

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:

http://www.rollerblade.com/usa/the-rollerblade-experience/skating-advice/skate-to-ski-cross-training/

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. 

DO NOT ORDER DIRECTLY FROM L.L.BEAN  

CLICK HERE TO VIEW JACKET INFO AND TO ORDER 

 

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.  Take care.

Ron Bonnevie

Alpine Weekend Program Manager

Cell 207 491-7134      rbonnevie@gocva.com    

 

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

rbonnevie@gocva.com    

 

 

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
207-491-7134
rbonnevie@gocva.com

 

Kraig Sourbeer
CVA Alpine Program Director
(802) 535-9539
ksourbeer@gocva.com

 

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