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SkiCross Weekend Program Newsletter, December 22, 2017


Hello weekend program families,

It is officially winter!  Cold temps, wonderful snow, and more terrain opening every day.

There is no weekend program this weekend, December 23, 24, 25, and 26th.  Enjoy time as family, be it at Sugarloaf, home or traveling.  Be safe and have a great weekend!  

Program resumes on the 27th.

We will be hosting a Potluck supper at the Competition Center, in the Gondola Room, for the Snowboard and Ski Cross team on December 27th, from 5p.m. to 7p.m. 


Please bring something to share and enjoy with your fellow snowboard families. It will be a fun evening to mingle and meet new parents/coaches and kids. We will be having athlete goal setting as well as a parent question and answer sessions during this time.  

Have a fantastic weekend! Happy Holidays to you and yours!




Dear Snowboard and Ski Cross CVA Weekend Program Families,  


The 2017-18 CVA Weekend Program is nearly here!   


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


Meeting locations: Bill & Joan Alfond Competition Center

Alpine Participants/Families: Gondola Room

Freestyle Participants/Families: Tuning Room

Snowboard and Ski Cross Participants/Families: Conference Room


Snowboarders and Ski Cross athletes will meet in the Comp Center Conference Room for the first morning.  It is the little room to the right after the entryway. Look for the Snowboard/Ski Cross sign.  We re-group outside the comp center at 11 and everyone breaks for lunch.  After lunch we like to leave at 12, so please plan to arrive at 11:55.  We will return to the comp center at 2:00.


For the first day, please check to make sure everything fits prior to arriving on Saturday morning.  If the Holiday Armadillo is bringing new snow pants and the old ones don't quite make it past the shin, perhaps an early gift might be in order.  If your child has new boots, have them tests them with bindings. Just like skis, binding adjustments are almost always needed with new boots.   Sometimes new bindings are needed, so this is a good thing to do prior to Friday night.


First day snowboards should be ones that are okay to ride in the park, hit a bit of grass, and have some fun.  If the new board is quite a bit longer, first day runs are usually the best on the old board.  New boards are fine as well, the snowmakers have done a wonderful job covering all of the terrain.  Please, no race boards until more terrain is open.   


Our communication processes will run the same as last year. We will continue to post Newsletters to the weekend program website as well as send them through Team App.  We encourage you to bookmark this page, updated news will be posted on Thursday afternoons. Please plan to check-in each week throughout the season.  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, our program uses a 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.


Maine Mountain Series USASA uses Team App to communicate all competition information as well, so all your information will be coming from one place.


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.


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: or at 207-237-4459.  


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


Meghan Price

Snowboard Weekend Program Manager

Carrabassett Valley Academy


Mobile: 603.723.8512 





February 1, 2017

Hello SX Weekend Program Families,

As I type to you this week, I am pleased to say that the sight of accumulating snow may be viewed just outside my windows! With clear skies and chilly temperatures ahead for the weekend, make sure to bundle up for Saturday! This past weekend allowed us ample time on Sidewinder practicing on the course, followed by the opportunity to chase the leftover powder from last week's snow squalls. With time spent working in the start gate, line selection, as well running a few laps of panel slalom, many of the athletes noted personal progress in the runs and were stoked to cross-train across a variety of terrain and snow conditions.

For this coming weekend, Head Ski Cross Coach Alex Hemlin will be running both Saturday and Sunday’s practice. Please be sure to be prompt and on time.

Please note the following items below: 

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, and to RSVP for the effort, please email

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 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 Sugarloaf 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 -- Experience the Academy

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,, 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 & riding 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: FMI: Melissa Fogg,, 207-237-4505.

Thank you all for the continued hard work and dedication to this sport!

Think snow,
Matt Rolfson


December 15, 2016

Hello Ski Cross families!

Another great weekend has come and gone, this time sporting some chilly temperatures and cold snow! It was great to see our athletes come out and brave the elements while working with our Head Ski Cross coach, Alex Hemlin, on a variety of drills and skills. Due to USASA clinics held at CVA this past weekend, Alex was able to step in and utilize his immense knowledge of Ski Cross to further assists the group as we approach our first event during MLK weekend next month. 

With snow in the forecast and more ropes dropping for the coming weekend, it seems like we will be seeing some incredible conditions! For those who missed Monday's storm, we received close to a foot of fresh, light snow that continues to help develop our already impressive early season base!

Get those legs rested and eat a hearty breakfast this Saturday morning, and, most importantly, think SNOW!! It's going to be epic. 


Matt Rolfson


December 8, 2016


Hello SX Families, 

The first weekend has come and gone and what a great start to the season it was! It was my pleasure to meet the three SX athletes who will represent CVA and Sugarloaf this season as we strive towards meeting and exceeding our goals for ourselves and for the team this winter. With the first of many miles logged on our boots and skis, we are looking strong right out of the gate as we head into December.

A few quick housekeeping items below:

  • 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 Noon. You are welcome to store your items in the wax room and all are welcome to attend the dedication at 2:30. An open house will follow until 5 PM. 
  • Finally, PLEASE do not leave skis/boards lying in the snow outside the Comp Center. ALWAYS put your skis in the ski racks provided. ALSO – do not leave skis lying in the snow at the alpine and freestyle meeting spots. ALWAYS put skis in the ski racks provided in the meeting locations.

A big thank you to all of the individuals and parents who have helped educate and mold these young adults into the skiers they are! I look forward to seeing you all soon.  

Matt Rolfson
CVA Ski Cross Weekend Program Manager



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 once again be a part of the CVA community – USSA’s 2016 Club of the Year! – and look forward to seeing you and your children. 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. 

Alex Hemlin
CVA Ski Cross Weekend Program Manager
Alex Tuttle
CVA Snowboard & Ski Cross Program Director



3197 Carrabassett Drive
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947


Fax: 207.237.2213