Well, we’ve made it to week two of training, and I think the season is looking to be snowy and bright. Each week one of our fabulous coaches will take a few minutes to give us some highlights from the previous week’s training. It will help you get a sense of what the athletes are working on and to see the world of SPAC from a coach’s perspective. This week coach Larry shared some thoughts from Park City where he will be working as a ski instructor for several weeks. Lucky Larry, we’ll miss you! But first a few quick reminders:

  • Sign up to Volunteer for the night Slalom! We still need lots of volunteers for our first race. A quick reminder we aren’t using smartsheet this year for volunteer sign ups, if you need help remembering how to sign up with our new tool see this earlier post.
  • Volunteer training session after lunch today (saturday) at the SPAC shack.
  • New Parent’s meeting this afternoon at 2:30 followed by meet the coaches for all parents at 3 in PC lodge first.
  • We still need parent photographers for each age group. The more the merrier. Contact Kate if you’d like to participate. (She needs help the photo above is of U8s because we didn’t have any U12 photos from last week!)

An now thoughts from coach Larry:

Wow! What a wonderful weekend of training! It was great to see old friends, make new friends and to enjoy the weekend skiing at Stevens Pass. And to top it all off, it snowed continuously both days – what a difference a year makes.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of skiing with U-12’s and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I was impressed by their work ethic and by their willingness to try new challenges. We primarily spent the weekend getting used to how we maintain our balance as we slide along the snow on a pair of skis. It seems simple in concept, but is incredibly difficult to perform as the slope and terrain are constantly varying as we ski down the mountainside. We played and experimented with this concept on the flats of Daisy, down the varied terrain on Hog Heaven, Rockin’ Blue, Skyline and lower Merry-go-Round. We found some holes on Brookes and skied some amazing early season powder on 7th Heaven. The athletes pushed themselves to learn and experiment with maintaining shin-cuff pressure during the entire turn in the varying conditions we explored. We made new friends, we laughed and we worked hard, but most of all we played and renewed our enthusiasm for this great sport and mountains!

Thank you to Coral, Campbell, Vivian, Eva, Noah, Rowan and Zach for allowing me to ski with you. And to all of the athletes who made last weekend a success. Keep up the hard work and your willingness to try new things. I can’t wait to ski with you in January!

Merry Christmas from Park City,
Coach Larry