U12 and U10 Weekend Update 12/15 and 12/16

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

I hope this email finds you well and enjoying the week! I apologize that this is late in coming this week - I was having issues with my email and needed to use a work around to reach you all.

Thank you to all who came out Saturday for The OMS Board of Directors' Reception in our Fitness Facility!  It was great to see so many U10/12 families! If you couldn't make it to this event and still want to support OMS with a "holiday gift," check out our Wish List online

Weekend of 12/15 and 12/16:

Saturday and Sunday we will be on GS skis for freeskiing and drill work training according to our normal schedule (8:30-10:30am/12-2pm meeting at top of AB Quad both am and pm).  Looking ahead we will be back to SL skis 12/22 and 12/23 plus 12/26-30.

Saturday 12/15 Special Events - 

1) OMS is hosting Volkswagen presents Warren Miller's Line of Descent Movie Premier at OMS in the Fitness Facility at 5 and 8 pm.  Tickets available here: https://www.okemomountainschool.org/events-calendar/2018/12/15/face-of-winter-b7pwl  Get yours before they sell out!

2) There will be a free tuning clinic in the Okemo Comp Center tuning room (basement level behind the athletes' lockers) at 3 pm.  This is hosted by Totem Pole and Swix.  No need to RSVP - just show up!

Other important info:

Friday training: Anyone who has signed their children up for Friday training (you must sign up for the "3 day" option with the Comp Center) will receive separate communication on this each week ONLY IF you have completed registration for this. I usually send it some time after my regular weekly email.  

Okemo Mountain School Holiday Hammer Camp: The Annual OMS Holiday Hammer Camp, which this year is from December 17th-21st, is open to any athlete who was in the U12 or U10 program last winter, no first year participants.  This is a great opportunity for some extra training and a taste of ski academy life!  Please use our online form to register by clicking HERE. Please note that the camp is a very long day for younger athletes and it may not be the best idea for them. The camp will also be staffed by other U12/10 coaches, as well as OMS coaches.  Please note: THIS IS ONLY A DAY CAMP - no housing is provided. 

Winter Break Training: There will be competition center training for all U12 and U10s December 26-28, in addition to the usual weekend training on 12/22-23 and 12/29-30. We will train according to our normal daily schedule during this time, unless I tell you otherwise. If your child can't make it every day, it is not a big deal - I know many of you work and can't be here the whole time, that school breaks differ, and that you have holiday obligations. There is no competition center training 12/31-1/3.  Training resumes with Friday training on 1/4 for all 3 day participants.

End of the Year Open: There is an open race for U14 and U12s at Okemo on December 30th. NEW this year this race is a SL - for U12s it will be stubby SL.  Registration is NOW OPEN here: https://adminskiracing.com/node/181744 This race fills fast - sign up NOW!   Your child must be current with USSS and VARA to enter. Please be aware that if your child is still a U10 (7, 8, or 9 years old by Dec 31) they are not eligible. I also ask that you do not register your child if they are new to U12s (as in just moving up from Hopefuls or joining the program) - this race will be very intimidating for them and not a good intro to the year!  Racers who aren't current with VARA will be kicked out of the race at the deadline - so get current!  This race fills up fast!  

Please click HERE to read the "U12 and U10 101" Guide for LOTS of information about the program including training and race schedules (always subject to change - and has since I first sent it!) - this is helpful for new and returning families. There have been several updates for this season each of which is in bold and italics in the packet!   So even if you are an old pro, PLEASE read :)! If you have any questions after reading, don't hesitate to be in touch.  

OMARA has launched a new website - check it out at: go2omara.com.  You can access the U10 and U12 training and racing schedule (with very basic info) here: https://www.go2omara.com/alpine (scroll to the bottom of the page to find the calendars).  You can also access a copy of this email under the Updates section on the right hand side of this page: https://www.go2omara.com/u10u12-alpine

Important Reminder on US Ski and Snowboard and VARA memberships:  In order to race, every U12 or U10 must be a current USSS and VARA member.  If you have not registered your child for these memberships, please do so ASAP.  Both can be done online at https://usskiandsnowboard.org/membership and vara.org, respectively.  More info on these memberships is found in the attachment.  IMPORTANT: For USSS choose, Alpine Competitor U12 and under, NOT General Member - this is not valid for competition.  Also your athlete's club should be Okemo Mountain Ski Club or Competition Center....not Okemo Mountain School, unless they are enrolled for 2018-2019.  If you think you have done both PLEASE double check!!  Every year I have to chase families down to get this done - let's break that streak :)!

That's all for now!  Both new and old parents are reminded to read all communication carefully.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me. 

Thanks and Think SNOW!!


Mariel Meringolo

Head of School
Okemo Mountain School

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Julia Burton