News and Announcements
Good Morning U18/U21 Team,
Now that was a week. If buying or selling or just being around that many skis doesn’t get you in the mood for skiing, I don’t know will! Actually, that’s not true; the calendar—any calendar—will also probably have the same effect. We are T-minus 4 weeks away from our first camp of the winter and that IS exciting, even if a room full of skis didn’t get you there on its own. While this update doesn’t get too into the skiing part itself, it does cover the current bases needing covering: the skis that keep getting referenced, the bodies and muscles that use those skis, and the places those skis get to do their job (and how they get there). Short and sweet, rapid-fire pace, here we go:
The SWAP – A Recap
First off, a massive thank you to everyone who came out and helped with the SWAP this past weekend. We had the best equipment stockers, gear finders, boot carriers, checker-inners, and bouncers in the business! If you were at the Club (most likely, since it felt like the whole world passed through the cabin) then you saw first-hand the volume of goods we were able to find new homes for. Events like this would fall flat on their faces without the volunteer power we pride ourselves on, and this year’s SWAP was nothing short of a world-class showing. Renewable energy sources are a common topic these days, but when it comes to keeping the recreational/racing ski-wheel turning it appears we’re pretty well covered.
Weekly Sessions + Sport Saturday
Last week we switched to a 3-sessions-per-week platform and you guys nailed it; 3 sessions with decent attendance. Moving forward, this platform will continue until the end of the month, with the exception of THIS WEEK where today is the only session. That said, the gym and field aren’t going anywhere, and you all have the programs to run through the sessions sans coach so no need to panic. This is not a test…. Or is it? Also on the radar is the final (scheduled) Sports! Saturday taking place at week’s end. Originally, this schedule was put in place to preemptively combat that beautiful Fall weather we experience this time of year, but with the numbers and fun-factor we have all been enjoying over the last two months, the common consensus is that it wouldn’t be crazy to extend Sports! Saturday at least one more week. TeamPages will be updated, let us know if you’re going to be there!
Panorama Camp + Sun Peaks 2019
As mentioned in the introduction, Panorama Camp is only four weeks away! On paper, 4 weeks looks like a long time, but we are all aware of how fast a month flies by in reality. Current sign-up for Panorama is sitting at 4 athletes… a very manageable number but probably a little (a lot) on the low side. If you are planning to go this camp and/or Sun Peaks please register. Vehicles need to be booked or rented and final rooming lists need to be submitted, all of which can’t happen until we know how many of you are going. The possible roster size for this trip and all others this year is considerably larger than last year and the last thing any of us want is a number cap dictated by a lack of transportation or living space. Sign up! If you have any questions about these trips or others, please get in touch (email@example.com).
Whether it had anything to do with the reminder in last week’s update, or if it’s just who we are these days, the reputation of this team (and the WMSC as a whole) was reflected upon incredibly positively this past week. You all made it look easy and I’m sure we’ve got a few more fans out there this week. Bigger picture intact for the time being, we’re back to a more personal focus with this week’s U18/U21 Teamship Value:
Excellence in Effort – Effort to uphold the High Standard. It has been mentioned before, every session/activity/event we do has a standard, and every time we do it again (in the interest of constant improvement) that standard is raised by all involved. This week your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to continue raising the bar both literally and figuratively on your own.
The group of usual suspects is more-or-less all-inclusive at this point, between the lot of you there isn’t a session you can’t run together. Coach or not, you all have what it takes to get it done! See you this afternoon and then again on Saturday.
U18/U21 Lead Coach
Whistler Mountain Ski Club
What a tremendous weekend for WMSC and our annual Ski Swap! This year brought a new look, new location (the club cabin) and new opportunities for which we can honestly say was a success on all fronts. It truly is amazing to see the membership, athletes, coaches and the community rally around our various initiatives throughout the season, the swap was no exception. We can’t thank those who assisted enough, without your generous donation of time and effort, this significant fundraising event does not happen. Thank you all so very much!
by Conrad Pridy
A Guide to Successfully SWAPping is our easy 6-step process that, if followed, will leave you and your friends and family prepared for whatever this season has to offer! For a detailed breakdown of the upcoming Thanksgiving Weekend festivities, please click here
We hope you enjoyed the video! See you this weekend.
Good Afternoon U18/U21 Team,
It’s probably safe to assume that warm weather and consistent sunny days are now a thing of the past, but that’s a good thing given we are a Ski Team currently disguised a Fitness Team. It’s time to embrace Fall and everything that comes with it: leaves Fall off the trees, snowFall on top of the mountains, more and more Trip logistics Fall into place, and the proverbial Clark Kent glasses we’ve worn for the last four months are millimeters from Falling off our collective faces. The countdown to becoming a Ski Team once again is very much on, and the Super(wo)man reference feels accurate. Work-ethic/”it’s cold and snowy” theme established, let’s get into this update:
Fall Fitness “mini” Camp 2 – Recap
Let’s start with the old definition to give a little background:
Fitness Assessments /ˈfitnəs əˈsesmənt/ – A regularly occurring event that measures the overall individual level of fitness (endurance, power, agility, strength) of an athlete against their own past results. Used to gauge improvement and areas needing attention. Rewards maximum effort, but is usually accompanied by anxiety, sandbagging, or lack of attendance.
It’s probably not far off to assume no one gets excited when they hear there are fitness assessments in the schedule (except for the coaches who get very excited). Well, this weekend it was in the schedule and, based strictly on chatter, the popular assumption was apparent and the definition above seemed poised to repeat its relevance. We warmed up, jogged to the starting point of the first station (3km run), then everything changed. Athlete commentary switched focus from all the possible negative outcomes, to the task at hand and how each person was going to crush the obstacle in front of them. When it was done the focus shifted to the next obstacle, and the next, and the next (you get the picture), until we were done. While this individual shift in perspective was a welcome one, it was completely overshadowed by the way the Team came together to support each. Fitness assessments measure an athlete’s current level of overall fitness, but the process itself is so much more valuable than just some numbers on a piece of paper. Outside of Winter, it is the closest we get to mirroring the translation of training to racing and improving our Gameday mindset and preparation. This Team not only took everything seriously by unwaveringly putting forth their best efforts in every test, they did it in front of their peers, succeeding or failing, and were met every time with respect and encouragement. Hats off to the crew this weekend, it was an absolute pleasure.
Weekly Sessions Schedule Update
We had always hoped—dreamed—this day would come, and it has finally arrived: Attendance numbers are so off-the-charts we are expanding our Weekly Sessions by an extra day! The updated schedule (also updated on our Program TeamPages Calendar by the time you’re done reading this) is as follows:
Tuesday – 3:45pm-5:45pm – Strength OR Core/Balance/Mobility
Wednesday – 3:45pm-5:45pm – Strength OR Core/Balance/Mobility
Thursday – 6:45am-8:15am – Anaerobic + Core/Mobility
Strength and Core sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday will be divided into men’s and women’s and alternate each week. TeamPages specific events will have the details for each session. The goal of this split is to allow your coaches to deliver the highest quality we are capable of rather than trying to squeeze 20 athletes in the gym and finishing sessions late. Weekly sessions cost is included in your Winter program fees so please don’t feel like you have to choose, we’d love to see you all 3-days a week plus Sports! Saturday.
Just a reminder, this weekend is the WMSC Ski SWAP! Details for the event are listed below:
Location – WMSC Club Cabin
Gear Drop-Off – Friday, Oct. 11 from 5:00pm-8:00pm
The SWAP – Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9:00am-5:00pm
BBQ on Saturday – YES
Sports! Saturday – YES
Team Bike Ride – NO
Gear Pick-Up – Sunday, Oct. 13 from 9:00am-11:00am
To see the Official Event Poster follow this link: https://teampages.com/organizations/3850/documents/518764
To see the Official SWAP short film, check out the WMSC Facebook, Website, and ‘Gram.
Panorama Pre-Season and Sun Peaks Trips
Trip sheets are (still) up and running, along with a very Live ticket ripe for registration. Trip sheets for these events can be found on our Program (formerly “Division”) TeamPage filed in Documents > U18/U21 Trip Sheets. All registration information, payment deadlines, and trip details are there for your viewing and button-clicking pleasure. As always, if you have any questions please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To bring things back to the Clark Kent Glasses (if you don’t know who Clark Kent is, look him up. Heck of a guy), regardless of activity or setting or time of year, this Team’s true identity gets further and further from being a question every day. While it may remain a mystery on the outside to the untrained eye, we know who we are and what we’re all working towards. Fittingly, this week’s U18/U21 Teampship Value is:
Excellence in Reputation – Be Proud. Always take pride in yours and your Team’s actions and appearance. It’s not a huge stretch to imagine everything you do as an extension of yourself, and likewise everything the Team does as an extension of all of us. Real recognizes real, and if we carry ourselves with the conviction and intensity we have all shown we are capable of, we’ll be punching far above our perceived weight-class when April rolls around.
It’s been a real treat seeing so many of you over the last few weeks and I’m looking forward to keeping the streak alive!
U18/U21 Lead Coach
Whistler Mountain Ski Club