WMSC U18/U21 Program Update - Feb. 4-Feb. 10
Hello U18/U21 Team,
It’s weekly update time! This week in WMSC Ski Racing is a quiet one, which is fitting because it truly is the calm before the storm. So take a seat, get comfy, here we go:
Kimberley Speed Recap
9 days of setting new personal speed records and “letting em’ run”. Kimberley had experienced something of a snow-drought leading up to this year’s speed week, making for a terrain filled track and an excellent surface to push on. Through the camp and training runs the athletes became more and more comfortable on the big boards, many of them remarking on how surprisingly easy they are to turn for how long and stiff they appear. The trend kept rolling and every run saw more clean turns and more tucking, and while it’s safe to say we don’t have any die-hard speed skiers in the group yet we do have a better understanding of how gravity works and what a straight line really is.
The change-of-pace Night Slalom came at the perfect time mid-series, when making 16 turns a run was just beginning to feel a little old. The magic of DH let its effects be seen and felt, and everyone made some of their best short turns of the season. We like to say everything is training for Downhill, but in reality it’s more like Downhill is training for everything else. All-in-all it was an excellent trip, both as a refresher in a long season and as motivation to keep learning for next year.
Net Set for BC Cup FIS Race – Sunday February 10th – 9:30 a.m.
Public Service Announcement: Calling all WMSC parents! Please come out this Sunday (February 10) and help with net set for the upcoming BC Cup Whistler FIS Race. All hands on deck for this important safety net set up. It doesn’t matter if you have athletes racing in this event – we need your help! Please meet at Garbo Hut at 9:30 a.m. No experience setting nets? No worries – there will be lots of people to help guide you! The more volunteers the quicker the job gets done! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
Grouse & Whistler FIS Races
Next week we head into our Home Race Series in Grouse and in Whistler. Grouse racing takes place on Thursday (14) and Friday (15) next week, if anyone would like to stay in the city for those races I suggest you find a place to billet. We will be sending a vehicle (or two) down and back from the Club each day so there will be rides available. We will not be booking any team accommodation in the city for the races. Long and short of it is: you have options. Let your coaches know what your plans are so they can plan accordingly.
There is no official trip sheet for these races as they are technically not a trip, however there will be a ticket on LeagueOne for payment of race fees and travel to and from the city. The ticket will be live tomorrow (Friday) afternoon. Currently every athlete on our roster has been entered in all races, but this will be adjusted once payments have been made for specific race entries.
Weekday Home Training Opportunities
We have the unique opportunity this week to train a little SG on the Training Center Monday and Tuesday this coming week. I realize school is in full effect during these specific days but it is a great chance to get out and familiarize yourselves with the run from a speed perspective. If you can make it work please respond to the TeamPages events so we know who and how many to expect.
This week’s U18/U21 Teamship Value is:
Excellence in Effort – Always putting forth your best effort. Finishing runs, keeping intensity up, staying on top of homework, maintaining quality in fitness and training, getting enough sleep, nutrition and hydration, it is always the best you’ve got.
There are many uncontrollable variables in this sport but what you DO is not one of them. Simply put, you get out what you put in. A few more days and we’re racing! Hope is not a strategy, doing work is.
U18/U21 Lead Coach
Whistler Mountain Ski Club
+1 (604) 935-0985