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Hello U18/U21 Team,

If you haven’t heard already, the Red Mtn. FIS Series from January 7-13 has been moved to Panorama due to a lack of snow. Dates for our trip will remain the same.

Budget and logistics for this trip are being reworked and I will be my best to keep the cost as close to the current listed price as possible.

Updates to follow. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me (conrad@wmsc.info).

Thanks for your patience and understanding,

Conrad Pridy
U18/U21 Lead Coach
Whistler Mountain Ski Club

WMSC U18/U21 Program Update - December 16-23

Posted by Conrad Pridy at Dec 16, 2019 9:35PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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Good Evening U18/U21 Team,

More common than not these days, this update is coming to you LIVE from Panorama in the midst of an excellent first few days. More on that later. First, we’re going to rapid-fire our way through the greatest hits: TeamPages and Trip Sheets! Here we go:

TeamPages – The Who, What, Where, Why, and How of our Program
The title basically says it all, but as another reminder PLEASE mark your attendance on the individual Calendar Events on our Program TeamPage. There is an App, a Mobile version, and a good old-fashioned Desktop version of our website (www.wmsc.info) and all it takes are a few button clicks. Getting peppered with emails every week is unavoidably annoying, but it is the most efficient way for us to communicate to with all of you. We want to support you as much as we can and knowing who to expect makes planning our sessions more effective for everyone involved. Thanks in advance!

Trip Sheets – Red Mtn. is ripe for the picking
Trip sheet for the Red Mtn. FIS Series, running Jan. 7-13, is alive and well in the Documents > Trip Sheets section of our Program TeamPage. Registration for this trip is also up, running, and awaiting sign-up on Active Camps. Just follow the link in the Trip Sheet, fill out a little information, and you’re set to go! If you are having trouble locating any of these fine documents, or need a little assistance navigating Active Camps, please send me (conrad@wmsc.info) and Chloe (chloe@wmsc.info) a message.

Panorama X-Mas Camp – An Update
Definition: Hero-Snow (noun)
Billions of individual snowflakes, compressed together to form a hard-packed surface capable of both withstanding a massive amount of pressure and supporting the slicing motion of a ski edge without rippling or exploding. Generally found in cold, dry places, and linked to numerous feel-good runs. Used to describe acts of ski-heroism that would not necessarily have been attempted in other conditions (see “bally”, “boiler-plate”).

“That run was sick! I arced every turn and felt so amazing. Total hero-snow out there (accompanied by a hang-loose symbol).”

Environment notes can be summed up as “Hero” everything (now that opening definition makes sense!). Snow built for making improvements on, terrain for challenging and consolidating, chairlifts that lap at the exact same pace as the average run-recovery, and cold temps to strip down in and feel alive; we’ve got everything we need to capitalize on the pre-race training block we deserve.

The camp may still be young, but focus is at an all time high and the overall Team intensity is starting to resemble a fire more than a spark. If progress continues as is, by the time we hit race day #1 we’ll be at a full-on rage! It may be simply one coach’s humble opinion, but the widespread acceptance and will to work with Phone Jail is a key contributor (I think) to the increase in productivity and competitive spirit. Athletes are working together more and observing each other with support and encouragement in mind, much of it being expressed through friendly competition and advice to keep everyone involved on their toes. The Team environment was strong before, but it has never been healthier than it is now (and for the past few weeks).

We’re heading into our final few days of prep with a plan to ramp up the intensity further and shift the apres ski focus to recovery. Keep your eyes on the horizon; it’s almost race day(s)!

After all of the above, this is going to seem like an obvious one, this week’s U18/U21 Teamship Value is:
Excellence in Effort – Be Focused. Live in the moment. We often overlook the value of being present and enjoying exactly where we are and what we are doing at the moment it is happening. Easily applied to life in general too, our sport is a relentless teacher and a constant source of inspiration, but only if we take the time to recognize those moments and be open to them.

We’re T-minus 3 days from getting the competitive season underway. I’d say wish us luck, but we’ll make our own (too much?). Updates to follow,

Conrad Pridy
U18/U21 Lead Coach
Whistler Mountain Ski Club

U18/U21 Arrival Update - Panorama X-Mas

Posted by U18/U21 Program at Dec 14, 2019 10:50PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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Good Evening U18/U21 Team,

Touchdown in Panorama! All parties accounted for, from all three starting destinations (YVR, Club Cabin, Panorama), and all no worse for wear.

A massive thank you to Geraldine, Steve, Lydia, and Hans for getting everything on the carpool/billet front organized and allowing us to leave directly from the Club Cabin this morning over the Duffy. Driving conditions across the province were as perfect as we could have asked for (and well-deserved after the Norquay travel day) and we made it into Invermere for groceries a mild 9 hours after leaving Whistler in the fading glow of our taillights. Conditions aside, the Northbound route is an unavoidable time-saver and, although our next two trips take us through the city by nature, we would really like to make it a regular occurrence in the future. I feel confident, based on this trip, we can figure out rides and beds enough to get everyone up to the Club for our next 6am roady to Panorama.

Uneventful drives are the best kind, but that didn’t stop us from using it as a teachable moment. The entire 960kms of road between Whistler and Panorama were driven at or only slightly above the posted speed-limit (or very under over the Duffy) and we STILL made record time to our destination. We only required one refueling stop and two bathroom breaks which allowed us to power through, basically non-stop. Turns out, as others may believe, reaching an absurd top speed does not equate to a faster arrival. As we constantly visit and revisit on the hill, a higher average speed beats out a higher top speed every time, and we proved that a little more today. If you’re in a plane, however, you reap the benefits of a higher average speed AND shorter distance which seems like the next step in our on-hill progression too. The math behind that is still in the works but the Planers did beat us to Panorama by a fair margin so there must be something to it…. Will keep you all posted as the week unfolds.

Conditions here in Panorama are even better than when we left them a few weeks ago, with more runs open and somehow an even more consistent surface to press on. Reports from our teammates who greeted us this afternoon are that imagining a more productive environment to be in is a tough ask. The plan for tomorrow is to jump right back into it with a SL session in the morning, followed by an afternoon of focused freeskiing and a little soul-shred for dessert.

Finally being surrounded by winter again has got the excitement up and the whole crew is chomping at the bit to hit the slopes! We’ll be sure to make a few turns for you guys too.

Updates to follow,

Conrad Pridy
U18/U21 Lead Coach
Whistler Mountain Ski Club

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Good Afternoon U18/U21 Team,

The endless Fall of 2019 continues and, while there is still lots of room for improvement in the snow conditions/weather category here at home, the Program-wheel keeps turning and our season has officially commenced across all fronts. This update will cover a brief recap of our First Weekend at Home, the First Races of the Season, First Steps to be Taken regarding Future Training at Home, First Thing in the Morning this Saturday, and a First-Time Social Experiment for our Team in Panorama. Let’s get to it:

Official Program Start – Dec. 7, 8
Well, we did it! Outlook wasn’t the most optimistic leading up to this past weekend, but against what seemed like all the odds we came away with two solid days on hill and some much needed technical freeskiing. Snow conditions up on Whistler were actually REALLY good (hard snow bordering on ice) and the fifteen (15, you read that correctly) athletes in attendance made some serious lemonade out of the lemons given to them. Due to the predicted massive crowds, our days on hill were not long, but we were able to average eight focused runs per session working from simple drills all the way to full-length bombers. Having time and energy left over for afternoon fitness sessions were our silver-lining, and it was nice to see the focus and intensity from the hill carry over to the gym. A big thanks to the athletes for showing up ready to work, and for not letting the multitude of potential negative influences get to them. It was as productive of a first weekend as we could have asked for, and it can only get better!

Norquay FIS SL Series – A (very) Brief Recap
900 km away, in a darker and colder part of the world, ten of our teammates did battle for the first time this season; taking on first-race jitters and competition from all over North America simultaneously. Reports from the coaches on the road are that the races in Norquay were (as always) a valuable learning experience and a big hurdle stepped over for everyone involved. It’s always a nervous affair pushing out of the gate for the first time in a season; you know what’s been working in training, you know your strengths, you have a plan, then all you have to do is execute. Sounds simple right? Skiing the way you can is natural until you start to think about it, and there is no better place to learn to trust yourself than a race environment. Our Team in Norquay came through with a pleasantly mixed bag of performances and learned a lot about focusing on the positives and specific areas to improve rather than the result alone. Stay tuned for the Trip update from an athlete’s perspective, coming in hot tomorrow morning!

TeamPages Calendar and Attendance
This is going to be a constant topic until we get 100% buy-in, and then there will still probably be some reminders. TeamPages Event Sign-Up! Our Program Calendar will be populated with the week’s various training sessions every Monday, chalk-full of times, locations, equipment needs, you name it. If you are going to attend any or all of the sessions available, PLEASE mark your attendance on the event. As wonderful a surprise as it was to have 15 athletes up skiing this weekend, we were only expecting the 8 signed-up on TeamPages. We have a large Team this year and as we get further into the season, with athletes and coaches moving around all over the province, proper planning is paramount. So, to reiterate on last week’s update and make it valid again for this one (and the next, and the next, and so on): 0 Athletes signed-up on TeamPages = 0 Coaches on hill. If you need an assistance with getting your TeamPages account running properly, please do not hesitate to reach out (conrad@wmsc.info). Thanks in advance!

Panorama X-Mas Series Departure
This Saturday we embark yet again to Panorama, this time for a quick prep-period and some racing! A detailed travel plan will be sent out to all of you later this week, in the meantime there is one very helpful piece of information we would like to have: If you are travelling in the Van, is there any chance you can make it to Whistler for Saturday (early) morning? Based on the Norquay crew’s prolonged travel day, we would like to travel over the Duffy to buy ourselves a few extra hours for any potential delays down the road. If you can make it up on Friday at some point, I’m sure we can find a place for you to sleep. Looking forward to hearing from you (conrad@wmsc.info).

Phone Jail
Starting at our upcoming Panorama Camp 2.0/X-Mas Series trips, we will be enforcing “Phone Jail” during all training days in an effort to minimize distraction and maximize focus and communication. Here’s how it’s going to work:

9:00pm – Athletes submit their phones to coaches for safe-keeping
3:00pm (next day) – Following Fitness, athletes’ phones returned for afternoon/evening
9:00pm – Athletes submit their phones to coaches for safe-keeping

Here are a few notes to (hopefully) answer any questions you might have:
- Regarding safety on-hill, athletes will be asked to communicate to coaches their planned location for freeskiing and asked to use the “buddy system” when moving around the mountain.
- Coaches will have their phones on-hill if parents need to get in touch with their kids during the day.
- Off-hill, for any urgent communication, please call Conrad (+1 604 935-0985).
- All hotel rooms come fully equipped with alarm clocks and telephones to ask the front desk for a wake-up call, so mornings shouldn’t be an issue.

We are obviously expecting a little push-back at first from the athletes, but overall the coaching staff feels very optimistic about the positive impact a ¾-phoneless day will have.

We’re heading into the season and from the end of December onwards it’s basically non-stop. We’ll have time to keep improving our preparation and execution as the season presses on, but it never hurts to get a head start. This week’s U18/U21 Teamship Value will help keep us all on track for this:
Excellence in Reputation – Be a Role Model, know that your actions and comments affect the reputation of the Club, and also the Morale within the Club and Team. Understanding that many of the things you do are bigger than yourself and can have a profound impact on those around you. Not only are we the pinnacle of programming this Club provides (making us role models for younger athletes by default), but in being conscious of setting strong examples for others we are easily held accountable to doing the things that make us better individually. It’s one of the biggest win-win situations we will find ourselves in throughout the season (and our lives), and all we have to do is keep the effort up.

As always, if you have any questions please get in touch with me (conrad@wmsc.info). See you all this week!

Conrad Pridy
U18/U21 Lead Coach
Whistler Mountain Ski Club

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Good Afternoon U18/U21 Team,

Things are finally calming down here in ol’ Whistler after what has been a HEAVY few weeks of communication. It’s a nice breather when things are organized, with one of the best side-effects being a short(ish) update! In a few seconds we’ll cover December Camps Last-Call, This Weekend’s Training at Home, and the First Trip Sheet of 2020. Let’s get to it:

Panorama Camp 2.0 / Panorama X-Mas Camp + FIS Races
With Norquay locked and loaded, the only excursions North and East remaining this month are our fast-approaching Panorama Camp 2.0’s. The deadline for sign-up to these camps is today (possibly tomorrow if you get on it first thing in the morning) and there are still a few expected names not on the official list. Please head over to our website and register if you are going to be there. Race entries need to be submitted, hotel rooms potentially dropped, airport runs and van space accounted for, the list goes on. All of our lives get easier and much less stressful when we’ve got our controllable variables accounted for. That said, thank you very much to everyone who has sent in their travel itineraries for both/either of the Panorama Camps so far. If you know your travel preference and have not done so already, please send the information to Conrad (conrad@wmsc.info) and Maddy (maddy@wmsc.info) so we can make sure you get to and from Panorama. Also, as a final reminder, all ski gear for these trips needs (including skates and a stick if you’ve got them) to be either place in the Ski Room at the Club Cabin by the end of day tomorrow (Dec. 3), or brought to one of the Pick-Up locations for Norquay travel on Wednesday (Dec. 4). If your name is, or you are responsible for: Jorge Gomez, Francisco Boavida, Amanda Miller, Holly Clarke, Isabella Cross, Alice Ferrara, John Nicolls, Lisa Endo, or Emeline Bennett, WE NEED YOUR STUFF (or know where to expect it along the way). Maddy has communicated the Travel Plans but if you have any questions feel free to shoot her a message.

Official Program Days Start – Dec. 5-8
The season’s training at home begins this Thursday (Dec. 5) through to Sunday (Dec. 8) up on our namesake, Whistler Mountain. Events have been created and can be found on our very convenient specific Program TeamPages Calendar and are chalk full of all the wonderful details you need to know in order to get the most out of our first week(end) on home snow. It’s probably not news, the conditions up on the hill are far from optimal but still very much usable. This weekend will be a Freeski-only affair, and we strongly recommend the use of old SL skis in the likely event there is some unwanted base/edge-to-rock contact. This is important: PLEASE MARK your Attendance on each TeamPages event you will be PRESENT for. Sessions will be staffed according to numbers; 0 athletes on TeamPages = 0 Coaches on the hill. If you still need help figuring out how to make TeamPages (and the attendance feature) work, send Conrad (conrad@wmsc.info) and Blanca (blanca@wmsc.info) a message and we’ll sort you out. Sign-Up! Then we’ll know who we’re excited to see this week.

Red Mtn. FIS Series – Trip Sheet
As the title of this section would suggest, Red Mtn. FIS Series Trip Sheet is complete and living in the “Documents” section of our Program TeamPage, in the “Trips Sheets” section. There will be a ticket live for this event soon, in the meantime have a look at the Trip Sheet and direct any questions you have to Conrad (conrad@wmsc.info). More specific information on this trip will be released closer to the trip itself.

We’ve been down this road before, and it always seems to be the theme for stretches at home; in the spirit of getting and keeping things organized for the week at hand (and the weeks to come), this week’s U18/U21 Teamship Value is:
Excellence in Behaviour – Respect for Time. Normally, this applies to the more immediate situations we face (meetings, sessions, video) but is being applied to a broader focus for this week, starting right now. Actual Registration for trips and Marked TeamPages Event Attendance. We aim to deliver our best for sessions the sessions we are able to provide, home or away. The biggest influencer on these sessions is you guys being there to take it in and contribute. Let us know what you’re interested in so we can keep making it happen!

To the Norquay Crew, good luck out there (not that you need it)!. To the home crew, see you in a few days,

Conrad Pridy
U18/U21 Lead Coach
Whistler Mountain Ski Club