WMSC U18/U21 Program Update - December 16-23

Posted by Conrad Pridy on Dec 16 2019 at 09:35PM PST in 2018-2019 season

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 ( 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 ( and Chloe ( 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


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