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WMSC U18/U21 Program Update - June 24-July 7

Posted by U18/U21 Program at Jun 25, 2019 11:43AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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Good Morning U18/U21 Team,

Last Friday a very big thing happened: It officially became Summer! It feels like it’s been a long time coming and, although the change in weather hasn’t necessarily been noticeable, there are a few more noteworthy changes happening closer to home. Having only written the intro so far, I can’t say that this will be a short update so best to make yourself comfortable and switch to reading mode. Here we go:

Summer Fitness Camps
As most of you have heard through this past weekend’s Club E-Update, the Fitness Camp schedule has been consolidated down into two week-long camps. Camp dates are July 15-19 and August 19-23. If you haven’t already, and you want to, please head to the Website and sign-up! If you haven’t been before, Summer Fitness Camps of the past have been great opportunities to bond with your teammates, work hard together, learn some new skills, and fill your weekly activity quota to the brim. Every year these camps get more dialed and more fun, and our main goal is for that trend to continue.

Daily/Weekly Sessions?
Through July and August of this year we will not be running any organized Daily Fitness Sessions outside of the aforementioned Fitness Camps. For some of you, I’m sure this news is not exactly what you were hoping to hear but I promise (if you keep reading into the next section) you will be provided with all the information you need to stay on track to becoming an absolute animal this Summer. Starting in September, Weekly sessions will be resurrected along with the addition of weekend-long camps and “Sports!” Saturdays. All that said, short of 7-days a week which wouldn’t be healthy for any of us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you want/need someone to run you through a session or a workout partner. I’m often available and I love this stuff.

Fitness Programs and Schedule
Finally, the Goods! Your shiny new July Fitness programs and schedule can be found in the “Documents” section of our U18/U21 Division Page, under “U18/U21 Fitness”. If you are having trouble locating these files, send me a message and I will send you the program separately. Not to tell you how to live your life, but I would print the whole lot out and put it in a folder or book to make sure you are always prepared for the session at hand. In the interest of keeping this update short(ish) and to-the-point, if you are planning to do the Fitness Program please send me an email and I would be happy to give you a briefing on the month ahead and answer any questions you have. Most likely there will be quite a few exercises/descriptions/sessions that don’t immediately make sense; over the next few weeks we will be compiling a video library to be used as a reference and show you the exercises. In the meantime, if you have any questions, I am only a few button-clicks away.

Summer is the time to reset and re-kindle the Ski Racing fire. The more you can stack onto that metaphorical pile of packing crates, the bigger and longer lasting your fire will be. Still with me? Along these lines, this week’s U18/U21 Teamship Value is:
Excellence in Effort – Effort to Uphold the High Standard. No matter what it is you are doing, do it to the best of your ability.

Your mission this Summer, should you choose to accept it, is to be as active as possible with the goal of improving at something every day. Be it maintaining proper technique under heavier weights, crushing Strava PB’s, hitting a buzzer-beater 3 after breaking all the ankles in your way, etc. Do this and, when we hit snow again in the Fall, improving will just be what you do.

If you are reading this sentence then it is time to get up and go outside.

Conrad Pridy
U18/U21 Lead Coach
Whistler Mountain Ski Club

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Dearest U18/U21 Team,

We are officially over the hump for the month of June (yikes) which means graduations are happening, and snow is melting; Summer is here. Long days, warm temps, and blue skies have our focus shifting from skiing to fitness. There isn’t a lot going on this week in terms of volume but there are a few notable points, so please have a read through this week’s update and save your questions for the end:

June Camp 2 Recap
Slalom, slalom, slalom. With barely a cloud in sight all week, we banged out 4 big days both on and off the hill, working through a mileage-filled SL progression that would have taken 2 weeks to accomplish in the Winter. We were quite fortunate with the weather, but this massive productivity only really happened because the athletes’ laser-focus and 100% effort output were present from warm-up to slip to line-set to cooldown, and every run in between, every day. I cannot express enough the pride I have in this team for their attitudes and work-ethic over the last 6 (yes, 6) weeks. Unwavering and intense. As a secondary note, the coaches worked pretty hard too.
Freeski Vertical: 5921m
Runs in Gates: SL-52, PSL-27
Turn Count: SL-1851, PSL-400

June Camp 3 & 4
Unfortunately, due to very low registration numbers for all June Camps this year, we are unable to make the next 2 weeks run up on the T-Bars. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this might cause. With the loss of these camps and our Fall Camp there is a significant gap between on-snow time in our calendar, but fear not as we are still well within the LTAD guidelines for training days come April of next year. Between the 24 days available in May/June and our program days starting in December, there are 130+ days on-snow training/racing ready to be taken advantage of.

Fitness!
Even though the mornings may be a little more relaxed at the end of this week, we are sticking with the set Camp fitness schedule. This means Thursday/Friday sessions are still 4:00pm-5:30pm and Saturday/Sunday sessions are still 2:30pm-4:00pm. As we shift gears into fitness-mode the weekly schedule and programming will be updated to better fit everyone’s school-less schedule. This schedule will be created by the end of the week so please tune-in to next week’s update for all the juicy details on where/when/how we’re here to help you get your fitness on!

Fitness Camps
We are still low on sign-ups for our Summer Fitness Camps, and although they are still a few weeks away from kicking-off we would really appreciate any indication of intent to participate if you are planning to be there. These camps are not only a great intro to the structure and fun of a proper off-season training program, but they’re also great for learning and team-bonding (assuming there is a team there to bond with). For more information please visit the Fitness Division on our website or take a quick five at the corkboard the next time you’re passing through the lobby of the club Cabin. Like our June Camps, these Fitness Camps will not be able to run if no-one signs up. If you are interested, let’s talk!

As any guidelines should do, this week’s U18/U21 Teamship Value is meant to keep us all moving the same direction; together, aligned, and efficiently:
Excellence in Communication – Communicate honestly, fairly, and constructively. Whether it’s sign-up for Camps, concerns warranting a second opinion or advice, or simply a question you want answered, do not hesitate to speak your mind and share how you are feeling.

Perspectives do not have to be individual, conversation is not compromise, knowledge is power. Clichés, am I right? Any questions about anything above, let me know!

Conrad Pridy
U18/U21 Lead Coach
Whistler Mountain Ski Club

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Good Morning U18/U21 Team,

Last week’s update feels like it was only a few days ago, yet so much has happened in that seemingly short period of time. Let’s catch up on last week’s happenings before getting into what’s coming up:

June Camp 1 – GS mini GS / Panel SL
It all started with an unfavourable weather forecast and narrower-than-normal training space, but try as it might to get us to swing and miss, every curveball the mountain threw at us was hit hard and put into play (baseball analogy if you’re confused). Capitalizing on what was available, the U18/U21 Team banged out 4 days of massive mileage in “mini” GS environments designed to mimic the movement pattern and tactics of actual GS, but at half the space requirement cost. SL skis allowed us to get more “GS” turns in than planned, and cooler temperatures kept the surface workable and educational even at its roughest. It was a BIG week, to say the least, and it’s only the beginning.
Freeski Vertical: 6685m
Runs in Gates: 54
Turn Count: 1449

June Camp 2 – Panel SL / SL
While Mini GS was beneficial and effective, the aforementioned spatial constraints don’t look to be relieved any time soon so we will be switching our focus to Panel SL and SL Gates for Camp 2. The event is live on TeamPages so if you have any questions about the daily schedule please head over there, read through, sign-up! This week you will need all your normal SL Gate-Smashing protective gear and your trusty SL Skis. A note on SL training: When we train SL Gates PLEASE come prepared with your Speed Suit and Shin Guards. There will be no skiing SL Gates in Pants this season. Just a friendly reminder moving forward.

June Camp 3, 4
Most likely you have all caught the repeated “we have limited training space” theme of this update. Those of you who were there this week will have seen it, but for those of you who plan to ski later this month I highly recommend taking another look at your schedule and trying to get up here a week earlier (if you want to ski). We lost a lot of snow during the hot week between May and June, and the trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Camp 2 will happen, Camp 3 is looking okay, and 4 is a few sunny/rainy days away from being impossible. Not to put any undue pressure on you to ski with school ramping up this month but if you can make it work earlier, you’ll be happy you did.

Fitness Camps
They’re educational, beneficial, FUN, and they’re up for your registering pleasure. If you have the intention of doing any of our Summer Fitness Camps, please head to the Website and sign-up. Nuff’ said.

Keeping with the theme of this Update, and perfectly in-line with the coming week, this week’s U18/U21 Teamship Value is:
Excellence in Communication – Communicate Positively, Honestly, and Constructively. Whether it’s simple things like Camp Registration or changes to a plan, or on-hill with coaches and teammates, do not be afraid to communicate. This is especially relevant to Feedback from coaches; if you have a focus that’s working for you, please feel free to tell your coaches what your plan is rather than waiting for feedback that might change YOUR plan.

If you are reading this sentence then you’ve successfully navigated and survived this week’s (long) update. See you on the hill!

Conrad Pridy
U18/U21 Lead Coach
Whistler Mountain Ski Club

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Good Afternoon U18/U21 Team,

It feels like May just blew by! Thank you all for working hard and keeping the focus (some of you for 16 days in a row) through all manner of weather and snow conditions. The miles were many and the improvements substantial; it was a pleasure to be up there every day with such a motivated crew.

Looking forward to the very immediate future, there are a few things on this week’s docket to go over:

June Camp 1 (6th – 9th) – GS Focus
Numbers are in and we are officially a GO for the first of (hopefully) 4 great June T-Bar Camps. After a very successful May that had us focused mainly on Slalom we are shifting gears to the meat and potatoes of Ski Racing: GS. Our Division Calendar will be updated today with an event and more specific details for this camp, but for the time being here is a basic outline:
7:40am – Athletes meet at Village Gondola for Morning Warm-up
8:30am – Coaches and Athletes load Gondola heading up to the T-Bars
9:15am-12:30pm – GS Gates
1:15pm – ETA back in the Village for pick-up
2:30pm-4:00pm – Fitness at the Club Cabin
June Camps take place on the T-Bar only, so freeskiing space will be limited. The Camp plan is to start off with mini-GS (open and offset Panel SL) and work into full-blown GS. You will need to have SL and GS skis at the ready for this camp, although never both in the same day. Please have a look at the TeamPages Event and indicate if you will be attending.

June Camps 2, 3, 4…
While Camp 1 is healthy and thriving, Camps 2-4 are struggling on the attendance side. This is very important: If you have the intention of attending any June Camps PLEASE go to the Website and REGISTER. We have a number of guest teams hoping to join us for these camps but with our current sign-up rate both Camps 3 and 4 are far from a sure thing. These teams need to be given at least one week’s notice if the camps are cancelled, which moves our deadline for registration up. Not to sound like a broken record, but this is an excellent opportunity to train at home and get in some valuable volume on-snow before fitness season kicks in. If you want to ski, let’s make it happen!

Cancellations and Schedule Changes
June Camp 5 – Due to the upcoming (unrelenting hot) forecast and low numbers, Camp 5 has been officially canned. Historically this camp is batting close to 50% so this probably does not come as a surprise to most of you.

October Solden – Unfortunately our trip to Europe in October has been officially cancelled. Current exchange rates are killing us, making this trip very expensive. The experience and travel aspect of going to Europe to ski is definitely worthwhile, but from a dollars-to-turns perspective could not be justified this year. To compare, based on this year’s budget and reconciled trip costs, for the estimated price of 14 days on snow in Europe we could spend the same amount and get 35 days of training in Panorama, or 28 days of training/racing in Quebec. Long story short, we felt that the money and time could be spent much more effectively elsewhere.

If anyone has any questions about any of this news please do not hesitate to get in touch, I am always happy to talk.

As is our custom on these updates, this week’s U18/U21 Teamship Value is:
Excellence in Behaviour – Respect others, be it teammates or guests or coaches. Respect effort and the fact that everything you are trying to accomplish, on-hill or off, requires it. Respect feedback, from teammates or coaches, and recognize that it is only given with the intention of making improvements.

May is done, long live June!

Conrad Pridy
U18/U21 Lead Coach
Whistler Mountain Ski Club

WMSC U18/U21 Program Update - May 20-May 27

Posted by U18/U21 Program at May 21, 2019 11:11AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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Hello U18/U21 Team,

Spring Camps are in full-swing and going strong with only one more week left to rack up some miles! Here’s a quick recap on this month’s on-snow happenings:

May Camp 1 (May 2 – 5) – Panel SL + GS
Clear skies, sunshine, and an entire mountain to ski on; WMSC athletes were treated to the Spring skiing intro they deserved after a long season of training, travelling, and racing. We did our best to seize the days by re-exploring the entirety of our own backyard and taking things back to basics with a focus on body position and freeskiing. Lift lines were basically non-existent, so mileage was high, as was the focus and motivation. When the warm weather started to turn the snow to mush we switched to Gates and began the transition process of technical freeskiing to gates.
Freeski Vertical: SL-5532m, GS-6014m
Run Count in Gates: SL-22, GS-21
Total Gate Count: SL-660, GS-440

May Camp 2 (May 9 – 12) – Panel SL
The same sunshine we enjoyed in the first camp began to overstay its welcome, wreaking havoc on the alpine and upping the avalanche warning past the point of the Ski Patrol’s control. Losing half of the mountain did affect our gate count slightly, but we made as much lemonade as possible in the form of a wider variety of freeskiing and a few cheeky Park laps. Patience was rewarded and on the last day of the Camp we regained our T-Bars and finished the whole thing on an extreme positive.
Freeski Vertical: SL-17297m
Run Count in Gates: SL-29
Total Gate Count: SL-728

May Camp 3 (May 17 – 20) – Panel SL + SL
Finally, a little rain. Not that we look forward to it, but we always expect a few wet days and Mother nature finally obliged. Challenging? Yes. Productive? Also yes. Starting a Camp with a tough day can be dealt with in multiple ways, we chose the optimistic approach and built a little extra mental toughness alongside the skills and tactics. As usual, optimism paid off and, as the saying goes, “yesterday’s rain is tomorrow’s great surface”. Clouds dispersed, temperatures dropped, and the snow hardened up. Always capitalizing, we put in a GIANT final three days, switching the focus more towards gates and maximum mileage. Conditions were world-class, as was the effort and drive to improve displayed by the athletes.
Freeski Vertical: SL-7941m
Run Count in Gates: SL-40
Total Gate Count: SL-2016

May Camp 4 has all but arrived (starting this Thursday) and June Camps are clearly marked on the not-so-distant horizon. Although weather and snow conditions have thrown us a few curveballs this month we are on-track for one of the biggest and most productive May training blocks yet.

On a different note, this week we will be hosting an ACA Coaching Course which will run alongside our own training. This will not affect the program or schedule, but there will be some additional coaches/unfamiliar faces on-hill who want to ask questions or watch you ski. This group has been intensely focused and hard-working all month, so our guests at this Camp are in for a great learning experience.

Always a priority but even more relevant come Thursday, this week’s U18/U21 Teamship Value is:
Excellence in Reputation – Be a Role Model, Lead by Example. Even if you do not see yourself as the leader of the team, everything you do to make yourself a more effective athlete/racer/person also makes the team better.

It’s been a heck of a month so far, one more big push before the next big push!

Conrad Pridy
U18/U21 Lead coach
Whistler Mountain Ski Club