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Weekend End Time Notice
by posted 01/17/2020

This weekend is Martin Luther King Weekend and the mountain may be extra busy on Saturday and Sunday.  The skiing weather will be great with cold temperatures and a little snow predicted late Saturday.  

All parents should be prepared for practice to potentially end earlier than normal possibly 10 or 11am. This will be dependent on the crowds and what time they show up.  Make sure you are in contact with your athlete and prepared for the change.  

It looks like this cold weather will be here to stay and provide us a great race surface for next weekend.  These cold temperatures will have the mountain rebuilding the base from the warm spell all week.  Due to this we were not able to set fence early and had to leave them the room to work their terrific snowmaking and grooming magic for the races. We have our fence party next Thursday which is a great volunteer opportunity and a great time.  Many hands make light work of it.  We will also be leaving up the fence on Upper Smith and it will need maintenance so additional volunteer work weekly will come up and be posted so watch for that.  The race volunteer signups are up and opportunities to volunteer and earn credits are still available.  I have included links to all the signups below. 

Higgins Signup – Saturday 1/25

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4baaaa2ca2f49-higgins2

Shanahan Signup – Sunday 1/26

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4baaaa2ca2f49-shanahan2

Thursday Fencing – 1/23

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4baaaa2ca2f49-fencing2

Thank you for a great season so far. See you tomorrow.     

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WMRT Presidents Letter - January 15, 2020
by posted 01/15/2020

WMRT President's Letter

Date:     1/15/20

 

What a weekend last weekend, 50 to 60+ degrees! Hopefully, this is the end of the “January Thaw”. This weekend looks to make a turn from warmer weather to colder weather. This will give the mountain the opportunity to replace the snow lost ensuring we have the best possible race surface for our race weekend. We have been, and are in daily contact with the mountain making sure everything is in line for the races. Below I’ve listed some housekeeping items to be aware of.

Volunteer Checks - Thank You to those of you who have submitted, a great many in the last week or so. For those that haven’t, if we don’t have a check by or on the day of your athlete’s race, your athlete will not have WMRT coach support, and therefore no bib will be provided.

Fencing - due to the loss of snow we’re not able to get the fence up early. We will be fencing Smith top to Bottom on Thursday, January 23rd. A SignUpGenius email will be or has been sent for both the actual fencing and loading the fence on to the forks this Saturday for transport up the mountain.

Race Weekend Volunteer Opportunities - check SignUpGenius if you haven’t been able to get a spot. Things come up and people need to opt-out, and opportunities open up.

Register for the Race - Registration can be done at Adminski.com. Registration closes Wednesday (1/22) at 11:59 PM for the U12/U14 Higgins Race, and Thursday (1/23) at 11:59 PM for the U16/U19 Shanahan Race. There will be no late entry or walk-in entry offered after these dates and times. For those U19’s that missed the entry window for the Shanahan, I will do what I can, but can make no promises. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about this, please reach out to me.

Terrain - We’ve had some great access to terrain this year. I hope the athletes have enjoyed it. However, it’s been noted by mountain ops over the last couple of weeks that the clean-up effort has been falling off. All athletes are REQUIRED to assist with pulling the course and slipping the course prior to it being opened back up to the general public. This applies to all WMRT racers. 

Program Fees - Log into the website and settle up any remaining balances. 

Regards,

Scot Haigh

WMRT President

 

Below are some dates to keep in mind:

 

This letter will also be posted to the WMRT News section of the website.

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Volunteer Checks DUE NOW
by posted 01/11/2020

All,
 
Thank you to all the parents that have submitted their volunteer checks.
 
For those of you that have not, please submit prior to or the day of the Higgins or Shanahan race.
 
If we don't have a volunteer check from you, your athlete will not have WMRT coach representation and will not be given a bib.
 
Please hand your check in to any Board Member. They will then hand over to Scot Haigh.
 
If you're unsure of who is a Board Member, they can be found at: http://www.leagueathletics.com/Contacts.asp?n=129367&org=skiwmrt.com
 
Volunteer Program Information:
http://www.leagueathletics.com/Page.asp?n=139458&org=skiwmrt.com
 
Regards,
Scot Haigh
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Weeknight Training
by posted 01/06/2020

Hello Everyone,          

I am David Chandler and I will be running the weeknight program with WMRT.  We start this Tuesday (1/7) and will go every Tuesday and Thursday until the mountain decides to go to Spring hours where they will close at 8pm. 

Our plan is to train slalom, unless we have fencing on Smith Walton for GS training.  I will let everyone know if we will be training GS at the beginning of the week.  Training begins at 7pm, coaches will be on the hill setting by 6:30pm.  If your athlete is ready to go at 6:30pm, we would appreciate their help to get the courses set.  Most nights we will be training on Upper and Lower Smith Walton. We do not typically meet as a group, we meet on the hill. If you are unfamiliar with Wachusett, Smith Walton on the summit lift (which is the middle of the three), as you go up the lift you will be able to see the course set or being set on the trail to your right. 

My expectation of your athlete is to show up, slip and inspect the course(s), then start training.  The coaches will be on the hill rotating between the courses.  Around 8:45pm we will start to pull and slip out the ruts from the course.  I EXPECT every athlete to be present for this, training is not over until the course is pulled and the equipment is at the gate box.  If your athlete is leaving early please make sure they let the coaches know.  If your athlete is in the lodge and not helping at the end of practice, expect to hear from me, I have the same expectations of every athlete.

If you have an athlete from another program that is joining us for weeknight training please have them let us know what they are working on.  I feel very strongly that we as coaches help to build on what they are already working on instead of having them work on something new or different.  Having your athlete working on too many things at once can be counter productive. 

We only have a couple hours to train so please make sure your athlete is ready to go on time, and spends the time we have on the hill, not in the lodge.    

If anyone needs to contact me I can be reached via email at

Thank you and I hope this is a fun and productive session for everyone

David Chandler

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WMRT Presidents Letter - December
by posted 12/22/2019

WMRT President's Letter

Date:     12/22/19

 

What a weekend! We were afforded the opportunity to have both Lower Smith and Lower Challenger dedicated to our use until about noon both days. Today the U10’s, U12’s and U14’s got to help Gayle test out the Nastar timing systems - Click here for the results. I see some coaches’ names too. From what I could see, there were a lot of smiles and there should be some tired legs.

I would like to thank the athletes and coaches that took the time to clean up the trails after they were done training. I skied Lower Smith today and Lower Challenger yesterday after we were done, and they were both left in excellent condition.

We are training tomorrow, off Tuesday and Wednesday and back on Thursday and Friday.

If you see someone from Mountain Mgmt, Thank them for the support. If you need a last-minute gift, see Mike and his team in Mountainside Ski and Ride and support your local ski shop. Support is a two-way street. 

As we come to the end of another year and look forward to spending time enjoying the Holidays with family and friends, my hope is that you will find joy, peace and the true meaning in this Holiday Season.

Wishing the best to you and yours for a happy and healthy Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year!

Regards,

Scot Haigh

WMRT President

 

A Couple Quick Housekeeping Reminders!!

Volunteer Program Check - Please bring your postdated checks (March 31, 2019) to the mountain during the Christmas break camp. Hand them to myself or another board member. Continued delinquency will result in the suspension of athlete privileges

Program Fees - Please log in to the website and settle up any remaining balances. 

Below are some dates to keep in mind:

 

This letter will also be posted to the news section of the website.

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WMRT Parents Meeting Presentation 11/3/19
by posted 11/11/2019

 

WMRT Parents Meeting Presentation 11/3/19

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Presidents Letter - Registration Open & Updates
by posted 10/06/2019

WMRT President's Letter

Date: 10/6/19

 

I hope this letter finds you well. Below you will find some important updates and general news about the upcoming season. I hope you’re as excited as I am to get back on snow!!

Registration is now open!!

The Board discussed at length the athlete population we had last year and felt that we were at or just beyond our comfortable and effective maximum. While we have no specific targets per age group, we will be watching the total registration numbers and age groups and comparing to historical numbers.

September has been filled with lots of preparation for the upcoming season the highlights are:

  • The majority of the 2019/20 Programs and Program fees will remain the same as last year. The Board discussed and voted on the following changes:   
    • Start Time - we will start this year when the mountain opens. If the lifts open at 7:30 that will be our start time for the day. Last year the 7:30 opening began in January and I would expect the same this year
    • Remove the U8 Program from our offerings. After careful consideration it was decided that this population would be better served through one of the mountains offerings specifically geared toward this age group.
      • Those athletes that were first year U8’s last year will be offered the opportunity to participate again this year, but no new U8’s will be accepted.
    • Increase the Program Fees for Program 1 (U10 Sat Only) and 2 (U10 Sat/Sun) this brings the cost of these programs in-line with the other programs offered.
  • Volunteer Program will be returning this year. Collectively it was felt that this proved valuable over the course of the season in distributing the workload needed for a safe and successful race season. As an example, last year we had 7 maybe 10 people show up for the Sept. BNet inspection, this year we had 20, and we were done before noon.
    • Some changes you can expect to see - the early posting of all known season volunteer requirements at once, one time opportunities will still be offered on an as needed basis, the use of SignUp Genius to track hours vs units allowing you see where you stand at any given time.
  • Race Schedule - not finalized yet
    • U10’s - there are discussions about possibly opening up the opportunity to ski in some Buddy Werner races, but this is not final. We’ll keep you posted as this evolves.
    • We should expect the U12 & U14 race schedule to be similar to last year, and the same for the  U19+
    • U16’s - while not finalized the approach being used this year is back to back races at relatively close mountains - for example a Saturday GS at Berkshire East followed by Sunday SL at Bousquet
  • Video - Late last year we acquired two cameras and began using them on a trial basis. Our goal this year is to have each age group videoed during training a minimum of three times over the course of the season.
  • Dryland Training Schedule - see dates below
  • USSS Registration: Adults and those turning 18 (this is new this year) during the season will be required to complete SafeSport training and an annual SafeSport Refresher training if you completed the training last  year.

Your 2019/20 WMRT Board of Directors and Operations Leads are:

David Chandler has stepped down as the U12 Parent Rep and will continue to support the Board by hosting the meetings and assisting on special projects over the course of the season. Joel Bradford will be backfilling Dave. Joel currently has a 2nd Yr U12 and 2nd Yr U10. Nicole and Maddie Wilkinson will not be returning this year. Maddie has been selected a starting forward middie for the URI Rams Jr team, and has decided to focus on this opportunity. We wish them the best of luck and look forward to seeing them at the mountain or a race at some point this season.

Please consider stepping forward if you’d be interested in any of the open positions.

2019 / 20 Season  
WMRT BOD & Opereations  
Board Positions Name
President S Haigh
Past President M McCaughy
Vice President M Ayotte
Treasurer L Desio / Intern Oppty
Secretary J Lee
10 Parent Rep Open
U12 Parent Rep J Bradford
U14 Parent Rep C Pride
U16 Parent Rep D Riley
U19/21 Parent Rep C Fish
Volunteer Coordinator (x2) Open
   
Operations Positions Name
Head Coach B McBride
Race Chairman M McCaughy / D Schlussel
Race Coordinator S Haigh
Chief of Timing & Crew M Dahan
Start Crew J Dade
Marketing / Store L Desio / Intern Oppty
Tri-State Officials Chair J Higgins

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I’d like to Thank those that came out for the preseason fence inspection on Sunday September 15th. We had 20 WMRT volunteers and about 30 from the WPI Ski Team participating. 

Below are some dates to keep in mind:

  • Oct 2  - WMRT Registration Opens
  • Oct 2 - Tri-State Fall BoD Mtg
  • Oct 10 - 14 - Columbus Day weekend - Ski Swap at Wachusett
  • Oct 13 – MAASRA Dryland Training w ELITEAM’s Doug Lewis at Catamount – Reg Required
  • Oct 15 - USSS Early Bird Registration ends at 5pm Mountain Time - price increases after that
  • Oct 18 & 19 - MNTside Ski and Ride Annual Race Sale - NEW DATE used to be in early Sept
  • Dryland Training - November 3rd, 10th, and 17th
    • November 3rd is also the Food Truck Festival, so we have limited space again
  • Nov 3rd - Membership & New Parent Meeting - tentative confirming space availability
  • Nov 10th - Alpine Officials training with John Higgins - tentative confirming space availability
  • Nov 30th - First day of on snow training - conditions permitting
  • Dec - GS Training Away
  • Dec 14 - SkillsQuest - Tentative - schedule being finalized
  • Jan 25 - Higgins Race - Tentative - schedule being finalized
  • Jan 26 - Shanahan Race - Tentative - schedule being finalized

I look forward to seeing you at the mountain!

Regards,

Scot Haigh

WMRT President

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