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WMRT Presidents Letter - February 2019
by posted 02/20/2019

WMRT President's Letter

Date:     2/20/19

 

First, A very belated Thank You for the effort put in by everyone over our Race Weekend on January 26th and 27th!!

We had just shy of 1000 starts over the two days. Our average run time for the Higgins was about 2 hours and 15 minutes and the for the Shanahan 2 hours and 30 minutes. The fence was down in 30 maybe 40 minutes - I recall standing at the bottom looking up the trail thinking somethings wrong, we couldn’t be done… So with the extra time we had a fence rolling competition. Visiting western Mass venues over the last several weeks I’ve heard nothing but praise for our execution of the races, the facilities and the conditions of the course and trails. I was reviewing the season so far with Jeff Crowley this past weekend and I told him for me personally, I realize how good we have it when I travel to other locations.

Postseason Events: With the exception of the U19’s who still have 1 more event, Congratulations and Good Luck to all the athletes and parents participating in postseason events!

We may into the postseason, but as you can see by the list at the bottom of this letter there is still a lot of racing to be done.

On Wednesday February 27th Wachusett will be hosting the MIAA High School Championships, this will be followed by the Ralph Crowley Classic & the New England Masters on 3/1, The Great Race on 3/2, and  the Good Race on 3/3. This will be an exciting four days of ski racing.

Fencing: This Saturday we will be working to line Smith Walton with BNet for the safety of the high school athletes and those of you that may be participating in the end of season races for the night race league. If you need volunteer credits this is a great opportunity as the trail will be closed and with the right amount of people the effort will be light and fast  - it took 2 hours last time. Even if you don’t need credits your help would be appreciated so that a safe race venue can be provided for the following weeks races. This is also a great way to say Thank You to the mountain for all they do for us.

Fencing Volunteer Signup: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B4BAAAA2CA2F49-fencing1

The MIAA Championships: Both the MIAA and the Mountain look to WMRT to assist with volunteers to help run this race. If you’re able to, please consider volunteering for this race, especially if you have an athlete participating in it.

MIAA Race Volunteer Signup: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B4BAAAA2CA2F49-miaa

Don’t forget to register your athlete at: Adminski.com or any other  platform used by the race host

Late Entries are limited if accepted at all

See you at the mountain!

Regards,

Scot Haigh

WMRT President

 

Race Results & Standings: https://www.maasra.com/rankings-results

Below are some dates to keep in mind:

  • Feb 23: Fencing for MIAA, The Ralph Crowley Classic, NE Masters Race, & The Great Race
  • Feb 23 - 24: U12 & U16 Championships (different locations)
  • Feb 27:MIAA Championships
  • Mar 1: Great Race and NE Masters Race
  • Mar 2 - 3:U14 Championships
  • Mar 2: The Great Race
  • Mar 3: The Good Race
  • Mar 9: U10 Festival
  • Mar 9 - 14: USSS U16 Eastern Championship
  • Mar 13 - 19: Piche Invitational
  • Mar 15 - 18: USSS U16 Finals
  • Mar 16 - 19: U14 USSS CHAMPIONSHIPS
  • Mar 17: U10 - U14 Josh Russel
  • Mar 21: last night training
  • Mar 21 - 24:USSS U19/U21 Finals
  • Mar 23: U10 - U16 Chip Gilroy T-Shirt Race at Sunapee
  • Mar 24: Last day of weekend training
  • April 6: Sugar Slalom
  • End of Season Banquet - Date TBD

 

This letter will also posted to the Team News Section of the website

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WMRT Presidents Letter - December 2018
by posted 11/30/2018

 

WMRT President's Letter

Date:             11/30/18

 

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving, and if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you were able to enjoy some downtime with friends and family!!

It was great to get back to the mountain last Saturday and see the kids gearing up for some on snow time. Hopefully you were able to get out and enjoy some turns as well.

If you were away last weekend, welcome back, you’re in for some great conditions.

This mornings snow report has 11 trails open and 4 lifts spinning. I can’t recall a season when we’ve had access to this much terrain, this early, without significant natural snowfall. Thank a member of the Snowmaking Crew if you see them!!

 

A few things as we slip into December:

Skillsquest is on Saturday the 15th (2 weeks away), please register early so we can prepare -Registration Site

U14 Training Project  is on Sunday the 16th, U14 parents please register now so that the athletes can be assigned to groups, the posted registration deadline is 12/2, there will be no day of registration - Registration Site

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

Volunteer Program - Please bring your postdated checks (March 31, 2019) to the mountain by December 8th. Turn them into your age group parent rep, myself, or Nicole Wilkinson.

Volunteer Program - Skillsquest - The list of opportunities for skillsquest will be posted shortly. An email will be sent out ahead time providing the link and the time that the registration site will open.

The race schedule has been updated on the SkiWMRT.com calendar. Additionally, under the heading “FAQ, General Info, Race Results” I’ve attached a spreadsheet version of the schedule.

New Years Eve - the last day of Christmas Camp. The Board and Coaching Staff are looking into doing something different and exciting that day and will keep you posted as details firm up.

 

Below are some dates to keep in mind:

  • Training on Saturdays and Sundays 8am start

  • Mid December MSA 1 week camp (2 options)

  • Dec 15 - SkillsQuest

  • Dec 16 - U14 Training Project at Wachusett

  • Dec 26, 27, 28 and 31 - Christmas Camp (24th may be added)

    • Dec 22, 23 and 29, 30 are normal weekend training

    • I can’t wait, thats 8 maybe 9 days of skiing! I mean training for the kids of course...

  • Week of Jan 20th - Fencing Party(s) - install BNet safety fence for the weekends races

  • Jan 26 - U12 / U14 Higgins Race

  • Jan 27 - U16 / U19+ Shanahan Race

I look forward to seeing you at the mountain!

Regards,

Scot Haigh

WMRT President

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WMRT Presidents Letter - September 2018
by posted 09/30/2018

 

 

 

 

WMRT President's Letter

Date:             9/30/18

 

Fall is finally in the air! As I looked around our neighborhood last weekend, I commented to my neighbor how there were only couple trees showing color. As I write this a week later, that has changed, a sure sign that the mountains winter operations will be coming to life very soon.

Registration is now open!!

Please go to skiwmrt.com to register as soon as possible. You’ll also notice a slightly different look and feel to the website. This is a work in progress.

September has been filled with lots of preparation for the upcoming season, and a Board meeting on Wednesday the 26th. Highlights from that meeting are:

  • 2018/19 Programs and Program fees will remain the same as last year

  • The Board voted, after careful consideration and analysis to implement a formal volunteer program - details can be found on the website under the Volunteer Program tab

  • U12 & U14 race schedule - No Bradford or Nashoba race this year

    • TriState East and West will race as one - still requires a vote by TriState BoD at the Oct meeting, but the expectation is that this will pass

  • Approved the purchase of 30 to 40 rolls of BNet to replace aging/damaged BNet

  • Discussed video as part of the program, and how best to implement. We continue to work toward inclusion, and ideally will have a workable plan in place for the season

  • Dryland Training Schedule set - see dates below

    • unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts we are not able to host an Elite Camp with Doug Lewis as part of the dryland training this year.

  • Even though lifts will turn this year at 7:30 on the weekends, we will continue to start at 8am.

  • Adopted Parent Rep roles and responsibilities based on feedback from last season - see participation guide

    • We have an open Parent Rep Position for the U8/U10 age group, if interested please reach to any Board member

Your 2018/19 WMRT Board of Directors are:

I’d like to Thank those that came out for the preseason fence inspection 0on Sunday September 15th.. We had about 30 people (WMRT, TriState, and WPI) participating. This was necessary to ensure that the fence we use to line the course is up to USSA standards to protect the racers - our kids. Several rolls were retired on the spot, many more were separated out and identified as needing repairs before it could be used again.

Below are some dates to keep in mind - all dates subject to change:

  • Sept 30 - WMRT Registration Opens

  • Oct 5 - 8 - Columbus Day weekend - Ski Swap at Wachusett

  • Dryland Training - October 28, November 4th, and November 11

    • November 4th is subject to change based on space availability at the mountain

  • Early October - TriState Board of Directors meeting

  • Oct28 - Membership & New Parent Meeting - tentative confirming space availability

  • Nov 11 - Alpine Officials training with John Higgins - tentative confirming space availability

  • Copper Thanksgiving week camp - scroll down

  • Dec 1 - First day of on snow training - conditions permitting

  • MSA 1 week camp (2 options) - scroll down

  • Dec 15 - SkillsQuest

  • Jan 26 - Higgins Race

  • Jan 27 - Shanahan Race

I look forward to seeing you at the mountain!

Regards,

Scot Haigh

WMRT President

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