Dear Team Summit Colorado Alpine Ability athletes, All Alpine parents, and Alpine Coaching staff:
None of us could have imagined the profound impact on our daily lives that the global battle with the Corona Virus has created. Actions taken over the past several weeks by health authorities, schools, our sport governing body and our own organization that may have seemed alarmist at the time have proved to be prudent in the two weeks since.
We don't know when restrictions will ease, programming can resume and some normalcy will return. At the same time, we continue both our short-range and long-range planning to be sure that we are ready once it is deemed safe to start up again.
Continue reading for information on upcoming events and plans and some ideas of how to be constructive with your time while staying at home.
Stay well and see you soon!
In This Update:
- Alpine Program “Open House” Saturday, March 28
- Spring and Summer Camp Plans
- Stay at Home Activities
Alpine Program “Open House” Saturday, March 28
Please join me from 5:00-6:00 PM this coming Saturday, March 28 to learn about the plans for the 2020-21 Team Summit Colorado Alpine Program. A presentation will be followed by a period for Q&A. The discussion will focus on our competition Full-Time and Part-Time Programs for Ability and Age Class.
PG, FIS, and U16 Ability and U14, U12 and U10 Age Class programming, staffing and philosophy will be presented and discussed.
Date: Saturday, March 28
Call-in number: 775.505.0498
Participant Code: 6407596
Please feel free to distribute this call-in information to anyone who is not a current TSC member and may have an interest in learning more about our program.
Spring and Summer on-snow Training Camps
Needless to say, all of our on-snow camps are in flux. In order for us to gauge potential participation, we ask that you register for the camps you are interested in so we are sure to have the appropriate resources cued up when we get the green light to move forward.
Registration will not require a deposit. If we are able to move forward, athletes will have the opportunity to withdraw without penalty in light of the uncertain health and financial environment.
Camp information and links to registration can be found here:
All camps are now in Campminder and open for registration. To access the Arapahoe Basin and Mammoth camps, please select the 2019 season from the dropdown. For Stelvio please select 2020 season from the dropdown.
Camp by camp updates follow:
Spring: April 24 to May 18 – Arapahoe Basin
Today, we are 4 weeks from the planned first day on the snow. As we don’t have any out of town travel, lodging or other logistical arrangements to consider, we can wait until the latest possible time to follow through or change plans. Our original plan was to ski early morning, while the snow is best, returning to school for classes on Friday and Monday and continuing with technical free skiing until lunch on weekends.
Days for training, times for sessions and start and end days may be modified depending on circumstances.
Summer: June 6-20 – Mammoth Mountain
Mammoth Mountain intends to re-open and host camps if the situation allows. Our rooms and training space are reserved without any financial risk to TSC or members. As van transportation from Colorado is part of the camp cost, travel arrangements are not at risk. For those planning to fly, it is highly likely that there will be capacity for last-minute air travel reservations.
Alternate sites are being explored should either snow conditions in Mammoth deteriorate or if we need to move dates later on the calendar. We can be nimble to adapt to the opportunities that are presented and will continue to plan on a domestic summer camp as the situation evolves.
Late Summer: August 3-18 – Stelvio, Italy
Northern Italy has been heavily impacted over the last several months. For the moment, our plans remain in place with reservations for lodging and training space being held without risk. Alternate sites in Europe exist, as well as, domestic venues.
A fully refundable coach’s ticket has been booked for any who wish to take advantage of very affordable airfares with flexible re-booking rules. The itinerary is on the information pdf available on the TSC Camps page linked above.
Stay at Home Activities
While you are unable to ski, watching world-class skiing and using visualization can be a powerful improvement tool:
The FIS Alpine Channel on YouTube has highlights of every podium performance.
NBC Sports Gold is currently offering FREE access to its archive of 2019-20 full race coverage of World Cup skiing,
Stay at home restrictions continue to allow and encourage outdoor activity while maintaining social distancing guidelines. Get outside. Hike, bike, run, juggle a soccer ball, hit tennis balls or bump volleyballs against a wall and any other fun physical activity that you can do by yourself or with your family for an hour or more each day.
For those looking for some more structured cardio training, you will find a 12-week cycling program attached that can be done indoors or outside. Substitute running or hiking if you prefer. This program is suitable for U14 and older athletes.
Team Summit Colorado’s Strength and Conditioning Director Chris Hughes is providing 3 workouts a week are available below. Start with Week 1 | Day 1 posted on March 18 and follow along.
Full-Time Academy Athletes can receive a personalized conditioning program from Alpine Strength and Conditioning Coach. Please follow and log a minimum of three weeks of the cycling program and of the At-Home Workout Series. Provide the log of your first three weeks of training to firstname.lastname@example.org and Jack Farrell will build a personalized program for you.
We all need a little inspiration, perhaps more now than ever. Here’s a music video with an athletic theme.
Share your own favorite workout, inspirational or athletic themed music videos, ted talks or other media with me at email@example.com and I may include them in an upcoming update.
I look forward to connecting with you on Saturday and am always available for your feedback, questions and suggestions at the email address and number below.
TEAM SUMMIT COLORADO