Alpine Ability Updates - Oct. 9, 2019


Updates for U16 and FIS Athletes and Parents 
Oct. 9, 2019


Dear U16 and FIS Athletes and Parents:

There are a number of upcoming events and activities and other important information below. Please read carefully and act on sign-ups and other action items ASAP!
In This Update:
- On-snow training begins on Friday, October 25!
- RMD Skills Quest Conditioning Assessment Sign-up
- Goal Setting and Meetings
- Ability Program Pot-Luck
- Ski Boot Alignment Sign-up
- Summer Training Video on Hudl
- Team Summit Classified group on Facebook
- Planned FIS NJR Competition Trip in November
- Possible U16 Training and Competition Trip to Vermont in December

On-snow training begins on Friday, October 25!
With this week’s cold temperatures and snowmaking, the projected opening day for training at Copper Mountain is virtually guaranteed! Please check your respective calendars for the first few days of on-snow training and details. Calendars will be updated for the remainder of October and November in the next 10 days.
Please be aware that during the Early Season Training Period (October 25 – December 8) schedules can change suddenly due to demand and available terrain and timeslots for training. While we try to not change the schedule once the calendar has been published it is sometimes unavoidable. 
Please check the calendar in advance of each day of training.

RMD Skills Quest Conditioning Assessment Sign-up
We will be attending the Divisional Skills Quest testing as a team on Sunday, October 27 at the Minturn Fitness Center. This will be an RMD conducted assessment with the assistance of Human Performance staff from US Ski and Snowboard in Park City.
This will be the final Skills Quest Conditioning assessment we administer or participate in this fall.  The assessment provides an opportunity to gauge progress through the fall and measures against others in RMD. There will not be any Ability on-snow training on this day as all staff will be in Minturn.
There will be a charge for the van transportation based on the number of athletes who sign up on the sign-up sheet. There are no other fees or charges. Below is a link to the TSC Travel Planning form for this event:

Whether you are planning to attend or have a conflict and are unable, PLEASE go to the form and follow the instructions for signing up to participate and ride in the team van. You are asked to put “1” in the column to indicate your participation in the event/van ride or a “0” if not participating.
This is the form that ALL team travel is planned with throughout the season. For each event, there will be an “x” in the column labeled “Rec.” for those athletes recommended to participate in a specific event. All anticipated costs for transportation, housing, etc. are listed on the form. The spreadsheet will calculate the trip costs in real-time. All charges will be billed prior to travel commencing. 
Thanks in advance for your diligence in responding in the travel planning form as soon as you receive the link and prior to the deadlines!


Goal Setting and Meetings
Attached to this message you will find the goal-setting sheet. Please take some time to reflect and be thoughtful about your responses. These are your personal goals to discuss with coaches and will not be shared unless you choose to do so on your own.
Once you have completed the sheet please return it to Doug, Jared or Aldo at training or scan and email. We will schedule a goal setting conference once we have your goal sheet.

Ability Program Pot-Luck
All athletes and parents are invited to a team pot luck on Saturday, November 2 from 5:30-7:30 PM. Thank you to Jake, Kelley and Bob for hosting! This will be a team social event with no agenda other than to kick off the season with fun, friendship and food. 
Lau residence: 1541 Legend Lake Circle, Silverthorne, CO

Please bring items to share as indicated below by last name:
Appetizers: A-F
Salads: G-H
Mains: I-R
Desserts: S-Z
*Plastic plates, utensils, cups & soft drinks will be provided. This is an alcohol free event.

Ski Boot Alignment
Several time slots are still available for alignment work prior to our first day on snow. Please sign up if you haven’t already. Please bring both old and new boots with you.
There is no charge for the alignment work. Lifters, installation of lifters and any optional fit work will be charged at cost by Surefoot. Please bring a form of payment for any add-on work.

Summer Training Video on Hudl
We are transitioning to Hudl Technique as our platform to capture, review and share a video. All summer camp videos have been uploaded to Hudl and tagged for each athlete. Those of you who attended an on-snow training camp this summer have been sent an email at the address that is on-file in Campminder. Please respond to the invitation by setting up a FREE athlete account.
The remainder will receive an invite when we first capture video once on-snow.

Team Summit Classified group on Facebook
A buy/sell page has been set up on Facebook for Team Summit. Please join the group to find and sell or exchange used equipment, clothing and so forth. There is no charge to use this site. All sales or exchanges are solely between members

Planned FIS NJR Competition Trip in November
TSC is moving forward with the competition trip to Italy in November.
The races will be in Sulden/Solda, ITA not far from Stelvio. Snowmaking has begun and we will continue to monitor conditions before finalizing plans on the following schedule:
November 6 – Departure from Denver
November 7 – Arrival Milan
November 8-10 – Training
November 11-14 – 2SL/2GS FIS NJR Sulden
November 15 – Training SG or Off
November 16 – 2SG FIS NJR Sulden
November 17 – Return Milan to Denver
Please reach out to Aldo and Doug with your confirmation of interest and any questions you have.

Possible U16 Training and Competition Trip to Vermont in December
We are recommending a weeklong training and competition trip to Vermont in Early December for those U16’s who qualified last year for their respective age group championships. This trip will include 2days of training in both SL and GS followed by a USSA race in each discipline. Training and racing will be at Sugarbush North and Stratton Mountain the home areas of GMVS and SMS.
This will be a great opportunity to experience training and racing in the East ahead of the first Sync races and visiting resorts that are regular hosts to important FIS competitions.
December 2 – Travel
December 3, 4 – Train SL at Sugarbush North
December 5 – SL Race 
December 6, 7 – Train GS at Stratton Mountain Resort
December 8 – GS Race
December 9 – Travel 
Please reach out to Aldo and Jared with your expression of interest and any questions you have.
*The above opportunities are the ONLY viable travel opportunities this season for both U16 and FIS that are outside of the normal regional calendar and championship qualification pipeline.