State Championships and the Last Week at the Whale

It is hard to believe that the last weekend of the season is coming up! What a fantastic year of racing!

Last weekend many of our racers ventured over to Wildcat Mountain for the State Championships. While we certainly had our game faces on for the races, we still made sure to make time for some less serious fun! From starting dance parties at the top of the race course to our team dinner on Saturday night at the White Mountain Hotel, we definitely made some really great memories!

We had beautiful, sunny skies not just on Friday but Saturday and Sunday as well! Each of us made sure to take a moment to realize how lucky we are to not only be skiing, but also to be skiing on a mountain with a few of Mount Washington right across the way! It is certainly a view that is hard to beat!

A special congratulations goes out to Phoebe and Sienna who will be competing at Piches this weekend at Gunstock Mountain- rip it up girls!

Our final week at Whaleback couldn’t have been any better. The 50-degree weather was a nice change up from the conditions that have forced us to wear layers and layers of clothing all winter long! I like to think that we deserved the warm weather treat we were given this week J

We trained a fast paced GS course on Tuesday, a full length GS with the U14s on Wednesday and yesterday another GS course that forced the athletes to “stack up” and be balanced on their skis. Between the deep ruts our racers skied Wednesday to the hard, slick and ungroomed conditions we had yesterday, our athletes are ready to take on any conditions that our final race on Sunday will bring!

As we come into the last weekend of racing the U12 team would like to congratulate all of our athletes on a fantastic season. We can’t wait to wrap it up with the Technica Winter Finish on Sunday! See you there!

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MARCHing Into the End of the Season!

It is hard to believe that the race season is coming to a close. The past couple of weeks have been busy with training, traveling, dual slaloms and lots of fun! Last weekend a number of athletes ventured to Cranmore where they competed in Finals. Congratulations to all of our racers who did an amazing job over the weekend! A special HOORAH for Forster who qualified from finals to the State Championships!

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(ps- thanks Richie for the great photo!).

Midweek training days at Whaleback have been both fun and productive. With only a few races left we are now focused on treating every training run as a race run; we are turning up the intensity. Yesterday Paul and I set a dual Slalom which was an exciting change up to our usual training routine.

At this point in the season it is officially safe to say how much every athlete has improved. Just ask Marianne Doyle and Bruce Sacerdote how they felt about their kids crushing them in the course yesterday! (Sorry guys….I even held them back in the start to give you each a 3-gate advantage! :D).

This weekend a handful of our Ford Sayre racers will be competing at the State Championships at Wildcat Mountain. The anticipation throughout the season assures that our athletes are as determined as ever to ski their fastest.

Again, great job to all of our athletes for their fast skiing, positive attitudes, and commitment to the season!

Best of luck to all of our athletes competing in the State Championships this Saturday and Sunday at Wildcat!