Big Mountain Day

We had an incredible time at our “Big Mountain Day” at Jay Peak yesterday. The early morning chilly temps were soon defeated by the sunshine that broke through later on.

Corduroy snow, powdered tree skiing, and the terrain park…we really did hit up the entire mountain! By mid morning we had worked up an appetite and took a quick lunch break before zooming over to the other side of the mountain where many of the kids took their first ride up a tram. Most of us forgot we were still in Vermont as the vibe of the “big mountain” gave us the sensation that we were actually skiing in the Alps!

Amidst all the hype over qualifiers, finals, championships, etc. it was great to take a day to simply relax and remind ourselves of why we ski in the first place! Today we were back at the Skiway for day two of our February break camp. We trained slalom in the morning and after the kids expressed their eagerness to continue gate training, Paul, Rich, Cornelia and I decided to set a full length, tall pole slalom down Thomas in the afternoon; it was great practice for Sunday’s final qualifier!

Tomorrow should be another fun day filled with both slalom and giant slalom training at the Skiway. It will be great for our racers to experience a day of skiing with other nearby clubs who have decided to join us for the day. We plan to set up timing which will give the athletes the opportunity to add a “race day” focus to their training.

The rest of February camp is sure to be a blast. We are all looking forward to finishing up the last qualifier on our home hill. As Matt mentioned in his last email, it really is incredible to see how much every athlete has improved this season! Way to go Ford Sayre! 😀

Think snow and stay warm!


The gang at the top of Jay Peak



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Wyatt focusing before running the full length SL today at the Skiway

Wyatt focusing before running the full length SL today at the Skiway. Dylan and Theo were there to cheer him on! Great teamwork boys!



“AHH this is just…just AMAZING! I could stay here FOREVER,”-Ella Goodney.

What a week! We spent two days freeskiing the powder at Whaleback and despite the chilly temps and wind we had a successful day of SL training on Thursday. We headed over to the Skiway on Saturday and Sunday where we trained GS on Worden’s steep pitch and moved into a gliding drill on the flats. The drill really helped the athletes to understand the importance of rolling with our ankles and being “easy on our edges” on flat terrain.

Sunday afternoon we migrated over to Winslow to catch the second run of the Dartmouth Carnival SL race. It’s a bonus for our athletes to be able to watch racers who are skiing at such a high level right on our very own hill.

With another qualifier approaching this weekend at Whaleback we are surely going to capitalize on our “home hill advantage.”

We can’t wait to see everyone out there on Sunday cheering on our athletes!

Until then, think snow! (It seems to be working! :D).

PS- check out this awesome film that Cornelia found for us!

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Qualifier #1 – Sunapee

This past weekend we were back at Sunapee for the first of three qualifying events. It was a sunny day with near perfect snow conditions for the racers. Ford Sayre athletes really stepped it up for this race and definitely showed their team sprit by making sure not one teammate left the start without a big cheer of encouragement. We love that!

The day of racing was particularly fun because while the pressure was felt by many of our athletes as the thought of State Championships floated through their minds, they were able to keep things in perspective while remembering each qualifier race counts every run as its own race!

This week we are back at Whaleback for training and are hoping to squeeze in a Big Mountain Day this Sunday. With so much racing and training at this point in the season, it is important to remember how important it is to simply get out on the slopes and JUST SKI. We have the weekend off from racing and plan to continue the fun at the Skiway on Saturday and a soon to be announced “big mountain” on Sunday. Stay tuned! Keep thinking snow!

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