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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Bluebird skies made for a great race at SUNNYpee.

Our Ford Sayre athletes dominated the field this past weekend at Sunapee with five girls and five boys finishing in the top ten. Across the board our U12 athletes have made countless improvements in their skiing. From trusting their skis and laying it over on edge to having confidence at the start gate, every athlete should feel proud.

The day started off with howling wind and a snowpocalypse at the top of the mountain. By early afternoon the clouds had lifted and we experienced nothing but sunshine. The kids were fired up and determined to ski their fastest.

The race was over by about 1:30 and straight from the race hill our athletes scattered across the mountain to get in some free skiing

and terrain park fun. Nothing beats the ear to ear smiles we see on our athlete’s faces after they click into their skis! A true passion for the sport is what carries any athlete to the top. Way to go Ford Sayre!

First week at Whaleback!

Training at Whaleback has begun! This week we are focusing on SL until the snow conditions allow us to train some GS. We have set up a mix of opportunities for the kids to get a feel for what it is like to ski in the “big gates.” Yesterday we set up a rhythmical stubby course that was pretty offset in order to force the kids to realize how important it is to be on the front of their boots in an aggressive position. They definitely came to realize how important it is to drive forward over steep terrain!

Further down the trail we set up an introduction to tall pole SL. The gates were placed in the ground at an angle which allowed the athletes to feel what it is like to cross block the gates without having to lean in or “reach” in order to do so. They totally rocked it! As we become more confortable in the bigger gates everyone is starting to realize the tall poles really are not as intimidating as they initially seemed. This weekend we are off to Sunapee! The athletes are filled with excitement as we come into our second race weekend! Lets GO Ford Sayre!

PS- Take a look at the upcoming WorldCup races! Next to each event is a link to a website where you can watch the race live! I hope you all get a chance to sit down with your kid(s) to watch a bit!

Friday, Jan. 23 – Super Combined, Kitzbuehel
5:30 a.m. – Super combined – super G – Live streaming – universalsports.com
10:00 a.m. – Super combined – slalom – LIVE Universal Sports Network
10:45 a.m. – Super combined – slalom – Live streaming – universalsports.com
Saturday, Jan. 24 – Hahnenkamm Downhill, Kitzbuehel
5:30 a.m. – Hahnenkamm downhill – LIVE Universal Sports Network
5:45 a.m. – Hahnenkamm downhill – Live streaming – universalsports.com
10:30 a.m. – Hahnenkamm downhill – NBCSN
Sunday, Jan. 25 – Slalom, Kitzbuehel
4:15 a.m. – Slalom first run – Live streaming – universalsports.com
7:00 a.m. – Slalom second run – LIVE Universal Sports Network
7:30 a.m. – Slalom second run – Live streaming – universalsports.com
10:30 a.m. – Hahnenkamm slalom – NBCSN
Tuesday, Jan. 27 – The Night Race, Schladming
11:45 a.m. – Slalom first run – Live streaming – universalsports.com
2:30 p.m. – Slalom second run – LIVE Universal Sports Network
2:45 p.m. – Slalom second run – Live streaming – universalsports.com
11:30 p.m. – The Night Race at Schladming – NBCSN
See you on the slopes!

First races of the season!

We had a great weekend of skiing and racing at both Gunstock and Cannon! The kids had a blast and skied with excitement in their first race of the season. Despite chilly temps everyone skied very well. Over the next two weeks we will be training for the Skinner Race at Sunapee where the FS crew is sure to ski fast again!

“The icier it got, the better it was.” Luke Holmes

There is a reason East coast racers are the toughest of all. This week at the Skiway FS athletes have proven why we are one step ahead of the rest. Its easy to have a blast skiing perfect conditions under blue bird skies however, you know athletes truly love the sport when they show up on a 45 degree rainy day to ski on a sliver of snow. Lets just remember that at least 50% (most likely more) of this sport is mental! Bring on the rough conditions because Ford Sayre is ready to rumble!

The U12 group has completely rocked it this week with their positive attitudes and willingness to make the best out of the current situation at the mountain. The rain, lack of snow, and today’s shockingly chilly temps failed to wipe the smiles of their faces. The kids, eager as ever, have accomplished a lot so far in our Christmas camp week.

From apex drills, stubby gates and free skiing over difficult terrain, we certainly have tackled a number of new skills so far. Gerd and Matt have set multiple courses for the groups to ski. The apex drill has been a major focus over the past five days; this served as a perfect introduction to proper turn shape. It forced the racers to start their turns above the gate rather than below. The drill also enforced an athletic stance, forward motion with the hips and quick feet to stay on top of the short distance between the gates.

With colder temps ahead, the Skiway is bound to produce some better snow conditions in the next few days. It was agreed upon that walking off the slopes today as “human icicles” from all the snow guns was worth it for the variety of terrain that we will inevitably be able to ski in the near future.

Keep up the happy attitudes! And go Ford Sayre!