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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Cruising into 2013

Welcome back to the MMSC U16 Blog!

It has been a little while since our last update so this post should cover a fair amount of the activities that have taken place since returning to the East. Upon our initial return from the Vail, snow coverage was not exactly at it's best, but the holiday season sure has changed that here in Stowe. With snow falling nearly every day since December 20th, MMSC is proud to report that we have begun training on our race trail, Main Street. After a couple days with some heavy snow and wind, drifts had begun to form around the trail, but dry conditions have allowed the surface to set up very well providing a "chalky" feel that will hold well for training.

On December 27th, MMSC traveled to Cochran's for an "afternoon" SL under the lights. First run was set to begin at 3 PM, but a snowstorm caused for a slight delay. After much maintenance, trenches had been dug through the deep powder for the athletes to race down. Visibility proved to be a tricky challenge because the new snow that wouldn't stop falling caused athletes goggles to fog up quite a bit, and the time of day in which the race took place allowed for some dark conditions. At the end of the day, some of our athletes scored some great results, and a good time was had by all.

After racing at Cochran's, we received a fair amount of snow here in Northern Vermont thus warranting a whole lot of fun bouncing around the mountain finding powder stashes and leaving our marks. The nights here in Stowe only offered more snow each morning so we spent a few days on some fatter skis in order to float on top of the fresh snow.

On the 31st, MMSC hosted the Cruise into the New Year Dual GS race over on the SL Hill. The race featured two courses essentially mirroring each other down the mountain. With racers ranging in terms of age from 5 to 55, the course offered a fun challenge for all. Once we had all finished racing, athletes, coaches, and parents alike returned to the club for a barbecue lunch before awards were handed out for the respective age groups.
Racers in the finish Corral

We are picking up training again tomorrow with some GS practice on Main Street after using the 2nd to get our lives in order.

Stay Tuned!

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