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December 3rd and 4th Practice Update

By | December 2nd, 2016|Categories: D-Team Schedule, X-Team Schedule|

Hello All Team Members,

Due to the lack of snow coverage and open terrain, all practices this weekend will be rescheduled to another date.  Our goal is to provide a quality program and feel it would be best for all participants to have more terrain available for the first practice of the season.

Please, take advantage of the delayed start of the season to stop out and get your season pass picked up and make sure your registration form has been filled out completely.

Tuesday and Thursday’s practice, next week will run as scheduled.

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Thank you for attending Dryland Training

By | November 12th, 2016|Categories: D-Team, X-Team|

Thank you all for attending today’s Dryland Training and Parents meeting.

A few things to start thinking about:

– Season Passes, avoid the lines

– Check your gear; do gloves fit, snow pants, helmets, etc?

– Waxes, tunes, avoid the rush and drop them off now

Have a great weekend, enjoy the sunshine and do your snow dances!

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Parent’s Guide to Race Days

By | November 11th, 2016|Categories: D-Team|

Race days always seem so chaotic! At races away from Buck Hill, everyone (coaches included) are trying to find out which course is whose and which course to be on.   At Buck Hill races, the coaches are busy setting up the courses and are not as available in the morning to help out inside.

Out of the chaos, there is a system. One of the ways to deal with things is to be patient.  Answers will come to questions, eventually. Just keep asking and don’t feel bad about asking multiple times.

The second way to deal with race day chaos is to be as organized as possible.

Organization begins the night before the race:

Be sure the racer’s bag is stocked and nothing is missing:

  • helmet
  • goggles
  • team bib
  • waterproof gloves/mittens (with extra pair)
  • neck gaiter/ scarf/ other warm items
  • boots (both of them)
  • hat (and an extra one)
  • sunscreen (even in Minnesota!!!)
  • lip balm
  • ski socks (2 pair)
  • duct tape (to tape the number to the bib)

Be sure your racer has the proper clothes laid out and ready to go:

  • long underwear
  • ski pants
  • coat

When dressing your racer, use layers and avoid cotton.  It is easier to take off layers then the racer be cold.

  • Bring a water bottle, even though it is cold we all get dehydrated
  • Pack a lunch and lots of snacks for in-between times (unless you don’t mind paying ski area prices)
  • Tune those skis (preferably older racers should do their own).
  • Be sure you have directions to the area.
  • Go to bed early. All racers need a good nights sleep. The days start early and can go long.
  • Load your skis in the car, but keep the boots inside. You will want them to stay on the warm side.
  • Grab some duct tape to tape the number on their bib or you can use safety pins, which are usually provided at the event. If you don’t have duct tape, others will and don’t mind sharing, just ask!

Morning of the race:

  • Give yourself plenty of time in case of problems.
  • Be sure the racer (and yourself) eat a good breakfast.
  • All racers are pre-registered, there is no advantage to being the first racer at registration.

At the ski area:

  • Buy lift tickets.
  • Ask at the ticket window where race registration is held, they should know. (If not, follow the crowd—most likely, they are going to the same place you are.)

Registration opens at 8:30 am.

  • At registration, find your racer’s age group and pick up your number. Find out which course your racer will be skiing. Pick up a map.
  • Look for Buck Hill coaches. There will be one at the registration area (if you are very early, hang on, we’ll get there). Check in with that coach for any other directions and to get your racer’s bib marked.
  • Find a spot to get ready; the ski area typically has an area marked for each team.  Remember there will be hundreds of racers.

Getting ready to race:

  • Racer should have boots on and be ready to inspect courses 30 minutes before they open for racing.
  • Races begin at 10:00 am.
  • Buck Hill coaches will be out inspecting courses one half hour prior to the race beginning. Typically you will see them gathering outside the chalet gathering up kids, if you miss them just look for the Buck Hill crowd of kids.
  • All racers should find their course and inspect it with the coach.
  • Coaches are stationed at the bottom of every course (and at the top if there are enough coaches) Use them!!

When the race begins:

  • Racers run one event in the morning and the other in the afternoon. The second event usually begins about 1:00 pm.
  • Racers take two runs of slalom and two runs of giant slalom. The best slalom time and the best GS time are added together to get the racer’s total time. If a racer falls or DQ’s one run, the other run can be used for a time.
  • Racers run in numerical order for the first run of each event. Numerical order is usually reversed the second run.
  • Girls usually race prior to boys.
  • Younger age groups run prior to older age groups when on the same course.

It is the racer’s responsibility to be at the top of the course in time for their run. Any racer who misses their start will race after all the other racers have had their run. Sometimes it can be tricky to predict when the second run will occur. Usually it is about 30-45 minutes after the first one. Please help your racer make it to the second run. (Sometimes, they go free-skiing and miss that second run).

Some age groups will finish up much sooner than other age groups. Results and awards are announced about 60 minutes after the last age group is finished. Most areas attempt to get results and awards started by about 4:00 PM. Sometimes it can be later. If you need to leave before the award ceremony, the head coach will pick up any ribbons and will obtain results. Please notify a coach if you need to leave early.

Parents may elect to ski or not. If you have two or more kids racing, you may end up moving between several race courses. Wear warm boots!!

Race Day Cancellationsraces will only be canceled if the host area closes.

Contact the race hosting area if you have any questions or need directions:

 

Race Day at Buck Hill 

These races are different because the coaches are working to run the courses with your help. We couldn’t do it without you. About two weeks prior to race day, we will call you and ask for your help. We have lots of half-day jobs such as:

  • Registration (begins early about 8:15)
  • Gatekeepers (outside)
  • Starters (outside)
  • Timekeepers (mostly inside-one outside post)
  • Score recording (inside and outside)
  • Score “runners” (lots of walking)
  • Computer entry/ribbons (inside)

If you request a specific job we will try to honor it, but we cannot guarantee you will get that job. If you work outside, we will put you on a course your racer is racing. You will be offered a lift ticket for the day you work if you wish to ski. On race day, check in at registration by 8:30 am to find out where you are assigned. If you are working registration, you will be notified ahead of time so you know to come early.

We cannot do it without you and appreciate your volunteering greatly!

Remember, keep smiling and have fun!

 

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Parent’s Guide to Comp Days

By | November 11th, 2016|Categories: X-Team|

 

Competition days always seem so chaotic.  At comps away from Buck Hill, everyone (coaches included) is trying to find out where everyone needs to be and when.   At Buck Hill comps, the coaches are busy setting up the courses and are not as available in the morning to help out inside.

Out of the chaos, there is a system.  One of the ways to deal with things is to be patient.  Answers will come to questions—eventually.  Just keep asking.  The second way to deal with comp day chaos is to be as organized as possible.

 Competition registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the competition, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

 

Organization begins the night before the comp:

Be sure the rider’s/skier’s bag is stocked, and nothing is missing:

  • helmet
  • goggles
  • waterproof gloves/mittens (with an extra pair)
  • neck gaiter/ scarf/ other warm items
  • boots (both of them)
  • hat (and an extra one)
  • sunscreen (even in Minnesota!!!)
  • lip balm
  • ski socks (2 pairs)

Be sure your racer has the proper clothes laid out and ready to go:

  • long underwear
  • ski pants
  • parka

Pack a lunch and lots of snacks for in-between times (unless you don’t mind paying ski area prices)

Tune those skis/boards (preferably older racers should do their own).

Be sure you have directions to the area.

Go to bed early.  All competitors need a good nights sleep.  The day starts early and can go long.

 

Morning of the comp:

Give yourself plenty of time in case of problems.

Be sure the rider/skier (and yourself) eat a good breakfast.

All riders/skiers are pre-registered, there is no advantage to being the first person at registration.

 

At the ski area:

Buy lift tickets.

Ask at the ticket window where comp registration.  (If not, follow the crowd, they are likely going to the same place you are.)

 

Registration opens at 8:30 am.

At registration, find your competitors’s age group and pick up the bib.  Find out which run the comp will be held on.

Look for Buck Hill coaches.  There will be one at the registration area (if you are very early, hang on, we’ll get there).  Check in with that coach for any other directions and to get your competitor’s bib marked.

 

Competition Specifications:

All competitors will compete in three events, Big Air, Slopestyle, and Alpine (Carving Cup Competition)

 

1)         Big Air – One trick performed over a man-made jump.

A minimum of 2 jumps must be built to accommodate lower and higher level competitors. Starting and landing areas must be clearly marked (paint, kool-aid).  The landing pad must also be marked in equal increments according to length.  Competitors will choose which jump they will use.

Big Air Jumps must adhere to MSRL specifications.

The jumps must not be altered unless deemed to be unsafe.  All changes must be made as needed. Coaches’ inspection must be completed by 8:00 a.m.

The course monitor/referee should be clearly identifiable for safety and crowd control.

If a competitor is performing a rodeo, corked spin, or switch attempt, the starter must be notified.

Any attempt at an inverted trick will result in immediate disqualification from the entire competition.

Big Air jumps will be open for practice hits a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the beginning of each competition age grouping.

2) Slopestyle- Tricks performed during a run.  The tricks may consist of groundwork (ollies, spins) or air tricks using the obstacles within the run boundaries.   This event is not timed.

The course should take approximately 25-45 seconds to complete with clear visibility from start to finish.  Judges must have a clear view of the entire course.  Starting and finish areas must be clearly marked (paint, kool-aid).  No jumps higher than 4 feet.  ¼ pipes and hips no higher than 6 feet.  The course must have at least six hits in two lines of travel.  Man-made obstacles are allowed. Courses must be built to accommodate lower and higher level competitors.

The elements must not be altered unless deemed to be unsafe.  All changes must be made as needed. Coaches’ inspection must be completed by 8:00 a.m.

The course monitor/referee should be clearly identifiable for safety and crowd control.

The slopestyle course will be open for practice a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the beginning of each competition age grouping.

Alpine – Timed race on a gated course. The alpine competition is a timed event.  The best time of two runs will be used to tabulate scores and rank.

Competitors will be given 15 minutes to view the courses.  Giant Slalom and Dual Slalom inspection in done by sideslipping off the course.  Terrain Slalom inspection in done by slipping the course in a controlled manner.

Some age groups will finish up much sooner than other age groups.  Results and awards are announced about 60 minutes after the last age group is finished.  Most areas attempt to get results and awards started by about 4:00 PM.  Sometimes it can be later.  If you need to leave before the award ceremony, the head coach will pick up any ribbons and will obtain results. Please notify a coach if you need to leave early.

Parents may elect to ski or not.  If you have two or more kids competing, you may end up moving between several courses.  Wear warm boots!!

 

Comp Day Cancellationsraces will only be canceled if the host area closes.  Contact the race hosting area if you have any questions or need directions:

Afton Alps                 651-436-5245             www.aftonalps.com

Trollhaugen              651-433-5141             www.trollhaugen.com

Welch Village           651-258-4567             www.welchvillage.com

Wild Mt                     651-257-3550             www.wildmountain.com

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D-Team Communication Vehicles | 2016-17

By | November 11th, 2016|Categories: D-Team|

Outlined below are the channels we use for communication and to contact us.

Email:  skischool@buckhillcom

Phone:  952.435.7174, ext. 709

 

Blog: http://www.buckhill.com/dteam/

  • Blog format, to see just D-Team, click the category on the right side
  • General updates
  • Master schedule
  • Event Itinerary which includes schedule, race course map, and registration information
  • Event results
  • Tips
  • Important links

 

Facebook:  Buck Hill D-Team

  • www.facebook.com/BuckHillDTeam
  • Be sure to LIKE the page to receive notifications
  • General updates
  • Practice and Race Reminders
  • Event Itinerary which includes schedule, race course map, and registration information
  • Photos! Share your fun team photos

 

For fun!  Tag Us, Follow Us!

 

Remind

  • Important pushed notifications to both parents and team
  • Reminders
  • Schedule changes

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X-Team Communication Vehicles | 2016-17

By | November 11th, 2016|Categories: X-Team|

Outlined below are the channels we use for communication and to contact us.

Email:  skischool@buckhillcom

Phone:  952.435.7174, ext. 709

 

Blog: http://www.buckhill.com/dteam/

  • Blog format, to see just X-Team, click the category on the right side
  • General updates
  • Master schedule
  • Event Itinerary which includes schedule, race course map, and registration information
  • Event results
  • Tips
  • Important links

 

Facebook: Buck Hill X-Team

  • www.facebook.com/buckhillxteam
  • Be sure to LIKE the page to receive notifications
  • General updates
  • Practice and Race Reminders
  • Event Itinerary which includes schedule, race course map, and registration information
  • Photos! Share your fun team photos

 

For fun!  Tag Us, Follow Us!

 

Remind

  • Important pushed notifications to both parents and team
  • Reminders
  • Schedule changes

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Sunday D-Team Schedule | Winter 2016-17

By | November 11th, 2016|Categories: D-Team Schedule|

Saturday, Nov. 12 Dryland Training – Buck Hill 10am-12pm
Sunday, Dec. 4 Practice – Buck Hill 1pm-4pm
Sunday, Dec. 11 Practice – Buck Hill 1pm-4pm
Sunday, Dec. 18 Practice – Buck Hill 1pm-4pm
Sunday, Jan. 8 Practice – Buck Hill 1pm-4pm
Sunday, Jan. 15 Practice – Buck Hill 1pm-4pm
Sunday, Jan. 22 Race – Welch Village 8:30am
Sunday, Jan. 29 Practice – Buck Hill 1pm-4pm
Sunday, Feb. 5 Race – Wild Mt. 8:30am
Sunday, Feb. 12 Practice – Buck Hill 1pm-4pm
Sunday, Feb. 19 Practice – Buck Hill 1pm-4pm
Sunday, Feb. 26 Race – Buck Hill 8:30am
Sunday, Mar. 5 CHAMPIONSHIPS – Trollhaugen 8:30am
Saturday, Mar. 11 Buck Hill Invitational 8:30am

 

Tuesday Night Gate Training • 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Optional training sessions: December 6, 13, 20, 27,  January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 February 7, 14, 21, 28

Thursday Night Skills Camp • 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Optional training sessions: December 8, 15, 22, 29,  January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2

 

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Saturday D-Team Schedule | Winter 2016-17

By | November 11th, 2016|Categories: D-Team Schedule|

Saturday, Nov. 12 Dryland Training – Buck Hill 10am-12pm
Saturday, Dec. 3 Practice – Buck Hill 10am-3pm
Saturday, Dec. 10 Practice – Buck Hill 10am-3pm
Saturday, Dec. 17 Practice – Buck Hill 10am-3pm
Saturday, Jan. 7 Practice – Buck Hill 10am-3pm
Saturday, Jan. 14 Practice – Buck Hill 10am-3pm
Saturday, Jan. 21 Race – Welch Village 8:30am
Saturday, Jan. 28 Practice – Buck Hill 10am-3pm
Saturday, Feb. 4 Race – Trollhaugen 8:30am
Saturday, Feb. 11 Practice – Buck Hill 10am-3pm
Saturday, Feb. 18 Practice – Buck Hill 10am-3pm
Saturday, Feb. 25 Race – Buck Hill 8:30am
Saturday, Mar. 4 CHAMPIONSHIPS – Mt. Kato 8:30am
Saturday, Mar. 11 Buck Hill Invitational 8:30am

 

Tuesday Night Gate Training • 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

December 6, 13, 20, 27, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 February 7, 14, 21, 28

Thursday Night Skills Camp • 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

December 8, 15, 22, 29, January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2

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X-Team Schedule | Winter 2016-17

By | November 11th, 2016|Categories: X-Team Schedule|

 

Saturday, Dec. 3 Practice Buck Hill 9am-12pm
Saturday, Dec. 10 Practice Buck Hill 9am-12pm
Saturday, Dec. 17 Practice Buck Hill 9am-12pm
Saturday, Jan. 7 Practice Buck Hill 9am-12pm
Saturday, Jan. 14 Practice Buck Hill 9am-12pm
Sunday, Jan. 15 Practice Buck Hill 9am-12pm
Saturday, Jan. 21 Practice Buck Hill 9am-12pm
Sunday, Jan. 22 Competition Buck Hill 8:30am
Saturday, Jan. 28 Practice Buck Hill 9am-12pm
Saturday, Feb. 4 Practice Buck Hill 9am-12pm
Sunday, Feb. 5 Skier/Boarder-x Trollhaugen 8:30am
Saturday, Feb. 11 Practice Buck Hill 9am-12pm
Saturday, Feb. 18 Practice Buck Hill 9am-12pm
Saturday, Feb. 25 Practice Buck Hill 9am-12pm
Sunday, Feb. 26 Competition Wild Mt. 8:30am
Sunday, March 5 CHAMPIONSHIPS Afton Alps 8:30am
Sunday, March 12 Team Box Jam Buck Hill 1:00pm

 

Hot Lap Tuesday Nights  |  5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

December 6, 13, 20, 27, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 February 7, 14, 21, 28

 

Thursday Night Skills Camp  |   5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

December 8, 15, 22, 29,  January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2

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