While the terrain this past weekend was limited, we made the most of it with two concentrated training sessions during the mid day bookended by drill work and free skiing. As challenging and limited as it was at MRG, it was heaps better than 2017 when we only had the Practice Slope (and not Cricket under the lift too).

On Sunday night, we hosted a wonderful lasagna dinner and bonfire. We have confirmed that given the right amount of cardboard, even the wet pallets will burn…eventually. It takes many helping hands and our sincere compliments and thanks to Buny for lending her talents, to the MRSC for sponsoring and supporting, to the dish crews and clean up crews for leaving the Basebox presentable and Wendy Mahmouzian for processing the Family Tournament registrations.

On Monday, we hosted the 71st running of the Family Tournament with a strong turnout (80+!) and even stronger skiing. It was exciting to watch athletes and their parents race for their best times and bragging rights. Congratulations to all who ventured out of the starting gate and those who were victorious in their categories. Results are currently being “certified” and reformatted for the web.

About these fun races…(and this is more for the parents than the kids…).

It is exciting to watch family members compete against one another and see folks who rarely ski or rarely run gates, give it go. Which got me to thinking….Everyone Should Race. Not all the time or for serious, just once (maybe once or twice a year). These fun races give parents a glimpse into what their children are doing and some of the challenges they face. For a brief moment, it can reacquaint you with your own childhood (if you raced or competed) and provide you with some perspective. As fun and fantastic as racing can be, it can also be downright nerve racking and terrifying. From butterflies in your stomach to the constant and aching sensation of having to go pee, parents at that moment experience what their children feel every time they put on a bib and push out of the starting gate. You begin to understand the role of  ski tuning, personal fitness, training and skill/technique .

Hopefully you also remember what it felt like to cross the finish line. You probably don’t remember that the sudden urge to go pee or the nerves you felt in the start. But you probably do remember how hard some turns were, how your line was good or bad through sections, how the gates came quicker than you expected or the uncertainty when you rolled over the top of the pitch. You might have felt a sense of relief, elation or regret when crossing the finish line depending on how your run went.

Now put your children in that position. In most cases, real race environments are more of a circus than our friendly Family Tournament. With all the other racers, tons of parents, gate keepers, scoreboards, etc. It can be pretty intense on our kids without us putting additional pressure on them to perform. Of course, we want them to ski to their potential, but even asking that is sometimes too much. Regardless of how they’ve skied or what transpired earlier in the morning, when they cross the finish line (or should they not finish their run) what they need is your support, because they’ve tried their best and that deserves our support. That show of support is different for every child and every situation, but what matters is that we are emphatic and reward the effort, not the outcome.

That’s enough pontificating for now.

Have a great rest of your week and keep the snow dances coming. Every little jig helps!

On behalf of the staff,

Jim

 

 

Everybody Should Race.

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