With frost near at hand, let’s talk about what’s happening on the race scene as it affects SCNJ:
The Killington race camp dates have already been sent out to our SCNJ members. Summarizing – there are two race camps:
(1) The regular 5-day GS Killington camp (12/4/2017 – 12/8/2017, which includes ½ day free skiing on the Sunday before the camp, and:
(2) A 2-day camp for Slalom race training, which follows the 5-day camp. Prices will be announced later, and are similar to last year. Both have excellent instructors, and are a great way to get started on the ski season.
We are again planning to set up an on-the-snow fun session (likely at Pico Mountain) for our juniors during the MLK weekend in January. We have first class instructors in our Club and they like nothing better than to help kids have more fun skiing. If there is enough interest, we can see if Middlebury will set up a short course at their Snow Bowl so that we can practice turns thru the gates.
Beginning in January, remember the Wednesday night racing league, compliments of the NJ Ski Council. This begins the first Wednesday of the month, and lasts for six weeks, weather permitting. Another fun event to participate in. More info will be availa-ble later in the fall.
The annual State race is planned for the first Saturday of February – 2/3/2018 – at Pi-co. We try to enter both a women’s and men’s team, and we do nicely by holding our own. A lot of fun!
March 3, 2018 is the date for our all-important 3-club race with Monmouth and Telemark ski clubs. Middlebury has asked us, as a favor, to move this date since they have a ma-jor school function. We are currently discussing holding this race down at Bromley Mountain. Several items still need to be resolved – we’ll keep you posted. Remember, juniors participate in both the State and 3-club races. The kids love this and enjoy showing the ‘grown-ups’ their stuff.
This year, it’s SCNJ’s turn to hold the 3-club après ski party. Always a lot of fun, and someone is always around to claim ‘bragging rights’!
Mark Conlan, Race Chair
Hank Willen, Assistant