A Word from our President: 2016-2017
Don’t let the recent heat wave fool you. Forecasters are predicting a strong “La Nina” for the coming ski season which means cooler temps and copious amounts of snow. Yes, it is time to start thinking about another incredible year of skiing and racing! I’d like to welcome back the returning families and warmly welcome the new families to our incredible community of parents and athletes.
The Board of Directors and staff have been listening to your feedback on how to make an already great program even better. Here are a few areas of improvement that we are focusing on for the upcoming season:
- Operations – We are working closely with Crystal Mt. to improve our racing and training venues. This includes more comprehensive grooming of Gold Hills (including mid-week to better prepare the surfaces for weekend training and racing), further refinements and grooming of speed training venues, and the planning for Gold Hills snowmaking. When Crystal Mt. is ready to install a comprehensive snow-making system for the base area, we will do everything that we can to have them include Gold Hills as part of this. There are many challenges in this process, but Crystal Mt. shares our belief that snowmaking on Gold Hills is vital to the future success of our program.
- Talent Development – (Athletes, Coaches, Parents) This past year the club made a substantial investment in mental training and preparation. Program Director Alan Lauba will continue to drive coaching education and evaluation throughout the year using more video analysis throughout the program. Head FIS coach Scott MacCartney continues to refine and measure an offseason strength and conditioning program and expand its availability. All coaches are improving on their monitoring and evaluations of their athletes. In addition to the thousands of volunteer hours required to pull off our races, we encourage parents to learn more about the sport and take advantage of opportunities for additional education such as training to be a race official, (Official training will be on the Microsoft campus in Redmond on October 30, so save the date. More details will be provided soon.)
- Never Forgetting Fun. A board committee is looking at all aspects of our programs to identify what we can do to ensure that there is always an appropriate dose of fun in races, training, and community events. Dual slaloms, racing against parents and coaches and athletes, etc. Off the hill, on October 7 we will be holding our first “Setting the Edge Fun-Raiser.” Throw on that old one piece and join several hundred parents as we raise funds to help our athletes gain an edge in this crazy sport. To learn more visit the Fun-Raiser site.
This year CMAC will host 10 days of home races, including a regional Evergreen Cup consisting of a weekend of slalom racing. To make this happen it takes a ton of volunteers. Watch for CMAC emails about the opening of volunteer registration, but for now you can learn about CMAC race volunteering and what positions are available.
We want this season to be fun for all our racers, while still emphasizing respect for all teammates and the entire mountain community. We encourage teamwork and support and need our parents to reinforce that ethic. For parents, please feel free to communicate with us if you have questions or concerns as the year goes forward. We really want to make your and your child’s experience with CMAC a great one.
Chair, CMAC Board of Directors
List of all members of the Board of Directors