A Word from our President: 2017-2018
Forecasters are predicting yet another 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! We’d like to welcome back the returning families and warmly welcome the new families to our incredible community of parents and athletes.
Alan Lauba and his staff, along with the Board of Directors 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:
- Training Surfaces. This summer Crystal Mountain is investing millions of dollars to install a state of the art snowmaking system from the base area up above the bases of the Forest Queen and Rainier Express lifts. If you haven’t been up there believe us when we say it is a sight to behold. CMAC will be able to take advantage of these improvements in predictability and length of the ski season. While Gold Hills snowmaking is not currently included in the build out, we will continue to work with Crystal Mountain to do what we can to make this happen in the future. We continue to work with Crystal Mountain to improve grooming on our dedicated training facilities.
- Talent Development. This year the club will continue to make a substantial investment in mental training and preparation. Program Director Alan Lauba will continue to drive improved coaching education and evaluation. Head FIS coach Scott Macartney 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. New this year will be a dedicated effort to “coach the coaches” to ensure that the appropriate techniques established by Alan and Scott are effectively and appropriately implemented at all program levels.
- Facilities. With proceeds from the auction and our Fund for Excellence (FFE), new facility improvements this year include decking and a start ramp for the start shack on Bull Run, as well as two new meeting shacks in the base area. These meeting shacks will provide coaches and athletes with additional facilities for meetings, video, and secure storage.
This year CMAC will host 11 days of home races, including the regional Evergreen Cup race (our “No Bull race”). To make this happen it takes a ton of volunteers. You can learn about how volunteering works at CMAC and the types of volunteer opportunities. Volunteer registration is open, and I want to thank you in advance for your volunteer efforts which make ski racing possible. You can sign up to volunteer here.
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.
Brian Janssen Alan Lauba
Chair, CMAC Board of Directors CMAC Program Director
List of all members of the Board of Directors