Dear Interclub Parents & Athletes:

Welcome to the Butternut 2020-2021 Interclub race program! I know we are all excited to get out and ski. A lot of important information below. 

The first day of training is Saturday December 26th.   The schedule this year will be a different due to Covid and limited use of the lodges.

Interclub Practice runs from 9:00am through 1:00pm.  (There is no break for lunch.)

  • Please arrive at 8:45am to check in.
  • Please pick your athlete up promptly at 1:00pm.

In preparation for Training:

  1. Please try to pick up your athletes’ season pass before Saturday. If not please arrive well before 9:00AM as the season pass window will be busy!
  2. Bring a snack and water Labeled with athlete name. Coaches will have bins at the race building for storage.  Coaches will work independently for breaks so large groups are not all there at the same time.
  3. Dress warmly – It will be cold Saturday morning! Hand warmers are good idea.
  4. Athletes will be required to have at least 1 mask Multiple masks are recommended as they get wet.

 For Saturday Morning:

  1. General meeting spot for Interclub is at the tree on the Main Street side of the video building at the Base.
  2. Groups will be organized by age-
  • New Race Families: Check in with staff with the clipboards (Rol,  Elie, and Jess)  
  • Returning Race Families: Each coach will be holding up a sign with an age, please meet the coach holding up your athletes age to check in with them. 
  1. Arrive at 8:45am. Groups will be heading to lifts at 9:00am.  If your child misses their group, they will need to wait at the bottom and be picked up when the group comes back down the mountain.  Kids should NOT head to the lift to try to catch their groups.

 General Mountain Information:

  • All athletes are to get ready in their cars or come with their ski clothes and boots on
    • If you have to get changed in the lodge, you are allowed 15 minutes and your bag must be returned to your vehicle
    • There is NO bag storage in the lodge
  • The drop off area by the Upper Lodge is closed this year.
  • Parking this year will certainly be different as families will be asked to use their vehicles as a “Base Lodge”. Please follow the guidance of the parking staff.
  • There is a limit to 2 people on a chair.
    • As a reminder, all Interclub athletes must be able to ride the chair on their own
    • For the younger athletes that may struggle putting the bar up or down, Butternut will have assistants staged at the lift lines whose sole job will be to ride up and down the lifts to help with the bar.
  • Butternut has put a lot of effort and safety protocols on protecting all of us.

If your athlete does not feel well, please do not bring them to practice

We need to protect our fellow athletes, coaches and Butternut employees.  Let us not be the reason skiing gets shut down.  If we all do our part, then we will have a successful and safe season.

See you all Saturday.

Sincerely

Greg Knight, Race Director

NEW 2021 SHIRTS & SWEATSHIRTS

10 more days to order! Butternut Race Club shirts & sweatshirts – now available for order through Custom Ink. Offered in a t-shirt, long-sleeve shirt and hooded sweatshirt. All products available in youth and adult sizes. T-shirt and long-sleeve also available in a women’s cut. With every purchase a small amount goes to the support the Butternut Race Club. 

Deadline to purchase is December 20th.  Items to be delivered mid-January.

Sweatshirts: $40 | T-shirts: $20 | Long Sleeve: $25

There will not be any extras, so you must order them by December 20th.

Additional team merchandise – hats, ski straps and more are available in the Race Club online store

Triststate: Please see note below from Race Director, Greg Knight, regarding the first day of training on Saturday Dec 12.

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HI Everyone:

I was just at the mountain and they have blown a lot of snow over the past 3 nights.  However it is not enough to open this weekend and given that it is predicted to warm up this weekend they made the decision to open for Friday the 18th.

We are going to practice on Saturday from 9AM-12PM.  We will do some dryland training and some on snow work.

Please bring the following:

  1. Mask– Will be sent home if you do not have one on!
  2. Running shoes and workout clothes
  3. Slalom Ski gear- No guards
  4. Bottles or water
  5. Healthy Snack

Your athlete will be able to change on the Cruise deck outside from ski boots to sneakers. 

Goals of the practice:

  • Introducing of coaches –  I will send out coaches contacts later
  • Introduction of this year’s rules, including social distancing measures we must follow
  • Getting athletes heart rate going and seeing what kind of shape they are in
  • Getting reacquainted back on snow with 2 or 3 exercises

If your athlete does not feel well when they get up Saturday morning please do not come to the area.

I know this is not what we all wanted but we are able to get on snow and get some kind of training in.  We are excited to see all the athletes.  I promise they will sleep well Saturday night!.

Sincerely:

Greg

Race Director

1. Butternut Race Club – check out the website often The Butternut Race Club (BRC) is a non-profit organization run by a group of parent volunteers (like your school PTA) that supports Butternut’s race program.  Every family with a child in the Butternut Race Program is a member of the club. You can find lots and lots of info on this website.  You can be alerted to when the site is updated by entering your email under the heading “Subscribe to Blog via Email” on the right side of the home page.

2. Weekly Emails- Read, read, read…..Every Thursday during the season you should receive an email from Butternut (the mountain) which will provide information regarding the training/racing for the upcoming weekend.  This email will include times, locations and necessary equipment needed for training.  Make sure you are receiving and reviewing these emails, and as with any sport relying on mother nature, last minute changes are anticipated. You can sign up for the mountain email at the bottom of this page. And, you should sign up to receive the BRC emails here. The club will send weekly emails during the season about socials, volunteering, team merchandise and will help relay information from the mountain.

3.US Ski & Snowboard Membership – MANDATORY FOR EVERY RACER – DO NOT WAIT UNTIL LAST MINUTE!! Every Interclub and TriState athlete must have an active USSA membership.  Please renew or sign up on the US Ski & Snoward site. Athletes should be registered as alpine competitors Region: Eastern Club: Butternut Ski Club Here you will also pay the Tristate dues ($30.00)

4.Race Registration – D0 NOT WAIT UNTIL LAST MINUTE!! Pre-registration for every race is required!   Mountains set their own deadlines as to when registration will close! Sign up for the races at Admin Ski Racing Either login with your info if you are returning or create a login if you are a new user. Go to race sign up  Division/Region: Tristate Eastern Then you select by mountain the races you want to register for

5.Tri-State Parents – visit the Tri-State Website For parents of racers in Tri-State visit its website which provides a ton of information about racing in Tri-State.  Become familiar with the rules of your child’s age group as they are very age specific.  Many questions can be easily answered on this website!

6.Equipment – make sure you have secured all equipment early in season! Equipment Rules can be found here (there have been no changes since the 18-19 season)

  • Items to note, all racers (Interclub & Tri-state) need a full coverage helmet that has hard ear covers. 
  • U14 & Older athletes (born in 2008 and earlier) need helmets that are FIS approved and have the approved designation sticker on the helmet. 
  • Rules on ski length and radius begin and continue for U14 skiers and older.

7. Volunteer.  Like any volunteer association the club is only as strong as its volunteer group!  Many hands make light work and volunteering is a great way to get involved and to meet new families!  There are many ways that you can volunteer throughout the season such as race day volunteers, socials or mentor programs.  Check out the club website’s volunteer page to see the opportunities.  

8.Race Day Athletes (and parents) eat breakfast, show up early and be ready on the mountain to meet your coach for inspection. Have cash as some mountains require a cash deposit for bibs ($20-$25 usually)  

9.Have your Child Set a Personal Goal Racers all have different levels of ability.  Help your child set realistic personal goals at the beginning of the season and assist them in working towards those goals!  Your child’s coach can certainly assist with creating a specific goal and helping your child achieve it.  

10.Have Fun!  Although a race program – remember the ultimate goal is to develop better skiers/racers, foster friendships and enjoy skiing as a family!

New Season Starts Now

November 21, 2019

RACE SCHEDULES

Schedules have been set and can be found HERE.
For convenience, the races are also loaded onto the Club’s Calendar.
Please remember, the schedule is subject to change.

NEW 2020 SHIRTS & SWEATSHIRTS

Cool new retro look for 2020! Butternut Race Club shirts are now available for order through Custom Ink. This year’s design is offered in a t-shirt, long-sleeve shirt and hooded sweatshirt. All products available in youth and adult sizes. T-shirt and long-sleeve also available in a women’s cut. 

With every purchase a small amount goes to the support the Butternut Race Club. Deadline to purchase is December 5th. Items can be shipped to you for a small fee, or delivered at no cost to Butternut with pick up days/times TBD (likely Dec 23/24). Items are expected to be delivered just prior to Christmas.

Sweatshirts: $40 | T-shirts: $20 | Long Sleeve: $25

There will not be any extras, so you must order them by December 5th.

Additional team merchandise – hats, ski straps and Spyder insulators are available in the Race Club online store. Coming soon and new for this season – team cow bells!

FAMILY SOCIALS
SAVE THE DATES

Sat Jan 11 – 3:30-5:30pm
Family Social

Join us in the upper lodge for cocktail hour and snacks. Spend time with your athlete’s coaches, meet other race families, and ask questions of the Board.

Sat Mar 7 
End of Season Social & Fundraiser

Dinner, Silent Auction, Raffle
The biggest fundraiser of the season.

TEAM JACKET PICK UP

The team jackets that were ordered in the spring will be available for pick up at the ski shop (during normal shop hours) the day the mountain opens.
The ski shop has a list of the jackets that were ordered. If you have a question about whether you ordered a jacket last spring email butternutrace@gmail.com.
If you did not order a jacket, the next order will open in late February and those jackets will be delivered for next ski season (arriving Dec 2020).