Welcome to the Race Season

January 4, 2019

Welcome all Development, Interclub and Tristate families to the 2019 ski season from the Butternut Race Club. The Butterut Race Club is a non-profit organization run by a group of parent volunteers. Your membership in the club is automatic if you have a child enrolled in one of the race programs. The club is here to support the mountain’s race program. (Think of the Race Club as your school PTA.) The current Board is made of up 10 members and includes Parents, Coaches, the Director of Racing (Greg Knight) and Butternut’s General Manager (Dick McCann). Please reach out to any of the Board Members if you are looking to get involved, have questions, want advice, etc. You can reach us directly at butternutrace@gmail.com. We will be organizing family socials, offering race club merchandise, organizing volunteers for home races, fundraising, mentoring families new to the race world, and purchasing equipment to further support coaching and athlete development.

In the past year your fundraising dollars have been put to good use! The club has supported the the following items: covered the costs for coaches to attend post season events with athletes that qualified, subsidized the cost of the new team jackets, a start tent acquired for home races, a club insurance policy, the annual Race Club sticker that athletes receive at the end of the season, the white board and mailbox that have been mounted to the video building, heaters for the hand timers at races, additional warming capes for the athletes to use at the top of a race course, jacket bags used to bring clothing down from the start, USSA Alpine Pocket Guide for coaches, subsidized the cost of family socials, purchased drills and batteries to set gates, and the very important muffins and coffee for registration at the home races. The Board also advocated for and worked directly with the mountain to upgrade the speakers and we look forward to everyone being able to hear the announcer at our home races!

Here’s to a wonderful new year and a successful ski season!
Jess Musiak, President
Jay Sprigman, VP
Kim Lussier, Secretary
Bev Stotz, Treasurer
Dick McCann, General Manager
Greg Knight, Director of Racing
Craig Zolan
Dan Smick
KK Kozik
Ann Wool

MANDATORY INTERCLUB PARENT MEETING

Sunday Jan 6 at Drop Off Area
9am – Families new to the program
12:30pm – Returning families
Meeting will be held with Greg Knight, Director of Racing and is mandatory that a parent for each athlete attends. If you cannot attend the appropriate meeting, please come to the other meeting.  

The meeting will be short and provide necessary information for the season.
Several Board Members will also be on hand after the meeting to answer questions.

VOLUNTEER

Many hands make light work!  There is no shortage of opportunities to help out all season long: 2 home races (U12/14 on Jan 13 and Interclub on Jan 27), baking or working the annual bake sale, working to get items for the silent auction and raffle, working one of the family socials, etc. Positions on and off the snow. The expectation is that every athlete has an adult that volunteers at least once during the season
Click here to see a list of jobs.

The immediate volunteer need is for the U12/14 race on Jan 13. Please sign up on our site here.

CITIZENSHIP & REMINDERS FOR ATHLETES

The mountain management has asked us to remind parents and athletes that the ski school line is only to be used during the hours the program is in session. If getting in line to go to lunch, please use the regular lift line. Please do not ski through the private lesson area on your way to the meeting spot which is located near the bottom of the walkway to the upper lodge. And finally, please be mindful of speeds at the base area.

FAMILY SOCIALS – SAVE THE DATES

Sat Jan 12 – 3:30-5:30 – Family Social
Join us in the upper lodge for cocktail hour and snacks. Spend time with your athlete’s coaches, meet other race families, ask questions of the Board

Sat Mar 9 – End of Season Social & Fundraiser
Dinner, Silent Auction, Raffle
The biggest fundraiser of the season
New and improved raffle – shorter in length and bigger prizes!

MERCHANDISE

Support the Butternut Race Club and purchase merchandise – hats, ski straps and Spyder insulators are available at the Race Club online store all season, until supply runs out.

Didn’t get to order a t-shirt or sweatshirt? We will be doing another run mid-January for delivery in February. Details coming soon.

Love the new team coat but didn’t order one? They are warm and dry! We will be ordering again in late Feb/early March for delivery in November 2019.  Details to come.

We need many volunteers for the U12/U14 Slalom race being held at Butternut on Sunday, January 13. Please volunteer by signing up for a position on our sign-up sheet now – so we don’t have to draft you later. No experience is necessary for any of the positions.

1. Butternut Race Club – check out the website often
The Butternut Race Club (BRC) is a group of parent volunteers (like your school PTA) that supports Butternut’s race program.  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.

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

  • Items to note, all racers (Interclub & Tri-state) need a full coverage helmet that has hard ear covers. 
  • U14 & Older athletes (born in 2006 and later) 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!

T-Shirt and Sweatshirt Pickup

December 23, 2018

The t-shirts and sweatshirts previously ordered will be available for pickup today at 2:30 at the video shack at the bottom of the race hill. 

If you can’t make it today, please email butternutrace@gmail.com to make arrangements for pickup. 

Final opportunity to order 2019 t-shirts and sweatshirts

Get your T-Shirt and Sweatshirts while you can! Ordering closes on December 3rd. We’ve already sold more than 75 t-shirts and sweatshirts and raised over $1,200 through these sales. This is your last opportunity to get these limited edition clothing items.

Last Chance for Survey Feedback

The deadline to take the survey and provide your feedback is December 3rd. We are hoping to get 100% participation. If you haven’t taken the survey look for the link in the Butternut Race email or in the Butternut Race Facebook group.

Tuning Clinic for TriState Parents and Athletes

In case you missed it in the last email, Stan Soja from Toko will be providing a clinic on Saturday, December 15th from  2:45-3:45pm in the Upper Lodge for TriState parents and athletes. All questions will be answered for novice and experts alike. A session for Interclub parents will likely be scheduled for the future.