Pre-Season News

September 24, 2017

Happy Fall Everyone!

To kick-off the 2017-2018 race season, we would like to update you about our Sunday October 8th Full Day Race Program Event for our race community.  We plan to offer Dryland Training with Doug Lewis as well as launch our first ever Race Fit Day (Rain or Shine) so that you can purchase the perfect equipment for your racer while interacting directly with manufacturers’ reps while saving lots of money! 
First, may we say there is no time like the present for registering your racer for Butternut programs. To complete online registration go to to register for Development, Interclub and Tri-state.  Please note extended hours have been added to our Tristate program.

The Dryland programs and Fit Day sale are for registered racers only and are included in the full season registration fee.  You risk standing in a long line at the Butternut office if you choose to register on October 8th, so do yourself a favor and register early online!

Below is an outline of the day’s events so you can plan accordingly for Sunday October 8th.

8:30AM-12:00PM  Fit Day with Manufacturers’ Reps on the lower lodge deck RAIN OR SHINE.  Coffee and nutritious treats from Doug Lewis will be served!

Manufacturers’ reps from Rossignol, Atomic, Volkl, Dalbello, Marker, POC and Toko will be on hand  to customize a package for your racer(s).  This is a fantastic opportunity (and first time at Butternut) to get the best service at the lowest prices for Butternut racers only. You need to allow about an hour to order equipment, so come early and enjoy coffee and muffins while interacting directly with the manufacturers’ reps. The first 15 people will receive a headlamp to use for the twilight hike later in the day with Doug Lewis.  If you arrive late, you risk standing in line and may miss the opportunity to ask questions to the reps directly.

12:00-1:00PM  Bring a bagged lunch for your racers so they can eat before the Dryland session with Doug Lewis starts.  Everyone will meet in the Instructors’ Lounge to eat lunch together with Doug and learn about the importance of good nutrition for athletes.  Bring a bagged lunch since no other food will be available at the mountain.

1:00PM – 1:30PM Doug Lewis Opening Remarks and Start of Dryland (Rain or Shine) Doug will make opening remarks for parents and coaches and begin his Dryland Clinic at 1:30PM.  Sign up here   so we can get a headcount of athletes by September 30.

2:45PM: USSA Alpine Training System Discussion with Martin Guyer (former East Coast Coordinator for USSA and current head U14 coach at Green Mountain Valley School) will present to coaches and parents on the USSA Alpine Training System.  This is system that has been constructed with the long term development of athletes in mind.  At Butternut we embrace this philosophy and system utilizing the USSA sports scientists and coaching methodology in all our race programs. 

4:00PM-6:00PM  Club Social. Parents will convene first at 4PM  Doug and athletes will join at 5PM. All are welcome to climb the Mountain at dusk  (approximately 6:30PM) –please  bring flashlights or headlamps.  See you all for this exciting full day at Butternut on Sunday October 8th!  Please sign up here  to pay $5 per person in advance.  Pre-registration is due by Sept 30 to ensure adequate light food will be served (hors d’oeuvres and sandwiches, beer, wine and beverages).

Race Tuning. The club has secured a discount for race tuning from Peak Performance ski shop in Killington, VT. It is one of the few shops in the east that can perform a true race tune. In fact ski manufacturers will be using their facility to tune skis ahead of the World Cup races at Killington. Get your existing or new skis properly tuned to start the season. We will be collecting skis to be shipped to the Peak shop on the Dry-land and Fit Day October 8th.  Click here for more info on the tuning services. If you are planning on sending skis, please let us know here.

Save the date on Saturday November 11th for our next Dryland session featuring Dr. Jim Taylor, Psychology of Ski Racing.  Learn more about Dr. Jim at

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