Our Mission...To Educate & Inspire Young Athletes
|Coach Doug with the Ski Sundown U12s at the Summit
Registration opens one week from today!
If you'd like to hop on the ELITEAM train this Summer, mark next Saturday, January 19th on your calendar. Registration officially opens at 8am on the 19th. (More details below.)
Please be aware of two big changes this summer. We will not be offering a Girls Power Camp (although we hope to bring it back in 2020) and the Europa Cup camp has been changed to a
day camp this year and is open to athletes ages 8-12.
Another exciting change is the addition of Kalen Griffin who will be our Registration Manager. She will be your "go-to" for any and all registration information and updates. Read more about Kalen below.
Doug was on the road over the Holidays and visited two Ski Clubs back East. During his visits he had the pleasure of seeing many ELITEAMers on-snow. We rarely get to see our ELITEAMers ski, so it was extra special for Doug to rip some turns with the ELITEAM athletes! (More on his adventures below.)
With several months of racing ahead, athletes will inevitably run into a variety of race day distractions along the way. At camp we often talk about how to handle these distractions, so we thought a little refresher would help. Below is an exercise on how to practice dealing with race day distractions.
Lastly, if you like noodles, chicken and veggies, try our ELITEAM Pad Thai recipe. It's packed with good nutrition, so your racer can fly through the gates the next day!
Happy New Year and best of luck to all of our ELITEAM racers this season!
Kelley & Doug Lewis
In this Newsletter...
- 2019 Camp Dates
- Welcome Kalen! New Registration Manager
- 2019 Registration Information
- Doug Skis with Tri-State Ski Clubs
- How to Deal with Distractions
- ELITEAM Pad Thai
|Join us in 2019!
2019 Camp Dates
World Cup Overnight Camps:
World Cup 1: July 8-13
World Cup 2: July 15-20
Location: Waitsfield, VT @ GMVS
Europa Cup Day Camp:
This is a DAY Camp!!!
Europa Cup: July 25-28
Daily: 8:30am- 4:30pm*
Location: Waitsfield, VT @ GMVS
Cost: $625 (lunch included)
*Camp will end at 3pm on the final day, to allow for extra travel time home.
New ELITEAM Registration Manager
Please Meet New ELITEAMer Kalen Griffin!
Kalen grew up in the lovely little town of Lake Placid and learned to ski on Whiteface Mtn. She went to Northwood School and while there was a three-sport athlete, excelling in soccer, skiing and lacrosse.
She graduated from SLU with a BS in Geology and a minor in Sports and Exercise studies and was on the ski team all four years.
Since graduating, she worked for Teton Valley Ski Education Foundation (TVSEF) at Grand Targhee Resort as their Head U10/12 Alpine Coach. She recently relocated to Park City, Utah and now works
for Park City Ski and Snowboard Team as a U14 coach.
We're excited to bring Kalen on-board to help with ELITEAM's registration this year. Welcome Kalen!
2019 Registration Information
... one week from today!
ELITEAM Registration information:
2019 Registration opens next Saturday, January 19th @ 8am. We sometimes have an overflow of athletes who would like to register for our camps. When that happens, it is necessary to hold a Registration Lottery. To participate in the Lottery, submit an "Enrollment Request" online, anytime January 19th-21st (Sat-Mon).
Following the Lottery, all subsequent "enrollment requests" will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis for any remaining spots or for the wait list.
Jan. 19-21: Submit "Enrollment Requests".
Jan. 25: All Camp Lists & Waiting Lists will be posted online.
Jan. 26: Camp Confirmations will be sent.
Jan. 27: Wait List Notifications will be sent.
Feb. 1st: Last day to decline your child's Camp Registration and receive a full refund of your deposit.
For additional Registration Information and Policies,
Doug's Tri-State Ski Club Trip
Doug Visits Ski Sundown and WMRT
In between announcing the World Cups for NBC over the Holiday break, Doug traveled to two Ski Clubs back East to coach their junior racers.
Doug's first stop was Ski Sundown, home to tons of ELITEAMers, and more than 600 vertical feet of fun-filled terrain. The weather was perfect and the snow was awesome. It was a great day of slalom drills and exploring the mountain, ending with a fun Nastar Challenge. Doug was able to ski a few runs with ELITEAMers Kristina, Sofia, Regan, Micah, Mikaela, and Maddie!
Then it was off to Wachusett Mtn Race Team in Massachusetts. Doug skied with every group from the U10s up to the U16s. A tough, hard surface made the drills challenging, but rewarding. Many gains were made by many athletes that day!
A big thank you to Andrew McNealus from the Green Mtn Valley School for coming along to help coach and inspire the young racers! Andrew brought some cool drills and big energy to the ski days.
Thanks also to both Sundown and WMRT for hosting Doug and bringing the ELITEAM spirit of hard work and fun to your Clubs. A highlight at both stops were the "Burpee Races" in ski boots!
If you're interested in having Doug visit your Ski Club this Winter, give us a shout!
|Distraction Training is Key
Distractions are the enemy of performance.
External distractions like bad weather, a delay, tough rival opponents, or even your parents and teammates, can get in the way of your preparation and schedule. Internal distractions like fear, nerves and stress affect your movements and flow and can stop you in your tracks. Both will take focus away from what you need to do to succeed - which is to focus on skiing your best.
The ANSWER - Have a plan for all distractions.
Thinking about and having a plan for a variety of distractions is the first step. Then practicing the plan during training will make it become a skill you can count on. If you know what you will do in every situation, there will be no surprises, distractions or doubts so you can continue to perform without hesitation.
On-hill distraction exercise.
Choose a distraction like "Crazy Loud Teammates" and practice handling that distraction during a training session. Enlist your coach and teammates to help. For "Crazy Loud Teammates" day, have all of your teammates near the start making lots of noise and trying to distract you before each training run. You will need to have a plan to take the distraction out of play. For example, take a few quiet moments away from the start to do your warm up and visualization. Get into the start, repeating a "cue word" that helps keep you focused. Take control of your breathing and focus only on the first gate. Everyone is different, so experiment with a variety of approaches to figure out what works best for you. It will be hard the first few times, but having a plan and practicing it, will make it much easier on race day.
You can do this with other distractions as well: Being late to the start, delay in the gate, stripping down too early and being cold, needing to borrow your coach's poles, etc.
|Pad Thai to Win!
We just made this recipe a few nights ago and it's one of our favorites! We love Pad Thai, but when you order this at a restaurant, you never know exactly what you're getting. Although it may be quite tasty, the quality of ingredients and nutritional profile can often be less than ideal if you're focused on health and good nutrition.
Fortunately, if you do a little digging, there is always a healthier at-home version of your favorite meals. Below is one we found a few years ago that tastes great and includes plenty of healthy ingredients. Whenever possible, shoot for organic ingredients and customize this recipe by varying the amount of chili powder and garlic according to your tastes, and/or adding extra veggies. Below is the basic recipe.
Makes 4 servings
2-inch piece of ginger root, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 TBSP chili powder
Juice of 1 lemon
3 TBSP tamari (or Bragg's Liquid Aminos)
3 cups organic carrot juice
Pinch of paprika
Pinch of sea salt
Thai Sauce Directions:
1. In a food processor, puree the garlic and ginger.
2. In a sauce pan, lightly heat the sesame oil and add the ginger and garlic. Saute for about 5 min.
3. In the food processor, grind the sunflower seeds to a course meal.
4. Put the ground sunflower seeds and the rest of the ingredients into the sauce pan.
5. Bring ingredients to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes.
6. Add Thai Sauce to stir-fry.
3 cups pad thai rice noodles (generally 1 package/box)
3 handfuls organic chopped greens (bok choy, swiss chard, kale, spinach)
Optional- more veggies! Ex. carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, etc.
2 cups bean sprouts
1 lime, cut into 4 wedges
1 small handful cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup peanuts, chopped and lightly roasted (optional)
Chicken, Shrimp or Tofu.
Stir Fry Directions-
1. Soak the noodles in warm water for about 15 minutes.
2. Put the greens in a wok and add the Thai Sauce. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Toss the soaked noodles with these ingredients, add in your cooked protein (and extra veggies), and continue to simmer until noodles are soft, about 2 minutes.
4. Remove from heat and serve. Garnish with fresh bean spouts, cilantro, lime and roasted peanuts.
Recipe adapted from Total Wellness Cleanse Recipe Guide
Kelley & Doug Lewis