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May 2020

What's in this email:
U16 States Recap
U14 States Recap
VARA Instagram Challenge Winner

Coming up:
USS Awards
COVID 19 Resource Links
Summer Education Series Emails
News and Info
And more.....
U16 Women - Top 3 Overall
  1. Mackenzie Leach - BMA
  2. Eliza Sullivan - SMS
  3. Molly Queally -GMVS

Congratulations to all the VARA U16 State Championship participants. Thanks to Burke Mountain for generously providing an excellent venue and to and the Burke Mountain Academy for hosting three days of great racing. A tremendous amount of work and volunteer hours are involved in organizing a championship event. The competition was, as expected, tough, and resilient. From bib one throughout the entire field, all the competitors showed their best selves and persevered through demanding conditions.

Thank you to our event sponsors! The top three for all events enjoyed handmade Nordica-Ski Coat Racks! Admin Ski Racing provided the top three overall with prize money to help with expenses.

Scroll down to find U16 States

U16 Men Top 3 Overall
1.Manuel Horwitz - BMA
2.Pedro Holscher- SMS
3.Dominic Shackleton - BMA
Top 10 Women- U14 Booster Strap U14 State Championships
SG Podium
Okemo Mountain Resort
Congratulations to all the competitors who raced at Okemo.
The U14 States Standing can be found at this  link  under the "Vermont Championship Series".

Many thanks to Booster Straps, ELITEAM, Okemo Resort, OMS, Okemo Competition Center, OMARA, and to all parents and Volunteers for a great weekend!
Top 10 Men- U14 Booster Strap U14 State Championships
SL Podium
Okemo Mountain Resort
It is so very unfortunate and unfair that post- season events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 Virus. However, VARA competitors should know, you were not alone in this abrupt ending. Hard working athletes across the globe were affected. There are many things to be psyched about from your season! Hopefully you are keeping a list and they are posted on your wall. This circumstance is a challenge (one of many to come) in your life, that you will overcome and return ready to roar!

It has been a encouraging to see the unique and creative ways VARA member athletes and programs have been dealing with social distancing which has restricted the ability to train together. Programs have been sharing nutrition info as well as training tips to do in your living room and yard. Athletes have been posting lots of cool hobbies and started new businesses. Being resourceful and making the most of a tough situation is ingrained in a ski racers psyche. You got this!

Its important to continue to stay in touch with your coach and teammates. Check in show support and reach out if you are in need. Remember to be kind as we all venture through this uncharted territory!

Reminder... to keep your eyes peeled for VARA's Instagram - we are posting some fun challenges and giving away awesome SWAG.... $550 worth of TOKO product is shipping to the most creative backyard ski photo or video, congrats to @mooshumacky!! Check out the video on VARA's Instagram @v.a.r.a_ and keep checking for more opportunities to score cool stuff! Thanks @toko_nesales for the support!
Another TOKO product challenge coming soon.
#varaproud #thewholeathete
Vermont Alpine Racing Association