March Club Update

Hi everyone! 
This is my favorite time of the year. The snow is amazing and plentiful, the sun shines a whole lot more than it did in December or January, the days are noticeably longer, and we’re all anticipating the nerves, joy, and adrenaline of championship season. This is where the rubber hits the road! 
That being said, we’ve all been at this for A Long Time already this winter. There are some athletes in the program who are totally exceeding their own expectations for the season. And there are kids and families in the program who have tried their hardest and just come up a little short on your aspirations for the season. 
That’s okay !! 
Did you guys know that Ted Ligety didn’t even make it to the equivalent of U14 Easterns as a U14? (I’m sure there are corollaries on the freeski, freestyle, snowboard side too, so someone please give me some nuggets to use in the future!) Ted was always a little guy, and as a kid he just got beat all the time by the bigger, stronger kids. Happily, for all of us, and for him, he never got too discouraged by his lack of results as a kid, and just kept LOVING skiing. Seriously, the guy loves to ski, more than almost anyone I’ve ever met. He kept working at it, having a blast every time he got to go skiing, and eventually his hard work pays off. It’s way too easy in this Mikaela Shiffrin era to think that if you don’t have wins at every age that you’re doing something wrong, but even within our own National system there are examples of top athletes from all different early trajectories. Ultimately all you can do it keep the excitement high every time you get to the mountain and keep being joyful with your friends and family. If you’re having fun every day, you’ll always be getting better. 
If you are where you were hoping to be heading into Champs season, we are SO proud of you! And if you’re not, we’re still so excited, because it means you’re going to turn all that motivation into progress for the rest of this season and into next. There’s a ton of competition ahead of us for the next month, and, as I said above: this is the best time to ski like crazy. Snow, sunshine, fun, daylight. Have fun out there, everyone! 
See you soon,

Save the Date:
Alumni Mixer - Saturday, March 23rd
BBTS BASH - Saturday, March 30th
WVBBTS Annual Meeting - Saturday, March 30th
SAT Prep Camp - June 23rd - 28th
Waterville Athletic Calendar:

February 15th-17th - Rosemary Bowl
March 15th +16th - U.S. Freestyle Championships
March 23rd-25th - U.S. Alpine Nationals
March 27th-29th - U.S Junior Nationals
March 30th - Dan Bean Memorial GS

March is going to be an busy month at Waterville Valley, as we will help host three National Championship events this month!
Below are some details about what will be happening at WV this month

March 15th-16th- U.S. Freestyle National Championships
Men's & Women's Moguls and Dual moguls held on Lower Bobby's Run

March 23rd- 25th - U.S. Alpine National Championships
Men's & Women's SL and GS held on World Cup

March 27th- 29th - U.S. Alpine Junior Championships
Men's & Women's SL and GS held on World Cup

There are still opportunities to Volunteer for these events! Some opportunities do count toward BBTS credits, while others can earn you mountain vouchers!
The following link has more information about volunteering
Alumni Mixer

Hey, Janet Osterlind! Fred DeBaets! Jodi Siegel-Blakeman! 
Yo, Wes Preston! Jason Guilbert! Alex (Fucigna) Green! 
We see you all out there, WVA/BBTS ALUMNI! 
We want to celebrate all the generations of athletes who have come and gone through our program, and we need your help!  We’re having an alumni gathering on Saturday, March 23rd and we are asking for your help in getting the word out ! Please share the event on Facebook, or through your (real live in-person) social networks. Let’s see which “generation” is most well represented, and let’s get some BBTS pride going! We can’t wait to connect! 

Saturday March 23rd 4:30- 9 at the Waterville Valley Golf Course! It will be an exciting weekend in the Valley as BBTS will help host the 2019 U.S Alpine National Championships! Come watch the best of the best compete, and then come down and see your old teammates and friends!

U.S Alpine Nationals Vests Order!

We will be selling Patagonia Vests to commemorate U.S Alpine Nationals!

Check out the Patagonia Website for Sizing

Pre - Order Pricing
Adult $125
Kids $115

To place your order please fill out the below form for each vest you intend to order.

Orders need to be pre-paid , either by sending a check to P.O Box 277, Waterville Valley NH, 03215 or by the payment function on Ski Club Pro.
Saturday, March 30th. 3 P.M in the BBTS clubhouse
All members are invited to participate, please make every effort to attend!

Agenda for the meeting
1. Report the state of the club
2. Election of Trustees
3. Other business

See the attached file below for more information about the meeting and proposed Board of Trustees

Meet the Coaches:
Christina Kirkwood
Head Mitey Mites Coach
I guess you can say that skiing and racing are in my blood because I started skiing at the age of two! Growing up I skied every weekend and all of my school holidays during the winter. When I was old enough I began racing and instantly loved it. During college I decided to stop racing and began to coach at Hunter Mountain in New York, and I have been coaching ever since. I love working with children and I love skiing!
When I'm not skiing you can find me either hiking, running, and spending time with my family. This past fall I completed my second marathon by running the Marine Corp Marathon. This was an amazing race that I hope one day to run again. This spring and summer I am going to return to my favorite distance of the half marathon. Let's see how many I can run!! My son Alex and myself are trying to hike all the 4,000 footers and we plan to hike the Presidential Range this spring/summer. Overall, I love being outside and being active.

Follow us on social media!
We've got WVA and BBTS athletes in the full swing of the season, so please check out our Instagram channels for photos and updates: @watervillevalley.bbts, @watervillevalleyacademy, and @wvafreeski and tag us in your photos!