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Welcome to the 2013 Mighty Mite Prep program! This season we are changing our age group classes
to the new "U" system, now implemented with the USSA. The classes will be structured as follows:
U-10 (ages 7, 8, 9)
U-12 (ages 10-11)
Ages 12-13 will be in a new U-14 program, "Advanced Prep". Please see the link on this page for more information.
Here's what to expect for the coming season:
Get to the mountain early in the season for several "warm up" days. It is very important that you ski as many days as possible before we start on Jan. 5th. We recommend a minimum of 3 days of skiing prior to our first training day. Our first runs together will be a time for the coaches to assess each skier’s ability and match them to a compatible group, so we want to see each skier at his/her "best" skiing technique when we start out. Your warm up days are also an important time to work out any problems with gear, get comfortable with the runs, and get into a “routine” before starting the Prep program.
We do have certain ability levels required to participate in the Prep program. Parents should ski with their child for a few days pre-season to make sure they are able to meet these skill level requirements. All skiers need to be strong and capable enough to hike/skate on their own from our meeting location at the CMAC Shack to the lifts in a reasonable amount of time, and should not require any assistance loading or unloading the lifts. Skiers need to be confident skiing down the main part of Lucky Shot and Gold Hill, in most types of conditions, with skis parallel most of the time. As an introductory race program, our training methods do not make it possible for us to admit skiers who are still making wedge/ snowplow turns. If any of these requirements are challenging or slow, please contact me immediately so we can help you make a proper assessment. Any skiers who are not yet able to participate at these levels will be released and asked to try again the following season. Your honest assessment of your child’s skill level will help us all avoid this potential disappointment. If you have any concerns, please contact me and we can try to make a quick run together prior to our first day.
New to Prep?
We will have a welcome meeting/ Q&A in Seattle in November. Our Coaches, Staff, and Board will be there from 7-8:pm to share with you the latest information and news you will need before our season begins, and answer any questions you may have. More details on our website.
As a CMAC member you may be eligible for discounts on certain ski products, including goggles, gloves, sunglasses, boot warmers and dryers, ski socks and base layer clothing. This program is open to racers and their family members as part of a "group order". Please email me for ordering information and website password. Used equipment can be found on our Classified web page.
Please let us know if your email address or contact information changes, as most of our communications are done by email. We will be sending notices to the primary email used on your application. Please contact us or list any secondary email addresses you may wish to use and we will add it to our mailing list.
In the coming weeks I will be sending several emails to help you prepare
for the start of the Prep season on January 5th. I will let you know what
to expect on your first day, and your coach's name. Please be sure to
watch your emails, or check the website for updates.
Please also join our Facebook group at:
This is a great way to share comments and photos, connect with other families, ask questions, and get additional updates from your coaches!
I hope you enjoy the holidays and I look forward to seeing all of you on the mountain
January 7th !