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  • 27 Feb 2021 12:24 PM | CMAC (Administrator)

    As we enter mid-season, I would like to congratulate our Junior racers on their performances so far this season. As a team CMAC leads the NW Cup team standings, and the U16 team also leads the team standings. We have a great group of racers! The U14's go to Spokane this week, we wish them well, and hope to continue the strong performances. 

    Here are a few highlights. 

    Our top Junior girls have been chasing the college girls and USST Development team out on the Elite level circuit and have been improving quickly.

    Annie Frohlich (Moved her ranking top 5 in the US in Giant Slalom for 16 year old girls) She has some top 5 regional scores amongst the college girls.

    Sydney Kraabel - Has not been on the NW cup, but traveling with Annie and chasing the college level girls and has been making steady progress.

    Our top Junior boys have been leading the NW Cup. Next up will be upper level FIS racing through the spring.

    Owen Snyder-Smith - 2nd place in the NW Cup SL standings.

    Graham Barwick - Winning NW Cup SG

    The U16 girls are strong, and many of them are just first year U16's

    Zoe Paek - Top 3 U16 standings and leads the NW SL standings

    Pipe Davis - 2nd Place U16 SG standings

    Quinn Dennehy 8th Overall U16 standings.

    Our U16 boys are improving quickly.  I expect them to perform well in our home race next week at Crystal!

    Win Flaggert - Leads the U16 Overall Mens standings

    Luke Vecchiet - 7th Overall U16 standings

    Good Luck the next few weeks! I hope to see lots of excellent skiing.

    See you on the hill.


  • 03 Dec 2020 12:36 PM | CMAC (Administrator)

    Recordings of the December 2, 2020 New Parents Meeting are now available:

  • 12 Mar 2020 5:14 PM | CMAC (Administrator)

    Thursday March 12, 2020 

    Dear CMAC community,
    As many of you may now be aware, the USSS has canceled all remaining ski and snowboard events for the remainder of the season in light of concerns around COVID-19:
     “U.S. Ski & Snowboard is also cancelling all sanctioned and scheduled events beginning Monday, March 16. This includes all club-level events for all disciplines and any unnecessary gatherings, including banquets, awards, and end of season presentations, etc. Expect further updates on future events, including U.S. Ski & Snowboard Congress.”
    We too at CMAC have been monitoring the situation closely in our state and have come to the unfortunate, but necessary, conclusion to follow suit.
    Similarly, we have been in discussions with our home mountain Crystal and although they are currently open for business, they are still trying to assess what the impact might be going forward on operations.
    In an abundance of caution, we have decided to enact the following changes in order to protect you, our coaches, our racers and their families:
    1. All training for U12 racers and below will be suspended immediately
    2. All training for racers in the Prep/Advanced Prep program will also be suspended immediately
    3. Mid-week training at the Summit will also be suspended as of today
    4. Training at Crystal this weekend for all age groups will be suspended
    The CMAC leadership will continue to work with the USSA, PNSA, Alterra management and internally to discuss next steps with regard to training for our race team  U14s and above.  Please stay tuned for additional communication as we work through these extraordinary times.
    As unfortunate as this is, CMAC has always been a family that takes care of its own and given recent events, feel that these are the right and necessary steps to keep us all safe. 
    Andrew Stines
    CMAC President

  • 26 Jun 2019 2:03 AM | CMAC (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Zach Derwin, Annaliese Frohlich, Oliver Loeser and Owen Snyder-Smith, the 2019-2020 recipients of Crystal Mountain Founders Club scholarships! Be sure to thank Founders Club members for their continued generosity towards CMAC athletes. Here is the official announcement

  • 01 Mar 2019 8:02 AM | CMAC (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the CMAC athletes who qualified for their 2019 championship series:


    • Zoe Paek
    • Winthrop Flaggert
    • Ben Albrecht
    • Tanner Stines


    • Annie Frohlich
    • Sydney Kraabel
    • Ella Skoglund
    • Chloe Vlases
    • Graham Barwick
    • Owen Snyder-Smith
    • Michael Guo
    • Ollie Loeser


    • Katie Holm
    • Evie Wright
    • Anna Gibbons
    • Zach Derwin
    • Lewis White
    • Wyatt Kray
  • 14 Sep 2017 5:36 AM | CMAC (Administrator)

    Here's a great write-up from KC Holm on their experience with online school. Thank you KC for putting this together!

    The Option of Online School for Ski Racers

    We all know that ski racing is a tough sport to balance with school, especially when a racer gets to higher levels in the sport and begins to travel extensively.  School administrators often have a difficult time approving 50+ absences in a given year.  Yet, this is the norm for high school aged kids who pursue the sport with vigor.  Many parents find that sending the racer to an academy is the only option for the student to work out the ski-racing and school balance.  Other people find that using online school options can achieve the same objectives.

    Our family has looked at these choices, and we have decided to pursue the online high school option.  Alan wanted me to write up an explanation about how this works, so here it goes...

    In the middle of Katie's Sophomore year, she was invited to a training trip to Croatia with the Western Region.  This trip would add another ten days to her already high number of days missed in the year.  The administrators at Katie's school have always been extremely supportive of her pursuits in racing, but it's tough to keep up with the class and to get the material from the teachers as necessary when traveling this much.  We decided to switch her to online school at the semester break.  We looked at many online schools and found the prices and curricula to vary quite a lot.  I spoke to the Director of the Picabo Street Academy in Park City about which online school they use, and I learned that Apex is their school of choice.  Apex has a reputation for providing a demanding curriculum, and it is NCAA approved.   Since graduating from an NCAA program provides the athlete with the option of racing in college, that is the better choice.  We spoke with our Vice Principal about getting started with Apex.

    Sumner High School has coordinated all of the details for Katie's online school programming.  Since SHS has an online classroom where many students go to take classes for credit recovery (or various other reasons), they already have the infrastructure to support a student's learning in this manner.  Most of the online students at Sumner High only do one or two classes online, but the supervisor and the desk-top computers are there all the time.  The supervisor helps the students to plan their schedules and to keep on track with the pace of the classes.  She also helps the students to coordinate their classes with the school's counselors.  She is not a teacher, however, so the students have a lot of work learning the material much more on their own than they would with a teacher in a classroom.

    The online courses have teachers, of course, but since all matters are communicated online, this is the tricky area for teenagers.  Asking the right questions requires  a high level of communication and sometimes the answers come back a day later.  These are challenges that we are still working through.  Tutors and Kahn Academy are two great methods to learn more about the subject areas.  For Katie, in-person tutors work the best, so we schedule those as needed.

    We feel so lucky that our school facilitates such a terrific option for Katie.  They have been so helpful! Katie is still a student at SHS, so she still goes to school whenever she's not traveling. She can go to dances, play a high school sport, and have the high school experience while living at home with mom and dad.  She can sign herself in and out at school, so we don't have to deal with arranging absences and the like.  Since I mentioned that the online schools have costs associated with them (above), I should mention that Sumner High has taken on that cost for us as well. 

    One final note is that Sumner switched from Apex to EdOptions, so that's what Katie uses now.  These two platforms offer the same type of schedule -- two classes at a time, completing a semester's worth of material in a 7-week period -- and they are both NCAA approved.  Katie finds them to be equally challenging.  

    I hope this write-up helps other CMAC parents who may be considering non-traditional schooling options for their racers.  We have been very pleased. 

    K.C. Holm


  • 30 Apr 2017 9:46 PM | CMAC (Administrator)
    Thanks to Piper O'Kane for producing the slide show!
    (See all the submitted photos here!)
  • 28 Apr 2017 9:45 AM | CMAC (Administrator)
    Check out the hundreds of photos submitted for the slideshow! What a great season!!

  • 01 Feb 2017 1:27 PM | CMAC (Administrator)

    Some updates from some of CMAC's top athletes...

    Ty Ellis has been invited to a National training project in Colorado. He will be training and racing SG and GS with the top U19’s in the country in late February.

    Katie Holm has been invited to go to Europe for a training camp and a couple races with the top girls in the Western Region.

  • 05 Nov 2016 2:24 PM | CMAC (Administrator)

    What a fun event and great start to the season!  On Friday evening, October 7, 2016, CMAC held its very first “Setting the Edge” Fun-Raiser Party with many of the CMAC parents, friends, alumni and sponsors attending. Thank you to our Director of Advancement, Laura Derwin and a host of volunteers for organizing this!  Here's the office report from the event: 

    CMAC's Fun-Raiser Event was a Huge Success!

    CMAC’s mission is "To be the Northwest’s premier ski racing program, developing athlete skills and character for life.”  Our mission received a huge boost at October’s “Setting the Edge” Fun-Raiser.  Thanks to the spectacular generosity of attendees, donors, the CMAC community, and a crew of fabulous volunteers, your club netted over $60,000!
    These funds will be utilized as part of CMAC’s “Fund For Excellence”.  This fund, separate from tuition, allows the board and coaches to make major improvements to our program and maximize the potential of each participant.  We will improve our coaching with modern video feedback and mental training.  We will (with the help of Crystal Mt.) pursue ideal training surfaces with snowmaking and grooming.  We will (again, with the help of Crystal Mt.) provide new facilities such as a race lodge.  We will do more to make sure that ski racing is fun for every racer and for every CMAC family.
    For those in attendance, and for those who weren’t, remember that your monetary donations are tax deductible, and in some cases, your employer may match funds dollar for dollar.  If your employer matches volunteer time, donations, etc., now is the time to submit those hours and funds for matching prior to the end of the year.
    Thanks again.  Our club has a fabulous sense of community and it was a blast being there.
    And a few special thank-yous: 

    • Some pretty spectacular items were offered up and purchased, of which we owe special thanks to an amazing group of Corporate Donors, including: Long Shadows Vintners, Schweitzer Mtn Resort, Porter Jensen Jewelers, O’Neills Mobile Marine & RV, Dr. Jim Taylor, Silver Skis Chalet, Ancestry Cellars, Crystal Mtn Hotels, Sturtevants, World Cup Skier Service Center, Verve Coffee Roasters, Spyder, Sun Peaks Grande Hotel, Stor-A-Ski, POC, Summit at Snoqualmie, Fairwood Golf & Country Club, Xevo Optics, Steven’s Pass, Washington Tractor, Westland Distillery, Mrs. Cooks-U Village, QFC, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Town & Country Markets, Delfino’s Chicago Pizza, Woodinville Whiskey Co, Derby Hair Salon, Swink Style Bar, McLendon Hardware, Albertsons, and PVA Camps
    • Many thanks to our Friends of CMAC for their generous donations: Lisa Edwards & Guy Granger, Peter Iverson (K2), Mike Lough (Xevo Optics), Kent Fisher & Barb Richardson, Amanda Juris, Jack Menashe, Ted Hayes (Sled Dog Photo), Leslie Kazmarski (Nordstrom), Nancy & Joe Waldmann (PJ Jewelers), Mike & Rachel Hubbard, Paul Kendall, and Barry Zamzow  
    • No event can be run successfully without the help of VOLUNTEERS!  In this case, our “Fun-Racers” really excelled!  These CMAC Racers really stepped up and showed their true volunteer spirit that evening for the benefit of their team: Izzy Buck, Zach Derwin, Katy Holm, Sydney Janssen, Olivia Kull, Jake Niemann, Ashleigh Ohara, Piper Okane, Claire Turner, Willi Vipond and Sara Wurden
    • Finally, we’d like to recognize the following CMAC Families, who either volunteered and/or donated in some way, shape or form … a lot or a little … big or small, it all make a difference: Baldwins, Bigatels, Buckners, Bucks, Cohens, Dennehys, Derwins, Ellis’, Frazzinis, Guos, Higgins, Holms, Honeybones, Janssens, Krivens/Frolichs, Lafrenieres, Laubas, Lindsays, Lowers, Macartneys, McNabbs Moores, Nieders, Niemanns, O’Kanes, Oharas, Ringers, Schoenings, Schoenstadt, Stamnes’, Stines’, Thomsons, Vlases’, Viponds, Whites, Wrights and the Wurdens.
    If you missed out on the evening, or if you were in attendance and got to experience the evening first hand, a fun night was no less had by all!  The evening started with a festive Happy Hour accompanied by Live Music, a Silent Auction and then moved on to Dinner, The Live Auction, a rising speech by Jilyne Higgins and a spirited “Dessert Dash”.
    Thank you to all for being a part of CMAC’s very first “Setting the Edge” Fun-Raiser.
    The Setting the Edge Fun-Raiser & Auction Team

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