Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Boots and Skis are ready

We have received this year's shipment of HEAD and Nordica Jr. boots and race boots.  They are ready to try on, order, and purchase.  If you are able to attend the picnic this Sunday at noon, you will have first crack at the new gear!  We also purchased a limited supply of Jr. HEAD and Atomic race skis. These are multi-event skis sizes 110-140, suitable for ages 6-12 or so.  We ordered a limited supply of these skis, when they are gone, that's it.  We also have a decent variety of brand new and a couple slightly used boots from last year which will be on clearance.  We will have the ski shop open from noon-3pm this Sunday during the picnic and next week from noon-8pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Any equipment left will be place at our ski swap on Oct. 2-3.  Below are some pictures of the new gear....see you Sunday, don't forget to bring a side dish or dessert to share and your own beverages.  Thanks!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

2015 D-Team Picnic and Ski Boot Program

D-Team families,

Our annual fall picnic will take place on Sunday, September 27th at Welch Village Ski Area.  Please join us for this annual tradition where D-team families meet to officially usher in the D-Team season.  As always, please forward this email and invitation to any families you know who may be interested in joining the D-Team program this winter.

We will plan to eat lunch around noon.  Welch Village will provide the hot dogs, brats, buns, plates, dinnerware, and condiments.  We are asking all families to bring their own beverages and one dish to share (either a salad, side dish or dessert).  

At approx. 1pm, we will have some brief announcements/parent meeting to share D-team current events and exciting things to expect during the upcoming season. The meeting will take place in the lower level of the main chalet.  

2015/16  D-Team Ski Boot and Jr. Race Ski Info:

-          We are again offering a junior race ski boot and Jr race ski program this year.  The ski shop will be open during the picnic and we will have staff to size your kids if they need to ski boots.  Again, we will be carrying two brands:  HEAD and Nordica.  If you would like to order ski boots this season, you will need to get sized during the picnic and place your order at that time.  At least half of the price is required at the time of your order.  Prices will be available at the picnic for all boots and skis.

-          New this year, there is a limited supply of new Atomic and HEAD Jr. race skis for sale.  These skis will be in-stock at the time of the picnic and available for purchase.  This year, we are only offering  the multi-event type Jr race ski sizes for kids age 12 and under or so.  Eventually, we may offer a broader range of race ski sizes.

-          We still have a few pairs of brand new HEAD and Nordica junior race boots left over from last season at various sizes.  We will have these boots available during the picnic as well on clearance.

Please send as RSVP Reply to me if you will be attending the picnic with how many people in your family will be attending so we can order enough food. 

Thank you….winter is coming!

Peter Zotalis

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

2015 Picnic date mistake

We made a mistake in setting the picnic date for this fall.  The D-Team picnic will take place on SUNDAY, Sept. 27th, not Saturday, Sept. 26th.  We apologize for the confusion.  We need to keep Saturdays in the fall open for potential weddings.  As a result, we will stick with having the annual D-Team picnic on Sunday.  Again, this year's picnic will take place on Sunday, Sept. 27th.  More details coming soon...thanks.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Spartan Race & Spartan Kids Race this Saturday

I apologize if this is a little late notice but I am assuming that a lot of you already know that we are hosting the Spartan Race this Saturday.  Setup has been taking place since last Friday and this looks to be a very impressive event.  I myself have entered and I am looking forward to the challenge. In addition to the regular Spartan Race, there is a Kid's Spartan Race. It may be a fun way for some D-Team kids to "compete" at Welch is something besides ski racing.  There are two Kid's Races:  A 1/2 mile for ages 4-8 and a 1 mile for ages 9-13.  Both courses will have the kids running up and down hills, rolling in the mud, and going through several fun obstacles.  All three of my daughters are signed up and excited for the challenge (and the mud!). FYI...Spartan Race is charging for spectators as well as parking in addition to the fees for the races.  This is a Spartan event completely.  They are renting the venue from us and in charge of everything except food & beverage, Welch Village is doing that.

Here is the link to the main event page: http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/826/overview

Here is a link to the Spartan Kids page: http://www.spartankids.com/

I hope you enjoying your summer so far...remember...winter is just around the corner!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

2015/16 Picnic, D-Team Race Schedule, Dry-land training

Good morning D-Team families! 

The annual MSDL meeting took place at Afton Alps last night and we put together the 2015/16 race schedule.  Why wait until the fall to share this information with you?  So here it is...

Saturday Program Race Schedule:
Jan. 23 @ Wild Mountain
Feb. 6 @ Afton Alps
Feb. 20 @ Trollhaugen
Mar. 5th - Championship Race at Welch Village

Sunday Program Race Schedule:
Jan. 24 @ Trollhaugen
Feb. 7 @ Afton Alps
Feb. 21 @ Buck Hill
Mar. 6th - Championship Race at Welch Village

Also, please put Saturday, Sept. 26th on your calendar for our annual D-Team Picnic.  We will again be offering a ski boot program this year and will have staff present in our ski shop to size boots for all of the kids during the picnic.  More details on this event later this summer.

Finally, some of the coaches and I are considering a couple dryland training events on a few fall and maybe even summer weekends.  These would be free of charge simple gatherings here at Welch Village and would include things like biking on the Cannon Valley Trail, hiking/trail running on the hills, Slack-line, Slant-board training etc.  At the very least, it may be cool to get some of the kids together during the summer and fall outside of the hectic ski season.  I know one 8-year old who already misses her ski buddies.  Stay tuned...

If you have any questions about D-Team feel free to email me peter@welchvillage.com.  Otherwise, enjoy your spring & summer!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

2015 Championship Race Results & Final Announcements

First of all, on behalf of Welch Village Management, The Welch Village Race dept, and all the coaches, we would like to thank all of you for another great D-Team season.  It's a pleasure to coach your kids and spend 11 weekends with you during the winter on the slopes of Welch Village.  Congratulations to all D-team athletes in both the Saturday & Sunday programs for making huge improvements in your skiing throughout the season and for always demonstrating a high level of sportsmanship at the races.  Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the sport of skiing and to Welch Village Ski Area.  This 2014/15 group is unique because it will always be the D-Team class of Welch Village's 50th Anniversary Season!

Thank you parents for your help at practices, races, and supporting your kids and Welch Village with the D-Team program. Without your dedication as parents, this great family sport would not be possible.

We encourage all D-Team families to continue to ski for the remainder of the season, we are looking forward to several more weeks of great spring skiing.  As you are well aware...we have had several cold days in the last month or so and as a result, we still have a very deep base of snow.  Come down and enjoy it!

A few announcements and reminders:
  • For those of you who have not picked up your pictures, you can do so at the main ticket windows. We will also leave ribbons from races there for those of you who still have those.
  • We will again offer a junior race boot and race ski program next season.  At this time, we are again planning to carry Nordica & HEAD boots as well as HEAD Jr. Race skis.  We will also offer a lease program again too.  We still have some boots leftover and on sale in our rental shop right now! Stop in if you think your son/daughter will need boots for next season. 
  • We will continue to use this D-Team Blog for the main source of information through the summer and fall as well lead up to our annual picnic in September. 

Click Here for the Saturday Championship Race Results at Mount Kato
Click Here for the Sunday Championship Race Results at Afton Alps

Friday, February 27, 2015

Sunday D-Team Championship at Afton Alps Schedule & Map

CLICK HERE for the map and schedule for Sunday's Championship race at Afton Alps.  Good luck racers and have fun!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Free Night of Race Academy Training this Thursday (2/26)!

We would like to invite ALL Saturday & Sunday D-Team racers to join our Race Academy this Thursday evening for one last chance of gate training before the the final championship races of the season!

We will have two tall gate courses set on Lookout (one SL, one GS) from 6-8pm and two stubby courses (one SL & one GS) set on Fowl Play from 6-8pm for any Saturday or Sunday D-team to would like to take a few more runs in the gates.  We are also hoping to have a few of our coaches present to help on both hills.

We are going to try and run timing on Lookout for the tall gate courses.  PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO PETER@WELCHVILLAGE.COM no later than 1pm on Thursday if you know your son/daughter plan to come and train on Lookout so we can enter their names in the system.  Please include their first & last name in the email.  We will not having timing on Fowl Play, just two practice courses.

Again, this practice/gate practice session is open to all Saturday & Sunday athletes.  You will not be in your normal coaching groups with coaches on Thursdays.  Feel free to take as many laps as you want, we will have a few coaches around to help.  It's supposed to be chilly so come prepared for the cold weather.

We will be sending the information for the races this weekend as soon as we receive them from Mount Kato and Afton Alps.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Last weekend of practice; Open NASTAR for families!

This weekend is the last weekend of practice for the 2015/16 D-Team season.  All parent's and family members will also be given the chance to "race" this weekend too!  Both Saturday & Sunday, we will have NASTAR timing with 2 courses each on Lookout and Fowl Play from noon-2pm.  We will have one GS course and one stubby slalom course on Lookout and two stubby GS courses on Fowl Play.  Cost is $5 each for D-Team family members, registration will take place in the Vista Room.  All participants in the NASTAR courses must register beforehand. 

- For those of you who still haven't picked up and piad for your D-Team hoodies please do so in the Ski Shop asap.

- We have several ribbons from this year's races that still haven't been picked up.  We will have those in the Vista Room this weekend.

-I am still waiting to hear back from Kim Hoffbeck regarding pictures.  I will update the blog when I receive information on that.

Thanks and we'll see you this weekend!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Feb. 12 Annoucements

Here are few announcements:
  • There is NO D-Team practice this week due to the Midwest NASTAR Championships.  We are encouraging D-Team families to participate in this event or maybe come for free-skiing.  If you still need to register, please do so online or in person by Friday in the Vista Room.
  •  Saturday coach George Haun will not be able to coach for the remainder of this season.  "Coach" had minor surgery this past week but he is ok and has been told that he needs to take the rest of this season off
  • We will have Open NASTAR timing set-up for all D-Team racers and their family members for the last weekend of practice on Feb. 21st and 22nd.  There will be 2 courses set up with timing on both Lookout and Fowl Play.  On Lookout, we will have a stubble slalom course and a full gate GS course.  On Fowl Play, both courses will be stubbies.  On Saturday, this will run from 12pm-2pm; on Sunday, this will also run from 12pm-2pm.  There will be a charge of $5 per person which will get you unlimited runs on all the timed courses.  All current D-Team racers are FREE.  If your son/daughter has told you that they are faster than you!  This is your chance to prove them wrong!  This should be a fun way to end the season before the final weekend and the D-Team championship races.   Those who would like to race on the final weekend will need to register in the Vista Room (old ski shop upstairs). Those who pay $5 will be entered into a drawing for several prizes that I have secured from the Welch Village Ski Shop!  

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Coffee Mill and Trollhaugen Results

Hello!  Here are the results from the Coffee Mill Race and the Trollhaugen race this past weekend!  A reminder...NO D-Team practice this weekend due to the Midwest NASTAR Championships. Good luck to all of you who are participating.  If you are not signed up yet, this is a great event for your whole family of recreational racers.  Click Here to register!

Coffee Mill Saturday Race Results

Trollhaugen Sunday Race Results

Friday, February 6, 2015

Midwest NASTAR Championships at Welch Village Feb. 13-16

There will not be D-Team practice the weekend of Feb. 14-15.  We are encouraging all of the D-Team racers (and their families too) to participate in the Midwest NASTAR Championships at Welch Village.  It's a great weekend of recreational racing, great food, live music, and fun for the whole family.

Here is the link for all the information and to register:  CLICK HERE!

Here is a video of last year's event: CLICK HERE!

Here is the official flyer:

Coffee Mill Race Itinerary

Attention Saturday D-Team families and coaches: 

Here is the itinerary for the Coffee Mill Race tomorrow, this was not included in the previous post with the map. 

Schedule of Events

8:00 AM Registration
9:15 AM Course Inspection
9:45 AM Inspection Closed
10:00 AM SHARP - Slalom Race Starts
Noon  Lunch
12:15 PM Course Inspection
12:45 PM Inspection Closed
1:00 PM SHARP Giant Slalom Race Starts
4:00 PM Awards (or as announced)

Trollhaugen Sunday Race Information

CLICK HERE for information for the Trollhaugen Sunday D-Team Race on Feb. 8th. Good Luck Racers!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Saturday Race at Coffee Mill

Here is the information for the Saturday race at Coffee Mill.  We are still waiting on Trollhaugen to send us information for the Sunday race.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Jan. 27, 2015 Announcements - Pictures & Hoodies

Congratulations to both the Saturday and Sunday D-team athletes and coaches for a great weekend of racing at Powder Ridge and Wild Mountain.  More importantly, thank you parents and families for making the trip and supporting the programs at these other ski areas.

This weekend is picture weekend.  We are using the same exact schedule as last year.  CLICK HERE for this weekend's picture for both Saturday & Sunday.   If you still need the forms for ordering pictures from Kim, look at the previous D-Team Blog entries.

The D-team custom hoodie order is supposed to ship later today so they should be here in time for this weekend.  All the hoodies can purchased and picked up in the Ski Shop.  The cost is $45 each.  We also have plenty of the new race bibs, cost for those is $15.  If you would like to continue to use your grey or orange bib, that is perfectly fine too.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Schedules & Maps for this Weekend's Races

Here is the schedule & map for the Saturday Race at Powder Ridge:

Here is the schedule & map for the Sunday Race at Wild Mountain: 

Good Luck all!!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Bibs available & D-Team Picture Day Forms

The new D-Team Race bibs:  
The new bibs have arrived and can be purchased in our Ski Shop, cost is $15 each. Still waiting on the hoodies...hopefully those will be in within a week or so. 
 D-Team Pictures Forms and Information:

Here are the forms From Kim Hoffbeck for the D-Team Picture Weekend which will be Saturday, Jan 31st and Sunday, Feb 1st.  With the links below you can print them yourself.  We also have copies of these available this weekend in the Chalet D-Team meeting area.