January Ramblings

The ski season is well underway and our team is pumped for the first race of the year at the Dual City Slalom in North Bay and Sudbury this weekend. The season has already had its’ share of ups and down, skiing aside.
The Tremblant ski camp was a great success with good snow though some cold days. The kids managed a lot of milage over the week and had plenty of fun. The NOD camp experience was a solid start to what will hopefully become a regular event for the division. I think everyone took something useful away from the camp.
A bitter cold snap over the Christmas holidays cut our training back a bit for safety reasons but we were still able to get out most days. Some issues with the hill and snowmaking this year have meant that our best training runs are still not is shape for good training but Kamiskotia has allowed us use of other hills so that we can get some gates training done. Several big dumps of snow have also slowed the gate training since the snow always seems to hit overnight before training days!!! We never thought we would be against fresh snow. The important things is the kids are loving it.
Preparations are well underway for the TSR races this year. The Boreal is mostly set and planned and is now just over two weeks away. We are excited to have the U10/U12 finals here the weekend of Feb 22-23 and hope it will also be a fun weekend for the little ones.
Races notices are posted on the Resource page.

See you on the slopes!

Start of Season

The ski season has officially arrived. After months of preparation we are finally hitting the snow! Kamiskotia opened the hill to a degree yesterday on December 22 with the Tee bar and opened the Skyway chair today. Mother nature helped things along with a big dump of fresh snow on the 20th and 21st. That should help the rest of the runs along to full opening for the training camp which starts on the 27th and runs right through to January 4 with a day off for New Year’s. The coaches are ready to make this a solid start to the season for both the new and established racers.
Twelve of our racers attended the Mont Tremblant pre-season camp which also benefitted from a lot of natural snow over the week. The kids and adults had a great time on the hill and got a definite jump on the season with some solid coaching both on and off the snow. Everyone came home pumped up for the season here. I have to sort through the mass of pictures to pick the best to get them on the site so check back regularly.
We have had a flurry of activity at the hill getting the TSR infrastructure ready for the season. The start shack now has siding and is ready for the doors when we can get them to the top and install them but the hut itself looks beautiful at the top of the hill. Inside the TSR chalet, we have installed new carpet and used more of the cedar siding to finish the interior walls. New shelving and revision of the wax room gives the whole place a new and improved look.
We are starting to get more serious about preparations for the Boreal Cup even though it is still 5 weeks away. Over the next few weeks, most of the parents can expect to be approached about committing to volunteer on the race weekend to make this a great event for the kids and a profitable race for the club. We are planning to make another run at the Slalom Derby this year on March 22-24. While we have had some weather issues over the last several years, traditionally, we have been able to keep the hill conditions up for this end of season race so we are hopeful it will work out again this year. Outside of Timmins, the race calendar is set and people are booking their hotels for the out of town races. Check with the calendar on the resource page if you haven’t already so you can plan your winter racer travels.
The board members of the TSR want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season. Take time to relax and enjoy your family and we will see you all on the hill!