• Hannan Merritt

Heavenly Foundation Blog Post #1

Hello Heavenly Ski and Ride Community!

The Competition Teams got out on snow this past weekend after weeks of preparation and planning. This year there will be five Freeski groups with athletes ranging in age from seven to sixteen training diligently at Heavenly to prepare for various competitions. Each group will have the option to compete in USASA events like Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Ski Cross and Rail Jams held at Sierra at Tahoe or IFSA/TJFS Big Mountain Competitions held at mountains across the basin like Kirkwood, Squaw/Alpine, Homewood, Sugar Bowl and Mt. Rose. Our goal this year is to balance our training and competition schedule to provide the best outcomes for the athletes and continue to facilitate their growth in skiing and life.

Working in concert with the Freeski Team, our two Snowboard groups will also have the option to compete in both USASA and IFSA/TJFS events. Athletes this year will range in age from 10 to 14 while undertaking focused training and skill building using all the best Heavenly has to offer.

On the Alpine Race side, there will be six groups this year ranging from U10-U14 split according to age and gender to accommodate the competition schedule that has been created to have safe and fun events during these challenging times. Athletes will be competing in three to four events in the Far West Series with Slalom, Giant Slalom, Parallel Slalom and Big G Competitions occurring across the Basin and as far afield as Mammoth.

Also new for this season is a Virtual Training Program set up in conjunction with the Barton Performance Center. The program consists of two video on demand 30 minute training sessions per week with a warmup, nutrition and mental performance tip and a workout with strength, cardio, force production and force absorption completed at each athlete’s preferred time and pace. Included with this program is a 30 minute live Zoom session with one of the trainers at Barton where athletes are allowed to ask questions and more information is provided on how to effectively train and compete. Topics already covered have included positive self-talk, mistake rituals and the 4 C’s of Mental Toughness. This program was made possible through the generous support of the Heavenly Foundation. Their backing helps the Competition Team’s excel through this COVID uncertainty.

We look forward to sharing more updates with everyone as the season progresses and our virtual and on snow training kicks into high gear.

Think snow!

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