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    Published on the Mountain • Carrabassett Valley • Maine • Homecoming 2010
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  What’s Inside                                            Happy 60 th
   2 News and events              Can you believe it? Sixty years
                                  have passed since the Sugar-
   3 News from the                loaf Mountain Ski Club was
       ‘Loaf ’s John Diller       formed and work began on
                                  the access road and Winter’s
       Two Sugarloafers           Way. A lot of memories have
       inducted into Maine        been stored over these years
       Ski Hall of Fame           and your ski club has been
                                  busy making sure this will be a
   4 Snowsports                   memorable year.
       scholarship info
                                  Club member Cindy Foster
   5 Sugarloaf Burnt              has been working since last
       expansion                  spring to put together a Ski
                                  Club Magazine that will
  7 CVA news                      commemorate this milestone
                                  in the club’s history. It is full of
  8 SCVA news                     interesting stories and pictures
                                                                           The Sugarloaf Ski Club formed the Sugarloaf Mountain Corporation in 1955
                                                                             Left to right: Donald Brooks, Roscoe (Mickey) Durrell, Amos Winter,
                                  from the last 60 years. It will                            Horace (Hollie) Sturgis, and Dick French
 10 What about ski                also provide you with answers
       boot shells                to the many questions of how           month format and includes             I look forward to seeing all of
                                  this program or that event
 14    Ski review                 came to be.This is a free
                                                                         great photos chronicling the
                                                                         last six decades at Sugarloaf.
                                                                                                               you over Homecoming Week-
                                                                                                               end. Stop by the club desk in
                                  magazine that you will want to
 15    Ski Club volunteer         have in your home for years
                                                                         It is also loaded with many of
                                                                         the scheduled activities that
                                                                                                               the base lodge and say hi.
                                                                                                               Come to the annual social
       thank you                  to come. It will be available by       will take place on the moun-          hour Saturday at the Outdoor
                                  Homecoming Weekend.                    tain and around the area dur-         Center and be sure not to
 Sugarloaf Mountain
                                                                         ing this important season. It         miss our annual pig roast.
 Ski Club Officers
 President - Bruce Miles          Board member Joe Tutlis has            will be on sale at the Ski Club       Tickets may be purchased
 V. President - Steve Schaefer    designed a commemorative               desk. We will also have our           through our on-line store on
 Treasurer - Phil Hunter          long sleeved tee shirt that            historical display and a great        our website, or you can take a
 Secretary - Nancy Holliday       many members have already              slideshow going on at the club        chance and buy them early
 Newsletter Chairman -            ordered on-line. They will be          desk on Homecoming week-              Saturday morning at the desk.
 Peter Smith
                                  printed in a limited quantity,         end.                                  The cost is $16 for adults and
 Board of Directors:              but we will have some extras                                                 $8 for children under the age
 Ginny Bousum, Greg Foster,       available for sale at the Ski          We have many of our usual             of 12.
 Bob Friedrich, Jennifer
                                  Club desk throughout Home-             activities planned for this year
 McCormack Ragan
 Beauregard,Tom Hildreth,         coming weekend. Stop in early          and also some special ones to         Let’s all hope for a great
 Mike Rowland, Lev Steeves,       if you want one.                       celebrate our 60th birthday. A        snow year to fill the new
 Joyce Tobias, Joe Tutlis, and                                           big party is being planned for        Brackett Basin with lots of
 Jim McCormack - SMC              The Sugarloaf Regional Ski             January 8 in the King Pine            fresh powder.
 Eric Chamberlin - CVA
                                  Educational Foundation, SRSEF,         room at the Base Lodge.
 Club Administrator:              will be offering a calendar for        Details will be coming in our         See you at Homecoming
 Catherine Nodine                 sale that you will not want to         next newsletter. Check out
                                  miss out on. It is in a 14-            our website for updates.              Bruce Miles

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                                                                                The Ski Club’s fun
                                       Coming up soon                            annual Pig Roast
                                        on our Event
                                          Calendar !                           Time to catch up with friends and
                                         For more information on these         enjoy great food!
                                        events and to view our complete        When: Saturday, October 9, 2010
                                       calendar of events, check out our       at 6pm
                                                   web site:                   Where: Sugarloaf Outdoor Center
                                             Get your tickets early as they
                                                                               sell out fast.
    Homecoming Weekend: October 9th and 10th
    Ski Club Desk Hours in the Base Lodge are:                                 Tickets are available at the ski club desk
    Saturday 9-3 and Sun 9-12                                                  in the base lodge on Saturday from 9-3.
                                                                               They are also available at our Sugarloaf
    Buy your Pig Roast tickets if you haven’t gotten them on-line, renew       Ski Club on-line store: Visit
    memberships, buy t-shirts or calendars, or simply stop in to say hello.    Adults (12 and up) $16, Children (under age 12) $8
    See you there!
                                                                               Ski Club members are invited to an informal “happy hour” prior
    Pig Roast: Saturday, Oct 9th 6:00 at the Touring Center
    Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 for ages under 12. Buy on-line or at the    to the pig roast at 5PM. See you all there!!!
    desk early on Saturday. They will go fast! Ski Club member reception
    precedes this event at 5:00pm                                              Interested in being part of the “pig roast team” by helping set
                                                                               up, serve or clean up? Contact: Anne Hanson
    Competition Volunteer Social at the Comp Center                            ( @
    Saturday, Nov 27, from 5-7pm Welcome to the season, volunteers!

    Blessing of the Skis at the Jean Luce Building
    Dec 5, 11am -12
                                                                                  SRSEF 2010/11 Wall Calendar
    Family Pot Luck                                                             The Sugarloaf Regional Ski Educational Foundation (SRSEF) is
    December 28, 5pm at the Comp center- bring a dish to share and              celebrating 60 years of skiing Sugarloaf with a commemorative
    your favorite beverage. Fireworks to follow.                                calendar. These calendars will be available, at a cost of $20.00,
                                                                                in the base lodge during Homecoming Weekend, as well as in
    Warm up for the Charity Summit Race                                         the Sugarloafer Shop. The photographs on the monthly pages
    Dec 30, 11:00- 1:00 Lower Comp Hill, followed by BBQ                        showcase the skiing heritage at Maine’s premier ski resort from
                                                                                the 1950’s to the present day.
    New Year’s Eve Fireworks
    Dec 31, 9:00 pm on the Landing
                                                                                All proceeds from the calendar will benefit SRSEF scholarship
    Sugarloaf Ski Club & SMC 60 Birthday Party
                                  th                                            funds which, in turn, give assistance to local young skiers and
    Saturday evening, Jan 8th in King Pine Room                                 riders to help defray expenses of their programs and
    Fish Tales & Cocktails
    Saturday, Jan 15th at Sugarloaf Mtn Hotel 5-7pm                             The SRSEF is a Maine non-profit corporation, established by
                                                                                the directors of the Sugarloaf Ski Club in 1968, with an IRS
    Sugarloaf Ski Club Annual Meeting                                           501(c)(3) status. All board and committee members are
    Saturday, Jan 22nd at the Golf Course Club House 5:30-9pm tickets
    are required!                                                               volunteers. @

    Yes, I would like to be a member of the Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Club!

    City: _______________________State: ____________ Zip:________________ Email:___________________________________
    Ì Individual $25 Ì Couple $40             Ì Family $50      Ì This is a renewal. I’ve been a member since:_________________________
               Please make checks out to: Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Club, • Village West #13 • Carrabassett Valley, Maine 04947

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Dear Sugarloaf Ski                                          Two Sugarloafers to be Inducted
Club Members,                                                into The Maine Ski Hall of Fame
                                                        The 2010 Maine Ski Hall of Fame induction will take place Friday October 22 at
It’s hard to believe that a full ten years has passed
                                                        Lost Valley Ski Area Auburn Maine. This is the eighth group to be inducted. The
since I wished a happy 50th birthday to the Ski
                                                        event was conceived to recognize those individuals who, through their efforts
Club, but here in the Valley time has a way of flying
                                                        and achievements, have brought distinction to Maine skiing
by. But no matter how much time passes, the
Sugarloaf Ski Club continues to be a vital part of
                                                        The event will start at 5:00PM with a social hour and continue with a dinner and
our mountain community.
                                                        induction ceremony. All are welcome to come. The reservation form to attend
                                                        can be found at The Ski Museum of Maine’s website
As one of the longest running ski clubs in Maine,
                                               Click on the Hall of Fame link
the Sugarloaf Ski Club has played an integral role in
the history of Sugarloaf, and the Maine ski industry.
                                                                                            The two Sugarloafers who are being inducted
Over the past 60 years, thanks to the support of
                                                                                            this year are Joan McWilliams Dolan and
the Ski Club, Sugarloaf has become a premier
                                                                                            Kirsten Clark-Rickenbach. They join a long list
eastern destination for top tier ski and snowboard
                                                                                            of Sugarloafers who are in this remarkable
events. In the past ten years alone Sugarloaf has
                                                                                            group. Below is a brief summary of just some
hosted the National Junior Olympics, the US
                                                                                            of their achievements.
Snowboarding Revolution Tour, the Champions
Cross SBX Tour, and the US Alpine Nationals (on
two separate occasions).                                                                    Joan McWilliams Dolan
In addition to its reputation as a favored venue,                                             If freestyle skiing had been an Olympic sport
Sugarloaf has also developed a national reputation                                            in the seventies, Maine might have had an
as a home for some of the country’s greatest ski                                              Olympic Medal skier long before the state
and snowboard talent. The recent successes of                                                 finally got one. Skiing out of Sugarloaf, Joan
Olympians Seth Wescott, Bode Miller, and Emily                                                McWilliams was a dominant skier in the early
Cook are due in no small part to the tremendous                                               days of the discipline. She started in the
efforts of Sugarloaf Ski Club members and               Junior Masters program that developed into the sport of freestyle skiing, with
volunteers.                                             competition in moguls, aerials and ballet. In the 8th grade, McWilliams took
                                                        fourth place overall in the first ever U.S. Freestyle Championships at Killington in
Sugarloaf was developed by people with a deep           1975.
passion for skiing, and through the years this spirit
                                       has thrived.     A year later, as a 15 year old freshman in high school, Joan won her first U.S.
                                       As we move       National Freestyle Combined Title in the Championship held at Wildcat Mt. in
                                       forward into     March of 1976. She went on to dominate the Eastern and National Freestyle
                                       the next         scene through the remainder of the seventies and into the eighties. From 1976
                                       chapter in       through 1980 she won the U.S. National Freestyle crown five consecutive times
                                       Sugarloaf ’s     while adding multiple Vermont, New Hampshire and Eastern titles. In Maine Joan
                                       history, we      won the state Freestyle Championships six straight years from 1976 to 1981.
                                       do so with
                                       an unwaver-      In 1979 this Sugarloafer represented the United States at the first ever FIS
                                       ing commit-      sanctioned freestyle competition, a Nor-Am event at Edelweiss Valley in Ontario,
                                       ment to the      Canada. Her dominance continued as she placed in the top three in all three
incredible Sugarloaf spirit, embodied so well be the    disciplines; moguls, aerials and ballet, while winning the combined title in the
members of the Ski Club.                                highest level of competition that existed at that time. This was followed by
                                                        Nor-Am combined titles in 1980 and 1981.
On behalf of everyone here at Sugarloaf, I offer
our congratulations on your 60th anniversary, and a     In the fall of 1979 McWilliams entered the University of New Hampshire and
heartfelt thank you for being an irreplaceable part     continued to ski competitively on the Sugarloaf Freestyle Team. In her junior year
of our community.                                       Joan finally took a break from freestyle in order to ski for the UNH Ski Team. She
                                                        just missed making the carnival team but did place second in an Eastern Cup GS
Sincerely,                                              at Attitash Mt., showing that she could compete as an alpine racer. The following
John Diller                                             year, as a senior, she returned to freestyle competition in an attempt to earn a
General Manager                                         berth on the newly formed U.S. Freestyle World Cup team. During that 1982-83
Sugarloaf                                               season she won every event that she entered and seemed well on her way to a
                                                        sixth U.S. National title and making the team.                  Continued on page 12

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    Snowsports scholarship applications
             being accepted
The Sugarloaf Ski Club and          include a letter of recommen-
the Sugarloaf Regional Ski          dation from a teacher, coach,
Educational Foundation will         or other unrelated adult as
accept applications for             well as a written statement
scholarships until October          about his or her snowsport
15th. Please note that this         goals for this season.
deadline is earlier this year!
The volunteer members of            Completed applications and
the committee will consider         letters are to be mailed
the applications and award          before October 15th to:
scholarships in November.           Sugarloaf Ski Club
There will be no Fall scholar-      Village West # 13
ships considered after the          Carrabassett Valley, Maine
October 15th deadline.              04947                              not be able to participate in       Community Fund while
                                                                       a program without financial         SRSEF provides funding from
The single common two-page          Eligible programs include          assistance. For athletes who        its memorial funds. Both
application form, used for all      Minicuffer, BubbleCuffer and       need help with Spring               organizations also conduct
programs and funds, is              SAD #58 Punch Pass Lessons;        competition expenses, further       fundraising projects and
available at www.sugarloafski-      the Sugarloaf/Carrabassett         applications can be submitted       events to make these (click on “scholarship     Valley Academy (S/CVA)             after Jan 1.                        scholarships possible.
info”) as well as in the SAD        program, and CVA. The
#58 schools. It is important        scholarship grants are partial     The Ski Club administers the        Remember, October 15th
that the applicants complete        and are intended to help           Town of Carrabassett Valley’s       is nearly here! @
the application form and            those children who would           grant along with its own

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                            Stuff you need                        An historic summer sets stage for an
                             to know about                            exciting winter at Sugarloaf
                              the Ski Club
                               The Sugarloaf Ski Club Office   With preparations underway
is located in the Competition Center, next to the base         for the 60th season on
lodge. We are on the second floor. To find us, enter the       Maine’s second tallest
building, go straight through the door ahead, climb the        mountain, Sugarloaf sent a
stairs, bearing left, and follow the signs to the office.      shockwave through the ski
Office hours are weekends and vacation weekdays from           and snowboard community
11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Give us a call at 207-237-6955            this summer when it an-
or e-mail us: Visit us         nounced a massive terrain
on the web:                           expansion onto Burnt
                                                               Mountain. The expansion
We are becoming more and more user friendly, and we            was announced as part of a larger,        acres when the entire project is
now accept credit card payments on-line for member-            ten-year vision for the resort called     complete. This will double Sugar-
ships, event tickets, donations….be sure to check out our      Sugarloaf 2020.                           loaf ’s current skiable acreage and
on-line store (2nd tab down on our home page)!                                                           make it the largest ski area east of
                                                               Stephen Kircher, President of Boyne       the Rocky Mountains.
                         E-Mail Alert!!                        Resorts, joined Sugarloaf General
Since we are using e-mail to help stay in touch these          Manager John Diller in making the         The new terrain will all be gladed,
days, please let us know if we have the most appropriate       announcement before a throng of           “sidecountry” terrain, offering
e-mail addresses for you. If you are getting e-mails           TV cameras, journalists, tourism          skiers and riders a one-of-a-kind
where you don’t want them, you may unsubscribe any              officials, and local business leaders.   backcountry style experience, with
address at any time. If you aren’t getting our e-mail blasts                                             the security of patrolled, inbounds
and you would like to receive them, please call or email       The terrain expansion will create         terrain. A glade refers to any
us with the updated address and we will be sure to             up to 270 acres of new terrain for        wooded area where trees
include it in our file. We aim to please! @                    the upcoming season, and 655 new                           Continued on page 6

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Sugarloaf                              time there are no plans to install
                                       lifts on Burnt Mountain, thus
                                                                              also unveiled the ten-year, Sugar-
                                                                              loaf 2020 plan. The document
                                                                                                                   we have a good grasp on what
                                                                                                                   that is, we think we have a very
Continued from page 5
                                       preserving the backcountry-            (available online at www.sugar-      solid vision for the future. Every
have been thinned, rather              style, wilderness experience. The outlines future        resort is unique and what works
than cleared like a traditional        new terrain will feature different     plans for capital improvements       for one doesn’t necessarily work
trail. The expansion will be           styles of terrain, from tight, steep   at the resort, including new         for another. In the Sugarloaf
completed in three phases, the         eastern tree skiing, to wide           chairlifts, huge upgrades to         2020 plan we’re confident that
first of which will be the 270         open western style glades, to          the resort’s snowmaking system,      we have a good vision, uniquely
acre “Brackett Basin” area, which      cliff bands and more. With an          base lodge and facility improve-     tailored to fit the true DNA of
will begin to open during the          entire mountain to explore,            ments, as well as plans for sum-     Sugarloaf.”
upcoming season. The second            skiers will experience quiet           mertime offerings including the
phase will encompass 135 acres,        solitude in the vast wilderness        popular new ziplines, which          The 2010-2011 season will be
including the summit of Burnt          area, providing the sensation of       were installed this summer.          Sugarloaf ’s 60th, and the resort
Mountain, and will open                a true backcountry experience,                                              will mark the occasion will a cel-
a second above-treeline area           similar to what one would              Skiers and riders returning to       ebration scheduled for Saturday,
to accompany Sugarloaf ’s              expect at a large western resort.      the mountain this winter will        January 8. In conjunction with its
legendary Snowfields. The third                                               notice parts of the plan well un-    60th anniversary, Sugarloaf has
and final phase will be 250 acres,     “This is really a revolutionary        derway, including the renovated      also produced a short film
and will open the north face of        type of ski area expansion, and        exterior of the Base Lodge, the      called Big Mountain. Big Love.,
Burnt Mountain. When the               uniquely Sugarloaf,” Diller said.      new ziplines, snowmaking im-         which celebrates the Sugarloaf ’s
expansion is complete, skiers          “No grooming, no snowmaking,           provements, and, of course, the      past, present, and future. The film
will enjoy a vast, 655 acre glade      no real estate – just pure skiing,     new terrain in Brackett Basin.       was produced by Kurt Miller,
and an experience unlike               which is what we think the core                                             son of film legend Warren Miller
anything else in the East.             Sugarloaf skiers and riders are        “Since we joined the Sugarloaf       and former owner of Warren
                                       ultimately looking for.”               family in 2007 we’ve spent lots      Miller Productions. The film
Access to the new terrain on                                                  of time getting to know the          trailer is available online at
Burnt Mountain will be via a           Although the Burnt Mountain            place, and what makes Sugarloaf, and the
cross-cut from the top of the          expansion was the biggest piece        so unique in this industry,”         DVD will be available for
existing King Pine Quad. At this       of the announcement, Sugarloaf         Kircher said. “Now that we feel      purchase this winter. @

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                   News from CVA
Mike Mallon, Snowboard Pro-         Kim Stacey, Snowboard
gram Director Named 2002            Coach Member of the US
Domestic Coach of the Year.         National Snowboard Team for
Under Mike’s guidance, his          4 years.
programs were recognized as         Kim was first in the World and
Program of the Year by the          US National Halfpipe Champi-
United States of America Ski        onships in 1999 and 2000,
and Snowboard Association           third in the Gravity Games
three times. Prior to joining       Halfpipe in 2000 and fourth in
Carrabassett Valley Academy         the X-Games Halfpipe in
Mallon served as Snowboard          2000. Prior to joining
Program Director at Stratton        Carrabassett Valley Academy,
Mountain School in Vermont,         Stacey served as the lead
Head Snowboard Coach at             coach at Woodward in
Holderness School in New            Copper, Colorado where in
Hampshire, and Snowboard            addition to coaching, she
Program Director at Steam-          used her gymnastics skills to
                                                                                 Mike Mallon                         Kim Stacey
boat Springs Winter Sports          develop the latest in air
Club in Colorado.                   awareness techniques.
                                                                       placed on developing his            Kim’s years as a premiere
He spent six years as the           “I am really looking forward to    athletes.”  -Seth Wescott ’94       multi-discipline pro snow-
Snowboard Committee                 supporting Mike and Kim as                                             boarder makes her a great asset
Chairman and on the Board           they bring their coaching and      “The inclusion of Kim Stacey is     to CVA’s snowboard program.
of Directors at USSA and is         program management skills to       another wise move by CVA.           Stand back and watch this
currently a member of the           CVA. Mike’s credentials and        As a very well rounded and          program take-off!!!! “
USASA Executive Committee.          awards speak to the devotion       technically aggressive rider ,                 - Mark Fawcett ‘90 @
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                                                              SCVA News
SCVA Alpine 2010 – 2011              Alpine Training System. SCVA        (PSO) for assistance in            meeting, which will be going
Director: Chip Cochrane              will use the USSA Alpine            support of the SCVA program        on at the same time.
                                     Training System as a guide for      and staff as well as parent
SCVA Alpine Program is a             athlete management and race         communication, education and       4. The Carrabassett Valley
part time ski racing and train-      preparation. When an SCVA           social network. First meeting      Academy coaching staff and
ing program for young athletes       athlete’s age, ability, and         is at Sugarloaf homecoming,        athletes will be planning
between the ages of 8 and 19.        commitment warrants a higher        Sunday, Oct.10, in the CVA         opportunities to work with
The groups are formed with           level of progression, the full      dinning room from 9 – 11am.        coaches and athletes in the
an athlete to coach ratio of         time ski racing program at          All SCVA parents are invited       SCVA program on weekend
8:1. The coaches are on snow         CVA (Carrabassett Valley            and welcome to attend.             and holiday slots when they
with the athletes from 8:30am        Academy) would be the next                                             are available.
to 2:30pm on weekends and            step in that athlete’s develop-     3. Also on Sunday October 10,
holidays with a one hour lunch       ment to boost his or her            from 9 – 11 am, on the CVA         5. Lift Line privileges for
break. The goal of the SCVA          competitive ski racing to the       Soccer field (small field on rt.   athletes: Athletes will be
program is to improve athletic       national and international level.   27), we are conducting an          permitted to go through
knowledge and the sport spe-                                             SCVA ski conditioning session      Perfect Turn lanes at the lift
cific performance base of each       New for 2010 - 11 season:           for any registered SCVA            line when accompanied by an
participant in the program.                                              athletes who are up that           SCVA coach. This will help
This will give the athletes the      1. SCVA equipment fitting           weekend. Information on            increase training mileage on
opportunity to be competitive        session during Sugarloaf            dry-land training specific to      busy weekends and holidays.
at the regional level for their      homecoming weekend,                 ski racing, followed by a short
age group. There is an age           Saturday, October 9, from 6 –       workout and a pick-up soccer       6. SCVA group pod leaders
group specific ratio of free-ski-    8pm at the Sugarloaf ski shop.      game is on the agenda. All         and coaches will have the
ing to gate training sessions        Coaches will be there to assist.    SCVA athletes, coaches and         responsibility for communica-
that will be followed using cri-                                         parents are welcome to             tion directly with parents
teria established by the United      2. Development of an SCVA-          attend. Parents may also           regarding their athlete’s daily
States Ski Association’s current     parent support organization         attend the SCVA PSO                and seasonal schedules.

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You may sign up for the SCVA       World Cup, Nor-Am and              development. In 2008, Nate’s        Manager Ron DiGravio at
program on line through the        Professional Freeski events        first year as Program Director,     207-237-2250 or at
CVA web site        around the world. Recent           CVA was awarded the USSA  
Click on alpine, then on SCVA.     S/CVA alumni, Alexandra            Freestyle Club of the year.         To sign up for the program
There will also be an SCVA         Jenson and Josh Waldron, are                                           please go to
sign-up booth downstairs at        also starting to make their        The goal of the S/CVA               or call Micki Cota at CVA:
the Sugarloaf base lodge all day   mark as some of the top            Freestyle program is to             207-237-2250.
on Saturday, October 9. If you     junior athletes in the country.    provide young athletes with
have questions about sign-up                                          the opportunity to develop          Ron DiGravio
or would like to sign-up by        This season Chaney Fletcher        their skiing and acrobatic skills   S/CVA Freestyle Program
phone, contact Micki Cota at:      will be returning as the Head      as well as to foster participa-     Manager
(207) 237 – 4458 or e-mail         coach. Chaney has coached for      tion in Freestyle competition.
Micki at If       many years, both in the CVA        Athletes start out competing
you have questions about the       and S/CVA programs, follow-        in our intra mountain series,       SCVA Snowboard Program
SCVA program in general,           ing a successful competitive       JFL (Junior Freestyle League),      2010/2011
contact Chip Cochrane at:          career. Also this season, Alison   which is a series of mogul and      Director: Mike Mallon
(207) 237 – 4490 or e-mail         Crowe will be joining the staff.   slopestyle competitions.               Alison grew up skiing in the       Athletes then compete in the        The legendary CVA snowboard
                                   S/CVA program before               USSA “B” series events, which       program has created an all-
       S/CVA Freestyle             moving out to Steamboat            are the entry level events in       inclusive environment for SCVA
                                   Colorado, where she had a          the U.S. skiing pipeline. Older     athletes to hone their
The S/CVA Freestyle program        successful career skiing in a      more experienced athletes           snowboarding skills on the
is gearing up for another great    number of U.S. National            may compete in “A” level            weekends. Mirrored after CVA’s
season! Our Freestyle Program      Championships and Nor-Am           events or national level            mission to provide opportunities
is one of the oldest and most      level competitions. CVA’s          competitions.                       for excellence, the SCVA
successful programs in the         Freestyle Program Director                                             program will keep the coach
country, with alumni currently     and Head Freeride coach,           For information regarding the
tearing it up on the               Nate Mckenzie, will also be        S/CVA Freestyle program                        Continued on page 11
                                   heavily involved with program      please contact Program

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                                        What sort of life expectancy should I expect of my new ski boot shells?
Current ski boots are made of            polyether (PE) plastics; their flex   Short of special treatments,         (Warner recently won two FIS
three primary components:                and rebound characteristics           one will argue that the next         GS races in NewZealand,
1) A plastic outer shell                 tend to be less affected by           best step after using PE would       ahead of Olympic Combined
2) A liner                               temperature changes, ensuring         be “virgin” PE. Despite being        Champion Bode Miller and
3) Miscellaneous hardware,               a more consistent skiing              more expensive, they seem to         reigning GS World Champion
such as buckles, power straps,           experience.                           weather the elements better          Ted Ligety!). Carbon fibers
toe dams, “canting” mecha-                                                     than the traditional “recycled”      handle the environmental
nisms, etc. Although all three           Yet, plastics are what they are       PE. One example of a manu-           exposure quite well; the
components are subject to                and environmental ills are the        facturer using “virgin” PE is Salt   tougher issue lies with the
wear and tear, the one con-              primary culprits that lead to         Lake City based Daleboot; I          “brittleness” of the material
stant is the shell. After all, you       boot wear: water, ice, cold, and      have certainly noticed that          and the wear exerted by
can replace liners, you can re-          most importantly SUN. Al-             Daleboot users tend to keep          constant motion (ie. flexion,
pair broken hardware, but                though the constriction and           their boots longer than others.      extension, etc.). But stay
when the shells have had it,             expansion of molecules in                                                  tuned-we could be heading
they’re done!                            frequent motion play their role,      Note that the future lies most       into a true revolution of ski
                                         nothing BEATS your boots like         likely with composite fibers.        boot design!
The plastic outer shell:                 UV EXPOSURE. I am not sure            Lange has been known to
It seems like the harder the             whether some models receive           build carbon boots for the           Back to your question, how-
plastic is, the more resilient it        special finishing treatments          likes of Al-berto Tomba and          ever: all other factors being
tends to be. In the past, many           upon being manufactured, but it       Herman Maier, at great cost.         equal (weight of skier and
lower quality boots were                 seems like it would make sense        Today, a small manufacturer in       forces exerted by said skier,
made with thermo-plastic (TP)            (although it may not “fit” a sup-     VT is about to make big waves        different skiers, different abili-
that degraded very quickly.              plier’s plans towards planned         with their DodgeBoot, also           ties and levels of aggressive-
Modern boots tend to be                  obsolescence!). After all, many       carbon. Championing the              ness, different applied forces),
made with polyurethane plas-             manufacturers in other outdoor        concept is Colby alumni              the common figure used by
tics (PU) which are both more            industries encourage the use of       Warner Nickerson, who has            most in the industry these
malleable, responsive, and re-           UV retardants such as UV 303          cut his RACE points profile in       days is 100 to 120 days of
silient. Today’s top-end boots           Protectant.                           half since experimenting with        skiing.
are usually made of yet harder                                                 these new “tools” last spring.

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As a side-note, I should say          day, most often the first day of    upon the heel and toe lugs
that I have had the luxury of         the season, catastrophe strikes:
                                      you’re going up the Su-
                                                                          from excessive walking!
                                                                          Protective Cat Tracks may well
                                                                                                               SCVA News
experimenting with this. After                                                                                 Continued from page 9
skiing a pair of high-end PE          perQuad amidst snow guns            be the best $16 investment
boots one season (at that time,       blazing all over Comp Hill; you     placed into preserving your
                                                                                                               to athlete ratios small (6-
approx. 80 days), I started the       unload at the top, reach down       boot soles! And for those of
                                      to buckle down for that long        us not disciplined enough to         8:1), and provide all of the
next season with the “used”
boot on one foot and the              awaited first run of the season     use Cat Tracks yet instead           technical and tactical
exact same boot, brand new            and… CRACK! The shell liter-        wearing boots with replace-          knowledge needed to be
however, on the other foot. The       ally fractures beneath your         able heel and toe lugs, com-         ready for the next big
result was humbling: absolute         eyes! Does anyone remember          mon wisdom calls for ordering        USASA contest.
difference felt from the first        the orange Tecnicas of fifteen
turn, the new boot being so           years ago? Notorious for that,       an extra set of said lugs upon      SCVA coaches will maintain
much more “lively” (meaning           and Tecnica had the “guts” (I       purchasing our new boots!            a fun program while
that it was most noticeable           doubt this was planned!) to         Indeed, the chances that the         introducing a variety of
when comparing the rebound            call the last generation of         suppliers still have those exact     competition skills. Athletes
of the boot upon completing           these boots the Explosion Se-       same parts for us three or
                                                                                                               will work on air awareness,
the turn).                            ries!!!!                            four years down the road have
                                                                          proven to be zero to nil!            development of new rail/
Of course, most of us tend to         So, to recap:                                                            jump/pipe tricks, and all
stretch the useful life of our        First and foremost, responsibly     Repair those broken buckles          fundamental skills needed
boots to the max. One inher-          manage your boots’ exposure         and other mechanical fasten-         to compete in GS, SL, and
ent reason, I think, is the cost      when not skiing or during the       ers that help “spread” the           SBX. Judging formats,
associated with a new pair of         off-season: keep them away          loads more evenly throughout         USASA rules and an
boots. The other, of course, is       from the sun.                       the boots.                           overall appreciation of
the hassle that trying on and                                                                                  snowboarding and on-
                                      Note obvious discoloration          … And 80 to120 days worth
“breaking-in” new boots                                                                                        hill awareness will also be
                                      that often betrays a weakening      of use is a very reasonable
represents.                                                                                                    addressed. @
                                      of the plastic.                     figure to expect with today’s
                                                                          better boots!
Some of us will push the in-
evitable so far that finally, one     Beware of the wear exerted          Cheers! Lionel @

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                                                                                                              began racing at age 7. It was
Hall of Fame                                             She also developed the Junior
                                                         Freestyle League at Sugarloaf,                       only natural that she would
Continued from page 3                                                                                         enroll at Carrabassett Valley
                                                         giving young skiers a chance to
                                                         hone their skills.                                   Academy, where she was able
Unfortunately, while leading                                                                                  to pursue her education while
the aerial competition by a                              For more than 35 years she                           honing her skills and racing.
wide margin, she outjumped                               has been a leader as a com-                          Her first big win came in 1994,
the hill on her second jump,                             petitor, coach, and program di-                      when she won the US Junior
landing on the flat, tearing                             rector. For a lifetime devoted                       Olympics Downhill title and a
three ligaments and fracturing                           to the sport of Freestyle Ski-                       bronze medal in SG on her
her right leg and big toe on                             ing, Joan McWilliams Dolan                           home hill. Clark also raced in
the left foot. Although she                              has earned a place in the                            three Junior World Champi-
placed third in the aerials in                           Maine Ski Hall Fame                                  onships and in 1997 won the
spite of the crash, the knee                                                                                  Nor-Am GS championship,
was never the same and those                                                                                  after which she concentrated
1983 U.S. Nationals were her                             Kirsten Clark-                                       on the speed events.
last competition.                                        Rickenbach                                                                              was the Downhill at Sugarloaf
                                                                                                              Her first national title came in   in 2006, giving her a total of
Following her graduation from                            From chasing her older                               the combined at the US Na-         seven national titles. She
UNH and a season coaching                                brother Sean down the moun-                          tional Alpine Championships        might have won more titles
Freestyle at Loon, Joan                                  tain at Sugarloaf Kirsten Clark-                     at Sugarloaf in 1996, and she      had it not been for a horren-
returned to Sugarloaf as                                 Rickenbach went on to                                would be a force in these an-      dous crash in 2004 that cost
freestyle director and head                              become one of the country’s                          nual championships for the         her the final six weeks of the
coach at CVA and under her                               top downhillers in a career                          next decade. In 1998 Kirsten       season and resulted in the
lead, the program turned out                             that spanned 13 years on the                         won the first of four straight     only major injuries of her
numerous US Team members                                 US Ski Team and included                             US Downhill titles, the only US    career. Her wrist was broken
and Olympians. In the late                               three Winter Olympics. The                           woman to achieve that feat. In     and ligaments damaged in
1980’s she took over as Ath-                             Raymond native started skiing                        2000 she also won the SG.          both knees, including a full
letic Director at the Academy.                           with her family at age 3 and                         Her final US title                 ACL tear in her left knee.

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That could have ended her ca-       said, “ We’ve been fortunate to
reer but she returned to win        have Kirsten providing her
that seventh national DH title      special brand of leadership
at Sugarloaf in 2006.               and teamwork for more than
                                    a decade and we’ll definitely
During her years on the ski         miss her. She represents all
team “Clarky” was a consistent      the best that the US Ski Team
performer in World Cup              strives for in our values.”
Speed events with nearly 30
top ten finishes skiing against     Following her retirement she
the finest women skiers in the      took time to run conditioning
World. Among those top ten          camps at CVA and Sugarloaf
finishes were eight trips to the    in the summer to help young
podium, including a World           athletes get ready for the ski
Cup Downhill Gold Medal at          season. For giving it all she
Lenzerheide, Switzerland in         had and setting a high stan-
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                                                                         K2 has done a complete line                       as on groomed trails in the af-
     Go East Young Man, Go East                                          overhaul this year, and it is
                                                                         going to bring rocker to the
                                                                                                                          ternoon when the conditions
                                                                                                                          start getting cruddy, the raised
                           By John Byrne                                 masses. Why do this? What                        tips and tails will allow for bet-
                                                                         good could it possible do for                    ter float, and won’t get caught
The talk this fall has been fo-     Mantra, which I still hold in        you? Isn’t that only for pow-                    up as often in the soft piles
cusing, loudly, on the three        very high esteem as it returns       der? All good questions and                      snow. The super-wide, reverse
year expansion plan that will       again this year. This ski is built   here are some answers.                           camber skis will give you a
give us access to Burnt Moun-       on a good, traditional founda-       Rocker, as it relates to skis, is                surfy feel through the trees
tain. There is a lot of excite-     tion of a wood core, with two        when the tip, and sometimes                      and bumps that you just won’t
ment around this project            sheets of titanium, and vertical     tail, of the ski rise off the snow               believe. K2 was the first com-
amongst the hearty souls who        sidewalls. It is equally at home     earlier than on a traditional                    pany to jump in with both feet
spend their summers up here,        on the groomers as it is in the      pair of skis. They do this with-                 into the shaped ski pool, and
and I expect the volume to          trees and steeps. However, at        out the overall height of the                    they have done it again with
just get louder as the tempera-     96mm under the foot, it can          tip or tail being higher than                    Rocker.
ture drops. All the people I        be a bit off-putting to those        they would be otherwise.
have talked to, from kids to        more used to 65mm wide GS            Rocker can be as subtle as                       If you haven’t skied on a pair
grandparents (even people           skis. For those who want to          simply moving that contact                       of rockered skis yet, and re-
who don’t anticipate skiing         explore, but just can’t get          point back 2 centimeters, to as                  main a bit skeptical, I strongly
over there much at all!), seem      comfortable on a “fat ski,” I        drastic as fully reversing the                   recommend you come into
to be excited about the new         offer you the Volkl Kendo, or        camber of the ski. What this                     the Ski Shop and demo a pair
terrain that will be accessible.    Kenda for women. This ski has        allows, in it subtler forms, is the              or two. All the manufacturers
I want to let you know that         the exact same construction          ability to ski a wider ski with-                 are offering skis in this genre;
there is equipment out there,       as the Mantra, but comes in at       out the tips getting grabby and                  you will be surprised and im-
and in here, that will make         88mm under the foot. This            pulling you into a turn earlier                  pressed by how well they ski.
those new glades a lot more         will make the ski quicker edge       than you want to. When put                       So get in here, then get out
fun and easier to ski for every-    to edge, and feel a lot more         on edge, you get the benefit of                  there and be the first to ex-
body.                               familiar under you feet, but still   the full length of your edges,                   plore the new worlds being
                                    provide better float and crud-       but when you are running                         opened up to the East.
Many of you have heard me           busting abilities than your skin-    them flat they will listen to you
extol the virtues of the Volkl      nier skis.                           better. Also, when in the trees                  THINK SNOW!
                                                                         or ungroomed terrain, as well

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                                                                    Thank you volunteers!
                                                         All of us at the Competition Center would like to take this
                                                          opportunity to say THANK YOU for all of your hard
                                                                        work and help this past season.
                                                        Through snow, sleet, rain, winds, freezing temperatures and glorious sunny days
                                                         with bright blue skies you are there to make sure the athletes enjoy a great
                                                        event. We cannot thank you enough for your dedication to winter sports. Your
                                                         help is greatly appreciated. We look forward to seeing you again this season,
                                                        which promises to be very exciting with many prestigious events. Thank you, Jim
                                                                                 McCormack and Laurel Lashar
Volunteers at the annual Ski Club Pig Roast last year
                                    SUGARLOAF COMPETITION CENTER VOLUNTEERS 09/10
       Sally Allard, Dick Allison,Deb Banahan,Jeff Bengston,Virginia Bousum, Jim Bowers, Bob Briggs, Barb Briggs, Craig Brigham,
   Cathy Brown,Charlie Brown, Gary Brown, Linda Cloutier, Al Cole, Alice Cole, Mark Cyr, Bob Daigle,Bob Daley, Dean Hartford,
 John DeBiase, Joyce Demshar, Jill Dias, John Doughty,Russ Dreschel, Sonja Ducharme,Tom Dunham, Sandy Dunham, Larry Dunphy,
Peter Durgin, Eric Fancy, Kendall Farrington, Noelle Farrington, Cindy Foster, Mark Fournier, Bob Friedrich, Steve Goldstein, Jim Geib,
 Tracy Goller, Leslie Guenther,Tom Hanson, Anne Hanson, Jon Hellstedt, Sharon Helstedt, Nancy Holliday, Phil Hunter, Mary Hunter,
  Mike Jamieson, Peter Judkins, Mike Kankainen,Bob Kellogg, Ron Kittredge, Laurel Lashar, Linda Lincoln, Charles Lincoln, Barry Lon-
    don, Sally Merrill, Pam McBrayne, Nathaniel Merrill,Travis Metz, Bruce Miles, Dennis Moonan,Gail Olgilvie, Don Paine, Stacey
   Patrick,Terry Petly, Roger Pettingill, Karen Pier, Dave Pier, Mary Pinto, Noelle Pollock, Barbara Ray, Rick Ray, Nancy Ricker, Cheryl
   Rowland, Mike Rowland, Jane Roy, Laura Schaefer, Steve Schaefer, Susan Siegler, Delinda Smith, Peter W Smith, Bonnie Stagers,
   Laurie Steeves, Lev Steeves, Jim Stinchfield, Marco Stivaletta, David Stonebraker, Rand Surgi, Brent Surowiec, Mark Swisher, Julie
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