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For WMR Parents and Athletes

What Parents and Athletes need to know before registering each season. Please contact Program Director Sara Montgomery at sara@westmountain.com with any questions. 

West Mountain Health and Safety Measures 

West Mountain’s Health and Safety policies are listed HERE

WMR Athlete Code of Conduct

The WMR Code of Conduct is part of the registration process, and it is available on this page for you to read over with your athlete or athletes. As a representative of West Mountain Racing and West Mountain, we require all athletes follow the WMR Athlete Code of Conduct. 

Club Affiliation

In order to train and travel with West Mountain Racing (WMR) during the winter season, athletes must be registered as WMR athletes with US Ski & Snowboard, NYSSRA and adminskiracing.com (race registration site)

USSS and NYSSRA Memberships

In order to compete in any/all USSS sanctioned races, your athlete will need a USSS (usskiandsnowboard.org) and NYSSRA (nyssra.org) alpine competitor memberships.

Before each season, parents and athletes need to read the current US SKI & Snow Board Competition Guide for full competition details. 

Beginning in 22-23, Athletes who turn 17 during the season, need to do the following:

Any member 17 years of age and older is now required to have their own My U.S. Ski & Snowboard account in order to complete membership requirements to activate membership.

  • If you are not the primary member on the account, please log out of the account, open a new page and go to my.usskiandsnowboard.org to create a new account where you are the primary member.

Successfully completing SafeSport Training and Introduction to Avalanches is required to:
• Activate U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership(s)
• Activate FIS license
• Participate in U.S. Ski & Snowboard camps and other training activities
• Participate in U.S. Ski & Snowboard and FIS events
• Coach or officiate at U.S. Ski & Snowboard events
• Utilize USOPC facilities for training, competition or any other reason

SafeSport Training - The U.S. Center for SafeSport (Center) was created under the law, “Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017.” The Center provides education and requirements consistent with the law, and this training is part of those requirements. The training is required by the Center, the USOPC and U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

Background Screening - Members turning 18 during the season, which runs July 1st – June 30th, will need to register for and receive a green-light background screening determination within 45 days of turning 18. A separate email with the background screening instructions will be sent on your 18th birthday.

Introduction to Avalanches - This course was developed through a partnership between the Utah Avalanche Center, Bryce and Ronnie Athlete Snow Safety Foundation (BRASS), and U.S. Ski & Snowboard. The purpose of this course is to make you aware of avalanche and snow safety and to make you think twice before going off piste or entering the backcountry without the proper gear and training.

Schooling 

WMR FIS, Academy, and Club members can attend Queesbury Schools if their families own or rent in the Queensbury School district for winter-term or full-term.  FIS members who lodge at the West Mountain House (located on West Mountain's property in the Queensbury School District) also have the option of attending Queensbury High School. WMR and West Mountain work closely with Queensbury Schools providing student athletes with an affordable schooling/ski racing option combining an intense WMR training schedule with a high-quality public education. Queensbury High School offers a superb HS curriculum (IB, AP, Regents, and more) and WMR offers incredible training, so your athlete does not have to compromise one for the other no matter what his/her ski racing goals are. WMR and Queensbury Schools support our FIS, USSS and HS racing athletes.

For more on Queensbury School visit HERE

For online schooling, WMR suggests:

USPA (US Performance Academy), an NCAA accredited, virtual middle and high school for students grades 6-12, information HERE

Dwight Global Online School. For more information visit HERE.

K12 Private Academy. For more information visit HERE

What track should my child pursue?

WMR recommends parents with athletes second year U14 and older schedule a meeting with Steve and Sara to discuss your child's ski racing track. For athletes interested in pursuing Division I ski racing, they should follow the FIS track and join the WMR Academy Program, which feeds the WMR FIS Program. For athletes interested in pursuing Division III or Club racing in college or do not wish to ski race in college, athletes should follow the USSS track and join the WMR Club Program. WMR supports all our athletes' ambitions.  Please visit HERE for more information. 

Scholarship

West Mountain School (WMS), WMR's non-profit arm, offers WMR program scholarships annually. The Scholarship Application for the 2022-2023 season is available HERE for Club and Academy Memberships. The applications are due back by October 1, 2022. FIS athletes will use the FIS application to apply.

If you are interested in a WMR program membership for your child and cannot make the financial commitment at this time and would like to apply for scholarship, please fill out the application and return it to Sara Montgomery at sara@westmountain.com.  If you are a current WMR racer and wish to be considered for a scholarship, you must be in full compliance with WMR's Code of Conduct.  

WMR updated calendar 

WMR Program Director Sara Montgomery emails out the season-long training and travel calendar every fall to Academy and Club Members. Please email sara@westmountain.com if you do not receive it. 

Pass Pick Up

Athletes under 18 must be accompanied by a parent in order to pick up their season pass ahead of winter training at West. Athletes, Coaches and Staff Passes can be picked up at the front desk.

Volunteer Service 

All WMR Academy and Club program families are required to work two WMR full-day race events per family during the season and one WMS fundraising event. If you do not complete your volunteer service commitment, a buyout fee of $350 will be applied to your account. Beginning in 22-23 the $350 buyout fee will be available at time of registration if you know your family cannot or does not want to fulfill the volunteer commitment.

WMR Race Crew

If a parent would like to serve on our race crew (10 or more races), you receive a full privilege season pass. Please email sara@westmountain.com if you are interested in joining our amazing race crew. We also encourage all WMR families to help with all the West Mountain School's fundraising events as WMS supports WMR with program scholarships, safety equipment and supplies that helps keep program fees more affordable for everyone. 

Equipment Recommendations

WMR recommends Peak Performance in Killington, Vt., for race boots, helmets, speed suits, poles and skis. WMR members receive discounts at Peak Performance. Just tell them you are a WMR member! (Alpine Equipment Regulations are attached below)

U16/U18-Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G skis (radius standards change on occasion, so please see visit usskiandsnowboard.org) and poles, race boots, FIS helmet, zip off pants (black Arctica pants available at West Mountain Sports at discounted rates), race suit,

U14--Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G (these can be rented for the season at some sport shops. Please check usskiandsnowboard.com for radius standards) skis and poles, race boots, FIS helmet, zip off pants (black Arctica pants available at West Mountain Sports at discounted rates), race suit  

U12--Slalom, Giant Slalom, skis and poles, race boots, race helmet (preferable a FIS helmet since it is required at U14 level), zip off pants (black Arctica pants available at West Mountain Sports at discounted rates), race suit

U10--Slalom (GS, if family wishes to have 2 sets), race poles, race boots, race helmet (children are required to have a FIS helmet at U14 level), zip off pants (black Arctica pants available at West Mountain Sports at discounted rates), race suit (if competing at away events)

U8--Slalom or basic race ski for children, race poles, race boots, race helmet, snow pants or zip off pants (black Arctica pants available at West Mountain Sports at discounted rates), and a race suit (not mandatory)

Race Tuning

WMR athletes are required to have properly tuned skis for training and travel. West Mountain Sports offers WMR racers a 5-punch Race Tuning Card ($150 per card).

Race Registration

Most race registrations for athletes U12 and older are on adminskiracing.com. If your athlete or athletes is traveling to races, you will need to create an account on adminskiracing.com. 

Off-Season On-Snow, Conditioning Camp Recommendations

For FIS we recommend athletes attend all of Thomas' summer and fall camps and conditioning schedules.

For U14 and Older we recommend athletes attend at least one of Coach Steve's summer camps and one of his fall camps. The more off-season camps an athlete attends, the better prepared they are for competitive ski racing during the season. We also recommend athletes attend Steve's Summer Conditioning Camp and fall conditioning.

For U12 and younger we recommend athletes attend at least one of Coach Steve's fall camps. We also recommend athletes attend Steve's Summer Conditioning Camp and fall conditioning.

For more on WMR, please visit HERE

 


West Mountain Racing is located at West Mountain Ski Resort in beautiful Queensbury, NY, at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains between Lake George and Saratoga Springs. Please email Program Director Sara Montgomery to schedule a visit or to learn more at sara@westmountain.com



PARENTS AND ATHLETES

Parents and athletes need to manage their SportsEngine accounts to ensure they get the most out of their West Mountain Racing experience during each sporting season. With their accounts properly configured, athletes and their families will receive communications according to their preferences and be able to complete registrations more efficiently.  SportsEngine has created a Team Management Guide for Parents and Athletes that will help our members with frequently asked questions about our website and mobile app.

New to SportsEngine?

Here is your quick start guide to creating an account and using the SportsEngine platform as an athlete or parent.

STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR TEAM

Keep connected to your team(s). Get schedules and team updates for every athlete in the house, plus a way to message other members on your team and a way to give coaches a heads up about practice. Enjoy unlimited access to scores & stats, photo/video sharing, and more.


ESSENTIAL PARENT HOW-TO'S

Adding an additional guardian

In many instances, more than one parent or guardian needs to be in the loop with a child's sports life. Using the mobile app, you can add additional guardians to an account. Guardians can 1) View games and events 2) RSVP to games and events 3) Send and receive messages to coaches and team members 4) participate in team chat

Adding a Mobile Phone

Once you've created your account, add your mobile phone so you can receive text messages from your team manager or coach.

Enabling Text Messaging

Now that you have your mobile phone on your account, make sure you enable text messaging and any other notifications.

Following a Team on the SportsEngine Mobile App

Are you a family friend, grandparent or fan that wants to follow a specific team on the SportsEngine platform? Here is a quick guide to follow teams on the mobile app.

Forwarding Athlete Messages

Do you need a second parent, other family member or nanny to get messages about schedule changes or game times? Add a second email address to forward all communications.

Sending a Message

Do you need to send a question to your team manager or another parent about a ride? Follow these instructions on how to send messages using the mobile app.

RSVP to Game or Event

Coaches and team managers need to know if you are going to able to attend a game or practice. You can easily RSVP using the mobile application.

Team Management Guide for Parents & Athletes

Is your team using SportsEngine Team Management to manage RSVPs, schedules, and communication? This article will provide you with everything you need to know for a successful season!

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