Seasonal Programs Family Page
We felt privileged to have such fabulous conditions this past weekend as the mountain reached 100% open. The previous week’s 41” of snow opened up the glades and it was nice to be in the woods with quiet snow, sounds muffled by the trees, and many lines to choose from. At times, one could ski and ride for minutes and not see another group.
Many of the Blazer groups went in search of hidden stashes of powder, while others feasted on the moguls that covered the trails. By the end of the day on Saturday, tired legs were a common denominator.
With safety always at the front of our minds, our groups follow a specific ‘Woods Protocol’ which they practice before they go into the trees. This consists of removing pole straps, covering eyes with goggles, using the buddy system, and making frequent stops. Depending on which ‘zone’ is being skied, two coaches work together so that there is a lead and a ‘tail gunner’ with the students in between. We want our kids to enjoy the woods safely and respectfully for years to come, so we take the extra time to demonstrate responsibility for our teammates, our environment, and ourselves.
Some of our Snow and Adventure Blazers spent time snowboarding on Sunday afternoon. This was the first of three planned weekends where the kids could try a new snow sport. We are excited about the unexpectedly high response, and apologize that we could not accommodate everyone on the same day. The next snowboarding dates are March 2nd and March 16th.
The Mountaineering Blazers spent the weekend in preparation for the MRV Ski Mountaineering Race to be held Feb 23rd. They skinned up Slide Brook Road, worked on their powder technique and also spent a little time digging snow caves. The group will get together Saturday evening to review logistics with parents and participants and we are looking forward to some social time before the big day.
Congratulations are in order to all of our Jr. Castlerock Extreme participants, especially Meg Madison (3rd in girls 8 & under), Samantha Rosen (1st in girls 9-11), and George Madison (3rd in boys 9-11). The Junior event is a prequel for the Annual Castlerock Extreme competition for ages 14 and over to be held in March.
We are currently enjoying a wonderful President’s Week, and it is great to see so many families enjoying some extra time in our winter playground. We look forward to seeing everyone again next weekend.
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Seasonal Program Specific Schedules
8:30-12:30pm for half day Micros, 8:30am-3pm for full day Micros. Meet and pick-up in The Schoolhouse. Please label your child's gear prior to arrival.
9:15am-12:30am for half day Minis, 9:15am-3pm for full day Minis.
Meet and pick-up in front of The Farmhouse, near the bottom of Gatehouse lift. At pick up, please allow the coach to return to the original meeting place by Gate House before picking up your child. This allows us to maintain a safe drop off area.
9:15am-3pm. Meet and pick-up near the “Stone Man” bench, at the bottom of Super Bravo.
9:15am-3pm. Meet and pick-up near the Stone Man, at the bottom of Super Bravo.
9:15am-3pm. Meet and pick-up near the Stone Man bench, at the bottom of Super Bravo.
9:15am-3pm. Meet and pick-up near the Gate House veranda, at the bottom of Super Bravo.
8:45am-3pm. Meet and pick-up near the Gate House fire pit, at the bottom of Super Bravo.
Mount Ellen Blazers
9:15am-3pm. Meet and pick-up behind the Mount Ellen base lodge.
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8:45am-3pm. Meet and pick-up at the Mount Ellen Yurt.
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Adult Programs - Essential Elements
9:15am-12:30pm. Meet at the bottom of Super Bravo.
Saturdays, 10am-2pm. Meet at the rock wall behind Gate House Lodge.