TRAINING INFO FAQs

When does the email come out for this week’s schedule?

The Program Director usually sends a weekly email on Thursday highlighting the previous week’s accomplishments and information about the upcoming weekend. Information about training disciplines and races is updated online on your athlete’s smartsheet. An email will be automatically sent to you if any of the information on the smartsheet changes.

Where should I pick up my racer at the end of the day?

Athletes are usually at the SPAC shack at the end of the day, putting away any race equipment and/or having as final meeting with coaches.

What time do the racers break for lunch?

Generally, SPAC has the racers “break” for lunch on a training day at 11:00am. This enables the athletes to beat some of the lunch crowd rush during ski school season so that they can relax and eat, and then resume training usually around 12:00. On race days, breaking for lunch will be completely dependent upon the race schedule and the inspection times for the second runs, so athletes should check in with their race coaches to determine when best to break for lunch so as not to miss an inspection or a race start.

What time do the racers finish training?

Night training generally ends around 8:00 pm, assuming there were no interruptions to extend training, and also that all training equipment has been pulled from the course and returned to the SPAC shack. Weekend training for Mighty Mites generally ends around 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm for Juniors.

What time do the racers meet and where?

All racers typically meet at the SPAC shack at their appointed time for the start of training. On weekends, the start time is generally 8:45 AM. For night training, it is usually 5:30pm.

How should I contact a coach and when is it ok to contact a coach?

Coaches may be reached via email or cell phone. If you are contacting them on a race day, please be respectful of the race schedule and demands of coaching on a race day, and temper your contact to an appropriate contact time so as not to disrupt their primary objective of coaching the athletes. On non-race days, coaches may be reached via email or cell. If you are trying to reach them following a race, please allow for a day off after the race before contacting them so that they can also catch up on their “non-ski racing lives” particularly if coaching the race involved travel.

Does SPAC conduct dry land training in the off-season time frame?

Yes, SPAC offers dry land training opportunities in the fall for both Mighty Mites and Juniors racers. However, some training is targeted more for the Junior racers. See Program Information about Dry land training opportunities.