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    2005 Nationals

    I just started this thread to see what people wanted to see at the Nationals next year.

    One thing I would like to see is Picabo back.

    There was something else, but it has left my head for now.

    What else guys?
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    Wish list.

    1. East Coast venue... ANY Northern N.Y., Vermont, most N.H., or Maine
    have the mountains and facilities to host. (Selfish motives)
    2. Earlier in the season... I realise that from a $ point of view, the later the
    better for the resort. From a competitor's point of view, not so good.
    The weather this year and the rapid detereration of the courses put an
    undo burden on good competitors. Nastar did the right thing by can-
    celling races to avoid injuries, but those kind of conditions are far less
    likely to happen March 3rd than March 30th.
    3. Yeah, Picabo is a great representative for the sport. I think my 10 year
    old made the trek with me just to meet her. She was disappointed.
    4. Did I mention an East Coast venue? Not all years, but alternating. Just
    a thought.
    5. Pat said everyone could stay at his Okemo Condo. You know, the one
    with the (illegal) chairlift swing.

    Whatever the wish list we all may have, you got to give credit where credit is due. Bill, Derek, and the entire crew pull off one hell of a outing. A function of that size takes an awful lot of effort and they have proven themselves up to the task- Thanks again.

    6. By the way, did I mention an East Coast venue...........

    Ron S.

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    Ron...What do you think about it on the East cost? Maybe at bear creek :twisted: :roll: :wink:

    I was kinda disapointed when I hear Picabo wasn't coming last year, cause the year before she was GREAT.

    And yes the whole Nastar gang did a great job with what they had to work with this year.
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    Legistical nightmare.

    Dude,
    Bear Creek would be a legistical nightmare for lodging. Although there's
    a lot of hotels in and around Allentown, there's no central hub. They also
    don't have the capacity to accomodate so many (good) skiers without it looking like Roller Derby( or skier X which in itself looks like Roller Derby).
    AND if they hold it in late March we'll be mud skiing.
    New England has FIS venues and, of course, there's always Lake Placid...
    Ready made event site. However, my choice is Pat's house at Okemo. 1200
    people in his condo... works for me.
    Ron

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    Ron sorry man, forgot the <sarcasim> :P

    But I was just saying that cause its pretty close to you (I assume),
    But I can work with a condo..>But I'm not sure what the fire marshel would say to 1200 people in one house. :roll:
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    2005 Wish List

    Originally posted by skidude
    I just started this thread to see what people wanted to see at the Nationals next year.

    One thing I would like to see is Picabo back.

    There was something else, but it has left my head for now.

    What else guys?
    How about raising money for a ski-related cause? Would a NASTAR sponsor, like, say Atomic, donate product for a raffle? Would one of the USST members donate 2-3 hours for a private ski session? Would PCMR donate a free ski lesson or lift tickets? (This doesn't have to be limited to the event - it could be an on-going thing on the web site. Maybe the total raised that year could be announced at the championships.)
    Worthy recipients might be:
    (1) Scholarship funds
    -- Shelly Glover - VARA has a scholarship in her name
    -- Jeremy Glick (ski instructor who died on flight 93 attacking the hijackers) Memorial Scholarship Fund
    -- Ski Academies - Perhaps create one in Dick Durrance's name to aid a student attending a ski academy?
    (2) the US Ski Team - the money could be used to make a donation to the USSA/USST? They've had to make cuts in the important years right in the middle of the Olympics.
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    In general, there's too much emphasis on winning for kids. Having each racer under 18 receive something that recognizes their achievement of making the nationals would be great. It could be as simple as a certificate in a cardboard tube (protect it for shipping) that had their name, the year, and the mountain they represented. They could bring it home and hang it up.
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    We get great rep's from the racer side - how 'bout reps from the coaching/technical side. Could the USSA send coaches/tuners for talks? Could there be a talk on boot fitting, plates, footbeds, ski selection, etc? (Willy Wilz is now around...) How about ski tuning? How about off-season fitness? The importance of a good diet? Mental preparation?
    ---
    We had Carrie Sheinberg talk at our league's championships after the first day's event. She gave an awesome talk about putting results in perspective and the bonding between parent and racer that occurs traveling to/from ski races. Some talk of that type at the evening party would be great.
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    Would anyone be interesting in having some type of trade show? Sponsors could show their stuff: skis, ski magazine could give away samples, clothing mfgs, demo a few minutes on exercise equipment, etc.?
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    Could they set up a speed trap on the course, like one of those contraptions I see on the side of the road. "Your speed is XXX". ( Put the display at the bottom so you can read it after you've stopped. :shock: )
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    Have video of the course at the bottom on a one minute delay, so you can watch your run.
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    The attending USST members seem to be heavily weighted towards the men. Great for me with two boys, but perhaps some other female role models for those with girls would be good. We've had lots of great women on the USST and this year's team is chock full of talent - Koz, Clark, Mancuso, Mendes, Schleper...
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    Having someone younger, like Resi Steigler or TJ Lanning talk to the kids might be interesting. Their perspective of racing at the younger level is "fresher" and they may seem more approachable. I think it's also good to support newer members of the USST.
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    What a great question. Hmmmm.... I'll keep thinking.. that's all I have for now.

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    Great stuff Ron!!

    I need to think about that for a little while.

    At the request of another racer, I did ping Bill and get the dates for the Nationals next year!! I will put up a separate post this weekend announcing this information.

    The 2005 NASTAR Nationals will be again held at PCMR, as the last year of the contract between NASTAR and PCMR. After that, I dunno..........? :roll: We'll have to keep pumping this forum with solid ideas like these above and stimulate some discussion.

    Later....... :wink:
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    Nice thoughts everyone....

    Thanks for all the input and great ideas everyone.

    I did put in an extra shower and I'm ripping out the downstairs shower to replace it with a tub (with jets) but our maximum sleeping accomodations is 12. Sorry. :cry:

    There is room in the yard to pitch tents however...

    I'm looking forward to going back to Park City one more time. After that, an East Coast venue would be nice.

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    Re: 2005 Nationals

    Originally posted by skidude
    I just started this thread to see what people wanted to see at the Nationals next year.
    If I go, I want to see decent course maintainance.

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    I wanted to take more time and put more thought into this post. At the rate I am going it will never happen so I just wanted to put my two cents in. I understand the desire for an east coast site, but in order to get a sufficent amount of qualifying time in the race has to be in late season and east coast snow is just not reliable enough to not only support decent race conditions, but all the general skiing that goes on with the rest of the family over several days.

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