Fall 2020 Coaches Update

Greetings. The Juneau Ski Club is looking forward to the 2020-2021 Alpine ski season!

The 2019-2020 ski season was filled with snow and it was a blast! We watched racing and training athletes improve on a daily basis and had days upon days of powder skiing allowing us to improve our powder and crud technique. Unfortunately, the lift served season fizzled out quietly and too soon with the early shutdown of activities. We missed out on a number of important activities like a FreeRide competition, U12/U14 State Championships, the JSC Dress-Up Slalom, and our year-end BBQ and awards ceremony. However, WE ARE BACK, are looking forward to building on the athletes’ success in the upcoming season, and can’t wait to make up for lost time this fall and winter!

We are pleased to announce that Kevin Stell has been named the new JSC Head Coach! He will oversee the training and racing programs, structure, and focus for all the JSC programs – Mitey Mites, DEVOs, Juniors, and FreeRide. He is a local homegrown talent, grew up in the JSC programs, went on to compete at the international level on the World Cup circuit, and is excited to bring his knowledge, passion, and ability to the JSC and our athletes. He is accomplished and confident, skilled and humble, and will make an immediate impact with our programs. Look for him in the JSC Race Room and on the mountain and say hi.

The JSC secured a Youth Activity Grant from the City and Borough of Juneau this year in the amount of $11,113. This will allow us to keep program costs down and purchase equipment for the various program, including timing equipment for training and racing, pennies/bibs for the Mitey Mite group, course setting gear, and dryland fitness equipment.

We were working on painting the JSC finish shack at the bottom of Hilarys but due to such a wet summer this has taken a hiatus till spring 2021. The work to prep and paint the building is being donated by KVP Painting with the paint and supplies donated by Valley Paint Center. This should help the look of the building, protect its exterior for years to come, and should enhance our visibility on the mountain and to the public.

JSC hosted a visit by a United States Ski and Snowboard Association inspector recently and walked the mountain looking at training and race venues and run improvements. USSA is the governing body of alpine ski racing in the US and the visit was to affirm our training and racing venues meet the national legal and safety requirements. It was a dry and beautiful day on the mountain and with the support and attendance of the Eaglecrest GM, we had a very productive conversation about the future of alpine

ski racing in Juneau. We expect approval from USSA and are excited about the possibility of expanding our racing venues and options. 

The JSC Board has been working on the plan and programs for the upcoming season. While we have been working quietly through the summer, it is time for all current and interested members to get involved and start thinking skiing. You are invited and encouraged to attend the virtual board meetings and JSC events. We exist as a program to provide a service, and your participation in guiding that service is important. Look for ways to contribute, whether at the board meetings, as a volunteer, or as a committee lead.

Continue to get outside and come up to the mountain – it is a beautiful time of year with the colors changing the scenery and the temperatures teasing us with the promise of a great ski season!

Randy, Kevin, and the JSC Board Members and all your coaches!

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