USSA Membership early bird deadline

It is that time of year again! Register for your USSA Membership before October 15th to avoid any late fees. Go to to register.

Also, Anyone interested in hiking Bald Peak Trail this Saturday, October 3rd, meet at the trail head at 9am.

See you there! Amy

2016 Equipment rules and pointers

Equipment reminder: U14 and older must wear a FIS certified helmet. You can find them online and in most ski race shops.
2016 Equipment rules are posted on the MARA website.
Here are some basic tips when purchasing race skis…

For the beginner racer that has one pair of skis: 
-Skis should be nose height
-If a choice between a slalom or giant slalom ski, choose slalom.
For the competitive racer that has two pairs of skis.
-Do Not purchase skis with capped sidewalls or foam core.
-Slalom skis should be chin height, advanced racers may go just below nose height.
-GS skis should be to the top of head, advanced racers may go 1-3 inches above head.
*If you purchase used skis be sure to get a safety test on all bindings. You could end up buying a pair of bindings that are inoperable and most likely unsafe to ski on. It is recommended by the binding manufacturers to get a binding safety check every 30 days on snow, this will help with the longevity and safety of your bindings.

Mark Your Calendars

Next month, Stan and Dan’s in North Conway, NH is hosting a Fit Night for all local race team athletes looking to purchase race skis and equipment for the upcoming season. At 4pm on 10/11/15, SUNDAY, Stan and Dan’s closes to the public and opens up shop to the race community. Stan and Dan, their employees, multiple ski reps, local coaches and myself will be present to help find the right equipment for your racer. I would recommend Fit Night to athletes that competitively race with USSA or with their school. Come and get your questions answered, you do not need to buy equipment but their will be equipment available for purchase!
In tradition, we will have an in-house used equipment sale on Dryland Day. Mark your calendars, this years Dryland Day is Saturday, November 7th! More to come later!
Our last hike of the season is October 3: Bald Peak Trail. Meet at the Trail Head at 9am.
Looking forward to taking a group to Mt. Hood next summer, late June/early July 2016. I hope many of you will take advantage of this great opportunity!
Looking forward to switching gears! 

Time to Order Coats!

Please read this whole post carefully so you don’t miss anything important!  It is time to order coats for this season.  To get ahead of the game and get coats before the snow flies, our deadline is sooner this year – September 27.  There will be another later order date, but stock is already limited, so to ensure you get the size you want we encourage you to get it in this first round.

Below is the link to a webstore that Hurricane has created for us.  Seems like the coats run pretty true to size, but you might think about reaching out to another family with an athlete about the same size to get some feedback if you want to double check.  The coats feature the SPRT logo on the chest, but this year we will NOT be offering name embroidery.  It just took long and caused too many problems.  There are two choices to choose from for coats – one is more substantial – a 3 in 1 system with a zip out black quilted liner that will also have the SPRT logo on the chest.  The other is a soft shell coat that is more reasonably priced, but probably not warm enough for the coldest days without some good layering underneath.

There are also two vest choices on the site.

The prices listed on the site do not reflect our 30% discount, so don’t panic!!  Read below.

IMPORTANT – READ THIS:  Hurricane is offering us a team discount of 30% per unit, but they don’t like to post those prices publicly, so you MUST enter a discount code at checkout to get the team pricing.  Coupon code:  SPRT2015.

Orders for this round must be in no later than Sept. 27 – orders after that will be done at a later date – probably mid-Nov or so, but there will be surcharge because we cannot benefit from bulk embroidery, shipping, etc.  So CHEAPEST time to order is now.

Here’s the site: Shawnee Peak Store

Ledges Trail. This Sunday!

The SPRT Summer Hiking Series continues this Sunday, 8/16, with a hike up Ledges Trail. I will be at the trail head at 9 am to meet anyone that’s interested in hiking. You can access the trail head by driving about 2 miles past Shawnee Peak on Mountain Rd., if you drive over a bridge then you have gone too far.

All are welcome! Athletes, families and friends….It was great to see some parents join us on our last hike even though their kids were away at summer camp. 
Looking forward to seeing some of you this weekend!

Hike this Sunday 7/12

Our second scheduled hike for the Summer Hiking Series is this Sunday 7/12. We will meet at 9am in the parking lot of the Southwest Ridge Trail (directions below). I look forward to this hike every year, it’s gradual with some awesome views. *An added bonus; Its getting close to blueberry picking season, if ripe, anticipate a few blueberry breaks on the way to the summit*
Hope to see Sunday!

Directions to Southwest Ridge Trail.

From Denmark:
Start at the dam in Denmark, 
Go down Denmark Rd for 3.5 miles.
Trail head parking is on the Right, across from Spiked Ridge Drive
From Shawnee Peak parking lot:
At Shawnee, Head towards Fryeburg on 302, drive 3.3 miles,
At the blinking light (Denmark Rd.) turn Left.
2.3 miles down Denmark Rd merge Left (road just after the Pleasent Mt. Cemetary) and continue for .4 miles on Denmark Rd. until you reach Spiked Ridge Drive, the trail head parking lot will be across the road on your Left.

A message from Kevin Wall

I’m on the board of Loon Echo Land Trust (LELT).  Loon Echo owns Pleasant Mountain from Shawnee Peak to the Fire Tower.  We have an agreement with Chet to buy the North Peak (just above Upper Appalachian) including the Sue’s Way trial.  It’s a really worthwhile non-profit organization dedicated to preserving open space for public access in the Lakes Region area.  Because of its ownership of a good bit of Pleasant Mountain, it’s an organization particularly relevant to SPRT and worthy of the team’s support.  The Loon Echo Trek described below is important to LELT’s finances but also a very fun event for outdoor enthusiasts.  You can bike and/or hike in many combinations and finish the event with lunch and a free massage (at least last year) at the Shawnee Peak base lodge.  There are no minimum fund raising obligations or anything like that.  It’s just fun.  It would be great fun if a large group of SPRT families were able to join the Trek this year.


Click HERE for more info on this event.

Thank you!

 Kevin Wall


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