WVBBTS Camps Update

Hi everyone,

Thank you to those families who replied to our email assessing interest in skiing in Austria in late June. As we expected, we returned a fairly broad range of feedback, from some folks who are ready to travel again very soon, to others who would not consider a trip for the foreseeable future. As we hopefully can all agree, there are no right or wrong answers here. As I’ve heard from a few sources lately, we are all in the same sea, but we’re in different boats – that is true, and my heart is with every member of our community, regardless of your individual circumstances. For everyone – without exception – this situation presents unique challenges.

After discussion with staff, other program leaders across our industries (schools, summer camps, and ski academies), and our Board of Trustees, I have made the following determination about summer camps.

We are cancelling the Hintertux camp in June.

Our focus for summer training will be working through progressively more complex camp environments, as we determine best practices and establish safety, cleaning, and social distance protocols appropriate for our environments. No BBTS/WVA coaches or programming will be permitted to operate outside these levels without explicit clearance.

We will be following a Tiered Approach to Summer Camps:

Tier 1 – When we are permitted to do so, most likely in late June or July pending guidance from the governor of NH, we will begin running summer day camps on the WVA campus in Waterville Valley. These will be alpine dryland training camps and/or freeski/freestyle dryland and ramp camps. We are working on protocols to allow us to utilize the AirBag site and it may be available by the time we’re ready to run. Day camps will be 5-day sessions and may be limited to groups of 8 – we believe we will be able to run at least two groups of 8 (one freeski/freestyle and one alpine) but total gathering numbers will follow in the next set of NH recommendations and we need to ensure we have sufficient space between individuals and groups. Specific protocols around day camps will specify social distancing, and all camps will be based out-of-doors (we do not intend to use the Tom Barbeau Training Center in Tier 1). Day campers will bring their own food and drink each day. As is our norm for dryland camps, we’ll provide activity, training, focus, and fun(!!) in an environment where kids are motivated to get better, stronger, and learn new skills.

Tier 2 – Summer overnight or indoor camps. As we follow recommendations in NH and also observe practices of other summer camps, we will aim for an overnight camp session (at least one, potentially two) in later July or August. This would be a week-long dryland camp with lodging available in the WVA dorm, and meals served in our dining room. This would also be available to Day campers.

Tier 3 – Travel. As we continue to gauge risks, recommendations, and safety protocols around gatherings, testing, social distance, and travel, we will continually assess whether we can safely travel to ski. At this point, we have loose aspirations of traveling to ski with small groups in late July or August, either domestically at Mt Hood, or internationally in Saas Fee, Switzerland. There are many variables to work out for either destination, and we’ll communicate when we are able to confirm details such as dates or recommended ages. Either destination would be an option for both freeski/freestyle and alpine groups.

We will be updating the website to reflect sign-ups for dryland camps soon. Given the restrictions on group numbers, we are also anticipating more interest than we can safely accommodate, at least in the first few weeks. Please know that we are going to err on the side of safety oversize for the foreseeable future, and thank you in advance for your patience if you aren’t able to register your child for the dates you’d prefer. We will not be doing daily drop-ins for any day or session this summer. All registration will be done in advance online. We will also circulate information before we make registrations live so you will have equivalent access.

I know this email will leave many families in limbo on summer skiing, which I understand may be frustrating but which I can’t fix – I think we’re all growing big muscles in the area of ‘managing uncertainty’ through this process, and I am doing my best to communicate the things we know and the things we don’t know.

Thank you for all your support and participation, and I look forward to seeing many of you over the course of this summer….or your foreheads and eyes, at least!

In masked solidarity,

Tory

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Tickets for 2nd Annual WVBBTS Winter Fiesta Now on Sale!

WVBBTS Winter Fiesta Sponsored by Sport Thoma

February 15th, 5:30 – 10:30 at La Hacienda Restaurant Join us for Dinner, Dancing, Auctions, and more!

Tickets are available at wvbbts.givesmart.com
While you’re there check out some of the Auction and raffle items!

Can’t make it to the event? No problem, Givesmart makes it easy to be involved even if you can’t be there. Use the online auction site to place bids and buy raffle tickets! Items will be open for bidding 1 week in advance of the event!

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WVBBTS Fall Festival Returns! Registration now Open!

WVBBTS will once again host a fun filled Fall weekend for Columbus day!

Join us October 12th – 14th for WVBBTS Fall Festival. Activities will include, golf & tennis tournament, Fall Fest Dinner, and the Ski Swap. To register for the events use the link below! Participants of all ages are welcome to play in this fun day of competition, join in on all three. Play a round, catch up with all of your WVBBTS friends and enjoy the beauty of the Valley in the Fall! Tickets for dinner will be $50 before and $60 at the door. The menu will be Surf & Turf with Baked Lemon Salmon & Sirloin Steak. Due to space restrictions dinner is only for adults.

Tennis Tournament – Waterville Valley Tennis Courts (10/12-12pm)
Golf Tournament – Waterville Valley Golf Club (10/12 – 3 pm)
Fall Fest Dinner – Waterville Valley Golf Club House (10/12 – 5pm)

https://wvbbts.sportngin.com/register/form/830229421


Hole & Court Sponsorships are available for Columbus Day Weekend!

Sponsor a golf hole or a tennis court for $100. Dedicate a hole to your son or daughter, buy one for your best friend, or include your business name & logo! How about sponsoring Tom’s Tee or Gilly’s Green? You can even keep the sign as a keepsake of this awesome weekend. You can even put their picture on the sign!

If interested please contact Maggie McGovern for details or use the link below to sign up

mmcgovern@wvbbts.org or (603)-236-4246 ext 112


Annual WVBBTS Ski Swap!

It would not be Columbus Day Weekend with out the Ski Swap!

Saturday, 10/12: 9am-5pm
Sunday, 10/13: 9am-4pm

Waterville Valley Town Square

Used ski and snowboard equipment in good, safe condition can be dropped off at the Swap tent in Town Square from 3-6 pm on Friday, October 11th or 8-9 am on Saturday, October 12th. Sale proceeds will be split with 70% to the seller and 30% to WVBBTS. Unsold equipment must be picked up at the tent by 4 pm on Sunday. WVBBTS is not responsible for unclaimed items after this time

For more information please visit  https://wvbbts.org/swap/

Keep an eye out for more information on volunteering and gear drop off

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Registration Prices to Increase August 5th!

Only 5 days remain to get in your early bird registration!

Prices will go up after AUGUST 5th for returning families!

FAQs about WVBBTS!
Q: What is the difference between the High School Program and weekend U16 or U19s?
A: The High School program is for alpine racers 9th grade and up, and is designed for those who may not be able to commit to an entire season but, still want to compete and improve their skiing. Many racers in this program are top tier racers for their high schools back home. The program is a half the amount of days for half the price of the full time weekend program. Competing in several USSA races during the year is highly encouraged, including the Clay Soper Memorial held at Waterville.
The U16 and U19 weekend programs on the other hand is a full winter commitment, with a full slate of races and training. Top U16 athletes aspire to compete in the Eastern U16 Finals, the U16 Eastern Championships and ultimately the U16 Nationals. U19s will also compete through out the season, primarily in USSA races, but also in FIS races.

Q: We are a new family to WVBBTS, now what?
A: WELCOME to the family, we are excited to have you! First, please do not hesitate to reach out and ask questions to coaches or administration, we are here to help. For new families we have created an online resource to help answer questions, the link can be found here https://wvbbts.sportngin.com/newmembers.
On that site you will also find a form to fill out an application for a “New Member Ambassador”, which will match you up with a veteran family to help you navigate the waters! Lastly, we highly encourage that you attend our early season meet and greets, stay tuned for details!

Q: Why do I need to by a US Ski & Snowboard license if my child does not compete in US Ski & Snowboard competitions?
A: All members of WVBBTS are required to have a USSA license in order to be covered under Club Liability Insurance. For those athletes who do not compete or only compete in USASA events, we suggest purchasing the $20 general membership from USSA

Q: What does my child need for equipment?
A: The best way to learn what your child will need for equipment this season is to attend one of our “FIT Days” on September 1st or October 13th. Coaches will be in attendance to give you advice on what you need and what sizes to purchase.

Q: What are the 2019 Masters rates?
A: We are excited to announce that the rate of the Masters Program is $1,200 for the 2019/2020 season. There is also the Masters 10 pack option for $1,025. We are highly encouraging Masters racers to commit to the entire season to help build an great group for adult racers!

Q: What are the rates for my child’s program for Winter 2019/2020
A: Rates for each program can be found by looking under WVBBTS on the home page and then finding your specific sport/team. The document below also provides a list of all the program rates, Remember that these rates will increase after August 5th for returning families!
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2019/2020 Registration Now Open!

Registration for the 2019/2020 Winter Season is now open

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A SUPPORTING MEMBERSHIP

It is hard to believe as we go into the first week of summer that Winter is just right around the corner! It’s time to start thinking snow! Early bird registration will be open from July 1st to August 5th. Get your registration in early to ensure the lowest prices.

We have made to a new registration platform, Sports Engine for this year! Along with registrations, Sports Engine has a fully integrated communications app! Sign up for Sports Engine and download the app to stay up to date on the latest WVBBTS happenings. Coaches will be using the app all season long to update schedule, send messages, and more. We are always looking for ways to better communicate with families, and we believe this is going to be a great addition!

Sports Engine also allowed us to create a members website. On this site you can find each teams page, calendars, camp registrations and more. If you are a new member of WVBBTS there is a whole page dedicated just to you.

If you have any questions about registration please reach out to Maggie McGovern, mmcgovern@wvbbts.org or call 603-236-4246 ext 112.

 

 

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U.S Ski & Snowboard names WVBBTS Freeski Club of the Year

2019 U.S Ski & Snowboard Freeskiing Club of the Year!

2 Nor-Am/Rev Tour wins │ 4 Nor-AM/Rev Tour podium Finishes │ 5 athletes currently in the top 10 on the Nor-Am tour │ 3 World Cup starts │ 1 top 10 World Cup finish │ 2 invited athletes to Junior Worlds

Waterville Valley, NH- May 13th– U.S Ski & Snowboard has named WVBBTS/Waterville Valley Academy the 2019 Freeski Club of the year. The club of the year is presented to a U.S. Ski & Snowboard Competition Club in each sport, which has distinguished itself in providing direction to young athletes through high-level competition programs resulting in athletic success.

WVBBTS was selected not only for its success at the highest level of competition, but for the commitment to train and develop young athletes. Grace Henderson and Hunter Henderson, current WVA student-athletes were both named to the US Ski Team in 2019, while a number of others competed in the highest level of competition including Nor-Ams. Accomplishments for WVA/WVBBTS Freeski this season include two Nor-Am/Rev Tour wins, four Nor-Am/Rev Tour podium finishes, five athletes who finished in the Top 10 of the Nor-Am Tour, three World Cup starts, one Top 10 World Cup result, and two athletes invited to the Junior Worlds Championships. Additionaly, WVA/WVBBTS, in combination with Waterville Valley Resort, were recognized for holding a number of regional and national competitions throughout the year, including a slopestyle Nor-Am, once again showing a commitment to growing the sport.

The Freeski program is headed by Program Director Dan Shuffleton and coach Matt Crowe. Their leadership and dedication to the program is outstanding and worthy of recognition. Additionally, Shuffleton has been nominated for 2019 Freeski Coach of the year by US Ski & Snowboard. Shuffleton was previously named USSA Development Coach of the Year and  Freeski Coach of the Year in  2013 and 2014, respectively. The Freeski Club of the year award will be presented on May 16th, in Park City Utah at the annual USSS Congress.

Founded in 1934 , WVA/WVBBTS is committed to supporting the Motto of “Pioneering Snowsports and Cultivating Tomorrow’s Leaders” Offering both a weekend program and fulltime snowsports academy, WVA/WVBBTS is a leader in snowsports.  WVA/WVBBTS is a 501c3 non-profit organization. For more information on Waterville Valley Academy or WVBBTS, vist wvbbts.org

 

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BBTS Winter Fiesta Online Auction

Can’t make it to BBTS Winter Fiesta on February 9th??
Do you still want the chance to win awesome prizes all while helping out BBTS?

We have got you covered!
The Online Auction is now open for bidding!
https://wvbbts.org/bbts-winter-fiesta-online-auction/

  • Place proxy bids by clicking on the name of the item you would like and filling out the form. At the end of the night if you are the highest bid you will win with out even having to be there!
  • You can also buy raffle tickets before the event. Take a look at all of the awesome raffle prizes, buy your tickets, and fill out the form at the top. Your name will automatically be entered into the drawing!

Visit https://wvbbts.org/bbts-winter-fiesta-online-auction/ to place your bids and buy your raffle tickets. or do so buy clicking HERE!

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Tickets for BBTS Winter Fiesta are now available!

Tickets are now available for the 1st annual BBTS Winter Fiesta. In conjunction with the World Pro Ski Tour weekend, BBTS will be hosting a Dinner and Auction at La Hacienda Restaurant. This is a great way to get out and have some fun with the BBTS family during the longest (and coldest) part of the season. The night will include a buffet dinner, raffles, silent and live auctions, dancing, family, and fun. All of the proceeds from the evening will go directly to the BBTS Annual fund in order to bridge the gap between tuition and fees and the actual cost of delivering our world-class programs to all our athletes from Mitey Mites to Masters

The event will be held on February 9th, 5:30- 10:30, at La Hacienda Restaurant in Waterville Valley Town Square. The cost of the event will be $50 per adult, $25 per child. Registration information can be found HERE!

Purchase Tickets: HERE!

Auction Items
Get a preview of what Silent and Live Auction Items will be available, as well as raffle prizes.

Prizes Include
-High Country Double Chair
-A trip to the U.S Tennis Open
-A ride on the WV groomer
-Trail signs from the mountain
-Fly fishing trip with Eric Wallace
-Bruins & Celtics Tickets
-Tito’s & Tuning for Two
-Local Restaurant Gift Cards
– Much More!!

Interested in donating to the Auction? If you would like to donate a vacation home, sports tickets, donations from your business, etc, please contact Director of Communications Maggie McGovern
mmcgovern@wvbbts.org (603) 236-4246

Looking forward to a great event! See you all February 9th

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2018 Ron Boulay Coaching Award

WVBBTS is honored to announce that, Jason Guilbert, Head U14 Coach and Junior Alpine Program Director has been named the recipient of this year’s Ron Boulay Award Coaching Award.

 

Jason is a WVBBTS and WVA Alumni, who began his coaching career in 1999. From 2009-2017, he was WVA’s Head Men’s FIS Coach. This season was his first working with our junior racers. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Jason was also highly involved in maintaining the safety of our on-hill venues. Jason had this to say about being named the award winner.
“I am honored to receive the Ron Boulay Award this year. I thank everyone for the support I received this season as I transitioned into my new role.”

Mike Savage, WVBBTS Alpine Program Director, commended Jason for his nomination, “Receiving this award exemplifies Jason’s incredible commitment to and support of all of our programs, both on and off the hill.
I would like to thank him for helping make all our programs superlative and ensuring that WVBBTS continues to provide a “World Class” experience!”

This prestigious coaching award, which was established in 2011, is given annually to the BBTS alpine coach who has best displayed BBTS’s core values of integrity, teamwork, learning and excellence and has shown devotion and dedication to the athletes, the program, and the sport. Past recipients include:
2012 Ron Boulay and Tom Barbeau
2013 Fred Turton
2014 Joe Sampson and Todd Harris
2015 Jeff Sampson
2016 Jason Guilbert
2017 Bowen Holden

Congratulations to Jason from all the WVBBTS family!
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WVBBTS Names Tory Amorello new Executive Director

The Board of Trustees for WVBBTS SEF, Inc., home of Waterville Valley Academy (WVBBTS) is pleased to announce they have unanimously selected Victoria (Tory) Amorello to become the next Executive Director and Head of School. Ms. Amorello is currently the Director of Enrollment, Financial Aid, and External Programs at Burke Mountain Academy. The appointment of Ms. Amorello is effective as of July 1, 2018.

“The Board and staff are so excited to have Tory join WVBBTS,” said Andrew Borggaard, Chairman of the Board of WVBBTS, in his announcement to the WVBBTS community. “A rising star in the snowsports academy world, Tory has established a reputation for excellence, very successfully leading enrollment efforts and student life at Burke. Tory shows a deep understanding of the complexities of an organization like WVBBTS, borne from her experience as an administrator, coach, educator and mentor for student-athletes. Tory is incredibly well positioned to lead WVBBTS forward.”

In a statement to the WVBBTS community, Ms. Amorello expressed her admiration for WVBBTS and her eagerness to begin her new role:

“I am very honored to be chosen to lead WVBBTS, which has a storied history as one of the oldest snowsports clubs in the country. WVBBTS’ weekend and academy student-athletes have been very successful both on and off the snow and I consider it a privilege to join the organization at such an exciting time. There is tremendous momentum at the Waterville Valley resort, as well as with the club and academy. My husband, Sam, my daughter, Cecelia, and I cannot wait to join this tight-knit community.”

Ms. Amorello is a New England native and is thrilled to be able to take this very significant next step in her career so close to home. She grew up in Massachusetts and attended the White Mountain School in Bethlehem, New Hampshire. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Environmental Sciences at Whitman College in Washington State and then went on to complete her Masters in Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston. A 3-year Division I alpine skier and team captain at Whitman, Ms. Amorello remains an avid skier, mountain biker, and hiker. She is also a USSA-certified alpine coach.

From a young age, Ms. Amorello been deeply involved with the national ski community. She grew up skiing for the Franconia Ski Club, then spent years in the Western US, where she began coaching and teaching in 2006 at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, CO.  She has been with Burke Mountain Academy since 2009, where she has overseen many operational areas, most notably recruitment, enrollment, and student life. During her career, Ms. Amorello has forged strong ties with student-athletes, families, colleagues, and contemporaries not just at Burke, but throughout the snowsports academy world. In addition to her administrative work, Amorello has served as an Alpine coach for U14 and U16 athletes at BMA.

In his announcement, Borggaard also thanked Gary Benedix for serving as Interim Executive Director during the search process:

“We are so fortunate to have had Gary at WVBBTS for such a long time. He has served us in so many roles over the years. Along with the rest of the senior management team, Gary has provided valuable transition leadership for us this year. I look forward to Gary continuing to play a critical role going forward.”

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