The Merch Tent is here!!!!

All good things come to those who wait. A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. Well, wait no longer and step into the St Mortiz merch tent! We’re starting small, so our first release will feature a Hoodie and a cap.

 Hoodie is Navy, pull over, midweight fleece

Hoodie is Navy, pull over, midweight fleece

There will be a product page and shopping cart on the website real soon, but for now, please email us through your order stmoritzskiclub@gmail.com.au.

HOODIE - $65ea
260GSM 80% Cotton / 20% Polyester
Midweight fleece
Relaxed fit
Navy

Cap - $25
Black with logo on front
velcro on rear

Shipping - $12 flat fee
or pick up from Cooma - $0

Account Name: St Moritz Thredbo Ski Club Inc
BSB: 032-720
Account Number: 215794
Reference: Please use your family name as the transaction reference 

We’ll be placing a bulk order on Sept 28th so email through your orders and make your payment ASAP!

2018 Presentation Night

Our 2018 Presentation night took place this year at the Cooma Car club. It was a great night, full of socialising and swapping ski stories. We also revealed our new updated logo and branding! The kids had a great time and the results went like this:

Under 8 girls:
- 3rd place: Alice Fergusson
- 2nd place: Storm Rowe
- 1st place: Heidi Betar

Under 10 girls
- Sienna Sky

Under 10 Boys
- 3rd Place: Ari Geach
- 2nd Place: Archie Fergusson
- 1st Place: Cian Thornton

Under 12 Girls
- 3rd place: Marli Dixon
- 2nd Place: Juliet Betar
- 1st place: Emerson Crandall

Under 12 Boys
- 2nd place: Lachlan Sky
- 1st place: Dash Rowe

Under 14 Girls
- 1st place: Mackenzie Deane

Under 14 Boys
- 2nd place: Jamie Glover
- 1st place: Oliver Betar

Under 16 Boys
- 2nd place: Max Van Der Plaat
- 1st place: Lewis Teasey

Under 18 Boys
- Peter Brunig

Alice Jones Award
-Mackenzie Deane

Jibmeister
- Lewis Teasey

Instructor Awards:
Damian - Marli Dixon
Matteo - Juliet Betar
Nadia - Emerson Crandall & Oliver Betar

Fastest Dad - Bruce Geach

Fastest Mum - Sam Halpern

Wooden Spoon - Kirsty Betar

Club Person of the year: Elizabeth Van Der Plaat

Thanks again to our resident shooter, JettyBlue Photography Also a huge thank you to our major sponsors for 2018: Thredbo, Rhythm Snowports and Deane Transport Services


Here’s our raceday movie for those who didn’t catch all the action:

Dead Horse Gap Run 2018

What a fantastic day for the official end of our 2018 season! Our athletes, coaches and parents assembled at the bell before making their way through the wilderness down to dead horse gap.

While the snow cover was ample, the quality wasn’t quite the dry pow we had last season. Not that anyone cared! All our athletes had a ball skiing the back country and it was a new experience for a few of the adults too.

Thanks to the Thredbo Ski Patrol for hearding us all safely through the trees and thanks to our treasurer Elizabeth for arranging our excellent BBQ feast at the Dead Horse Gap carpark. Our Transport sponsor, Deane Transport Services was there as usual to lend a hand with a coach to transport us all back to Thredbo at the end of the day.

See the fun and re-live your favourite moments from this years Dead Horse Gap run!

St Moritz Program kicks off with a bang!

What a fantastic start to our season! With so much snow on the ground, and sun in the sky, it was easy to be mistakenly thinking we were back in August 2017! We welcomed a few new skiers - Marlie, Ari and Sienna! It it was great to see a few more familiar faces back again.

We also welcomed our new instructor Matteo. Fresh from Italy, he's taking over Damian's squad from last season whilst Damian fills Margi's shoes with our new skiers. Damian's extensive experience will for sure see our younger skiers rapidly rise through the ranks.

See you on Sunday for another week of fantastic St Moritz skiing! Don't forget to tell all your friends about our school holiday program!

Join our School Holiday Program!

We understand that a weekly Sunday commitment can be too hard for some families, especially when trying to fit other weekend sports into the timetable. So we've come up with the perfect solution - our July School holiday program. The holiday program runs in parallel to our standard program and depending on numbers, the holiday athletes will have their own dedicated expert instructors and will be grouped in ability.

The holiday program runs over 5 days; July 15, 16, 17 + 19, 20 and includes 6hrs of expert ski tuition each program day and a FREE return ski bus from Cooma, with stops at Berridale and Jindabyne.

And at only $120 per child per day, our holiday program is leaps and bounds ahead in value for money compared to other 5 day camps available on the mountain that start at $979*!

Spots are limited, so register your interest TODAY!

Name *
Name
What are their names, their ages and skiing abilities?

* based on Thredbo Snow Sports "Max 4" 5 day clinic valued at $979RRP

Adult Lessons and Masters Racing in 2018

Adult lessons are back in 2018 for St Mortiz members. They have always been a great way to sharpen your skills and meet other club members. Some with kids in the program, others are long time members, their athletes long flown the St Moritz coop.

Just like the kids program, the adults will have consistency of instructor and we hope to secure the fabulous Andrea again this season - but its dependent on numbers, so register your interest now by emailing us all your details and how many adults in your family that would like to sign up for adult lessons.

You can be of any level, beginner to experienced. Once we have our numbers we will group you with other parents of similar ability. Michelle did a fab job of coordinating our parent lessons last season. David van der Plaat is in charge of the adult lessons this year.
 

Important Info:

  • The lessons are held on Sundays from July 8

  • Groups of 3 or max of 4 skiers

  • 3 - 4 lessons per season on a roster to follow (dependent on numbers)

  • Lessons are 2 hrs each

  • Start times of 9am / 11am / 1.30pm

  • $65 per skier/ per lesson (hopefully - TBC)

  • Adult lessons only available to active club members

If you are interested in joining in, please contact David ASAP directly on email: david@hctruss.com.au or 0401 877 552 by Friday 22rd June.
Register your interest now so we can arrange the groupings and secure our favourite instructor for the season.

St Moritz is also on the look out for adult members to join our Masters Team! This year the Thredbo Masters is on July 27 & 28. Our president has even offered her services as team coach! All the event info is HERE

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Meet our Coaches - Manuel

St Moritz Ski Club is unique in that we have our pick of the best instructors Thredbo has to offer. In fact, we have instructors knocking on our door, begging to come coach St Moritz! Every winter, the same amazing instructors return year after year so we can offer a level of coaching consistency and learning fluency that no other program in the mountains can offer.

One of these fab instructors is the coach of our race squad, Manuel. 2018 will be his 4th season with St Moritz and we are so excited to have him back in Thredbo. And we'd love for you to meet him...

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Manuel was born in Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy) in 1984 and started skiing at the age of 3 years. As Manuel says "I married with my ski boots!" (I'm sure his girlfriend is happy to hear that ;-) Manuel raced in Italy until the age of 16, but unfortunately his World Cup racing dreams were cut short due to injury. Not to be deterred in making a career on the snow, he achieved his ski instructor qualifications in 2004. Since then, he has expanded his teaching and gained further qualifications in specialties such as telemark, free-ride and disabled snow sports. In 2013 Manuel achieved the accreditation of Italian Federal Ski Coach. "I love skiing!! Ski is my life.."

Meet our Athletes - Dash Rowe

If you're wondering if the St Moritz program is right for your little athlete who has big race goals for 2018, we'd like to introduce you to Dash.

Dash and his little sister Storm joined St Moritz with their family for the first time in 2017 but has been skiing Thredbo since he was 2. As a 9yr old with a few interschool races under his belt and a penchant for speed, Dash fit right in perfectly with Manuel's race squad. Our race squad is made up of kids of all ages, but their abilities are all very similar. Even though he is one of the youngest in the squad by a few years, Manuel's intuition and flexibility to adapt the day's skiing program to suit his student's skiing AND mental maturity ensured that Dash flourished early on in the program.

Dash's skiing goal for the 2017 season was to qualify for the Interschools State titles which requires a top 10 finish place at the regionals. Something that he had not been able to achieve before. Being that he competes for his Sydney primary school in the Northern NSW division, which is held very soon after our program starts, Manuel had his work cut out for him. But, Manuel's years of experience coaching kids and our program's focus on holistic skills aquisition, meant that Dash did not have to spend every minute training gates to improve rapidly.

During the Interschools regional titles, Dash placed 8th, earning him a place at the State titles. He then completed the St Moritz July holiday program and prepared for the State titles in Perisher in August. As part of his preparation, he raced in a number of satellite races such as the TSRC cup and the Redlands cup where he made the top 10 and 12 despite being pushed into the under 12s due to his August birthday.

 Here's Dash racing the TSRC cup in July 2017

Here's Dash racing the TSRC cup in July 2017

The State titles roll around in August at Perisher and with his 2017 skiing goal in the bag, Dash raced in the Alpine and Skier X without expectations. His preparations and St Moritz coaching paid off! He finished 9th in the alpine, earning him a spot at the National Titles in Mt Buller!

He then competed in our annual St Moritz race day. The conditions were less than favourable, but ski racing can't be all sunshine and groomers, so the kids raced anyway, adding to their "have skills, will ski in and on anything" bag of tricks, and we all had a ball! During classes, Dash had proved to be very eager to learn and progress, which saw him achieve our club's highest race award in only his first year of skiing with St Moritz - the Alice Jones award. This is awarded to the skier who achieves the fastest single run of the day and is in honour of our previous St Moritz athlete, Alice Jones, who went on to an amazing international ski career and Australia's best ever Olympic level Alpine result of 12th place in the combined at the Salt Lake City Winter Games.

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Dash receiving the Alice Jones award at our presentation day along with trophies for the fastest U10 boy and the instructors award for most improved.

With the St Moritz program coming to a close in late August, a week before the Nationals, Dash and his coach worked hard on his overall ski technique which paid dividends at Buller. The day of the Div 5 boys alpine came and a huge cold front dumped a blizzard on Mt Buller. With conditions less than ideal (gale force winds and heavy fog rendered any course inspection completely futile), Dash took a start hut phone call from his coach Manuel back in Thredbo. With last minute pep talk and a season of skiing everything and anything in all conditions under his belt, Dash launched out of the start gate into the fog.

Unfazed by the "hideous" (according to his Mum) weather and very heavy snow conditions, Dash confidently and skillfully negotiated the tough course to earn a very respectable 16th place out of 63 starters. What's worth noting about his efforts, is that Dash was actually the 5th fastest competitor from NSW, meaning that most of the competitors who had previously beaten him at race meets with perfect snow and weather conditions, were nowhere to be seen when the going got tough. Training gates alone does not guarantee race results. Overall skiing competency and a training program focused on skills acquisition such as St Moritz, is what propelled Dash from a regional top 20 finisher, to a National level skier in one season. 

 Dash competing in the soup that was the Interschools Nationals at Mt Buller

Dash competing in the soup that was the Interschools Nationals at Mt Buller

We're looking forward to having Dash back in our program in 2018 and we can't wait to see what he and his coach Manuel can achieve in 2018. Go Dash!

If you'd like more information about our 2018 program, or just to chat about how St Moritz can help your child achieve their skiing goals, connect with us HERE. We'd love to hear from you!

Only One Month to go!!!! St Moritz 2018 Program Blasts off June 24!

We're only one month away from our program start date of 2018, so we thought you might like to know a little bit more about our programs and what you can expect...
 

If your family has never been part of a ski club before, it may seem a bit daunting at first. Sure, it’s more of a commitment than casual ski school group lessons and your little skier may be anxious about what goes on, but rest assured, St Moritz has trained children of all ages and abilities for generations…and they keep returning to our program year after year.

The main focus of St Moritz is skill development. We want our little skiers to be happy and confident skiers, because happy little skiers turn into talented teenager racers and accomplished adult skiers who continue the love of snowsports with their own families. Confidence is established by developing a wide range of skills so that our athletes can cope with whatever the mountain throws at them. Our beautiful snowy environment is unpredictable and at times unforgiving, so it is important that our skiers experience and master all manner of conditions and skiing styles. Being caught off-guard by the blue run skied the day before that is now a black mogully ice field thanks to the late afternoon rain and freezing overnight temps is one thing, being able to ski it safely anyway is empowering.

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So what can your family expect at St Moritz? Our club has a longstanding and very close relationship with Thredbo Resort. They help us facilitate our on-snow activities by providing us a club house and our wonderful instructors. We are able to hand-pick the most experienced instructors and we are very fortunate to have two of our favourite three instructors request to come back to teach St Moritz again in 2018. Unfortunately the lovely Margie can’t make it back to Thredbo for this season, but our ex World Cup racer Manuel will be joining us again from his home town of Cortina in Italy to coach our race squad and Damien will be returning also to coach our intermediate athletes. Stay tuned for news about our new instructors joining us in 2018.

On our first club ski day, all athletes are introduced to their instructors and new families are introduced to returning families and children are grouped in ability, regardless of age and size. Because children reach developmental milestones at different times, all athletes are continually monitored and shifted between groups as they grow and progress. This may mean that children are separated from a sibling or bestie, but theres always lunchtime to swap ski stories.

During the morning ski, the focus is on skill development with our instructors taking the lead on what the theme will be that day based on snow conditions, availability of mountain facilities, weather and overall group ability. But rest assured, no two St Moritz ski days are the same! Our St Moritz classes are granted access to the ski school lift lines so our athletes get maximum on-snow time and they certainly make the most if it. Classes don’t stop for a break until lunchtime where our little skiers break first at 11:30 at our Merritts clubhouse. Our other two groups come in for lunch at 12:00.

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Parents are welcome to join the children for lunch in the club room (behind the ski patrol office at the top of Meritts chair) and utilise the Club's kettle, microwave and toasting machine. Keep in mind that the clubhouse is quite cosy and is primarily a place for our athletes and coaches to eat their lunch and re-gather before heading out for the afternoon class. There may not always be a spare seat for Mum & Dad during peak times. Our mountain man is responsible for transporting the athletes bags from Friday flat up to the clubhouse, ready for lunch, then back again at the end of the ski day.

The afternoon session is usually less structured with a focus on applying the morning’s lesson in a free-skiing situation. Parents are asked to meet their children back at the clock tower on Friday Flat by 3:00pm for pick up. There will be an opportunity to chat to your child’s instructor and get feedback on their day.

 

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St Moritz is a family club and we pride ourselves on the fact that we now have our 3rd generation from the same family skiing with the club. Our aim is to foster a love of skiing for life, through our community spirit and family focus. Our athletes not only gain life skills through skiing, they gain friends for life too.

If you’re interested in any of our programs, be sure to register your interest ASAP so we can secure our favourite instructors as our programs are reliant on how many athletes we have enrolled. We can’t wait to meet you on the hill!

All enquiries, please contact:
Alyson Deane (president) 0419 271 276
Any of our committee members

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