Jack Frost Race Team - Family & Racer Welcome Guide
Welcome to the Jack Frost Race Team 2017-2018 ski season! We hope you find this guide useful for the season ahead. And, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Wendy Lawson or any of the Coaches or Jack Frost Racing Foundation (JFRF) Board Members at the contact details below. Feedback is greatly appreciated as we continue efforts to improve communications, especially with our newer family members.
Yours in powder,
Jack Frost Racing Foundation Board
- Schedule & Logistics
- Gear & Clothing
- Fun Races
- Communications/Info Sources
- Parents’ Mountain Class
- About JFRF
- Coach and JFRF Board Contact Info
Schedule & Logistics
The Development Team meets every Saturday & Sunday starting December 16, 2017 through February 25, 2018 and runs from 8:30am-11am and 12pm-2:30pm. (Not including Dec 23/24, 2017)
The Racers convene outside of the lodge in front of Jane’s Lane Lift/Magic Carpet Ski School area and promptly start skiing at 8:30. We recommend you arrive by 8:00/8:15 latest to gear up and get outside in time to meet your group. The first run is typically on Jane’s Lane. Therefore if you are a little late, you can wait out front of the lift to join your group once they come back up.
Most racers get ready in the Race Team Room which is the room with the lockers in between the Cafeteria and Guest Services. Many race families rent lockers from Jack Frost for the convenience of storing skis and gear. You can ask about locker rentals at Guest Services.
When convening outside, kids should be ready to go with helmets/goggles, gators, gloves, etc.
The Racers are assigned into their groups over the first few weekends. The coaches will work with you to find the right group based on age and ability. Please provide your coach with your contact information in case of emergency. They ask for you to provide an index card with your child’s information along with your names and cell phone numbers.
At 11:00, the Coaches bring the Racers back to the same meeting spot for the parents to pick them up for lunch. While lunch starts a bit early, it is very convenient to avoid the lines and crowds. For the race team’s convenience, the mountain has afforded us a ski check to secure our skis during lunch. Note that tips are appreciated by the ski check staff.
The Racers should meet back outside at same spot and geared up at 12:00 and will return back at 2:30 to be picked up by parents.
Gear & Clothing
The children are expected to wear typical ski gear: waterproof jackets/pants, helmets, goggles, gloves/mittens, etc. Most wear gators to cover their neck and face on cold days as well. Helmets are mandatory.
Coaches can provide advice on ski type/length, etc. but families are expected to handle this individually. Many families go to Alpina nearby on 940 where they have knowledgeable staff and sell both new gear and used gear on consignment. You can buy used gear or also sell your own used gear on consignment in return for store credit. They offer discounts to JFRF families with your membership card.
Fun Races are typically held on Sunday afternoons throughout the season. They are an exciting way for the kids to get acclimated to racing in a fun and *mildly* competitive fashion. The program provides racing bibs for the kids to borrow and medals at the end of the races for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers. Parents line the sides of the slopes to cheer the racers on with cowbells. Races are typically held near the bottoms of Lehigh or Challenge, however be sure to confirm location with David Bond or your Racer’s coach, as can vary based on other activities at the mountain that day. The medal ceremony typically takes place right after the race team is over for the day around 2:30 in the Race Team room.
The Race program has several methods in place for keeping our community up-to-date.
Social Media –
FACEBOOK Closed Team Page - used for equipment sales and normal team member/parent interaction. Request to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/52466490766/
FACEBOOK Public Page - www.facebook.com/jackfrostraceteam
Twitter - www.twitter.com/jackfrostracing
Instagram - www.instagram.com/jackfrostracing
Meetings – Pre-season meetings are typically held in the Fall and once the season starts, there will also be some parent meetings held in the race room.
Events and parties are a special part of building the Jack Frost Race Team community. The following events will take place this year:
- Pizza party – Early January TBD at 6:30pm at the Jack Frost Lodge. The Frosty Toboggan bar stays open for us and we usually have live music – sponsored by the Jack Frost Racing Foundation.
- Pot luck – usually on a Saturday night mid-season in February in the Jack Frost Lodge. Each family brings a dish of their choice to share. Again, the Frosty Toboggan bar stays open for us and we usually have live music.
- Family Fun Race – typically held the Saturday after the last weekend of the race program. Friendly family competition to see if the parents have a shot at beating their racers.
- End of Season Banquet – also usually held the Saturday after the last weekend of the program. Beautiful event held at Split Rock in the evening where everyone gets to be a bit dressed up, have a nice dinner and dance the night away. The event also typically has a silent auction and other fun activities for both the adults and kids.
Parents’ Mountain Class
The program offers a special class for parents to ski together and gain expert instruction. It’s also a great way to meet other parents.
- Saturdays only - 2 hour morning and afternoon sessions
- January 6, 2018 to February 24, 2018
PARENT MEMBERSHIP: Please check with Jack Frost Guest Services for pricing and payment information.
About the Jack Frost Racing Foundation (JFRF)
The Jack Frost Racing Foundation’s purpose is to offer junior athletes a developmental opportunity to reach their desired goals, whether it be joining the United States Ski Team, developing their skills with an eye towards college scholarships, or simply to become a better skier. Through the dues paid to the Foundation, we support our athletes in many ways. Please keep in mind that money paid to Jack Frost Mountain for training fees is separate from money paid to the Foundation.
Jack Frost Racing Foundation and your membership dues provide support in the following ways:
• Assist with equipment purchases, including Fun Race equipment and medals
• Promote the team to ensure future growth and sustainability of the organization
• Execute on annual fund raising campaigns
• Provide scholarships opportunities to racers/coaches to help them pursue their college educational goals
• Provide for coach training & certification
• Work closely with Jack Frost Mountain to ensure the facilities are kept up and the team is being supported properly
• Organize race team events and supplement costs of these events and the annual race team banquet, including end of year awards and medals. As a result, membership is a requirement to attend the banquet.
Our 501(c)(3) application was approved in 2015, and is a significant milestone in our history. The 501(c)(3) status allows us to be tax exempt and to accept donations from local sponsors and families to provide the necessary support to the program.
VOLUNTEERING: The sanctioned and developmental races do not happen without the help of the volunteers of the Jack Frost Racing Foundation. To host a race or event, it takes the cooperation of the ski area, coaches, and volunteers. It takes ALL OF US - both developmental racer and sanctioned racer parents in order to pull off these events for our team members. Parent volunteers are the backbone of these races. DO NOT BE AFRAID! There's very little to learn and it's great to jump in with both feet. It's also a very small time commitment, generally a little over an hour of your day for most 'beginner' positions. It's a great way to meet other families and see how the program really works. Remember, each racer family has an obligation over the course of the season for volunteer time (per racer).
Coach & JFRF Board Contact Information
Race Team Director
JFRB Board Members