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 The Rut Rider Program:

Welcome to the 2016/2017 Loon Race Team Season! The Rut Rider Program is designed to introduce young alpine athletes, ages 6 and 7 (U8), to the Loon Race Team. The program provides a safe and fun opportunity to explore alpine ski racing at Loon Mountain.

Emphasis is placed on having fun and developing a lasting love of the sport through the focus of core fundamentals of ski racing, enjoying a variety of drill/skill work, gate training and free skiing, as well as some bumps and tree skiing. We believe an athlete that is well rounded and having fun will become a lifelong skier.

Along with learning ski-racing fundamentals, athletes also develop independence and responsibility for themselves, their fellow LRT teammates and the mountain. Good sportsmanship skills, teamwork and a healthy competitive nature are also established through the Rut Rider program, as well the entire Loon Race Team program. 

Equipment can be a challenge for our youngest athletes – if you have any questions or would like a coach’s input, please feel free to reach out to our Rut Rider Coaching Staff. Our team of coaches knows what is best for our athletes based on their height, weight, strength and ability. Having the proper equipment is essential to having a fun and successful season. Keep an eye out for information on “Step Up Day” later this season.

We’re looking forward to a season full of snow, fun and skiing fast!

Rut Rider Step-Up Day

Curious about ski racing?? Interested in the Rut Rider Program?? If so, come ski with Rut Rider Coaches and athletes to see what the program is all about.

The Rut Rider Program is designed to introduce young alpine athletes, ages 6 and 7, to the Loon Race Team.  The program provides a safe and fun opportunity to explore alpine ski racing.

**For the 2017-2018 Rut Rider season, the athlete birth year is 2010 or 2011 (age is classed by December 31, 2017).

Date: Saturday March 4, 2017

Time: 8:30-11:30 (Morning Session)

Location: Competition Center (Green building in-between the Rental Shop and Governors Lodge)

Please arrive by 8:15, to fill out a release of liability form and to meet the coaches. Parent/guardian(s) must be present at drop-off (8:30) and pick-up (11:30).

If you have any questions, please contact Head Coach Kara at


Rut Rider Race:

Date: Sunday March 5, 2017 

Location: Coolidge Street

Race Start Time: ~10:00 am 

Each athlete will take 2 runs. After lunch (~12:30ish), there will be an award ceremony outside, on the deck of the comp center. The top 3 Girls and the top 3 Boys will be called onto the podium and they will be given plaques. 

Mass Vacation Week

Looks like mother nature has brought us a ton of snow for vacation week, yay!!! We will continue to work on stance, balance, pressure, edging, and hands-up. Along with skiing in some woods. 

Rut Riders will ski every day, except for Wednesday 22nd. 

Schedule for Feb 18th-21st, 23rd-26th: 
Morning Session: 8:30-11:30
Lunch: 11:30-12:30
Afternoon Session: 12:30-2:30

Wednesday Feb 22nd: No Rut Riders, Rest Day 
Please take the day off, as a rest day (i.e. no skiing). It is very important that athletes rest during off times. Rest and recovery are critical for athletes to make improvements. 

Jan 14th-16th:

It’s Calcutta Weekend!!!

Calcutta is our largest fundraiser and a fun weekend. The Calcutta is two events wrapped into this weekend. Saturday is the Auction and Sunday is race day. This is the first of 3 races for the Rut Riders.

Saturday January 14th:

Saturday Morning/Afternoon-will be a normal Rut Rider Ski Day (8:30-2:30)

Saturday Evening:  Calcutta Reception

Location: Comp Center. 

Dinner and silent auction will begin around 5:30. Pizza is provided. Bring your own dessert and beverages. 

Torch light parade, followed by fireworks will start around 7:00. 

Live Auction will begin following the fireworks

Sunday January 15th:

Sunday morning, please arrive BY 8:15 to get your race bib. We will take the group out to ski a little in the morning. The race will begin around 10:00. We will take the Rut Riders out prior to the start of the race, to slip the course. The course is on Coolidge (i.e. the race hill). Coaches will be taking the Rut Riders up for their two runs (second run will start once everyone completes their first run). 

Following the race, there will be awards. So make sure to stick around.

Parents, if you are not participating in the race, please make sure to stick near/around the Comp Center on Sunday (Calcutta Day). As we don't have our normal Rut Rider schedule on Sunday and times will vary.

Monday January 16th (MLK Day):

Morning Session: 8:30-11:30

Lunch: 11:30-12:30

Afternoon Session: 12:30-2:00

Make sure your skis are waxed and sharpened!!!

December Vacation Week Schedule:

December 26th-December 28th:

Morning Session: 8:30-11:30

Lunch: 11:30-12:30

Afternoon Session: 12:30-2:30

December 29th:

Morning Session: 8:30-11:30

No afternoon skiing. Please take the afternoon to rest.

December 30th-December 31st:

Morning Session: 8:30-11:30

Lunch: 11:30-12:30

Afternoon Session: 12:30-2:30

January 1st:

No Rut Riders



December 10th-11th:

What a great first weekend!!

We got a good amount of mileage in this past weekend. The athletes did a great job getting comfortable in their equipment, handling the various ski conditions and crowded trails.

The main focus this weekend will be working on our athletic stance with hand ups and flexing their boots (i.e. shins on the front of the boot and applying pressure). Athletic stance is something the coaches will be drilling on all season, so please when skiing with your athlete, make sure they are skiing with hands-up.

Loon made a ton of snow this past week, which allowed them to open up more trails and lifts. The Kanc will be running, which means we will be going out of the comp center. Meet coaches for drop off and pick-up outside of the comp center

The normal Rut Rider schedule is as followed:

Morning Session: 8:30-11:30  (We head to the lift at 8:30)

Lunch: 11:30-12:30 (supervised by parents/guardians).

Afternoon Session: 12:30-2:30

It looks like this weekend is going to be cold. Please dress your athlete appropriate (i.e. extra layers, mittens, neck warmers, hand/toe warmers). If your athlete doesn’t want to wear their neck warmer or hand warmers, put them in their jacket pocket, they will most likely want it after a run or two. We are not the Children’s Center; we ski in all weather (i.e. cold, rain, windy). If your athlete is not dress appropriately or they are cold, we will bring them back to the comp center and call you to pick them up for the day.

A Few Reminders:

  • Make sure to put the athletes name on all clothing and equipment (i.e. skis, boots, helmet, gloves, coats, etc.). There tends to be mix-ups throughout season with clothing and equipment. Labeling all of the equipment will prevent another athlete from taking equipment that isn’t theirs
  • Make sure to write emergency contact number on the back of the athletes pass
  • Breaks are occasionally taken-please pack a few dollars for snack in your athlete’s pocket. Many athletes have a food and beverage card from Loon. The card is very convenient.
  • If athletes have a Food and Beverage card, please make sure to write their name on the back of the card, as many athletes have food and beverage cards
  • Please email Kara at with your emergency contact numbers
  • Make sure to dress for the weather
  • Make sure your athlete uses the bathroom after lunch

Kara, Ashley, Steve, Bryce and Hannah 

First Weekend Dec 3rd-4th


Our first weekend of training for LRT is this Weekend. This weekend’s schedule is slightly different from the normal Rut Rider schedule, as will be finishing the day at 2:00 instead of 2:30. 

Schedule Sessions for 12/3-12/4:

Morning Session: 8:30-11:30

We will meet outside of the Competition Center (building next to Governors lodge) at 8:30; there will then be a shuttle bus that will be taking us to the Gondola side.

Lunch: 11:30-12:30 (supervised by parents/guardians). 

Pick-up and drop off for lunch will be outside of the Octagon lodge, near the gondola line.

Afternoon Session: 12:30-2:00

We will take the shuttle back to the Comp Center and meet parents outside of the Comp Center.

This weekend we will be focusing on free skiing and just earning mileage. Most athletes have not been on snow yet this season and many will be skiing on new equipment. Coaches will be observing athletes to see if they are skiing with hands up, looking for flexing ski boots (i.e. shins on the front of the boot) and just getting comfortable on the snow and with their equipment. ***No ski poles at this time - Rut Riders do not ski with poles at the start of the session***

Despite the warm/wet weather we have had over the past few, Loon has done a great job with snowmaking, and has roughly 11 trails open. The mountain is going to be busy this weekend, with numerous people on the trails and in the lodge. We want all of LRT to have a great impression on/off the hill with demonstrating safety and respecting the mountain, which includes: skiing in small groups, skiing slow in slow areas, behaving in the lift lines, cleaning up after yourself and others in the lodge, etc.

Saturday 12/3 Opening Night Social: Please plan on attending the annual social at El Charro at 5:30. 

Rut Rider Meeting:

Kara will be holding a quick meeting on Sunday December 4th, for the parents, around 8:45 (immediately after the athlete’s head out with the other Rut Rider coaches). This meeting will take place in the comp center and it will allow parents to ask questions and learn the expectations for the season.

A Few Reminders:

  • Make sure to put the athlete’s name in their clothing and on ALL of their equipment (i.e. boots, skis, gloves-most skis have the same equipment)
  • Make sure to write emergency contact phone numbers on the back of the athletes pass.
  • Make sure your athlete has their SKI PASS!!!
  • Breaks are occasionally taken-please pack a few dollars for snack in your athletes pocket. Many athletes have a food and beverage card from Loon. The card is very convenient.
  • Please email Kara at with your emergency contact phone numbers
  • Please email Kara, if your athlete has any allergies.

The coaches are pumped and we look forward to see you all on Saturday.

Kara, Ashley, Steve, Bryce and Hannah 

Fit Day Equipment Information:

Sunday October 16, 2015 at Rogers Ski and Sport 9:00am to Noon

Getting properly set up for the skiing this winter is essential to having a productive and successful season.

  • Ski Boots:
    • Rut Riders should be in a real ski boot (not rear entry) that allow for good natural ankle movement.
    • Please pick a pair of ski boots that are not too stiff-athlete’s need to be able to flex the boot in order to achieve good body position and ski control.
    • Boots should have three to four buckles-Lange makes a great 3 buckle boot (Great boot for Rut Riders) 
    • Boot flex should be NO GREATER than 50 flex (40-50 flex is best for Rut Riders).
  • Skis:
    • Rut Riders should have a single pair of Entry Level Junior Racing Ski (“multi event” jr. ski). 
    • Ski length - should be between the chin and the nose.
  • Poles:
    • Poles are the right length when turned upside down and the child holds the pole just below the basket, the child’s elbow is at a right angle. If poles have been passed down to Rut Rider, please make sure the poles have straps. 
    • Poles ARE NOT USED at the beginning of the season (Date to start skiing with Poles TBD-coaches will communicate the exact date)
  • Helmet:
    • Helmets must fit properly to be of any use; they should fit snugly. A helmet that fits properly will offer the maximum amount of protection and performance.
    • Some Tips to Ensure Your Helmet Fits Properly:
      • Choose a certified helmet made just for snow sports. NO BICYCLE HELMETS. Choose POC, Briko, Uvex. 
      • Helmets with HARD EARS are preferred (and they keep you warmer)
      • The helmet should be snug with the chinstrap fastened UNDER the chin (NOT ON THE CHIN)
      • The helmet SHOULD be above the eyebrows
      • The helmet SHOULD NOT roll forward or backwards
      • Ensure your ski goggles fit properly on your face while wearing the helmet-this will reduce fogging and it will prevent air getting into the goggles
      • Ensure your helmet fits properly when wearing a neck gator or face mask 

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