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Hi everyone- Please register for the Planet Cup Finale on 2/29 (open to Rising Stars and USSS racers) and the Paul Augustine on 3/1 (open to all). Race Notices are now posted here:
Here’s some GS and Slalom Video from nonscored training last night. I caught the scored kids in GS too.
Our FIS boys / men (the highest level of racing we do) turned in a great first race at Nubs Nob today. Congrats to all! We even have a coach, Niklas Damberg, who is really fast! Now you really have to listen to him, kids!
Tracking #’s from Helly Hansen show Friday delivery to Woodbury. If so, plan to allow pick ups on Saturday. Will update when the final batch arrives.
Team Afton Uniforms are arriving. Have received most of the shipments, should be complete by end of next week. Updates to come about picking up.
Every year, the best junior racers in the world compete at the World Junior Championships. The U.S. had one of its best performances ever this year.
Have 2 gs race suits for sale. Message me if interested. Spyder padded gs suit size 6/8. Excellent condition.$75 Poc unpadded gs suit size small (8). Good condition. $50.
Hello Everyone, I met Mike Lough from Xevo Optics at Mt. Hood this summer. Mike agreed to provide our team with a 50% off coupon for their goggles. Being that I have 4 kids, 50% off sounds good to me. The goggles are comfortable and they have a magnetic lens so that your kids can switch goggle lenses with the conditions. They do have Photochromatic lenses which help with changing light conditions but to train at night I have them getting a light or clear lens. I bought the B2 google for the twins and it comes in a racer pack so you get 2 lenses. I will likely buy a third lens for night training. At checkout put in the code: Afton and you will get 50% off of your order. They don't have kid sizes exactly but my kids tried on some goggles and they fit their small faces pretty well. You might want to contact the company to discuss sizing and nose bridge.
Calling all kids 4th-12th. Perfect training for next ski season.
In case anyone missed this memo... Helmet Rule All USSA racers U14 and older must have FIS approved helmets for GS, SG and DH. Check your helmets for the FIS approved sticker: Be sure that any helmets you buy, new or used, and plan to use in GS, SG or DH have this sticker. This does not apply to helmets used in Slalom events.
Where is everyone staying for Speed Camp at Indianhead?
Hi All - Is anyone still at Mt. Kato? We left an important item there and have travelled home already. If so, please text me at 651-271-2118. Thanks much.

Team Afton is an affiliate club of the United States Ski Association, located at Afton Alps, MN

Team Afton Store – Team Afton

Hey All, spread the word! Uniform orders need to be placed by April 5th. Please share with your friends so they don't miss the opportunity to get some cool HH gear for next season. Don't forget to share with your ARC friends too! TEAM AFTON UNIFORMS - HELLY HANSEN Uniform Order Site For Additional Information and pricing, please contact Eric Levander at 612-237-1240

Be well.

Vail Resorts has made the difficult decision to suspend operations of all North American mountain resorts beginning March 15 through March 22. This means that Afton Alps is closed for the season. Please read this letter from our CEO Rob Katz.

It’s Championship season - good luck to all our qualifiers! U16s at Winter Park; U14s at Steamboat; and our FIS skiers at Vail!

Reminder to register for the Paul Augustine Jr Championship! Discount ends Feb. 21st. This premier event has all the feature and festivities of a World Cup along with some of the best USSA, D Team, ARC and Ski Club Racers from Minnesota, Wisconsin and the upper Midwest.

Register at

Good morning Lutsen!

A winning weekend.
We journeyed East to Warsaw, er, Wausau, WI this weekend. Granite Peak rises from the center of Wisconsin to near-mountain stature (can someone check on that... what qualifies a mountain a Mtn.?)

Winning? Yes, we had 3 3-sweeps for Team Afton’s U10s. We had multi-podiums from multi-Team Aftonites, U8s to U18s (u19). Badger State Games kickoff event - and giant awards to boot.

We encountered a challenging new slope - apprehension at first, turned to concurring.

There were a few firsts - which are always wins: Nathan R., Mike and Charlie, the Reardon’s showed up to their first ever GS outing - concurred! some ski-up breakouts (Austin went beyond his limits), Sam-I-am had his first go as a Team Aftoner - and really showed up! and little Shea R. had a real-deal Lindsey Vonn moment with a bnet - whoa! Huge tumble - that more got the better of the Ski Patrol than Shea - she shrugged it off (Patrol guy was the real fish in the net!)

Lot’s of wins. For one, the weather was more than tolerable - and downright uplifting on Sunday. Big win for Captain Ron (aka, Ron Burgundy) Granite Peaks Director and host - thank you Ron.

And of course, some new nicknames, like: Jean Luc is now “Jean Claude” (look it up - pretty good skier). He had a weekend indeed.

On to the Chuck Stone tomorrow and then a well deserved Christmas break.

frohe Weihnachten

Great to be on snow again in MN! A super WILD day - thanks to all who came out to ski off the rust. Special thanks to the Vikes for eeking out a nail biter!

[11/15/19]   Uniforms are ready for pick up!
Pick up at the Levander Home (see email for address)
Sat. 11-3, Sun. 4-6

Reminder that our start of the season SHINDIG is happening on the 27th. Thank you to those who have already RSVP's. PLEASE sign up ASAP so we can get a head count. We're excited to see everyone.
Sign up genius link is

The Team Afton ShinDig!

Join Team Afton for the official opening of the new ski season!

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

1:30-3:00 Parent Orientation & Athlete Nature Hike

3-4:30 ShinDig (a social thing)


Visit web page for more details.

Olin/Lacasse SkiRacing School

OL Thanksgiving in Colorado -

What exactly is an OL Thanksgiving? Well, it all started back in the day – when the Pilgrims skied down from the North and hosted….

Okay in reality, in 1998, we held our first Thanksgiving in Colorado. Through the years, it’s been a trip to say the least. We’ve had to overcome hurdles (such as the Women’s World Cup coming to Copper unexpectedly – but oh, what an experience!) changes in location, and weather challenges among things, and through it all we’ve have hosted countless skiers who’ve gone on to do remarkable things with their skiing and lives. A surprising number of skiers who’ve passed through our camps have been elevated to the US Ski Team (like Nina O’Brien, Erik Arvidsson, Travis Ganong, Foreste Peterson, Will Brandenburg, to name a few). Many skiers are now doctors, lawyers, activists, inventors, teachers, and leaders where they’ve found passion in life. For that we are thankful.

An OL Thanksgiving is an essential start to any ski racer’s season. In many ways, it’s an essential start to finding one’s passion in life. The days are long. Waking up early to gain precious lane space that sometimes starts in the dark before dawn. It’s cold. The light is flat. But the air is fresh. The snow is crisp. The sounds of the early mountain are tranquil. Your focus is honed. The prospect of challenging yourself in the day is at hand, and you hope to gain insights to new balance, strength and speed on your skis. By days end, you’re exhausted. When the boots come off – it’s the best of feelings. The fireplace is so perfect, along with warm cookies – maybe some cider or tea. The video session affirms what worked and what didn’t. A new goal for tomorrow. So it goes day-to-day. By week’s end – you’ve changed. Though maybe imperceptible – you are different. You’ve accumulated an experience you will carry into the season, and into your life beyond. For that we are thankful.

We are heading into our 20th Thanksgiving in Colorado and we couldn’t be more thankful and thrilled to invite you to be part of it. The Tivoli in Vail is our cozy home. Our staff once again – tip-top, will lift you through the week to new heights. Gold Peak fired its snow guns just the other day – blowing out the cobwebs of summer. The weather is scheduled to dip lower any minute now…. Call us if you have questions. Make it a family affair – we have special rates for you. It’ll be here soon. We’re looking forward to it!

TonyO & Josee
OL SkiRacing School can be found at:
Call us at: 612-819-0186

Our dates for Thanksgiving 2019 are: Arrival Wednesday, November 27th (motor coach leaves DEN at 1:30 sharp). Our full camp runs through Wednesday, Dec. 4th in the early morning concluding with GS.
Plan to fly no earlier than 5pm.
Can't make the whole week? We have a SL3.5 portion which runs through Sunday mid-day.

Carver Lake Park Off-Road Cycling Trail

We'z ON tonight! 5:15 arrival - 5:30 RIDE

The Carver Lake Park Off-Road Cycling Trail is located in the southwest corner of Woodbury, MN. The trail was built by the city with the help of the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists ( and opened the Summer of 2011.

It’s the next BIG thing! Don't miss out!

Pierce has graciously dedicated Friday Oct. 4th and Saturday Oct. 5th as “Team Afton Alpine Club DAYZ!”

Come out and see our very own WGSC! This Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, come out to Pierce Skate & Ski in Bloomington to meet and greet, talk shop, get fitted for the season, with the expert advice of Tony Olin – YOUR HEAD COACH!

Oh, and meet Resi Stiegler too!!! It’s Pierce’s annual Oktoberfest – so you know what THAT means? Free DOGS!!! No we don’t me free-doggers, but they’re welcome to attend too…

Carver Lake Park Off-Road Cycling Trail

Sorry Folks, no mtn Biking today. Get out and do a pavement ride if you can. Hope to see you at TCO Tues/Thurs., and maybe Wednesday Mtn Biking (maybe)

9/29/19: Rain. Too wet to ride. The forecast does not look good all week, so alternate exercise might be needed. Please stay off wet trails.

It's here!
Our 7th annual pre SWAP and Meet-n-Greet!

Sunday, September 29th at the Team Huis

* 11am-1:30pm - Swap- Bring your good working equipment that you've outgrown. Trade it, sell it, haggle it... All transactions are between you and the person you're dealing with. Talk with coaches to assist you with what is best for your racer.

* 1:30pm - 2:57 Info session on what's new (you don't want to miss)

* 3:30 - 5 Mtn Biking at Carver Lake Park!

This event is open to all Team Afton (and anyone interested in what we do). Bring your friends - find some new recruits!

Hot Dogs and yummies will be provided until we run out.

Get acquainted or perhaps find out more about one of Team Afton's competition programs. Come out and connect with people who've already gotten involved. Talk with a coach. It's our first Meet-n-Greet of the season.

Great kick-off to training with Training Haus! Join us!

Super excited to start Dryland training with "Training Haus" at TCO in Woodbury this week. Be sure to sign up! Look for the email - or contact TonyO directly.
Today, some of our Team Aftoner's were at Training Haus in Eagan (where the Vikings work out) - they did a great job!

TeamSnap :: Afton Alps Alpine Club - TEAM AFTON ::

Team Afton - Season 2020 is OPEN!
We're excited to announce a new direction for Team Afton - new website (coming soon), new registration (open now - click here: ), new features, some new faces. But one thing hasn't changed: our commitment to bringing you the best program possible at arguably the best training venue in the Twin Cities!

You heard that right, you can actually register for one of our stellar programs right now! Stay tuned for more info coming soon!

Get on board!

Get on board with the FAIR SPECIAL - as good as any food-on-a-stick!

Jurassic Jackson - the Sturgeon hunter on his day off with Olin/Lacasse at Mt Hood

Lucky 7 Team Aftoners Cuyuna days. #getafterit #skiracingprep #teamcomrades #stillinit #yrroundcommitted

Olin/Lacasse SkiRacing School

We're looking forward to another fun-filled summer on Mt Hood! The snow cover is abundant - so our July sessions will be great! We have a special guest lead-coach Tyler Theis joining us, recent grad from U of New Mexico (continuing the legacy of fantastic LOBOS coaching!). Join us!

Congrats to all Team Afton STATE qualifiers! We had Associates through our FIS group make the trip. We are proud to announce one of them joins the ranks of numerous Team Afton STATE CHAMPIONS - way2go King Kaarl Damberg ! (& big thx to the little guy!)

1.2.3, 4.5.6, it’s a Ladybug 🐞 Picnic. Morning sunrises at races are special.

Join us Tonight!

Afton Alps Alpine Club Race Center

Sharing in commitment to Higher Education in SkiRacing Afton Alps Alpine Club was founded in 1991 and the USSA Alpine Ski Team has been around at Afton since the 1970 s. Afton Alps Alpine Club has evolved over the years, but has always had the common goal of helping support youth in experiencing the joy ...

Way to go Jackson!

Congratulations to ski racer JACKSON REENTS for qualifying for the Junior Olympics held in March at Steamboat Ski Resort in Colorado. Tune in for our interview with JACKSON and AMY REENTS to learn how skiing is more than just a sport to this family.

The push.... the final weekend for qualifying to the Junior Champs; the PAJC sandwiched between; 3 days of GO! Team Afton qualifies ~20 athletes to the Junior Champs in Colorado! #aftonalps #teamafton #pushthruthewind #thankyouvolunteers #teameffort #norwegianthink

Minnesota’s Unlikely Downhill Ski Legacy

Afton Alps and Team Afton echoing the historic significance of Minnesota Skiing legacy. Don't forget - I'm from Red Wing! Read the full article. My best in skiing, Antony Ireland Olin No mountains? No problem. How America’s original ski area birthed Lindsay Vonn and other Olympians

Dryland Canceled today - get out and do something on your own!

Trail was checked at 11am, and it is too wet to open. The gates are now closed, and it will likely take all day for the trail to dry.

John Schmelz, longtime owner of Schmelz Countryside Volkswagen, dies at 68

Our thoughts go out to the Schmelz family. John Schmelz, longtime owner of Schmelz Countryside Volkswagen and a beloved father and mentor, died in his sleep Sunday. He was 68. “His whole life was this dealership,” said his daughter, J…

Buck Hill Foundation

Team Afton check out Ski Racing Media article. An event of Olympic proportions! The launch of this foundation aims it's reach to all ski racing in the Midwest. Erich Sailer is an icon of our ski racing heritage and our legacy leader - celebrate him. Celebrate Lindsey too!

Check out the latest article by Ski Racing Media!

Team Afton in force this past weekend at the GS Spectacular! Thanks all for a great experience!

Parker Dean ROCKS from 63rd start position to 5th overall at CANAMS!

Public nuisance... Zach Slaviero


Tic, tic, tic..... Just about 45 minutes before you deadline into paying more to register for this weekend's race. Go to to register! Ready to get started? Whether you're an athlete who wants to compete, a fan who wants to follow the action, or part of the support team, the USSA has a program for you.

Hello all,

Please see below for information on the great swag and prizes for the Championships this weekend. Early bird registration closes tonight on
Late fee kicks in tomorrow

Some schedule changes for this weekend that will be updated in the fact sheets

Changes as follows:
6:30am Chalet Chairs Down
7:30am lift start
8:00am Alps Café open
8:00 am tickets
9:30am 1st run

Brewster McVicker
From: Donovan, Daniel R.
Subject: Central Championships at Afton

We are set for a great event at Afton. Please have your athletes register so we can have an accurate count for lunches on Sunday. Listed below is all of the Swag we have to give away:

· 4 day passes to the Minnesota Zoo
· 200 cow bells
· 200 central champs thermos
· 2 folding lawn chairs (pioneer press)
· 20 knitted hats (pioneer press)
· 10 St. Olaf baseball caps
· Nordica and Shred gear: Hats, backpacks, shirts, etc
· Head Gear
· FOUR new cars!

· Two electric scraper sharpeners (given to the overall winners of the scored race)

Dan Donovan

[03/08/17]   Practice is ON! however, with the dehydration machine (wind), we will be limited to Chair 7 for training (SL only). Even if the wind were to calm - there's not enough snow pushed into the unload ramps to run the other chairs. They will be repairing the other ramps today and tomorrow. See you at 3:30

2017 Paul Augustine Jr. Championship at Afton Alps

Paul Augustine Junior Champs is a wrap - thanks ALL!!! Capture your memories of the day at Ann Nash Photography Ann Nash Photography

Team Afton Christmas Camp was quite a success - thanks to all who made it work (including some or these characters!)

Capt. Picard led quite an exploration - way to go intrepid travelers!

How many Oles does it take to.... fire up the timer?!?!

Team Afton does VAIL Xmas Camp - a special opportunity in the Mountains! Thanks Ski & Snowboard Club Vail for helping out your flatland cousins!

Photos from Team Afton's post

Practice is going well this week... stay warm Team Afton

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