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Race Director's Message

Race Director

Robert Dowd

Race Director

Letter From Your Race Director

September 2018

Dear Parents and Racers,

Greetings all! Yep – it’s that time of year! Time to get ready for another great ski racing season at Mount Peter! Our annual parent meeting for the Race Program and Dev. Team will be on October 18th, 2018 at Mount Peter at 7pm. Attendance from at least one parent from each family is strongly encouraged. We will discuss the updates to NJSRA and the Race schedule. This year we will once again host the Alumni Race that will be held at Mount Peter on December 29th.  Further we will discuss upcoming events for the Mount Peter Race Team, Holiday Camp, Tuning, Okemo Trip and any changes to the program and to USSA Equipment. We will have a parent meeting for Dynamites the first day of the program at 8:45am in Sunrise Lodge.


Big News – New this year we have a new web link for racing where you can purchase your athlete’s program and club dues online at: !!! We are very excited about this new site and encourage all of you to purchase the program thru !

In the meantime, here are some important dates to remember and add to your Calendar now:

  • September 25th Ski Barn Racer Night at the Wayne, NJ Store from 6-9pm with BBQ
  • October 14th is Applefest in Warwick (Club Fundraiser)
  • October 15th – USSA and NJSRA Dues are due to avoid late fee
  • October 18th is the parent meeting at Mount Peter 7pm for Race Program and Dev Team Parents
    October 20th & 21st is the Great American Ski & Snowboard Sale at Mount Peter with Ski Barn! And the last weekend to get discounted season passes!
  • November 4th is when Early Program Registration ends for Mount Peter Racing
  • November 30th- December 2nd - Okemo Trip is in early December. Please see club emails for info
  • December 15th is the Program Start date for USSA Racers (weather permitted)
  • December 26th to 28th Holiday Race Camp  
  • January 5th & 6th Dynamites and Dev Team Programs begin

Please go to to purchase your child’s race program and club dues. You will need to download the waivers, which are located within registration, and sign them and send them to us before your athlete will be able to participate in the program. Of course, if you want to pay by check or cash you can create a login for you and your athlete and then choose to pay with check or cash and send that in along with the waivers.  This way your information is entered by you for accuracy!  The rates listed are good until 11/4/18. After that prices increase so don't miss out and get your child signed up today! All spots are on a first come first serve basis.

If you would like to split your payments for a participant in the USSA Full Race Team U10-U21 program and secure the early rate, a 50% deposit is due by 10/21 and the balance on 12/1. All rates will increase on 11/5/18, if you have not committed to a program, have not paid in full or sent in the 50% deposit by 10/21/18 and you can do this through the website at

If you feel you have any questions please contact Mount Peter at .

Discounted Season Passes to Mount Peter are on sale until 10/21 - then the prices go up again! Don't miss out on a great deal!

Racer night at Ski Barn will be at the Ski Barn Wayne, NJ store September 25th from 6-9pm ONLY. Make sure you bring your child to racer night. We will have coaches there to look at their current equipment and to steer you in the right direction for buying new if need be. It all starts with the right equipment! Plus remember the Ski Regulations for the older racers need to be checked. Also, don’t forget about the Great American Ski & Snowboard Sale at Mount Peter October 20th & 21st!  

I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are getting excited about another great ski racing season with all of us at Mount Peter!

Looking forward to seeing you on the 18th of October at Mount Peter - 7pm.


Rob Dowd
Race Director

USSA Alpine Coach of the Year

WARWICK — The United States Ski and Snowboard Association has announced that Mount Peter Race Director Rob Dowd has been chosen as the 2013 USSA Alpine Coach of the Year.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment and it is gratifying to see all the work that Rob has done in building our program be acknowledged by ski racing’s governing body,” Mount Peter officials said in their press release announcing the award.
Nominated by the Mount Peter Race Club, Dowd was selected by a USSA committee over many qualified applicants from across the country. His selection is best summed up in these paragraphs from the nomination:
“Dowd’s influence on the sport of ski racing at a little bump of a mountain in southern New York is not measured solely by the countless medals won by racers in his program, nor is it measured by the more than 1,000 children who have passed through the race program since he arrived.
“Dowd embodies the grass roots USSA coach who is the lifeblood of the organization - as a race director who recruits coaches to the program and conducts USSA Level One clinics for them, as a race association board member who cajoles parents into becoming certified officials and technical delegates, and most of all, as an ubiquitous presence at Mount Peter, where he leaves his day job as an insurance broker around noon to work 75 days and nights in ski boots on the hill from mid-December to mid-March.
“On winter weekends, Mount Peter’s dirt parking lot is often packed and two of its trails are usually full of young ski racers – hundreds of young ski racers. You can find Rob Dowd making his way from group to group, giving advice and offering encouragement, working top-to-bottom in a matter of minutes.”
Dowd will receive his award at the USSA chairman’s dinner in Park City, Utah, on May 17.