In case you missed the emails, the Willard SL on Monday is POSTPONED.
A new date will be announced soon.
We are all excited to wish SWSC Athlete Connor Hogan good luck at the upcoming Para World Champs!!
Connor is headed to Kranjska Gora, Slovenia and Selle Nevea, Italy for this amazing Championships! The event runs from Jan 21-Feb 1, 2019. Connor represented the USA at the PyeongChang Paralympic Games in 2018 and is hoping to be a regular on the Para World Cup circuit. Connor has trained with SWSC for the past 6 years and is a well know member of the SWSC Team.
To read the World Championship Team announcement, go to: US Para Worlds
Good luck Connor!
What an amazing weekend! Congrats to those that raced at Mt Snow and hopefully everyone is pleased with their progress. There is still A LOT of work to do and we need everyone ready to work hard to change their movements. We are racing SL on Monday at Willard and this race will be a fun one. We plan on training some difficult terrain over the weekend in preparation for the Willard SL.
They are forecasting LOTS of snow over the weekend, so I highly recommend that everyone ski on Saturday, as Saturday afternoon through Sunday may be some Powder skiing sessions!
I hope everyone has ready Coach Bob's blog 'We have a tuning problem'. If you haven't, please read it right away and get on the ski-tuning plan. Many of your skis are not adequate for training or racing, as they are not sharp or waxed. You can not make progress on dull skis and just adds to athlete frustration. TUNE your skis after EVER day of skiing. Tune=Wax & sharpen.
Friday 1/18- SL Training-RSVP Required: RSVP FORM
Saturday 1/19- SL Training- Bring Powder skis for the PM in case we can't train due to heavy snow.
We will decide the PM plan at the end of the morning session.
Sunday 1/20- SL Training- Bring Powder skis for the PM in case we can't train due to heavy snow.
We will decide the plan in the morning.
Monday 1/21- RACE DAY! Willard SVC SL. This does count for SVC Standings and all athlete must attend.
Arrive at Willard Mtn by 7:30am. Registration is in the lodge.
Meet at the lift at 8:15 for inspection.
*Willard is 1:20 from Stratton resort. Please give extra time for the drive, as it can
be hard to find.
**Monday's weather forecast is super COLD! Please plan accordingly.
See everyone this weekend!!
Dull is not an option!
Parents/Athletes, we have a problem.
We need to talk, or at least come up with a plan, as we have a tuning problem! The courses we ski are very hard. Hard snow is considered to be the fairest surface to race on. All competitors get to race on essentially the same surface. The problem is racers with well-tuned skis will have a enormous advantage. Athletes who’s skis were tuned last week are a serious disadvantage.
Think I’m exaggerating? How many pairs of skis do you think Mikaela Shiffrin brought to the Olympics? NY Times-Shiffrin. 35 pairs so she could have sharp skis for every run! Normally she travels with more. Everything is relative right, but it should illustrate how important proper equipment is.
After watching our runs the last couple of races it appears that several of our racers are training and racing on dull or improperly tuned skis. We will work with you to help figure out if your skis are tuned and if not, a path forward to get them that way.
Here are the basics:
Skis need to be touched up and waxed after every training day. The edges should be race sharpened weekly and the bases should be ground two or three times a season. It is just as important train on sharp skis as it is to race on them. Sharp skis develop confidence in your equipment and help racers understand what they are capable of doing.
My personal preference is to have my skis base ground and structured at a shop. I then set my base bevel to .5 degrees and grind my edge bevel to 3.0 degrees. Once this done I can generally keep it up with a stone and edge guide and waxing iron for a few days.
If you (parents or athletes) don't know how to tune, don't try to teach yourself. Tuning takes a lot of practice and needs to be taught by an experience ski tuner. If you aren't tuning your own skis, bring to a shop after EVERY training session! It sounds excessive, but sharp skis matter and will facilitate learning.
Athletes at a U14 age class should be at the very least, waxing their own skis daily and using a guide and stones to touch up the edges. Don't start using a file on skis unless you're fully trained! U16's should be doing full-tunes them selves (wax, file, stone).
Please don’t hesitate to ask for help. Let’s work together and come up with plan to keep our skis racer ready! The SWSC U14 coaches will put together a parent/athlete tuning clinic to help with this process so we can have more productive training sessions and race days. Keep an eye out for the details.
Bacon’s (Bob) Theory of Relativity:
When it comes to measuring your performance at a ski race everything is relative. Amy Morin* says “Mentally Strong People Don’t Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control”.
How does this apply to your ski racing performance?
You can’t control who shows up at a race and how they perform that day. You (or your parents) have decided that you will be racing in Vermont, one of the most competitive places to ski race in US. In fact, I am 99% sure that some of the people (maybe you) who raced this past weekend will end up skiing for a national team. Vermont has good skiers and how you place at a ski race is relative to who you are racing.
How you did at a ski race is up to you to decide. Was your second run place better than your first? Did you move your race line higher like you have been working on? Did you achieve your personal objectives?
Even though Makaila Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher seem to be winning all the time, there are a lot of really talented people training and working hard to help them win less often. These are World Cup skiers, who aren’t giving up, they are motivated and working harder.
How will you measure yourself when you race?
*13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin
Congratulations to all of you a your first SVC event of the 2019 season! We had a lot of great skiing and results even with the super challenging snow/ice/ruts! Let's keep working hard and focus on your skiing every run you take. It was great to see Skye G, Sophie D, and Lauren J get into the Top-10 for awards. Congrats!!
A few notes from the weekend:
Fri 1/11: GS Training (Please RSVP by Wednesday on the RSVP Form!)
Sat 1/12: GS Training
Sun 1/13: RACE DAY! Mt Snow SVC Race #2
Please arrive at Mt Snow for 7:15am for registration. The registration is upstairs in the base lodge.
Athletes are entered but will still need to pay on the morning of the event.
For more details on the event, go to VARA.org for the event information sheet.
See you soon!!
Happy New Year U14's!
I hope you're having a good rest and enjoyed your Holiday! Congratulations to all the U14's that raced at Okemo! A big high-5 to Sophie D and Skye G for their top-10 results!! It was a great first race and hopefully everyone got through the 1st race nerves!!
January signals the start of the Southern Vermont Council (SVC) race season. The races over the next 2 months are part of the SVC U14 series. The series will then determine which athletes move on to race in the Vermont Shootout (Pico) or the Vermont State Championships (Stratton). The series has SL, GS, & SG races and the rests from each race score points for the athletes towards the series. Points can be scored from the results of the 1st run, the 2nd run, and the overall of each race. In duals and SG's, only the overall placings will be used for scoring. It's a season long series with lots of scoring opportunities, so it's important to race hard each and every run. Get excited SWSC and get ready for a fun race season!!
Friday 1/4- Slalom. Panel SL and Tall Gate. Bring all guards. RSVP Required! RSVP FORM
Saturday 1/5- Slalom. Panel SL and Tall Gate. Bring all guards
Sunday 1/6- RACE DAY- SVC Race #1: Bromley Dual SL. 2 Duals (AM/PM). 4 runs.
Arrive at Bromley at 7:15am. Registration is upstairs in the base lodge. $45 entry
You can pay in advance on www.adminskiracing.com, or pay on the morning of the race.
Cash or check only.
You've all been working hard and I hope everyone is excited about the first SVC event!
See you this soon!!
Tomorrow is Race Day! I hope everyone is excited for a fun day at Okemo.
This is the first race of our season and it will be a great race to start the season and to get the race-day jitters out of the way. The coaches are excited to work with everyone tomorrow! If you have not entered the race and are not racing, there will be no training at Stratton on Sunday.
A few race day notes for the athletes:
A few race day notes for the Parents:
See you in the AM!!
Congrats on a great weekend of training and skiing. We had our challenges with the weather and the snow, but everyone is working hard each day. We have a lot of skiing this week coming up and with the first race just around the corner, quality training and lots of volume will be important!
The snow has ver incredibly hard each day and the skis are getting dull very quickly. Your skis need to be touched up after EVERY training day. Sharp skis are necessary if you want training to be productive. The snow is also very harsh on the bases, so daily waxing is needed in order to ensure the bases stay fast!
We've been shooting some video. Please get into the habit of watching your video each night. This is an important part of 'self-coaching'. Take the time to watch your clips and watch for the movements or positions that you were working on that day. Self evaluate and note what needs to change.
Video can be viewed on the SWSC Sprongo U14 Page. If you don't have an account, you'll have to go to www.sprongo.com and set up an account. Then you can search for Stratton Winter Sports Club-U14 or follow the U14 link.
Please note, ALL athletes must stay for awards following the race. This is a requirement for SWSC U14's. Awards will take place at the finish building of the race hill. Support for your teammates and competitors is part of being on a team and part of good sportsmanship.
If you have not registered for the race as of yet, the race is full. There will be no U14 training at Stratton on December 30th.
If you're around on January 2 & 3, or January 7 & 8 the SWSC/SMS Mini-Camps are taking place. These are 2-day sessions run cooperatively by SWSC and SMS with coaches from both programs. Registration details can be found on: STRATTON MINI CAMP SERIES
Dec. 28th- Annual SWSC Skating Party! Riley Rink in Manchester. 5:30-7:30pm. Skating, Pizza, Drinks, Fun!
Dec. 29th- SWSC Performance Education Series #2. 4-5pm in the Wentworth Room in the Black Bear Lodge. 'Nutrition & Performance' is the topic. This would be great to attend!
Training Plan 12/26-12/31
Wednesday 12/26 SL skis. Full guards, Facebar, GS Suit
Thursday 12/27 SL skis. Full guards, Facebar, GS Suit
Friday 12/28 SL skis. Full guards, Facebar, GS Suit
Saturday 12/29 SL skis. Full guards, Facebar, GS Suit
Sunday 12/30 RACE DAY! Okemo 'End of the Year Open' (details above)
Monday 12/31 GS skis. GS Suit
Tuesday 1/1 Off, No training
Wednesday 1/2 Off, No training (Stratton Mini Camp Option)
Thursday 1/3 Off, No training (Stratton Mini Camp Option)
Friday 1/4 GS skis. GS Suit
Get excited for a great week of training and racing!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Edry & the U14 staff
Late night at work
U10 December 21 – 25th
We had another productive weekend, working on stance, balance and turn shape. The upper mountain has been firm so it is very important for the athletes to have sharp skis! The local shops have seasonal sharpening at reasonable pricing, if you are not comfortable tuning their skis. If your U10 does not have sharp skis they lose confidence and inhibits their ability to progress. Feel free to ask our coaching staff if you have any questions regarding tuning. A typical racer sharpens their skis after 3-4 uses.
Friday Dec. 21- GS Training . Please remember that you must RSVP through the RSVP form<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__docs.google.com_forms_d_e_1FAIpQLScTkRSz9CY5f5Yqm-2DdU-5FkuuV7SHAzt5wAzVAlcDOHGca2Y3-2DA_viewform&d=DwMFaQ&c=d-cmF97CsPp2DCyLDwktLIEbZ0S3HElGOrguwqovoIE&r=Rk97VIoJdkcabTKufasVpd2xUF_-0HDw7IrQl770OPQ&m=nzEfWT5cWbD0NyzSFhf4ira885ffPYMp1hjYAiWkBB4&s=UuxAZEVjc4Guf657NIsZfTbJoSVoggkpTxx8pXty7XI&e=> before Thursday morning.
Saturday Dec. 22- Will continue to work on skills and turn shape with brush gates
Sunday Dec. 23- More training and fun
Dec. 24- Training may be combined with other age groups due to coaching availability
Dec. 25- Merry Christmas everyone! No training, but if you are in the neighborhood feel free to get a few runs in with the family !!
Dec. 26 – First day of the Holiday Camp. Lots of training and fun@
Dec. 28th- SWSC Skating/Pizza party!! Riley Rink in Manchester 5:30pm-7:30pm
Holiday Camp 12/26/18 – 12/31/18.
Jan 1st – Happy New Year! No training. Enjoy the day with your family and 10 points if you get a few ski runs in.
A Few Notes:
• Please ensure that your athlete is dressed warmly and have hand warmers, (if necessary). Dressing in layers is the best way to keep the athletes warm. Also, if we the forecast is for “clear snow” (rain), please dress appropriately. It is usually warm; however, having rain gear is very helpful.
• In order for your son/ daughter to participate in the Southern Vermont Council (SVC) events, they must have:
1. a USSS membership (Link: www.usskiandsnowboard.org)
2. a VARA Membership (Link: www.vara.org)
• It takes at least a week to process a USSA membership, so please do not wait until the day before a race to register. Our first Southern Vermont Council (SVC) competition is at Mount Snow on Sunday, January 6th.
See you at the mountain,
We adjusted our plan from GS to PSL based on the forecast of warmer temperatures and rain. The weather man seems to be wrong 50% of the time, why should we expect last weekend to be any different, as the weather was quite good. The DPSL created an excellent training opportunity for our athletes to refine their focus and remain concentrated on executing their own tactical plan for attacking the course. It was great! We reviewed some terminology and video concerning tactics:
• Rise Line
• Take it deep/er
• Get elevation
• Angle of attack
• More Direction
DPSL Video - https://sprongo.com/playlists/153317/66707/t
We explained that tactics are a learnt (trial-and-error) skill while running different sets on various terrain, snow conditions, vertical and offset distances. Athletes need to be patient, as the learning process is lengthy. Timing and video review are important tools that we will utilize to help them improve. It is also important that they ski the line that they have the technical skills for and always be pushing themselves in training.
The conditions were a little more challenging than our previous training days and gave us a good test of remaining centered, and balanced. The athletes welcomed the challenged and made the commitment to make the best turns they could in sometimes intimidating visibility / snow conditions. As they become more comfortable and confident they made some real improvements. Some athletes needed to prepare their skis better (sharpen) for the training session.
If the weather holds true, the forecast is for a chance of some precipitation into Saturday morning, Sunday looks good but will be firm. Sharpen your skis.
Dec. 22 – SL skis, shin guards, face bar, pole guards on SL poles – one course will be w/video and timing.
Dec. 23 – GS skis, GS poles, GS helmet. Back Protector - w/video and timing.
Dec. 24- GS skis, GS poles, GS helmet. Back Protector -
Please sign up for Dec 28 - DPSL race at Okemo https://adminskiracing.com/node/181742
Holiday time is family time. A shared passion for skiing brings families together more than any other holiday I/we know! Hopefully your family will join ours (SWSC) over this the holiday break. On behalf of the coaching staff, we wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas.
Looking forward to another great weekend!!
Great job this past weekend! A lot of hard work and a lot of great skiing. Keep it up!
A few notes:
Dec. 21- GS skis. Please remember that you must RSVP through the RSVP form before Thursday morning.
Dec. 22- SL skis. Please bring your shin guards, pole guards, and facebar for the PM session.
Dec. 23- SL skis. Please bring your shin guards, pole guards, and facebar
Dec. 24- SL skis. Please bring your shin guards, pole guards, and facebar
Dec. 25- Merry Christmas everyone! No skiing!!
If you're not registered for the Okemo SL on the 30th, please do it ASAP!
Dec. 28th- SWSC Skating/Pizza party!! Riley Rink in Manchester 5:30pm-7:30pm
See you all on Friday!!
See you at the mountain!
What a great weekend. The group is starting to come together and it's clear that we have a hard working and focused team! We are all impressed with the level of the group so far. There is a lot of hard work to do between now and our first race, but this group is clearly ready.
Also, if you didn't hear, Maddie Goetz had a crash on Sunday. Get better soon Maddie!!
Here is the plan for the weekend:
Friday: GS Skis. 8:55-2:30pm. Please RSVP for Friday training through the RSVP FORM by Wednesday.
Saturday: GS Skis.
Sunday: GS Skis.
A few notes:
1) I hope everyone has entered the first race on Dec. 30th at Okemo. This SL will be the first race for the team and all athletes are expected to attend. To register, go to: www.adminskiracing.com
3) If you want more training opportunities, don't forget about the great Holiday GS camp! Dec. 19-21. 3 great days of GS on Franks Fall Line and SWSC members get a discount! To find out more information and to register, go to: www.uselitecamps.com
There is also the Stratton Mini Camp series. The 2-day mini camps are another way to get in more ski time with SWSC & SMS coaches! Register Here
4) Here's something to think about. A note from Coach Bob Bacon. This is something you should all read!!
Minimizing Crashes, The importance of Patterns and Routines
Imagine what it would be like to be a passenger on an airplane flown by a pilot who insisted on landing it differently every time! It would likely result in a different and potentially exciting ride. Thankfully for us as passengers, well trained pilots insist on focused routines that rely on patterns and check lists that deliver us safely to our destinations without excitement.
As ski coaches we want to help you develop good patterns and routines as a skiers and ski racers. SWSC hopes that we can help you to: be prepared to participate, develop your skiing skills, put effort into your training, and enjoy it.
This weekend we had another strong turnout of U14s; I had a great time coaching a group of 1st year girls. Our goal was 2 things: begin to develop a warm up routine and continuing our work on stance and balance. Each of you should begin to have a warmup routine that helps you ski at your best. I suggested skating, slow carved turns, linked hockey stops, jumps between turns and finally linked hop turns.
Being well prepared and believing in your warmup routine will give you confidence!
All of us U14 coaches are really stoked about the effort and progress you are making in your skiing. Keep it up!
The Wall Street Journal Reported in 2015:
Mikaela Shiffrin, the 19-year-old American skiing prodigy, swears by the same routine every time she races.’
‘Shiffrin barely raced as a junior skier, choosing to spend full days practicing on her home mountain rather than countless hours driving to other slopes, where she might get two or three runs all day. U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association chief executive Tiger Shaw now preaches the value of practice over chasing racing ribbons. The national skiing body has been trying to convey the effectiveness of Shiffrin’s upbringing to ski coaches and parents across the country, he said.
See you all this weekend!
It was a great to see the returning U10 athletes and welcome the new U10 athletes that joined us. We spent the first weekend acquainting the athletes to their equipment and back to skiing.
Friday Training: 8:55am-11:30am and 12:25pm - 2:30pm. If your son/daughter is planning on attending, you must RSVP through the RSVP FORM. A parent must with meet with the coaches when dropping off their athlete, to review the plan for the day. This is required for every Friday training session for U10s. Depending on the number of coaches, the athletes may or may not be supervised on the lifts.
Saturday and Sunday Training: The athletes should meet in front of the Mountain Sports School by 8:25am and we will return to the same spot by 11:30am. We will resume at 12:25pm and end at 3:00pm. This weekend we will be continuing our focus on getting back into the ski mode and having a fun time
A Few Notes:
· All SWSC Athletes must be US Ski & Snowboard competition members, as well as VARA members:
1. US Ski & Snowboard membership (Link: US Ski & Snowboard)
2. VARA Membership (Link: VARA).
· It takes at least a week to process a US Ski & Snowboard membership, so please do not wait until the day before a race to register. Our first Southern Vermont Council (SVC) competition is at Mount Snow on Sunday, January 6th.
A Few Expectations:
· Please ensure that your athlete is dressed warmly and have hand warmers, (if necessary). Dressing in layers is the best way to keep the athletes warm.
. U10's need 1 pair of tuned/sharp junior race skis and a hard ear racing helmet (no soft ears). Skis should be tuned weekly so the kids can learn and perform.
· We have 3 World Cup races at Stratton and the athletes may wear a GS suit. At SVC events athletes may NOT wear GS suits, but may where them underneath their clothes as an extra layer (a warm layer).
· We usually stop at the mid-mountain lodge for a cup of hot chocolate (free for SWSC) and some athletes purchase snacks or bring them. We prefer that they do not purchase or bring candy.
We have great veteran coaching staff that are ready for a fun and productive season,
See you at the Mountain,
What a great first weekend!
It was a real pleasure to see the veteran athletes welcoming the new athletes. We had a great time and I do hope that your kids enjoyed themselves. Groups will continue to be fluid as the staff gets to know each athlete and try to understand the individual needs of our athletes. By working together, the coaching staff will build specific well-planned training, and competition schedule that will ensure optimum development for all our athletes.
Recap of last weekend:
This Weekend plan for those Racing Saturday:
Dec. 7 (Fri)- GS Training for those racing Saturday. Athletes must sign up on RSVP FORM
GS skis, GS poles, GS helmet, Back Protector
Dec. 8 (Sat)- Rebecca McGill GS Race at Stratton. Athletes/parents must register TODAY!!
To sign up, go to: https://adminskiracing.com/node/179444.
GS skis, GS poles, GS helmet, Back Protector
Dec. 9 (Sun)- All Athletes: SL skis, shin guards, face bar, pole guards on SL poles
For Athletes NOT RACING in the Rebecca McGill GS:
Dec. 7 (Fri)- SL skis, GS poles, GS helmet. No facebar
Dec. 8 (Sat)- SL skis, GS poles, GS helmet. No facebar
We will continue with fundamental exercises on stance, balance and edging.
Session 1 (AM) - Technical Free Skiing (TFS)
Session 2 (PM) - Technical Free Skiing (TFS)
Rebecca McGill Race Day Plan - Dec. 8
7:15AM Registration opens West wing of the Base Lodge
8:35AM Meet all athletes in front of Mid Mountain lodge – Leaving promptly 8:45AM *
9:00AM Course inspection
9:50AM First Run
12:00PM Meet Coaches in front of Mid Mountain lodge *
12:15PM Course inspection *
1:00 PM 2nd Run
Please support all our athletes and attend the awards ceremony one-half hour after the race completion in Village by the fire pit. This is a big part of the race day. All the athletes that raced are expected to attend awards ceremonies.
* If you miss the group meet any SWSC U16 coach at the Start of the race
* Approximate times are an estimate and most likely are going to adjusted, please check with your/any SWSC U16 coach
Dec. 9 – All Athletes: SL skis, shin guards, face bar, pole guards on SL poles
We will add more advanced fundamental exercises to support our training focus on Athletic stance, balance and edging.
Session 1 (AM) - Technical Free Skiing (TFS)
Session 2 (PM) - Stubbies / Brush Gates for directed turn shape on Lower Franks Fall Line.
Looking forward to another great weekend
Congrats on a great start to the 2018-19 SWSC Season! It was great seeing everyone and we are all excited about the 20th Anniversary Season for the Masters team!
Friday Saturday and Sunday please bring sharp SL skis. We will be doing free skiing drills as well as Brush Gate drills all 3 days. The video that Steve shot should be up on Sprongo shortly so please take a look we thought this would be a good early season baseline for you!
We know as a group you are very knowledgeable regarding your equipment however should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our Masters staff has a lot of equipment experience including World Cup level experience (coach Tom Parks)!
Masters Coach Team:
See you on the hill!
Welcome to the U14 Season!!
We are very excited about the U14 team and are looking forward to lots of hard work and training in December! There is a great group of athletes and coaches and we have a lot of big goals for this group!
A few notes:
A few Training Expectations:
The Plan- Dec. 7-9
Dec. 7 (Fri) SL skis, GS poles, GS helmet. No facebar *Please fill out the RSVP FORM so we know who's coming
Dec. 8 (Sat) SL skis, GS poles, GS helmet. No facebar
Dec. 9 (Sun) SL skis, GS poles, GS helmet. No facebar **
** We do have a few athletes that have been selected for the VARA U14 SL Fundamentals Project at Stratton on Sunday Dec. 9th!! Congrats to Mary Helen McCooey, Hilary Cyr, Lauren Jacobs, and Harry Weinreich!! These athletes should be prepared for full slalom training (shin guards, face bar, pole guards, etc) on Sunday and follow the Project schedule that was sent to the parents.
We have a great crew of coaches that are ready for a fun and productive season!!
HERE IS A GREAT NOTE FROM COACH BOB BACON....PLEASE READ!
The season is off to a great start. We had two days of great snow to train on this weekend. Granted the weather Saturday was significantly better than Sunday’s rain. While many people took advantage of these conditions on Saturday, far fewer took advantage of both sessions on Sunday.
Our free ski focus right now is on stance and balance. The USSA recommends that we spend 50% of our training time race training and 50% on directed ski training . Here is what their recent study revealed: Training at the U14 level comes closer to recommendation, where athletes are using 55% of their on-snow time for competition training, competition rehearsal and competition, vs the recommended 50%. But due to lower than recommended volumes, freeskiing and structured freeskiing are being sacrificed.
As coaches we are ALWAYS willing to work with athletes who want to train whatever the weather. We are well equipped with the tactics and gear to coach with a smile whatever the weather. Sundays was no exception and the athletes that participated got some valuable directed free skiing work behind them. You can think of it as one session of freeskiing earns you one session of gate training! BTW we had fun and we had the hill almost to ourselves.
Why is freeskiing so important? Freeskiing is when we can coach technique and you can focus developing your skiing skills. Once we start gate training our focus becomes race tactics and competitive rehearsal. The sooner you can refine skiing technique and the more you can develop you stance and balance the more fun you will a have and the more likely you will reach you racing potential. There is no short cutting it I afraid. (I’m still working on it too!)
See you all this weekend!!