So looking at the sched and the finances and this summer might provide an opportunity for a race camp fantasy I have had for a long time. I am U14 race coach and active league and Masters racer. I also coached HS racers for 6 years. LOTS of time on snow the past three seasons. Lots of racing. 45 years old and frankly not a top contender, but competitive and knowledgeable.
So I started looking at Masters camps for Mt Hood, reading the info and looking at the videos. Long story short, I have not been overly impressed with the videos and curricula I have been seeing. I am sure these camps are a TON of fun, but I am wondering about the quality of training.
The videos I watched seem to stress "directed free skiing" gate type "drills", and the skiers (in the videos at least) seem a little...well...not exactly ripping up the courses (which BTW seemed kinda flat.) There seemed to be a greater emphasis on SL (not interested for my personal racing, but thought would be useful for coaching.) The "video analysis" was taking place on a 19" CRT tv circa 1985 - I think it had a VHS slot.
So questions are...
-Exactly what kind of adult racers are these camps geared towards?
-Do they set and run full length GS style courses?
-Is the snow mush?
-Accommodations and grub? Any good? I am NOT a 5 star kinda guy.
-Any women or mostly vikings?
Has anyone had any experiences they could share? I am a little discouraged but what I am seeing on the web.