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Mt. Hooood

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Just returned from 4 days at T-line. Africa Hot weather, but surprisingly the lanes held up pretty good. Unfortunately one of my group members suffered an in-the-boot tib/fib compound fracture. I stopped to see her in the Hospital today. She is a real trooper.

Every time I go to HR/Mt. Hood in the summer I want to move there immediately (for the summer) anyway, I'm going back next week for another 3 day camp. I can't wait. Skiing in the am, ripping on the river pm.

Had an excellent day of slalom training today. Skied SL the best I ever have. Now I'm hungry for more. One of our coaching staff is on the D-Team and he worked us through a great series of drills based on pivot slips that really gave us access to current sl movement patterns in a hurry.

Any of you NWers make it there this week or next?

oh, and here I am doing it...



[ July 15, 2002, 10:36 PM: Message edited by: Roto ]
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I did a six-day camp earlier in the season at Alyeska, and probably would have preferred a 3 day with a little time in there to recover before the next session. As it was, by day 4 my body was one big, knotted hunk of pain. Naproxin is a friend of mine.

We did a lot of balance and stance work, and I did quite a bit of work on widening out my stance. Also, we focused on keeping both skis in contact with the snow throughout the turn instead of lifting/lightening and skating. No "White Pass" turns allowed. However, we did a lot of work balancing on each ski, which allowed us to shift weight as the situation demanded. There was more than a few times when my shorty slaloms left me on my uphill ski, and the exercises we did kept me on my feet and in my line. Another thing I noticed is how fast a shorter ski will tell you when you drop a shoulder or get a little back.

Have you guys done any work with Snow Blades? It was amazing how they forced you to do certain things to keep them in control, and how they translated to our regular skis.

Enjoy the camp. I certainly felt like it was worth it.
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Sounds similar to what we've been doing, Mike, except for the blades. Haven't done any work w/ those at our camps.

I agree with the instant feedback from the shorties. It is really easy to move in and back when trying to create the angles possible on today's skis. But I made some serious headway on fixing my problems in that realm while coaching and receiving coaching as well. Now I need some time on the snow to anchor it before it goes away. One more camp is all I get to do for awhile, so I may have to just go skiing
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Take copious notes. Write every exercise down and what it was supposed to accomplish. Otherwise, you probably will forget most of it or take it out of context when you return to the snow next season.

Snowblades were something thrown at us by the coaches one day. One of the oil companies bought several pair of Atomic snowblades for the Alyeska Ski Club, and the kids were using them early in the week. They were definitely a handful, since a ski that short in conditions that range from salted snow to outright slush really taxed your energy reserves. None of us really enjoyed them at all at first, but as we started to notice how they reinforced an active inside ski and a wider stance, as well as pointing out balance problems in various stages of a turn. It's hard to be a boot banger on those things, that's for sure. After a half day on those, my 160cm Atomic 9.16s felt heavy and sluggish. Of course my legs were shot, so that might have had something to do with it. At any rate, if you have a chance sometime, I can definitely recommend them.
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