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Racing camp tips

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
This is some of the advice i got at a race camp in tignes a month ago.The weather was awful but the experience very positive.I'll be back next season,gates are very instructive.

-Feet hip to shoulder width apart
-Parallel shins at all times
-Hands forward and eye-level
-Hips square to the turn,try to minimize tip-lead
-Inside shoulder ahead of outside,specially as it clears the gate.It is also a bit higher
-"get small" at apex of turn,"closing angles"
-Finish turn by relasing energy forward and into next turn.Not upwards.
-Two schools of thought as far as weight transfer goes:
1-remove weight from outside ski(no lifting) and tip it into next turn
2-Keep weight on old outside ski,tip it into next turn and let the new outside ski engage a bit later.This i found to be quicker since it "commits" you to the new turn.Has to be done smoothly but when i got it right the new outside ski gave a very positive,solid feeling as it loaded.

Well,this is strictly my interpretation of what the coaches told me but training in Tignes gave me the impression that race tecnique basics are taught the same everywhere.
French national team,Koreans,Japanese,Italians etc where ALL doing exactly the same drills day after day.
Crazy: saw a french team member about my height but beefier(i guess 80kg),his DIN was set to 17.5!!!!!
post #2 of 8
Any drills popular at camp this year that you could pass along? Sounds like the focus of your camp was similar to the one I attended this summer.

Your "late outside ski" sounds a lot like initiating the turn with the inside ski (knee). Physics seemed to take care of the weighting issues just fine, without having to think of which ski to stand on.
post #3 of 8
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1-Double pole plant on med-long radius turns(for hand-arm position)
2-Poles held horizontally with both hands,a bit to the outside of the turn,eye level.(Arms forward,angulation of upper body).This was also done holding pieces of foam,hands together,or tied pole straps.I guess keeping your arms forward and high IS really important in racing...
3-Hands on knees,pushing both into turn.(Parallel shins)
4-Outside hand on hip-bone,pushes inside and forward.Inside arm extended forward and a bit outside the turn.(Create angles by moving hip into turn,also upper body angulation while keeping hip square to the turn).
5-"get small" at apex of turn.Keep outside leg extended.This lets you turn hard before the gate and go trough in a compact stance,real close to the pole.
6-Accelerate out of turn,outside arm-shoulder does a bit of a skater move going forward.Hard to explain in words,a WC GS sequence usually shows this move.
7-Educative courses,mainly set with poles inclinated towards the outside.To get through you HAD to get small...
Also with foam stubs marking start and finish of turn (line choice).
And some more,this are what i remember.What did you do?.What do you think of this drills?
post #4 of 8
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-Start turn with new ouside ski off the snow,put it down at apex of turn.Get a rhythm going "rebounding" from turn to turn.
-Javelin turns
post #5 of 8
Man, it's been a few months, but...

- Javelin turns
- Stomping the inside heel/edge several times during turns. Seemed to make the wider stance feel more solid.
- Hands out and reaching downhill, always in field of view.
- One-footed exercises on both uphill and downhill skis.
- Picture frame exercise in gates to get us focused down the course.
- A few ski pole upper body angulation drills.

Conditions were deteriorating rapidly, so we didn't spend a whole lot of time in gates (they wouldn't stay up). We did a few line drills with stubbies and short slalom courses or flush drills, but the majority of our time was spent doing balance and stance.

I'll be attending a mini-camp on January 19th, so I'll let you know what we do then. Right now I have to get my feet back under me, since I have had a grand total of about 4 hours on the snow this season so far. I tried to get some time in last night and got seriously dehydrated. Stupid rookie. It won't be happening again (this year).
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You mentioned javelin turns. I am a little confused as to the effectiveness of this drill if you are trying to keep the hips square to the direction of travel and mininmize inside tip lead. Could you elaborate as to what you learned from this drill relative to the "modern" stance?
post #7 of 8
We used them more as a balance drill than a stance drill, from what I recall. Where the lifted ski's tip was in relation to the ground gave a pretty good indictaion of where your weight was. Then again, I might have completely misunderstood the purpose.

Conditions were pretty bad and the lanes we had were fairly narrow, so the the coaches were looking for ways to get the information across with the resources at hand.
post #8 of 8
During Masters training this weekend we spent a lot of time doing turns with the inside ski lifted parallel to the outside ski, firmly pressing the tip into the snow. With all of your boot buckles undone, you really had to stay forward to accomplish this.

Other than that, a lot of hand drills and a bunch of railroad tracks to put some mileage under the skis. Conditions could have been better, with flat light both days (in an open bowl with no trees) and a lot of ungroomed, but I think we made some serious progress.

I have a pretty rigid upper body, which tends to hurt my ability to absorb bumps quite as well. My coaches had me hold my hands together in front of me (sometimes holding the thumbs with the opposite hand), and that seemed to break the tension up in my shoulders without causing a breaking at the waist. Over the last couple years I'd kept my hands in view, shoulder-width apart (wider for sweeping turns). Any comments or suggestions on this?
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