Edit (8 Aug 2010):
Camp name: Speed Summit Race Camp
Location: Breckenridge, Colorado
Camp dates: January 29th & 30th, 2011
Coaches: vail snowpro, MastersRacer, Songfta, Rick
Lodging: Discounted rate for the group at a hotel to be named.
Camp Shirt: Super design by MidWestPete.
Hi Everyone. In case you weren't aware, the EpicSki NASTAR team had their best season ever this year, finishing 26th out of over 4000 teams from across the country. In recognition of that achievement, I thought it would be cool to do a free race training camp next season, open to all EpicSki members. Sound good?
Last year Uncle Louie and I conducted a free camp for the ladies of EpicSki. It was called CubeFest, and we held in at Breckenridge. We didn't do one this season, but this race camp will be done in the spirit of the CubeFest camp: an opportunity for some of the coaches of EpicSki to give back to the community.
I've talked to MastersRacer and VailSnoPro, and they're excited to jump in to help coach the event, so we have 3 high level coaches to staff it. For those of you unaware, MastersRacer is a past US Ski Team member, a current coach, and Colorado's fastest Masters DH racer. VailSnoPro needs little introduction here. He's one of Epics most respected instructors, with an extensive racing and coaching background. And as for little old me, I'm a race coach of 30 years who has now redirected his focus to bringing high level skiing skills to recreational skiers.
With this staff of coaches, this is going to be an event not to be missed. As such, we're going to have to limit the number of participants. If you're interested let us know in this thread, so you can get you're place on the tentative list.
The focus of this camp is going to be twofold. It's intended to introduce racing to those who have never tried it, and also to hone the skills of those already involved in it. We will be conducting the camp at Breckenridge, and using their NASTAR course as our training course. The Breckenridge NASTAR course is fairly gentle, so it will serve as a great course for people to get their feet wet in gates. It will also allow those with some experience to focus on honing their skills, rather than on simply surviving.
Our thought is to make this a two day camp. The first morning we will focus on building important race orientated skiing skills, outside the gates, then get in the course in the afternoon. The second day will have a heavy focus on the course, bringing the skills you learned the day before into the gates, working to hone them there, and chopping chunks of time off the clock. The ever present timing will provide instant feedback on your progress, and we'll supplement that with video and personal critique from the coaches. I anticipate each participant going home with a personal best NASTAR handicap.
The coaching at this camp will be completely free. The only cost to participants will be their travel, lifts, and NASTAR race course fees ($15 a day). What we need to do now is come up with a nifty name for the event, and decide when to have it. It was suggested by someone that early in the season would be good, so people would have time to go home and practice with their new skills before the snow melts. i think it's a good idea. I would suggest either sometime early December, or wait till January. If we wait till January the snow will likely be better, and participants will have a better chance of adding a bit of free skiing of the mountain, before or after the camp. Plus, for most areas of the country, your home resort won't kick of their NASTAR racing until January anyway.
So, let us know if you're interest in this camp,,, give us some name ideas for it,,, and tell if December or January sounds better to you.
Edited by Rick - 8/8/10 at 12:52pm