Just wondering if anyone has a heads up on camps for next season. Looking for something in the North East CDN or USA
As I stated I was. I wish I went later in the season because I wasn't skiing as well as most were and there were some difficult days (wet heavy 9" snow). Prior to that we were skiing through snow guns.
The training is top notch. For me much of it I wasn't able to apply until later in the season when I was skiing better. I would love to go again this year, but I have opted to stay married instead. In fact right now my wife is in California on a two week vacation making up for the fact that I spent so much on skiing last year.
The folks in attendance were varied in ability. There was a lot of talent there; Master Racers that usualy podium, Platinum NASTAR and everything in between. There were a few that I think never raced before. They are prepared for everyone. Though it was mainly adults, my 12 y/o daughter was able to participate and did very well.
Everyone is put in groups by ability and for the most part work with the same coach all week. By the third day it starts getting thin so there is some shifting of the groups. I was exhausted by the 4th day (for almost all of us, that Monday was the first day skiing of the season).
Jim is great. Even though it is a very lax atmosphere, you accomplish a great deal and learn quite a bit.
I believe there were about 50 or 60 there . Day one had the most. I think after day three, there was only half that. Many come every year for the first three days. I think it has more to do with be early in the year and not being used to that much skiing yet. Finances and work schedules probably come into play too. I know on the fourth day, I spent a bit of time in the lodge because I was exhausted. This was mostly do to my poor technique in the snow we had.
If I remember, the larger groups had about 8-10. Some were smaller. Some of the groups had multiple coaches; depended on what they were doing. There was also one or two that could take one or two aside for focused training.
I want to clarify something in an early post:
"There was a lot of talent there; Master Racers that usually podium, Platinum NASTAR and everything in between. "
I didn't mean everything between Master Racers and Platinum NASTAR Racers. I meant everything between MR, Platinum and me.
The groups were set up so everyone is challenged and no one is left behind. I would love to go back this year but don't think I'll be able to swing it.
Overall it was:
first day - remember how to ski. I believe for everyone but a few coaches, it was the first time on skis that season.
Tuesday through Wednesday - it was GS focused.
Thursday was SL
Friday - I was home but I believe it was to be the culmination of the weeks training. My legs and schedule didn't let me stay.
We didn't do gates but we did do brushes and stubbies (2' pole).
It looks like from his site, Jim's getting ready to head to the Alps for his summer program. You can try getting in contact with him prior or after his return. He's a great guy and will gladly talk to you and answer all questions. He's very friendly and the camp has a freindly atmosphere.
I haven't done one of his full weeks but have trained with Jim Cardenali at Belleayre (was my home mtn when I lived in NY.) He is a great coach and overall good guy. Highly recommended.