March 22nd and 23rd,
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
The second annual MSRT pre-Nationals clinic was held at Howelsen Hill, Steamboat Springs, CO, 22-23 March, 2006, and was met with an overwhelmingly positive response:
I second the kudos to the MSRT clinic at Howelsen Hill. They were spot on with all of their observations. The entire event was handled with a professional & positive approach. I spent the better part of today implementing their comments & tips. I could feel the difference immediately. Thanks guys! Your clinic was a serious confidence builder. –Stockliman
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25 racers joined up with the MSR Team for two days of race training at historic Howelsen Hill before the 2006 NASTAR Nationals, held at Steamboat Ski Area.
Howelsen Hill is why Steamboat Springs is known as Ski Town, USA. This is the ultimate training complex, with facilities for training in almost every snow sport discipline you can think of, from cross-country skiing to moguls and arials, from terrain parks and Nordic jumping to alpine racing. And the area has a history of athletes posting results for over 100 years. What better a place to get inspired for one of the biggest ski races in the country?
Day 1 started at 9am with participants warming-up on a free skiing run with Gary, while coaches Jeff Sadis and Warren Wilkinson set the training course. The course was set to challenge all the racers, while being appropriate for the terrain and conditions.
After free skiing, everyone inspected the course and got specifics from coaches Gary, Jeff, and Warren on how to inspect the keys for ANY race course.
Then it was time to get in the course. The snow conditions ranged from soft on top (it was 40 F +, and anything getting direct sun was soft by 9am), to firm on the final face, giving participants the opportunity to experience the full range of possible snow conditions that they might encounter during the Nationals. Coaches provided individual feedback on each run, for each racer.
To see all of the photos from the first day of the clinic, look here: Howelsen Hill MSRT Clinic, Day 1
Among Howelsen Hill’s other amenities was the ability to run the day's training runs as official Nastar races, providing participants with immediate handicaps that were posted to their NASTAR records. As an official NASTAR Pacesetter, Gary was able to provide all participants with a feel of how competitive they were on an approximately 40-second NASTAR hill!
During the break in the middle of the day, racers got one-on-one equipment attention, as Warren and Jeff helped racers make individual adjustments to their boots.
Racers from Day 1 of the clinic
The first day concluded with a tuning and waxing clinic conducted by Jeff Sadis.
The second day of the clinic began at 12 noon, with participants again taking free skiing runs before inspecting the course set by MSRT coaches Jeff Sadis, Warren Wilkinson, and Rick Schnellmann.
The mid-day start (based on the opening-time of Howelsen Hill that day) gave racers who would be experiencing 12:30-ish starts (i.e. anyone ages 21-74) a sense of the conditions. Again, the top of the course was soft, but the coaches managed the course and the conditions, ensuring a safe yet challenging experience for all racers.
Racers got in a lot of gate time, and got a lot of personal feedback from the coaches on each run.
Skiers who had been at Day 1 of the clinic were able to get feedback on the changes that they had implemented.
To view all images from Day 2, click here: Howelsen Hill MSRT Clinic, Day 2 pictures
The second day concluded with another tuning and waxing clinic, and then it was off to the races.
When it was all said and done, MSRT racers garnered a grand total of
4 gold medals
2 silver medals
3 bronze medals
And 3 top five finishes.
3 racers from the MSR program received sponsorships through the MSRT-Rossignol Sponsorship program.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL MSRT RACERS!!!
See our March 2005 Nastar clinic at Snowbasin HERE
See our December 2005 junior race clinic at Powderhorn HERE
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