March 21st and 22nd,
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
The third annual MSRT pre-Nationals clinic was held at Howelsen Hill, Steamboat Springs, CO, 21-22 March 2007, and was met with a very positive response:
Thanks for having your clinic. I just got back from the Championships and many thanks to Warren, Rick and Brent. The Clinic put me over the top mentally and had a lot to do with my Friday performance. I needed some mental adjustments and Warren helped me a great deal. Thank you again Warren. I'm not sure what would have happened without the clinic.
- Joe Mazurek, Race Director, Mack Ski Club, Men's 55-59 Gold 2007 NASTAR National Champion.
18 racers joined us for two days of race training before the 2007 NASTAR National Championships.
While the weather was not entirely conducive to ski racing, the clinic went off without a hitch. The first day started with participants broken into small groups where they focused on fundamental skills outside of a racing environment. These skills included stance, balance, and edging, among others. After a break for lunch, participants took these skills into the race environment, working in both brush courses, and full gate courses with timing. At the end of the training session, coaches and racers met to review video and discuss areas of focus for each individual racer.
Day two began with a bio-mechanical alignment evaluation and tuning clinic led by Brent Amsbury. Brent first focused on proper alignment of the body in and out of ski boots.
The tuning clinic then gave participants a chance to see how a World Cup tune is done, and how they could tune their skis for the upcoming races.
The afternoon session consisted of more on-hill training with timing, and lots of individual attention from the coaches.
And when it was all said and done, the 2007 Howelsen Hill Clinic participants fared very well:
Great job, campers!
The 2007 Howelsen Hill Clinic was the first clinic in a model developed by the Modern Ski Racing Team that will provide a complete program for ski racers. ModernSkiRacing.com is planning five clinics for the 2007-2008 season, at locations (TBD) across the country. These clinics will start with a bio-mechanical assessment of each camper, and then an evaluation of the equipment (boots and skis) used by each camper. Adjustments will be made at each step. Once each participant is appropriately equipped and properly aligned, the coaches will focus on fundamental skill development and enhancement before training in brush courses, and full gate courses with timing. Look for specific details about each camp in August. MSR is very excited about the comprehensive approach that will be implemented, and believe that it offers the best possible experience for each camper.