Thunderbolt racing provides training for different age groups. There are a variety of programs: evenings, weekend, and a holiday camp.
Coaching a Thunderbolt group provides the challenge of working with the same group for several weeks in a row. It is important to let us know as soon as possible if you will not make it or are running late. Keep the kids organized, safe, and take warm up breaks when it is cold.
Try to keep the kids moving and provide a lot of feedback. Blend drills and course time so the kids are having fun. Dual combi courses using brush or hero gates with the kids deciding who they race and how much of a head start they get is fun for kids.
Focus on a more centered stance and progressively flexing the ankles with drills in and out of the course; here are some exercises. If we coach well, hopefully they tell their parents and friends how much fun they had.
Happens on weekends from 1-3 pm
Adult league racing
Ski racing for USSA competition; here is their site.
The picture of Shiffrin below is the image of what Skiing Moves look like at the gate with progressive ankle flex and tipping (angulation) to keep her COM moving offensively. Notice the inside lead that allows angulation. The Ski Moves are - SWIFT : stance, weight transfer, inside lead, flexing the ankle, and tipping.
See more images on the bottom of this page-
Go to the 2019 Dave C. race photos here, there are 33 pages of them, and see if you can find any examples of athletes skiing through this image of the Skiing Moves.
Racing requires good technique and tactics. Tactics is finding the fastest line through the course, and it takes a lot of practice. Skiing the shortest distance is the goal, but a common problem is skiing too direct and skidding after the gate. The other problem is turning too early and skiing a path that is longer and slow. Try to have most of the turn completed at the gate. This requires inclination in the first half of the turn and angulation around the apex
On steep, injected courses, world cup racers may purposely skid the start of a turn to stay on a tighter line (stivot). Even if they lose a little speed, the shorter line can still be faster. Skidding in the top half of the turn loses less energy than skidding later in a turn because the forces are lower.
US Ski and Snowboard
Alpine Canada Alpin (ACA)
ACA is the USSA of Canada. Below is a video of their level 2 Snow Stars program for children. It is one of seven levels that will play one after another. These level 2 kids ski like many of our Thunderbolt kids. Watch the big change from level 2 to level 3, especially how the kids start to use their ankles.
Burke Mountain Academy
Most are for strong skiers
Norwegian -White pass
It is hard understand how challenging great skiing is to execute and the years of daily coaching it takes to achieve and maintain. It is helpful for skiers to understand how hard racers like Shiffrin train so they see the fun, challenge, and benefits that drills can provide.
SHIFFRIN: Ski racing is a really unique sport in many ways. When you think about it, the actual time that I spend, or any racer spends, on the hill actually skiing during a day of training — let’s say you get, one course length is about 60 seconds long, and you get seven runs in one training session. And that takes about somewhere between three to five hours, depending on how long the chairlift takes. So you’re adding up about seven minutes total of practice in your sport for the entire training session, which is comparative to, say, three to five hours of somebody playing tennis in a single session. Which makes me feel like the deliberate practice component is that much more essential. There’s skiers out there, teammates of mine in the past, who spend their time from the top of the chairlift to the top of the race course, it could be half of a train length, that they’re skiing down and they’re just flailing about and doing whatever. And I was doing drills to the top of the course, trying to make use of every square inch of space on the mountain. Every time I’m deliberately practicing skiing and my technique and everything, I’m kind of getting a one-up on everybody else who’s not.
Forget racing Marcus the guy in this video is a former Snowbird Team member who raced NorAm
World Cup racing can be followed at:
Type in any name or event such as Mikaela Shiffrin, Ted Ligety, Lindsey Vonn