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U16 SPEED CAMP RECAP

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The WMSC U16s, joined by 14 racers from Grouse Tyee, were scheduled to have a Speed Camp this past weekend, January 26-28. Of course this meant that there would be snow … so much snow. A big thanks to Rob Boyd and all the coaches for their valiant efforts to pull off some training despite the snowy conditions.

Rob Boyd reported that despite all the snow, they managed to achieve some of their objectives on the first two days of the camp The third day of the camp was called off due to snow, and the racers were off for some more awesome powder turns. The athletes had some great gliding and tuck work on Old Crow entrance, practiced starts on the new Club 21 start ramp (with timing), and some long turns with double and triple gate turns to work on the patience for one long turn through combinations and sidehills.

Thanks to chief Jonathan Cross and the crew of volunteers that came out each day!

The U16s are now off to Kimberley for two training days followed by two Super G races at Teck Open Round 2. Good luck to all!

U16 SAM!

And now from Rob:

Despite all the snow, we managed to achieve some of our objectives on two out of three days of the U16 Speed camp.

Athletes were let loose for a few runs in the mornings to get ‘warmed up’ in the fresh snow, while coaches and volunteers set and prepared the training tracks on the DMNTC.

We pulled off some great gliding and tuck work on Old Crow entrance, practiced starts on the new Club 21 start ramp (with timing) and we had some long turns with double and triple gate turns to work on the patience for one long turn through combinations and sidehills. A bit of ‘highspeed freeskiing’ was attempted on the lower pitch with limited success due to the soft snow piles that built up through the sessions…

A big thank you to our chief Jonathan Cross and the crew of volunteers that came out each day! We all learned something new about running a safe speed camp, and I think everyone had time for some fun powder turns as well!

All in all, we figured out some important aspects of using the long skis which I know will put athletes a few steps ahead when they get on the firm snow in Kimberley. Good luck to the gang that will be heading out that way!!

Rob Boyd

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