No Summer Camp? No Problem. Sport and Play off-Piste Essential for Success

When my derriere was donkey-kicked in a dual slalom on the Rabbit’s Run a few years ago, it wasn’t like any regular butt-kicking. Typically, one of my age-group peers is a smidgen ahead or behind me, so losing is not entirely embarrassing, and I just owe them a pint for apres. Not this time, for I accepted the challenge to race one of coach Larry Legear’s U14 kids. Piece of […]

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TSCwod – Supple Cheetahs

TSCwod – Supple Cheetahs October 26th, 2014 Warm Up Focus: fundamental movement skills, central nervous system activation Heart Rate Activation Running check (Proper technique: no forward shoulder, midfoot strike, pull with hamstrings, feet landing below the body and not in front) Light run around the TSC and Blue Mountain Parking Lot Dynamic stretch A-skips 50 m Butt kickers 50m Side Shuffle 25 m Left leg leads, 25 m right leg […]

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The Secret to Big Angles in Ski Racing? Unilateral Balance

Ski racing requires not only endurance, but also strength, stability, mobility and the often discussed aspect of balance. One great way to determine if you will be able to lay it over like Ligety will depend on your ability to balance on one leg in a variety of positions. This is called unilateral balance, and it can make or break your skiing.    The first position is a simple test: […]

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Ski Racers Need to Squat—Deep

Ski racing can put your knees in precarious positions, so having strong glutes and hamstrings will help protect the knee. To get started early on your squats, go deep or go home! Half squats (thigh parallel to floor) work out the quads, but full squats (all the way down) work the posterior chain (back) as well as the anterior (front) of your legs. For a detailed analysis on why the deep […]

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